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Për on all bills.

GV, Fiôvâ

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Wittenberg / Re: Regency
« on: October 15, 2020, 12:14:17 PM »
The Monarchy webpage has been updated to reflect this appointment:
https://talossa.com/king-john/

Absolutely sick work re STUFF, Eðo - Thanks ever so much!

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Wittenberg / Re: [STUFF] Ministerial Decision re: domain names
« on: October 15, 2020, 12:12:10 PM »
Just so I understand, you are saying that there are several domains owned by the king, and he expressed openness to transferring those over to the government, but has not yet gone so far as to agree to the transfer or initiate it from his end. And absent this agreement, for which you have been waiting almost one month, you have decided to unilaterally transfer them over through the access that the Seneschal has? Or is this unilateral transfer limited just to what the law names: kot.net and talossa.com?

Either way, it's probably pretty improper for the government to decide that they should take possession of someone else's property and then act to seize it unilaterally in this way. I would suggest that it would be more appropriate to bring suit. I don't believe there is any provision in the law that allows seizure of property by the government in this way, even if they think that another provision entitles them to it.  The Fourth Covenant specifically protects against this, actually... a judge must issue a warrant which specifically spells out the property that may be seized.

I am not passing judgment on the merits of such a claim or the underlying goals or anything like that, and I'm certainly not impugning your intentions.  Just want to keep everything above board and avoid any problematic precedents.

Why has the King been incommunicado these past few months? 

How long will this regency last?

Does John have a pressing issue outside of his life in Talossa keeping him from activity?  What that issue might be is none of our business, but what we need to know is "Yes, I've got something going on.  Can't talk about it here." or not.

His Majesty has not been incommunicado -- this very matter was discussed with the Government three and a half weeks ago.  As the Seneschal has confirmed, His Majesty has generally been quick to reply when she consults him.

Very good!  I missed that particular post, alas.

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I have been appointed to assist with some of the duties that are overdue, since His Majesty recognized that some things needed doing.  The regency's term is undefined right now, but it will end when His Majesty returns and no longer requires my assistance.  I do not anticipate that it will last overlong.

Good to know on all counts.  Thank you!

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With many thanks to Açafat del Val for his work in keeping on top of things...  With one exception (as noted below), everything Açafat has done with the Rules is to my liking.  The one change I made was minor. - GV, Mençei

Rules of this Special Committee:

1. The Members of the Committee shall be exclusively the duly elected and seated Members of the Senate of the Kingdom of Talossa. None else shall have equal privileges.

2. The business of the Committee shall not preclude the Senate from conducting its normal business.

3. The Mençei shall be the Chairman of the Committee, and the Deputy Mençei the Deputy Chairman, who shall have plenary and conclusive powers upon and during all its business.

4. The sole purpose of the Committee is to realize a public hearing of the nomination of S:reuIstefan Perþonest  to the Uppermost Cort of the Kingdom of Talossa, and its powers shall extend not beyond the scope or the bona fide interests thereof.

5. The sole goal of the hearing of the Committee is to scrutinize the qualifications of the nominee and ascertain his ability or fitness to service as a Puisne Justice of the Uppermost Cort. The Committee shall report its findings on those matters to both the entire Senate and the public of Talossa at large.

6. The Committee may elect in its ultimate report whether to endorse for or to endorse against the nomination, but it shall be not requisite or binding. The Committee shall be adjourned sine die upon the deliverance of its report to the Mençei or Deputy Mençei.

7. A Quorum shall be unnecessary, but the power to make finals decisions with respect to the Committee or its business shall be reserved to the Chairman and Deputy Chairman.

8. The Chairman or Deputy Chairman shall publish and maintain a schedule for the hearing, which shall control the sequence, time, and privileges of speeches. The schedule shall be impermanent and respond accordingly to ongoing circumstances.

9. Any Member of the Committee or non-Member who may wish to speak during the hearing shall make a request for it to this Wittenberg thread at least two (2) days in advance to the Chairman or Deputy Chairman, who shall approve, modify, or deny the request publicly on this Wittenberg thread.

10. Members of the Committee shall have precedence in all manners over non-Members with regard to the sequence, time, and privileges of their speeches. Each Member shall have no less than one equal opportunity to speak with regard to other Members.

11. Speeches shall be germane, and shall be inquisitive of and directed to the nominee. Questions shall be asked of the nominee and answers provided by him, and the dialogue between the nominee and the speaker shall remain courteous.

12. A Member of the Committee may invite guests to use up some or all of a scheduled speech, but sufficient notice thereof shall be given in advance to the Chairman or Deputy Chairman. Guest speakers shall respect this privilege, which may be denied by the Chairman or Deputy Chairman in whichever manner they find proper.

13. The Committee shall begin its business immediately, but the first scheduled speech of the hearing shall occur not sooner than Monday 12 October 2020.

14. The first speech of the hearing shall be reserved to the nominee himself, unless he reject this privilege knowingly and willfully, so that he may make his own introduction. The Chairman or Deputy Chairman may invite that the nominee make the final speech.

S:reu Istefan Perþonest may make the first speech anytime before this Saturday the 17th. [change by GV from Açafat del Val's post 14 Oct 2020 11:40:46 as Açafat ends Istefan's time on the 15th with the 16th being a dead day]

Either upon the delivery of such speech or on Saturday the 17th, whichever may be sooner, our colleague from Benito shall have time to ask questions and receive answers of the nominee from then and through the end of Monday the 19th. This reserved time may be extended, but I ask cordially that the nominee take care to answer questions punctually.

All others are invited to request speaking time, whether or not you are a member of the Senate. Particularly I would like to see a request from the Seneschal and the Leader of the Opposition.

16. The Committee shall finish its business and submit its report to the Senate and the public of Talossa at least before if not sooner than Tuesday 17 November 2020 235959 Talossan time.

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The Senate / My speech
« on: October 15, 2020, 11:48:58 AM »
Requested and here goes...

The position of Burgermeister is the most sensitive, the most critical, and the most precarious in all of Talossa, even more so than Secretary of State.  Burgermeister's duties are not as constant as those of the SoS, but they are far more consequential. 

Istefan Perthonest as Burgermeister has lived into every best intention of the post, his love for and activity in Talossa has been sterling.  In making Reunision happen, his 'Perthonest Plan' was critical.

I believe he is fully-qualified to be on the Uppermost Cort and help steward our laws, and I urge the Senäts to confirm as soon as possible. 

I have no questions to ask him.

GV, Fiôvâ

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The Senate / I concur with Deputy Mencei's changes above.
« on: October 15, 2020, 11:43:27 AM »
Thank you sir, for catching my dropped stuff.  :-(

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Wittenberg / Re: [STUFF] Ministerial Decision re: domain names
« on: October 15, 2020, 10:57:35 AM »
Just so I understand, you are saying that there are several domains owned by the king, and he expressed openness to transferring those over to the government, but has not yet gone so far as to agree to the transfer or initiate it from his end. And absent this agreement, for which you have been waiting almost one month, you have decided to unilaterally transfer them over through the access that the Seneschal has? Or is this unilateral transfer limited just to what the law names: kot.net and talossa.com?

Either way, it's probably pretty improper for the government to decide that they should take possession of someone else's property and then act to seize it unilaterally in this way. I would suggest that it would be more appropriate to bring suit. I don't believe there is any provision in the law that allows seizure of property by the government in this way, even if they think that another provision entitles them to it.  The Fourth Covenant specifically protects against this, actually... a judge must issue a warrant which specifically spells out the property that may be seized.

I am not passing judgment on the merits of such a claim or the underlying goals or anything like that, and I'm certainly not impugning your intentions.  Just want to keep everything above board and avoid any problematic precedents.

Why has the King been incommunicado these past few months? 

How long will this regency last?

Does John have a pressing issue outside of his life in Talossa keeping him from activity?  What that issue might be is none of our business, but what we need to know is "Yes, I've got something going on.  Can't talk about it here." or not.

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The Senate / Re: Mençei housekeeping incl. Rules Committee
« on: October 09, 2020, 03:42:16 PM »
1. Honored to serve.
2. Nothing yet. This is done at the end of the term, and you will be contacted by the SoS when the time is ready.
3. El Lexhatx allows us to skip forming a Rules Committee. I recommend that we skip.
4. I tried finding them in my email or on Witt and had no luck. We might just try the good old-fashioned way by making a thread.

1. Thank you!  We should Zoom at some point.
2. Sounds good.
3. Agreed.  Let's skip.
4. I'll try to see what I have and put it on the wiki somehow if I cannot find where Lüc might have put that stuff.

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Estimat Mencei,

Might I inquire as to the status and schedule of this hearing?

With apologies to all and to Istefan in particular, I have modified dates for said hearing per above.  I dropped the ball on this and must remember to put these sorts of things on my calendar, else I do not remember them.

GV

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Wittenberg / Thank you for your work on this!
« on: October 04, 2020, 01:17:20 PM »
Thank you, ESB, for your work on this.  It's a true labor of love, and Talossa is the better for it.

GV, Founder of Oraclâ magazine

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Um, we are in a month of recess after the election of the Seneschal...

You are indeed correct, sir!

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The Senate / 55th Cosâ (November 2020) Senäts debate and voting thread
« on: October 01, 2020, 07:46:30 AM »
The Clark is here (or will be at this writing).  When the SoS gets the Clark up later today (hopefully), it will be at www.talossa.ca

UPDATE: I thought we had a Clark in October - my bad - lol.

Thanks, all!


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The Senate / Mençei housekeeping incl. Rules Committee
« on: October 01, 2020, 07:42:13 AM »
1. Deputy Mençei: Per Standing Orders 2.4, Açafat del Val, I'd like you to continue in this role.
2. What do we need to do with the Electoral Commission appointment?
3. Who was on the Rules committee for last time?
4. Where on the wiki did Lüc put all the past Order Papers?  One is coming for this month sometime this week.

I know I should know all this, but I'm having difficulty finding stuff on this Witt or old Witt.

As for the Wiki Senäts pages, they will be updated in time, but not today.  Thanks, all!

GV, Mençei

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Wittenberg / Re: King John, the world is waiting!
« on: September 26, 2020, 12:32:48 AM »
I humbly suggest GV for Regent, or failing that, myself, just for the heart attacks it would cause :D

The first-ever Regent was JJ in 2001.  I believe it was because of the trip Ben & Amy made to Europe which happened at the same time as 9-11.

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Wittenberg / Re: King John, the world is waiting!
« on: September 26, 2020, 12:29:52 AM »
isn't there like a hand of the king or some shit

Nope!  haha

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