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Questions tagged [legislative-process]

Questions about the processes to create laws in different jurisdictions.

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Why do Senators not understand technology and are they briefed before hearings?

After the hearings with Facebook and Google CEOs, it seems that Senators don't have any technology overview briefings before they ask their questions during hearings. Why do Senators not understand ...
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Could the UK Parliament defy the delay on the meaningful vote and simply vote on it?

The "Meaningful Vote" that was scheduled for today has yesterday been delayed by the government. Would there be any procedural way for the UK Parliament short of ousting the government to vote on ...
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How can the US Senate bypass the Majority Leader's agenda?

If the US Senate Majority Leader doesn't want to bring a bill to the floor for a vote, are there other mechanisms that would allow the bill to be voted on anyway? If so, what are they?
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What is the point of prohibiting currently impossible things?

I treat reproductive human cloning as one of such things. Current technology is far from a success, and reproductive human cloning does not seem to be a near future possibility. So, any law against ...
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Health care ballot initiative for nurse staffing: why no compromise?

Next month the voters in Massachusetts USA will be asked to decide whether to enact a law mandating certain specific nurse-to-patient staffing ratios in hospitals. Why was there no compromise? Why did ...
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Are many laws adopted with unscientific (pseudoscientific or untested) foundations? [closed]

I often saw many laws in various countries were adopted because various premises, like religious, national (which in mostly are not national, but those the one want to be national) or simply they ...
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Does this European Citizen's Initiative have any chance of success?

I have recently been made aware of this petition to make EU citizenship permanent (prompted by Brexit): Noting the ECJ’s view of Union citizenship as a ‘fundamental status’ of nationals of Member ...
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How would the United States of America annex Puerto Rico?

What would need to happen for Puerto Rico to be the 51st State of the U.S.A.? Statehood movement in Puerto Rico. After their last hurricane how would the help from the US differ if they were a ...
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Where does decision by a simple majority of a congressional quorum derive from?

What specific part of the US constitution or the Senate/House rules states that votes (on legislation or nominations) are decided by a simple majority of lawmakers present? (Disregarding rules about ...
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Is it normal for House session videos to error, and are there alternative websites that host them?

I've been looking for the House of Representatives legislative session video on May 23, but when I try to see it I get an error: The system was unable to find the content that you requested. The ...
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USA Politicians to shut down the Federal Reserve

The American Federal Reserve has some criticism According to Wikipedia: Critique of the organization and system has come from sources such as writers, journalists, economists, and financial ...
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What Bill Number is used if > 200 Government Bills are introduced in a session?

This website states: Government bills in the Commons are numbered from 2-200, and private member's bills are numbered 201 and above. A similar scheme is used in the Senate. What'd happen if more ...
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Does Congress formally offer training to inexperienced legislators?

Everyone in Congress came from somewhere. It's possible that they were once in local or state government or active in major social causes, but that's not a safe assumption. The problems and ...
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Why is an unrelated House-passed measure used to start the immigration debate in the Senate?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently moved to vote to open the immigration debate in the Senate. As quoted from this article by CNN, he chose an unrelated bill to be used for the debate. ...
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What actually happened to the FISA reauthorization bill in the Senate?

I was reading this Washington Post article, and saw this line: The Senate voted 69 to 26 Thursday afternoon to start debating the [FISA reauthorization] bill, which would extend for six years the ...
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Did Republicans accidentally kill corporate deductions, and will it force the Senate to revise and re-vote?

An article in New York magazine indicates that While Republicans were manically outlining their plans to take from the poor to give to the Trumps, they also, accidentally, nullified all of their ...
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At what moment is the handwritten text in the Republican tax plan defined and deemed binding?

The Republican tax plan was just passed, but there is some uproar over the handwritten portions of the plan. Obviously, at first all bills were handwritten, but I'm curious if there were some ...
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What are the repercussions for introducing an amendment after a bill is passed through committee?

Let's take something like the Farm Bill. Maybe there is an aspect of it that a committee member strongly disagrees with (e.g. decreased support for conservation), but they still need the bill to make ...
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Under what conditions can US influence legislative process in another country?

On November 27, 2017, U.S. Department of State published a short article about Proposals Affecting the Independence of the Judiciary in Romania (emphasis mine): The United States notes with concern ...
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Are there countries where members of the legislative body are allowed to vote remotely?

Is there a legislative body where elected representatives may cast their vote remotely, through some sort of a computer system? Citizens can already vote remotely in Estonian elections, so it doesn't ...
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Do the Republican tax bills meet budget reconciliation requirements and if not why would they be proposed?

Sorry if this question is too specific to the current situation today to be on topic for this site but I do think the question has broader implications for American politics more generally. As of the ...
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Why is US legislation formulated independently by both chambers?

In the US - at the federal and AFAIK the state level - pieces of legislation are put forward in two versions, independently, before the two legislative bodies; each version is discussed, debated and ...
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What are the exact mechanisms of such form of corruption as 'state capture'?

I can't understand one thing. How is it possible to have a decisive impact on the contents of the legislative regulations that provide a regulatory framework for economic activities if these ...
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Why have US Presidents not been given the power of line item vetoes?

I have often wondered why there are so many bills that are massive and incredibly complex passed through the Legislative branch. Why are bills stacked together and mashed up with a variety sections ...
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Are there countries where a member of the legislative branch can have more than one vote?

In the legislative systems I know individual politicians always have a single vote, although in some cases they may influence other members votes behind the scenes. In the Netherlands it is possible ...
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Trump and Democrats “deals”

My question is about the legislative process. Recently Trump and the Democrats worked out a "deal" on the debt ceiling and aid for Hurricane Harvey victims. And, this deal passed Congress despite ...
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Does the US Senate still have the option to pass some form of healthcare bill through the budget reconciliation, during this fiscal year?

On Friday morning, July 28th, 2017, the Senate's attempt to significantly modify the ACA stalled, with all attempts to change it being voted down. This was all being done via the budget reconciliation ...
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Has single-payer healthcare been actually introduced as a proposed bill recently?

Have any US Senate or House-of-Representatives members introduced a bill mandating a universal, single-payer health care system? Say, over the past 5 years? I've heard a lot of talk about how this is ...
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Are there ways to keep the majority in check in a unicameral legislative system?

Are there ways to setup a legislative system that keeps the ruling majority in check without needing to split the body up into a bicameral pair of chambers? I know bicameral systems aren't perfect, ...
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Calling my representatives when I have out of state area code

Like this xkcd comic, my US cell phone number is where I was living in 2006 which is not in my current state of residence. When I call my elected officials I often wonder if my call is being given ...
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How can state-level senate/house bills be denied a vote if they have many sponsors?

The Young Turks report that a bill in Maryland is being "denied a vote" despite having many supporters and sponsors. I'm not at all well-versed in US parliamentary procedure. From what I do know ...
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Is there a federal Drop Dead Day?

Some state legislatures have a "drop dead day". After Drop Dead Day, only vetoed bills, or certain appropriations bills are considered. For example, the Kansas legislative calendar says this: ...
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By withdrawing the vote on AHCA, is it not actually dead? [duplicate]

The news headlines regarding the American Health Care Act (formally, H.R.1628) suggest that by failing to be put to a vote, the bill is dead and we can move on with our lives. Is that actually true? ...
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When is a 60% majority required in US Congress?

I wonder when a 60% majority is required in the US Senate. As I write this I see in the news that Obamacare can be "repealed and replaced" with only a 50% majority because it is in a "reconciliation ...
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Who legislates military law?

Where does United States military law come from? I'm vaguely aware that the military is governed by the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). This power stems from the constitutional authority of ...
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How often are Senators called on for violating Senate rules?

As widely reported now, Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced by a vote in the Senate for purportedly violating Rule XIX. In the last 10 years how many times (or approximately how many), have ...
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How did slavery become a legal institution in the United States?

The second paragraph in the Unites States Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with ...
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What happens to signed bills? And what happens if they're destroyed?

When a bill or pardon or whatever is signed, let's say in the USA, then what exactly happens to the signed document? And what happens if it's misplaced or destroyed?
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where can I get a live feed or current site listing ALL executive orders including as they are presented and signed?

I think executive orders are a good indicator into the mind of a president and his administration. I wasn't able to see a sequential list, from newest to oldest. Where can I find this?
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How is the schedule for Senate Committees determined in Canada?

As I understand it, the Canadian Senate can refer bills to a Senate Committee to be studied in more detail. Once a bill is referred: How is the schedule for reviewing the bill determined? (Who makes ...
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Why can't laws be shorter?

The Constitution of United States and the amendments contains 7,591 words. Assuming it was typed out in a normal font and size that's about 27 pages (275 words a page). The Constitution creates a ...
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How can the Indian government ban old notes without passing any bill/law?

Before making any major decisions/policy/law for the public the Indian government should pass a bill. It's usually done through the voting by the Member of Parliaments in the Parliament. After getting ...
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How could the ACA have been passed with reconciliation, but can only be repealed partially using the same?

This follows from a previous question. As I understand it (any of the following assumptions may be wrong and are part of my question): Obamacare consists of two federal statutes: The Patient ...
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What will be the process and timescale for this proposal on retention of EU citizenship by UK nationals to be considered?

I just spotted this interesting article about an amendment proposed by the Luxembourger MEP Charles Goerens to the EU Committee on Constitutional Affairs to allow individual Brits an opt-in to keep EU ...
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Who schedules US congressional votes and how flexible is this process?

Who sets the schedule in Congressional roll call votes? So who or which group decides when Congress votes on what issues and how flexible is this process? Is there some scope such that the votes on ...
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Is it legal for an elected official to sign a contract binding him to vote in a particular way, if no value is exchanged?

For instance, a candidate for a legislature promises to vote yes or no, on a specific piece of legislation, or perhaps agrees to introduce a bill that is written at the time the contract is signed. ...
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Has a US Supreme Court Justice ever drafted a bill and submitted it to Congress?

Argentina's Constitution was heavily inspired by the US Constitution. Recently, the biggest piece of Argentine legislation passed in decades was authored by the members of Argentina's Supreme Court, ...
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How is it that the US Senate is issuing “appropriation” bills?

According to the US Constitution all appropriation bills must originate in the House of Representatives. Yet, I just read a news story that described the Senate as passing a "Senate appropriation ...
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US Constitution: who participates in Constitutional Conventions?

I am trying to understand the process of amending the U.S. Constitution. I believe I understand the usual process of amendments (2/3 of Congress, 3/4 of state legislatures), but I don't quite get how ...
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What metrics are used to determine the quality of a past United States Congress?

I'm trying to determine how to accurately and properly grade a Congress of the United States[2] from a past time period on legislative and governance performance based on stats. I hear talk about the ...