Proposed Constitution

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ARTICLE I: THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH (Part 1)

 

SECTION 1: The Legislature

a. Dissolution of States’ Rights and their Division 

No District or State shall possess sovereignty or legislative powers outside of those granted by the people of the Republic in this Constitution.

NOTE


Congressional salaries will be more inline with the average salaries of the people (outlined in Section 7 below), which will motivate Congress to act to help increase the income of the people and in so doing increase their own wage.





b. Congressional Power to Establish Laws

Term Limits for the Legislative Branch.  All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress elected every four years by the people and limited to two terms each within any period of twenty consecutive years.

c. Requirement to protect Earth.

Legislative powers shall be restricted to acts and procedures in the establishment of laws that support the wants and needs of the people proportionate to the support of the natural laws of Earth and its environs.

NOTE


Nothing is more important than defending and upholding this Constitution, as it gives power to some people to govern others. But if the Constitution is flawed, ambiguous, or in other ways too broad in its definitions (as is the current Constitution), it can become useless for the purpose of serving all people equally. Once a Constitution as been agreed upon by the people, their Representatives should be held to its strict observance.





d. Houses of Congress

Congress shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.

NOTE


Two chambers where legislative bills (potential laws) can be properly argued with respect to and consideration for all representatives is crucial to a fair government for all. A bill is a citizen’s right to establish a law for a specific personal interest through fairly elected Representatives. The vast difference of opinion and selfish concerns of the citizens from different areas need to be considered. The House’s main role is to make sure that the proposed bill meets the needs of all people fairly and equally. The Senate’s main role is to look at the proposed bill in greater detail. The Senate members are fewer in number than the House and are able to discuss and argue the bill with deeper consideration. Because Congress will be forced (according to the provisions of this new Constitution) to pass a bill from each House with unanimity (see subsection f. below), no law will pass that is not fair to all people.





e. Equality of Congress

Congress shall not choose Seats nor designate Officers. There shall be no Classes, Committees, Chairpersons, or Seats, of any kind, in Congress.  Each Member of Congress shall be equal to all other Members, regardless of tenure, age, ethnicity, gender, economic status, religion, or sexual orientation.

NOTE


This provision eliminates the possibility of titles that viscerally puts one human above another. It also helps Congress focus on the needs of the people instead of pursuing the possibility of receiving accolades, gifts, and honors from foreign entities of any kind. Other nations have their own lobbyists that work hard to influence Congress. Promises of money and prestige from another nation, whose laws are protected outside of this Constitution, would allow a Representative to receive such emoluments during or after serving in Congress. This provision expressly eliminates that possibility, thus reducing the influence that foreign powers can have on Congress.





f. Consensus of Unanimity

Without a consensus of unanimity among its elected Members, Congress shall pass no law incumbent on the people outside of those established by this Constitution. There shall be no law without the unanimous consenting vote of each Member of Congress, whether physically present at the time of the vote or not. Congress shall have the option of voting by proxy or electronically, as it may determine from time to time, is in the best interest of any particular Member, or the people of the Republic.

NOTE


America has become the number one litigious (wanting to sue in court) nation in the world. So that Congress can concentrate on the needs of the people, a Representative should be protected from frivolous lawsuits while that person is serving the people in Congress. Radical constituents (voters) and others who have become disillusioned with the Representative often seek retribution against that person through the Courts by filing litigation in an effort to embarrass or harass the Representative. This law eliminates that possibility. However, its limitation in domestic issues will allow a family partner the right to dissolve their marriage or seek legal relief at any time. This provision will not allow a Representative to shrink or avoid his or her personal responsibilities while serving in Congress.





g. Congressional Compensation

 Members of Congress shall receive for their services a compensation as described in Section 7 of this Article. Besides that salary and within the period of their elected term: prior to that period within five years, and subsequent to that period within ten years—no Member of Congress or anyone associated with a Member of Congress shall receive from the Republic or from any of its people, or from any domestic entity of any kind, or from any foreign person or entity of any kind—any present, donation, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatsoever. The provisions of this sub-section shall be construed consistent with the provisions of Section 1(l.) below.

NOTE


Congressional salaries will be more inline with the average salaries of the people (outlined in Section 7 below), which will motivate Congress to act to help increase the income of the people and in so doing increase their own wage.





h. Congressional Conflict of Interest

 No Congressional Representative shall, during the time for which that Representative is elected, be appointed to any civil office under the authority or compensation of the Republic which was created, or the emoluments whereof which were increased, during such time; and no person holding any civil office under or within the Republic, shall be a Member of either House during such civil officer’s continuance in authority and office.

NOTE


This law keeps politicians from benefiting from government contracts and incentives and eliminates the possibility that a Congressperson can create a government job that financially benefits that person while in office. If a person has worked for or financially benefited from a company that was awarded a government contract, within five years from the time that the person runs for Congress, that person cannot be in Congress. Furthermore, no member of Congress, nor any person on any type of Congressional payroll, can work for a company, foreign or domestic, that benefits, in any way, from government financing and/or contracts for ten years after being in Congress. This also reduces the corruption and influence of big business on Congress’ ability to act for and on behalf of the people.





i. Age and Residency Requirements for Congressional Representatives

No person shall be a Representative 1) who has not attained the age of thirty-five years; and 2) who has not physically resided in a specified District for at least five years.

NOTE


Nothing is more important than defending and upholding this Constitution, as it gives power to some people to govern others. But if the Constitution is flawed, ambiguous, or in other ways too broad in its definitions (as is the current Constitution), it can become useless for the purpose of serving all people equally. Once a Constitution as been agreed upon by the people, their Representatives should be held to its strict observance.





j. Congressional Replacement Outside of Regular Elections

When vacancies occur in the representation of any District due to death, disability, impeachment, or removal from office for any reasons determined by Congress according to its authority as this Constitution allows, Congress shall prescribe the time, place, manner, and approve and support the cost of a new election by the previously registered voters in the District where the vacancy occurs.

NOTE


This law keeps politicians from benefiting from government contracts and incentives and eliminates the possibility that a Congressperson can create a government job that financially benefits that person while in office. If a person has worked for or financially benefited from a company that was awarded a government contract, within five years from the time that the person runs for Congress, that person cannot be in Congress. Furthermore, no member of Congress, nor any person on any type of Congressional payroll, can work for a company, foreign or domestic, that benefits, in any way, from government financing and/or contracts for ten years after being in Congress. This also reduces the corruption and influence of big business on Congress’ ability to act for and on behalf of the people.





k. Congressional Immunity from Civil Suits and Harassment

Congressional Representatives shall in all cases—except treason, felony, breach of the peace, or violation of any of this Constitution’s Articles, or those of a personal nature involving domestic issues—be privileged from legal process service or arrest during their attendance at the session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other place by any other person or authority outside of those appointed by this Constitution.

NOTE


This law keeps politicians from benefiting from government contracts and incentives and eliminates the possibility that a Congressperson can create a government job that financially benefits that person while in office. If a person has worked for or financially benefited from a company that was awarded a government contract, within five years from the time that the person runs for Congress, that person cannot be in Congress. Furthermore, no member of Congress, nor any person on any type of Congressional payroll, can work for a company, foreign or domestic, that benefits, in any way, from government financing and/or contracts for ten years after being in Congress. This also reduces the corruption and influence of big business on Congress’ ability to act for and on behalf of the people.





l. Congressional Recognition of Any Person[s].

No Title of Nobility shall be granted to any person, for any reason, by the Congress, nor shall any person holding any office of profit or trust under this Constitution accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatsoever, from any king, prince, or officer of any foreign state.

NOTE


Nothing is more important than defending and upholding this Constitution, as it gives power to some people to govern others. But if the Constitution is flawed, ambiguous, or in other ways too broad in its definitions (as is the current Constitution), it can become useless for the purpose of serving all people equally. Once a Constitution as been agreed upon by the people, their Representatives should be held to its strict observance.





m. Congressional Website for Complete Transparency

Congress shall maintain an official website. Such website shall provide full transparency of all congressional actions and activities, except those that might impede or affect national security as Congress may determine and prescribe with the concurrence of the President. Such website shall be updated on a daily basis and kept current within 24 hours of the preceding day. Such website shall be clear and understandable to the majority of the people.

NOTE


Congressional salaries will be more inline with the average salaries of the people (outlined in Section 7 below), which will motivate Congress to act to help increase the income of the people and in so doing increase their own wage.





n. Congressional Oath

Before Members of Congress assume the execution of their office, each shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully serve the people of the Republic of America, and I will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of this Republic.”

NOTE


Nothing is more important than defending and upholding this Constitution, as it gives power to some people to govern others. But if the Constitution is flawed, ambiguous, or in other ways too broad in its definitions (as is the current Constitution), it can become useless for the purpose of serving all people equally. Once a Constitution as been agreed upon by the people, their Representatives should be held to its strict observance.





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