First Council Session planned for 4 January 2015

The first session of the recently ratified Council has been scheduled for 4 January 2015 at Noon EST (UTC-5). At this session of the Council, the citizens of Sandus will discuss the powers, practices, and procedures of the Council in the unwritten constitution of the State of Sandus.

Proposals on powers differ by degree and how quickly the Council will develop and mature. Secretary Adam von Friedeck has proposed that the Council be give full legislative powers and the Sôgmô vetoing powers. And, while Sôgmô Gaius Sörgel Publicola agrees, the Sôgmô believes that the development of the Council should follow the traditional trajectory of Sandum developments through an evolution of powers granted to the Council — first as an advisory body and ending up, as von Friedeck proposes, as a legislature. “The evolutionary process is one that has worked in the history of the State: indeed political evolution is the path Sandus has taken since 11 April 2011, when I governed as an absolutist monarch, to today, when I share power with the Party and the Council and I am elected by the People,” Sörgel Publicola explained.

Further proposals are also to be rendered for how the Council will operate and function. The 2014 CCPS Party Congress decided that the Council would meet in monthly sessions around the time of the Full Moon, but that the Council would also meet on a forum outside of those sessions. The first session of the Council has been planned for Skype, but the Sôgmô has explained in the Council chat room that the Council session will continue on the State of Sandus citizens group on Facebook after the session. The first session will continue until 3 February, when a new session begins. It is likely the Council will follow this procedure, but the process must be accepted by the citizens in the Council and other proposals are open to Sandum citizens.

In the most recent policy projection, the Sôgmô has announced that a public records office (a Tabularium Sande) will be created for the minutes of the Council in the archives of Veritum Sandus. A roster of citizens, as well, will be kept, showing citizenship status and suffrage rights of Sandum citizens. At present, however, all citizens possess the right to sit in the Council, regardless of citizenship status and suffrage. All of these changes will be made in the next few weeks, as Sandus prepares to renovate the information on Sandus.org from the past year and from the most recent elections.

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