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Cabinet Duties Bill

Overview

Like the earlier Cabinet Positions Bill, the proposed Cabinet Duties Bill was an attempt to establish specific Cabinet positions and clarify their responsibilities. The bill was not voted upon or passed but, like its predecessor, would later be used by President Leo Caesius as the basis for the Cabinet positions he would later create.

History

On August 13, 2006, President Caesius presented a motion urging the Parliament to pass a resolution determining what capacities any future cabinet members would serve.

Newly elected Prime Minister Midgard (E) proposed the following:

  • An Attorney General, who would serve a mediation role in order to settle disputes amicably, and to enforce implementations of whatever legislation this Parliament passed.
  • A Secretary of War, who would be responsible for defense of the site from spammers, trolls, lunatics, etc. The Prime Minister's explanation: “The idea is that Ian cannot be everywhere at once, and until he does have time to address one of the above with a kick or a ban, Secretary of War would be responsible for organizing efforts to defend the site (a-la GirlsGoFishing debacle from back in the day).”
  • A Secretary of the Treasury, who would be responsible for overseeing thread length (and resulting openings/closings of threads), and taking petitions as to whether certain threads should be open/closed. Since the site does not have a Treasury per se, the Prime Minister argued that threads were the closest things to currency.

Text of Legislation

NOTE: This is somewhat interpretive and the author of the following has taken the liberty of rewriting the proposed text in a more official manner, but has not changed the specifics of the legislation.

ARTICLE I

Recognizing the need to specify the roles and responsibilities of Cabinet members of His Administratorness' Government, the Parliament of AH.com hereby establishes the positions of Attorney General, Secretary of War, and Secretary of the Treasury.

ARTICLE II

The Attorney General shall serve a mediatory role in order to settle disputes amicably, and to enforce implementations of whatever legislation this Parliament comes up with.

ARTICLE III

Recognizing that His Administratorness Ian cannot be everywhere at once, the Secretary of War shall be responsible for defense of this site from spammers, trolls, lunatics, etc. until such time that he does have time to address one of the above with a kick or a ban.

ARTICLE IV

The Secretary of the Treasury shall be responsible for overseeing thread length (and resulting openings/closings of threads), and taking petitions as to whether certain threads should be open/closed.

Results

This bill was never voted on or passed into law, but was the closest the 2006 Parliament of AH.com ever got to legally specifying the roles and responsibilities of cabinet members. President Caesius would later use this and the earlier proposed Cabinet Positions Bill as the basis for creating the Cabinet posts of Secretary of State, Secretary of War, Secretary of the Treasury, Attorney General, Undersecretary of State Responsible for Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Information.

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