SILOFAIS (DM) – Despite concerns regarding a mass exodus from the Silofaisan political ranks, the first session of the Silofaisan National Assembly occurred at 8:00 GMT (9:00 UK time) yesterday; President Horatio Eden opened the session with a brief speech, in which he talked about the plans for his administration, primarily focused on ensuring that “in these critical opening days, weeks and months for our democracy […] we work solidly to maintain activity” in government, as “Inactivity is what kills micronational projects and experiments like this one, and it strikes most often in the nascence of its government.” He also announced his plans to gain Silofaisan membership of the Grand Unified Micronational.
The legislature convened, under the President’s chairmanship, to elect a Speaker for the Chamber. Avro Keatings, one of the main constitutional framers and the chair of the Constitutional Conventions, was elected by unanimous acclimation, as was the elected Speaker pro tempore, Patrick Renwick.
The legislature then convened to consider matters of legislation. The first bill to pass was the Literal Transparent Government Act – a bill that, if enacted, would require all buildings owned by the government to have their exterior walls built entirely from glass or a transparent glass-substitute. Though it was passed by the legislature, President Eden issued a veto, citing structural and economic concerns, that the Chamber attempted unsuccessfully to overturn, falling short of the two-thirds majority required to override a presidential veto.
Also considered were bills creating a system of committees for the Chamber, a second court in the judicial branch subordinate to the Supreme Court, for whom the President will need to nominate a justice following the bill’s promulgation by his Chief Secretary, Andrew Bevolo, and establishing a Department of Culture, among other legislation. Additionally undertaken was the confirmation procedure for the President’s Supreme Court nominees, the first two of which were taken up, while the third was not due to the Justice-designate not being available at the hearing.
The next Assembly meeting will be called by either the Speaker or Speaker pro tempore on the 14th of July, or earlier depending upon the availability of a majority of the membership.