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Reichsversammlung passes biggest tranche
of laws in Abeldane history
By Horatio Eden, political editor and Reichsversammlung correspondent
The Reichsversammlung, the federal Abeldane legislature, tonight passed the biggest set of laws in
Abeldane history, clocking in with nine bills being converted to legislation in one session, including
Attorney General Horatio Eden’s landmark judicial powers bill.
The ninth - MP and Media Minister Max Pollack’s Guests of MPs Bill - was rejected on grounds of the fact that the
provisions of the bill, enabling members of the Reichsversammlung to bring guests to testify in the legislature at
the Speaker’s discretion, could be achieved under the remit of a standing order issued by the Speaker directly
under the Standing Orders Act.
We have compiled a full list of all legislation passed tonight, including brief summaries of their provisions, which
can be accessed here.
The longest act passed tonight was the Attorney General’s Ministry of Justice (Enumerated Powers) Bill, which marks
a substantial victory for Eden after his previous plan for a Central Investigation Department was narrowly
defeated. A full summary of that bill is also available, but in brief:
The Attorney General can now enact regulations to authorise criminal investigations, bring charges against
persons unilaterally, police areas held in common, such as the Abel to Dabel chat, and expunge criminal
The Ministry of Justice has been authorised to hold criminal records on all criminal elements in Abeldane
The Ministry of Justice has been given sweeping powers to “take any particular action” to further criminal
investigations within the parameters of constitutional and statutory law;
Makes it a criminal offence for people to refuse to comply with orders from agents of the federal
government, provided those orders are lawful.
Also passed during the session were the Lord Chancellor Bill, which created the position of Lord Chancellor within
the executive office of the Emperor, and the Parliamentary Defections (Resolution) Bill, which resolved the issue
created when MP Alex von Hapsburg, currently campaigning to be re-elected First Minister in Alexander, defected
from his original party, the Abeldane National Independence Party, to join the National Federalists, depriving the
ANIP of one of the seats to which they had been elected.
Also announced at the conclusion of the session was the date for the commencement of the Second Deputy
Speaker elections, contested between former Vorsitzender Artemis Langford and Attorney General Horatio Eden.
The election will begin January 1st, 2018.
30th December, 2017
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