CONGRESS         


  Legislation

Legislation is one of the most important aspects of the Habbo White House; legislation is our laws and control every single aspect of the White House itself. Congress' main responsibility is to ensure the White House's legislation is updated and remains relevant and functional. But there are different types of legislation: primary and secondary, which will be further explained here.


Primary legislation

Primary legislation holds the second highest status when it comes to White House laws – this means that it overrides any other lower status of law in case of discrepancies. The Constitution of the Habbo White House holds the highest status of law, and will always override primary legislation in case there is a discrepancy.

A good rule of thumb for recognizing primary legislation is the suffix "Act [year]", so if confronted with the Legislation Act 2019, Congress Act 2020, the Democracy (The Vote Must Go On) Act 2020 and the SUPERSTAR Act 2021, there should be no problem identifying them as primary legislation.

Primary legislation is submitted through Congress, and every member of Congress has the power, tools and rights to propose primary legislation, which are called bills. The Office of Government and Legislative Affairs may also propose bills. These bills go through the legislative process, which you can read more about here. When a bill has gone through the entire legislative process, it becomes a law.


Secondary legislation

Secondary legislation holds the third highest status when it comes to White House laws, this means that both the Constitution and any primary legislation overrides secondary legislation in case of discrepancies.

A good rule of thumb for recognizing secondary legislation are the suffixes "Order [year]" and "Regulation [year]", so if confronted with the Digital (Powers to Amend) Order 2019, the Engagement (Reform 2) Order 2020, the Treasury (Performance Pay Scheme) Regulation 2020 and the Treasury (Performance Pay Scheme) Regulation 2021, they are easily identifiable as secondary legislation.

Secondary legislation can be issued by anyone who has the autority to do so, and this authority is granted within the respective primary legislation through an "enacting provision", an example of which is from Part 20, Section 1 of the Legislation Act 2019 which states "The Speaker of the House may amend this act via order except for Part 1, Section 4 and this part". This allows the Speaker of the House to issue secondary legislation to amend the Legislation Act 2019.

Sometimes, Congressional consent is necessary for someone to issue secondary legislation this is usually recognizable with the phrase "order via consent" or "order with Congress' consent", an example of this is Part 15, Section 1 of the Prosecution Act 2019 which states "The Attorney General may amend this Act, except for this part, via order with Congress’ consent". Congressional consent is achieved through a consent resolution, which you can read more about here.

Martin-:

July 27th 2021, 8:02 PM BST

Originally written on May 29th 2021, 7:55 PM BST by Martin-:.


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