2014-03: Calling the Estats Xhenerais to Order Mar 16, 2014 23:06:17 GMT -6
Post by Trotxâ on Mar 16, 2014 23:06:17 GMT -6
Good evening, fellow Citizens of the Great Province of Vuode, fellow subjects of His Majesty King John, and assembled cestours. As it is the third Full Moon of 2014 has risen, I am pleased as the duly-elected Presiding Officer of the Estats Xhenerais of the United Provinces of Vuode and Dandenburg, I declare that our third legislative session is hereby open.
This body shall remain is session until the first quarter moon rises on Saturday, 23 March 2014. This body shall recess at approximately 11:00PM, unless or until the Premier of Vuode shall ask the Estats Xhenerais to remain in session.
The Chair recognizes that today, 16 March is National Artichoke Heart Day. Our good friends in the kitchen of Lake Park Golf Course have prepared some special artichokian treats for us to celebrate this day. Please help yourself to the snacks while they last.
As this full moon falls in the month of March, the only appropriate musician to celebrate this month is John Philip Sousa, the March King. We have invited Maestro Sousa’s former band, a band his father also played in, to join us for this session. Please give a warm Vuode welcome to – the President’s Own, the United States Marine Band, conducted by Colonel Michael J. Colburn. The Marine Band will start tonight’s concert with a Sousa tune that is the official march for the United States Marine Corps. It is titled “Always Faithful” in old Talossan, and it is the 1888 Sousa composition Semper Fidelis.
Thank you, Colonel Colburn, for sharing your wonderful music. The chair recognizes that the U.S. Marine Band has several connections to Talossa. The Marine Band’s principal clarinetist, Master Gunnery Sergeant Jeffrey Strouf, graduated from Laramie High School with our own Count of Florencia and Baron of Hooligan, the inimitable Ma Ups Patritz la Mha. You saw MGySgt. Strouf at 2:29 in the previous video of “Semper Fidelis”. Please join me in welcoming Master Gunnery Sergeant Strouf to Talossa! Huzzah!
We’ve asked the Colonel Colburn and the Marines to share one more song for our opening, and they have agreed. (You’re welcome, Baron Q!) Here they are with a tune that we all should recognize: Sousa's 1893 Liberty Bell March.
Thank you so much to Colonel Colburn, Master Gunnery Sergeant Strouf and the United States Marine Band. We hope you will be able to join us next week for our closing ceremony. Let's give them one more round of applause! Huzzah!
Now we turn to the business part of our meeting. Citizens of Vuode Province – this is your democratic government in action. We invite you share your thoughts and ideas here in this meeting.
We open with the required disclaimers:
All citizens and cestours of this, the finest province in the Kingdom of Talossa, are invited to stand now, and to present to us their Councillors any petitions, proposals, projects, programs or policies. Please come forward to the microphone, state your name and canton, the organization represented (if any), the title of the matter addressed and your position in favor or against; then proceed with remarks topic that brings you before the assembled Counselors. Generally, speakers will have at least one (1) minute to speak, but generally not more than five (5) minutes. Speakers should limit remarks to the designated time limit as determined by the Chair. Speakers are cautioned that only topics specifically related to the operations of the United Provinces of Vuode and Dandenburg and the function of the Estats Xhenerais are appropriate in this forum. Please be aware that all comments, documents, exhibits, evidence, petitions or writs presented shall become part of the public record.
Councillors and citizens are required to use proper language when addressing the Estats Xhenerais. Councillors, citizens and cestours shall not use profanity or cursing, aggressive or threatening behavior when addressing the Estats Xhenerais or other participants. All comments are directed to the Presiding Officer and not to individual Councillors or to the audience. No personal verbal attacks toward any individual will be allowed during the conduct of a Estats Xhenerais session. Any Councillor, including the Presiding Officer, may have individual(s) removed from the podium and/or Estats Xhenerais Chambers if such conduct persists after a warning has been issued.
No person, including but not limited to registered lobbyists, except Councilors and the staff of the Estats Xhenerais, shall be permitted access to the Members Bar and Lounge, except that employees of liquor distributors and employees of the Lake Park Golf Course may be granted admission for the purpose performing their employer-requested duties. Attendees of these meetings are heartily encouraged to tip the wait staff for services provided.
It is the intent of these rules that the deliberations and actions of the Estats Xhenerais be conducted and taken openly in order that the citizens and cestours may be fully informed, it being the finding of the Estats Xhenerais that the citizens must be fully informed if they are to be intelligently advised as to the conduct of public business by their duly elected Councilors.
This public meeting is now open for the good of the People and Province of Vuode.
God Save the King!