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  Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform
Reform in Alabama is not a sprint, it is an endurance race.
Organized by Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform, the first annual Bailey Thomson Awards Luncheon was held to celebrate progress made toward constitutional reform and to honor contributors to the movement.
The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Demetrius Newton, D-Birmingham, pulled the proposal Tuesday when he realized that he did not have the votes on a procedural measure that had to pass to bring the convention plan to the floor.
www.constitutionalreform.org /reforminnews.shtml   (4998 words)

  Politics | Q&A: the constitutional reform bill
The government's proposals, in the constitutional reform bill, are to move the existing 12 law lords to a new "supreme court" in an as yet unidentified (but "prestigious") building elsewhere in London, physically and formally separating the judiciary from the legislature.
Also lurking behind today's debate is another aspects of the government's constitutional reforms that is just as unpopular with some segments of the Lords: the ejection of the remaining 92 hereditary peers.
In itself, this would not kill the bill, but would effectively shatter the proposed timetable for it reaching the Commons, and probably mean it could not be enacted ahead of the next general election - probably in May 2005.
politics.guardian.co.uk /print/0,3858,4875304-107973,00.html   (871 words)

 Build Ukraine
True, it is not clear yet whether the constitutional restriction forbidding the amendment of the country's constitution twice within the same year may be applied to the 8 April vote.
Yushchenko advertised a constitutional reform as one of his main programmatic goals before the 2002 parliamentary elections, but has abandoned the idea after opinion polls began to suggest that he may win the 2004 presidential ballot.
If the constitutional reform collapses completely, then the 2004 presidential-election campaign may be one of the harshest and toughest political campaigns in the country.
www.artukraine.com /buildukraine/maksymiuk2.htm   (947 words)

 Talk:Lord Chancellor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
However, as the Constitutional Reform Bill was introduced to Parliament in the House of Lords, the Parliament Acts can not be used to force it through if the Lords don't accept it.
On the 30th November, the Lord Chancellor submitted ammendments to the Constitutional Reform Bill which removed the 'Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs' from the Bill.
The Constitutional Reform Bill has today been approved by both Houses of Parliament, though only with a majority of 12 in the Lords.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Talk:Lord_Chancellor   (1860 words)

 Russia, Ukraine, Election Crisis - CDI RW 10 December 2004
The constitutional reform suggests that the balance of power in the country will be radically shifted from the president to the parliament and the prime minister.
Kuchma and his aides devised the political reform as a stratagem for remaining in the political game beyond 2004 through their leverage in a parliament reinforced with extensive powers regardless of who wins the presidency.
The key accomplishment just might be the constitutional reform that seeks to dismantle the authoritarian executive system of power, so characteristic of many post-Soviet states, and recast it into something more similar to European-model democracy.
www.cdi.org /russia/334-9.cfm   (978 words)

 Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform
This one was to Montgomery for reform of Alabama's 1901 Constitution.
Auburn Students for Constitutional Reform is a new campus organization that was chartered last spring and is considered an official student affiliate of the Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform.
Efforts to reform Alabama's 1901 constitution are not new to University political science professor emeritus Bill Stewart, who began participating in the constitutional reform movement during Gov. Albert Brewer's administration in the late 1960s.
www.constitutionalreform.org /studentnews.shtml   (774 words)

 Constitution Society Home Page
The Constitution Society is a private non-profit organization dedicated to research and public education on the principles of constitutional republican government.
This organization was founded in response to the growing concern that noncompliance with the Constitution for the United States of America and most state constitutions is creating a crisis of legitimacy that threatens freedom and civil rights.
We maintain that the principles of constitutional republicanism are universal, and applicable to all nations, although not well understood or upheld by most.
www.constitution.org   (828 words)

 Tunisia Online News Updates, The latest news from Tunisia
The bill aims at ushering the country into a new political and institutional phase in order to keep track of the continued evolution of Tunisian society and paves the way for tomorrow's Republic and ensures the country's progress, while safeguarding the presidential nature of the republican regime.
The bill also consecrates the reformist course followed by Tunisia since the Change, a course illustrated by the rehabilitation of popular sovereignty and the republican system, the consolidation of the rule of law and institutions, the strengthening of human rights and freedoms and the anchoring of democracy and pluralism.
The Constitutional reform introduces the possibility of renewing the candidacy for the office of President of the Republic while maintaining the provision of maximum age of eligibility, provided for in Article 40.
www.tunisiaonline.com /news/130202-1.html   (818 words)

 President Chandrika Kumaratunga  on  New Sri Lanka Constitution Bill
Mr Speaker this Constitution is designed to end the ethnic war which totally destroyed the lives of the people of this country...Though anybody may hoot or howl like jackals, we shall go through with this.
Mr Speaker this Constitution is designed to end the ethnic war which totally destroyed the lives of the people of this country.
The proposals on which this constitution is based were presented to this country on a day like this on 3rd August 1995, five years ago.
www.tamilnation.org /conflictresolution/tamileelam/cbkproposals/00chandrika.htm   (9055 words)

 LLRX -- UK Constitutional Reform
The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy with a bicameral parliament composed of the Houses of Commons and Lords.
Bills based on the 1997 White Papers were introduced in 1997, and these culminated in the Scotland Act 1998, http://www.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts1998/19980046.htm, and Government of Wales Act 1998, http://www.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts1998/19980038.htm.
The constitution was established as an Interim Constitution in 1993 and adopted by the Constitutional Assembly in 1996.
www.llrx.com /features/ukconstitution.htm   (8985 words)

 Worldandnation: Ukrainian lawmakers block election reform
Yushchenko had been hoping for quick approval of a raft of bills that would amend election laws and reshuffle the election commission, which the opposition accused of covering up fraud in the initial runoff, held Nov. 21.
Communists, socialists and progovernment factions in Parliament had promised to back the legislation in exchange for the opposition's support of a constitutional reform bill that would transfer some of the president's powers to Parliament.
Kuchma, who has strongly pushed for the constitutional reform, also accused the opposition of breaking its promises.
www.sptimes.com /2004/12/05/news_pf/Worldandnation/Ukrainian_lawmakers_b.shtml   (495 words)

 ePolitix.com - Constitutional Reform Bill (HL) (G) [Failed Bill 2003/04 Session]
Furthermore, it is envisaged that reform would encourage a greater number of female and ethnic minority members of the judiciary than is currently the case.
In March 2004 the bill was delayed in the Lords after being referred to a select committee.
Bill as amended in the committee: HL Bill 130
www.epolitix.com /EN/Legislation/200311/98E08365-922D-4071-B7CC-3331DC31F24F.htm   (499 words)

With the reform law now officially declared legal, the verdict could be read by some as the exhaustion of all peaceful, political means for resolving the conflict.
As the reform forwards the definition of autonomy to the state legislatures, it will be difficult for the different indigenous peoples in the country to articulate a coordinated strategy to face the reform.
The report considers the constitutional reform insufficient "in relation to the content and spirit of the San Andres Accords and the layouts of the ILO Convention 169", and therefore it "does not contribute to the pacification objective".
www.sipaz.org /informes/vol7no3/vol7no3e.htm   (6349 words)

 UK Parliament - Notes on Parliament and Constitution
The Constitutional Reform Bill [HL] - a Supreme Court for the United Kingdom and judicial appointments [Bill 18 of 2004-05]
The Northern Ireland Bill [Bill 169 of 2005-06]
The Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill [Bill 111 of 2005-06]
www.parliament.uk /works/notes_on_parliament_and_constitution.cfm   (1155 words)

 Global Insight // Same-day Analysis
The resignation, which is in effect a threat to the ruling coalition to hasten the passage of a controversial Constitutional Reform bill, will add to divisions within the ruling coalition ahead of important regional elections.
The bill, which would devolve power over policing, health and education to the regions, looks set to pass through the Senate by the end of the month.
He accused the Senate (upper house of parliament) of 'foot dragging' and denounced his centre-right coalition allies of a 'lack of respect' for the bill, which was expected to be one of the legislative cornerstones of Berlusconi's second term, but has suffered from incessant delays and amendments.
www.globalinsight.com /SDA/SDADetail1773.htm   (1029 words)

 ANALYSIS: Our Ukraine seems to be losing sway over country's constitutional reform (02/15/04)
The Verkhovna Rada voted on February 3 to excise the clause allowing the election of an "interim" president by direct election in 2004 and the subsequent parliamentary selection of a head of state in 2006 from a contentious bill on political reform that was preliminary approved on December 24, 2003.
The amendments to the bill were passed by 304 deputies, that is, by four votes more than are necessary for the final adoption of the constitutional reform in the second reading.
If the bill is passed by the Verkhovna Rada in the second reading before May 1, when the presidential election campaign is expected to begin, then a new president elected this coming fall will have significantly fewer prerogatives than Leonid Kuchma is enjoying now.
www.ukrweekly.com /Archive/2004/070405.shtml   (896 words)

 Sri Lankan government crisis deepens as Kumaratunga "postpones" constitutional reform bill
Immediately after the bill's withdrawal, he joined a demonstration outside parliament to inform the assembled protesters and Buddhist monks that the “problem was solved”.
The constitutional changes were aimed at concluding a settlement with them on the basis of limited power sharing, thus isolating the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the separatist organisation engaged in bitter fighting against government forces in the north and east of the country.
Lamenting that the present setup constituted a barrier to effective government, with the ruling party constantly dependent on the support of minor parties, Kumaratunga wanted to add another 73 seats, bringing the total to 298, and to introduce a mix of proportional representation and first-past-the-post elections.
www.wsws.org /articles/2000/aug2000/slpk-a09_prn.shtml   (853 words)

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The principle on which the Bill is based is that in our modem democratic society Parliament rather than the Executive should be sovereign, as was envisaged by those who made the constitutional settlement in 1688.
I commend for the attention of the House the process that was followed in Scotland in considering devolution for the long years when it was not being discussed and during which forward movement was impossible.
I refer to the establishment of a constitutional convention to enable discussions to be continued.
www.libdems.org.uk /government/house-of-lords-constitutional-reform-bill-030306.html   (1074 words)

 GNN - Government News Network
A NEW constitutional era, abolishing the office of Lord Chancellor and creating an independent Supreme Court and independent Judicial Appointments Commission, was heralded today by Constitutional Affairs secretary Lord Falconer.
For the first time, the Bill enshrines in law a duty on government ministers to uphold the independence of the judiciary.
The Bill brings to an end the post of Lord Chancellor, transferring his judicial functions to President of the Courts of England and Wales.
www.gnn.gov.uk /environment/detail.asp?ReleaseID=109496&NewsAreaID=2&NavigatedFromDepartment=True   (703 words)

 Guardian | Judicial reform bill flawed, says watchdog
The lord chancellor's plans to reform the way judges are appointed were attacked as "wrong-headed" and "flawed" yesterday by his own watchdog, the Commission for Judicial Appointments (CJA).
The constitutional reform bill, which comes back to the House of Lords on Monday, would set up an independent judicial appointments commission to take the selection of judges out of the hands of the lord chancellor and his department.
The commissioners were not arguing that they should be retained, but that audits of the new body's performance could be carried out by the proposed judicial conduct and appointments ombudsman.
www.guardian.co.uk /print/0,3858,5033444-103685,00.html   (372 words)

 Reform Acts
From 1829 to 1832 their discontents fused in the demand for Parliamentary Reform, behind which the massses threw their riots and demonstrations, the businessmen the power of economic boycott.
For many conservatives, this effect of the bill, which allowed the middle classes to share power with the upper classes, was revolutionary in its import.
The 1867 Reform Act extended the right to vote still further down the class ladder, adding just short of a million voters -- including many workingmen -- and doubling the electorate, to almost two million in England and Wales.
www.victorianweb.org /history/hist2.html   (394 words)

According to him, the vote on the proportional election law was a "ticket to a coup" that will eventually lead -- through the subsequent adoption of a constitutional reform bill -- to the installation of an "emperor" in the post of prime minister.
Therefore, it is not out of the question that now, when the preliminarily approved election bill is being reviewed by the parliamentary Constitutional Committee, the committee may introduce some "regional modifications" to the fully proportional electoral procedure in order to address the fears of deputies elected in single-mandate constituencies and thus stifle their potential rebellion.
True, there still is a chance that the Constitutional Court may agree with their appeal and rule that last year's vote on the constitutional reform bill was illegal, thus effectively killing the entire reform plan in 2004.
www.rferl.org /newsline/2004/03/5-NOT/not-100304.asp?po=y   (746 words)

 ePolitix.com - Breakdown of the Constitutional Reform Bill
This clause makes provision for the constitution of the Court's supplementary panel (from which judges can be drawn to supplement the permanent membership of the court).
In this Bill any reference to "the Minister" means the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs.
As an Act, the Bill would be referred to as the Constitutional Reform Act 2004.
www.epolitix.com /EN/LegislationNews/200501/04c2aa30-c28b-4718-a116-c2cb7f1b65c8.htm   (3393 words)

 Ukrainian-related news stories from RFE
The bill, which received 266 votes in the 450-member chamber, stipulates that deputies to rural councils must be elected under a majority system.
The adoption of this bill was a sine qua non for the Communist Party and the Socialist Party to support the constitutional-reform bill along with the pro-government forces.
In February, the Verkhovna Rada reacted to PACE's main objection to the planned constitutional reform -- the provision mandating the election of president by parliament in 2004 -- by deleting it from the constitutional-reform draft.
www.infoukes.com /rfe-ukraine/2004/0407.html   (970 words)

 Tax Reform and the Constitutional Problem
There is no legal Constitutional basis for enforcing the States to align and comply with the proposed Tax Reform Bill with respect to State tax ceilings and State tax prohibitions.
Most important of all, it is vital that the parts of the Tax Reform Bill dealing with the GST be separated from those parts of that Bill dealing with the States.
To pass a Bill in Commonwealth Parliament outlining the manner by which States are required to raise taxation revenue, is too momentous an issue to be decided without prior State participation on the most fundamental level of long term economic planning.
www.multiline.com.au /~johnm/taxcons1.htm   (1187 words)

 Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords] — New Clause 9 — Disqualification from holding further ministerial ...
Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords] — New Clause 9 — Disqualification from holding further ministerial office — 1 Mar 2005 at 19:13 — Commons Division No. 109 — The Public Whip
Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords] — New Clause 9 — Disqualification from holding further ministerial office — 1 Mar 2005 at 19:13 — Commons Division No. 109
A good summary of this bill (protected by parliamentary copyright) can be found in paragraph 3 of the explanatory notes for the bill.
www.publicwhip.org.uk /division.php?date=2005-03-01&number=109&showall=yes   (283 words)

Manayeu's fourth recommendation for the opposition is to organize efficient monitoring of the October parliamentary election, including the participation of international observers.
The Verkhovna Rada on 8 April voted on a controversial constitutional-reform bill, falling six votes short of the 300 votes required for approval.
Havrysh said on Inter Television that the Verkhovna Rada will hold a repeat vote on the constitutional reforms since, he argued, lawmakers voted not for bill No. 4105, which provided for these reforms, but for unregistered bill No. 1674-4, which was announced by speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn before the vote.
www.rferl.org /reports/pbureport/2004/04/13-130404.asp   (1458 words)

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