Thursday, October 11, 2007
Ha! You lose, Senate
So, as I mentioned, Ross Lingenfelder did not have a 2/3 majority to get the appointment to Solicitor General, but because it was a voice vote, nobody counted.
Later on, a motion to reconsider was made and passed by unanimous consent. After a bunch of discussion, his appointment failed, as I knew it would.
So yes, it turns out that the motion which passed by voice vote without any debate at all required a bunch of debate and failed once people actually had to take responsibility for their actions. I hope this serves as a reminder that these are not just technicalities.
As to whether a motion to reconsider an appointment is legal... another excellent question. I'm inclined to say that it isn't. Once an appointment is made, can it be unmade? Or does it not take effect until after the meeting finishes? I believe the answer to both questions is no. (Also, Ross wasn't there anymore to be part of that debate)
In other news, this probably means that the Senate is unable to conduct business until they appoint a Solicitor General. It also means Taylor Allbright should have appointed an interim Solicitor General. I'll see if I can find out if this was done.
(In further other news, next week is the deadline for appointing an Elections Council Chair)
. . .
. . .