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Without judicial review, what is the point of the Dutch constitution?

I gather from various sources (note: most links are in Dutch) that no process of judicial review exists in the Netherlands. In my understanding, most democracies have a process for creating, amending ...
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A Specified Percentage Of Quorum Is Required To Carry A Motion

The Bylaws state that a quorum is 25% of active members (130 x .25 = 33). A specific vote requires 75% of the quorum in order to pass (33 x .75 = 25). My question is, if 100 people are in attendance, ...
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Is there a proper way to include explanatory text in a constitution?

I've been tasked with heading a committee to update the constitution for our church. This comes after much confusion and disagreement about the exact meaning of some existing phrases. I know that we ...
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Could a foreign power remove an Australian member of federal parliament by declaring them a citizen?

Recently a number of Australian members of the federal parliament have been referred to the high court because they might have a foreign citizenship. The first was a simple oversight by the politician ...
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Nomenclature for two UK Parliament Acts in the same year

Short titles for UK Parliament Acts are generally formed with the title itself and the year, e.g. Parliament Act 1911, (or, in Yes, Minister terms) Import, Export and Custom Powers (Defence) Act 1939. ...
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501(c)(3) Bylaws Question - Does this clause mean a motion to amend bylaws can go forward without quorum?

Voting Rights e. Quorum at annual or special meetings will be at least 51 percent of the directors and the lesser of 10 percent of the voting members or 10 voting members including any proxies. ...
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(In context of Indian parliament) what do the words “demand” and “grant” mean in the phrase “demand for grant”?

My book has explained the phrase "demand for grant" in the chapter "Indian Parliament" but i do not understand what do "demand" and "grant" mean. I tried googling them but did not find any valuable ...
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How can we interpret “may 'convene' a meeting”?

The laws for a number of statutory boards in my state are very brief in their specifications of procedures. One basic thing most of them seem to be saying are that either a board leader may convene a ...
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How fast can lawmakers go from ideas to laws?

How fast can the idea for a law become a law? What's the theoretical limit? Assume that everyone is in agreement.
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What is the nature of a quorum?

As I understand it, a quorum is the minimum necessary for business to get done in a meeting. My understanding is that a quorum merely prevents business from taking place without meeting the required ...
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Prosecutorial discretion and jurisdiction

Scenario Let's say someone wanted to force a US State to get into a legal battle to resolve an open issue that the legal system has been reluctant to resolve and for which existing laws were murky. ...
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Absent any indication one way or the other, are groups presumed to be majority rule or unanimous descision?

cite case law. Is there a difference between jurisdiction? Does size and type of group matter? Statutory vs private boards makes a difference?
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How do vacancies on a (Maine) state board affect the validity of meetings?

First, I will list the relevant statutes from Maine that I will discuss. Authority to 3 or more. Words in any statute, charter or ordinance giving authority to 3 or more persons authorize a ...
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Appointment and Elected Offices of an Assembly under Robert's Rules

In most assemblies following Robert's Rules, there are elected positions, such as members of the executive board, chair and vice-chair of the assembly and so forth. Now for this question, assume that ...