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    Hello,
    I would like to ask you in an American or British parliament how is called the person or the group of persons that suggests a new topic to be discussed (and voted for?) in the parliament.

    I would like to thank you in advance
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    Default Re: Parliament Discussion

    We have Private Member's Bills in the UK when an individual politician puts forward a suggestion on their own.

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    Default Re: Parliament Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    We have Private Member's Bills in the UK when an individual politician puts forward a suggestion on their own.

    Thanks a lot! So do you imply that the only option is a signle politician to put forward a suggestion? Is nt that possible also to be done by a group of politicians i.e that belong to the same party.?

    Best Regards
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    Default Re: Parliament Discussion

    If you click HERE and scroll about halfway down to "Legislative Functions" you will find lots of info on how a bill can be introduced etc.

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    Default Re: Parliament Discussion

    In the US a bill can be introduced in either the House or the Senate.



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    Default Re: Parliament Discussion

    Not a teacher.

    In the US Congress the persons responsible for perpetrating a particular piece of legislation are called its "sponsors." The chief sponsors, usually the originators of a bill, normally attach their names to it. So we talk about "McCain-Feingold" or "Norwood-Dingle" as a particular bill is advanced.

    Then other sponsor sign on and if enough do, the (House or Senate) leadership may bring it to the floor for consideration. It's always up to the leadership to decide what happens on the floor.

    The House had something called a "discharge petition." If enough members "sign on" (as sponsors) to a bill, th leadership has to bring it to the floor.

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    Default Re: Parliament Discussion

    Two more questions regarding British and American parliaments.

    A. If the chairman is a women is addressed as Chairwoman :P or Mrs. Chairman.

    B. How do you call the audience that is part of the floor debate when you want to address them?

    Best Regards
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    Default Re: Parliament Discussion

    Not a teacher.
    In Parliament, the 'Chairman' is addressed as Mister Speaker or Madam Speaker, but in the wider context - away from politics - we now either refer to 'The Chair' (to avoid gender) or simply call a female 'Chairman' anyway, and few now object to this.
    There is no audience participation in Parliament, but if you mean the rest of the debating chamber - other politicians present - then you would call them 'The House' or 'Honourable Members present'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dervast View Post
    Thanks a lot! So do you imply that the only option is a signle politician to put forward a suggestion? Is nt that possible also to be done by a group of politicians i.e that belong to the same party.?

    Best Regards
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    One member will propose the bill, and the others will be backers (supporters). The procedures at Westminster are very complex and it is possible that there are alternative methods, but I don't know them. Until a few years ago, they kept top hats in parliament because wearing a hat was a way of introducing a point of order- there are many strange traditions there.

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    Default Re: Parliament Discussion

    Thanks a lot again!
    One more question: How to address the audience (member's of the parliament). For example consider that I am giving a talk and I would like to address them in order to raise their attention.

    A. Dear Member's of the Parliament
    B. Ladies and Gentlemen

    Best Regards
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