Senatus consultum on Senate Ballot and Results of 31 December 1999 2

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This senatus consultum was proposed prid. Kal. Ian. , L. Equitio Dec. Iunio cos. MMDCCLII a.u.c..

Senate action for 31 December 2752, as posted in the “old Tabularium”. This is posted in place of a Tribunes' report that has yet to be found.

Tiberius Galerius Paulinus, Censor 9 August 2761 A.V.C.

1. Senate Ballot and Results of 31 December 1999

Salvete Senatores! The auspices have been taken and the omens are favorable. As announced, I hereby present to the senate items for it to discuss and deliberate. All but one of my items will be in the body of this message. The final one, the budget, I will present in a separate message due to its size.

Amici, this is my last time before you in the curule chair as consul. It has been an honor to work with this august body and I thank each of you for your effort and support during my tenure of office.

Before I present the items to discuss, I will continue an ancient senatorial tradition that I revived over the summer: to begin each session of the senate with prayers and offerings to the Altar of Victory. The prayer is my own. If any other senator knows of another prayer, or one of the historical ones, please offer it to the senate.

Salve Victoria, Magna Dea! Once again the Senate of Rome prays to you. We have not forgotten you. Give us your strength to guide Nova Roma into the future. We swear on your Altar to do as we think is best for our Republic and ask for you to help us triumph over adversity. We hope our offerings please you, whatever each of us is able to give. Ita est!

Salve Iuppiter! Si sciens fallo, tum me Dispiter salva urbe arceque bonis eiciat ut ego hunc lapidem. And now Patres et Conscripti, to the business at hand. I will briefly list the items, then go into more detail below. The items are:

1.2. Lex Iunia Cornelia--Proposed Constitutional Amendment on Senatorial Review of Governors

1/ The text of this proposed amendment is as follows:

Lex Iunia Cornelia: Proposed Change in Article of Constitution: Senatorial Review of Governors

This lex changes Article V Section C. of the Constitution to state: "The Senate may, by Senatus Consultum, create provincia for administrative purposes and to appoint provincial governors therefore. The Senate may review each governor on a yearly basis and it remains in the discretion of the Senate whether or not to prorogue such governors. These governors may have assistants to handle the disbursements of any funds that might come from the central government, as well as to manage any local funds."

This amendment I think is of vital importance as it brings some kind of yearly oversight over the provincial governors. There was such oversight in the original constitution but in the creation of the new system, this was lost. It does not *require* that the senate review each governor yearly but it does give the senate to right to do so if the need is evident.

2/ Vote Results: 7 vs. 1. Item is passed.
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