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The 1997 Organic Law vests legislative power in the bicameral Ziu (parliament),
which consists of a seven-seat upper house known as
the Senäts, and a
200-seat lower house known as
Members of the Ziu deliberate by e-mail or in person year round.
The King may not hold seats in the Senäts or the Cosa, but he is ex officio a member of the Ziu, and may introduce legislation for its
consideration; he has a seldom-used veto which may be overridden
by the two Houses.
Elections are held every eight months or so. However,
election dates (as shown on the current schedule)
are tentative, and could change due to early dissolution of
the lower house or by the introduction of a single no-business month to the
six monthly legislative sessions (known as Clarks) that are usually held
between each election.
Clark business runs from the 1st to the 21st day of each calendar month in
which the Ziu meets.
Note that the word
"Clark" has two meanings: it is both the term for a monthly meeting
of the Ziu, and the name of the
Secretary of State's official journal and report detailing the business
of each such Clark.
Clarks are sometimes referred to by month ("The July 2005 Clark")
and sometimes by their number in the session of the Cosa
("The Fifth Clark of the 34th Cosa").
Visit the Houses of Parliament:
The Senäts |
The Baroque Water Tower and Saint Mary's Hospital