CFJ 33 (Wes)

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Rule 415 requires the Speaker to distribute Proposals in the order that he
receives them.
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The explanation and justifications have been repeated enough that we don't
think that they need to be stated yet again...

JUDGE
Joe Lindsay <lindsay@cs.wisc.edu>
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[Clerk Comments:  Uh oh, I think Joe is another 'phantom player'; his
 score has been zero for a *long* time.  It may be a while yet before
 we get this judged...]

{ Joe was adjudged to have left the game, and was replaced by Jim Shea
on 16/9/93. }

> I find this statement to be TRUE.
> 
> While I find it indeed to be the case that no proposal can be
> published while an earlier proposal is in the queue, rule 415
> does not by itself imply a strict ordering. Rule 415 requires
> that a proposal be distributed as soon as possible after its
> receipt.  Since the amount of processing required of every
> proposal is to all intents and purposes the same, the Speaker
> indeed cannot claim that it is possible to publish a proposal
> received at a given time while an earlier proposal remains
> unpublished.  Yet 415 alone leaves open the possibility that e
> could *simultaneously* publish all proposals received at or
> before a given time.
> 
> However, Rule 415 must be interpreted in light of the following
> rule:
> 
> 109.  The Speaker shall give each proposed Rule Change a number for
>       reference.  The numbers shall begin with 301, and each Rule Change
>       proposed in the proper way shall receive the next successive
>       integer, whether or not the proposal is adopted.
> 
> In other words, if a proposal is properly submitted to the
> Speaker and meets all requirements of a valid proposal, its
> number must be the next successive integer available at that
> time.  415 requires the Speaker to "assign the proposal a number
> *and* distribute the proposal" [emphasis mine], which I interpret
> to mean that assigning the number and distributing the proposal
> are a single atomic act. Since e must assign numbers in the order
> of receipt, the Speaker must likewise distribute proposals in
> that order.