CFJ 33 (Wes)

Rule 415 requires the Speaker to distribute Proposals in the order that he
receives them.

The explanation and justifications have been repeated enough that we don't
think that they need to be stated yet again...

Joe Lindsay <>

[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 unpublished.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.