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July 13, 2017 at 2:41 pm #2497
L. Livius Seneca mag. omnibus sociis sal.
In anticipation of the ratification of our new bylaws, we can continue to fine-tune the English translation here. Taking into account the most recent suggestions by P. Sextius and Horatia Adamas, our current version looks something like this:
THE RULE OF THE LATIN COLLEGE
- By this rule, the Latin College is established as a cultural college of the Roman Republic for the following purposes:
- To foster and nourish the use of the Latin language everywhere, to propagate its literature, to compose new works, and to advance education and instruction of the same;
- To supply and assist with Latin translations for the Republic;
- To advocate for the official status of the Latin language, and encourage and offer guidance concerning its usage within the Republic.
- All Roman citizens are able to become members of the Latin College.
- A member is approved by either magister.
- All members who are citizens optimo iure shall have voting privileges.
- Two magistri shall have joint authority over the College, as well as the power to veto one another. The shall be first among equals, speak for the College, preside over the College's deliberations, and determine spoiled ballots, for the magistri are the moderators of the Latin College's forum.
- The voting members together have legislative authority.
- Tied votes for resolutions or elections, according to the mos maiorum, shall be considered to have failed.
- The magistri are to be elected by a plurality for a term of one year beginning October 15, but:
- If either office is vacant, the other magister shall convene the College and hold an election;
- If both offices are simultaneously vacant, any other voting member is authorized to convene the College and hold an election;
- If the College lacks both magistri and voting members, control shall be surrendered to the Curule Aediles so that order might be restored.
- An extraordinary majority (three-quarters) may remove a magister from office.
- Either magister shall be able to convene the College, which must be announced to members at least one week beforehand.
- Any member shall be able to convene the College, unless either magister does not consent.
- Any voting member shall be able to bring business before a convocation.
- Any resolution of the College, including the disbursement of funds, unless indicated otherwise, requires a majority to stand.
- In every matter of the College to be voted upon, at least three votes must be cast in its favour in order to stand.
- Disputes between members should be settled privately, or else by a majority, with the magistri intervening as necessary.
- For grave violations of the purposes or rule of the College, or the mos maiorum, an extraordinary majority (three-quarters) may expel a member.
- An expelled member may appeal their expulsion to the Curule Aediles, or if they are a pleb, to the Plebeian Aediles.
- An absolute extraordinary majority (three-quarters of all voting members) may dissolve the College; if the College is thus dissolved, its denarii are to be surrendered to the Treasury of the Roman People.
- An extraordinary majority (three-quarters) may amend this rule.
Valete.July 14, 2017 at 7:41 pm #10772
L. Horatia Adamas L. Livio Senecae omnibusque fautoribus linguae Latinae S.P.D.
The phrase ‘determine spoiled ballots’ might better be rendered as ‘determine which ballots are invalid / spoiled.’ The rest seems reasonably good, although I would prefer to have the headings (in both Latin and English) noted with capital Roman numerals, and the main subordinate points with capital letters, then with Arabic numerals for subtopics, etc. That is normal outline format.
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