The House of Lords is the upper house of the Parliament of the Dominion of British West Florida. Parliament also includes the Governor-General and the the lower house, the House of Commons. The House of Lords has 51 members. Members of the House of Lords are not elected and are unpaid. The House of Lords have a wide range of experience and provide a source of independent expertise. The House also has a judical role as the final Court of Appeal. The Members form two groups, the Lords Spiritual, and the Lords Temporal. Lords Spiritual serve as long as they hold their ecclesiastical positions, Lords Temporal serve for life (except for the Surgeon-General, the Solictor-General, and the Lord Marshall who server as long as they hold the office).
The Lords Spiritual are the current President of the Florida Baptist Convention, the Senior Bishop of the Anglican Church in Florida, and the Senior Bishop of the Catholic Churches in Florida.
The Lords Temporal are the Duke of Florida, the Marquis of Mobile, the seven Earls, the seven Viscounts, the thirty Barons of Florida, the Surgeon-General, the Solicitor-General, and the Lord Marshall.
The House of Lords, as the upper house of Parliament is entrusted with the ensuring that due delibaration is taken on all matters presented to it. The House of Lords is intended to be a more reserved, more deliberate forum of elite wisdom. It consists of the the most distinguished characters, distinguished for their Rank in Life and their Weight of Property. The House of Lords is a neccessary fence against fickleness and passion. The procedures of the House of Lords depend not only on the Rules, but also on a variety of Customs and Traditions. The Lord Marshall enforces the rules of the House, and may warn or eject memebers that deviate from them.
When the House meets to try a Member, the Solicitor General enforces the Rules of the House, and may present the case against the Member. Any Member of the House of Lords can request a Trial be held following the Misconduct of any Member of the House of Lords, or of the Governor-General (in the event that the Governor-General is not be a member of the House of Lords)
The House of Lords' ability it call itself into session, and try a Member is the primary legal constraint on the Governor-General.
The House of Lords and the House of Commons have veto authority over Bills from the other house. The House of Lords can not inititate Bills of Revenue, but retains the veto power over those bills as well. No Bill becomes law until approved by Houses of Parliament and it is given 'Assent' by Her Majesty or the Governor-General.
Select Committee ChairsLicensure of Veterinarians and Animal Care: Lady Amaretta, Baroness of Orleans
Stationary and Seals: Lord Bo, Baron Von Servers
Foreign Relations: Lord Kevin Dobson, Baron of the Gulf