FSMC, TITLE 3.  LEGISLATIVE
 
 
Chapter 1:  Congressional Organization

101.     Membership.
102.     Presiding Officer.
103.     Immediate offices.
104.     Offices.
105.     Duties, responsibilities, and functions of offices.
106.     Holding other offices.
107.     Terms of office.

      101.  Membership.
 
     (1)     The Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia shall be a unicameral National legislature.  Unless the Congress is reapportioned, it shall consist of 14 Members to be known as Senators as follows:

(a)     four at-large Members, one from each of the States of Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk, and Yap, who are elected on the basis of State equality to serve for a four-year term.

(b)     ten Members serving for a term of two years and elected on the basis of population as follows:
 
     (i) one Member elected from Kosrae as a single-member congressional district;
 
     (ii) one Member elected from Yap as a single-member congressional district;
 
     (iii) three Members elected from Pohnpei, one of whom representing each single-member congressional district; and
 
     (iv) five Members elected from Chuuk, one of whom representing each single-member congressional district.

     (2)     Single-member congressional districts shall be reapportioned at least every ten years.  The first such reapportionment shall be made in 1988.

Source:  PL IC-1 7; PL IC-24 1; PL 5-53 1; PL 5-98 1; PL 7-89 1.
 
              Cross-reference :  FSM Const., art. IX, 10.

      102.  Presiding Officer.
     The Presiding Officer of the Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia is responsible for the operation of the Congress.

Source:  PL 1-14 1.

      103.  Immediate offices.
     There shall be the following offices which shall be under the direct supervision of the Presiding Officer:

     (1)     Office of the Clerk; and
 
     (2)     Public Information Office.

Source:  PL 1-14 2.

      104.  Offices.
     There shall be the following offices which shall be responsible to the Presiding Officer:
 
    (1)     Administrative Office; and within that the following functional activities:
 
                        (a) finance,
 
         (b) administration and personnel,
 
         (c) State delegation administrative support,
 
  (d) secretaries, and
 
         (e) sergeant at Arms;
 
     (2)     Office of the Legislative Counsel, and within that the Library and research; and
 
     (3)     Budget Office.

Source:  PL 1-14 3.

      105.  Duties, responsibilities, and functions of offices.
     The respective duties, responsibilities, and functions of each office within the organization of the Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia shall be established by and in accordance with administrative directives of the Presiding Officer until amended or superseded by law.

Source:  PL 1-14 4.

      106.  Holding other offices.
     A Member of the Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia may not hold another public office or employment.  During the term for which he is elected and three years thereafter, a Member may not be elected or appointed to public office or employment created by a National statute enacted during his term.  A Member may not engage in any activity which conflicts with the proper discharge of his duties.

Source:  PL IC-1 14; PL IC-24 3.
 
              Cross-reference :  FSM Const., art. IX, 13.

      107.  Terms of office.
     Each Senator elected at large shall hold office for a term of four years.  Senators elected on the basis of population shall each hold office for a term of two years. The terms of office of all Members of the Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia shall commence at noon of the eleventh day of May following their election and upon taking the oath of office, except as otherwise provided by law. Any Member elected or appointed to fill a vacancy may assume office upon acceptance of his credentials by the Congress and taking of the oath of office, and shall serve only for the unexpired term of the person he succeeds.

Source:  PL 5-98 2.
 
              Cross-reference:  FSM Const., art. IX, 8.                                                                                                                                                                                    
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