Becoming a Senator
During this period of restoration, and consistent with early law, an organic governor may appoint people to serve as senators, until such time that elections consistent with that State's constitution and national law may take place. The qualifications for a senator are set forth in the Constitution for the United States.
If you are interested in serving as a senator to the restored, non-corporate Congress, you should contact the organic governor of your state and inquire about how to proceed. You should also be aware of the expectations upon you as a senator, and the technological requirements which may be necessary at present.
Currently, the Senate meets weekly via teleconference on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. Central Time, and meetings last approximately one hour. A senator must have access to a telephone with long-distance connection capability, and no regular commitments during this time. Senators are expected to serve on at least one committee; these also meet via teleconference at various times throughout the week in the evening and on Saturday, and each meeting lasts for about an hour.
Senate materials are shared via e-mail. A senator should have access to an e-mail account throughout the week, and should have software necessary to view Microsoft Office documents and portable document format (PDF) files. Having routine access to an Internet-connected computer for e-mail and document review, as well as for research purposes is highly recommended.
The legislative process is a deliberative process, which is to say it is often argumentative. A senator should be able read proposed legislative writing and hear oral remarks in support or defense of proposed legislation, and then respond orally and in writing so that others may understand his or her remarks. It can be frustrating when a majority of senators do not agree with a position offered or fail to understand the implications of a particular position. A senator needs to be able to handle this frustration in a positive and constructive manner.
Likewise, there are often several matters in various stages of consideration by the Senate at any given time. A senator needs to be able to multitask while the Senate is assembled and outside assembly when juggling Senate research with other personal obligations. Depending on the engagement of a senator, time required outside of Senate and committee assemblies may amount to between five and ten hours per week.