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15551  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Firearms and Mental Health Act of 2013 (Debating) on: January 03, 2013, 09:18:22 pm
Quote from: Amendment 52:41 by Snowstalker
A BILL

To address the connection between
mental health and violent crime in the Republic of Atlasia.

Be it enacted by the Senate of the Republic of Atlasia assembled.

SECTION 1. TITLE.

1. This bill may be cited as the Firearms and Mental Health Act of 2013.

SECTION 2. FUNDING MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS.

1. A national sales tax of 15% shall be applied to the purchase of all handguns, long guns, and automatic weapons in the Republic of Atlasia. This charge must not may be hidden within the displayed cost of said weapons upon final sale.

2. All monies from the tax shall be used to fund new mental health programs at the regional level, as coordinated between the Department of Internal Affairs and all appropriate regional bureaus. For budgetary purposes, this exchange will occur through a delineated “Mental Health Fund.”

3. These programs shall be focused on local mental health outreach, counselling, and support services.

Sponsor Feedback: No Data Entered
Status: Abort Retry Fail
15552  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: The STAR Act (Debating) on: January 03, 2013, 09:15:09 pm
Why don't we create a public institution for this?

Could you give us some kind of an example of what this would look like? Do you mean an agency or a quasi-gov't entity like Fannie Mae or something?
15553  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Trial, Not Turnout Amendment (Amendment at Vote) on: January 03, 2013, 09:12:24 pm
We had 3-3-4 on an amendment in the AIT act, but I think we may have had 5-5 a few months ago.


Anyway this vote will end tomorrow afternoon unless a vote is changed.
15554  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Order of Atlasia Act (Debating) on: January 03, 2013, 09:10:49 pm
There is practically no procedural relevance rendered unto co-sponsors.
15555  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Order of Atlasia Act (Debating) on: January 03, 2013, 09:07:24 pm
I am a co-sponsor, NCYankee...

I must have missed that. Sorry about that.

But still, so what?
http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=165180.msg3541446#msg3541446

Only the main sponsor can offer amendments that don't need sponsor feedback (unless he has a split personality or something).
15556  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: The Duke-Marokai Postal Service Act of 2013 (Amendment at Vote) on: January 03, 2013, 09:00:28 pm
On the other hand, I worry that a shorter period might constrain quality and thus worsen the revenue situation by driving even more people towards alternative shipping methods.
15557  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Freedom to Eat Act (Debating) on: January 03, 2013, 08:39:42 pm
I remember this bill! I supported it because it didn't ban eating dogs, just the taboo of marketing and selling it in the marketplace. Of course, one could argue if we do that then no one will eat it...

I remember it as well, but more for the annoying procedural delays on simple matters that waisted so much time, rather than anything else.
15558  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Freedom to Eat Act (Debating) on: January 03, 2013, 08:33:41 pm
Fascinating. How do they relate to the bill?

For some reasons this post reminded me of an exhange between Peter Sellers and Orson Welles in the 1968 Casino Royale movie.

But I guess that doesn't bode to well for either you or Bgwah here, does it? Tongue
15559  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia National HQ -Nyman, DC (President Improves, Still Underwater) on: January 03, 2013, 03:40:33 am
Excuse me, I am from Moxie, not this "Iowa."

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Just couldn't resist the corporate bs here. Tongue
15560  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Firearms and Mental Health Act of 2013 (Debating) on: January 03, 2013, 03:32:38 am
One of the main problems that has in fact played a direct role in at least two of the recent RL shootings (Tuscon and Aurora) has been the failure to identify/seek appropriate measures on the part of those close to the shooters before the incident. Therefore the treatment (while in some cases may certainly be lacking but in the cases that it isn't so) may end up going unutilized before it is too late. Typically, becaue either that person is a family member (and thus doesn't want to be responsible for institutionalizing a relative or a none relative (could be a group of people) who prefer not to rock the boat and just hope he doesn't whip out an AR-15 in their office building.

Part of this is self inflicted by society because of the way it treats mental health, which serves to create a stigma that leads people to avoid treatment or leads a second person (relative or not) to not take any action towards getting the troubled person professional assistance.
15561  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: The STAR Act (Debating) on: January 03, 2013, 03:10:22 am
I can understand that, as it is typically my standard operating procedure on bills that I introduce that have many moving parts. However, time is running out on this Senate and thus my options are getting limited, since the new Senate starts on Friday and if this bill is still silent, the opening of a vote may fall into less patient hands (The old Big Bad X will do Y gambit. It worked on the CSS back in 2011. Not so much with Chairman Oakvale). Also if mine are limited, a retiring Senator is downright restricted if not constrained by the simple cruelty that is the clock face. Since time is not our friend, and if we aren't moving to a final vote, then the process should be started to get a replacement sponsor.


As for the bill itself, I already detailed the impact this may have in terms of actually reducing employment in some areas. Again, that wasn't an effort to advance a Luddite idea, but instead to temper the advocacy given so as to not have it lend itself as much to a counterproductivity criticism.

Also, I would also look the process in which this will be implemented. Who will oversee the program? Who will pay for administration and such? How will companies be selected and under what guidelines? How are campanes going to be rejected? What standards need to be in place to prevent a company from corrupting the process?
15562  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia National HQ -Nyman, DC (Anger at Cynic and AG Being Vacant) on: January 02, 2013, 10:32:03 pm
December Cabinet Approval Ratings
http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=166933.0

In your opinion, how have these Cabinet officials been performing their jobs?
Approve - Vice Prez Nathan   19 (9.5%)
Disapprove - Vice Prez Nathan   6 (3%)
Approve - AG Vacancy   6 (3%)
Disapprove - AG Vacancy   19 (9.5%)
Approve - GM shua   12 (6%)
Disapprove - GM shua   12 (6%)
Approve - SoFE homelycooking   24 (12%)
Disapprove - SoFE homelycooking   2 (1%)
Approve - SoEA Dr. Cynic   6 (3%)
Disapprove - SoEA Dr. Cynic   19 (9.5%)
Approve - SoIA Speed of Sound   20 (10%)
Disapprove - SoIA Speed of Sound   5 (2.5%)
Approve - RG homelycooking   25 (12.5%)
Disapprove - RG homelycooking   1 (0.5%)
Approve - MG Gustaf   19 (9.5%)
Disapprove - MG Gustaf   5 (2.5%)

 
Total Voters: 27

VP Nathan
Approve:    76%
Disapprove:     24%

AG Vacancy
Approve:    24%
Disapprove:     76%   

GM Shua
Approve:    50%     
Disapprove:     50%

SoFE homelycooking
Approve:    93%
Disapprove:     7%

SoEA Dr. Cynic
Approve:    24%
Disapprove:     76%

SoIA Speed of Sound
Approve:    80%
Disapprove:     20%

RG homelycooking
Approve:    96%
Disapprove:     4%

MG Gustaf
Approve:    79%
15563  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia National HQ -Nyman, DC (Tmth and PiT Gain, Kalwejt Declines) on: January 02, 2013, 10:30:08 pm
Regional Executive Approval Ratings
http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=166930.0

In your opinion, how has your regional executive performed his job?
Approve - Governor Tmthforu94 (F-IN)   7 (21.9%)
Disapprove - Governor Tmthforu94 (F-IN)   3 (9.4%)
Approve - Regional Kommissær Kalwejt (JEP-SD)   1 (3.1%)
Disapprove - Regional Kommissær Kalwejt (JEP-SD)   1 (3.1%)
Approve - Governor Scott (LIB-DE)   6 (18.8%)
Disapprove - Governor Scott (LIB-DE)   0 (0%)
Approve - Governor Wolfentoad (LIB-CA)   3 (9.4%)
Disapprove - Governor Wolfentoad (LIB-CA)   2 (6.3%)
Approve - Emperor PiT (F-LA)   8 (25%)
Dispprove - Emperor PiT (F-LA)   1 (3.1%)

 
Total Voters: 32

Governor Tmthforu94 (F-IN)
Approve:    70%
Disapprove:     30%

Regional Kommissær Kalwejt (JEP-SD)
Approve:    50%
Disapprove:     50%

Governor Scott
Approve:    100%
Disapprove:     0%

Governor Wolfentoad (LIB-CA)
Approve:    63%
Disapprove:     37%

Emperor PiT (F-LA)
Approve:    89%
Disapprove:     11%
15564  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia National HQ -Nyman, DC (Julio, Oak and Ben drag down avg) on: January 02, 2013, 09:58:23 pm
Combined Senate
Senators                                      Approve               Disapprove    Net
Senator NC Yankee (F-NC)            100%                  0%               +100%   (+22)
Senator Averroës Nix (TPP-NY)      100%                  0%               +100%   (+16)
Senator HagridoftheDeep (W-SC)   83%                  17%             +66%     (+20)
Senator Marokai Blue (LAB-IA)         79%                  21%             +58%     (+22)
Senator Snowstalker (LAB-WV)       72%                  28%              +44%      (+4)
Senator Franzl (LIB-ILL)                   69%                  31%             +38%      (-18)
Senator Simfan (TPP-NY)                  52%                 48%              +4           (+2)
Senator Benconstine (IND-VA)         50%                  50%              +0%      (-24)
Senator Oakvale (TPP-CA)               50%                  50%              +0%       (-50)
Senator JulioMadrid (LAB-SD)             0%                 100%            -100%   (-100)


Average                                           65%                  35%             +30%        (-26)
15565  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia National HQ -Nyman, DC (Simfan Leaves at Parity, Others Gain) on: January 02, 2013, 09:42:27 pm
December At-Large Senator Approval Ratings
http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=166928.0

In your opinion, how have your At-Large Senators performed their job?
Approve - Senator Marokai Blue (LAB-IA)   23 (15.9%)
Disapprove - Senator Marokai Blue (LAB-IA)   6 (4.1%)
Approve - Senator HagridoftheDeep (F-SC)   24 (16.6%)
Disapprove - Senator HagridoftheDeep (F-SC)   5 (3.4%)
Approve - Senator Franzl (TPP-ILL)   20 (13.8%)
Disapprove - Senator Franzl (TPP-ILL)   9 (6.2%)
Approve - Senator Simfan34 (TPP-NY)   15 (10.3%)
Disapprove - Senator Simfan34 (TPP-NY)   14 (9.7%)
Approve - Senator Snowstalker (LAB-WV)   21 (14.5%)
Disapprove - Senator Snowstalker (LAB-WV)   8 (5.5%)

 
Total Voters: 29

Senator Marokai Blue (LAB-IA)
Approve:    79%
Dispprove:      21%

Senator HagridoftheDeep (F-SC)
Approve:    83%
Dispprove:      17%

Senator Franzl (TPP-ILL)
Approve:    69%
Dispprove:      31%

Senator Simfan34 (TPP-NY)
Approve:    52%
Dispprove:      48%

Senator Snowstalker (LAB-WV)
Approve:    72%
Dispprove:      28%
15566  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia National HQ -Nyman, DC (Yank and Ben Back in Familiar Ground) on: January 02, 2013, 09:41:23 pm
December Regional Senator Approval Ratings
http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=166927.0

In your opinion, how has your regional Senator performed his job?
Approve - Senator Averroës Nix (TPP-NY)   10 (31.3%)
Disapprove - Senator Averroës Nix (TPP-NY)   0 (0%)
Approve - Senator Ben (TPP-VA)   5 (15.6%)
Disapprove - Senator Ben (TPP-VA)   5 (15.6%)
Approve - Senator JulioMadrid (LAB-SD)   0 (0%)
Disapprove - Senator JulioMadrid (LAB-SD)   1 (3.1%)
Approve - Senator oakvale (TPP-CA)   2 (6.3%)
Disapprove - Senator oakvale (TPP-CA)   2 (6.3%)
Approve - Senator North Carolina Yankee (F-NC)   7 (21.9%)
Disapprove - Senator North Carolina Yankee (F-NC)   0 (0%)

 
Total Voters: 32

Senator Averroës Nix (TPP-NY)
Approve:    100%
Disapprove:     0%

Senator Ben (TPP-VA)
Approve:    50%
Dispprove:      50%

Senator JulioMadrid (LAB-SD)
Approve:    0%
Disapprove:   100%

Senator oakvale (TPP-CA)
Approve:    50%
Dispprove:      50%

Senator North Carolina Yankee (F-NC)
Approve:    100%
Disapprove:     0%
15567  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia National HQ -Nyman, DC (Senate's Numbers Are a Mixed Bag) on: January 02, 2013, 09:26:25 pm
December Senate Approval Ratings
http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=166925.0

In your opinion, how has the Senate been performing its job?
Strongly Approve   2 (7.1%)
Somewhat Approve   16 (57.1%)
Unsure/Don't Know/Don't Care   3 (10.7%)
Somewhat Disapprove   2 (7.1%)
Strongly Disapprove   5 (17.9%)

 
Total Voters: 28

Total Approve 64%
Total Disapprove 25%
Net Approve: +39 (+14)

Positive Intensity: -11 (-17)
15568  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia National HQ -Nyman, DC (President Improves, Still Underwater) on: January 02, 2013, 09:24:36 pm
December Presidential Approval Ratings
http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=166924.0

In your opinion, how has President Napoleon performed his job?
Strongly Approve   3 (10.7%)
Somewhat Approve   4 (14.3%)
Unsure/Don't Know/Don't Care   3 (10.7%)
Somewhat Disapprove   4 (14.3%)
Strongly Disapprove   14 (50%)
 

Total Voters: 28

Total Approve 25%
Total Disapprove 64%
Net Approve: -39 (+37)

Postive Instensity: -39 (+29)
15569  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: 53rd Senate Committee Declarations on: January 02, 2013, 09:04:19 pm
I'm considering putting together an omnibus higher education bill during the next session. If a couple of other Senators are willing to help, the Internal Affairs Committee would be a decent platform for this project. I'm even willing to chair the committee if I know that I can count on involvement from others (although I'd prefer that someone else take the reigns, as I intend to run for GOR Chair again). However, if there's no interest, I won't seek to remain on the committee, which, frankly, was completely useless during the previous session.

That sounds like an interesting endeavour and one I would be glad to help out on if necessary. However, I don't really want to get entangled into two committees.
15570  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Order of Atlasia Act (Debating) on: January 02, 2013, 08:55:25 pm
Quote from: Amendment 52:40 by Simfan34
To recognize the merits and achievements of distinguished citizens of the Republic of Atlasia

Be it enacted by the Senate of the Republic of Atlasia assembled.

1. The Order of the Star of Atlasia shall be a recognition of merit awarded by the President of the Republic of Atlasia to recognize the achievements rendered to it by its citizens.

2. The Order shall be granted in one of two degrees, the Silver Star or the Gold Star, which shall be for particularly meritous achievements.

3. Awardees of the Order shall be entitled to use the postnominal OSA(S) for the Silver Star and OSA(G) for the Gold Star.

Sponsor Feedback: Not yet entered on this version.
Status: Pending Feedback Decision
15571  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: The Duke-Marokai Postal Service Act of 2013 (Amendment at Vote) on: January 02, 2013, 08:49:15 pm
Quote from: Amendment 52:39 by Ben
A BILL

To improve, sustain, and transform the Atlasian Postal Service.

Title: The Duke-Marokai Postal Service Act of 2013


Section I

Recognizing that many individuals are employed by and depend on the Atlasian postal service, and that the vast majority of the public desires its continued operation, the Senate has decided upon the following:

1. Saturday letter and package delivery services from the Atlasian Postal Service shall end, staggered by location as deemed necessary by the Postmaster General, by July 1st, 2013.

2. Labor and pension costs shall not exceed a maximum of 70% of all Atlasian Postal Service expenses.

3. All labor and pension contracts as previously negotiated are hereby null and void, and shall require renegotiation to comply with the aforementioned labor and pension cost cap.

4. $8 billion shall be granted as a loan to the Atlasian Postal Service, to be repaid by the end of calender year 202816, for the purposes of repaying their existing financial deficit.

Section II

In order to put the postal service on a firm financial footing in the future:

1. The Atlasian Postal Service shall close and consolidate post offices if (a) substantial economic savings to the Postal Service would result from such closing or consolidation and (b) such closure or consolidation does not prevent the Atlasian Postal Service from meeting its obligation to maintain effective and regular postal services to rural communities where post offices are not self-sustaining.

2. The Postmaster General shall appoint a Chief Innovation Officer. The Chief Innovation Officer shall have proven expertise and a record of accomplishment in areas such as (1) the postal and shipping industry, (2) innovative product research and development, or (3) new and emerging communication technology. The Chief Innovation Officer shall lead the development and implementation of (1) innovative postal products and services, particularly products and services that use new and emerging technology to improve the net financial position of the Postal Service; and (2) non-postal products and services that have the potential to improve the net financial position of the Postal Service.

Sponsor Feedback: Hostile
Status: A vote is now open on the above amendment, please vote Aye, Nay or Abstain.
15572  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: The STAR Act (Debating) on: January 02, 2013, 08:31:36 pm
Are we ready for a final vote then?
15573  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Trial, Not Turnout Amendment (Amendment at Vote) on: January 02, 2013, 08:28:58 pm
Aye Guess


Aye (crazy)

Crazy.

Damn, I should have got the song "Crazy on You" too. Oh well, you have to prioritize. Tongue
15574  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Firearms and Mental Health Act of 2013 (Debating) on: January 02, 2013, 08:14:42 pm
Senator, you have 24 hours to commence an advocacy here.
15575  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / SENATE BILL: Firearms and Mental Health Act of 2013 (Law'd) on: January 02, 2013, 08:09:52 pm
Quote
A BILL

To address the connection between
mental health and violent crime in the Republic of Atlasia.

Be it enacted by the Senate of the Republic of Atlasia assembled.

SECTION 1. TITLE.

1. This bill may be cited as the Firearms and Mental Health Act of 2013.

SECTION 2. FUNDING MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS.

1. A national sales tax of 15% shall be applied to the purchase of all handguns, long guns, and automatic weapons in the Republic of Atlasia. This charge must not be hidden within the displayed cost of said weapons upon final sale.

2. All monies from the tax shall be used to fund new mental health programs at the regional level, as coordinated between the Department of Internal Affairs and all appropriate regional bureaus. For budgetary purposes, this exchange will occur through a delineated “Mental Health Fund.”

3. These programs shall be focused on local mental health outreach, counselling, and support services.

Sponsor: HagridOfTheDeep
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