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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Housing Deregulation Act (Failed) on: April 22, 2014, 03:17:06 pm
By a 1-4 vote, the bill fails.

Seeing no proposed legislation in the queue and no time to debate it if there were, I thank the Assembly for another productive session.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Housing Deregulation Act (Voting on Final Passage) on: April 22, 2014, 02:35:41 pm
Nay
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Housing Deregulation Act (Voting on Final Passage) on: April 21, 2014, 11:44:51 pm
The debate period has ended.  It is time to vote on the bill, as amended:

Housing Deregulation Act
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1. The Regional government of the Northeast, as well as all State, municipal, and local governments within the Northeast, are hereby prohibited from passing or approving any law or ordinance that does any of the following:
a. Limits the amount of money that may be demanded by a landlord in rent.
b. Prohibits or requires a special license for the conversion of single-family homes into multi-family homes, or vice versa.
c. Establishes a minimum lot size for buildings.
d. Imposes fees upon the construction of new buildings.
e. Requires developers to build units priced above or below a certain level.  

2. Any codified Regional, State, municipal, or local laws/ordinances that do any of the above are hereby rendered null and void. In the case of a law/ordinance that has any function in addition to any of the above, only the section(s)/clause(s) of the law/ordinance that does/do any of the above is/are rendered null and void.  Any law/ordinance that violates Section 1, Subsection c may continue to be enforced until 1 January 2020.

This vote shall remain open for the earlier of 48 hours or when all Representatives have voted.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Housing Deregulation Act (Debating) on: April 21, 2014, 11:26:08 pm
I motion to extend debate for 30 minutes. It seems like there's a slight possibility we might be able to reach something here.

I'll give you 30 minutes until 12:30 AM - but not much more.  It's getting late.
Thank you. Are you okay with the current version of the bill?

Also, Representative SWE, are you still opposed to the bill or have the amendments I've made since you initially stated your opposition ameliorated your concerns?

I think I'm going to vote against the bill for the reasons Rep. SirNick mentions.  It simply goes too far in upsetting current zoning laws.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Housing Deregulation Act (Debating) on: April 21, 2014, 11:01:50 pm
I motion to extend debate for 30 minutes. It seems like there's a slight possibility we might be able to reach something here.

I'll give you 30 minutes until 12:30 AM - but not much more.  It's getting late.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Housing Deregulation Act (Debating) on: April 21, 2014, 08:30:56 pm
Deus, how old are you? Because if you've ever rented a house, apartment (or bought one), these kinds of regulations are extremely useful to consumers and to businesses (no one wants to get sued after all).

Houston has no zoning laws and very affordable housing.  But getting rid of zoning laws in places where there already are zoning laws in one fell swoop changes expectations far too quickly.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Dallasfan65 for Governor on: April 21, 2014, 08:18:16 pm
The election is over. Though I will have to do a tabulation in earnest, the winners seem obvious. Congratulations to SWE, Napoleon, Deus, Sirnick, and BaconBacon.

Also, I would like to offer my congratulations to my good friend shua, who was reelected.

Sirnick received 0 first preferences.  Dr. Cynic received three.  So...
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Housing Deregulation Act (Debating) on: April 21, 2014, 08:05:35 pm
Sorry.  I still can't support gutting zoning laws all at once.  Under your proposal, a neighbor can build up to the property line, blocking out the sunlight from side windows.  Under your proposal, a neighborhood of large lot homes could be subdivided into more dense housing without recourse for the people who thought they bought a large lot house in a large lot neigborhood.  It's too radical a change to happen all at once.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Housing Deregulation Act (Debating) on: April 21, 2014, 06:10:11 pm
I don't support this.  Nullifying most zoning regulations in one fell swoop is unfair to those who bought houses and property with expectations that they would not be living next to a ten story apartment building.  It isn't even phased in over time to make the transition a bit more feasible. 
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: Executive Department Amendment on: April 20, 2014, 09:37:30 pm
Aye
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: Unnecessary Programs Repeal Act (Law) on: April 20, 2014, 09:33:23 pm
Governor Dallasfan65 has signed this bill into law.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Less Energy Spending Act (Failed Due to Veto) on: April 20, 2014, 09:32:22 pm
The period to request a veto override vote has passed.  The veto stands.   The bill fails.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: Unnecessary Programs Repeal Act (On Governor's Desk) on: April 20, 2014, 03:30:06 pm
By a 3-2 vote, the bill passes and goes to the governor for his signature or veto.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: Unnecessary Programs Repeal Act (Voting on Final Passage) on: April 20, 2014, 03:28:36 pm
Nay
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: Unnecessary Programs Repeal Act (Voting on Final Passage) on: April 19, 2014, 10:02:49 pm
The extended debate period is over.  It is time to vote on the bill, as amended:

Unnecessary Programs Repeal Act
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The following pieces of legislation are hereby repealed in their entirety:
1. Northeast Regional Economic Policy and Improvement Act of 2013
2. Quick-Action Closing Fund Act of 2013
3. Job Creation and Infrastructure Renewal Act of 2012
4. Northeast Small Business Incentive Act of 2010
5. Northeastern Green Jobs Act of 2009
6. Northeastern Revitalization Proposal of 2006

This vote shall remain open for the earlier of 48 hours or when all Representative have voted.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: Unnecessary Programs Elimination Act (Debating) on: April 19, 2014, 09:10:49 pm
Have we reached a consensus on this?

If not, perhaps the best option would be tabling it and going back to the drawing board (Northeast Assembly.) But I'd expect the Nays to give their input in such a scenario.

Otherwise, I'd be happy to sign it. Napoleon is quite the devil!

I think we reached a consensus on what will be in the bill.  It may or may not have enough votes to pass.  We'll have to see after the debate period ends in 50 minutes.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: Unnecessary Programs Elimination Act (Debating) on: April 19, 2014, 07:14:22 pm
Suggested Amendment
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1. Napoleon is a handsome man with great taste in whiskey says the Northeast legiature.

Does this replace the bill or is it added to it?
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / NE2: Housing Deregulation Act (Failed) on: April 18, 2014, 10:59:25 pm
Housing Deregulation Act
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1. The Regional government of the Northeast, as well as all State, municipal, and local governments within the Northeast, are hereby prohibited from passing or approving any law or ordinance that does any of the following:
a. Limits the amount of money that may be demanded by a landlord in rent.
b. Prohibits or requires a special license for the conversion of single-family homes into multi-family homes, or vice versa.
c. Establishes a minimum or maximum lot size for buildings.
d. Establishes height limits for buildings.
e. Imposes limits or fees upon the construction of new buildings.
f. Requires developers to build units priced above or below a certain level.  

2. Any codified Regional, State, municipal, or local laws/ordinances that do any of the above are hereby rendered null and void.

Sponsor: Rep. Deus naturae

Debate on this bill shall be open for 72 hours, or until around 11:59 PM on Monday, April 21, unless modified or extended.  The sponsor, Rep. Deus, is encouraged to speak on behalf of the bill within the next 36 hours.  If he does not, the bill will not be tabled as there is no other proposed legislation in the queue.

The floor is open for debate.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Assembly Election, April 2014 on: April 18, 2014, 09:56:58 pm
Official Ballot

Northeast Assembly
Five people will be elected to the Assembly.

[1] Deus Naturae (Democratic-Republican - New York)
[3] SomebodyWhoExists (Labor - New York)
[2] Napoleon (Labor - New York)
[4] Write-in: Sirnick
[5] Write-in: BaconBacon
[ ] None of the Above
[ ] Abstain
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2014 At-Large Senate Election on: April 18, 2014, 09:55:08 pm
AT-LARGE SENATE


[4] Adam Griffin of New Brunswick
Labor Party



[7] Alfred F. Jones of Rhode Island
Labor Party



[6] a Person of Maine
The People's Party



[1] Goldwater (Republitarian) of Delaware
Federalist Party



[2] JCL (Johanus Calvinus Libertas) of Indiana
Federalist Party



[5] Lumine von Reuental of Montana
The People's Party



[3] shua of Nunavut
Democratic-Republican Party



[  ] Write-in:______________________________
-__________________



[  ] None of the above
[/quote]
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Less Energy Spending Act (Vetoed) on: April 18, 2014, 09:46:39 pm
The governor vetoed this bill at just before 6PM today.  There are about 43 hours left for a Representative to make a motion to override.  If there is no motion within that time, the bill will fail and the thread will be closed.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: Unnecessary Programs Elimination Act (Debating) on: April 18, 2014, 09:41:57 pm
What happens if the Assembly election is certified before we pass this bill? Do we just keep debating it?

The session ends on Wednesday night/midnight Thursday.  This will be resolved one way or the other before then, if it fails or the governor promptly signs it.  There might still be time for a veto override, if necessary.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: End Regressive Sales Taxation Act (Tabled) on: April 18, 2014, 09:38:48 pm
This bill has been tabled at the request of the sponsor.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: Unnecessary Programs Elimination Act (Debating) on: April 17, 2014, 10:32:56 pm
Seeing some Representatives' interest in the bill, I'm going to make and grant motion to extend debate until 11PM on Saturday, April 19. 
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: End Regressive Sales Taxation Act (Debating) on: April 17, 2014, 10:18:58 pm
How do you propose making up the over $15 billion that the sales tax brings in?
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