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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Election for 2nd Congress Senate PPT on: August 31, 2016, 09:59:26 pm
All right then, I suppose I will carry on with it. As a note, I'm getting a dog next weekend, so my activity won't be up to the level it has been. If I think it is getting in the way of me serving as PPT, someone else will need to step up. Hopefully I'll be able to manage both. Smiley
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: August 31, 2016, 09:53:05 pm
Wasn't sure if I should post this in the PAPOY thread or this one - met my little puppy last weekend! He is getting so big. His name is Benson and he has a kind personality to go with his cuteness. I bring him home on the 10th! You won't see as much of me on here after that!!!

3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-010: National Right to Life Act (Debating) on: August 31, 2016, 04:33:02 pm
The bill has been on the floor for over a week, allowing sufficient time for any amendments. We are now preceding to a final vote. Senators, please vote AYE, NAY or ABSTAIN.



Aye
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Election for 2nd Congress Senate PPT on: August 31, 2016, 02:17:45 pm
No other interest?
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Is a 50/50 Senate (with President Clinton) the best case scenario for the GOP? on: August 31, 2016, 10:45:25 am
Republicans had the House after 2011 and still managed to do well in the 2014 midterms. A little different since they'd control both chambers, but if Hillary is unpopular enough (I think she will be), they'll be able to pin everything on her and still do well.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-010: National Right to Life Act (Amendment Vote) on: August 31, 2016, 10:39:42 am
The amendment has passed. Any other amendments? Otherwise a final vote will be opened soon.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-021: Ukranian Freedom Act (Final Vote) on: August 31, 2016, 10:39:09 am
Abstain. Maybe the House will be able to look into this more, but with the information presented, I don't feel strongly enough in the arguments for it to vote in favor.



This has enough votes to pass. Senators have 24 hours to change their votes.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-024: Bugger Off Act of 2016 (Debating) on: August 31, 2016, 10:37:25 am
Blair brings up another good point. The people who would hypothetically sign up for this list are old-timers. That puts old-timers in the game, like myself, at an unfair advantage because we're going to have personal connections with some of these people and will be able to send them a quick "Will ya help me out?" PM to them and not have to worry about getting publicly shamed for PMing someone on the "Do Not PM List" (because as it stands, the only consequence to breaking this law is public humiliation). Cuts off newer members who may be running excited campaigns and want to share their ideas with voters. While campaign threads are great, not all voters read through them, and getting PMs from multiple sides allows them to hear from different points before casting a vote, rather than just helping out a friend.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-021: Ukranian Freedom Act (Debating) on: August 30, 2016, 08:54:23 pm
There has been no debate - I am bringing this to a final vote. Senators, please vote AYE, NAY or ABSTAIN.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-022: Death With Dignity Act (Debating) on: August 30, 2016, 08:53:44 pm
The amendment has been adopted.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-024: Bugger Off Act of 2016 (Debating) on: August 30, 2016, 08:53:12 pm
I understand what you're saying, but as I said before, what is the point of doing this if it has no teeth? Let them make it known that they don't want to be PMed and hope that people respect that, but if we're not going to have consequences, I don't see the point of spending congressional time on putting this in the statue.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Windjammer on: August 30, 2016, 01:35:19 pm
I wasn't a fan of him on Atlasia a while back, but I enjoy him on the other boards, particularly Congressional elections. FF
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-010: National Right to Life Act (Amendment Vote) on: August 30, 2016, 09:57:42 am
The amendment has enough votes to pass. Senators have 24 hours to change their votes.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-024: Bugger Off Act of 2016 (Debating) on: August 29, 2016, 05:07:46 pm
My thought: either put some teeth into the bill (invalidate the vote of anyone who sends a PM to someone on this list) or don't have it at all. We tried having a "Do Not PM" list in the past and it was repealed soon after because there was no consequence for sending PMs.

Personally, I think it is undemocratic to invalidate the vote of someone who is simply urging others to vote. This is largely an elections simulation - if you don't want PMs, either vote early or don't be involved in the game. It's just part of the nature of the game. I'm fine with bringing back deregistration, but I can't support this legislation.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / SB 2016-024: Bugger Off Act of 2016 (Debating) on: August 29, 2016, 05:04:39 pm
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A BILL

To establish a "Do Not PM" List for registered voters


Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled


SECTION 1. TITLE

This legislation may be cited as the "Bugger Off" Act of 2016

SECTION 2. CREATION OF "DO NOT PM" LIST

1. Any Atlasian who makes an explicit request in the New Register Thread to be placed on a "Do Not PM" list will be registered in such a list by the Registrar General.

2. The "Do Not PM" list shall be visible in one of the opening posts of the Census Bureau thread.

3. Any Atlasian wishing to campaign through PMs is requested to read the "Do Not PM" list before doing so.

Sponsor: Senator Scott

72 hours for debate.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-010: National Right to Life Act (Debating) on: August 29, 2016, 04:58:02 pm
NAY
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-010: National Right to Life Act (Debating) on: August 29, 2016, 04:56:41 pm
We will now vote on the following amendment proposed by Senator Cris. Senators, please vote AYE, NAY or ABSTAIN.

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National Right to Life Act
1. It is hereby illegal to intentionally terminate a pregnancy beyond the 20th 24th week of pregnancy, except if a medical doctor believes that the mother's life is in danger, or in the cases of threat to the mother's health or a pregnancy caused by rape/incest.
2. Any individual who induces a prohibited abortion shall have any existing license to practice a medical profession revoked for a minimum of two years and no more than five. They shall also be assessed with a fine up to $50,000.
3. Any person knowingly facilitating the inducement of a prohibited abortion shall be subject to a criminal fine no larger than $10,000.
4. A parent or guardian must be notified at least 24 hours prior to an abortion for any pregnant individual under the age of majority except when precluded by medical emergency.  In cases where the minor fears harm or abuse resulting from such disclosure of the pregnancy and/or intent to abort, a guardian ad litem may be appointed with approval of the minor to serve in this role instead, and will make every effort to regularly follow up to monitor the minor's psychological and physiological well-being until the age of majority. The relevant court must take adequate measures to insure the minor knows of this option It will be the responsibility of the abortion provider to make sure the minor is aware of the requirements and options under this act. A relevant court will facilitate the implementation where needed.
5. Any person who wishes to undergo an abortion, whose life is not judged to be in danger, will be subject to a waiting period of 36 hours and be presented materials on the adoption process and other options. Should the person request the abortion and it is past 20 weeks after the 7 day waiting period, they may still be permitted terminate the pregnancy.
6. A mother who undergoes an illegal abortion cannot be fined or imprisoned for violating the provisions of this act.
7. The use of public funds may not be permitted to any facility that performs abortions for any reason except if it is a medical necessity and/or if it is before the 20th 24th week of pregnancy.
8. No agency of the federal government shall be permitted to aid, in any way, in the procurement or performance of an abortion except in cases of medical necessity and/or in case it is before the 20th 24th week of pregnancy.
10. Any agent of the federal government who is knowingly involved in procuring public funds or public facilities for an abortion which is not determined to be medically necessary and/or is not before the 20th 24th week of pregnancy shall be subject to dismissal and may face a fine up to $25,000.
11. Any organization which is involved in the provision of an abortion which is not determined to be medically necessary and/or is not before the 20th 24th week of pregnancy will be subject to the removal of part or all of its public funds.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-023: Federal Reserve Transparency Act (Debating) on: August 29, 2016, 04:55:21 pm
I will leave this open for at least another 24 hours for the sponsor to address these questions.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-017: End Abuse of Civil Forfeiture Act (Final Vote) on: August 29, 2016, 04:54:15 pm
With the VP's decision, the bill has passed and now will be voted on in the House.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-019: Conservagreen Brigade Terrorist Designation Act (Final Vote) on: August 29, 2016, 04:53:33 pm
This bill has passed the Senate.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Election for 2nd Congress Senate PPT on: August 29, 2016, 02:13:22 pm
Though I have enjoyed serving as PPT, others seem to have ideas on how Congress can operate more smoothly and I recognize that the first session of Congress was pretty rocky, so I'm willing to let someone else take over.

I nominate Cris to serve as PPT.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Election for 2nd Congress Senate PPT on: August 29, 2016, 02:11:13 pm
While we are basing the beginning of the new session on the House turnover, which is on Friday, since all of our new senators have been elected and have taken office, I see no reason not to go ahead and get the ball rolling on elections for next session, so that as soon as Friday hits, we can immediately get to work.

48 hours for nominations.
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: The ultimate bellwether Senate race? on: August 29, 2016, 01:22:48 am
In this election? Probably New Hampshire. Toomey and Heck seem to be running ahead of Trump enough to where he can lose the state and they can still win (and both are looking like must-win states for Trump). New Hampshire was close for a while, but as the election has trended towards Clinton in the last few weeks, we've seen the same happen for Hassan.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-010: National Right to Life Act (Debating) on: August 29, 2016, 12:00:31 am
My support is based on a study by The New England Journal of Medicine and other experts who have pegged the point of viability at 22 weeks. I can support moving it up to 22 - I cannot support 24.

I object to the current amendment.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-022: Death With Dignity Act (Debating) on: August 28, 2016, 07:37:41 pm
Scott's amendment is a step in the right direction. Another 24 hours for objections, and if none, it will be adopted.
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