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626  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: The Imperial Dominion of the South's Legislature on: May 22, 2013, 09:43:42 pm
Ok, as there seems to be nobody else running I will remain as speaker. As the CLRP requires me to open new threads for legislation I have done so even though I like this old thread, however as the next bill is another long one I decided to use the first half as slot one and the second half as slot two. Each half gets its own thread, and I guess the final vote can take place here.
627  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / IDS 1: Safe and Inclusive Schools Act Part 1 (Voting) on: May 22, 2013, 09:41:09 pm
Safe and Inclusive Schools Act

IDS schools and other educational institutions must be safe and inclusive places of learning for all students and educators. Bullying, particularly in schools, has become an increasing problem in Atlasia and the IDS. Victims of bullying have suffered mental anguish, bodily injury and even death at the hands of their tormentors. Teen suicides due to bullying, intimidation or discrimination by peers or because of mental health issues have been rising in Atlasia and the IDS.

Bullying can leave a harmful and long-lasting mark on its victims. It can leave children with painful emotional and mental scarring and a lifelong struggle with self-esteem. Bullies suffer as well, since bullying may be indicative of deeper psychological and emotional problems. Children who bully more frequently experience psychological problems later in life, such as aggressive tendencies and occasional symptoms of depression.


1.1 "harassment, intimidation or bullying", thereafter referred to as "bullying" means the severe or repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal, electronic or other form of expression, a physical act or gesture or any combination of them if it is directed at another student and that is reasonably perceived as being motivated either by any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or a mental, physical or sensory disability, or by any other distinguishing characteristic, that takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function or on a school bus and that:
  (a)  causing physical or emotional harm to the other student or damage to the other student's property,
  (b)  placing the other student in reasonable fear of harm to himself or herself or damage to his or her property,
  (c)  creating a hostile environment at school for the other student,
  (d)  infringing on the legal rights of the other student at school, or
  (e)  materially and substantially disrupting the education process or the orderly operation of a school; (“intimidation”)

(1.1.1) Without limiting the generality of the definition of "harassment, intimidation or bullying" in subsection (1), bullying includes cyber-bullying, that is done through any form of electronic means using any technique, including,
  (a)  creating a web page or a blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person;
  (b)  impersonating another person as the author of posted content or messages; and
  (c)  communicating material to more than one person or posting material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more persons.

1.2 For the purposes of this Act, harassment, intimidation, or bullying shall be deemed to occur in a school if it occurs, (a) on a school site or public property within 150 metres of a school site; (b)  during the course of an activity, function or program that is conducted for a school purpose, whether or not it takes place at a school site; (c)  through the use of technology or an electronic device provided to students by a school; or (d)  through the use of technology or an electronic device that is not provided to students by a school if the bullying has the effect of or is reasonably intended to have the effect described in clause (c), (d) or (e) of the definition of "harassment, intimidation, or bullying" in subsection (1).


2.1 Each school district shall adopt a policy prohibiting bullying on school property, at a school-sponsored function or on a school bus. While school districts will have local control over the content of the policy, each policy must include:
  (1)  a statement prohibiting bullying of a student;
  (2)  a description of the type of behavior expected from each student;
  (3)  consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person who commits an act of bullying;
  (4)  a procedure for reporting an act of bullying, including a provision that permits a person to report an act of bullying anonymously; however, this shall not be construed to permit formal disciplinary action solely on the basis of an anonymous report;
  (5)  a procedure for prompt investigation of reports of violations and complaints, as outlined thereafter in subsection (3.1) of this present section;
  (6)  the range of ways in which a school will respond once an incident is identified;
  (7)  a statement that prohibits reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports such acts;
  (Cool  consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person found to have falsely accused another as a means of retaliation or as a means of bullying; and,
  (9)  a statement of how the policy is to be publicized.

(2.1.1) Each school district's policy will be assessed and approved by the superintendent of district schools.

(2.1.2) The superintendent of district schools must monitor the implementation and application of these polices, and report upon them at the end of very school year. The report produced shall be publicly available and posted on the websites of the district and individual schools.

2.2 Training on harassment, intimidation, and bullying shall be part of the training required for public school teaching staff members in suicide prevention.

(2.2.1) By the 2013-2014 school year all candidates for school administrator or teacher certification will be required to complete a program on harassment, intimidation, or bullying prevention, and that training in this area will be a part of the professional development requirements for these individuals.

2.3 Any school employee observing or having direct knowledge from a participant or victim of an act of harassment, intimidation, and bullying shall report the act(s) to the school principal.

(2.3.1) The principal will be responsible for initiating an investigation within one school day of the report of the incident, conducted by the anti-bullying specialist.
  (a)  The investigation shall be completed within 15 days of notification of the incident, unless information relative to the investigation that is anticipated but not yet received by the end of this period.
  (b)  The results of the investigation shall be reported to the superintendent of schools within two school days of the completion of the investigation. The superintendent will, as appropriate, discuss and recommend any disciplinary action and/or counseling and other intervention services. As appropriate and at the superintendent's discretion, the superintendent may notify the appropriate law enforcement agency that an act of bullying has occurred if criminal charges may be laid against the perpetrator.
  (c)  Parents or guardians of the students who are parties to the investigation shall be entitled to receive information about the investigation. A parent or guardian may, within 5 days following the receipt of the investigation report by the board, request a hearing before the board.
  (d)  The board will, at its next meeting, affirm, reject or amend the superintendent's decision.

(2.3.2) A school administrator who receives a report of harassment, intimidation, or bullying from a district employee, and fails to initiate or conduct an investigation, or who should have known of an incident of harassment, intimidation, or bullying and fails to take sufficient action to minimize or eliminate the harassment, intimidation, or bullying, may be subject to disciplinary action.

2.4 Two times each school year, each school principal will report all acts of harassment, intimidation, and bullying which occurred the previous reporting period to the district superintendent of schools. This report must include the number of such incidents, the status of investigations, the nature of bullying the type and nature of any discipline imposed on any student engaged in such acts. School districts must report this information to the Department of Education.

2.5 Harassment, intimidation, or bullying shall be added to the list of behaviours which constitute good cause for suspension or expulsion from school.

2.6 A member of the board, school employee, student or volunteer shall not engage in reprisal, retaliation or false accusation against a victim, witness or one with reliable information about an act of bullying.

2.7 Schools and schools district shall annually establish, implement, document, and assess bullying prevention programs or approaches. Schools must also provide instruction on bullying prevention during the school year for every student and ensure that the instruction is appropriate to the age of the students receiving it and conforms with the curriculum guidelines. Such programs must include instruction on issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

(2.7.1) A school district may apply to the Department of Education for a grant to be used for programs or approaches established pursuant to this subsection. The Department of Education is responsible for ensuring that such grants are only granted to school districts whose program conforms with any departmental regulations and the present Act.

2.8 Notwithstanding the definition provided in Section 1.2, a school district has the power to take or recommend actions on any reported incidents harassment, intimidation, or bullying that occurs off school grounds, in cases in which a school employee is made aware of such actions, and such actions create a hostile environment at school for the student, infringe on the rights of the student at school, or disrupt the education process or orderly operation of a school. The responses to harassment, intimidation, or bullying that occurs off school grounds shall be consistent with the Department's code of student conduct and other provisions of the board’s policy on harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

2.9 The principal in each school shall appoint a school anti-bullying specialist, preferably a qualified and trained individual currently employed by the school. The anti-bullying specialist shall:
  (a)  lead investigations into all reported incidents;
  (b)  act as the primary school official responsible for preventing, identifying, and addressing incidents of bullying in the school;
  (c)   educate staff, students and parents on bullying; and,
  (d)  Cooperate with other anti-bullying specialists from the school district to prevent bullying and implement the school district's policy.

(2.9.1) Those appointed to serve as anti-bullying specialist must be qualified pursuant to subsection (2.2).
628  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: GeoGuessr on: May 22, 2013, 02:31:15 pm
I was incredibly lucky to get a very scenic location in Mallorca with a road sign right next to it. Its Norway that keeps ruining it for me. Still, not too shabby.
629  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Virginia Governor's Race 2013 -Who's Gonna Win? on: May 21, 2013, 09:51:59 pm
From what I understand Cuccinelli's camp are distancing themselves from their new LG candidate with statements like "we feel the voters should become comfortable with each member of the ticket individually". Virginia has a long history of split ticket Gubernatorial races, so it wouldn't be that unusual if Cuccinelli won but Jackson lost.
630  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of AmericanForAmerica on: May 21, 2013, 06:24:22 pm
I read this as "Opinion of Yahoo Answers conservatives"
631  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Swearing in of New Officeholders on: May 20, 2013, 06:08:57 pm
I, Dereich, do solemnly affirm that I will faithfully execute the office of IDS legislator and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia and the Imperial Dominion of the South, so help me Dave.
632  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: The Imperial Dominion of the South's Legislature on: May 20, 2013, 06:08:15 pm
By a vote of 5 in favor, the Consolidated IDS Legislature Rules and Procedures has passed the legislature. Time to move forward! This is about the time when we need to have a vote for speaker. Anyone want to put their name forward?
633  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: The Imperial Dominion of the South's Legislature on: May 20, 2013, 05:53:36 pm
634  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Should the IDS abandon imperial nomenclature? on: May 20, 2013, 01:24:58 am
I don't think I've ever seen a poll for this, and I'm genuinely curious about how much support the imperial titles have.
635  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / IDS Constitutional Change Discussion Thread on: May 19, 2013, 08:42:26 pm
I thought it would be a good idea to create a general discussion platform for constitutional changes here (I kind of took the idea from Velasco, sorry about that). We can take all the input suggested here and make a big constitutional change bill in the legislature. I know a lot of people want the imperial style and names to be thrown out; what do we replace them with?
636  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: The Imperial Dominion of the South's Legislature on: May 19, 2013, 08:26:37 pm
Well as it seems like we have a majority in favor of the 72 hour version and because I'm absolutely sick and tired of this bill I'm bringing it to a final vote now. Because of its ridiculous length, I won't be posting the final version here, but it is located here: http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=112611.msg3690176#msg3690176 plus the two amendments added by Velasco.

Final vote on the Consolidated IDS Legislature Rules and Procedures (CLRP)

The vote shall be open for 48 hours:

Please vote :
[ ] Aye
[ ] Nay
[ ] Abstain
637  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: The Imperial Dominion of the South's Legislature on: May 19, 2013, 01:23:27 am
OK, with the absents of the speaker, I think that we should make the time a bit shorter, like about 60 hours instead.

I myself prefer the 72 hour standard as it just seems neater and a bit easier, but I could see a 60 hour standard working as well. Is there any reason in particular you think 72 hours doesn't cut it?
638  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Imperial Herald-Tribune on: May 18, 2013, 11:33:56 pm
When are we going to get rid of our silly names? I asked that earlier and was ignored by our legislature.

If I remember correctly, you asked right before we were swallowed up by procedures. I don't know how the other legislators feel, but at this point I'm sitting back and letting the new Emperor propose any constitutional changes. One of the big issues he ran on was constitutional change and I thought he might like to be the one to have first crack at how and what should be changed.
639  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Hash presents: Recent International Electoral History as Told by GIFs on: May 18, 2013, 11:05:57 pm
I thought it was amazing. Good job.
640  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: May 2013 IDS Regional Election on: May 18, 2013, 09:43:57 pm
[1] Dereich (FED-FL) (i)
[2] Hashemite (NMM-FL) (i)
[3] write-in: Pingvin99
[4] Alfred F. Jones (LAB-PR)
[5] write-in: Seatown
641  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1996 United States Presidential Election on: May 18, 2013, 08:11:49 pm
This is the worst election ever. NONE of the main candidates support free trade and I don't want to be a fool and vote for the libertarian. I guess I'll just have to abstain.

And anyone who believes that forum leftists WEREN'T the ones who made Buchanan the nominee are either lying or aren't very smart.
642  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Imperial Herald-Tribune on: May 18, 2013, 08:03:01 pm
The Northeast and Mideast continue to pull their own legislative weight while the other three regions lag behind. Get stuff done, IDS!

You will see soon how dull it is to argue procedural issues. It takes a very special kind of person to enjoy debating them.
643  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: The Imperial Dominion of the South's Legislature on: May 17, 2013, 09:04:49 pm
On another note, looking at Zanas's old docket what seems to be remaining is:

-Consolidated IDS Legislature Rules and Procedures
-Safe and Inclusive Schools Act
-Annexation of the states of Coahuila and Tamaulipas : kept in the back of the queue
(As sponsor of the Creating Job Opportunities Act of 2013 I'm removing it from the docket)

So if you have a new bill to put forward we don't have that much remaining to discuss. Also, Sjoyce has a few proposed amendments that are looking for a sponsor if anyone wants to do it.
644  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: The Imperial Dominion of the South's Legislature on: May 17, 2013, 09:00:02 pm
Yes, it has been a bit slow and dull here. Procedure issues don't exactly make for lively debate. Amendments are just as you think, submitted in a quote box like so:

Amendment Text

Which can either be accepted by Hashemite as friendly or treated as hostile in which case it is voted on by the legislature. I could have a detail or two wrong, I haven't really checked the current procedures, but if you're intent is clear it'll be accepted.
645  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: The Imperial Dominion of the South's Legislature on: May 17, 2013, 04:56:10 pm
I still like the idea of giving the option to the legislature to object instead of requiring it, but I don't think that any more assurances are necessary. We won't get "3 seatowns" in the legislature anytime soon and I'm sure we can always count on one or two to not inject unnecessary partisanship into an appointment like this. So, other then that and an amendment clarifying the length of a speaker's absence do we have anything else we want to amend?
646  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Cuomo VS Jeb on: May 17, 2013, 12:07:26 am
Anyways, if Jeb Bush had a different name, he'd be up there with Christie as a candidate.

He's only a candidate because of his name.

What? He's the most popular living former Florida Governor and is still seen within the state as the Republican party's intellectual leader. Elsewhere his reputation may be based on his name, but in his home state he's got a lot of goodwill left over, especially among state Republicans. Being popular and experienced in the largest swing state would put anyone on the map as a top candidate.
647  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: The Imperial Dominion of the South's Legislature on: May 14, 2013, 10:12:10 pm
An overly partisan legislature nixing an Emperor's suggestion on partisan grounds is just as bad as an Emperor appointing someone on partisan grounds. As for suggestions, perhaps change it to allow the appointment to go through automatically unless the legislature voluntarily rejects it? I just don't want to add unnecessary extra votes to a legislature that already takes time to get things moving.

As for the time period, since legislation under this bill is required to be discussed for at least 72 hours maybe that should be the timeframe? If a speaker introduces something and is away for longer then that the problems would really start.
648  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: The Imperial Dominion of the South's Legislature on: May 12, 2013, 11:52:46 pm
I think I agree with Sjoyce on this. Getting legislative approval for appointments seems time consuming and mostly pointless when elections are so frequent anyway. As long as future Emperors continue to appoint people who are more or less similar ideologically to the legislator who is leaving I don't think its necessary. The only problem is if some future Emperor decides to throw that precedent out.

I agree with Velasco that a clarification of 8.1.4 is in order, voting for a new speaker seems a bit excessive for, say, a two day absence.

My biggest problem with the bill is that it forces too many formal procedures on what has always been a less formal process. It'll be difficult to adapt to using motions and introducing cloture and I'm not sure if the benefits from the change are worth it.
649  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: SE House legislation introduction Thread on: May 11, 2013, 10:21:22 am
Uhh...can you introduce that? Aren't only legislators able to introduce something like that?
650  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1992 United States Presidential Election on: May 10, 2013, 08:58:30 pm
Voted Paul but it left a bad taste in my mouth. I hope I never have to choose between so many terrible candidates.
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