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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of the Northeast Governor (Northeast News Agency Head Appointee) on: Today at 01:17:40 am
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Executive Order

All essential and nonessential government agencies will continue to run between the expiry of the March budget and the passage of the July budget. Funding will be supplied for this period upon the passage of the latter.

x Talleyrand
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE4: July-October Northeast Budget FY2014 (Debating) on: Today at 01:14:58 am
We need to sort out a few things first though.

1. How much is the new Homelessness bill going to cost us?

2. Are we all okay with $1 billion for the Check on Power Act?
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Legislation Introduction Thread on: July 30, 2014, 08:24:13 am
Why would we treat them any differently then the administration of election booths, Senate votes or a number of other instances where such is not considered the case until the administrator of said votes publically ends the vote and declares the results to be finalized?

Also, I must point out that it this is not a good place to continue this discussion.

SirNick has closed the booth. Does that mean the amendment has passed or should I certify the results in my thread?
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of the Northeast Governor (Northeast News Agency Head Appointee) on: July 29, 2014, 12:35:57 pm
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JoMCaR is appointed Northeast News Agency Head

I am pleased to announce my nominee for the Northeast News Agency's Head, Representative JoMCaR. He has shown remarkable enthusiasm for this game and has indicated he would be willing to serve in this capacity alongside his role in the Assembly. I am confident he will pass Assembly confirmation easily.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: End Stadium Corporate Welfare Act (Debating) on: July 29, 2014, 05:58:41 am
Would expropriation of sports stadiums be constitutional though?

Now that's a VERY good question. If not, I could erase my last amendment.

Barnes?

Unfortunately, I don't think a Judge is allowed to dispense legal advice outside of the courtroom (i.e. in court cases).

We'd be better off asking for advice from a legal authority such as a former Justice or Judge.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: End Stadium Corporate Welfare Act (Debating) on: July 28, 2014, 11:29:33 pm
Would expropriation of sports stadiums be constitutional though?
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: End Stadium Corporate Welfare Act (Debating) on: July 27, 2014, 01:18:10 pm
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End Stadium Corporate Welfare Act

1. All sports stadiums constructed, renovated, relocated, or in any way subsidized with public funding shall be purchased by the Northeast regional government (unless said stadiums are already owned by the municipality, state, or Region in which they reside) effective upon the passage of this legislation.

2. Said properties shall be put up to auction by the Northeast regional government within a period of 90 days upon the passage of this legislation.

3. No new sports stadiums shall be constructed, renovated, relocated, or in any way subsidized on behalf of team owners or private individuals at the taxpayers' expense, effective upon the passage of this legislation.

A bit of a clarification I think we need to add.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Northeast Recognition Omnibus Amendment (Debating) on: July 27, 2014, 01:16:51 pm
I refuse to sign this bill unless I get my own county. Wink
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of the Northeast Governor (Northeast News Agency Head Needed) on: July 27, 2014, 01:15:17 pm
So.. is there some huge statue of me up there yet?

We've renamed Hartford County in your honor.

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=192914.msg4177166#msg4177166
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of the Northeast Governor (Northeast News Agency Head Needed) on: July 27, 2014, 12:50:01 pm
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The Northeast House the Homeless Act

Section 1:

1. Night Shelters opened under the Northeast Anti-Homelessness bill shall be extended to operate during the day.
1a. Additional funding shall be granted to those shelters to provide adequate food, water, blankets, beds and other amenities toward the well-being of those in residence.
1b. For the purposes of this act, other amenities will be identified as items deemed necessary by those who run the shelters for the well-being of those staying there.
2. The Northeast shall embark on more building of affordable housing to Northeast residents who may not meet the qualifications of staying at a shelter based upon the guidelines laid down by the Anti-Homelessness Act.
3. The Northeast shall create a program whereby those staying in the shelters will be able to gain employment and long term residence in the affordable housing, if they take the choice to do so.
3a. The Urban Development department shall be responsible for setting quotas as to the number of houses to be built.
3b. The Northeast government will maintain assisting those individuals for a period of one year, at which point, a re-evaluation will be made by case to determine if the individuals continue to need assistance.
3c. Even in the case of assistance no longer being required, those individuals will be allowed to maintain residence in the houses built by the Urban Development Department under this act.
3d. Based on space and availablity, individuals described in clause 3c who no longer require housing assistance, and are allowed to maintain  residence provided by this act, may be required to vacate assisted housing in the circumstance that persons of greater need require housing assistance.
3e. Individuals described in 3c and 3d asked to vacate, shall be given a notice of no less than ninety days (90) prior to the date of when they are requested to vacate.
3f. Individuals who are asked to vacate will be assisted by the Northeast government in finding more permanent lodging in the case of such an event, including, but not limited to a voucher.
4. Voucher availability may be determined during the evaluation period and the monetary figure will be determined by need and average housing price in the area.



x Talleyrand

I am very pleased to sign this clarification to our previously vague homelessness program. Once we get a cost estimate on it from the SoIA, we will be able to continue work on our regional budget and apply for a federal grant.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party Spring 2014 Convention - PLATFORM OR I'LL CHOKE A B*TCH on: July 27, 2014, 12:45:21 pm
Nay
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of the Northeast Governor (Northeast News Agency Head Needed) on: July 26, 2014, 08:42:52 am
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Same Love Act
Section 1:

1. All criminal prohibitions on incestuous relations are hereby repealed in the Northeast.

Section 2:

The Northeast Group Unions Act of 2014 is amended to read as such:

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1. This act shall be cited as the Northeast Group Unions Act of 2014.

2. The term "union" as used in this act shall be defined as a civil union, and not an actual marriage as defined in the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia, and therefore does not come under jurisdiction of the Atlasian Senate.

3. The definition of union shall be the union of multiple persons, and excluding:
i) The union of a person with a non-person, or an object ii) The union of a person with a dead person or the union of two dead persons iii) The union of a person to his or her mother, father, son, daughter, sister, brother, first cousin, grandparent and their ancestors, grandchildren and their descendants, aunts and uncles and their ancestors, and nephews and nieces and their descendants. Adopted family in these relations shall also be excluded.

4. The union of multiple persons must be certified by an appointed municipal clerk, or in the case of forum members, must be certified by the Governor. A union must be witnessed by at least two other persons to be legal.

5. A union shall always be a union of complete equity. No provisions are to be assumed to favor any of the persons unless consented to by all parties.

6. A union is a contract that must be approved by all parties, the witnesses and the officer presiding over the election.  If more than two persons wish to form a legal union, all parties involved must sign a contract dictating the division of property in the case of divorce.

7. A union between two persons may be nullified at any time with the consent of both parties. At this time the property of the members of the union shall be divided to both of the parties, unless an agreement is made before the union.   In the case of a union between more than two persons, all parties shall have the right to divorce themselves from the union at any time without the consent of other parties.  Children under the age of 18 who are under the guardianship of the union shall have their custody given to the most competent of the union, with rights of the other parties to be able to have visiting access.

8. Rights of the union, including, but not limited to: i) It is assumed that the property of the members of the union shall be the ownership of all parties. This may be nullified with a pre-nuptual agreement. ii) The union parties will have the right to open a join bank account. iii) The union parties will have a right to certain tax benefits. iv) The union parties will have a right to certain social security benefits. v) The union parties will have visiting room privileges at hospitals.

9. This bill shall be post dated to October 1, 2005 and all unions to occur between that date and the passing of this legislation shall fall under this act.

x Talleyrand

I am pleased to sign this bill. The draconian ban on incestuous marriages (which under the previous clause, also somehow extended to distant relatives) was a disgrace in our region, which is well known for its civil liberties.

In addition, I am still searching for a News Agency Head. Several individuals have politely turned me down, but I am confident we will get an appointee by the end of the month. If anyone is interested in the position, please contact me.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: Special Assembly Election on: July 26, 2014, 08:39:19 am
1. Matt
2. Dallasfan
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy Birthday, Hashemite! on: July 24, 2014, 10:30:46 pm
Happy birthday, Hash! Hope you're having fun.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: The Same Love Act (Debating) on: July 23, 2014, 10:26:10 am
Didn't know our laws on this were so draconian. I am obviously in favor of this.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy Birthday Franzl! on: July 22, 2014, 09:58:59 pm
Happy Birthday. Hope you're having fun.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Open Your Heart Polling: The Government Overhaul on: July 22, 2014, 09:39:37 pm
To be totally honest, I'd prefer a district system for a lower house, if we made the laws for moving states much stricter. Otherwise, I'd back either closed list or open list.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Office of Mideast Governor Riley Keaton and Lieutenant Governor TJ on: July 22, 2014, 09:35:10 pm
I will be challenging the ballot certifications on the grounds that votes for Al should have been counted, pursuant to the holding in Badger et al v. Inks.LWC.

How does your case have any standing? Al never indicated anywhere that he'd accept votes.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Is Governor Keaton hiking the Appalachian Trail? (MIA since 6/27) on: July 22, 2014, 01:15:15 pm
IIRC, such a long absence would allow the Lt. Governor to take over the position's duties.

It should also be noted there has only been one post in the Mideast Assembly since July 3rd (over two weeks).
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of the Northeast Governor (Lt. Gov coming soon) on: July 21, 2014, 09:31:53 pm
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The Taking Things Into Our Own Hands Act

Section 1:


1. In order to better serve the people of the Northeast specifically as well as assist the Game Moderator, shall create a news agency specifically dedicated to Northeast storylines and news.
2. This news agency may be either newspaper, television or radio company.
3. The Northeast Governor may appoint the head of the News Agency at the consent of the Northeast Assembly.
4. The Head of the News Agency may be replaced at anytime due to inactivity or poor performance at the behest of either the Governor or a majority vote of the Northeast Assembly.

Section 2:

1. The Head of the News Agency as appointed by the Governor may hire assistants to work with at their own recognizance.
2. The Head of the News Agency is responsible only for NE storylines and cannot override any decision by the Game Moderator.

Section 3:

1. This legislation will expire in 3 months time, but may be renewed by the consent of the Assembly.

x Talleyrand

I plan to appoint the head of this program soon.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE4: July-October Northeast Budget FY2014 (Debating) on: July 21, 2014, 09:30:49 pm
Taxation for that income bracket has been abolished.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE4: July-October Northeast Budget FY2014 (Debating) on: July 20, 2014, 09:27:15 pm
Thank you Napoleon for the revenue figures.

In addition to some additional spending on the "Check on Power" act and homelessness (which would be supplemented by a grant from the federal government), why not include a small tax rebate?
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Northeast Electoral Reform Amendment (Debating) on: July 20, 2014, 09:23:32 pm
I am fine with Barnes' proposal, or alternatively we could just set the date of all elections to the third weekend of each month.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of the Northeast Governor (Lt. Gov coming soon) on: July 20, 2014, 12:42:00 am
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Matt from VT is hereby appointed Northeast Representative

x Talleyrand

Due to the vacancy created by BaconBacon96's expulsion from the Assembly, I am happy to appoint former Vice President Matt to his seat.
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: By-elections of the 44th Australian Parliament (2013-2016) on: July 18, 2014, 11:35:53 am
It's on a 7% margin. I suspect the LNP will hold onto lose it narrowly, but regain it next year.
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