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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Potus 2036 for SoEA/SecState on: November 21, 2014, 08:31:52 am
Seeing little debate on the nominee for the past two days, I'll move this to a vote. Senators, please vote aye, nay, or abstain on the nominee.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: ZuWo for AG on: November 21, 2014, 08:30:02 am
By a vote of 7-1-1 the nominee has been confirmed.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Flo for SoIA/Interior on: November 21, 2014, 08:29:33 am
The nominee has been officially confirmed by a vote of 6-0 with 2 abstentions.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: RPryor for Deputy AG on: November 21, 2014, 08:29:01 am
Seeing little debate on the nominee for the past two days, I'll move this to a vote. Senators, please vote aye, nay, or abstain on the nominee.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Police Militarization and Civil Rights Act (Debating) on: November 19, 2014, 05:36:44 pm
Objection filed by Senator TNF. We will now move into voting on passage of the amendment to the legislation.

Quote from: Amendment Offered
1a. Starting immediately, excess military equipment shall not be sold to police forces, and instead may either by sold to members of NATO or destroyed may be sold to members of NATO. Any money received from this sale shall be distributed based on population to regional governments, for the express purpose of purchasing miniature cameras.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Flo for SoIA/Interior on: November 19, 2014, 05:34:19 pm
With six votes in favor, the nominee has enough votes to pass. 24 hours to change votes.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: ZuWo for AG on: November 19, 2014, 05:33:54 pm
With six votes in favor, the nominee has enough to pass. 24 hours to change votes.
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would YOU vote in a Reid vs. Sandoval Senate Race? on: November 19, 2014, 02:40:16 pm
Sandoval would undoubtedly be one of the best Republican Senators.

However, he would still be a Republican Senator. Reid.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Protecting Biodiversity for the Future Bill 2014 (Debating) on: November 18, 2014, 08:10:30 pm
It seems the change in Senate leadership left this legislation in limbo - it's just been sitting here for three days. Acting on my authority as Vice President under Article II, Section 2 of the Senate Rules, Regulations, and Procedures, I declare that this bill has passed by a 7-2 vote and is now presented to the President for his signature or veto.

Voting AYE: Bore, Dr. Cynic, Polnut, Windjammer, Cranberry, NC Yankee, TNF
Voting NAY: JCL, Deus
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Police Militarization and Civil Rights Act (Debating) on: November 18, 2014, 08:07:15 pm
Quote from: Amendment Offered
1a. Starting immediately, excess military equipment shall not be sold to police forces, and instead may either by sold to members of NATO or destroyed may be sold to members of NATO. Any money received from this sale shall be distributed based on population to regional governments, for the express purpose of purchasing miniature cameras.

This amendment to Section 1a has been proposed by Senator Windjammer - in the interest of Senate expediency and acting on my authority as Vice President under Article II, Section 2 of the Senate Rules, Regulations, and Procedures, I'll ask for any objections to this amendment.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Flo for SoIA/Interior on: November 18, 2014, 08:05:44 pm
Seeing little debate over the past several hours, I'll open a final vote here. Please vote Aye, Nay, or Abstain on the nominee.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: ZuWo for AG on: November 18, 2014, 08:02:08 pm
Seeing little debate over the past several hours, I'll open a final vote here. Please vote Aye, Nay, or Abstain on the nominee.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Confirmation Hearing: RPryor for Deputy AG on: November 18, 2014, 08:01:26 pm
Quote from: Executive Order #011
I hereby nominate Rpryor03 as Deputy Attorney General, the position to be referred from now on as Wiki Secretary.

Have at it.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Police Militarization and Civil Rights Act (Debating) on: November 17, 2014, 12:30:02 am
Why shouldn't local taxpayers pay for local police equipment (assuming anyone should pay for it in the first place)? Handing out Federal goodies to local PD's just seems wasteful and makes officers less accountable to the local communities they're supposed to be serving.

Because it's better for all taxpayers if the equipment is repurposed rather than sold at a markdown or simply discarded? I don't see the problem here - it's federal equipment that used to be necessary but no longer is (there were a couple wars that we're no longer involved in but still have much of the excess equipment from, for example; I'd imagine the massive cuts to our military recently have amplified much of that).
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Deeply disturbing (Part Deux) on: November 15, 2014, 08:18:35 pm
Trying to move away from the needless fight, yes, the idea was to wait until the reforms. That said, taking too much time before having the cabinet can be a problem, so I am talking to the Vice-President regarding that issue.

That said, to suggest that there's the delay is motivated by the election is simply ludicrous, so I would suggest dropping that argument.

We then call on the administration to immediately open nomination hearings for all of its cabinet nominees. Of course, by the time they all conclude at this point, the election will be over...

EDIT: We commend the administration for finally moving forward with the nomination process after one week of uncertainty, instability and doubt.

Roll Eyes

Uncertainty, instability and doubt are a natural consequence of attempting to conduct a PPT election and get cabinet nominees confirmed while also attempting to entirely restructure the Senate's rules. I made the call to delay the hearings on the nominees, not Lumine, because I'd prefer to ensure that all our nominees are confirmed legitimately in a Senate operating under clear operating rules.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: 64th Election of the PPT on: November 15, 2014, 08:16:01 pm
Congratulations to Senator Bore; he will serve as PPT during this session of the Senate.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Amendment to Official Senate Rules and Procedures on: November 15, 2014, 08:13:12 pm
Quote from: Final Text, Part 2
Article IV: Debate

1. After a piece of legislation is introduced to the Senate floor, debate shall begin immediately. Debate on the legislation shall last for no less than 72 hours.

2. The Senate may waive the 72-hour requirement on non-controversial legislation by unanimous consent. To waive the 72-hour requirement, the Speaker must request unanimous consent to waive the minimum debate time requirement and provide 24 hours for a Senator to object to this request.

3. When debate on legislation has halted for longer than 36 hours and the legislation has been on the floor for more than 72 hours, any Senator may call for a vote on said legislation. The Speaker shall open a vote if no other Senator objects within 24 hours of the call for a vote.

4. Debate shall continue past the first 72 hours as long as a Senator is posting in the legislation's discussion thread, provided intervals between posts are no longer than 36 hours.

5. At any time after the first 72 hours of debate, any Senator may motion for cloture. Upon the concurrence of two-thirds of the Senate, the Senate shall end debate and the Speaker slot shall open a vote on the legislation.

7. The sponsor of a piece of legislation may at any time withdraw his or her sponsorship. In addition, when a Senator leaves the Senate, his or her sponsorship shall be revoked automatically. If no other Senator moves to assume sponsorship of the legislation within 36 hours, the legislation shall be tabled automatically. If one or more Senators move to assume sponsorship, the Senate shall either select a new sponsor or reject all motions to assume sponsorship. If the Senate rejects all motions to assume sponsorship, the legislation shall be tabled.

8. At any time during debate on a piece of legislation, a Senator may propose an amendment to that legislation. Amendments must contain either A) clear instructions specifying all proposed alterations to the original text or B) a statement that the proposed amendment would override the original text. Any alterations to the original text that are not clearly specified (e.g. with obvious highlighting, bolding, striking-through, or a visible change in the color of the text) shall not be considered by the Senate and shall not take effect upon sponsor acceptance or Senate approval of the amendment.

9. The Speaker may ignore amendments that he or she deems frivolous, functionally impractical, or unconstitutional at his or her discretion, but the Senate may compel the Speaker to consider the amendment by majority consent.

10. The Speaker shall allow 36 hours for objections to an amendment following its introduction. If no objections are filed, the amendment shall pass. If any objections are filed, a vote shall be held. This vote shall last until a majority of sitting Senators have voted to either approve of reject the amendment or until 3 days, i.e. 72 hours, have elapsed. No Senator may change his or her vote once the voting period has concluded.

10. If multiple non-conflicting amendments are introduced concurrently, the Speaker may open concurrent votes on the amendments.

12. Any Senator may file a motion to table a piece of legislation during debate. The Speaker shall open a vote on the motion to table when at least two other Senators have seconded the motion. Voting shall take place in accordance with the same rules that apply to voting on amendments, except that a two thirds majority of sitting Senators shall be required for approval of the motion to table. Tabled legislation shall be removed from the Senate floor immediately.


Article V: Voting

1. Votes on legislation shall last for a maximum of 3 days (i.e. 72 hours).

2. When a piece of legislation has enough votes to pass or fail, the office in control of the legislative slot shall announce that he or she will close the vote in 24 hours and that any Senator who wishes to change his or her vote must do so during that interval.

3. If a piece of legislation is vetoed by the president, the bill's sponsor may request an override of the veto within 3 days, i.e. 72 hours, of the veto taking place. The Speaker may extend this period if the bill's sponsor is on a publicly-declared leave of absence.

4. For the purposes of overriding vetoes, any Senator who abstains from voting shall be counted as a vote against overriding the veto.

Article VI: Presidential Nominees

1. The President of the Senate (i.e. the Vice President) shall open a confirmation hearing for presidential nominees immediately following the president's announcement of the nomination.

2. Each hearing shall last for 3 days (i.e. 72 hours). The hearing may be abbreviated according to the unanimous consent rules outlined in Article IV: Rules on Senate Debate. Voting shall take place in the same fashion as votes on legislation would otherwise, according to the rules outlined in Article V: Rules on Voting.


Article VII: Senate Committees

1. The Senate may convene standing and special Senate Committees to facilitate discussion. No sitting Senator may be excluded from a Senate Committee.


Article VIII: Expulsion

1. A Senator may motion for the expulsion of another sitting Senator by creating a thread in the Atlas Fantasy Government Board for one of the three following reasons:

    i. The Senator has not posted anything on the Atlas Fantasy Government board for 168 consecutive hours. If a the Senator in question has posted a valid Leave of Absence (LOA, defined in VIII.2), then the time covered by that LOA shall not count toward those 168 hours, but periods of inactivity before and after the LOA shall count as a continuous period, provided there are no interceding posts.
    ii. The Senate has demonstrative proof that the aforementioned Senator no longer desires to perform or is no longer capable of performing the duties vested in him or her by the Atlasian people and the federal Constitution.
    iii. A Senator posts a LOA longer than 368 hours.

2. The rules for a valid Leave of Absence (LOA) are as follows:

    i. A LOA must be posted on the Atlas Fantasy Government board and contain specific dates, the hours of which will not be counted towards the 168 hours mentioned above.
    ii. The LOA may not extend to the end of the term or last more than 368 hours.
    iii. The posting of the LOA itself shall be considered activity, and may break up a consecutive period where applicable.

3. If the motion to expel is seconded by another Senator, the PPT shall commence debate. Debate on the expulsion of the Senator shall last for no less than 72 hours. Once 72 hours has expired, a Senator may motion for an extension of 48 hours, which the PPT shall grant if and only if the Senator facing expulsion has already presented himself to the Senate before the end of the 72 hour debate period.

4. After all time has expired, the PPT shall close the debate and open a vote, lasting 72 hours, on the expulsion of the Senator. The vote shall require, in accordance with Article 1, Section 3, Clause 1 of the Constitution, two thirds of the Senate to vote in the affirmative to expel the Senator. The vote may be ended early if a majority is reached. In the case of a tie, the VP shall have an additional 24 hours to cast his/her vote.

5. Following the expulsion of a Senator, the PPT shall inform the administrator of that particular Senator's election of the vacancy. The Senate shall not recognize any Senator who was previously expelled in the same or preceding session.


Article IX: Rule Disputes

1. The Senate may elect to suspend any section of these rules at any time with the consent of two-thirds of sitting Senators.

2.  The Speaker may unilaterally suspend any section of these rules at any time, unless another Senator objects. If a Senator objects, suspending the rules shall require the consent of two-thirds of sitting Senators.

3. Neither the Senate nor the Speaker may suspend Article VIII (expulsion rules) or Article III, Section IV (rules on moving legislation to the Senate floor).

4. If the Senate cannot resolve a rules dispute, the Supreme Court may issue a binding decision dictating the proper interpretation.

5. The votes of successors shall displace those of their predecessors when votes overlap with a change in the composition of the Senate.
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18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Amendment to Official Senate Rules and Procedures on: November 15, 2014, 08:12:51 pm
This has passed.

AYE: Cranberry, Dr. Cynic, TNF, Bore, NC Yankee
NAY: Windjammer
NOT VOTING: Polnut, Deus Naturae, JCL

Quote from: Final Text
Quote from: Part 1
Every resolution included in "Current Senate Rules, Regulations, and Procedures" is repealed, and the following rules are adapted in their place:

SENATE RULES

Article I: Purpose and Definitions

1. Purpose
The purpose of these rules is to provide the Senate with guidelines and to define the powers of its officers.

2. Definitions
    Legislation - any bill, Constitutional amendment, or resolution
    Speaker - the Senate's presiding officer
    Sponsor - the Senator who introduces a piece of legislation to the Legislation Introduction Thread or the Senator who assumes sponsorship when the original sponsor of a piece of legislation leaves the Senate or withdraws his or her sponsorship
    Senate Floor - the threads open for Senate debate and voting on legislation on the Fantasy Government board


Article II: Senate Officers

1. The Speaker shall be the presiding officer of the Senate and shall be responsible for upholding the provisions of these rules. No Senator other than the Speaker may open a thread on the Fantasy Government board unless authorized by the Speaker or by Senate resolution.

2. The most senior Senator shall convene the Senate to elect a Speaker on the first day of each legislative session. The Senate shall elect a Speaker from among its members by majority consent. If the Senate fails to reach majority consent within one week, the Vice President may serve as Speaker until agreement is reached.

3. If the Speaker fails to post on the Fantasy Government Board for a period exceeding 5 days, i.e. 120 hours, then the most senior Senator shall immediately convene the Senate to elect a new Speaker. The Speaker may appoint another Senator as Acting Speaker during announced periods of absence. If the Speaker has done so, it shall not be necessary to elect a new Speaker unless the Acting Speaker is also for 5 days, i.e. 120 hours.


Article III: Introducing Legislation

1. The Speaker shall keep a thread on the Fantasy Government board for Senators to introduce legislation. This thread shall be known as the Legislation Introduction Thread. Only sitting Senators may post in this thread. The Speaker shall also keep a separate thread listing all sponsored legislation in the Legislation Introduction Thread.

2. Any legislation that would amend amend existing laws, previous Senate resolutions, or the Constitution must contain either A) clear instructions specifying all proposed alterations to the original text or B) a statement that the proposed amendment would override the original text. Any alterations to the original text that are not clearly specified (e.g. with obvious highlighting, bolding, striking-through, or a visible change in the color of the text) shall not be considered by the Senate and shall not take effect upon passage of the legislation.

3. The Speaker may keep up to eight threads open for voting and debate simultaneously. Each piece of legislation shall have a separate thread.

4. The first seven open threads shall be open to all legislation. The Speaker shall move legislation to these threads in the order in which it was introduced in the Legislation Introduction thread, except when the sponsor already has legislation on the Senate floor. If the sponsor already has four or more pieces legislation on the Senate floor, legislation from Senators who do not shall take priority until all such other legislation is completed.

5. The eighth open thread shall be reserved for legislation related to national emergencies declared by the President of Atlasia. The Speaker shall introduce legislation to this thread as directed by the President, but only when the President has declared a state of national emergency.

6. Legislation shall no longer count toward the eight-thread limit when it is no longer on the Senate floor. Senate Legislation is no longer on the Senate floor under any of the following conditions:

    (a) For bills - When the bill is forwarded to the President for action or rejected by a majority of voting Senators
    (b) For resolutions - When the resolution is approved or rejected by a majority of voting Senators
    (c) For Constitutional amendments - When the amendment is (1) approved by at least two-thirds of the Senators and the Speaker has posted a thread notifying the regional executives of that approval or (2) rejected by more than one-third of Senators after a vote is called
    (d) For all legislation - When the legislation has been tabled

7. When a new session of the Senate begins, legislation from the previous session shall remain on the floor automatically, but the new Senate may summarily table said legislation by majority consent.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: November 2014 Special At-large Senate Election on: November 14, 2014, 09:14:30 pm
1. Bacon King
2. Cris
3. SomebodyWhoExists
4. Rpryor03
5. Poirot
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: 64th Election of the PPT on: November 13, 2014, 07:10:35 pm
Bore with five votes has the support of a majority of the Senate. 24 hours to change your votes.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Amendment to Official Senate Rules and Procedures (Debating) on: November 13, 2014, 07:08:51 pm
This has the votes to pass. 24 hours to change your votes.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Confirmation Hearing: Dr. Cynic for GM on: November 13, 2014, 07:06:45 pm
Quote from: Executive Order #010
I hereby nominate Dr. Cynic as Game Moderator.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Confirmation Hearing: Potus 2036 for SoEA/SecState on: November 13, 2014, 05:34:07 pm
Quote from: Executive Order #008
I hereby nominate Potus 2036 as Secretary of External Affairs, the position to be referred from now on as Secretary of State.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Confirmation Hearing: ZuWo for AG on: November 13, 2014, 05:33:44 pm
Quote from: Executive Order #007
I hereby nominate Zuwo as Attorney General.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Confirmation Hearing: Flo for SoIA/Interior on: November 13, 2014, 05:33:21 pm
Quote from: Executive Order #009
I hereby nominate Flo as Secretary of Internal Affairs, the position to be referred from now on as Secretary of the Interior.
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