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« on: June 16, 2016, 11:08:16 am »
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To avoid confusion between new Atlasian laws and old, I feel it is necessary to establish a new Legislation Introduction Thread. Additionally, Dave has requested that threads not exceed 2000 posts (something with memory) and the old one is quickly approaching that.

I plan to number all Senate bills and resolutions in hopes of providing clarity to the process. I will base it off year, then do all legislation in numbering that starts with 001. I'd encourage the House to do something similar, perhaps starting with 1001. Only the leader of each body should number legislation, so don't worry about doing it if you're writing a bill.

There is going to be a learning curve with a bicameral legislature, so bear with me and please speak up if you get lost or think I'm doing something wrong.

Please state whether the bill you are introducing is a senate bill or a house bill. Also, considering a sponsor is needed in both houses, I think it would be acceptable to also list who you have sponsoring it in the other house if you would like.
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Determination of Date and Rules For June 2016 Federal Elections

Section 1: Determination of Election Dates
1. The June 2016 Atlasian federal elections shall begin between 0000 Eastern Standard Time and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on June 24th and shall conclude exactly 72 hours after beginning.
2. Presidential elections shall be held in the months of February, June and October. Elections shall begin between 0000 Eastern Standard Time on the second Thursday of the election month and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on the first Friday thereafter Thursday preceding the penultimate Friday of the election month and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on the penultimate Friday itself5, and shall conclude exactly 72 hours after beginning.

2. The President and Vice President shall take office at 1200 Eastern Standard Time on the first Friday in the month after their election.

Section 2: Determination of Voter Registration and Voting Rules

1. A person may become a registered voter if they have attained eighteen posts and have been registered at the forum for at least 7 days. In registration, the person must state their name and State of fantasy residence; In addition, they may optionally state a political affiliation.
 
2. In order to vote or be a candidate in an election, a person must have been a registered voter seven days before the earliest possible commencement of the election. If a voter changes their state of registration between that time and the election, the state from which they were originally registered shall be the state from which their vote is cast.
   
3.If a person deletes their user account then their registration will no longer be valid.
   
4.Any registered voter who fails to vote in elections for six months for which they are qualified to vote shall have their registration no longer considered valid. The said voter may only be deregistered after missing three federal elections, not including runoffs and special elections. A vote in a special election or runoff will be counted towards activity the same as a vote in a regular federal election. This clause shall not be construed to deny a forum user the right to register anew.
 
5. Persons may only change their State of registration from one region to another region once every 180 days. Changes in State of registration may only occur within a single region every 24 hours.

6. If any voter will be unable to vote in a federal election during the time allotted, they may request to absentee vote at any time seven days preceding the election  The Senate may by appropriate legislation determine the procedure for absentee voting.
   
7. Persons who edit their post in which their vote(s) are contained at the place of voting after twenty minutes shall have their vote counted as void.

8.Any political party of three or more members is considered to be an organized political party.

9. All articles in this act should be retroactive covering the period of time between the ratification of the constitution and implementation of the constitution.
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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2016, 03:59:20 pm »
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Currency Tactile Feature Act
1. All Atlasian dollar bills, including $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes, must carry the designation in Braille to make it possible for the blind people to determine the denomination.
2. The currency denomination must be recognized easily, thus the banknotes use full Braille blocks (or cells) of 6 dots. The $5 bill has one cell, with the $10, $20, and $50 denominations each having one more cell than previous. The $100 bill has two cells arranged such that there is a space of two empty cells between them.
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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2016, 04:03:05 pm »
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Capital Punishment Abolition Amendment

Article I of the Fourth Constitution Shall be amended as follows:

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Section 9. No person accused of crimes under the laws of this Republic, or of the several Regions, shall be compelled to bear witness against himself, nor subjected to excessive bail, nor cruel or unusual punishment. Capital punishment may not be prescribed by a civilian court of law.
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Senate Rules and Procedures

Article 1: 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
President Pro-Tempore - the Senate's presiding officer
President of the Senate- the Senate's presiding officer for confirmation threads
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 PPT shall be the presiding officer of the Senate and shall be responsible for upholding the provisions of these rules.
2. The most senior Senator who isn't on Leave of Absence, or the Senator chosen by the most senior Senator, shall convene the Senate to elect a PPT on the first day of each legislative session and when the office of PPT is vacant. The Senate shall elect a PPT from among its members by majority consent. The most senior Senator, who isn't on Leave of Absence, or the senator chosen by the most senior Senator shall retain the powers and prerogatives as PPT until the election of the PPT.
3. The PPT shall retain the powers and prerogatives as the President of the Senate under the following circumstances: a. A publicly announced absence by the President of the Senate from the Atlas Forum. b. If the President of the Senate has been inactive from the Atlas Forum for seven (7) days. c. In any case where the President of the Senate has failed to uphold the provisions of this Procedural Resolution when it is in his power to do so individually. d. During any period of time when no person is presently holding the office of President of the Senate. e. the President of the Senate should be absent by reason of exercising responsibility as Acting President of the Republic of Atlasia under the Constitution. f. A publicly announced conferral of such powers by the President of the Senate.
4. If the PPT 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 PPT. The PPT may appoint another Senator as Acting PPT during announced periods of absence. If the PPT has done so, it shall not be necessary to elect a new PPT unless the Acting PPT is also for 5 days, i.e. 120 hours.

Article III: Introducing Legislation

1. The PPT shall keep a thread on the Fantasy Government board for Senators to introduce legislation. This thread shall be known as the Legislation Introduction Thread. Sitting Senators, the President and Vice President of Atlasia may post in this thread. The PPT 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 PPT may keep up to nine threads open for voting and debate simultaneously. Each piece of legislation shall have a separate thread.
4.The first six open threads shall be open to all legislation. The PPT 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 two or more pieces legislation on the Senate floor, legislation from Senators who do not shall take priority until all such other legislation is completed. The seventh open thread shall be reserved for bills submitted by civilians in the Public Consultation and Legislation Submission thread.
5. The eighth and ninth open thread shall be reserved for legislation related to national emergencies declared by the President of Atlasia. The PPT shall introduce legislation to these threads 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 sitting Senators (in the case that the two-thirds number is a fractional number, it is rounded up) and the PPT 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.

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 PPT 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 PPT 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 PPT 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, and there are no objections after 24 hours, they shall assume sponsorship. If there are objections then a vote shall be held, and if a majority of 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 PPT may ignore amendments that he or she deems frivolous, functionally impractical, or unconstitutional at his or her discretion, but the Senate may compel the PPT to consider the amendment by majority consent.
10. The PPT 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 PPT may open concurrent votes on the amendments.
12. Any Senator may file a motion to table a piece of legislation during debate. The PPT 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 PPT 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: Relationship with House of Representatives

1. When a bill passes the House of Representatives, the PPT may only bring it to the floor if a senator has agreed to sponsor it. Senators may sponsor legislation by messaging the PPT or posting in the session noticeboard.
2. When a bill passes the Senate, the PPT shall notify the House Speaker of its passage.
3. Should similar bills pass through both chambers with conflicting provisions, the Speaker of the House and PPT shall each appoint one member in addition to themselves to serve on a Conference Committee, which shall draft a compromise version of the bill. The bill must then pass both chambers on an up or down vote.
4. A bill shall be sent to the president after it has been approved by both chambers. The leader of the chamber it most recently passed shall notify the president.

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Article VII: Presidential Nominees

1. The President of the Senate shall open a confirmation hearing for presidential nominees immediately following the president's announcement of the nomination.
2. Each hearing shall last for at least 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 VIII: 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 IX: Expulsion of a sitting Senator

Section 1: Introduction of an Article of Expulsion Expulsion proceedings shall be initiated if:
1) The Senator has not posted anything on the Atlas Fantasy Government board for 168 consecutive hours and hasn't posted a valid Leave of Absence (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. In order to be valid, a Leave of Absence shall not be longer than 368 hours). And an article of expulsion has been introduced in the Legislative Introduction Thread.
2) 5 Senators have sponsored an article of expulsion, introduced in the Legislative Introduction Thread, against one of their Senate colleagues

Section 2: Rules
1) The President of the Senate shall open a thread and commence the debates. The President of the Senate shall not be able to take part into the debates.
2) The Senator concerned by the article of expulsion shall be informed by private message and may hire an attorney for organising his/her defense.
3) Debates shall last at least for 72 hours. After the debates have elapsed, the President of the Senate shall open a vote, which shall last for 3 days. In order to expel the Senator, two-thirds of the current senators shall vote AYE.
4) If the acting President of the Senate is the Senator concerned by the article of expulsion, the most senior Senator, who is not the Senator concerned by the article of expulsion, shall administer the expulsion process.
5) If a Senator administers the expulsion process, he/she shall not be able to take part into the debates and shall not be able to vote, unless his vote matters and only after the 72 hours of voting have elapsed.

Article X: 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 PPT 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 PPT 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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Real Patriot Act

1. The USA PATRIOT Act is hereby repealed.
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Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2016

1. The Republic of Atlasia, hereby declares the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization in conjunction with other countries that already have including Russia and Egypt.

2. The Muslim Brotherhood has called for the destruction of Atlasia and its allies and the call for a so called "global jihad."

3. The Republic of Atlasia hereby freezes all money or supplies given to the Muslim Brotherhood if there are any and indefinitely immediately after the passage of this bill.

I will be sponsoring this bill in the Senate.
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evergreen-Tmthforu LGBTQ+ Rights Act

Section 1. Inclusion in Existing Civil-Rights Law
1. The protections described in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, especially Titles II, III, VI, and VII, shall apply also to discrimination on the basis of LGBTQ+ status.
2. The protections described in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 shall apply also to discrimination on the basis of LGBTQ+ status.
3. The protections described in Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, or the "Fair Housing Act", shall apply also to discrimination on the basis of LGBTQ+ status.

Section 2. The Right to Security in One's Own Body
1. All insurers within the jurisdiction of the Republic of Atlasia shall be required to cover options for hormone replacement therapy and puberty blockers.
2. There shall be no requirement that parents or guardians consent to a minor accessing puberty blockers.

Section 3. Grants for LGBTQ+-Friendliness in Schools
1. The government of the Republic of Atlasia shall distribute $1.5b through the Department of Education to provide schools with grants to fund anti-bullying programs and LGBT+-positive sex education.

Section 4. Ban on Conversion Therapy
1. All forms of "conversion therapy", "reparative therapy" or other practices with the intention of affecting a person's sexual orientation or gender identity are hereby banned in all territories under the jurisdiction of the Republic of Atlasia.
2. Any person who performs such a practice shall be subject to a fine of up to $50,000 per day in violation and/or irreversible revocation of any and all medical licenses.
3. Any person who solicits such a practice shall be subject to a fine of up to $5,000.
4. Attempted or completed subjection of a minor to such a practice shall be considered sufficient grounds for emancipation.

Section 5. Elimination of Official Gender Markers
1. All official documents issued by any body under the jurisdiction of the Republic of Atlasia that contain gender markers, including but not limited to drivers' licenses, shall be required to require an "other" option for non-binary genders and no requirements to change such markers, beyond regular administrative fees, shall be allowed to exist.
2. Congress strongly recommends that all future statutes, resolutions, etc. of the Republic of Atlasia or its subsidiary bodies refer to singular persons of indeterminate gender with the pronoun "they", rather than gender-specific pronouns.

Section 6. An End to the Mass Mutilation of Intersex People
1. All forms of "genital normalisation surgery", or other sex assignment treatments and/or surgical interventions on the sex characteristics of a minor with intersex characteristics, are hereby banned in all territories under the jurisdiction of the Republic of Atlasia, except with the express informed consent of the subject or in the case of medical necessity.
2. Any person who performs such a practice shall be subject to a fine of up to $50,000 and/or irreversible revocation of any and all medical licenses.
3. Any person who solicits such a practice shall be subject to a fine of up to $5,000.
4. Attempted of completed subjection of a minor to such a practice shall be considered sufficient grounds for emancipation.

Section 7. Marriage
1. Marriage, for civil purposes, is the lawful union of two consenting persons to the exclusion of all others.
2. It is recognized that officials of religious groups are free to refuse to perform marriages that are not in accordance with their religious beliefs.
3. For greater certainty, no person or organization shall be deprived of any benefit, or be subject to any obligation or sanction, under any law of the Atlasia Government  solely by reason of their exercise, in respect of marriage between persons of the same sex.

Section 8. Implementation
1. Sections 1, 4, 6 and 7 of this bill shall be considered effective immediately upon entering into law.
2. Sections 2, 3 and 5 of this bill shall be considered effective beginning January 1st, 2017.
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« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2016, 12:41:03 am »
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The Freedom To Drink Act
1. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 is hereby repealed.
2. The regions shall each be allowed to each determine their own minimum drinking age, with the following exceptions:
2a. No region shall be allowed to have a minimum drinking age lower than 16.
2b. No region shall be allowed to have a minimum drinking age higher than 21.
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National Right to Life Act
1. It is hereby illegal to intentionally terminate a pregnancy beyond the 20th 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 $50,0000.
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 7 days36 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.
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.
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 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 will be subject to the removal of part or all of its public funds.
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Pay Workers a fair Wage Act

1.) This act amends Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to increase the federal minimum wage to $9.00 by January 1st 2017, followed by an increase to $10.00 by January 1st 2018, then to $11.00 by January 2019 and then to $12.50 by May 2020.

2.)After the passage of this act, and the introduction of the $9.00 the tipped minimum wage will be abolished and replaced with the minimum wage.
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Federal Electoral Act
Section 1: Votes
1. In their vote in the Elections to the House and the Presidency, each voter shall list some, none, or all of the candidates in the voter's order of preference for them.
2. If no numbering of the preferences is stated, then the candidate at the top of the list shall be presumed to be the first preference, the candidate on the second line of the list shall be presumed to be the second preference, and so on.
3. A voter may cast a write-in vote in any election, except a runoff election.
4. In order to write-in a candidate, the voter shall not be required to explicitly specify that their vote is for a write-in candidate.
5. In order for write-in votes for a candidate to qualify as countable votes, the person written-in must formally accept the write-in candidacy before the end of voting in the given election.
6. A voter may vote for "None of the Above" in any election, except a runoff election. Any voter may vote "None of the Above"; any and all lower preferences of the voter shall be ignored.
7. Persons who edit their post in which their vote(s) are contained at the place of voting after twenty minutes shall have their vote counted as void. Campaigning shall also be prohibited in the voting booth and shall result in the disqualification of their vote.

Section 2: Determination of the Winner
1. If any candidate shall gain a majority of highest preference votes, then that candidate shall be declared the winner of the election.
2. If no candidate has a majority of highest preference votes, the candidate with the fewest highest preferences shall be eliminated, and their votes redistributed according to the next-highest preferences of the voters.
3. If, after the implementation of Clause 2 of this Section, any candidate shall have a majority of the highest preference votes, then that candidate shall be declared the winner of the election. If no such candidate shall exist, then Clause 2 of this Section shall be implemented again until such a candidate does exist, or until all candidates have the same number of highest preference votes.
4. If two or more candidates are tied for the least number of highest preference votes, but none of those candidates are tied for the greatest number of highest preference votes, then the following procedure shall be used to determine which candidate is eliminated:
     a. The candidate with the least total number of preferences expressed by voters shall be eliminated.
     b. The Senate shall vote on which candidate to eliminate, with the Vice President being able to cast a tie-breaking vote if necessary.

Section 3: Runoff Elections
1. If all remaining candidates shall have the same number of highest preference votes, then the following procedure shall be used to break the tie:
2. Runoff elections shall begin between midnight Eastern Standard Time on the first Thursday after the initial election and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on the first Friday thereafter, and shall conclude exactly 72 hours after the beginning.
3. Those candidates who have tied shall be automatically entered onto the ballot. No other candidacies shall be allowed.
4. Voters shall only be able to cast a vote for one candidate.
5. If any candidate shall gain a majority of the votes cast, then he shall be declared winner.
6. In the event that litigation is pending before the Supreme Court at the time a runoff is due to be held, the Supreme Court may delay the runoff in a specified manner if it thinks the result of such litigation would have a substantive impact on the runoff.

Section 4: Tied Runoff Elections
If the Runoff Election procedure specified in section 4 results in a tie, then:
1. One of the tied candidates may concede their portion of the term. The rules for determining the winner shall proceed based on as if the number tied candidates is reduced by one.
2. The two candidates shall each serve for one half of a term.
     a. The two candidates will be allowed to determine the order in which the term is split.
     b. If no agreement is reached regarding the order of the terms that each candidate serves in, if   
         one of the tied candidates is an incumbent, then that candidate shall serve the first session.
     c. If both of the tied candidates are incumbents, due to redistricting or other circumstances, or if
        neither of the candidates are incumbents, and no agreement has been reached regarding the
        order of the terms that each candidate serves in, then the candidates shall serve in alphabetical
        order, going by their names used on the Registered Voter Roll.
3. In the event of a tie between more than two candidates:
     a. The tied candidates may make any agreement they see fit.
     b. If an agreement cannot be made by (a), the Senate shall either:
                1. Select one candidate to serve the entire term.
                2. Select a schedule that will allow all tied candidates to serve a portion of the term.
4. If one of the term sharing senators resigns or is elected or appointed to another office, than the other will serve out the remainder of the term.

Section 5: None of the Above
If, in an election, the None of the Above option shall have gained more votes than each candidate, then a new election shall be held under the following procedure
1. The new election shall be held between midnight Eastern Standard Time on the second Thursday after the initial election and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on the first Friday thereafter at 1800 Eastern Standard Time on the second Thursday after the election, and shall conclude exactly 72 hours after the beginning.
2. None of the candidates defeated by the None of the Above option in the original may be declared candidates in the new election. However, a voter may still write-in any such candidate.
3. The candidacy declaration deadline for the new election shall be the same as for special elections.
4. Except as regards Clause 2 of this Section, all other provisions of this Act shall apply to the new election.

Section 6: Absentee Voting
1. As mandated by Article V, Section 2, Clause 8 of the Federal Constitution, all voters shall have the right to cast absentee votes after the candidacy declaration period has expired.
2. Upon the candidacy declaration deadline occurring the Secretary of Federal Elections or Deputy Secretary of Federal Elections shall establish a thread for absentee voting which shall include a full ballot. In the event that a runoff is necessary, absentee voting shall open as soon as is practical after the certification of the original election results.
3. Voters wishing to vote by absentee shall post their votes as they otherwise would.
4. In the event that a person votes by absentee and regularly then both votes will be discounted.
5. In the case of runoff elections, an absentee booth shall be opened as soon as possible after the declaration by the Department of Federal Elections that a runoff election is to be held.

Section 7: Applicability
Any instance of the word "candidate" in Sections 1 through to 6 shall be read as "ticket" in the case of Presidential elections.

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Section 8: Candidacy Declarations
1. The candidacy declaration deadline for regular elections to the House shall be twenty-four hours before the earliest possible commencement of the election and for special elections to the House shall be twenty-four hours before the commencement of the election.
2. A candidate for a regular or special election to the House may withdraw their candidacy up to twenty-four hours before the earliest possible commencement of the election.
3. The candidacy declaration deadline for full tickets of a Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidate to declare shall be seven days before the earliest possible commencement of the election. However, should the Vice-Presidential candidate withdraw their candidacy, then the Presidential candidate may nominate a new Vice-Presidential candidate up to seventy-two hours before the commencement of the election.
4. In all cases, the assent of both the Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidate shall be necessary for them to appear together as a ticket on the ballot.
5. A declared or write-in candidate in a presidential election may only run as part of one ticket, indicating such in the Candidate Declaration Thread, or through his or her vote in the case of a write-in candidacy. A declared or write-in candidate in a presidential election must have a declared Vice Presidential candidate in order to be a valid candidate.

Section 9: Administration of Voting Booths
1. Whenever possible, the Secretary of Federal Elections, or the Deputy Secretary of Federal Elections, shall be the administrator of the voting booth. If both shall be absent or unable to administer the voting booth, then the President shall designate an executive officer to do so instead.
2. The administrator of a voting booth shall be free to design the ballot as they see fit, as long as the content of the ballot is clear and unambiguous.
3. The administrator of a voting booth shall post links to all relevant statute regarding electoral law on the ballot.
4. The administrator of a voting booth shall give registered voters seven days advance public notice, in both the Fantasy Elections Forum and the Voting Booth, of the hours in which voting shall take place for all regular House elections.
5. The administrator of a voting booth shall give registered voters seven days advance public notice, in both the Fantasy Elections Forum and the Voting Booth, of the hours in which voting shall take place for all special House elections called on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday; and three days advance public notice, in both the Fantasy Elections Forum and the Voting Booth, of the hours in which voting shall take place for all special House elections called on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Section 10: Certification of Election Results
1. When the voting period has expired, the administrator of the voting booth or a moderator of the Forum shall lock the thread containing the voting booth. The thread shall not be unlocked except to enter the official certification of the election result onto the thread.
2. Certification of the election result shall be conducted as soon as reasonably possible after the voting booth shall have closed by the administrator of the voting booth. If the administrator of the voting booth shall not be available to conduct such certification, then he or she shall designate another executive officer of the federal government to carry out such certification in their stead.
3. In certifying the result the administrator shall list all those votes which he or she has discounted, and the reasons for these votes being discounted. The voting booth administrator shall discount all votes that are invalid under the law, and shall only count those remaining votes for which he or she is able to make a reasonable determination as to the intent of the voter subject to such conditions as imposed by Section 11 of this Act.
4. The certifying officer may post provisional certifications of the election results, but these shall be of no legal effect.
5. Once the certifying officer is content that he has a full and complete certification he shall post an official certification which shall be final in all respects, unless a Court order shall instruct otherwise.

Section 11: Reasonable Determination of Intent
1. Where a voter lists only the Presidential candidate of a ticket in a Presidential election and this is the sole occurrence of the Presidential candidate on the ballot, then the vote shall be construed to be for the ticket which the Presidential candidate is a member of.
2. Where a voter lists all candidates or tickets running and places some mark to the right or left of one and only one of the candidates or tickets, then the vote shall be construed to be for that candidate or ticket.
3. The enumeration of certain reasonable determinations of intent in this section shall not be construed to be exclusive.

Section 12: Concession of Victory
1. If a candidate shall concede their victory of a House election after the certification of the election result, then the candidate with the next greatest number of highest preference votes in that election shall then be declared victor.
2. If both members of a Presidential ticket shall concede their victory in the Presidential election after the certification of the election result, then the members of the ticket with the next greatest number of highest preference votes in that election shall then be declared victors.
3. If a victor who has conceded shall wish to retract their concession, then they may only do so with the permission of the newly declared victor.
4. If an election shall produce a tie, then any candidate or ticket may decline to go forward to the runoff. If such actions shall leave only one candidate or ticket in the runoff, then that candidate or ticket shall be declared the victor.
5. If a tied candidate or ticket that has withdrawn shall wish to re-enter the runoff, then they may only do so with the permission of the other candidates or tickets in the tie.
6. Concessions made before the certification of election results, or on or after the date on which the newly elected official is due to be sworn in, are of no legal effect whatsoever.

Section 13: Statute of Limitations
1. Lawsuits challenging the validity of certified election results shall only be valid if filed with the Supreme Court within one week of the certification of such results.
2. Lawsuits challenging the validity of election results certified on or before 31 May, 2016 shall not be valid.
3. Clause 1 shall not apply in the case of elections resulting in a runoff, in which cases, lawsuits challenging the validity of certified election results shall only be valid if filed with the Supreme Court before the official opening time of the official voting booth (not including any associated absentee voting booth) for the associated runoff election.

Section 14: Federal Activity and Political Party Requirements
1. A person may become a registered voter if they have attained fifteen posts and have been registered at the forum for at least 7 days. In registration, the person must state their name and State of fantasy residence; In addition, they may optionally state a political affiliation.
2. All those persons who have registered to vote 7 days (168 hours) before the commencement of the election posted at least 10 times in the 8 weeks (56 days) prior to the commencement of an election shall be defined as active for the purposes of that election. If a voter changes their state of registration within the 7 days, the state from which they were originally registered shall be the state from which their vote is cast.
3. Persons may only change their State of registration from one region to another region once every 180 days. Changes in State of registration may only occur within a single region every 72 hours.
4. Any registered voter who fails to vote in elections for six months for which they are qualified to vote shall have their registration no longer considered valid. The said voter may only be deregistered after missing three federal elections, not including runoffs and special elections. A vote in a special election or runoff will be counted towards activity the same as a vote in a regular federal election. This clause shall not be construed to deny a forum user the right to register anew.
5. Anyone who has cast an absentee ballot shall be regarded as an active voter, provided he or she fulfills the definition by the time the election commences for which the ballot was cast, of an "active voter"; However, the post containing the ballot shall not count towards the total number of required posts.
6. Any political party of three or more members is considered to be an organized political party.

Section 15: Determination of Election Dates
1. Presidential elections shall be held in the months of February, June and October. Elections shall begin between 0000 Eastern Standard Time on the Thursday preceding the penultimate Friday of the election month and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on the penultimate Friday itself, and shall conclude exactly 72 hours after beginning.
2. Regular elections to the Senate shall begin between midnight Eastern Standard Time on the Thursday preceding the penultimate Friday of the month and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on the penultimate Friday itself, and shall conclude exactly 72 hours after beginning, except in the month of December. Regular elections to the Senate in the month of December shall begin between midnight Eastern Standard Time on the Thursday preceding the second Friday of the month and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on the second Friday itself, and shall conclude exactly 72 hours after beginning.
3. Candidates elected in federal elections shall take office at 1200 Eastern Standard Time on the first Friday in the month after their election.
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Atlasian Flag Act
The people of Atlasia will have the opportunity to submit designs for a new flag until August 31st, 2016. On September 1st, a poll shall open in the Atlas Fantasy Elections board for which submissions may be voted on by the public for a period of three days. The poll will include a "none of the above" option. If none of the poll options receive a majority of the votes, the flag with the least number of votes will be dropped and a new poll will be created. This process will continue until a new flag is selected, or until a majority of voters decide that none of the flag are suitable.
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AN ACT
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and to designate those terrorists operating
under the name of "the Conservagreen
Brigade" as such

Section 1 (Title)
i. The long title of this Act shall be, the "Conservagreen Brigade Terrorist Designation Act." It may be cited as the "Conservagreen Act."

Section 2 (Preamble)
i. WHEREAS, the organization styling itself the "Conservagreen Brigade," or sometimes "Brigades," has taken deliberate measures to target and kill Atlasian citizens abroad;

ii. WHERAS, this organization has abducted two Atlasian citizens to date, without any act of provocation on the part of the Republic of Atlasia or the citizens in question;

iii. WHEREAS, these actions were directed towards unarmed civilians;

iv. WHEREAS, they have threatened the execution of the abducted citizens unless the Republic of Atlasia concedes to certain demands;

v. WHEREAS, they were conceived without the sanction of any legitimate government or constitutional power, and exist solely for the furtherance of chaos, bloodshed, and instability;

be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia:

Section 3 (Designation)
i. The organization styling itself as the "Conservagreen Brigade," or sometimes "Brigades," is hereby designated a terrorist organization.
ii. The Secretary of State shall have power to designate any persons or groups of persons affiliated with the aforementioned Conservagreen Brigade as terrorists under the laws of the Republic of Atlasia.

I will be sponsoring Secretary Truman's sound piece of legislation.
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AN ACT
to further the destruction of terrorism,
and to designate those terrorists operating
under the name of "the Conservagreen
Brigade" as such

Section 1 (Title)
i. The long title of this Act shall be, the "Conservagreen Brigade Terrorist Designation Act." It may be cited as the "Conservagreen Act."

Section 2 (Preamble)
i. WHEREAS, the organization styling itself the "Conservagreen Brigade," or sometimes "Brigades," has taken deliberate measures to target and kill Atlasian citizens abroad;

ii. WHERAS, this organization has abducted two Atlasian citizens to date, without any act of provocation on the part of the Republic of Atlasia or the citizens in question;

iii. WHEREAS, these actions were directed towards unarmed civilians;

iv. WHEREAS, they have threatened the execution of the abducted citizens unless the Republic of Atlasia concedes to certain demands;

v. WHEREAS, they were conceived without the sanction of any legitimate government or constitutional power, and exist solely for the furtherance of chaos, bloodshed, and instability;

be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia:

Section 3 (Designation)
i. The organization styling itself as the "Conservagreen Brigade," or sometimes "Brigades," is hereby designated a terrorist organization.
ii. The Secretary of State shall have power to designate any persons or groups of persons affiliated with the aforementioned Conservagreen Brigade as terrorists under the laws of the Republic of Atlasia.

I will be sponsoring Secretary Truman's sound piece of legislation.

Came here myself to introduce similar legislation- I Co-Sponsor
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Orlando Memorial Act

1.) A National Memorial is hereby commissioned by the Federal Government to the 49 lives lost during the Orlando Massarce at Pulse Nightclub.

2.) $500,000 in federal funding is put aside for the pay for the memorial; with matching funds from private donations and sources.

3.) The Pulse Fund is hereby set up to teach, educate and empower LGBT communities across Atlasia
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Ukrainian Freedom Act

1.  The Congress of Atlasia expresses it's unconditional support for the Government of Ukraine, and it's territorial Integrity in light of the attacks on it's sovereignty by the Government of Russia and rebel secessionist forces.

2. This Congress declares that the Russian invasion of Crimea defied international Law, and thus has Russia has no legal or political right to the Crimea. This house refuses to recognize Russian Control.

3. Military and Financial Support

A.)$70 million in Surplus Military Equipment is to be supplied to the Ukrainian Government, including Lethal weaponry.

B). $100 million is provided in an interest free loan from the Government of Atlasia.

C.) The Government of Atlasia will support Ukranian efforts to seek financial support from the IMF

D.) US troops will hereby be legally allowed to train, arm and support Ukrainian forces in a specifically non-combat role. Under no circumstances will US Armed Forces be allowed to take part in Combat role, or serve on the front line

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Federal Reserve Transparency Act

1. The Federal Reserve System shall be subject to a full audit every five years.

2. A report on the audit shall be made available for every member of Senate and House who requests it.
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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.
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A BILL

To remove the federal prohibition on marijuana


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


SECTION 1. TITLE

This legislation may be cited as the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2016

SECTION 2. REMOVAL OF FEDERAL MARIJUANA PROHIBITION

1. "Marihuana" and "tetrahydrocannabinols" are hereby stricken from Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act.

2. It shall no longer be policy of the Federal government to prosecute marijuana-related drug charges.

3. No region, state, territory, or locality shall be required to prosecute the possession or sale of marijuana.
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A Real Living Wage Act

1. The Federal Minimum Wage of Atlasia is hereby increased to $9 an hour on April 16th 2017, followed by an increase to $10 by April 16th 2018.

2. The tipped minimum wage is hereby bought in line with the Federal Minimum Wage
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Anti-Terror Coalition Resolution

Recognizing that ISIS and other terror groups are a threat to our country and allies and their actions costing lives to people all across the world, the Congress of Atlasia strongly encourage the Secretary of State to engage meetings and negotiations with foreign states in order to form a strong international coalition for fighting terror.

Moreover, the Congress of Atlasia recommends the following framework for the negotiations of our nation with foreign states:

1. Composition of the anti-terror coalition
1.1 The anti-terror coalitions is composed by all countries except those suspected to have ties with ISIS and/or other terror groups.

2. Distribution of funds and weapons
2.1 Only a group of historic allies of the Republic of Atlasia might receive funds and weapons from the Republic of Atlasia.
2.2 The composition of the sudden group shall be determinated by the Secretary of State.

3. Work of the anti-terror coalition
3.1 The Republic of Atlasia and all the other countries, including those not able to receive funds and weapons from the Republic of Atlasia, will collaborate together on military projects, air strikes and on the intelligence front.
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Anti-Terror Coalition Resolution

Recognizing that ISIS and other terror groups are a threat to our country and allies and their actions costing lives to people all across the world, the Congress of Atlasia strongly encourage the Secretary of State to engage meetings and negotiations with foreign states in order to form a strong international coalition for fighting terror.

Moreover, the Congress of Atlasia recommends the following framework for the negotiations of our nation with foreign states:

1. Composition of the anti-terror coalition
1.1 The anti-terror coalitions is composed by all countries except those suspected to have ties with ISIS and/or other terror groups.

2. Distribution of funds and weapons
2.1 Only a group of historic allies of the Republic of Atlasia might receive funds and weapons from the Republic of Atlasia.
2.2 The composition of the sudden group shall be determinated by the Secretary of State.

3. Work of the anti-terror coalition
3.1 The Republic of Atlasia and all the other countries, including those not able to receive funds and weapons from the Republic of Atlasia, will collaborate together on military projects, air strikes and on the intelligence front.

I'd like to Co-Sponsor this
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