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« Reply #75 on: April 02, 2017, 09:16:10 pm »
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The tipped minimum wage abolition Act of 2017

1. The Tipped minimum wage shall hereby be abolished as of May 1st, 2018.

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« Reply #76 on: April 11, 2017, 03:34:02 am »
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Wanted to make a bill to overturn the Deeply Disturbing implicit ban on women becoming President (among other things), and I decided to throw in a few grammar fixes as well (principle > principal, effected > affected, etc.). No idea how all of our "fine toothed combs" missed these, but they shall be corrected yet!

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Article I (Bill of Rights)
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Section 10. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall have right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury of their peers in the Region wherein the crime shall have been committed, to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation, to be confronted with the witnesses against him them, to have a compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his their favor, and to have the assistance of counsel in his their defense.
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Article III (The Legislature)
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Section 2 (The Senate)
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vi. Vacancies in the Senate shall be filled according to the laws of the effected affected Region; but in the absence of such a law, the executive power thereof shall have the authority to appoint a replacement to serve the remainder of the existing term.

Section 3 (The House of Representatives)
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vi. Vacancies in the House of Representatives shall be filled by the executive of the effected affected Party; but should a vacancy occur as the result of the death, expulsion, or resignation of a Representative not being a member of a major Party, then a special election shall be held to chose choose a replacement to serve the remainder of the existing term.

Section 4 (Rules of Order)
i. Each Houses may adopt rules concerning the discipline and expulsion of its members; but no Senator or Representative shall be expelled but with the concurrence of 2/3 of the members of the effected affected House
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Section 5 (Legislation)
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iii. Every bill, order, or resolution which shall have passed the Senate and the House of Representatives shall, before it becomes law, be submitted to the judgment of the President. If he they approve of it he they should sign it; but if he they disapproves he they should return the bill to the house in which it originated with his their objections. If, after considering the objections of the President, both houses should by a 2/3 vote agree to pass the same bill, it shall become law regardless of the President's objections.

Article IV (The Executive)
Section 1 (The Executive)
i. The executive power shall be vested in the President of the Republic of Atlasia. He They shall hold his their office for a term of four months, together with a Vice President chosen for the same term.
ii. Elections for President shall be held in the months of February, June, and October, in accordance with the measures prescribed by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia. Each candidate for President shall run jointly with a candidate for Vice President, with whom his their name shall appear jointly on the ballot. A vote for a candidate for President shall be considered a vote for the candidate for Vice President whose name appears on the ballot with the presidential candidate, and accordingly the candidate for Vice President whose name appears on the ballot with the successful candidate for President shall be elected.
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iv. Upon the commencement of his their term in office, the President shall swear the following oath: "I, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the Republic of Atlasia, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia."

Section 2 (Powers)
i. The President shall have the power, except where limited elsewhere by this Constitution, to grant reprieves and pardons for crimes committed under the laws of the Republic of Atlasia, but Congress may rescind such pardons by a 2/3 vote of the Senate and the House of Representatives;
to introduce legislation into the queue of the Congress;
to appoint, with the advice and consent of the Senate, the Justices of the Supreme Court;
to establish such executive departments as may be necessary for the execution of the laws, and to appoint their principle principal officers with the advice and consent of the Senate;
to veto acts of Congressional legislation, and to exercise a line-item veto over the budget;
to appoint the vice president in the event of a vacancy in that office;
to serve as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Atlasia; and
to make treaties with the advice and consent of the Senate.

Section 3 (The Vice Presidency)
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ii. Whenever the President shall submit his their written declaration to the presiding officer of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives that he is they are unable to discharge the powers and duties of his their office, and until he they shall submit a declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties will be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.
iii. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of the principle principal officers of the executive departments shall submit their written declaration to the presiding officer of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his their office, such powers and duties will be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President until such time as the President should submit his their declaration to the contrary.

Article V (The Judiciary)
Section 1 (The Judiciary)
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iii. The chief executive officer of each of the several Regions shall nominate from among his their constituents a candidate for Associate Justice. Upon the assent of a majority of the legislative power thereof, the nomination shall proceed to the President: if he they approve of the nomination he they should grant his their Assent and the nominee shall assume the office of Associate Justice; but if he they disapprove he they should veto it and the nomination will be annulled. If then two thirds of the Senate should vote to override the President's veto, the nominee shall take office regardless of the opinion of the President.
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v. The President shall designate a Chief Justice from among the appointed Justices, who shall continue in that capacity until such time as he they shall resign the designation, or else cease to be a member of the Supreme Court.

Article VII (The Union)
Section 1 (Reciprocity)
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iii. A person charged in any Region with treason, felony, or other crime, who shall flee from justice, and be found in another Region, shall on demand of the executive authority of the Region from which he they fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the Region having jurisdiction of the crime.

Article VIII (Supremacy & Qualifications)
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Section 2 (Qualifications for Officeholders)
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ii. No person shall be elected to multiple offices under this Constitution, nor occupy the office of Justice or Associate Justice simultaneously with any other public office; but members of Congress shall be eligible to serve as the principle principal officers of such executive departments as may be established by law.

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« Reply #77 on: April 11, 2017, 02:50:13 pm »
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^ Article III, Section 5 should read "they disapprove," not "they disapproves"
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« Reply #78 on: April 13, 2017, 12:13:54 pm »
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Student Loan Reform Act
1. Total federal student loan disbursements shall be capped at $10,000 per year per individual in absence of the presence of a co-maker or endorser on the note.

2. Debt owed on student loans shall be dischargeable in Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy without the need to prove undue hardship.
     a. This shall apply to student loans that have already been disbursed.

3. The provisions of this bill will go into effect on July 1, 2018.
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« Reply #79 on: April 14, 2017, 02:09:14 pm »
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A BILL

To focus immediate and long-term investment for Flint, Michigan


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


SECTION 1. TITLE

This legislation may be cited as the Flint Reinvestment Act.

SECTION 2. SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIR, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, WRAP-AROUND SERVICES, AND HEALTH MONITORING

The following shall be appropriated to the state of Michigan for the repair and development of the city of Flint, under the condition that matching funds are provided by the government of the state of Michigan:

Infrastructure Repairs - $385 million ($770 million total with state match):

Replacing Lead Service Lines - Direct grants shall be awarded to the city of Flint for any activities deemed necessary by the Atlasian Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that the city of Flint’s drinking water does not contain high lead levels. This includes repair and/or replacement of public and private water service lines, inspection of public and/or private water service lines, and corrosion control programs to optimization public and/or private water service lines.

Loan Forgiveness - Eliminates the current cap of 20% of state Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (DWSRF) that can be used on loan forgiveness and allows the state of Michigan to forgive existing DWSRF loans made to the city of Flint

Wrap-Around Services for Flint Families and Children Exposed to Lead - $235 million ($470 million total with state match)

Atlasian Department of Health and Human Services - $135 million ($270 million total with state match):

- $125 million for Head Start and Early Start for Flint children exposed to lead
- $5 million for school based health centers in all Flint schools
- $5 million for mental health services for Flint families and children dealing with lead exposure

Atlasian Department of Education - $90 million ($180 million total with state match):

- $25 million for reduced class sizes, hire additional school personnel, and fund improvements to Flint school buildings;
- $25 million for city-wide after-school programs for Flint children exposed to lead
- $25 million for expanded PELL Grants to support additional college access for Flint youth
- $5 million for special education services
- $5 million for career and technical education
- $5 million to create a ‘Promise Neighborhood’ program in Flint (provides funding to support eligible entities, including (1) nonprofit organizations, which may include faith-based nonprofit organizations, (2) institutions of higher education, and (3) Indian tribes)

Atlasian Department of Agriculture - The Secretary of the Interior shall allow the Agriculture Department to expand Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program to areas where a federal state of emergency has been declared.

Atlasian Department of Housing and Urban Development - $5 million ($10 million total with state match):

- $5 million for lead prevention programs

Atlasian Department of Justice - $5 million ($10 million total with state match):

- $5 million for juvenile delinquency prevention programs

Economic Development - $45 million ($90 million total with state match):

Atlasian Department of Labor - $20 million ($40 million total with state match):

- $10 million for expanded youth employment opportunities for Flint youth
- $10 million for workforce training, literacy and apprenticeship grants

Atlasian Department of Commerce - $25 million ($50 million total with state match):

- $12.5 million for economic development assistance programs for the city of Flint
- $12.5 million for minority business development programs

Health Monitoring - $100 million ($200 million total with state match):

The Atlasian Department of Health and Human Services shall establish a Center of Excellence on Lead Exposure in Flint, and appropriate funding over 10 years for the center’s operation.  The Center of Excellence on Lead Exposure in Flint may:

- Create a health registry to monitor and track Flint families and children exposed to lead
- Establish an advisory committee to provide scientific testing and technical support
- Research behavioral and health impacts, including mitigation efforts from lead exposure
- Require twice-annual reporting to Flint community on research conducted

Cosponsor: Senator R2D2
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« Reply #80 on: April 14, 2017, 02:10:58 pm »
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^ Add me as a sponsor to this as well.
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« Reply #81 on: April 16, 2017, 01:50:41 am »
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Joint Resolution of Formal Apology for Atlasia's Involvement in Military Coups

Whereas, Atlasia has a long history of confirmed participation in regime change in foreign sovereign nations.

Whereas, Atlasia funded and participated in actions to remove Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh from power for wishing to nationalize the oil industry, forcing him to spend the rest of his life in house arrest.

Whereas, Atlasia equipped rebels to overthrow Guatemalan President Jacobo Árbenz when his policies contradicted the interests of the United Fruit Company.

Whereas, Atlasia deeply involved itself in plans to capture and execute Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba.

Whereas, Atlasia provided military equipment and weapons for the ouster of Brazilian President João Goulart, which led to a series of juntas for several decades.

Whereas, Atlasia supported Augusto Pinochet in his overthrow of Chilean President Salvador Allende, despite full knowledge of Pinochet's severe human rights abuses.

Whereas, government involvement in the overthrow of legitimate and democratically elected foreign governments is an affront to the sovereignty of nations and to human dignity.

Whereas, all of these incidents led to the installment of dictators who would go on to deprive millions of people of basic human rights.

Whereas, all of these incidents severely set back the development of democratic, social, and economic institutions in these countries.

RESOLVED by the Congress of Atlasia assembled.

1. Acknowledges the historical significance of this event which resulted in the suppression of the inherent sovereignty of the peoples of Iran, Guatemala, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Brazil, and Chile;

2. Apologizes to Iranians, Guatemalans, Congolese, Brazilians, and Chileans on behalf of the people of the Atlasia for the overthrow of their respective governments with the participation of agents and citizens of Atlasia, and the deprivation of the rights of their citizens to self-determination;

3. Expresses its commitment to acknowledge the ramifications of the overthrow of these governments, in order to provide a proper foundation for reconciliation between Atlasia and the peoples of Iran, Guatemala, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Brazil, and Chile;

4. Condemns the decisions and actions taken by former Atlasian presidents which led to the overthrow of these governments; and

5. Urges the President of Atlasia to also acknowledge the ramifications of the overthrow of the governments of Iran, Guatemala, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Brazil, and Chile and to support reconciliation efforts between the Atlasia and the peoples of their nations.

DISCLAIMER.

Nothing in this Joint Resolution is intended to serve as a settlement of any claims against Atlasia.
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« Reply #82 on: April 17, 2017, 09:33:24 pm »
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A BILL

To ensure access to college education for all Atlasians

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

SECTION 1. TITLE

This legislation may be cited as the College For All Act.

SECTION 2. ESTABLISHMENT OF FEDERAL TUITION GRANT PROGRAM

a. The federal government shall hereby authorize such sums as may be necessary to provide, in each region, for the elimination of tuition and required fees for all students currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a 2-year community college in the region in which the individual is currently a resident, as well as all working and middle-class students attending 4-year public institutions of higher education in the region in which the individual is currently a resident.
   i. “Working and middle-class students” is defined as those dependent students whose parents’ adjusted gross income for the most recent taxable year is equal to or less than $125,000, as well as those independent students whose adjusted gross income is equal to or less than $125,000 for the most recent taxable year.
   ii. These figures shall be adjusted annually in accordance with growth in the National Average Wage Index.
b. In pursuance of this goal, each region shall be eligible to receive a monetary grant equivalent to 67 percent of the amount required to eliminate tuition and fees, conditional upon the provision of regional funds to eliminate 33 percent of tuition and fees.
   i. “The amount required to eliminate tuition and fees” shall be equivalent to the number of full-time equivalent eligible students enrolled in all community colleges and public 4-year institutions, multiplied by the amount of expenditures per full-time equivalent eligible student necessary to eliminate tuition and required fees.
   ii. In addition, public institutions of higher education may not charge non-eligible in-region students or out of region students an amount exceeding the marginal cost of attendance.

SECTION 3. PROGRAM CONDITIONS

a. In order to be eligible to receive grants under this legislation, regions must ensure that public institutions of higher education maintain expenditures on education per full-time equivalent student at levels that are equal to or exceed the expenditures on education for the 2016-17 school year.
   i. “Expenditures on education” shall include expenditures on instruction, operating expenditures, and both regional and institutional expenditures on need-based financial aid programs.
b. In order to be eligible to receive grants under this legislation, regions must further ensure that, within 5 years, not less than 75 percent of instruction at public institutions of higher education is provided by tenured or tenure-track faculty.
c. Excess funding under this legislation may be used on any programs that improve instructional quality and academic outcomes, including additional need-based student financial aid, additional course offering, increased hiring of full-time and tenure-track faculty, and academic support services. No funding under this legislation may be used for capital outlays, administrative salaries, or expenditures on athletics.
d. Adoption of regional policies designed to deliberately reduce enrollment in public institutions of higher education shall result in the forfeiture of all grants under this legislation.
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« Reply #83 on: April 18, 2017, 06:27:37 pm »
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     I will assume sponsorship of Leinad's proposed bills.
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« Reply #84 on: April 25, 2017, 11:22:15 pm »
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A Constitutional Amendment

Article IV Section 1 (The Executive)

The executive power shall be vested in the President of the Republic of Atlasia. He shall hold his office for a term of four months, together with a Vice President chosen for the same term.
Elections for President shall be held in the months of February, June, and October, in accordance with the measures prescribed by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia. Each candidate for President shall run jointly with a candidate for Vice President, with whom his name shall appear jointly on the ballot. A vote for a candidate for President shall be considered a vote for the candidate for Vice President whose name appears on the ballot with the presidential candidate, and accordingly the candidate for Vice President whose name appears on the ballot with the successful candidate for President shall be elected.
No person shall be President or Vice President who has not attained 500 or more posts, nor whose account is not at least 4,320 hours old, nor is not a citizen of the Republic of Atlasia.
Upon the commencement of his term in office, the President shall swear the following oath: "I, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the Republic of Atlasia, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia."
5. A President may serve out 2 consecutive terms and then must wait 2 consecutive terms before running for the office again.


Did you guys know we don't have term limits? Tongue  Please feel free to change the grammatical layout and such
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« Reply #85 on: April 25, 2017, 11:28:45 pm »
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A Constitutional Amendment

Article IV Section 1 (The Executive)

1. The executive power shall be vested in the President of the Republic of Atlasia. He shall hold his office for a term of four months, together with a Vice President chosen for the same term.

2. Elections for President shall be held in the months of February, June, and October, in accordance with the measures prescribed by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia. Each candidate for President shall run jointly with a candidate for Vice President, with whom his name shall appear jointly on the ballot. A vote for a candidate for President shall be considered a vote for the candidate for Vice President whose name appears on the ballot with the presidential candidate, and accordingly the candidate for Vice President whose name appears on the ballot with the successful candidate for President shall be elected.

3. No person shall be President or Vice President who has not attained 500 or more posts, nor whose account is not at least 4,320 hours old, nor is not a citizen of the Republic of Atlasia.

4. Upon the commencement of his term in office, the President shall swear the following oath: "I, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the Republic of Atlasia, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia."

5. No president shall serve more than two consecutive terms.  Presidents who have served two consecutive terms shall again be eligible for election to the presidency after a period of eight months upon completion of his or her second term.

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« Reply #86 on: April 25, 2017, 11:32:24 pm »
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Did you guys know we don't have term limits? Tongue  Please feel free to change the grammatical layout and such
Yes, that was intentional. The Constitutional Convention felt that, given the persistent scarcity of active and qualified officers historically, it was unwise to prohibit the election of an otherwise desirable candidate on grounds that he had already been chosen twice before. The decision to eliminate term limits was approved by an overwhelming majority, and with support from members of both parties.

Regardless, I look forward to the debate over this measure on the floor of the Senate.
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A BILL

To guarantee just treatment in the criminal justice system

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

SECTION 1. TITLE

This legislation may be cited as the CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM ACT.

SECTION 2. PRISONERS' RIGHTS

a. All individuals have the right to not face torture or other forms of physical and mental abuse by any Atlasian law enforcement or military officer, no matter their nationality or criminal history.
b. No inmate may be restricted to solitary confinement for more than 12 hours in a 24 hour period.
c. All inmates have the right to access heated spaces when temperatures inside the prison go below 50°F and to access air conditioning when above 80°F.
d. All prisons and jails must consider an inmate’s gender identity and views on where they would feel safest when choosing whether to assign an inmate to a men’s or women’s unit. No jail or prison may assign prisoners to men’s or women’s units solely based on their anatomy at birth.

SECTION 3. DRUG LAW REFORM

a. All individuals federally charged with drug possession or other nonviolent drug-related offenses shall be permitted to have their case reviewed through a drug court, provided they have an established substance abuse problem.
b. The drug court shall design a program of at least six months to attempt to render the individual substance-free.
c. Upon successful completion of a suitable program as determined by the drug court, the individual will be immune to prosecution for that specific offense.
d. Should the individual fail to complete the program, they will be subject to prosecution on the original criminal charges.
e. The drug court shall have discretion to determine “failure,” and may consider other sanctions for violations of the program’s protocols as determined by the judge.
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Joint Resolution Commemorating Southern Heritage and History

Whereas approximately twelve million enslaved people were brought from Africa to the Americas;

Whereas those that survived the journey were subjected to torture, rape, separation from their families, and the degradation inherent to the institution of slavery;

Whereas slavery was abolished in those lands under the control of the federal government by the Emancipation Proclamation and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment;

Whereas on June 19th, 1865, General Gordon Granger announced the emancipation of the last remaining slaves in the nation;

Whereas those African-Americans who had been slaves in Texas celebrated June 19th as the anniversary of their emancipation;

Whereas this tradition has been handed down by their descendants from generation to generation;

Whereas June 19th has been celebrated for over 150 years to honor all those who endured the barbarity of slavery and to celebrate the abolition of that institution; and

Whereas the strength and determination of African-American slaves stands as an example to Atlasians of all colors, creeds, cultures, and religions: Now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the Congress of Atlasia assembled,

That June 19 be commemorated as a day of remembrance and reflection on African-American history and heritage and a celebration of freedom, and be designated "Juneteenth," a national holiday.
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A Resolution to Ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Resolved, (a majority of the Senators present concurring therein),

SECTION 1. SENATE ADVICE AND CONSENT SUBJECT TO A DECLARATION.

The Senate advises and consents to the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 13, 2006, and signed by the United States of America on June 30, 2009.
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A BILL

To provide for dental benefits for veterans

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

SECTION 1. TITLE

This legislation may be cited as the Veterans’ Dental Health Act.

SECTION 2. LEGISLATIVE ACTION
a. The exclusions of dental care established in 38 U.S. Code § 1710(c), 38 U.S. Code § 1712(a) and (b), and 38 U.S. Code § 2062 are hereby struck.
b. Dental care, including dental appliances and dentures, shall be furnished by the Department of Internal Affairs in the same manner as any other service.
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A BILL

To promote transparency in the prescription drug industry

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

SECTION 1. TITLE

This legislation may be cited as the Prescription Drug Transparency Act.

SECTION 2. PHARMACEUTICAL REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
a. All manufacturers of pharmaceutical drugs and biological products approved by the Food and Drug Administration shall submit to the Secretary of Internal Affairs an annual report outlining, with respect to each drug:
   i. The total expenditures of the manufacturer, including an itemized description of domestic and foreign drug research and development, a description of the cost of goods sold broken out by source and cost of each component, acquisition costs in total and per unit sold (including costs for the purchase of patents and licensing), and a breakdown of the cost of marketing and advertising.
   ii. The gross and net revenue and the gross and net profit of the manufacturer.
   iii. The total number of units sold in the previous calendar year.
   iv. Pricing information, including the cost of wholesale acquisition, the net average price realized by pharmacy benefit managers, and the net price of the drug charged to purchasers in each OECD nation where the drug is sold.
   v. Any federal benefits received by the manufacturer, including the amounts and periods of impact for each such benefit.
   vi. A description of patient assistance programs offered, sponsored by, or associated with the manufacturer, including a discussion of the specific forms of such patient assistance available, the dollar value of each program per patient and in total, the average duration of such programs, the number of individuals participating in such programs, and complete documentation of the terms and conditions of participation in such programs.
   vii. The percentage of research and development expenditures conducted by the manufacturer, as well as the percentage of such expenditures conducted by federal entities, and the percentage conducted by other entities (such as academic institutions or other manufacturers)
b. All manufacturers of pharmaceutical drugs and biological products approved by the Food and Drug Administration shall include in this report executive compensation for the chief executive officer, chief financial officer, and the three other most highly compensated officers, including bonuses and stock options.
c. These reports shall be submitted by the Secretary to the Congress, and made publicly available in a searchable online format.
d. Any manufacturer that fails to submit a complete report required under this section shall be subject to a civil penalty of up to $200,000 for each day on which the violation continues.
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A BILL

To expand public service opportunities for Atlasians


Be it enacted the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled


SECTION 1. TITLE

This legislation may be cited as the Public Service Act.

SECTION 2. FINDINGS

Whereby the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia hereby acknowledges:

That studies have shown volunteerism is particularly important to young adult Atlasians;
That AtlasiaCorp is receiving five times more applications than it has spots to fill, and the Peace Corps has seen a 40-year high in applications for its overseas program;
That national service provides important job training opportunities especially for non-college youth, and that these opportunities build skills that are attractive to employers

SECTION 3. CREATION OF ONLINE NATIONAL SERVICE CERTIFICATION SYSTEM

AtlasiaCorps shall be endowed with the responsibility of creating and maintaining an online national service certification system, for which potential reservists might have a quick and easy way to search a comprehensive listing of paid service opportunities offered by the Peace Corps, AtlasiaCorps, and certified national service organizations, including state and local government agencies, schools, higher-education institutions, and nonprofit organizations and social enterprises.

SECTION 4. FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EDWARD M. KENNEDY SERVE ATLASIA ACT

Congress shall fully implement the 2009 Edward M. Kennedy Serve Atlasia Act, authorizing the addition of 250,000 AtlasiaCorps positions.

SECTION 5. PATHWAYS TO EMPLOYMENT FOR THE UNEMPLOYED

Congress shall invest $8 billion in creating subsidized employment opportunities for low-income and long-term unemployed workers as part of the 2014 Pathways Back to Work Fund.

SECTION 6. WORK AND EDUCATION CREDITS

Atlasian public service programs shall be obligated to provide opportunities for service work which offer leisure time from occupational work as well as reduced student loans.

SECTION 7. EXPENDITURES

Expenditures for the projects outline in this legislation shall exceed no more than $20 billion over a ten-year period.
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« Reply #93 on: June 07, 2017, 05:51:22 am »
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A BILL

To reform federal drug policy and to affirm Atlasian sovereignty over federal drug policy


Be it enacted the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled


SECTION 1. TITLE

This legislation may be cited as the Federal Drug Policy Reform Act.

SECTION 2. RESCHEDULING OF THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT

1. The 1971 Controlled Substances Act is hereby amended;

a. Peyote is hereby descheduled from Schedule 1
b. Ecstacy is hereby moved from Schedule 1 to Schedule 3
c. Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is hereby moved from Schedule 1 to Schedule 3

SECTION 2. FEDERAL DECRIMINALIZATION OF DRUG POSSESSION WITHOUT INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE

Possession without intent to distribute of all controlled substances upon passage of this act are hereby decriminalized under federal law.  All criminal and federal courts shall be barred from imposing prison or felony sentences upon non-violent drug possessors, but may otherwise issue fines and/or require mandatory drug counseling for drug addicts.

SECTION 3. WITHDRAWAL FROM INTERNATIONAL MANDATORY DRUG POLICY TREATIES

The Republic of Atlasia, upon passage of this act, hereby withdraws from the following international conventions:

  • Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961
  • Convention on Psychotropic Substances, 1971
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« Reply #94 on: June 10, 2017, 05:39:54 am »
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A BILL

To permit the importation of safe and affordable prescription drugs from Canada by certified pharmacists, wholesalers, and individuals in Canada with legal permission to distribute prescription drugs


Be it enacted the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled


SECTION 1. TITLE

This legislation may be cited as the Drug Import Act.

SECTION 2. LOWERING PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES FOR ATLASIANS BY IMPORTING DRUGS FROM CANADA

It shall no longer be policy of the federal government of the Republic of Atlasia to prohibit the importation of prescription drugs from Canada, or to discourage prescription drug imports via tariff or quota, provided that prescription types are approved by the Atlasian Food and Drug Administration.
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« Reply #95 on: June 12, 2017, 11:32:55 am »
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Draft Restriction Amendment

Article I, Section 6 of the Constitution is amended:

Neither slavery, nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crimes of which the accused has been duly convicted, shall exist within the Republic of Atlasia, nor in any place under its jurisdiction, nor may any draft or other form of compulsory service be instituted, except with the consent of two-thirds of sitting members of Congress in a joint session thereof.
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« Reply #96 on: June 13, 2017, 11:24:16 am »
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AN AMENDMENT

To reform Congressional procedure on amended legislation that has been rejected by one house of Congress


Be it enacted by 2/3 of each house of Congress and subsequently ratified by at least 2/3 of the Regions


SECTION 1. TITLE

This legislation may be cited as the Congressional Procedure Amendment.

SECTION 2. AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE II, SECTION 5 OF THE FOURTH CONSTITUTION

Article II, Section 5 of the Constitution is hereby amended:

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2. Whenever either house shall vote to pass a bill, order, or resolution that shall have originated in the other, having previously made amendment to the same, the President of the Congress shall immediately call the amended bill to a vote in the house in which it originated. If the original house should then vote to pass the amended bill, it shall proceed to the President; otherwise, the President of the Congress shall instruct the other house either to pass the bill as it stood prior to its amendment by that house, or else reject it entirely the bill shall be rejected.
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« Reply #97 on: June 13, 2017, 12:27:41 pm »
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The AtlasiaPlays Initiative of 2017

I. Due to rising child obesity rates and an overall decline the youth activity in organized sports, the Federal Government of Atlasia hereby allocates $350 million to each region for the purpose of creating programs to involve youth in organized sports.

II. The regions may choose to match or allocate a smaller amount of funds towards this project.

III. "Organized sports" shall be defined as local leagues for basketball, baseball, soccer, football, hockey, tennis, swimming, track and field, or any other team sport.

IV. The regions shall allocate the funds towards purchasing equipment and maintaining fields of play for these sports.

V. If a family cannot afford equipment for a particular sport, but still wishes for their child to become involved, the region will use the allocated funds to purchase the equipment for the child.

VI. At least 5% of the allocated funds must be used to implement healthy living initiatives within the region, such as television or radio advertisements, posters, or school programs.

VII. This legislation shall take effect immediately upon passage.
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« Reply #98 on: June 15, 2017, 11:31:38 am »
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A BILL

To give Atlasian citizens additional time to consider how they intend to vote in federal elections


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


SECTION 1. TITLE

This legislation may be cited as the Act to establish a 72-hour Window between House Candidacy Declarations and Federal Elections

SECTION 2. AMENDMENT TO THE FEDERAL ELECTORAL ACT

1. Section 8 of the Federal Electoral Act is hereby amended:

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1. The candidacy declaration deadline for regular elections to the House shall be twenty-four seventy-two 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 seventy-two 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.

2. Section 6 of the Federal Electoral Act is hereby stricken from the law, and the remaining sections of the law renumbered accordingly.
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« Reply #99 on: June 25, 2017, 07:53:42 pm »
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A BILL

To reform settlements and compensatory damages awarded in police brutality lawsuits, to prohibit paid leave for law enforcement officers under suspicion of wrongdoing, and to promote responsible policing


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


SECTION 1. TITLE

This legislation may be cited as the Police Responsibility Act.

SECTION 2. COMPENSATORY DAMAGES, SETTLEMENTS, AND REMEDIES IN POLICE BRUTALITY CASES

All compensatory damages, settlements, and remedies in cases involving police brutality shall be paid directly from the accused/guilty police officer's/officers' retirement fund/s or pension plan/s.

SECTION 3. BAN ON PAID LEAVE FOR OFFICERS SUSPECTED OF WRONGDOING

No law enforcement official shall be entitled to monetary compensation if he or she is placed on mandatory leave under suspicion of wrongdoing.
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