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Title: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Q on May 06, 2006, 06:45:52 pm
Per the Official Senate Procedural Resolution (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Ospr), this is the new thread for the introduction of legislation.

If you are not a Senator or the President of the Senate, it is against Senate rules for you to post in this thread.  This thread is solely for the introduction of legislation; it is not for debate on proposed legislation!  Each comment from somone other than a Senator introducing legislation makes the job of the President Pro Tempore and the President of the Senate more difficult.  Debate time will be given at a later time and will continue until debate has ceased; please resist the temptation to debate something in this thread.

Please abide by these rules.  Thank you.

Relevant text of resolution:
Article 3 of OSPR:
Section 1: Rules on Legislation Introduction
1. The PPT shall establish and maintain a thread for Senators to introduce legislation, to be further known in this document as the Legislation Introduction Thread. Only Senators who presently hold elected office may be allowed to post in this thread. Any Citizens or Individuals who post in this thread may be subject to legal action pursuant to the relevant clauses in federal Criminal Law legislation so passed by the Senate.
2. The PPT shall also establish and maintain a thread for all Citizens and Individuals of Atlasia to give opinions, thoughts, suggestions and ideas about recently introduced legislation or legislation presently under debate on the Senate floor. This clause is not meant to deny Citizens or Individuals their right to post on Senate debate threads dealing with specific legislation presently being debated on the Senate floor.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Q on May 06, 2006, 06:46:21 pm
Relevant information from the previous LIT will be posted here soon.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on May 07, 2006, 09:04:09 am
I'm not going to be stickying this because nothing is wrong with the old two threads. We can continue to use them so this is really unnecessary.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: ilikeverin on May 07, 2006, 09:59:40 am
Aww, but this one is shiny and new :(


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Q on May 07, 2006, 06:08:59 pm
I'm not going to be stickying this because nothing is wrong with the old two threads. We can continue to use them so this is really unnecessary.

I intend to enforce the rules this time.  The old thread is full of debate, and the debate thread has sat dormant.  The OSPR gives me the right to create a new thread.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Sam Spade on May 07, 2006, 08:15:27 pm
This shows yet another reason why Masterjedi should not be PPT.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Q on May 11, 2006, 05:47:38 pm
There's very little legislation in the pipeline, Senators, so introduce your bills!  They'll receive quick action by the full Senate.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: ilikeverin on May 13, 2006, 01:26:06 pm
On behalf of SoFA Ernest.

Campaigning Bill

§1. Findings
   (a) In the recent case of True Democrat v. Department of Forum Affairs, the Supreme Court found that due to the lack of any definition of what constituted campaigning, only the narrowest of definitions could be used.
   (b) A narrow definition of campaigning allows for some campaigning activities to escape the sanctions intended to curb them.
   (c) The Senate has not only power under Article V Section 1 Clause 3 to punish campaigning under the limited definition ascribed to the term by the Supreme Court, but a broader power under Article I Section 4 Clause 6 and Article II Section 2 Clause 2 to regulate elections so as to prevent campaigning type activities.

§2. Definitions
   (a) The term "criminal campaigning" shall mean content in an ballot post clearly and obviously designed to persuade other voters. It shall include any direct exhortation to voters in general or particular to vote in a certain manner.  It shall also include any use of an image or a hyperlink containing references to one more candidates (including potential write-in candidates), save one copied from the post containing the official ballot for that election.
   (b) The term "civil campaigning" shall mean any expression of the reasons for casting a particular vote that does not constitute criminal campaigning.  The term does not include any expression of the difficulty of deciding how to vote or any unexplained statement that one or more candidates are fit or unfit to serve in an elected office.

§3. Civil Campaigning
   (a) If an administrator of a voting booth determines that a post contains civil campaigning, he shall invaldate the ballot only for those offices for which civil campaigning occured.
   (b) The voter may within 72 hours of the determiniation of an occurance of civil campaigning make an administrative appeal to the Secretary of Forum Affairs, giving his reasons for why the activity should not be considered civil campaigning.
   (c) If the Secretary determines that civil campaigning has not occurred, the ballot shall be counted for that office.
   (d) If the Secretary determines that civil campaigning has occurred, or if the Secretary fails to inform the voter of his determination within 72 hours of the voter making his appeal, the voter may appeal to the Supreme Court.
   (e) The Supreme Court may choose whether or not to hear the case.
   (f) If the result of an adminstrative or judicial appeal could affect the outcome of an election, any Justice of the Supreme Court may issue an injuction barring the carrying out of the effect of that outcome until either all appeals have been exhausted or the result would no longer affect the outcome.

§4. Criminal Campaigning
   (a) If the administrator of a voting booth determines that a post contains criminal campaigning, he shall invalidate the ballot only for those offices for which criminal campaigning occured and refer the evidence to the Attorney General for prosecution.
   (b) If the Attorney General determines that he will not prosecute for criminal campaigning, then the content shall be treated as if it were civil campaigning.
   (c) If the Attorney General fails to determine whether he will prosecute within 24 hours of receiving a referral under subsection (a), then the voter may begin an administrative appeal as if the offense were civil campaigning. Such an adminstrative appeal shall be immediately suspended if the Attorney General determines to prosecute, but any rulings made as a result of the administrative appeal shall stand until overruled by the trial court.
   (d) If the Attorney General fails to determine whether he will prosecute within 168 hours of receiving a referral under subsection (a), then all criminal charges shall be dropped.
   (e) If the voter is found guilty of criminal campaigning, then the court shall invalidate  the ballot only for those offices for which criminal campaigning occured and may additionally impose a penalty of the suspension of voting rights for a period not to exceed 120 days, or in lieu of such penalty, may impose a probationary period of not to exceed 1 year, during which the court may impose the penalty if the voter violates the terms of probation.
   (f)  If the voter is found not guilty of criminal campaigning, then the court shall also determine if the action constituted civil campaigning and order the official results of the election adjusted accordingly.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Sam Spade on May 13, 2006, 02:25:38 pm
This shows yet another reason why Masterjedi should not be PPT.

So, why isn't this thread stickied?


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on May 15, 2006, 10:31:38 am
This shows yet another reason why Masterjedi should not be PPT.

So, why isn't this thread stickied?

I've stickied it even though there's no reason to. The old thread is fine.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Sam Spade on May 15, 2006, 12:08:28 pm
This shows yet another reason why Masterjedi should not be PPT.

So, why isn't this thread stickied?

I've stickied it even though there's no reason to. The old thread is fine.

ty


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Democratic Hawk on May 15, 2006, 12:45:40 pm
In light of the Flexi-Time Amendment being ratified by the Regions, I introduce the following additional clause - in  green  - to Section 10: Administration of Voting Booths of the Electoral System Reform Act:

Modified Electoral System Reform Act

===Section 10: Administration of Voting Booths===
1. Whenever possible, the Secretary of Forum Affairs, or the Deputy Secretary of Forum Affairs, 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 he or she sees 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 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 regular and special Senate elections

'Hawk'


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on May 16, 2006, 10:15:45 am
I'll introduce this for Ebowed.


Banishment Procedure Bill

1. Any registered voter who is permanently banned from the Atlas Forum by Dave Leip shall be considered to be a deregistered voter, as defined in Section 2, Clause 2 under the Deregistration Act.
2. Public confirmation from Dave Leip stating that a person is permanently banned is considered sufficient information to invoke Clause 1 of this act.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on May 16, 2006, 03:34:09 pm
I withdraw my Virgin Islands Statehood Act because it's not going to pass now.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Democratic Hawk on May 18, 2006, 09:00:45 am
On behalf of Brandon H, I introduce this amendment to Section 5 of the Electoral System Reform Act:

Second Modified Electoral System Reform Act

 Section 5 of the Electoral System Reform Act is stricken and replaced with:

Section 5: Tied Run-off Elections
If the Run-off 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 a Senate session.
   a. If one and only one of the tied candidates is an incumbent, then that candidate shall serve the first session.
   b. If the same two candidates were serving as co-senators as a result of a tie in the last election, then the candidate who served the second session during the previous term shall serve the first session this term.
c. Else the candidate whose name comes first alphabetically shall serve the first session.
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 can not be made by (a), the Senate shall either:
      i.  Select one candidate to serve the entire term.
      ii. Select a schedule that will allow all tied candidates to serve a portion of the term.
4. Only the sitting senator may vote on legislation.
5. When the President makes a nomination, both co-senators shall vote, but their vote shall only be counted as a single vote. If the two votes oppose each other then their vote shall be counted as a vote in favor of the nominee.
6. If one co-senator is elected or appointed to another office, than the other co-senator shall assume all the role of a full senator.


BTW, in light of the previous amendment to this Act and that I'm still waiting to hear from the SoFA since he raised it whether or not I need to introduce an amendment to that will both:

·   Strike Sections 1 through to 4 of the Electoral System Reform Act and replace these with Sections 1-3 of the Unified Electoral Code Act and introduce an amendment which will renumber Sections 5 through to 17, Sections 4 to 16; or
·   Just introduce a renumbering amendment

However, I’m of the opinion that the Peter Will Fix It Act addressed the striking of Sections 1 through to 4 in the event of them being rejected in a national public poll against, which they were; thereby, requiring Sections 1-3 of the Unified Electoral Code Act be incorporated into the Electoral System Reform Act

If this be the case, I’ll introduce the renumbering amendment but if not then I’ll propose the following Bill, which will address the points I’ve just raised:

Hawk's ESRA Fix It Bill

Section 1

1. Following the rejection of Sections 1 through to 4 of the Electoral System Reform Act in a national public poll, said sections are, hereby, stricken from said Act.
2. Consequently, Sections 1 through to 3 of the Unified Electoral Code Act are, hereby, incorporated into the Electoral System Reform Act.

Section 2

Sections 5 through to 17 of the Electoral System Reform Act are, hereby, renumbered Sections 4 to 16.

In nutshell, are both Sections 1 and 2 required or just Section 2? Because it might be an idea to resolve this matter before commencing with the "Flexi-Time" and "Split-Term" amendments

‘Hawk’


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on May 18, 2006, 05:25:22 pm
I have two new bills, and I bet people will like! :)


South American Free Trade Act


1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia, Columbia, Guyana, Suriname, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.



Caribbean Free Trade Act


1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on May 21, 2006, 06:30:22 am
I introduce these bills for Ebowed.


Atlasian-Australia Free Trade Act

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Australia.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.



Atlasian-Morocco Free Trade Act

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Morocco.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.




Atlasian-Singapore Free Trade Act

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Singapore.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.
3. The United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement is repealed.




Atlasian-Bahrain Free Trade Act

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Bahrain.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on May 22, 2006, 10:10:05 am
I'll also introduce these for Ebowed.


Actual Farm Subsidies Abolition Bill

Whereas, F.L. 9-13 "Farm Subsidies Abolition Act" did not abolish farm subsidies:
1. Sections I, II, IV, and V of the Farm Subsidies Abolition Act are repealed.
2. All farm subsidies are hereby abolished, effective from Fiscal Year 2007.



Atlasian-Israel-Jordan Free Trade Bill

Section 1: Jordan
1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Jordan.
2. The United States-Jordan Free Trade Agreement is repealed.

Section 2: Israel
1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Israel.
2. The United States-Israel Free Trade Agreement is repealed.

Section 3: Designation of Powers
1. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this act.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on May 23, 2006, 04:26:00 pm
I'll introduce this for Ebowed as well.


Adoption Bill

1. No adoption agency run by or funded, either in full or in part, by the federal government of Atlasia shall bar any individual or couple from adopting a minor based solely or primarily on their sexual orientation.
2. Any agency outlined above shown to be in violation of this act shall be liable to a three month suspension of their funding pending further investigation.
3. This act shall not be construed as to deny adoption agencies the ability to deny adoption rights to someone with a criminal record of sexual misconduct, nor shall the definition of "sexual orientation" be interpreted to include predators of children.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on May 29, 2006, 05:49:54 pm
I'll introduce this bill for BrandonH but I'm omitting the last clause because I can't support getting rid of Medicaid.


Medicare Reform Bill

1. A senior shall be defined as a person age 60 or over.
2. Seniors shall have the right to opt out of medicare and this shall not affect their Social Security benefits.
3. Seniors receiving Medicare benefits shall have the option of using private doctors for services covered by Medicare without penalty.
4. Persons who have paid into the Medicare system shall be elegible for a voucher upon becoming a senior.  The value of the voucher shall be based on past medical history and probablity of future health risks.
5. Employees shall have the option of contributing the 1.45% Medicare Tax into a Retirement Health Savings Account.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on June 03, 2006, 07:21:08 am
I'll be introducing this for the President.


Unified Federal Territories Sex Crimes Bill


Section 1: Applicability
This law shall only apply in the District of Columbia and in federal territories that do not form part of any Region.

Section 2: Rape
1. Rape shall be defined as the unlawful penetration (however slight):
(a) of the mouth by the penis, or
(b) of the anus or the vagina by the penis or any object held or manipulated by another person.
2. To be found guilty it must be proved that at the time of the act the actor knows that the victim does not consent, or is reckless as to whether the victim does or does not consent to it.  Any person found guilty of rape may liable to a term of life imprisonment.

Section 3: Age of Consent
1. The age at which a person may consent to engage in sexual relations with another person shall be 16.  The following exceptions are made:
(a) A person between the ages of 14 and 16 may consent to have sex with another person of the same age;
(b) A person between the ages of 15 and 17 may consent to have sex with another person of the same age;
(c) A person aged 16 or 17 may not consent to have sex with another person over 18 if that person is in a position of authority over the 16 or 17 year old;
(d) In order to partake in group sexual relations, all participants must be at least or older than 18 years old.
2. Any person who is 18 years old or older that has sex with any person who is between the ages of 14 and 15 years old shall be guilty of statutory rape; they shall be sentenced to no more than ten years in prison and may be subject to rehabilitation and counseling sessions as determined by the jury.
3. Any person who is 16 years old or older that has sex with any person who is 13 years old or younger shall be guilty of child molestation; they may be liable to a term of life imprisonment depending upon the severity and frequency of the violations.  Persons 18 years old or older who violate this law will be sentenced to no less than ten years in jail and may be subject to rehabilitation and counseling sessions as determined by the jury.
4. "Group sexual relations" (as referred to in Clause 1(d)) is defined as sexual activities consisting of three or more people.

Section 4: Bestiality
The act of bestiality, which is defined as gross sexual imposition, sexual assault, or the committing of a deviant sexual act with an animal that is not a human being, shall be illegal.  Any person found guilty of bestiality shall be sentenced to no more than one year in jail and/or shall be fined no more than $2000.

Section 5: Penetration of a Human Corpse
1. Sexual acts relating to necrophilia shall be illegal.  Any person found guilty of sexual acts relating to necrophilia shall be sentenced to no more than one year in jail and/or shall be fined no more than $2000.  Appropriate penalties relating to restrictions on cemetery visits and in particular contact with the family of the person whose corpse has been defiled may be applied by juries as they see fit.
2. "Sexual acts relating to necrophilia" is defined as:
(a) a person intentionally performing an act of penetration with a part of his or her body or anything else,
(b) what is penetrated is a part of the body of a dead person,
(c) the person knows that, or is reckless as to whether, that is what is penetrated, and
(d) the penetration is sexual, and in particular not for medical, scientific, forensic or investigative reasons.

Section 6: Incest
1. No two people or group of persons who are closely biologically related may engage in sexual relations with each other.  Any person found guilty of willingly violating this law shall be sentenced to no more than one year in jail and/or shall be fined no more than $2000.
2. "Closely biologically related" is defined as to restrict sexual actions between a person and his or her biological mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, first cousin, niece, nephew, daughter, son, granddaughter, grandson, great-granddaughter, great-grandson, great-grandmother, or great-grandfather.

Section 7: Pornography
It shall be legal for persons of 16 years of age or older to buy, possess and view pornography depicting only persons of 18 years of age or older.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on June 12, 2006, 06:15:34 am
Recognition of the Armenian Genocide Resolution

1. The government of Atlasia recognizes the forced evacuation and resultant deaths of over a million Armenians as ordered by the government of the Young Turks from 1915 to 1917 to be genocide.
2. The government of Atlasia hereby condemns the government of Turkey for refusing to acknowledge the said events as genocide.

(for more information see The Armenian Genocide (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_Genocide))



Atlasia-New Zealand Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and New Zealand.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this act.



Atlasia-Oman Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Oman.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this act.



Atlasia-India Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and India.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this act.



Atlasia-Thailand Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Thailand.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this act.



Atlasia-Malaysia Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Malaysia.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this act.



The Ensuring Personal Security Bill

Section 1: Applicability
1. This act shall only apply in the District of Columbia and in federal territories which do not form part of any region.

Section 2: Identity Fraud and Privacy Protection
(a) The security of personal information that could be used to identify a citizen is hereby protected.  This information shall be known as Protected Personal Information, or "PPI."
(b) PPI shall be defined to include both financial and medical information.
(c) Medical records as well as any genetic information that has been generated may only be viewed by another party when a citizen specifically and voluntarily authorizes that information to be shared. An insurer shall not require the release of genetic information by a preexisting or potential customer, nor shall any genetic information be taken into consideration when insurance-related decisions are made. The disclosure of personal medical information of any nature shall be limited to between the patient and the medical care provider, but the patient shall be permitted to authorize disclosure to other entities, as necesary in the course of treatment or for other purposes, at the patient's discretion. This information shall be used only within the legal relationships established voluntarily by the patient.
(d) Personal financial information of a citizen may be viewed only by individuals or entities specifically and voluntarily authorized by that citizen. Financial guarantors, whether individuals or commercial entities, may request financial PPI. Disclosure by the citizen shall be optional, but the guarantor may decline transacting with the individual solely on the grounds of refusal by the individual to release requested financial PPI. The guarantor may also decline transacting with the individual solely because of the nature and status of that individual's financial PPI.
(e) Commercial entities and individuals shall not sell PPI or pass it on in any way or by any means that violate the rules established by this act.
(f) Fines for violations shall be $10,000 per individual whose PPI has been handled illegally, to be imposed upon the violator of the provisions of this act.

(blatantly stolen from a Southeast initiative written by Q)



Return to Normalcy Bill

1. The Metric Converstion Act of 1975 is hereby repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Democratic Hawk on June 12, 2006, 07:58:08 am
Atlasian-Jordan Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Jordan.
2. The United States-Jordan Free Trade Agreement is repealed.
3. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this act.

Of course, should my amendment to the original Atlasian-Israel-Jordan Free Trade Bill be defeated then this Bill shall be withdrawn

'Hawk'


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on June 15, 2006, 05:46:50 pm
Addition to the Prescription Drug Reimportation Act Bill

Clause 1 is hereby modified to read:

Atlasian trade law shall be amended to allow private citizens to purchase prescription drugs from Canadian, Australian, British, Japanese, German, French, Sweedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish, Dutch, South Korean, Belgian, Irish and Swiss retailers and transport them into the United States for private use.


Note: Everything after French is what is being added.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on June 20, 2006, 04:53:08 pm
Atlasian-South Korea Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and South Korea.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on June 20, 2006, 05:31:53 pm
And if you weren't sick if free trade bills, now you will be! :P


Atlasian-Fiji Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Fiji.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.



Atlasian-Solomon Islands Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and the Solomon Islands.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.



Atlasian-Switzerland Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Switzerland.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.



Atlasian-South Africa Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and South Africa.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Speed of Sound on June 20, 2006, 06:34:35 pm
Where do I put consitutional amendment suggestions? Here?


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: True Federalist on June 21, 2006, 12:10:14 am
Where do I put consitutional amendment suggestions? Here?
Yes please!  Anything to interrupt the monotonous stream of bilateral free trade bills!


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Speed of Sound on June 23, 2006, 04:32:03 pm
Where do I put consitutional amendment suggestions? Here?
Yes please!  Anything to interrupt the monotonous stream of bilateral free trade bills!

Thats an exetremely good point you make. I have one more question before I do though:

Does Bono V. Atlasia II still stand relevant? i.e., can the senate still not pass a minimum wage law for the nation? Can it still not run certain means of production?


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on June 23, 2006, 04:33:43 pm
Where do I put consitutional amendment suggestions? Here?
Yes please!  Anything to interrupt the monotonous stream of bilateral free trade bills!

Thats an exetremely good point you make. I have one more question before I do though:

Does Bono V. Atlasia II still stand relevant? i.e., can the senate still not pass a minimum wage law for the nation? Can it still not run certain means of production?

This is not the place for asking questions, the debate thread is. This is just for introducing amendments.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Speed of Sound on June 23, 2006, 04:34:43 pm
Where do I put consitutional amendment suggestions? Here?
Yes please!  Anything to interrupt the monotonous stream of bilateral free trade bills!

Thats an exetremely good point you make. I have one more question before I do though:

Does Bono V. Atlasia II still stand relevant? i.e., can the senate still not pass a minimum wage law for the nation? Can it still not run certain means of production?

This is not the place for asking questions, the debate thread is. This is just for introducing amendments.
Eh, I dont feel like re-typing it, so Ill just skip it. Thanks for telling me for future reference though.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Speed of Sound on June 24, 2006, 01:22:43 am
My time in the senate runs thin sadly, but I have gotten a chance to all the cool stuff a senator gets to do. That is, all but one: introduce a bill. :D

Delicious Symbols of Atlasia Act

1. The Senate hereby declares New York Style cheesecake the official food of Atlasia, and Chef salad the assistant official food of Atlasia.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on June 24, 2006, 04:52:26 am
My time in the senate runs thin sadly, but I have gotten a chance to all the cool stuff a senator gets to do. That is, all but one: introduce a bill. :D

Delicious Symbols of Atlasia Act

1. The Senate hereby declares New York Style cheesecake the official food of Atlasia, and Chef salad the assistant official food of Atlasia.
This needs an amendment banning anybody from eating any other food.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Democratic Hawk on June 26, 2006, 06:50:06 am
I, hereby, introduce this Bill (Part 1):

Consolidated Electoral System Reform Bill

Section 1: Votes

1.   In their vote in the Elections to the Senate 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 his or her 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 who votes for "None of the Above" may do so only as a first preference; any and all lower preferences of the voter shall be ignored.
7.    If a voter shall explicitly cast a vote in a Senate race for which they are not qualified to vote, then the vote in that Senate race shall be considered non-extant, and the voter may post a new vote in the correct Senate race if applicable

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 first preferences shall be eliminated, and his or her 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:
i. The candidate with the least total number of preferences expressed by voters shall be eliminated.
ii. 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: Run-off Elections

If all remaining candidates shall have the same number of highest preference votes, then the following procedure shall be used to break the tie:

1.    Run-off 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.
2.   Those candidates who have tied shall be automatically entered onto the ballot. No other candidacies shall be allowed.
3.   Voters shall only be able to cast a vote for one candidate.
4.   If any candidate shall gain a majority of the votes cast, then he shall be declared winner.
5.    In the event that litigation is pending before the Supreme Court at the time a run-off is due to be held, the Supreme Court may delay the run-off in a specified manner if it thinks the result of such litigation would have a substantive impact on the run-off.

Section 4: Tied Run-off Elections

If the Run-off 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 a Senate session.
a. The two candidates will be allowed to determine the order in which the terms are 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:
i. Select one candidate to serve the entire term.
ii. 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 Forum Affairs or Deputy Secretary of Forum Affairs shall establish a thread for absentee voting which shall include a full ballot. In the event that a run-off 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.

Section 7: Applicability

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

'Hawk'


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Democratic Hawk on June 26, 2006, 07:20:31 am
(Part 2)

Section 8: Candidacy Declarations

1.   The candidacy declaration deadline for regular elections to the Senate shall be seven days before the commencement of the election  (i.e. this would be no later than midnight Eastern Standard time on the Thursday prior to the election)  and for special elections to the Senate shall be two days before the commencement of the election.
2.   The candidacy declaration deadline for full tickets of a Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidate to declare shall be seven days  before the commencement of the election (i.e. this would be no later than midnight Eastern Standard time on the Thursday prior to the election).  However, should the Vice-Presidential candidate withdraw his candidacy, then the Presidential candidate may nominate a new Vice-Presidential candidate up to 72 hours before the commencement of the election.
3.   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.

Section 9: Administration of Voting Booths

1.   Whenever possible, the Secretary of Forum Affairs, or the Deputy Secretary of Forum Affairs, 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 he or she sees 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 Senate 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 Senate 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 Senate 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 his 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 12 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 Presidenitial 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.
4.   The provisions of this section do not override the Akno21 v. Fritz Supreme Court decision.

Section 12: Concession of Victory

1.   If a candidate shall concede his or her victory of a Senate 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 his or her concession, then he or she 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 run-off. 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 run-off, 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 18 March, 2006 shall not be valid.

Section 14: Federal Activity Requirements

1.   All those persons who have posted at least 25 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.
2.   Those persons considered inactive (defined as not active) shall not be qualified to vote in a particular election.
3.   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.

 This Act consolidates Sections 1 through to 3 of the Unified Electoral Code Act and Section 4 through to 14 (renumbered) of the Electoral System Reform Act

I'll explain the amendments (i.e. changes in  green ) once it is on the floor of the Senate

'Hawk'


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on June 26, 2006, 08:53:00 am
I'll introduce these for Ebowed. I can edit them with changes made later if needed.


Rebellion Aid Bill

1. $25 million in monetary aid is given to the Government of the Mideast to help it in restoring harm done by the above mentioned rebellion in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland.
2. The Senate of Atlasia expresses its heartfelt grief for the friends and families of the 270 people who died in the violence of the rebellion.



Treasonous Rebellion Bill

1. The following acts are hereby declared Acts of Treason.
a.) Rebellion, defined as the use of military forces to overthrow the Federal or any Regional government of Atlasia.
b.) Aiding of a rebellion, defined as the fully knowing and intentional direction of funds, military aid, or strategic advice to a person or group seeking to engage in rebellion.
c.) Terrorism, defined as the unlawful or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating civilians and/or the federal and/or regional governments of Atlasia.

2. Sentencing of an above defined Act of Treason shall be by the presiding Justice; he may use any combination of the following as punishment, depending upon the severity of the offense:
a.) Up to a lifetime ban from voting in any Atlasian elections.
b.) Up to lifetime incarceration in an Atlasian Fantasy Prison.
c.) A fine of up to $1,000,000,000 in fantasy currency.

3. Rights of the defendant.
a.) The defendant shall not be denied the access to adequate legal counsel in the form of an upstanding, active citizen of Atlasia. The defendant also has the right to waive their right to legal counsel.
If the defendant requests legal counsel, but is unable to secure his own adequate legal counsel according to the stipulations above, the presiding Justice shall request the chief judicial officer of the Region which said Defendant resides in, to serve as legal counsel to represent the defense. The chief judicial officer of the Region shall have the right to refuse such a request.
b.) If there is no chief judicial officer of said Region or if the chief judicial officer refuses this request, the Senior Senator of the Region shall be appointed as chief legal counsel, or if there is no Regional senator, the Senior Senator of the District in which Defendant resides in shall be appointed as chief legal counsel.
If the Senior Senator of the Region or District, as stated above, and the Defendant are the same person, then the Junior Senator of the Region shall be appointed as chief legal counselor, or if there is no Regional senator, the Junior Senator of the District in which Defendant resides in shall be appointed as chief legal counsel.
c.) For this clause, active citizen is defined as someone who voted in the last federal election and upstanding citizen is defined as someone who is presently, or who has previously, held elected office in Atlasia.
d.) The defendant shall have the right to a speedy trial as defined in Amendment 3 to the Constitution. In addition to this Amendment, the following section will be used as definition of a speedy trial:
(I) If a brief by the Plaintiff is not filed within one week (7 days) of the presiding Justice opening the trial against the defendant, the case will be dismissed and all charges will be dropped.
(II) A one week (7 days) leniency period may be granted by the presiding Justice by request of the Plaintiff, but any further delays may not be granted by the presiding Justice, except in the case of grave illness or publicly announced absence from the forum.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on June 26, 2006, 08:59:23 am
^^ With the consent of Q I'd like to bump the above two bills to the front of the Senate's agenda.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Q on June 26, 2006, 09:15:43 am
I concur with the President Pro Tempore; this legislation is vital.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on June 27, 2006, 09:04:07 am
Amtrak Privatization Bill

1. All rail subsidies are abolished effective FY 2007.
2. The Amtrak rail system is to be privatized through an auction.
3. The Secretary of the Treasury is authorized to make necessary rules and regulations relating to the process of privatization.
4. The privatization of the Amtrak system shall be completed before the year 2007.
5. The person or corporation who purchases the Amtrak system will be authorized to terminate unprofitable routes at their discretion.



Whaling Bill

1. The Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission is abolished.
2. The act of whaling, the hunting and killing of whales, is hereby criminalized.  No person shall be exempt from this law due to ther ethnic or religious status.
3. The intentional killing of a whale for hunting purposes shall be punishable by a maximum fine of $15,000, a maximum of three years in prison, enviro-centric community service, or any combination of these.



Human Cloning Bill

Section 1: Federal Funding
1. Any business, institution, or organization run by or funded, either in full or in part, by the federal government of Atlasia, shall not engage in human cloning.
2. Any business, institution, or organization outlined above shown to be in violation of this act shall be liable to a three month suspension of their funding pending further investigation.

Section 2: Prohibition
1. This section shall apply in the District of Columbia and in federal territories that do not form part of any region.
2. Human cloning experimentation is hereby prohibited.
3. "Human cloning" is defined as attemps to create a human being through artificial means by experimenting with and attempting to create a clone of a human embryo.
4. Any person who breaks this law will be sentenced to a minimum of five years in prison or a maximum of twenty-five years in prison.  Medical professionals who violate this act shall be liable to a temporary or permanent confiscation of their medical license as found appropriate by the jury.



Corporate Welfare Elimination Bill

1. The Maritime Administration's Guaranteed Loan Subsidies are abolished effective FY 2007.
2. The Department of Defense's Foreign Military Financing program is abolished effective FY 2007.
3. The Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration is abolished effective FY 2007.
4. The Department of Agriculture's Market Access Program is abolished effective FY 2007.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Democratic Hawk on July 02, 2006, 12:44:13 pm
This Bill, basically, consolidates (i.e puts together) the sections of the UECA and ESRA, which are in effect plus any additional clauses and changes to existing clauses, which are stated in  green

Consolidated Electoral System Reform Bill

Section 1: Votes

1.   In their vote in the Elections to the Senate 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 his or her 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 who votes for "None of the Above" may do so only as a first preference; any and all lower preferences of the voter shall be ignored.
7.    If a voter shall explicitly cast a vote in a Senate race for which they are not qualified to vote, then the vote in that Senate race shall be considered non-extant, and the voter may post a new vote in the correct Senate race if applicable.

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 first preferences shall be eliminated, and his or her 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:
i. The candidate with the least total number of preferences expressed by voters shall be eliminated.
ii. 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: Run-off Elections

If all remaining candidates shall have the same number of highest preference votes, then the following procedure shall be used to break the tie:

1.    Run-off 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.
2.   Those candidates who have tied shall be automatically entered onto the ballot. No other candidacies shall be allowed.
3.   Voters shall only be able to cast a vote for one candidate.
4.   If any candidate shall gain a majority of the votes cast, then he shall be declared winner.
5.    In the event that litigation is pending before the Supreme Court at the time a run-off is due to be held, the Supreme Court may delay the run-off in a specified manner if it thinks the result of such litigation would have a substantive impact on the run-off.

Section 4: Tied Run-off Elections

If the Run-off 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 a Senate session.
a. The two candidates will be allowed to determine the order in which the terms are 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:
i. Select one candidate to serve the entire term.
ii. 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 Forum Affairs or Deputy Secretary of Forum Affairs shall establish a thread for absentee voting which shall include a full ballot. In the event that a run-off 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.

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.

Section 8: Candidacy Declarations

1.   The candidacy declaration deadline for regular elections to the Senate shall be seven days before the  earliest possible  commencement of the election and for special elections to the Senate shall be two days before the commencement of the election.
2.   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 his candidacy, then the Presidential candidate may nominate a new Vice-Presidential candidate up to 72 hours before the commencement of the election.
3.   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.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Democratic Hawk on July 02, 2006, 12:44:46 pm
cont.

Section 9: Administration of Voting Booths

1.   Whenever possible, the Secretary of Forum Affairs, or the Deputy Secretary of Forum Affairs, 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 he or she sees 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 Senate 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 Senate 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 Senate 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 his 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 Presidenitial 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.
4.   The provisions of this section do not override the Akno21 v. Fritz Supreme Court decision.

Section 12: Concession of Victory

1.   If a candidate shall concede his or her victory of a Senate 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 his or her concession, then he or she 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 run-off. 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 run-off, 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 18 March, 2006 shall not be valid.

Section 14: Federal Activity Requirements

1.   All those persons who have posted at least 25 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.
2.   Those persons considered inactive (defined as not active) shall not be qualified to vote in a particular election.
3.   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.

 Section 15: Repealed Legislation

The following Acts are repealed:

1.   Unified Electoral Code Act.
2.   Electoral System Reform Act.
3.   Peter Will Fix It Act.

'Hawk'


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on July 04, 2006, 06:05:47 am
I'll introduce this for Ebowed.


Alcohol Reform Bill


1. This act shall apply in the District of Columbia and in federal territories which do not form part of any region.
2. Recognizing that persons between the ages of 18 and 21 are eligible to serve in defense of the country, vote, and consent to sexual relations, the Senate wishes to correct an inconsistency by reforming the age at which restrictions on alcohol are removed.
3. The age at which one may legally purchase, possess, and consume alcohol is hereby lowered to 18.
4. Persons under 18 shall be allowed to consume small quantities of alcohol for religious or medical purposes if under the supervision of a parent or guardian.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: adam on July 07, 2006, 02:36:04 pm
Illegal Alien Employment Bill

This bill will impose punishments on businesses that employ illegal aliens and benefit from their labor.

1) A proof of residency is to be required to gain employment in Atlasia.
2) Employers who knowingly employee illegal aliens are to pay a fine of $5000 and/or spend a minimum of three years in jail.
3) Employers that knowingly accept stolen social security numbers and/or other fraudulent  documentation are to be charged with fraud and sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in prison.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: jokerman on July 07, 2006, 02:54:02 pm
That's a good concept for a bill, Vlad.  It needs a little bit more of the bureacratic trimmings before it's fit for proposal, though, I think.  I'll write my own draft and pm it to you.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: adam on July 07, 2006, 09:56:00 pm
That's a good concept for a bill, Vlad.  It needs a little bit more of the bureacratic trimmings before it's fit for proposal, though, I think.  I'll write my own draft and pm it to you.

Sounds good to me, I'd enjoy working with you. :)


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on July 11, 2006, 05:41:04 pm
Here's some of the not horrible bills by Ebowed for this week:


Wage Enforcement Bill

1. This bill will only apply in the District of Columbia and in federal territories which do not form part of any region.
2. The minimum wage shall be set at $7.20 per hour.
3. The federal territory minimum wage shall be indexed annually to the Consumer Pricing Index (CPI).
4. Any employer found to be paying any of his employees below the minimum wage shall be sentenced to a prison term of up to five years, depending on the severity of the offense, and/or a fine of up to $10,000.



Consolidated Criminal Justice Bill

Introduction
Whereas previous Criminal Justice statutes contain references to obsolete Law and have become out of date, and whereas some statutes are not entirely discursive of their subject matter, the Senate resolves to update and consolidate existing Criminal Justice Law.

Section 1: Crimes against Atlasia
The following shall be crimes against Atlasia:
1. The impersonation, or attempted impersonation, of another Atlas Forum member on the Atlas Forum.
2. The "hacking" or taking over control of another Atlas Forum members personal account without their permission.
3. Voter fraud, defined as the creation of identities other than ones primary identity in Atlasia and subsequently entering this identity into the tally of registered voters.
4. Posting pictures, other media, or links to the same of a pornographic nature on the boards provided for the purposes of Atlas Fantasy Elections.
5. Maliciously editing the AtlasWiki to remove legitimate content or create off-topic pages.
6. Posting threads on the boards provided for the purposes of Atlas Fantasy Elections of a sexual nature that contribute nothing to political or philosophical discussion.

Section 2: Punishment of Crimes against Atlasia
Sentencing of the crime shall be by the presiding Justice; He may use any combination of the following as punishment, depending upon the severity of the offense:
1. For offences described in Clauses 1 through 3 of Section 1:
          i. Up to a one year ban from voting in any Atlasian elections.
          ii. Up to two years ban from holding any office under the Republic of Atlasia.
2. For offences described in Clauses 4 through 6 of Section 1:
          i. Up to a two month ban from voting in any Atlasian elections.

Section 3: Acts of Treason
The following acts are hereby declared Acts of Treason:
1. Rebellion, defined as the use of military forces to overthrow the Federal or any Regional government of Atlasia.
2. Aiding of a rebellion, defined as the fully knowing and intentional direction of funds, military aid, or strategic advice to a person or group seeking to engage in rebellion.
3. Terrorism, defined as the unlawful or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating civilians and/or the federal and/or regional governments of Atlasia.
4. Destruction of a Voting Booth, defined as deleting the thread in which a voting booth, or absentee voting booth, for an active election is contained.

Section 4: Punishment of Acts of Treason
Sentencing of Acts of Treason shall be by the presiding Justice; He may use any combination of the following as punishment, depending upon the severity of the offense:
1. Up to a lifetime ban from voting in any Atlasian elections.
2. Up to a lifetime ban from holding any office under the Republic of Atlasia.

Section 5: Trial Rules
Trial of all these crimes and Acts of Treason shall be done in full compliance with the provisions of Article III, Section 2 of the Second Constitution.

Section 6: Admissibility of Evidence
The presiding Justice may admit the following as evidence of the crime at his own discretion:
1. The actual statements made on the Atlas Forum itself
2. Screenshots of the statements made.
3. A quotation of the statement in a post by another Atlas Forum user.
4. The testimony of forum users who viewed the statement itself.
5. An admission by the accused in a thread on the Atlas Forum, or in a place viewed or heard by multiple persons, with recordings or testimony attributing to the same.
6. Evidence obtained through investigation of the IP address from which the offence was perpetrated.
7. Evidence given to the Court by the Forum Moderators or the Forum Owner, Dave Leip obtained in their capacity in that position.

Section 7: Rights of the Defendant at Trial
1. The defendant shall not be denied access to adequate legal counsel in the form of an upstanding, active citizen of Atlasia. The defendant also has the right to waive their right to legal counsel. If the defendant requests legal counsel, but is unable to secure his own adequate legal counsel according to the stipulations above, the presiding Justice shall request the chief judicial officer of the Region which said Defendant resides in, to serve as legal counsel to represent the defense. The chief judicial officer of the Region shall have the right to refuse such a request.
2. If there is no chief judicial officer of said Region or if the chief judicial officer refuses this request, the Senior Senator of the Region shall be appointed as chief legal counsel, or if there is no Regional senator, the Senior Senator of the District in which Defendant resides in shall be appointed as chief legal counsel. If the Senior Senator of the Region or District, as stated above, and the Defendant are the same person, then the Junior Senator of the Region shall be appointed as chief legal counselor, or if there is no Regional senator, the Junior Senator of the District in which Defendant resides in shall be appointed as chief legal counsel.
3. For this clause, active citizen is defined as someone who voted in the last federal election and upstanding citizen is defined as someone who is presently, or who has previously, held elected office in Atlasia.
4. The defendant shall have the right to a speedy trial as defined in Article III, Section 2. In addition to this provision, the following section will be used as definition of a speedy trial:
          i. If a brief by the Plaintiff is not filed within one week (7 days) of the presiding Justice opening the trial against the defendant, the case will be dismissed and all charges will be dropped.
          ii. A one week (7 days) leniency period may be granted by the presiding Justice by request of the Plaintiff, but any further delays may not be granted by the presiding Justice, except in the case of grave illness or publicly announced absence from the forum.

Section 8: Right to Appeal[/o]
In addition to any Rights of Appeal the Supreme Court may find under the Constitution, the defendant retains the following statutory rights of appeal against their conviction:
1. Procedural Appeals
          i. Should the defendant wish to appeal his conviction on grounds of errors of procedure during the trial, he may do so to the full Supreme Court provided the appeal is filed within one month of conclusion of the trial.
          ii. If the Supreme Court does find errors of procedure in the trial, vacation of the conviction shall not be automatic, but at the discretion of the Supreme Court.
2. Substantive Appeals
          i. Should new evidence come to light, the defendant may appeal his conviction to the Supreme Court on the grounds that the evidence no longer supports his conviction or severity of his sentence.
          ii. In reviewing the appeal, the Supreme Court may refer the question of guilt to a new jury in a new trial (without vacating the original conviction).
          iii. The Supreme Court may also reduce the sentence if it determines that the severity of the offence is reduced in light of the new evidence.

Section 9: Repealed Legislation
The following Acts are repealed: Voter Fraud Act, Omnibus Criminal Law Act, and Treasonous Rebellion Act.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on July 11, 2006, 05:41:27 pm
Child Labor Restriction Bill

Section 1: Applicability
1. This statute shall only apply in the District of Columbia and in federal territories which do not form part of any region.

Section 2: Definitions
1. The following definitions shall apply throughout this statute:
a.) A "school day" is defined as a day that contains more than two hours of classroom instruction.
b.) A "school week" is defined as any week (beginning noon Sunday) that contains two or more school days.
c.) "Work" is defined as receiving financial compensation for services rendered.

Section 3: Minors aged 15 to 17
1. Minors aged fifteen to seventeen years may not:
a.) Work more than 40 hours in a non-school week, and no more than 20 hours in a school week.
b.) Work more than 8 hours in a non-school day, and no more than 4 hours in a school day.
c.) Work more than 6 days in a non-school week, and no more than 4 days in a school week.

Section 4: Children aged less than 15
1. Employment of children aged less than fifteen years is prohibited, except those over the age of 13 years, who may work only as a newspaper carrier, and for no more than 10 hours in a week.

Section 5: Hours of Work
1. Employment of any person under the age of eighteen years between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. is prohibited.

Section 6: Type of Employment
1. Employment of minors in any place that sells alcohol, except a supermarket or other general provisions store, is prohibited.
2. Employment of minors in work that requires the use of heavy machinery is prohibited.
3. The Secretary of the Treasury may additionally prohibit employment of minors in certain jobs that it considers hazardous as he or she finds necessary.

Section 7: Penalties
1. Any employer in violation of Sections 3, 5 or 6 shall be fined between $500 and $1000 for each infraction.
2. Any employer in violation of Section 4 shall be fined between $2000 and $10000 for each infraction.

Section 8: Exemptions
1. Parents may employ their own children to work in the home or at the place of their own business, except in prohibited types of employment specified in Section 6.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: 🍁 Hatman on July 12, 2006, 12:53:10 am
Copyright Reform Bill

1. Copyrights shall not extend beyond the life of the work's author, or 25 years in case of a corporate authorship.
2. Existent copyrights shall either be removed if they do not meet the demands of this bill, or reduced accordingly.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: 🍁 Hatman on July 12, 2006, 12:55:05 am
Tax Increase Bill

1. All income up to $500,000 shall be subject to social security taxes.
2. Clause 5 of F.L. 11-6, National Sin Tax Act, is amended to read: "The taxes implemented by this act are an addition to, not an overriding of, any existing federal and regional taxes that are placed on the aforementioned products."
3. An estate tax is established. Each portion of the value of the estate shall be taxed at the following rates, with each rate corresponding to the tax rate on only the portion of the estate that falls in the appointed range:
a) $0-$5,000,000 – 0%
b) $5,000,001-$10,000,000 – 3%
c) $10,000,001-$17,500,000 – 4%
d) $17,500,001-$25,000,000 – 5%
e) $25,000,001-$50,000,000 – 7.5%
f) $50,000,001-$100,000,000 – 10%
g) $100,000,001 and above – 12.5%


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Democratic Hawk on July 12, 2006, 10:58:35 am
I’ll introduce these Bills on behalf of the President:

Highways Bill

1. The federal fuel tax, the Federal Highway Trust Fund, and subsidies to mass transit programs are eliminated as of FY 2007.
2. The federal government shall no longer appropriate any funds for the construction and financing of highways.



Rail and Airlines Bill

1. The Railway Labor Act of 1926 is repealed.
2. The Railway Retirement Act of 1934 is repealed.
3. There shall be no subsidies for airline companies or aircraft producers except those that are given for purposes of defense.
4. All federal legislation preventing airports from being privately owned or operated is repealed.
5. All federal legislation preventing foreign airlines from flying domestic routes in Atlasia is repealed.
6. The Jones Act is repealed.



USPS Privatization Bill

1. The United States Postal Service is to be privatized through an auction.
2. The Secretary of the Treasury is authorized to make any necessary rules and regulations relating to the privatization process.
3. The privatization of the USPS must be completed before the year 2007.
4. Upon the successful privatization of the USPS, all legal restrictions on the competitive delivery of mail are repealed.



National Zoo Privatization Bill

1. The Smithsonian National Zoological Park (National Zoo) is to be privatized through an auction.
2. The Secretary of the Treasury is authorized to make any necessary rules and regulations relating to the privatization process.
3. The privatization of the National Zoo must be completed before the year 2007.

'Hawk'


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: jerusalemcar5 on July 14, 2006, 07:53:47 pm
Under Article 1, Section 2, Clause 1 of the Second Constitution of Atlasia I hereby call for impeachment proceedings to begin against President Ebowed for comitting several acts of murder, most notably Southeast Governor Harry. 


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: 🍁 Hatman on July 15, 2006, 08:32:11 pm
Sponsored by Senator Earl A. Washburn (SDP-NY), co-sponsored by Senator jerusalemcar5 (SDP-ME)

AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF ATLASIA

The President of the Republic of Atlasia has under no circumstances
the right to relieve the duties of any elected official. The President
may not also have the have the power to relieve the duties any member
of the Supreme Court of Atlasia or any member of a regional court.
The President may not in his executive powers dismiss any Senator,
the Vice President or any elected member of the regions.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on July 19, 2006, 05:40:24 am
Resolution on the Middle East Conflict

Recognising that the security and stability of the Middle East is threatened by the current conflict between Hizbollah and Israel,

The Atlasian Senate hereby recognises that;
(1) the terrorist group, Hizbollah, is acting without legitimate cause or grievance;
(2) it is acting with the tacit support of the Syrian and Iranian governments;
(3) should this support continue the government of Atlasia should not stand idly by, but should actively support the state of Israel in dealing with this foreign aggression;
(4) while the state of Israel is entitled to be strong and secure within its borders, attacks on non-military targets, inflicting fatalities and serious injuries on foreign citizens, are actions contrary to generally recognised human rights and should be discontinued.

If possible, I would request that this resolution be brought to the Senate floor as soon as possible.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Democratic Hawk on July 19, 2006, 05:25:45 pm
I'll introduce this Bill on the behalf of the President:

Global Treaty Organization Bill

1. The Senate hereby approves the Global Treaty Organization formation treaty entered into on July 17, 2006 with the Governments of Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Germany, India, Japan, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions, and enforce such regulations, as may be necessary to implement the provisions of the treaty.
3. This Act shall have effect only with respect to those countries which have ratified or approved the treaty, and which continue to comply with its provisions.

'Hawk'


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Jake on July 24, 2006, 01:29:35 pm
Military Modernization and Readiness Bill

Recognizing that the age of mutually assured destruction and massive stockpiles of nuclear weapons has ended, and recognizing that future wars will depend on rapid deployment of Atlasian assets overseas, the Senate resolves that;

1. Four additional SSBN-726 Ohio Class submarines will be converted to SSGN-726 standard by the end of FY2010. The cost for this program is $1,600 million, spread out over three years. The Senate appropriates $400 million in FY2007 and FY2008 to conversions of the first two boats, and $800 million in FY2009 to cover the conversions of the second two boats.

2. Atlasia shall purchase 80 Boeing-767 aircraft and lease an additional 20 Boeing-767 from the Boeing Corp. and convert them to KC-767 Tanker specification by the end of FY2010. The total cost of the program shall be $22.4 billion, $7.4 billion in FY2007, and an additional $5 billion in FY2008, FY2009, and FY2010.

3. Atlasia shall purchase 42 C-17 aircraft from the Boeing Corp. with production ending in FY2010. The total cost of the program shall be $5.9 billion, $1.9 billion in FY2007, and an additional $1.0 billion in FY2008 through FY2011.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Jake on July 25, 2006, 04:41:02 pm
Actual Free Trade Bill

1. Section 3, F.L. 13-10 is hereby repealed.
2. Section 3, F.L. 13-11 is hereby repealed.
3. Section 3, F.L. 13-12 is hereby repealed.
4. Section 3, F.L. 13-19 is hereby repealed.
5. Section 3, F.L. 13-20 is hereby repealed.
6. Section 2 & 4, F.L. 13-23 is hereby repealed, and the sections are renumbered to reflect the above changes.
7. Section 3, F.L. 14-4 is hereby repealed.
8. Section 3, F.L. 14-5 is hereby repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on July 27, 2006, 06:52:56 pm
Atlasian-Philippines Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and the Philippines.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.



And I'll sponsor Captain Vlad's bill.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Democratic Hawk on July 28, 2006, 12:27:11 pm
I, hereby, introduce this Bill on behalf of the Secretary of State

Irish Paramilitary Bill

1a. It shall be deemed illegal for any citizen or group to knowingly and willingly provide or furnish with money, financial assistance and or aid, weaponry of all natures, goods of all natures and manpower, to any 'nationalist' and or 'unionist' paramilitary organisation operating within or out with Northern Ireland or the Irish Republic.

b. It shall be deemed illegal for any citizen or group to knowingly and or willingly harbour, offer sanctuary or to wilfully protect members of any 'nationalist' and or 'unionist' paramilitary organisation operating within or out with Northern Ireland or the Irish Republic.

c. It shall be deemed illegal to provide any of the aformentioned assistance to any 'political organisation and or front' part of, or allied to any nationalist' and or 'unionist' paramilitary organisation.

2a. The term 'nationalist', as used within this bill shall refer to organisations including but not restricted to; the Irish Republican Army, the Real Irish Republican Army and the Irish National Liberation Army.

b.  The term 'unionist', as used within this bill shall refer to organisations including, but not restricted to; the Loyalist Volunteer Force, the Ulster Defence Association and the Ulster Volunteer Force.

c. The term 'political organisation and or front', as used within this bill shall refer to organisations including, but not restricted to, Sinn Fein, the Irish Republican Socialist Party and the Progressive Unionist Party.

3. It shall be the responsibility of the Secretary of State to maintain and update a list of 'nationalist', 'unionist' and 'political organisations and or front(s)' that are covered by this Act.

'Hawk'


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on July 29, 2006, 08:01:28 am
Atlasian-Djibouti Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Djibouti.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.



Atlasian-Ethiopia Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Ethiopia.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.



Atlasian-Kenya Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Kenya.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.



Atlasian-Tanzania Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Tanzania.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.



Atlasian-Egypt Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Egypt.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.



Atlasian-Namibia Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Namibia.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on July 29, 2006, 02:40:01 pm
Atlasian-Botswana Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Botswana.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.



Atlasian-Mali Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Mali.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.



Atlasian-Gabon Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Gabon.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.



Atlasian-Benin Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Benin.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.



Atlasian-Ghana Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Ghana.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.



Atlasian-Senegal Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Senegal.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on July 29, 2006, 03:07:17 pm
Repeal of the DDT Re-Introduction Act Bill

The DDT Re-Introduction Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/DDT_Re-Introduction_Act) is hereby repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on July 29, 2006, 04:06:12 pm
I forgot these two, they're the last:


Atlasian-Kuwait Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Kuwait.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.



Atlasian-Iraq Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Iraq.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Jake on August 12, 2006, 02:20:05 pm
Atlasian-Peoples Republic of China Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and the Peoples Republic of China.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on September 01, 2006, 01:27:58 pm
Impeachment of Vice President Q

By his prolonged absence from the office of Vice President of Atlasia, Q has failed in his duties of office. Since 17 July 2006, he has been inactive in Atlasia, causing undue delay to Senate business. In order to attain an active replacement, impeachment and removal from office is necessary and so brought forth.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Jake on September 06, 2006, 02:55:01 pm
Cabinet Restructuring Bill

1. Article VIII, Section 2, Clause 1 is replaced with:

These Executive Departments are hereby established: Forum Affairs, Defense and Foreign Affairs, and Domestic Affairs. The Principal Officer of the Department of Forum Affairs shall be a Secretary, and the Principal Officer of the other departments shall be the Vice President.

2. Any mention of "Attorney General" in Atlasian Law shall be replaced with "Secretary of Forum Affairs".

3. Any mention of "Secretary of Defense", "Secretary of State", or Secretary of Treasury" shall be replaced with "Vice President".

4. Any mention of "Justice Department" shall be replaced with "Department of Forum Affairs".

5. The mention of "Attorney General" in Article VIII, Section 2, Clause 4 shall be replaced with "Vice President".

I think that should do it.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on September 13, 2006, 02:14:24 pm
I don't know the appropriateness or otherwise of the following, but I do believe the issue of the GM to be of great importance. In my opinion the existence of an active GM would go a long way toward the rehabilitation of Atlasia.

GM Resolution

Whereas the Senate recognises the importance of an active GM in Atlasia,
Recognising that that current GM, Atlasia World News, has not maintained an adequate level of activity,
The Senate hereby calls for the President to officialy act towards putting in place a new and active GM, for the good of Atlasia.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Speed of Sound on September 15, 2006, 06:07:45 am
Restriction of Child Labor Bill

Section 1: Applicability
1. This statute shall only apply in the District of Columbia and in federal territories which do not form part of any region.

Section 2: Definitions
1. The following definitions shall apply throughout this statute:
a.) A "school day" is defined as a day that contains more than two hours of classroom instruction.
b.) A "school week" is defined as any week (beginning noon Sunday) that contains two or more school days.
c.) "Work" is defined as receiving financial compensation for services rendered.

Section 3: Minors aged 15 to 17
1. Minors aged fifteen to seventeen years may not:
a.) Work more than 40 hours in a non-school week, and no more than 25 hours in a school week.
b.) Work more than 8 hours in a non-school day, and no more than 5 hours in a school day.
c.) Work more than 6 days in a non-school week, and no more than 4 days in a school week.

Section 4: Children aged less than 15
1. Employment of children aged less than fifteen years is prohibited, except those over the age of 13 years, who may work only as a newspaper carrier, and for no more than 10 hours in a week.

Section 5: Hours of Work
1. Employment of any person under the age of eighteen years between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. is prohibited.

Section 6: Type of Employment
1. Employment of minors in any place that sells alcohol, except a supermarket or other general provisions store, is prohibited.
2. Employment of minors in work that requires the use of heavy machinery is prohibited.
3. The Secretary of the Treasury may additionally prohibit employment of minors in certain jobs that it considers hazardous as he or she finds necessary.

Section 7: Penalties
1. Any employer in violation of Sections 3, 5 or 6 shall be fined between $500 and $100 for each infraction.
2. Any employer in violation of Section 4 shall be fined between $2000 and $10000 for each infraction.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on September 16, 2006, 03:49:31 pm
Constitutional Amendment on removing the Vice President
That the following shall be added as Article II, Section 3, Clause 6 of the Constitution:
"Whenever the President and a two-thirds majority of the Senate sign a declaration that the Vice President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the office of the Vice President shall immediately be deemed vacant."


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: True Democrat on September 17, 2006, 04:04:52 pm
Could someone introduce this for me?

Atlasia Revitalization Act

1. The Vice President, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, one Governor as chosen by all five, and two citizens appoints by the President shall make up the Atlasian Revitalization Committee.

2. The purpose of the said committee shall be to research and draw up a comprehensive plan in order to revitalize Atlasia through new citizens and more active participation in ways including but not limited to the following: advertising on other political forums, relations with other micronations, and restructuring Atlasia to create a more fun atmosphere.

3. The Atlasian Revitalization Committee shall deliver its findings to the Senate of Atlasia.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Dr. Cynic on September 17, 2006, 04:34:22 pm
TD, because you are in my district, I will formally introduce the legislation for you..... I have made a minor revision or two, but have not changed the spirit of the bill.

Atlasia Revitalization Act

1. The Vice President, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, one Governor as chosen out of the five, and two citizens appointed by the President shall make up the Atlasian Revitalization Committee.

2. The purpose of the said committee shall be to research and draw up a comprehensive plan in order to revitalize Atlasia through new citizens and more active participation in ways including but not limited to the following: advertising on other political forums, relations with other micronations,  to create a better atmosphere for all.

3. The Atlasian Revitalization Committee shall deliver its findings to the Senate of Atlasia. Upon which time, the Senate will deliberate on the committee's findings, and designate a proper solution.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: True Democrat on September 17, 2006, 04:52:42 pm
TD, because you are in my district, I will formally introduce the legislation for you..... I have made a minor revision or two, but have not changed the spirit of the bill.

Atlasia Revitalization Act

1. The Vice President, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, one Governor as chosen out of the five, and two citizens appointed by the President shall make up the Atlasian Revitalization Committee.

2. The purpose of the said committee shall be to research and draw up a comprehensive plan in order to revitalize Atlasia through new citizens and more active participation in ways including but not limited to the following: advertising on other political forums, relations with other micronations,  to create a better atmosphere for all.

3. The Atlasian Revitalization Committee shall deliver its findings to the Senate of Atlasia. Upon which time, the Senate will deliberate on the committee's findings, and designate a proper solution.


Could this be moved to the top?  I believe it's pretty urgent, plus it's forum affairs legislation.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Democratic Hawk on September 17, 2006, 05:23:14 pm
TD, because you are in my district, I will formally introduce the legislation for you..... I have made a minor revision or two, but have not changed the spirit of the bill.

Atlasia Revitalization Act

1. The Vice President, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, one Governor as chosen out of the five, and two citizens appointed by the President shall make up the Atlasian Revitalization Committee.

2. The purpose of the said committee shall be to research and draw up a comprehensive plan in order to revitalize Atlasia through new citizens and more active participation in ways including but not limited to the following: advertising on other political forums, relations with other micronations,  to create a better atmosphere for all.

3. The Atlasian Revitalization Committee shall deliver its findings to the Senate of Atlasia. Upon which time, the Senate will deliberate on the committee's findings, and designate a proper solution.


Could this be moved to the top?  I believe it's pretty urgent, plus it's forum affairs legislation.

Can you keep this kind of thing in the Senate Protest and Analysis Thread please?

'Hawk'


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on October 01, 2006, 01:36:41 pm
Assuming the passage of the Cabinet Restructuring Bill, I present the following bills for the consideration of the Senate.

Line of Succession (Amendment) Act

(A)
The Line of Succession Act (F.L. 6-5) is hereby repealed.

(B)
The presidential line of succession shall be in the following order:
1. Vice President of Atlasia
2. Secretary of Forum Affairs
3. Secretary of External Affairs
4. Attorney General
5. President Pro Tempore of the Senate
6. Dean of the Senate
7. Each Senator in order of longest continuous service
8. Chief Justice of the Atlasian Supreme Court
9. Senior Associate Justice of the Atlasian Supreme Court
10. Junior Associate Justice of the Atlasian Supreme Court
11. Each of the Governors in order of longest continuous service


Constitutional Amendment on the Removal of the President

Article II, Section 3, Clause 5 of the Constitution is amended to read as follows:
Whenever the Vice President and a two-thirds majority of the Senate sign a declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President. Thereafter the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office upon his declaration that he is capable of discharging the said powers and duties, or when the Vice President and Senate annul their previous declaration.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Bdub on October 05, 2006, 10:37:56 am
Airline Protection Bill

1. No airline may receive federal subsidies in any circumstance.
2. Atlasian airlines are free to operate domestic routes at their discretion, and may terminate them at any time without notice.
3. If an airline wishes to fly an international route, it is subject to any restrictions regarding air travel between that country and Atlasia.
4. No foreign individual or corporation may own more than 49% of an airline registered in Atlasia.
5. No foreign airline may operate domestic routes in Atlasia.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Dr. Cynic on October 05, 2006, 07:21:03 pm
Atlasian Unemployment Bill

1. The Atlasian Government pledges to keep a goal of less than 3.5% of the population unemployed.

2. The Atlasian Government, to combat the problem of unemployment, will create Public Works projects to spur competition, and attempt to tide unemployment.

3. The Atlasian Government will provide tax incentives to small business owners who employ ten people or more in times of employment crisis.

4. The Atlasian Government will pay a fixed salary for Public Works projects, determined by the Senate and approved by the President, but it is to be no lower than the current Nyman D.C. minimum wage.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on October 11, 2006, 07:03:14 am
Constitutional Amendment Removing Presidential Term Limits

That Article II, Section 3, Clause 3 of the Constitution shall be removed and subsequent clauses shall be renumbered accordingly.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on October 11, 2006, 07:53:32 am
Illegal Alien Employment Bill

1) A proof of citizenship is to be required to gain employment in Atlasia.

2) Employers who knowingly employee illegal aliens are to pay a fine of $5000 and/or spend a minimum of three years in jail.

3) Employers that knowingly accept stolen social security numbers and/or other fraudulent  documentation are to be charged with fraud and sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in prison.

4) Sections 2 & 3 of this Act shall not become operative until 30 September 2007.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on October 13, 2006, 08:56:56 am
I was glancing at the Constitution and noticed Article II, Section 3, Clause 1 (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Article_II_of_the_Second_Constitution#Section_3:_Vacancy_and_Incapacity_of_the_Presidency_or_Vice_Presidency):
"If the Presidency shall ever fall vacant, the Vice President shall become President. If the Vice Presidency is also vacant, then the Senate President pro tempore shall become President. The Senate may provide by Law for the vacancy of the Senate President pro tempore also."

It would thus seem that the recent Line of Succession (Amendment) Act is unconstitutional insofar as it demotes the PPT in the succession. I can only apologise for failing to notice this provision earlier.

It would seem that two options are open a constitutional amendment or a statutary replacement. Given the hurdles a constitutional amendment poses, I have opted to send a new bill to the Senate.

Once agian, I offer my sincere apologies to the Senate for the oversight.

Line of Sucession (Amendment No. 2) Act
(A)
The Line of Succession Act (F.L. 15-6) is hereby repealed.

(B)
The presidential line of succession shall be in the following order:
1. Vice President of Atlasia
2. Secretary of Forum Affairs
3. President Pro Tempore of the Senate
4. Secretary of External Affairs
5. Attorney General
6. Dean of the Senate
7. Each Senator in order of longest continuous service
8. Chief Justice of the Atlasian Supreme Court
9. Senior Associate Justice of the Atlasian Supreme Court
10. Junior Associate Justice of the Atlasian Supreme Court
11. Each of the Governors in order of longest continuous service


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on October 21, 2006, 06:47:14 am
Resolution on Trade Bills

1. That no more than two trade bills should be laid before the Senate at any time when a sufficient quantity of other legislation exists to fill up the remaining slots available for debate.

2. The determination of what constitutes a trade bill shall be within the powers of the PPT, though his decision may be challenged when 2 Senators motion such, and overturned by a majority of the Senate.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: True Federalist on October 23, 2006, 06:03:56 pm
I'm pre-filing these four bills for the Sixteenth Senate.  The fourth is primarily intended for fun, as I'm not serious about it, but it certainly should provide for a few sparks and sputters of righteous indignation.

Commercial Transportation of Livestock and Poultry Act

§1. Findings
   (a) The treatment of livestock and poultry during transport affects their value in interstate commerce.
   (b) It would be in the general welfare to ensure that livestock and poultry are treated humanely during transport so as to enhance their economic value.

§2. Definitions
   In this Act:
      (1) Commercial transportation
      The term "commercial transportation" means the regular operation for profit of a transport business that uses trucks, tractors, trailers, or semitrailers, or any combination thereof, propelled or drawn by mechanical power on any highway or public road.
      (2) Customarily raised as a domesticated animal for the purpose of slaughter
      The term "customarily raised as a domesticated animal for the purpose of slaughter" means that at least one of the following conditions is met:
         (A) at least 50 percent of the economic value of such species in Atlasia results from its slaughter and the resulting products,
         (B) at least 50 percent of the members thereof in Atlasia are slaughtered for economic use, or
         (C) the total economic value resulting from the slaughter of such species in Atlasia exceeds $50,000,000.
      (3) Livestock
      The term "livestock" means any member of a species of the class Mammalia customarily raised as a domesticated animal for the purpose of slaughter, regardless of whether the individal member is being raised for slaughter or for other purposes.
      (4) Person
      The term "person" means any individual, partnership, corporation, or cooperative association that regularly engages in the commercial transportation of livestock or poultry.
      (5) Poultry
      The term "poultry" means any member of a species of the class Aves customarily raised as a domesticated animal for the purpose of slaughter, regardless of whether the individal member is being raised for slaughter or for other purposes.   

§3. Regulation of Commercial Transportation of Livestock and Poultry
   (a) In General
   Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary of Agriculture may issue guidelines for the regulation of the commercial transportation of livestock or poultry by persons regularly engaged in that activity within the United States.
   (b) Issues for Review
   In carrying out this section, the Secretary of Agriculture shall review the food, water, and rest provided to livestock or poultry in transit, the segregation of males from other animals during transit, and such other issues as the Secretary considers appropriate.
   (c) Species Specific Regulations
   In carrying out this section, the Secretary of Agriculture may specify different rules for different species of livestock or poultry where differences in behavior warrant specific treatment.  No regulation issued under this Act shall specify different rules for different breeds of the same species.
   (d) Additional Authority
   In carrying out this section, the Secretary of Agriculture may -
      (1) require any person to maintain such records and reports pertaining to the commercial transportation of livestock or poultry as the Secretary considers necessary;
      (2) conduct such investigations into and inspections of the commercial transportation of livestock or poultry as the Secretary considers necessary; and
      (3) establish and enforce appropriate and effective civil penalties for failure to comply with this Act or the regulations promulgated thereunder.

§4. Repeal and Savings of Existing Law
   (a) Pub. L. 104-127, title IX, subtitle A, Apr. 4, 1996, 110 Stat. 1184 [7 U.S.C. 1901 note] providing for the regulation of the commercial transportation of equines for slaughter is repealed as of the passage of this Act.
   (b) Regulations previously issued by the Secretary of Agriculture under the law repealed by subsection (a) shall continue in force as if issued under this Act.

Don't Cry For Me Atlasia Act

§1. Repeal
The Onion Futures Act (Pub. L. 85-839, Aug. 28, 1958, 72 Stat. 1013 [7 U.S.C. 13-1]) which prohibits trading in future contracts on onions is hereby repealed.

§2. Conforming amendment
The text "except onions as provided in section 13-1 of this title," is stricken from section 1a of the Commodity Exchange Act [7 U.S.C. 1a].

Don't Feed The Birds Act

§1. Findings
   (a) Current policy, as emobodied in the Farm Subsidies Abolition Act (F.L. 9-13) is in the process of reducing or eliminating subsisdies for farmers.
   (b) Such policy is reducing the stocks of surplus grain acquired by the Commodity Credit Corporation as part of its price support operations that are available for various other purposes.
   (c) The use of such surplus grain for the feeding of certain migratory waterfowl under certain circumstances acts as a distortion of the price of grain in the Atlasian economy, and a less than optimal use of available funds.

§2. Repeals
   (a) The Act of July 3, 1956 (70 Stat. 492) [7 U.S.C. 442 to 445] providing for grain acquired by the Commodity Credit Corporation as part of its price support operations to be provided to the Secretary of the Interior to prevent migratory waterfowl depredations on farmer's crops by luring them away from such crops is repealed as of the end of the fiscal year in which this Act is enacted.  Funds appropriated under section 4 of the Act of July 3, 1956 [7 U.S.C. 445] shall remain available until the end of the current fiscal year.
   (b) Pub. L. 87-152 (70 Stat. 492) [7 U.S.C. 447 to 449] providing for grain acquired by the Commodity Credit Corporation as part of its price support operations to be provided to the States for the purpose of meeting emergency situations caused by adverse weather conditions or other factors destructive of important wildlife resources, the States are authorized, upon the request of the State fish and game authority or other State agency having similar authority and a finding by the Secretary of the Interior that any area of the Republic of Atlasia is threatened with serious damage or loss to resident game birds and other resident wildlife from starvation is repealed as of the end of the fiscal year in which this Act is enacted.  Funds appropriated under section 3 of Pub. L. 87-152 [7 U.S.C. 449] shall remain available until the end of the fiscal year.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: True Federalist on October 23, 2006, 06:04:37 pm
Withdrawn, we have enough on the calendar without debating a bill that is purely silly:
Draka Illegal Immigration and Labor Act

§1. Findings and purpose
   (a) Findings
   The Senate of Atlasia finds that:
      (1) There are currently over 10 million illegal immigrants in the Republic of Atlasia.
      (2) Previous efforts to tackle the problem of illegal immigration have foundered due to the desire to continue making use of the cheap labor such existing immigrants afford while at the same time providing sanctions that discourage future illegal immigration.
   (b) Purpose
   The purpose of this Act is to tackle the problems found in subsection (a)(2) in an innovative and radical manner that will ensure that Atlasia has dominion over its borders.

§2. Penalty
   A person, upon conviction in a court of Atlasia for having violated the immigration laws of the Republic of Atlasia, either by being an illegal immigrant or by knowingly providing assistance to illegal immigrants to enter or remain in the Republic of Atlasia, shall have the following penalties imposed:
       (1) All assets or sources of income possessed by said person, including trusts, shall be forfeited to the Republic of Atlasia.  Any leins against or transfers of said assets or sources of income occuring prior to the earliest of -
         (A) the date of arrest of said person,
         (B) the date of a warrant being issued against said person for a violation of the immigration laws of the Republic of Atlasia punishable under this section, or
         (C) the date of conviction of said person,
      shall be honored to the extent that assets or sources of income forfeited under this subparagraph may satisfy such leins while any occuring on or after said date shall be null and void.
      (2) If the person be an individual over the age of 12 as of the date mentioned in paragraph (1), said individual shall be bound over for permanent indentured servitude under section 3.
      (3) If the person be an individual of age 12 or younger as of the date mentioned in paragraph (1), said individual shall be deported to their country of origin, to be placed with a responsible guardian in accordance with the laws of said country.

§3. New slaves
   (a) To insure that permanent indentured servants are easily identifiable, new permanent indentured servants shall have an RFID chip implanted in their body.
   (b) To insure that no children are born to permanent indentured servants, new permanent indentured servants shall be surgically sterilized.
   (c) Contracts for new permanent indentured servants shall be disposed of in the same manner as surplus property under subtitle I of title 40 of the United States Code.

§4. Servant Code
   The Secretary of Labor shall within 180 days of the passage of this Act promulgate a Servant Code.  Such Code shall specify -
      (1) minimum standards of food, shelter, clothing, and working conditions a contractor must provide a servant,
      (2) the maximum level of discipline that a contractor may use to punish a servant that fails to obey,
      (3) penalties, consistent with penalties imposed for similar offenses under title 18 of the United States Code, for violations of the Servant Code, whether by a contractor, a servant, or a third party, and
      (4) such other rules and regulations as the Secretary determines are needful for an effective system of servant management.

§5. Effective date
   This Act shall come into force the later of -
      (1) 90 days after the passage of this Act, or
      (2) 30 days after final promulgation of the Servant Code under section 4.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on October 24, 2006, 12:05:50 pm
Resolution on Senate Procedure

1. The Senate's consideration of legislation shall not be unduly interupted by the official end of the Senate term and the introduction of new Senators. There shall be no need to deem legislation expired.

2. Any new Senator may change the vote of his/her predecessor unless the time for allowing the changing of votes has passed. If no change is made, the vote of the outgoing Senator shall remain valid.

3. From the beginning of the new Senate term, the President of the Senate shall preside over all Senate business until a PPT is elected. In any matters which require the assent of both the President of the Senate and the PPT which arise during the period before the PPT has been elected, the Dean of the Senate shall be empowered to give assent in place of the PPT.



GM Bill

1. The President shall appoint the GM, with the advice and consent of the Senate.

2. The GM may be removed by the agreement of the President and the majority of the Senate.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on October 26, 2006, 09:05:10 am
Might as well introduce this before I leave office since I supported it in the first place.


Amendment to Allow the Senate to Set a Minimum Wage

The Senate shall have power to set a minimum wage, as it deems necessary throughout the Republic of Atlasia.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on November 02, 2006, 03:13:38 pm
Might as well use the liberal Senate to do something usefull.


Fixing of Peter Bell’s Mistake Bill

The Asbestos Ban Amendment Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Asbestos_Ban_Amendment_Act) is hereby repealed and the Asbestos Ban Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Asbestos_Ban_Act) is hereby restored in full.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: True Federalist on November 02, 2006, 06:20:59 pm
Yet another pre-file.  To save space (It would have taken 7 posts given the 10,000 char limit), I'm not giving it as an organic piece of legislation, but in reference to a portion of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 that passed the U.S. Senate, but not the House.

Unlawful Employment of Aliens Reform Act

§1. Findings
   (a) There is an urgent need to ensure that Atlasian employers hire only Atlasian nations and those aliens legally admitted for employment.
   (b) Enhancing the system for the checking of documentation of employees by employers will help satisfy that need.

§2. Unlawful Employment of Aliens
   Except that any reference to a specific year or date not determined in relation to the date of enactment shall be instead treated as a reference to a year or date one year later than the one currently in such text, Title III (Unlawful Employment of Aliens) of S.2611 (109th Congress), as engrossed by the U.S. Senate, shall be enacted as law.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Freedom Has Triumphed on November 04, 2006, 12:41:01 pm
Here's my first attempt at legislation:

Legalization and Licensing of Online Gambling Act

1. The Federal Government shall be permitted to grant licenses to online gambling enterprises based in Atlasia or any overseas territories.
2. Atlasian citizens shall be permitted to gamble on internet sites, whether Atlasian or foreign based, and banks shall be permitted to handle financial transfers to such sites that are not proscribed by the State Department.
3. The State Department shall have the right to proscribe and ban monetary transfers to online gambling enterprises in countries under sanction, or ones that are proven to have links to terrorist or criminal organizations.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on November 13, 2006, 08:16:22 am
Just a note to flag that I've amended my Senate Procedure resolution slightly.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on November 20, 2006, 07:02:27 am
Something to consider...

Constitutional Amendment on the Budget

That Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution shall be removed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: True Federalist on November 22, 2006, 01:16:42 pm
Federal Activity Requirements Revision Act

§1. Amendment of section 14
The number "25" in section 14 of the Consolidated Electoral System Reform Act (F.L. 14-2) shall read "10".

§2.  Effective date
This Act shall be effective for any election for which the period of casting absentee ballots begins after the date of the passage of this Act.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: True Federalist on November 22, 2006, 01:53:49 pm
Withdrawn, we have enough to do without engaging in pure sillyness:
Cucumber Protection Act

§1. Findings
(a) As evidenced by documentary footage (http://www.weebls-stuff.com/toons/cucumbers/), pandas are the cucumber's enemy.
(b) Bognor Regis has been able to encourage cucumber cultivation by establishing panda free zones.

§2. Panda Free Atlasia
(a) Pandas shall be allowed in Atlasia only as part of an animal exhibition offered by an exhibitor licensed under section 3 of the Animal Welfare Act [7 U.S.C. 2133].
(b) As a condition of such license the exhibitor must agree to keep their pandas away from all cucumbers.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: True Federalist on November 25, 2006, 06:39:52 pm
I have withdrawn the Draka Illegal Immigration and Labor Act and the Cucumber Protection Act  I might reintroduce them once we get Atlasia back on a healthy footing, but for now, they just clog the calendar.

I do have a new Act to propose, and I would hope that it could be advanced up the calendar as important legislation, as it would impact upon our new GM if adopted.

Atlasia - America Synchronization Act

§1. Findings
The Senate of Atlasia finds that:
(a) The Republic of Atlasia was established primarily to be an election simulation in the context of the politics of the United States of America.
(b) To that end, a correspondence between the characteristics of the Republic of Atlasia and the United States of America is desirable, except where a difference has been intentionally adopted.
(c) Because of the limitations of time and the number of players, these characteristics have diverged without any explict intent to have them do so.
(d) These differences form a barrier to new players by adding to the learning curve of the game.

§2. Purpose
The Senate of Atlasia intends that this Act should reduce the unintended differences between the Republic of Atlasia and the United States of America.

§3. Public Laws of the United States
(a) Subject to subsection (c), the public laws of the United States of America adopted during the First through Fourteenth Senates of Atlasia shall be adopted as laws of Atlasia.
(b) Beginning with the Sixteenth Senate and subject to subsection (c). at the close of each session of the Atlasia Senate, the public laws of the United States of America during the previous Senate of Alasia shall be adopted as laws of Atlasia.
(c) In subsections (a) and (b), the public laws of the United States of America passed during certain sessions of the Senate of Atlasia shall not be adopted where they are -
    (1) invalid under the constitution of Atlasia, or
    (2) contradict the laws passed by the Senate of Atlasia.

§4.  International events and condidtions
     The policies and economies of countries other than the Republic of Atlasia shall generally be reset to those existing in the real world at the time a new Game Moderator is appointed.  Where differences between in-game and real-world policies and economies directly as a result of differences in the foreign and trade policies of the Republic of Atlasia and the United States of America, the Game Moderator may allow those differences to continue to exist, but shall report as soon as possible after becoming Game Moderator a list of those differences.

§5. Domestic events and conditions
    The policies of Atlsaia shall be those adopted by the Republic of Atlasia.  The economy of Atlasia and the policy of non-governmental organizations of Atlasia should be based as closely as possible upon those of the United States of America, with the Game Moderator reporting on any differences as soon as possible a list of those differences.

§6. Timeliness of reports
(a) The Game Moderator is urged to provide the reports requested under sections 4 and 5 within one month of taking office so that the government of the Republic of Atlasia can react appropriately to such events.
(b) The Game Moderator may amend the reports requested under sections 4 and 5 if in doing so, he is able to provide greater detail of the world geopolitical and economic situation.  He should avoid amendments that change the world geopolitical and economic situation except where a policy of Atlsaia as embodied in law is brought to his attention and the amendments are as a result of that attention.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: True Federalist on November 28, 2006, 08:16:43 pm
Yet another defense related bill.  This one also saves some money as well as spends it, though I admit to not having precise numbers for either.

Naval Construction and Operations Act of 2007

§1. Indian Ocean home port
   (a) Findings
      (1) The Senate finds that the operation of naval vessels in the Indian Ocean and the littoral seas thereof on an ongoing basis is certain given the situation in the foreseeable future.
      (2) The Senate further finds that establishing an overseas home port for a carrier battle group in the Indian Ocean would enhance the availability and readiness of naval forces operating in the Indian Ocean and the littoral seas thereof.
      (3) The Senate further finds that existing port facilities utilized by the Atlasian Navy located in the Indian Ocean and the littoral seas thereof are inadequate to host the home port of a carrier battle group.
   (b) Negotiations
   The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to undertake negotiations with the members of the Global Treaty Organization (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Global_Treaty_Organization) abutting the Indian ocean concerning either the construction of new facilities or the usage or expansion of existing facilities to be used as a home port for a carrier battle group for a period of not less than twenty-five years.  In conducting such negotiations, the Secretary shall take into consideration -
      (1) the relative costs of utilizing proposed home ports,
      (2) the availability. cost, and quality of facilities for the use the dependents of naval personnel assigned either to the home port itself or to ships assigned to the home port, and
      (3) the possibility of colocating in the vicinity of the home port of the carrier battle group a base to support at least one Marine Expeditionary Unit and its supporting units and ships.
   (c) Timetable
      (1) The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to provide the Senate with an estimate of the costs, including fees paid to the host country for the right to use such a home port, of establishing and operating such a home port no later than December 31, 2007.
      (2) The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to plan for the initial operations of the Indian Ocean home port called for in this section no later than December 31, 2009.
   (d) Establishment
   Establishment of an Indian Ocean home port for a carrier battle group shall be contingent upon -
      (1) the ratification of a treaty allowing such a home port by the Senate of Atlasia and the government of the host country, and
      (2) the appropriation of funds by the Senate of Atlasia to implement the treaty and the construction and operation of the home port.

§2. Carrier Battle Groups
   (a) Findings
   The Senate finds that the number of carrier battle groups operated by the Atlasian Navy is in excess of current needs.
   (b) Reduction
      (1) The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to reduce the number of carrier battle groups in commission from twelve to eleven no later than December 31, 2008.
      (2) The Secretary of External Affairs is further directed to reduce the number of carrier battle groups in commission from eleven to ten no later than the later of -
         (A) December 31, 2010, or
         (B) one year after the date of initial operations an Indian Ocean home port for a carrier battle group.
   (c) CVN 65
   In addition to the carriers needed by the carrier battle groups, the Secretary of External Affairs is authorized to retain CVN 65 Enterprise in commission as a training carrier.  Once assigned to duty as a training carrier, the Secretary shall report annually on the relative costs of operating her as a training carrier compared to the costs of decomissioning her and her eight nuclear reactors and utilizing other training facilities instead.

§3. Carrier Construction
   Due to the reduction in the number of carrier battle groups called for in sections 2, the Secretary of External Affairs is directed to delay the construction of the first of the CVN 21 carriers so that the initial commissioning occurs in FY 2018 instead of FY 2015, and further directed to delay construction so that initial commissioning occurs in FY 2021 if the number of carrier battle groups is reduced to ten.

§4. Command Ships
   The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to undertake a design study for a new class of command ships to replace the elderly Blue Ridge-class vessels, with a goal of constructing three command ships, entering commission in FY 2011, 2012, and 2013.  $50,000,000 is appropriated to conduct the design study.

§5. Amphibious Assault Ships
   The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to name the first four ships of the LHA 6 class as LHA 6 Hornet, LHA 7 Shangri-La, LHA 8 Ranger, and LHA 9 Intrepid.

§6. Landing Platform Docks
   (a) $2,000,000,000 is authorized to be appropriated to build three additional San Antonio-class LPD's to be delivered in FY 2012, 2013, and 2014 respectively,
   (b) The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to name the three ships authorized by this section LPD 26 Charleston, LPD 27 Wilmington, and LPD 28 Savannah.

§7. Dry cargo ships
   (a) Naming
   The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to name the sixth Lewis and Clark class ship T-AKE 6 John W. Powell, the seventh T-AKE 7 William L. Herndon, the eighth T-AKE 8 Robert Gray, the ninth T-AKE 9 Charles Wilkes, the tenth T-AKE 10 Edmund Fanning, and the eleventh T-AKE 11 Charles W. Beebe.
   (b) Cancellation of unneeded ships due to CBG reduction
   The twelfth Lewis and Clark class ship is canceled, and the eleventh shall not be ordered before January 1, 2008 and may be ordered only if a treaty providing for the lease of an Indian Ocean home port for a carrier battle group is not signed by the President by that date.

§8. Double hulled oilers
   (a) Construction
   To permit the retirement of older single hull oilers and bring the Atlasian Navy's takers into compliance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, there is authorized to be appropriated $100,000,000 each for the construction of thirteen double-hulled versions of the Henry J. Kaiser class oiler as follows:
      (1) 1 tanker is authorized for FY 2007 and $100,000,000 is appropriated for such construction,
      (2) 2 tankers are authorized for FY 2008,
      (3) 2 tankers are authorized for FY 2009,
      (4) 2 tankers are authorized for FY 2010,
      (5) 3 tankers are authorized for FY 2011, and
      (6) 3 tankers are authorized for FY 2012.
   (b) Excess appropriations to be used to pay for dismantling of obsolete oilers
   Appropriations in excess of the purchase price of the oilers acquired pursuant to subsection (a) shall be used to pay for the dismantling in Atlasian shipyards of mothballed single-hulled oilers in excess of mobilization needs.

§9. Destroyers
   The DDX program is ordered suspended with no funds to be paid for further construction of the two lead ships pending a review of needs for destroyers by the Atlasian Navy in light of the reduction of the numbers of carrier battle groups.

§10. Frigates
   The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to reduce the number of frigates in commission to 24 Flight II Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates by no later than September 30, 2008.

§11. Submarines
   (a) Los Angeles class
      (1) The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to cancel all refueling of non-VLS Los Angeles class submarines.
      (2) The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to decommission at least two non-VLS Los Angeles class submarines and to enter them in the Ship-Submarine Recycling Program each fiscal year beginning in FY 2008.
   (b) Virginia class
      (1) The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to name the sixth Virgina class submarine SSN 779 New Mexico, the seventh SSN 780 Delaware, and the eighth SSN 781 South Carolina.
      (2) The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to cancel the ninth Virginia class submarine.
   (c) AIP Submarine
      (1) The Senate finds that Atlasia is likely to have a continuing need for submarine patrols in the Persian Gulf and other littoral waters for the foreseeable future and that the use of smaller less-expensive air independent propulsion (AIP) submarines is a more cost effective solution for sustained operations in shallow littoral waters than the use of current SSN's.
      (2) The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to acquire at at a total cost of no more than $2,100,000,000 six AIP's similar to the Type U212A of the Deutsche Marine, with 1 to enter commission in in each of FY 2010 through 2015.
      (3) Preference in granting a contract shall be given to construction in Atlasian shipyards, but if the timetable and cost requirements of paragraph (2) can only be met by construction in a foreign shipyard of a NATO ally, the Secretary of External Affairs is directed to enter into a contract with such a shipyard for any or all of the six submarines called for in this subsection.
      (4) The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to name the six submarines called for in this subsection as follows: Torpedo, Numbfish, Skate, Stingray, Manta, and Whipray.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Everett on December 02, 2006, 12:07:58 am
The STFU/GTFO Resolution

1. Only officials of the Federal Government may comment on floor hearings, including bills and nominations.
2. Appointees may comment during their own hearings, but not those of other appointees.
3. Non-officials who comment on floor hearings may be subject to punishment as deemed necessary and sufficient by the Atlasian Senate.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: True Federalist on December 02, 2006, 02:12:17 pm
A bit of emergency legislation here:

November-December Act
December 1, 2006 is hereby renamed November 31, 2006.


This would have the effect of delaying the upcoming election a week so as to give the governors time to quickly finish redistricting, as it would make December 15, 2006 the second Friday of December.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Democratic Hawk on December 03, 2006, 04:36:35 pm
Given the sentiments expressed by the administration and the Senate, I have withdrawn the following Bills:

Atlasian-Ethiopia Free Trade Bill
Atlasian-Kenya Free Trade Bill
Atlasian-Tanzania Free Trade Bill
Atlasian-Namibia Free Trade Bill
Atlasian-Botswana Free Trade Bill
Atlasian-Mali Free Trade Bill
Atlasian-Gabon Free Trade Bill
Atlasian-Benin Free Trade Bill
Atlasian-Ghana Free Trade Bill
Atlasian-Senegal Free Trade Bill

I've retained the Atlasian-Egyptian, Atlasian-Kuwait and Atlasian-Iraq Free Trade Bills for geo-political/strategic reasons

'Hawk'


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Democratic Hawk on December 05, 2006, 09:03:44 pm
Constitutional Amendment on Voter Registration and Voting Rules

Clause 6 of Section 2, Article V is hereby repealed



Something to consider :)

'Hawk'


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: True Federalist on December 05, 2006, 09:22:58 pm
A longer term solution to the redistricting problems we encountered this time.

Backup Redistricting Amendment

1. In the event that the Governors have not adopted a redistricting plan as of noon, Eastern Standard Time on the third Wednesday prior to the opening of the ballot box for the regular election of District Senators, then the most recently adopted districting plan that meets the conditions of Article IV Section 4 of this Constitution using the data from the most recent Census shall be used as the districting plan.

2. In the further event that no previously adopted districting plan meets the conditions of Article IV Section 4 of this Constitution using the data from the most recent Census, then the Chief Justice of Atlasia shall have the authority to draw districts that meet the conditions of Article IV Section 4 of this Constitution using the data from the most recent Census.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Bdub on December 06, 2006, 11:04:36 am
Constitutional Amendment on the Registration Post Count

1. Article V, Section 2, Clause 1 of the Atlasian Constitution is amended to read as follows:

A person may become a registered voter if he has attained fifteen posts at the forum. In registration, the person must state his name and State of fantasy residence; in addition, he may optionally state a political affiliation.

2. The Sixth Amendment is repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Bdub on December 06, 2006, 09:37:12 pm
Repeal of the Deputy SoFA Act

The Deputy SoFA Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Deputy_SoFA_Act) is hereby repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Colin on December 06, 2006, 10:46:20 pm
Air Force Transport Appropriations Act

1. Atlasia shall purchase 42 C-17 aircraft from the Boeing Corp. with production ending in FY2010. The total cost of the program shall be $5.9 billion, $1.9 billion in FY2007, and an additional $1.0 billion in FY2008 through FY2011.

I considered this a part of the Military Readiness Bill that needs to be passed by this Senate. It is imperative that we give proper funding and appropriations to the Air Force to augment it's retired C-141 fleet with new C-17 aircraft.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: True Federalist on December 10, 2006, 03:09:12 pm
Enough bills have been proposed by other Senators that I feel comfortable adding a couple of my non-urgent pre-prepared bills to the calendar.

Farmer Free Speech Act

§1. Findings
   (a) There are a number of market promotion laws concerning agriculture that require producers of certain products to join and pay for organizations that promote that product, even if an individual producer does not agree with the either the purpose of the organization on the means chosen to promote the product.  While mechanisms exist for producers to be refunded or rebated such sums for most such programs, they are onerous and require the producer to repeatedly indicate that they wish to opt out of the promotion program.
   (b) Such organizations have acted contrary to the interests of producers not following the marketing strategy desired by the majority of producers.
   (c) Such organizations should be turned into ordinary voluntary membership organizations, without the possession of government sanction or coercion.

§2. Repeals and Savings
   (a) The following laws are repealed as of the second December 31 following the date of enactment of this Act.
      (1) Section 8c(6)(I) of the Agricultural Act [7 U.S.C. 608c(6)(I)].
      (2) The Cotton Research and Promotion Act (chapter 53 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 2101 et seq.]).
      (3) The Potato Research and Promotion Act (chapter 58 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 2611 et seq.]).
      (4) The Egg Research and Consumer Information Act (chapter 58 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.]).
      (5) The Beef Research and Information Act (chapter 60 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 2901 et seq.]).
      (6) The Wheat and Wheat Foods Research and Nutrition Education Act (chapter 65 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 3401 et seq.]).
      (7) The Floral Research and Consumer Information Act (chapter 74 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 4301 et seq.]).
      (8) The Dairy Production Stabilization Act of 1983 (chapter 76 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 4501 et seq.]).
      (9) The Honey Research, Promotion, and Consumer Information Act (chapter 77 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 4601 et seq.]).
      (10) The Pork Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act of 1985 (chapter 79 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 4801 et seq.]).
      (11) The Watermelon Research and Promotion Act (chapter 80 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 4901 et seq.]).
      (12) The Pecan Promotion and Research Act of 1990 (chapter 89 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 6001 et seq.]).
      (13) The Mushroom Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act of 1990 (chapter 90 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 6101 et seq.]).
      (14) The Lime Research, Promotion, and Consumer Information Act of 1990 (chapter 91 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 6201 et seq.]).
      (15) The Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act (chapter 92 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.]).
      (16) The Fluid Milk Promotion Act of 1990 (chapter 93 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 6401 et seq.]).
      (17) The Fresh Cut Flowers and Fresh Cut Greens Promotion and Information Act of 1993 (chapter 97 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 6801 et seq.]).
      (18) The Sheep Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1994 (chapter 99 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.]).
      (19) Title V of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (chapter 101 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.]).
      (20) The Hass Avocado Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 2000 (chapter 105 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 7801 et seq.]).
   (b) No assessment or other fee shall be required under the laws repealed by subsection (a) for any period following the date of the repeal of said Acts.
   (c) The organizations established under the laws repealed by subsection (a) shall be given the opportunity to transform into private non-profit voluntary cooperative organizations.  Such organizations shall retain the trademarks and other intellectual property developed by the organizations while sanctioned by the laws repealed by subsection (a).



Federal Crop Insurance Subsidy Reduction Act

§1. Findings
   (a) Excessive subsidies of the Federal Crop Insurance program encourage the utilization of marginal land because of the reduction of moral hazard on the part of the producer.
   (b) The reduction of direct forms of agricultural subsidy has led to an increase in the usage of the Federal Crop Insurance program as an indirect subsidy.

§2. Reductions in Federal Crop Insurance subsidies
   (a) For the 2008 crop year, section 508(e)(2) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act [7 U.S.C. 1508(e)(2)] is amended as follows:
      (1) In subparagraph (A), the phrase "the premium" shall be replaced by "90 percent of the premium".
      (2) In subparagraph (B)(i), the phrase "67 percent" shall be replaced by "66 percent".
      (3) In subparagraph (C)(i), the phrase "64 percent" shall be replaced by "60 percent".
      (4) In subparagraph (D)(i), the phrase "59 percent" shall be replaced by "54 percent".
      (5) In subparagraph (E)(i), the phrase "55 percent" shall be replaced by "48 percent".
      (6) In subparagraph (F)(i), the phrase "48 percent" shall be replaced by "41 percent".
      (7) In subparagraph (G)(i), the phrase "38 percent" shall be replaced by "34 percent".
   (b) For the 2009 crop year, section 508(e)(2) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act [7 U.S.C. 1508(e)(2)] as amended by subsection (a) of this section is further amended as follows:
      (1) In subparagraph (A), the phrase "90 percent" shall be replaced by "75 percent".
      (2) In subparagraph (B)(i), the phrase "66 percent" shall be replaced by "60 percent".
      (3) In subparagraph (C)(i), the phrase "60 percent" shall be replaced by "54 percent".
      (4) In subparagraph (D)(i), the phrase "54 percent" shall be replaced by "48 percent".
      (5) In subparagraph (E)(i), the phrase "48 percent" shall be replaced by "42 percent".
      (6) In subparagraph (F)(i), the phrase "41 percent" shall be replaced by "36 percent".
      (7) In subparagraph (G)(i), the phrase "34 percent" shall be replaced by "30 percent".
   (c) For the 2010 and succeeding crop years, section 508(e)(2) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act [7 U.S.C. 1508(e)(2)] as amended by subsections (a) and (b) of this section is further amended as follows:
      (1) In subparagraph (A), the phrase "75 percent" shall be replaced by "60 percent".
      (2) In subparagraph (B)(i), the phrase "60 percent" shall be replaced by "50 percent".
      (3) In subparagraph (C)(i), the phrase "54 percent" shall be replaced by "45 percent".
      (4) In subparagraph (D)(i), the phrase "48 percent" shall be replaced by "40 percent".
      (5) In subparagraph (E)(i), the phrase "42 percent" shall be replaced by "35 percent".
      (6) In subparagraph (F)(i), the phrase "36 percent" shall be replaced by "30 percent".
      (7) In subparagraph (G)(i), the phrase "30 percent" shall be replaced by "25 percent".

§3. Already acquired insurance
   (a) Persons who have already acquired coverage under the Federal Crop Insurance program for the 2008 or any subsequent crop year prior to the passage of this Act shall either -
      (1) cancel the coverage and receive a full refund of any premium paid to date, or
      (2) pay a surcharge equal to the reduction in subsidy levels resulting from the passage of this Act.
   (b) Failure to indicate a choice by the beginning of the affected crop year shall be treated as if the covered person had elected under subsection (a) to cancel the coverage.
   (c) Covered persons may choose to cancel only a potion of their insurance and pay a surcharge on the remainder.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on December 14, 2006, 09:48:06 am
Atlasia Revitilization Committee Report Resolution

The Senate of Atlasia requests that the Atlasia Revitilization Committee (established under F.L. 15-3 Atlasia Revitilization Act), through a nominated representative, will deliver to the Senate a report of it's progress to date, any findings or reccomendations it has agreed so far, or any other matters which it deems worthy of the Senate's consideration, on or by the 29th of December 2006, three months after the committee's establishment.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Bdub on December 16, 2006, 03:16:48 pm
Constitutional Amendment on Senate Posting Requirements

Article I, Section 1, Clause 2 is amended to read as follows:

No Person shall be a Senator who has not attained fifty or more posts, and is not a registered voter in the District or Region that they represent.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Bdub on December 18, 2006, 10:30:06 pm
I withdraw my repeal of Deputy SoFA act bill.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on December 22, 2006, 08:02:52 pm
New Mexico Regional Transfer Resolution

Pursuant to Article IV, Section 2, Clause 2 of the Constitution, the Senate hereby consents to the transfer of the state of New Mexico from the Pacific region to the Midwest region.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Democratic Hawk on December 23, 2006, 02:03:04 pm
Third Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia

Preamble

We the People of the Republic of Atlasia, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, support equality for all forum members and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the Republic of Atlasia.

Link:

 Third Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/User:True_democrat)



Sponsor: Sen. Dave 'Hawk'


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on December 23, 2006, 05:11:20 pm
OSPR Amendment Resolution

Article 3, Section 2, Clause 2 of the OSPR shall be amended to read as follows:
There shall be seven slots available for debating legislation on the Senate floor. Of these slots, three shall be available for any purpose; two shall be available for any purpose except the debating of Amendments to the Constitution; one shall be available only for legislation that the PPT considers to be related to forum affairs or emergency legislation which can be introduced pursuant to Article 7, Section 1 of this resolution; and one shall be available for debating veto overrides pursuant to Article 5, Section 3.



The suggested amendments are highlighted in green. It amounts to creating one new slot for dealing with general legislation.

I introduce this because I feel that we need to be able to deal with the backlog of legislation more quickly and because I don't feel that one extra slot will overburden Senators ability to scrutinise legislation.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: True Federalist on January 04, 2007, 07:38:03 pm
OPSR Amendment Debate Time Resolution

Article 4 Section 4 Clause 1 of the OPSR shall be amended by replacing "five (5) days" with "seventy-two (72) hours".

This amendment is introduced so as to standardize the time period for a vote on an amendment of an item before the Senate to the usual 72 hours for other time requirements under the OPSR.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on January 04, 2007, 11:53:26 pm
Reproductive Rights Bill

Section 1: Findings
1. F.L. 12-10, Abortion Restriction in Federal Territories Act, contains provisions that:
a.) Criminalize safe pregnancy termination procedures performed under most circumstances in the second trimester;
b.) Intrude on the constraints of a civil union contract entered into by a woman who is pregnant;
c.) Mandate the invasion of medical privacy for women based solely on their marital status;
d.) Discriminate against women on the basis of age in determining the ease with which a woman may obtain an abortion.

Section 2: Repealed Legislation
1. The Abortion Restriction in Federal Territories Act is repealed.



Embryonic Stem Cell Research Enhancement Bill

1. The government shall invest $50 million in scientific grants to aid the advancement of embryonic stem cell research.
2. The research progress is to be reviewed in three years with all participating to present findings, advances, and possible cures into diseases.
3. No restrictions shall be placed on the use of human embryos in therapeutic cloning and stem cell research.
4. F.L. 14-9, Human Cloning Act, is repealed.



Promotion of the Fine Arts Bill

1. F.L. 9-7, National Endowments for the Arts and for the Humanities Elimination Act, is repealed.
2. Funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and for the Humanities are hereby restored in full.



Abolition of Christmas Bill

1. Christmas, as a federal holiday celebrated on the twenty-fifth day of each December, is hereby abolished.
2. This law shall not be construed as to alter or repeal any regional laws regarding the Christmas holiday.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: True Federalist on January 05, 2007, 01:15:06 am
Now that we have some more bills in the hopper I feel comfortable in adding some more of mine own proposals.

Federal Vending Facilities Reform Act

§1. Findings
   (a) The Randolph-Sheppard Act is a 1936 law that had the admirable goal of providing a preference to the legally blind in the operation of vending facilities on Federal property at a time when employment opportunities for the legally blind were scarce and vending machines were not as ubiquitous as they are today.
   (b) Assistive technologies have greatly widened the scope of available professions for the legally blind from what was achievable in 1936.
   (c) The subsequent development of vending machines and the passage of the Randolph-Sheppard Act Amendments of 1974 have effectively transformed the Randolph-Sheppard Act from one which provided the legally blind with self-employment into one which provides the legally blind with subsidy payments from vending machines operating in competition with them.

§2. Repeal
   (a) The Randolph-Sheppard Act (Chapter 6A of title 20 [20 U.S.C. section 107 et seq.]) and the fourth sentence of section 111(b) of title 23 (concerning highway rest stop vending machines) are hereby repealed subject to the savings provisions of this section.
   (b) Contracts with legally blind licensees to operate vending facilities under the provisions of the Randolph Sheppard Act (including payments under section 7 of said act from competing vending machines) shall continue in force until the normal end of the contract. If said contract contains provisions allowing renewal of the contract on a periodic basis, then the government shall agree to any renewal it would have agreed to save for the passage of this act until two years after the date of passage of this act. If said contract allows termination at will, the government shall terminate the contract two years after the date of passage of this act.
   (c) Termination of contracts with legally blind licensees shall be handled in accordance with the provisions of section 3 of the Randolph Sheppard Act.

§3. Additional transition period
   (a) The government shall be able to enter into non-competitive contracts with existing licensees for the operation of their current vending facilities after the repeal of the Randolph Sheppard Act takes effect. Such contracts shall be on a non-subsidy basis, but may take into account the convienience of continuity of service, amortization of existing equipment of the licensee, and other relevant factors favoring the retention of existing licensees over other potential vendors that would not normally be considered under Title 41, Public Contracts.
   (b) No such contract under this section may be entered into that -
      (1) begins later than five years after the passage of this Act, or
      (2) ends later than eight years after the passage of this Act.



Food for Real Progress Act

§1. Findings
   (a) The Food for Progress Act of 1985 [7 U.S.C. 1736o] has the laudable stated goal of encouraging the introduction or expansion of free enterprise elements in the agricultural economies of developing democracies.
   (b) However, the primary assistance provided under said Act is the provision of agricultural commodities at below-market prices, thereby depressing the prices that agricultural producers in recipient countries can hope to receive for their produce.

§2. Repeal
   (a) The Food for Progress Act of 1985 is repealed, subject to subsection (b).
   (b) Assistance already pledged under the Act shall be given, provided such assistance is given no later than the end of the current fiscal year.



Guayule Privatization Act

§1. Findings
   (a) The guayule plant (Parthenium argentatum) is a shrub native to the Sonoran desert of Atlasia and Mexico that serves as an alternate source of natural rubber.
   (b) Despite considerable effort by the government to develop the plant as an alternative to latex rubber during World War II and afterwards, it remains costlier and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.
   (c) The current likelihood of a disruption of access to supplies of latex rubber sufficient to affect the economic well-being of Atlasia is essentially nil.
   (d) Because of its hypoallergenic properties, there is a small private market for guayule rubber that provides a basis for private development of this agricultural resources without a program of specialized government development.

§2. Repeals
   The Act of March 5, 1942, authorizing the government to run guayule plantations and the Critical Agricultural Materials Act, establishing the Joint Commission on Research and Development of Critical Agricultural Materials are repealed as of start of the first fiscal year beginning 90 days after the date of passage of this Act.

§3. Disposal of Property.
   The President is directed to dispose of the assets acquired or developed to further the purposes of the laws repealed in section 2 of this Act in accordance with chapter 5 of Title 40.

§4. Rule of Construction
    Nothing in this Act shall be construed to prohibit the funding of research into the cultivation of the guayule plant or into the economic exploitation of its products under other laws of the Republic of Atlasia of general import.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on January 08, 2007, 11:54:55 pm
I'm withdrawing the Comprehensive Free Trade Bill in light of unlikely Senate passage and introducing four new pieces of legislation.

Cuban Relations Bill

1. The Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act of 1996 is hereby repealed.
2. The Cuban Democracy Act of 1992 is hereby repealed.
3. Cuban refugees shall be granted political asylum in Atlasia, conforming with the standart rules of asylum.
4. Radio and TV Marti shall be shut down, and every law related to them shall be repealed.
5. Trade sanctions against Cuba shall be repealed, except in what concerns military goods; Atlasian citizens and companies shall be free to visit and establish business in Cuba as they see fit.
6. The Secretary of External Affairs shall move to the normalization of diplomatic relations with Cuba.



Conscription Amendment
Article VI is amended to include the following clause:
"No person shall be required to serve in defense of Atlasia involuntarily."



Anti-CARLHAYDEN Bill

Section 1: Current Status of Illegal Aliens
1. No hospital or place of medical care may deny treatment to a person based on their status as an alien or noncitizen.
2. Within two weeks after the passage of this act, employers paying below the minimum wage to illegal aliens shall be prosecuted as if they were paying below the minimum wage to legal workers.

Section 2: Amnesty
1. Any illegal alien who is not suspected of terrorism charges, or has been convicted of murder, rape, or high robbery, may apply for citizenship one month after the passage of this act.
2. No person shall be denied citizenship based on their status at any time in the past as an illegal alien.
3. No person who is an illegal alien upon the passage of this act may be considered for deportation solely because of their alien status, and all charges pertaining towards their status as an illegal alien will be dropped.



Right to Die Bill

Section 1: Application
1. This law shall apply only in federal territories and the District of Columbia.

Section 2: The Right to Die
1. The Right to a dignified death when blighted with a terminal illness and great suffering is hereby granted to all those mentally sane residents of the applicable areas as specified in Section 1.
2. If a person shall opt to invoke this Right, they may seek assistance from medical practitioners to grant them a dignified death.
3. In order to invoke this Right, the person must sign a notice containing their wishes and must have the same signed by a public notary.
4. This notice, along with the relevant certifications as specified by Section 4, must be lodged with the federal Courts of Law to have effect, and such notice shall take effect seven days after it is lodged with the Courts.
5. The method of assisting a person to a dignified death is left at the discretion of the person concerned after consultation with a medical practitioner, and may include a medical practitioner administering a lethal dose of a controlled substance to the person.

Section 3: Living Wills
1. All mentally sane residents of the Southeast shall have the right to provide instructions for the event that they are blighted with a terminal illness and incapacitated from communicating their wishes.
2. These may include instructions for the ending of their life through withdrawal of treatment or direct action.
3. In order to provide these instructions, a person must sign a notice stating such instructions, and must have the same signed by a public notary.
4. This notice must be lodged with the federal Courts of Law to have effect.
5. A living will may only be acted if authorization to is received from a federal Court of Law, which shall only issue such an order if they receive all certifications as specified in Section 4.

Section 4: Medical Determinations
1. A person shall be deemed to be blighted with a terminal illness if two certified medical practitioners certify the same in writing. At least one of these practitioners shall be a specialist in the field of medicine that relates to the illness suffered from by the person concerned.
2. A person shall be deemed to be in great suffering if two certified medical practitioners certify that in their medical judgement the person is in such distress that their quality of life is reduced and that there is no further medical assistance that can be given to substantially improve their quality of life.
3. A person shall be deemed to be mentally sane if a certified medical practitioner with specialism in psychiatry shall certify the same in writing.
4. A person shall be deemed to be incapacitated from communicating their wishes if three certified medical practitioners shall certify the same in writing.
5. None of those performing certification pursuant to this Section may benefit directly or indirectly from the death of the person concerned, except as may occur through the payment for provision of services.

Section 5: Prosecutions
1. No medical practitioner acting to assist the person to a dignified death shall be prosecutable unless they have in some way deviated from or ignored the procedures outlined in this statute.
2. If a medical practitioner shall deviate from the procedure in this statute, then they shall be liable to have their medical license revoked and may be subject to prosecution in the Courts, punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a fine of up to $100,000.
3. If a medical practitioner shall unduly encourage to invoke their rights as outlined in Section 2 or Section 3 and shall assist in executing these rights, or shall engage in direct action to hasten death without consent, then they shall be guilty of murder.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on January 28, 2007, 10:39:25 pm
Emergency Resolution Addressing the Pacific-Midwest Situation

Whereas, the Midwest has agreed to the transfer of New Mexico from the Pacific to its borders without anything in return;
Whereas, the Pacific unanimously voted against said transfer of New Mexico to the Midwest;
Whereas, the Midwest persists in seeking to obtain New Mexico by aiding rebellious insurgents who are attempting to nullify democratically passed Pacific laws;
Whereas, the Midwest declared its current governor to have been given an unlimited term dependent on specified circumstances in direct and clear violation of the constitution;
The Senate declares its support of the Pacific in addressing the rebel insurgents in New Mexico and its opposition to the Midwest's intimidation tactics.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Brandon H on January 31, 2007, 08:36:44 pm
Constitutional Amendment to Create a House of Representatives (part 1)


Amendment Section 1: Modification of Article 1 of the Constitution

Article 1 of the Constitution shall be re-written as follows:

Section 1: The Senate

All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the Republic of Atlasia, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

Section 2: The House of Representatives

   1. Each Region shall have a number of Representatives based on its population, but each Region shall have at least one Representative.
   2. The Method and Frequency of apportionment shall decided upon in the same manner as the proposition of a Bill.
   3. No Person shall be a Representative who has not attained a fifty or more posts, and is not a registered voter in the Region that they represent.
   4. A Representative shall serve for a term of two months, with no limit on the number of terms s/he may serve.
   5. The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.


Section 3: The Senate

   1. The Senate shall be composed of ten Senators, each with a term of four months. Five Senators shall be elected from Districts and Five Senators shall be elected from Regions
   2. No Person shall be a Senator who has not attained a hundred or more posts, and is not a registered voter in the District or Region that they represent.
   3. The Vice President of the Republic of Atlasia shall be the President of the Senate, but shall have no vote unless they be equally divided.
   4. The Senate shall choose their other officers, and also a President Pro Tempore, who shall act as President of the Senate in the absence of the Vice President.
   5. The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the Republic of Atlasia is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.
   6. Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office for a time period explicitly specified in the Articles of Impeachment.


Section 4: Regular Election to Congress

   1. The Senate shall be divided into two classes: Class A, which shall comprise the Senators elected from the Regions, and Class B, which shall comprise the Senators elected from the Districts.
   2. Elections for the Senate Seats in Class A shall be held in the months of February, June and October; Elections for the seats in Class B shall be held in the months of April, August and December. Election for House Seats shall be held at the same time as both the Class A and B Senate Seats.
   3. Elections shall take place on the weekend which includes the second Friday in the month of December and the weekend which includes the second to last Friday of all other months in which an election shall be scheduled.
   4. The voting booth administrator may open voting at a time when s/he is able but laws may be passed putting requirements on when the voting booth must be opened and when a noticed of such time must be posted. Once opened, voting will be allowed for exactly 72 hours.
   5. Congress shall have necessary power to determine regulations for the procedure of and the form of Congressional elections and shall have necessary power to determine a procedure for declaration of candidacy for such elections. All elections to Congress shall be by public post.
   6. Those elected in ordinary elections to Congress shall take office at noon Eastern Standard Time on the first Friday in the month after their election. Those elected in special elections to the Senate shall take office as soon as the result of their election has been formally declared.


Section 5: Filling a Vacancy to Congress

   1. If a vacancy shall occur in a Regional Senate seat, then the Region shall have the right to fill the seat in any manner it so chooses.
   2. If a vacancy shall occur in either a District Senate seat or a House seat and there are more than two weeks remaining in the term, an election shall be held over a weekend within ten days of the vacancy.
   3. If the electoral system changes, the system used to elect the the seat previously shall be used and the new system shall not go into effect into the next regular election.


Section 6: Congressional Rules and Legislation

   1. The Senate and the House of Representatives each may establish rules for its own proceedings, and with the concurrence of two-thirds of its number, expel a member.
   2. The Senate and the House of Representatives each shall have fulfilled a quorum if a majority of its members are capable of discharging their offices and sworn into office. A quorum of the members of the Senate or House of Representatives shall have voted on any Resolution, Bill, Impeachment or Constitutional Amendment for it to be considered valid.
   3. For any Bill or Resolution to pass the Senate or the House of Representatives, it shall have gained a majority in a valid vote. Before the Bill or Resolution becomes Law, it must be passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives and then be presented to the President of the Republic of Atlasia, unless it be concerning the rules for the proceedings of the Senate or the House of Representatives. If the President approves, he shall sign it, and it shall become Law. If the President does not approve, he shall return the Bill with his objections to Congress, and it shall not become Law. Upon reconsidering the Bill, if the Senate and House of Representatives each shall approve the legislation by two-thirds of its number, it shall become Law. If a Bill is not returned to Congress by the President within seven days after it shall have been presented to him, it shall become Law regardless.
   4. All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.
   5. All bills that draw money from the Treasury shall have those clauses which draw money from the Treasury subject to the Line Item Veto Power of the President. Once a bill drawing money from the Treasury shall pass both the Senate and the House of Representatives, it shall be presented to the President; If he does not approve of some of those clauses that draw money from the Treasury, he shall remove them from the bill via his Line Item Veto Power, and then shall sign the bill. In order for the revised bill to become Law it must be passed by the both the Senate and the House of Representatives. If the revised bill is not passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives, they shall return the original bill to him, and it shall be handled in the same way as a bill under Clause 3 of this Section. If either the Senate or the House of Representatives shall not approve of the revisions made by the President, they may override his Line Item Veto with the concurrence of two-thirds of its number of each, and the original bill shall become Law.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Brandon H on January 31, 2007, 08:37:49 pm
Constitutional Amendment to Create a House of Representatives (part 2)


Section 7: Powers of Congress

Congress shall have the power save where limited by other provisions in the Constitution-

   1. To lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the Regions of the Republic of Atlasia and the District of Columbia.
   2. To borrow money on the credit of the Republic of Atlasia and repay such debts.
   3. To regulate commerce with foreign nations.
   4. To provide an area of Freedom, Security and Justice without internal frontiers, and a single market where competition is free and undistorted.
   5. To establish uniform rules of Naturalization and Alienation, Marriage and Divorce, and Adoption and Emancipation of Minors throughout the Republic of Atlasia.
   6. To establish uniform laws on the subjects of Bankruptcies, Contracts, and Incorporation throughout the Republic of Atlasia.
   7. To provide for the Punishment of Fraud in a uniform manner throughout the Republic of Atlasia
   8. To establish coin and currency, which shall be the sole legal tender of the Republic of Atlasia, regulate the value thereof, with respect to other coin and currency.
   9. To fix standards of weights and measures and of such items of commerce as it deems needful throughout the Republic of Atlasia.
  10. To build or regulate the infrastructure needed for communication and transportation.
  11. To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right throughout the Republic of Atlasia to their respective Writings and Discoveries for limited Times which shall not be extended once secured.
  12. To promote Science and the useful Arts by sponsoring researches on diverse subjects.
  13. To promote the Public Health, by the conducting of researches, investigations, experiments, and demonstrations relating to the cause, diagnosis, and treatment of medical disorders and by assisting and fostering such research activities by public and private agencies.
  14. To protect the Public Health and commerce, by providing for the quarantine, vaccination, and treatment of individuals, animals and plants as needed to prevent the spread of contagious diseases.
  15. To promote the distribution of Knowledge of Science and useful Arts, by assisting and fostering persons seeking to be educated, to provide education, or to produce educational materials.
  16. To provide for the humanitarian relief of the distress caused by unpredictable events of natural or man-made origin.
  17. To provide for systems of Insurance and Annuity for Unemployment, Disability, and Retirement.
  18. To have sole power to declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning captures on land and water;
  19. To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations.
  20. To promote Comity between Nations by engaging in such activities with other Nations as are of mutual benefit.
  21. To provide for the common defense of the Republic of Atlasia.
  22. To raise and support armed forces and to make rules for the government and regulation of the armed forces of the Republic of Atlasia.
  23. To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions.
  24. To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the Republic of Atlasia, reserving to the Regions respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by the Senate.
  25. To exercise exclusive legislation, in all cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding twelve nautical miles square) as may, by cession of particular Regions, and the acceptance of the Senate, become the seat of the government of the Republic of Atlasia, and to be known as the District of Columbia.
  26. To exercise exclusive legislation, in all cases whatsoever, over all places purchased by the consent of the legislature of the Region in which the same shall be, for the provision of military facilities, courthouses, and other needful buildings.
  27. To exercise exclusive legislation, in all cases whatsoever, over such Territory as may be under the jurisdiction of the Republic of Atlasia, but are not part of any Region.
  28. To create the Executive Departments as it may deem necessary and to assign duties to their officers.
  29. To Suspend the Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus, and to make provision for its Suspension by the executive when the Senate is not in session, but the Privilege shall be Suspended only when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.
  30. And to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the powers enumerated in this section, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the Republic of Atlasia, or in any department or officer thereof.


Section 8: Powers denied to Congress

   1. No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.
   2. No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall vary depending upon the Region of which the Person it be laid against shall live.
   3. No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any Region.
   4. No Preference shall be given by any Regulation of Commerce or Revenue to the Ports of one Region over those of another: nor shall Vessels bound to, or from, one Region, be obliged to enter, clear, or pay Duties in another.
   5. No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.
   6. No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the Republic of Atlasia: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Senate, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.
   7. No Law requiring any action to be taken or to be not taken by a Region shall be passed, except to preserve the rights of the Senate or of the People enumerated under the Constitution.


Section 9: Powers denied to the Regions

   1. No Region shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation, save that with the Consent of Congress they may enter into Agreements or Compacts with other Regions for purposes of handling Specific Issues which affect more than one Region but which do not affect the Republic of Atlasia as a Whole.
   2. No Region may issue Coin or Currency or make any Coin or Currency other than that of the Republic of Atlasia a legal tender.
   3. No Region may pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts
   4. No Region may grant any Title of Nobility.
   5. No Region shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing its inspection Laws: and the net Produce of all Duties, laid by any Region on Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury of the Republic of Atlasia; and all such Laws shall be subject to the Control of the Senate.
   6. No Region shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage.
   7. No Region shall, without the Consent of Congress, maintain Armed Forces in time of Peace.
   8. No Region shall, without the Consent of Congress, enter into any Agreement or Compact with a foreign Power.


Section 10: Budget

   1. Congress shall be responsible for drafting and approving a Budget at the opening of each Congressional session after a Presidential election has been held, with the Preliminary Budget for the fiscal year being drafted and approved in March of the respective year, a Revision of the Budget being drafted and approved in July and the Final Version of the Budget being drafted and approved in November of the respective year.
   2. The GM must provide Congress with comprehensive economic figures (such as GDP estimates, estimates of tax revenue, or needed additional appropriations, etc.) at the above-specified times of drafting and approving each and every budget.
   3. This yearly Budgetary work will comprise an entire Fiscal Year in Atlasia. A Fiscal Year in Atlasia will comprise of one calendar year (12 months).
   4. All Congressional legislation passed in the four (4) months preceding an approval of the Revision or Final Version of the Budget must be included in the Budget of that same Fiscal Year. Any Congressional legislation passed after the Final Version of the Budget has been approved must be included in the Budget for the upcoming Fiscal Year.
   5. Each and every Budget must be approved by a majority vote of both houses of Congress. Only the Final Version of the Budget must be approved and signed into law by the President.
   6. After the Final Version of the Budget is approved by Congress and the President and signed into law, Congress shall appropriate money raised by the Budget as it deems appropriate.


Amendment Section 2: Conditions for Changes to take affect

In addition to Ratification by the regions, before this amendment shall go into affect, the Senate shall pass the following legislation:

   1. Legislation to define the method and frequency of apportionment that determines the number of seats each region shall have in the House of Representatives in accordance with Section 2, Clause 2.
   2. Legislation to define the time and other requirements for congressional elections in accordance with Section 4, Clause 4.
   3. Legislation to define the method of election for the members of the House of Representatives in accordance with Section 4, Clause 5.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on February 19, 2007, 08:05:54 am
OSPR Amendment (Absent Senators) Resolution
That the following be added to the OSPR as 'Article 10: Absent Senators':

1. Where a Senator fails or neglects to post on any matter of Senate business for a period of not less than 14 days, said Senator shall be considered 'absent'.
2. During such time as a Senator is considered 'absent', he shall not be considered to add to the quorum of the Senate, until such time as he once more posts on a matter of Senate business.



OSPR Amendment (Absence of PPT) Resolution
1. That in Article 2, Section 2, Clause 1b of the OSPR, the terms "seven (7)" be amended to read "three (3)".
2. That in Article 2, Section 3, Clause 1 (ii) of the OSPR, the term "five" shall be amended to read "three".
3. That in Article 2, Section 3, Clause 1 (iii) of the OSPR, the term "five" shall be amended to read "three".


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: True Federalist on February 20, 2007, 12:51:51 pm
Two more bills from the desk of Senator Ernest

Imitation Butter and Cheese Regulation Act

§1. Findings
   (a) The regulation of the sale of imitation butter and cheese has been subject to State regulation under the Act of May 9, 1902, even when such product is part of interstate commerce.
   (b) Improvements in the refrigeration, transportation, and federal regulatory processes since the passage of the Act of May 9, 1902, make national regulation of these products feasible.
   (c) The Constitutional mandate for the Senate to provide "a single market where competition is free and undistorted" would be better served by national standards on these products, rather than those of each Region or State.

§2. National Standards
   (a) The Secretary of Health and Human Services is directed to develop in the usual manner regulations setting standards for imitation butter and cheese under the authority granted by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
   (b) Such standards shall as far as practicable be designed so that under the standards set by the States under the authority of the Act of May 9, 1902 -
      (1) any product which meets all such standards shall meet the new national standard, and
      (2) no product which does not meet at least one such standard shall meet the new national standard.

§3. Repeal and transition
   (a) Section 1 of the Act of May 9, 1902, granting the States authority to regulate the sale of imitation butter and cheese, even when said product is produced in another State, is repealed as of the date the regulations called for in section 2 of this Act enter into force.
   (b) The regulations developed under section 2 of this Act may incorporate provisions with effect in only one or more States so as to facilitate the transition from State to national regulation of commerce in imitation butter and cheese.  Such provisions may only remain in effect a maximum of two years after the date the regulations called for in section 2 of this Act enter into force.



Immigration Reform Act of 2007

(In next post or two due to length.)


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: True Federalist on February 20, 2007, 12:56:48 pm
Immigration Reform Act of 2007

§1. Changes in the number of immigrants subject to direct numerical limitations
   (a) Family-sponsored immigrants
      (1) The number "480,000" in section 201(c)(1)(A)(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1151(c)(1)(A)(i)] shall be substituted by -
         (A) "500,000" for fiscal year 2008;
         (B) "550,000" for fiscal year 2009;
         (C) "600,000" for fiscal year 2010; and
         (D) "1/500 of the population of Atlasia, as established by the last completed decennial census" for fiscal year 2011 and thereafter.
      (2) The number "226,000" in sections 201(c)(1)(B)(ii) and 203(a)(2) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1151(c)(1)(B)(ii), 1153(a)(2)] shall be substituted by -
         (A) "250,000" for fiscal year 2008;
         (B) "275,000" for fiscal year 2009;
         (C) "300,000" for fiscal year 2010; and
         (D) "1/1000 of the population of Atlasia, as established by the last completed decennial census" for fiscal year 2011 and thereafter.
      (3) The number "23,400" in paragraphs (1) and (3) of section 203(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1153(a)(1),(3)] shall be substituted by -
         (A) "25,000" for fiscal year 2008;
         (B) "27,500" for fiscal year 2009;
         (C) "30,000" for fiscal year 2010; and
         (D) "1/10,000 of the population of Atlasia, as established by the last completed decennial census" for fiscal year 2011 and thereafter.
      (4) The number "114,200" in section 203(a)(2) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1153(a)(2)] shall be substituted by -
         (A) "125,000" for fiscal year 2008;
         (B) "137,500" for fiscal year 2009;
         (C) "150,000" for fiscal year 2010; and
         (D) "1/2000 of the population of Atlasia, as established by the last completed decennial census" for fiscal year 2011 and thereafter.
      (5) The number "65,000" in section 203(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1153(a)(4)] shall be substituted by -
         (A) "75,000" for fiscal year 2008;
         (B) "82,500" for fiscal year 2009;
         (C) "90,000" for fiscal year 2010; and
         (D) "3/10,000 of the population of Atlasia, as established by the last completed decennial census" for fiscal year 2011 and thereafter.
   (b) Employment-based immigrants
   The number "140,000" in section 201(d)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1151(d)(1)] shall be substituted by -
         (A) "160,000" for fiscal year 2008;
         (B) "180,000" for fiscal year 2009;
         (C) "200,000" for fiscal year 2010; and
         (D) "1/1500 of the population of Atlasia, as established by the last completed decennial census" for fiscal year 2011 and thereafter.
   (c) Diversity immigrants
   The number "55,000" in section 201(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1151(e)] shall be substituted by -
         (A) "57,000" for fiscal year 2008;
         (B) "58,500" for fiscal year 2009;
         (C) "60,000" for fiscal year 2010; and
         (D) "1/5000 of the population of Atlasia, as established by the last completed decennial census," for fiscal year 2011 and thereafter.
   (d) Cancellation of removal; adjustment of status
   The number "4,000" in section 240A(e)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1229b(e)(1)] shall be substituted by -
         (A) "4,800" for fiscal year 2008;
         (B) "5,400" for fiscal year 2009;
         (C) "6,000" for fiscal year 2010; and
         (D) "1/50,000 of the population of Atlasia, as established by the last completed decennial census," for fiscal year 2011 and thereafter.
   (e) Adjustment of status for victims of trafficking
   The number "5,000" in section 245(l)(4)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1255(l)(4)(A)] shall be substituted by -
         (A) "5,400" for fiscal year 2008;
         (B) "5,700" for fiscal year 2009;
         (C) "6,000" for fiscal year 2010; and
         (D) "1/50,000 of the population of Atlasia, as established by the last completed decennial census," for fiscal year 2011 and thereafter.

§2. Changes in the number of nonimmigrants subject to direct numerical limitations
   Effective beginning fiscal year 2011, section 214(g)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1184(g)(1)] shall be amended to read as follows:
      "(1) The total number of aliens who may be issued visas or otherwise provided nonimmigrant status during any fiscal year -
         "(A) under subparagraph (H)(i)(b) [8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b)] of section 101(a)(15) of the Immigration and Nationality Act may not exceed 1/4000 of the population of Atlasia, as established by the last completed decennial census; or
         "(B) under subparagraph (H)(ii)(b) [8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(b)] of section 101(a)(15) of the Immigration and Nationality Act may not exceed 1/4000 of the population of Atlasia, as established by the last completed decennial census."

§2, Clarification of whether certain territories to be considered as a separate foreign state or dependent area
   (a) Separate foreign states
   Notwithstanding any other law, the following shall be considered separate foreign states for the purposes of a numerical level established under subsection (a)(2) of section 202 of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1152(a)(2)]:
      (1) the constituent countries of the United Kingdom,
      (2) New Caledonia,
      (3) the Republic of China,
      (4) the special administrative regions of the People's Republic of China,
      (5) Kosova, and
      (6) Palestine.
   (b) Dependant areas
   Notwithstanding any other law, the following shall be considered dependant areas for the purposes of a numerical level established under subsection (a)(2) of section 202 of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1152(a)(2)]:
      (1) Åland,
      (2) the autonomous regions of the People's Republic of China,
      (3) the autonomous countries of Denmark,
      (4) the départements d'outre-mer of the French Republic,
      (5) the autonomous countries of the Netherlands
      (6) the crown dependencies of the United Kingdom and
      (7) the Duchy of Cornwall.
   (c) Construction
   The designation of an area as a separate foreign state or as a dependent area under either this section or subsection (a)(2) of section 202 of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1152(a)(2)] shall not be construed as formal recognition of the level of sovereignity of a territory nor for any other purpose unrelated to determining the numbers of immigrants admitted from certain territories.
   (d) Repeal of superseded law
   Section 103 of Pub. L. 101-649 (relating to Hong Kong) and section 714 of Pub. L. 97-113 (relating to Taiwan) are repealed as superseded by this section, and any reference to said sections in any law, regulation, or rule shall be deemed to be a reference to the corresponding provisions of this section.

§3. Ending of special immigration status for certain Amerasian children
   (a) Repeal
   Section 204(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1154(f)] granting special immigration status for Amerasian children born prior to October 22, 1982 shall be repealed as of October 22, 2007.
   (b) Savings
   No person admitted as an immigrant under the provision repealed in subsection (a) shall have that status adversely affected as a result of such repeal.

§4. Ending of bar to the admission of practicing polygamists
   (a) Repeal
   Section 212(a)(10)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(10)(A)] barring the admission of practicing polygamists shall be repealed as of fiscal year 2008.
   (b) Construction
   This section shall not be construed as legal recognition of a polygamous relationship by the Republic of Atlasia or any of its subdivisions.  This section shall not be construed as invalidating any criminal or civil penalty for polygamy under the laws of the Republic of Atlasia or any of its subdivisions.  This section shall not be construed as allowing more than one spouse entry for the purpose of accompanying an alien allowed admission where existing law allows for entry of a single such spouse. 
   
§5. Ending of special non-visa admission to Guam
   (a) Repeal
   Section 212(l) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1182(l)] providing for the admission of certain aliens to Guam for a period of no more than 15 days shall be repealed as of fiscal year 2009.
   (b) Conforming repeals
   The following portions of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.] shall be repealed as of fiscal year 2009.
      (1) Section 212(a)(7)(B)(iii) [8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(7)(B)(iii)],
      (2) The second sentence of section 214(a)(1) [8 U.S.C. 1184(a)(1)], and
      (3) The words "section 212(l) of this Act or" in sections 245(c)(4) and 248(4) [8 U.S.C. 1255(c)(4), 1258(4)].
   (c) Transition
   A person admitted under section 212(l) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1182(l)] during the last 15 days of fiscal year 2008 shall be able remain in Guam for a full 15 days not withstanding the repeals under subsections (a) and (b) of this section under the conditions that would pertain if said repeals had not been enacted.

(continued)


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: True Federalist on February 20, 2007, 12:59:50 pm
Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (post 2 of 3)

§6. H-2A Program improvements
   (a) Barring land transfer to avoid penalty for violations
   To prevent efforts to avoid penalties for violations of the temporary agricultural worker (H-2A) program by transferring control of land where violations occur to another employer, the following shall be added as paragraph (5) to section 218(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1188(b)]
      "(5)(A) The employer has agricultural control of land, except as provided in subparagraph (C), where a violation of a material term or condition of the labor certification with respect to the employment of domestic or nonimmigrant workers has occurred within the two previous years, regardless of whether such land was under the agricultural control of the employer at the time of the violation.
         "(B) In this paragraph “agricultural control” means being either the lessor of the land with the right to make agricultural use of the land, or the owner of such land who has not leased such right to another party.
         "(C) This paragraph shall not apply to the owner of land described in subparagraph (A) if the violation was made by a lessor with agricultural control at the time of the violation, and the owner agrees to make no agricultural use of said land until two years after the violation occurred."
   (b) Repeal of biennial H-2A Program reports
   Section 403 of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 [8 U.S.C. 1188 note] requiring biennial reports by the President to the legislative branch on the temporary agricultural worker (H-2A) program shall be repealed after the presentation of the next scheduled report.

§7. Increase in penalty for violation of regulations of ports of entry for aliens arriving by aircraft
   Section 234 of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1224] providing for the designation of ports of entry for aliens arriving by aircraft is amended by substituting "$5,000" for "$2,000" in each place that it occurs.

§8. Removal of prohibition against importation of aliens for prostitution or other immoral purposes
   (a) Repeal
   Section 278 of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1328] banning the importation of aliens for prostitution or other immoral purposes is repealed as of the end of the current fiscal year.
   (b) Construction
      (1) This section shall not be construed as permitting the entry of aliens for such purposes in such areas where they are illegal.
      (2) This section shall not be construed as permitting the entry of aliens barred from entry because of a previous violation of such repealed law.
      (3) This section shall not be construed as barring the prohibition of the importation of such alien for such purposes, if such prohibition can be based on any other section of law.

§9. Abolition of the Immigration Enforcement Account
   (a) Repeal
   Section 280(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1330(b)] providing for an Immigration Enforcement Account is repealed as of the end of the current fiscal year.
   (b) Disposition of funds
      (1) Penalties that would have gone into the Immigration Enforcement Account  in a any succeeding fiscal year shall either be disbursed according to other law that would be operative in the absence of said section 280(b), or if there be no such law, into the treasury as general receipts.
      (2) All funds in the Immigration Enforcement Account as of the end of the current fiscal year shall be covered into the treasury as general receipts.

§10. Harmonization of work hours and rates of overtime pay for immigration officials with other Federal employees.
   (a) Repeal
   The Act of Mar. 2, 1931 (46 Stat. 1467 [8 U.S.C. 1353a, 1353b]) shall be repealed effective as of the first pay period of fiscal year 2008.
   (b) Conforming repeals
      (1) The Act of Aug. 22, 1940 (54 Stat. 858 [8 U.S.C. 1353d]) shall be repealed effective as of the first pay period of fiscal year 2008.
      (2) Section 5549(2) of Title 5, United States Code shall be repealed effective as of the first pay period of fiscal year 2008.
   (c) Adjustment of pay grade
   The President is authorized, consistent with the guidelines of section 5104 of Title 5, United States Code, to adjust, effective as of the first pay period of fiscal year 2008, the pay grades of positions affected by this section so as to minimize the difference in overall pay caused by the switch in the method of calculating overtime pay and hours resulting from this section.

§11. Passenger inspection fees
   (a) Increases
      (1) The figure "$7" in section 286(d) of Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1356(d)] shall be replaced by -
         (A) "$8" for fiscal year 2008,
         (B) "$9" for fiscal year 2009, and
         (C) "$10" for fiscal year 2010 and thereafter.
      (1) The figure "$3" in section 286(e)(3) of Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1356(e)(3)] shall be replaced by -
         (A) "$3.50" for fiscal year 2008,
         (B) "$4" for fiscal year 2009,
         (C) "$4.50" for fiscal year 2010, and
         (D) "$5" for fiscal year 2011 and thereafter.
   (b) Ending of accounting gimmick for fees collected during fourth fiscal quarter
   The following text is struck from section 286(f)(3) of Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1356(f)(3)]: ", except the fourth quarter payment for fees collected from airline passengers shall be made on the date that is ten days before the end of the fiscal year, and the first quarter payment shall include any collections made in the preceding quarter that were not remitted with the previous payment" effective as of the beginning the first fourth fiscal quarter begun after the date of enactment of this Act.

§12. Metrification of distances in the Immigration and Nationality Act and related legislation
   (a) Section 258(d)(3)
   In section 258(d)(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1288(d)(3)] -
      (1) the distance "5 miles" in subparagraph (A)(iii)(IV) shall be replaced by "10 kilometers", and
      (2) the distance "7 1/2 miles" in subparagraph (B) shall be replaced by "15 kilometers".
   (b) Section 287(a)(3)
   In section 287(a)(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1357(a(3)] the distance "twenty-five miles" shall be replaced by "50 kilometers".
   (c) Title 10
   In section 374(b)(2)(B) of Title 10, United States Code, the distance "25 miles" shall be replaced by "50 kilometers".
   (c) Effective date
   This section shall be effective as of 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act.

§13. Repeal of reimbursement for costs of incarcerating illegal aliens and certain Cuban nationals
   Sections 501 and 13 of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 [8 U.S.C. 1365, 1522(f)] shall be repealed effective as of fiscal year 2009.

§14. Change in frequency of reports of detention space in alien detention facilities
   Reports required under section 386 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, as amended, [8 U.S.C. 1368] shall effective September 30, 2008 be required on an annual basis instead of a semi-annual basis.  Such reports shall be due no later than June 30 of each year.

§15. Clarifying the status of children born to illegal immigrants
   (a) Subject to the jurisdiction of Atlasia
   The following shall be added as section 309A of Title III of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1410]:
   "§ 309A. Subject to the jurisdiction of Atlasia
      "(a) Definition - On or after January 1, 2008, for purposes of this title, a person shall be considered to be “subject to the jurisdiction of Atlasia”, only if such person is born of parents at least one of whom is a citizen of Atlasia, a national of Atlasia, or an immigrant alien of Atlasia.
      "(b) Savings - This section shall not affect the nationality status of any person born prior to January 1, 2008."
   (b) Status as nationals, but not citizens
      (1) In general
      The following shall be added as paragraph (5) of section 308 of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1408]:
      "(5) A person born inside Atlasia and its outlying possessions of parents residing inside Atlasia and its outlying possessions, but none of whom is subject to the jurisdiction of Atlasia: Provided, that a parent who is a nonimmigrant alien with a valid nonimmigrant visa at the time of birth shall not be considered under this paragraph to be residing inside Atlasia and its outlying possessions."
      (2) Conforming amendments
         (A) Section 308(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1408(3)] shall be amended by replacing "; and" at the end with ";".
         (A) Section 308(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1408(4)] shall be amended by replacing "." at the end with "; and".
   (c) Effective date
   This section shall be effective as of January 1, 2008.

§16. Repeal of exemption from from naturalization fees for aliens naturalized through certain military service
   (a) Repeal
   Effective beginning fiscal year 2008, section 3 of Pub. L. 90-633 [8 U.S.C. 1440e] shall be repealed.
   (b) Savings
   This section shall not be construed as to require payment of previously exempt fees of persons naturalized prior to fiscal year 2008.
 


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: True Federalist on February 20, 2007, 01:08:09 pm
Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (post 3 of 3)
 
§17. Repeal of refugee-specific education assistance
   The Refugee Education Assistance Act of 1980 (Pub. L. 96-422, Oct. 10, 1980, 94 Stat. 1799 [8 U.S.C. 1522 note] shall be repealed effective beginning fiscal year 2009.

§18. Repeal of Federal restriction on local residency educational benefits
   (a) Repeal
   Effective beginning July 1, 2008, Section 505 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 [8 U.S.C. 1623] shall be repealed.
   (b) Savings
   Local governments may, if they so desire, continue to condition the provision of higher education benefits available only to residents of that local government on the beneficiary being a citizen or national of Atlasia, or an alien lawfully present in Atlasia on or after July 1, 2008.
   (c) Construction
   This section shall not be construed as requiring a local government to provide such benefits to aliens not lawfully present in Atlasia unless such government has explicitly provided such benefits before, on, or after the date of enactment of this Act.

§19. Unlawful employment of aliens reform
   Except that any reference to a specific year or date not determined in relation to the date of enactment shall be instead treated as a reference to a year or date one year later than the one currently in such text, Title III (Unlawful Employment of Aliens) of S.2611 (109th Congress), as engrossed by the U.S. Senate, shall be enacted as law.



Since what is now section 19 of this bill failed earlier as a separate Act because people objected to handling that aspect of the immigration issue by itself, I've added it to this bill, which despite what some might think, was already written up separately.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Gabu on February 20, 2007, 01:56:20 pm
Immigration Reform Act of 2007

Okay, if the Senate unanimously passes this as it has done in the past, I think I just might prepare a pop quiz on what it actually does, because I'm almost 100% sure that no one is going to read any of this. :P


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Freedom Has Triumphed on February 22, 2007, 11:19:27 pm
Establishment of Opebo Day Act

1. The sixth of October is hereby designated "Opebo Day", a federal holiday.
2. All federal institutions are to be closed on this day.
3. This is in honor of Opebo's infamous "Max Hardcore" quote which was originally issued on that date in the year of 2005.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Sam Spade on February 23, 2007, 12:13:58 am
Establishment of Opebo Day Act

1. The sixth of October is hereby designated "Opebo Day", a federal holiday.
2. All federal institutions are to be closed on this day.
3. This is in honor of Opebo's infamous "Max Hardcore" quote which was originally issued on that date in the year of 2005.

If this passes, I will proudly be using my powers of regional nullification against this one.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: 12th Doctor on February 23, 2007, 12:47:25 am
Establishment of Opebo Day Act

1. The sixth of October is hereby designated "Opebo Day", a federal holiday.
2. All federal institutions are to be closed on this day.
3. This is in honor of Opebo's infamous "Max Hardcore" quote which was originally issued on that date in the year of 2005.

If this passes, I will proudly be using my powers of regional nullification against this one.

Once again... I'm a little in the dark... "regional nullification"?


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Gabu on February 23, 2007, 12:55:44 am
Establishment of Opebo Day Act

1. The sixth of October is hereby designated "Opebo Day", a federal holiday.
2. All federal institutions are to be closed on this day.
3. This is in honor of Opebo's infamous "Max Hardcore" quote which was originally issued on that date in the year of 2005.

If this passes, I will proudly be using my powers of regional nullification against this one.

Once again... I'm a little in the dark... "regional nullification"?

Where a region, usually by order of the governor, goes "F**K THE POLICE, I AIN'T FOLLOWIN NO RULES" and decides that a federal law does not apply to them.

Technically it's illegal, but the Southeastern region tends not to care.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on February 23, 2007, 01:01:33 am
Please, please post comments on legislation in the Senate Protest & Analysis thread.  This thread is only for introducing legislation.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: 12th Doctor on February 23, 2007, 01:35:11 am
Establishment of Opebo Day Act

1. The sixth of October is hereby designated "Opebo Day", a federal holiday.
2. All federal institutions are to be closed on this day.
3. This is in honor of Opebo's infamous "Max Hardcore" quote which was originally issued on that date in the year of 2005.

If this passes, I will proudly be using my powers of regional nullification against this one.

Once again... I'm a little in the dark... "regional nullification"?

Where a region, usually by order of the governor, goes "F**K THE POLICE, I AIN'T FOLLOWIN NO RULES" and decides that a federal law does not apply to them.

Technically it's illegal, but the Southeastern region tends not to care.

I see... so basically the same problem that has been going on since forever... I was just worried that you guys had acctually constitutionalized it.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Brandon H on March 02, 2007, 11:27:01 pm
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

      This Act may be cited as the 'Atlasian Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2007'.

SEC. 2. REPEAL OF UNITED NATIONS PARTICIPATION ACT.

      (a) Repeal- The United Nations Participation Act of 1945 (Public Law 79-264; 22 U.S.C. 287 (http://www.law.cornell.edu/usc-cgi/newurl?type=titlesect&title=22&section=287) et seq.) is repealed.

      (b) Termination of Participation in United Nations- The President shall terminate all participation by Atlasia in the United Nations, and any organ, specialized agency, commission, or other formally affiliated body of the United Nations.

      (c) Closure of Atlasia Mission to United Nations- Atlasia Mission to the United Nations is closed. Any remaining functions of such office shall not be carried out.

SEC. 3. REPEAL OF UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS AGREEMENT ACT.

      (a) Repeal- The United Nations Headquarters Agreement Act (Public Law 80-357 (http://www.un.int/usa/host_hqs.htm)) is repealed.

      (b) Withdrawal- Atlasia withdraws from the agreement between Atlasia and the United Nations regarding the headquarters of the United Nations (signed at Lake Success, New York, on June 26, 1947, which was brought into effect by the United Nations Headquarters Agreement Act).

SEC. 4. ATLASIAN ASSESSED AND VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE UNITED NATIONS.

      (a) Termination- No funds are authorized to be appropriated or otherwise made available for assessed or voluntary contributions of Atlasia to the United Nations or any organ, specialized agency, commission or other formally affiliated body thereof, except that funds may be appropriated to facilitate withdrawal of Atlasian personnel and equipment. Upon termination of Atlasia membership, no payments shall be made to the United Nations or any organ, specialized agency, commission or other formally affiliated body thereof, out of any funds appropriated prior to such termination or out of any other funds available for such purposes.

      (b) Application- The provisions of this section shall apply to all agencies of the United Nations, including independent or voluntary agencies.

SEC. 5. UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS.

      (a) Termination- No funds are authorized to be appropriated or otherwise made available for any Atlasian contribution to any United Nations military operation.

      (b) Terminations of Atlasia Participation in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations- No funds may be obligated or expended to support the participation of any member of the Armed Forces of Atlasia as part of any United Nations military or peacekeeping operation or force. No member of the Armed Forces of Atlasia may serve under the command of the United Nations.

SEC. 6. WITHDRAWAL OF UNITED NATIONS PRESENCE IN FACILITIES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF ATLASIAN AND REPEAL OF DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY.

      (a) Withdrawal From Atlasian Government Property- The United Nations (including any affiliated agency of the United Nations) shall not occupy or use any property or facility of Atlasia Government.

      (b) Diplomatic Immunity- No officer or employee of the United Nations or any representative, officer, or employee of any mission to the United Nations of any foreign government shall be entitled to enjoy the privileges and immunities of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of April 18, 1961, nor may any such privileges and immunities be extended to any such individual. The privileges, exemptions and immunities provided for in the International Organizations Immunities Act of December 29, 1945 (59 Stat. 669; 22 U.S.C. 288 (http://www.law.cornell.edu/usc-cgi/newurl?type=titlesect&title=22&section=288), 288a-f), or in any agreement or treaty to which Atlasia is a party, including the agreement entitled `Agreement Between the United Nations and Atlasia Regarding the Headquarters of the United Nations', signed June 26, 1947 (22 U.S.C. 287 (http://www.law.cornell.edu/usc-cgi/newurl?type=titlesect&title=22&section=287)), and the Convention on Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, entered into force with respect to Atlasia on April 29, 1970 (21 UST 1418; TIAS 6900; UNTS 16), shall not apply to the United Nations or any organ, specialized agency, commission or other formally affiliated body thereof, to the officers and employees of the United Nations, or any organ, specialized agency, commission or other formally affiliated body thereof, or to the families, suites or servants of such officers or employees.

SEC. 7. REPEAL OF UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC, AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION ACT.

      The joint resolution entitled `A joint resolution providing for membership and participation by Atlasia in the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, and authorizing an appropriation therefor' approved July 30, 1946 (Public Law 79-565, 22 U.S.C. 287 (http://www.law.cornell.edu/usc-cgi/newurl?type=titlesect&title=22&section=287)m-287t), is repealed.

SEC. 8. REPEAL OF UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM PARTICIPATION ACT OF 1973.

      The United Nations Environment Program Participation Act of 1973 (22 U.S.C. 287 (http://www.law.cornell.edu/usc-cgi/newurl?type=titlesect&title=22&section=287) note) is repealed.

SEC. 9. REPEAL OF ATLASIAN PARTICIPATION IN THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION.

      The joint resolution entitled `Joint Resolution providing for membership and participation by Atlasia in the World Health Organization and authorizing an appropriation therefor,' approved June 14, 1948 (22 U.S.C. 290 (http://www.law.cornell.edu/usc-cgi/newurl?type=titlesect&title=22&section=290), 290a-e-1) is repealed.

SEC. 10. REPEAL OF INVOLVEMENT IN UNITED NATIONS CONVENTIONS AND AGREEMENTS.

      As of the date of the enactment of this Act, Atlasia will end any and all participation in any and all conventions and agreements with the United Nations and any organ, specialized agency, commission, or other formally affiliated body of the United Nations. Any remaining functions of such conventions and agreements shall not be carried out.

SEC. 11. REEMPLOYMENT WITH ATLASIAN GOVERNMENT AFTER SERVICE WITH AN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION.

      Nothing in this Act shall be construed to affect the rights of employees under subchapter IV of chapter 35 of title 5, United States Code (http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/uscode05/usc_sup_01_5_10_III_20_B_30_35_40_IV.html), relating to reemployment after service with an international organization.

SEC. 12. NOTIFICATION.

      Effective on the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State External Affairs shall notify the United Nations and any organ, specialized agency, commission, or other formally affiliated body of the United Nations of the provisions of this Act.

SEC. 13. EFFECTIVE DATE.

      Except as otherwise provided, this Act and the amendments made by this Act shall take effect 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on March 12, 2007, 06:04:21 am
Senate Resolution of Expulsion (Gully Foyle)

Whereas,
1. Article 1, Section 3, Clause 1 of the Constitution gives the right to the Senate to expel one it's member;
2. The Senator for District 1 has not involved himself in Senate proceedings since 6 February 2007, but has continued forum activity outside Atlasia;
3. The citizens of District 1 deserve equal representation;

It is hereby resolved that:
1. Senator Gully Foyle be expelled from the Senate;
2. The PPT shall give notice of this expulsion to the Secretary of Forum Affairs such that an election may be held to fill the seat with due haste.



I would ask that this matter be brought to the floor for consideration and vote as soon as possible.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Brandon H on March 16, 2007, 07:02:46 pm
Requirements for a Political Party Act
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Findings

There are 18 Political Parties (including Independent) and 71 citizens in Atlasia, which would average roughly 4 members per party. Many of the current parties have had minimal activity. This legislation shall attempt to make political parties act like a party.

Designations

A party shall have one of the following designations:
  • 1. New - A party shall be designated as "New" upon the time that the first person registers as a member of that party. It shall keep this designation until it meets the requirements for an "Organized" Party or until 60 days or a Presidential Election pass in which it shall become a "Unorganized" Party.
  • 2. Organized - A party shall be designated as "Organized" as long as it continues to meet the requirements stated in the Requirements section of this Act.
  • 3. Unorganized - A "New" Party that fails to meet the requirements of an "Organized" Party after 60 days of its formation or by the following Presidential Election, whichever comes later, shall be designated as an "Unorganized" Party.
  • 4. Disorganized - A party that was "Organized" but failed to meet to requirements to remain an "Organized" Party shall be designated as a "Disorganized" Party.
  • 5. Comedic - A party may designate itself a "Comedic" or Joke party in which the party has no serious political agenda. (Examples include the Atlasian Monster Raving Loony Party, Birthday Party, and King's Joke Parties.)
  • 6. Dissolved - If a party is Unorganized or Disorganized for an entire Presidential Election Cycle, it shall be "Dissolved" and its members shall be declared Independent.
  • 7. Major and Minor - An Organized Political Party with at least two members up to 5% of the total population of Atlasia is a Minor Organized Political Party while one with greater than 5% is a Major Organized Political Party.

Requirements

In order to be an Organized Party, a party must have:
  • 1. an ideological summary (such as Neo-Conservatism, Paleo-Libertarianism, Social Liberalism, Socialism, Hawkish Foreign Policy, Nationalism, Federalism).
  • 2. produce a platform (as defined by Section 3 of the Miscellany Act).
  • 3. a chairperson. (A party is free to have other officers as it so chooses.)
  • 4. a convention between every Presidential Election.
  • 5. more than one member.

Mergers

If two parties merge, than the new party shall have the designation of the party that was higher (New - Unorganized - Disorganized - Organized). It shall have 60 days to re-meet the Requirements.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: The Man From G.O.P. on April 02, 2007, 11:14:06 pm
ANTI EMO ACT

-An act, that if approved by the Atlasian Senate would outlaw all forms and associations of the followings of all groups relating to "emo" (emotional) followings.

1. This ban includes "emo" dress (including but not limited to very tight girl pants), music, and attitude, also including physical appearance including but not limited to wrist scars and scratch marks, black painted nails, and long comb-over style hair that unnaturally covers one eye.

2. This ban also includes law that the above mentioned aspects will also be enfoced upon all "goth" and "anarchy" followers as well, including all similar followings and offshoots.


I'd like this bill to be tabled by Calendars or the President of the Senate, and make it open to debate, amendment, and voting. (or whatever the normal procedure is if you please)


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on April 07, 2007, 03:55:15 am
Legalization of Prostitution Bill

Section 1: Applicability
1. This law shall only apply in the District of Columbia and in federal territories which do not form part of any Region.

Section 2: Findings
1. The criminalization of consensual sex in which money is paid for participation in the sex act is a violation of civil liberties.
2. The regulation of legalized brothels will allow for an increase in public safety by mandating tests and protections against sexually transmitted infections.

Section 3: Legalization of Prostitution
1. No law shall exist criminalizing the act of paying for participation in a sex act.
2. All prostitutes must be 18 or older, and must sign a legal statement that their actions are voluntary.
3. Anyone engaging in the services of a prostitute must be 18 or older.

Section 4: Limitations
1. No establishment where more than 3 prostitutes conduct their transactions with clients, nor one that is newly established in a non-residential structure, shall be permitted to be established within 200 yards of a public school.
2. Local governments shall have the right to regulate the prostitution industry, including for health and safety purposes. Such regulations may include, but are not limited to:
    - Requiring use of a registered location while engaging in business (i.e. forbidding 'street work');
    - Requiring mandatory drug and venereal disease tests;
    - Mandating use of contraceptive devices during business activities;
    - Implementing limits on prostitution stricter then those specified in Sections 1 to 3 of this act.
3. Where no local regulations exist as per Clause 2, the following regulations shall be followed:
    - Female prostitutes engaging in sexual intercourse with a male customer will be required to either use pregnancy-prevention contraceptives (including birth control, a condom, or a diaphragm) or sign a legal document beforehand waiving the right to seek child support from the customer.
    - Female customers engaging in sexual intercourse with a male prostitute will be required to either use pregnancy-prevention contraceptives (including birth control, a condom, or a diaphragm) or sign a legal document beforehand waiving the right to seek child support from the prostitute.
    - All prostitutes shall be required to utilize condoms during any sexual activity, unless both the customer and the prostitute sign a legal statement waiving any right to legal action if a venereal disease is transmitted through the act.
    - Prostitutes shall be required to obtain testing for venereal diseases, including HIV, once a month. If a venereal disease is detected, the prostitute is forbidden from seeing further customers, until and unless the disease is no longer present or is in a noncommunicable stage.
4. The government shall have the right to tax the services given by the prostitution industry in applicable areas.



Acceptance of Science Bill

Section 1: Abstinence
No funds from the federal government shall go towards any sex education curriculum that promotes any of the following beliefs as true or scientifically legitimate:
1.) the process of terminating a pregnancy is sinful, wrong, or murderous.
2.) the trait of homosexuality or bisexuality is an entirely conscious choice and/or is strange, unnatural, or sinful.
3.) the participation in homosexual sex acts is sinful, wrong, or unnatural.
4.) the proper use of contraceptive devices including but not limited to condoms is grossly ineffective in preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections.
5.) engaging in sexual activity before marriage with proper precautions is immoral, dangerous, or sinful.
6.) males and females should limit themselves to careers which have historically been associated with masculine and feminine roles, respectively.

Section 2: Biology
No funds from the federal government shall go towards any scientific education curriculum that promotes any of the following beliefs as true or scientifically legitimate:
1.) the status of biological evolution as a scientific theory is somehow different or set apart from that of other scientific theories such as gravity or relativity.
2.) fossil evidence for biological macroevolution is largely inaccurate or misinterpreted by mainstream scientists, or presents a picture that contradicts with biological evolutionary theory.
3.) radioactive carbon dating is always inaccurate or scientifically unreliable.
4.) the age of the earth is less than ten thousand years.
5.) the origins of the universe and of life on earth are scientifically explained by religious texts or creeds.
6.) the complexity of certain types of life on earth are of such a magnitude that they present valid evidence for that of a higher power or "intelligent designer."
7.) the trait of homosexual behavior does not exist within the animal kingdom outside of humans.
8.) creation theories are valid within the scientific method.
9.) the Second Law of Thermodynamics disproves the Big Bang.



Decriminalization of LSD Bill

Section 1: Applicability
1. This law shall only apply in the District of Columbia and in federal territories which do not form part of any Region.

Section 2: In Regards to the Legal Status of LSD
1. The possession and consumption of LSD (also known as lysergic acid diethylamide, LSD-25, or "acid"), a non-addictive semisynthetic psychedelic drug, shall be lawful for anyone who is 18 years or older.
2. This law shall not be interpreted as to decriminalize driving under the influence of LSD.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Freedom Has Triumphed on April 08, 2007, 04:59:41 pm
Prohibition of My Chemical Romance Bill

Section 1: Applicability
1. This law shall apply in all Atlasian territories

Section 2: Findings
1. My Chemical Romance's music is some of the most awful sh!t ever created with some of the stupidest fans on Earth.

Section 3: Banning of My Chemical Romance
1. No person may possess a My Chemical Romance CD, record, tape, MP3 or any other digital audio format, t-shirt, poster or any other type of merchandise.
2. Anyone in violation of this act shall be fed to a lion.

Section 4: Limitations
1. This bill shall not apply to members of the Atlasian Senate, as it contains some of the few good people who actually do listen to My Chemical Romance for who knows what reason.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on April 10, 2007, 07:39:38 pm
Extradition Bill

1. It shall be the policy of the government of Atlasia that no foreign person suspected of a crime will be extradited to a nation where he or she may receive the death penalty for that crime.



Repeal of the Sin Tax Bill

1. F.L. 11-6, National Sin Tax Act, is repealed.
2. Clause 2 of F.L. 15-5, Tax Increase Act, is repealed.



Discrimination Bill

1. This law shall only apply in the District of Columbia and any federal territories which do not form part of any Region.
2. Employment of persons shall not be denied or abridged on account of sexual orientation.
3. Any employer found guilty of violation of Clause 2 shall be fined no more than $5,000 per employee (or prospective employee) unlawfully denied employment, in addition to whatever damages a Court may award the employee (or prospective employee).



Death with Dignity Bill

Section 1: Application
1. This law shall apply only in federal territories and the District of Columbia.

Section 2: The Right to Die
1. The Right to a dignified death is hereby granted to all those mentally sane residents who are over the age of 18 of the applicable areas as specified in Section 1.
2. In order to invoke this Right, the person must sign a notice containing their wishes and must have the same signed by a public notary.
3. The method of assisting a dignified death to be employed by medical practitioners will be to write a prescription for lethal medication.  The medical practitioner who writes the prescription may not be present when the patient takes the medication.
4. This section shall not be construed as to legalize euthanasia, defined as the assisted suicide of a mentally sane patient where the doctor directly assists in the request.

Section 3: Medical Determinations
1. A person shall be deemed to be mentally sane if a certified medical practitioner with specialism in psychiatry shall certify the same in writing.
2. None of those performing certification pursuant to this Section may benefit directly or indirectly from the death of the person concerned, except as may occur through the payment for provision of services.

Section 4: Prosecutions
1. No medical practitioner writing a lethal medication for the person requesting a dignified death shall be prosecutable unless they have in some way deviated from or ignored the procedures outlined in this statute.
2. If a medical practitioner shall deviate from the procedure in this statute, then they shall be liable to have their medical license revoked and may be subject to prosecution in the Courts, punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a fine of up to $100,000.
3. If a medical practitioner shall unduly encourage to invoke their rights as outlined in Section 2 or Section 3 and shall assist in executing these rights, or shall engage in direct action to hasten death without consent, then they shall be guilty of murder.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on April 11, 2007, 01:43:51 pm
Fair Tax Act of 2007

1.) All citizens making less than $100,000 will pay 5% of their taxable income to the federal government
2.) All citizens making between $100,000 and $200,000 will pay 10% of their taxable income
3.) All citizens making between $200,000 and $1,000,000 will pay 15% of thier taxable income
4.) All citizens making over $1,000,000 will pay 18% of their taxable income
5.) A national sales tax of 18% will be collected on non-essential items
6.) A list of essential items will be agreed upon after passage
7.) This bill will take effect the following fiscal year after it is passed


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on April 14, 2007, 10:32:40 am
Presidential Elections Amendment

1. To change the amount of time between presidential elections to two months
2. To change Article II, Section II, Part 1 from:
Presidential elections shall be held in the month of February, June, and October to Presidential elections shall be held in the months of February, April, June, August, October, and December



Fairness to the Voter Amendment

1. To change the period of time it requires from a person registering to a person voting.
2. To change Article IV, Section 2, Part 4 of the constitution from:
In order to vote or be a candidate in an election, the person must have been a registered voter on the tenth day before that election to In order to vote or be a candidate in an election, the person must have been a registered voter on the third day before that election
3. A voter may also edit their vote up to 20 minutes after the original post




Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on April 15, 2007, 08:01:32 am
Laotian Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Laos.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this act.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on April 16, 2007, 03:21:04 am
Cambodian Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Cambodia.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this act.


Unlike Laos, Cambodia is a democracy. Of a sort.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on April 16, 2007, 09:57:49 am
EDITED TO BECOME CONSTITUTIONAL

National Public Smoking Ban

Section 1: Bans
1. Smoking of tabacco, marijuna, and all other legal smokeable drugs can no longer be smoked on government property
2. The owner of non-government property may still decide whether or not to allow smoking on their premisis

Section 2: Fines
1. The fine for smoking in public shall be $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second, and $500 for the third and $1,000 for all other fines after.
2. The revenue will be used to fund the interstate highway system
3. The drug that was being smoked will have no effect on the penalties

Section 3: Private Smoking
1. All drugs shall be legal for private use
2. It is still illegal to grow your own drugs
3. All drugs made legal by the bill that were not legal already will be taxed at 20%

Section 4: Jurisdiction
1. This law shall only apply in DC and federal territories


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Colin on April 16, 2007, 10:08:00 am
National Public Smoking Ban

Section 1: Bans
1. Smoking of tabacco, marijuna, and all other legal smokeable drugs can no longer be smoked on government property
2. The owner of non-government property may still decide whether or not to allow smoking on their premisis

Section 2: Fines
1. The fine for smoking in public shall be $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second, and $500 for the third and $1,000 for all other fines after.
2. The revenue will be used to fund the interstate highway system
3. The drug that was being smoked will have no effect on the penalties

Section 3: Private Smoking
1. All drugs shall be legal for private use
2. It is still illegal to grow your own drugs
3. All drugs made legal by the bill that were not legal already will be taxed at 20%

Unconstitutional


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on April 16, 2007, 10:18:16 am
National Public Smoking Ban

Section 1: Bans
1. Smoking of tabacco, marijuna, and all other legal smokeable drugs can no longer be smoked on government property
2. The owner of non-government property may still decide whether or not to allow smoking on their premisis

Section 2: Fines
1. The fine for smoking in public shall be $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second, and $500 for the third and $1,000 for all other fines after.
2. The revenue will be used to fund the interstate highway system
3. The drug that was being smoked will have no effect on the penalties

Section 3: Private Smoking
1. All drugs shall be legal for private use
2. It is still illegal to grow your own drugs
3. All drugs made legal by the bill that were not legal already will be taxed at 20%

Unconstitutional

I'm confused as to why, is there something I can do to constitutionalize it?


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Colin on April 16, 2007, 10:40:22 am
National Public Smoking Ban

Section 1: Bans
1. Smoking of tabacco, marijuna, and all other legal smokeable drugs can no longer be smoked on government property
2. The owner of non-government property may still decide whether or not to allow smoking on their premisis

Section 2: Fines
1. The fine for smoking in public shall be $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second, and $500 for the third and $1,000 for all other fines after.
2. The revenue will be used to fund the interstate highway system
3. The drug that was being smoked will have no effect on the penalties

Section 3: Private Smoking
1. All drugs shall be legal for private use
2. It is still illegal to grow your own drugs
3. All drugs made legal by the bill that were not legal already will be taxed at 20%

Unconstitutional

I'm confused as to why, is there something I can do to constitutionalize it?

Easy, the Senate only has the power to regulate within the enumerated powers given to it otherwise all other powers are devolved to the regions. Unless you can frame this within one of the two Public Health powers of the Senate but those are specifically concerned with providing research grants and making rules and regulations regarding vaccination and quarentine.

So yes this is almost certainly unconstitutional. Now each different region can pass something like this but for this to be constitutional it has to be one of those "this only applies in the District of Columbia and other federal territories" half-measures or else it will run foul of Article I Section 5 of the Constitution.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on April 16, 2007, 11:27:52 am
Cabinet Member Election Amendment

1. Allow cabinet members to be voted on by the citizens of Atlasia.
2. Elections will run concurrently the presidential elections
3. There shall be no term limits for cabinet members
4. IRV voting will used as in all elections
5. This pertains to all cabinet positions and any created or renamed in the future

EDITED: made into amendment


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on April 16, 2007, 04:54:56 pm
The following bill is being submitted as a bipartisan bill sponsored by both Senator DownWithTheLeft and Senator Ebowed

Abolition of Farm Subsidies For Real Bill

Whereas, F.L. 9-13 "Farm Subsidies Abolition Act" did not abolish farm subsidies:

1. Sections I, II, IV, and V of the Farm Subsidies Abolition Act are repealed.
2. All farm subsidies are hereby abolished, effective from Fiscal Year 2008.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on May 01, 2007, 09:23:11 am
introduced as a Senate Resolution:

Resolution on the issue of Atlasian recognition of the United States of America

Whereas, contrary to the official standpoint of the Atlasian government, the United States of America are still in existence, and still in possession of all the territories formerly in their possession,

1. The Government of Atlasia is urged to recognize de jure the United States of America, and the legality of the government of the United States of America.
2. The Government of Atlasia is urged to establish diplomatic relations with the United States of America.
3. The Government and the people of Atlasia are urged to frigging come to grips with the fact that Atlasia ain't no superpower, but is in fact a tiny US-shaped country with a population in the low three-digits.



There. My parting gift.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Bono on May 01, 2007, 09:55:05 am
Automatic Assault Weapons Legalization Act

1. All automatic assualt rifles and weapons will be legal as of January 1, 2008
2. ID must be shown before buying the gun
3. No throughout background checks will be required, but can be performed
4. The weapons cannot be carried without a permit
5. This law applies in DC and federal territories

Redundant (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Protection_of_the_Right_to_Bear_Arms_Act), fool.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on May 01, 2007, 01:05:27 pm
introduced as a Senate Resolution:

Resolution on the issue of Atlasian recognition of the United States of America

Whereas, contrary to the official standpoint of the Atlasian government, the United States of America are still in existence, and still in possession of all the territories formerly in their possession,

1. The Government of Atlasia is urged to recognize de jure the United States of America, and the legality of the government of the United States of America.
2. The Government of Atlasia is urged to establish diplomatic relations with the United States of America.
3. The Government and the people of Atlasia are urged to frigging come to grips with the fact that Atlasia ain't no superpower, but is in fact a tiny US-shaped country with a population in the low three-digits.



There. My parting gift.

As outgoing (and final) GM I endorse this


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on May 02, 2007, 06:05:03 pm
The following bill is being introduced by Senator DownWithTheLeft with Mr. SouthParkConservative as a show of appreciation to the VP and we wish him luck in his current struggle.  We hope this bill will encourage research to be done on cancer.

Yates Cancer Research Bill
Section 1:
1.) All people who donate 5% of their income or more to cancer research will receive a 10% tax cut.
2.) All people who donate 10% of their income or more to cancer reserach will receive a 20% tax cut.
3.) This law will apply to donations made to research all types of cancer.

Section 2:
1.) The government will provide $10 million more to cancer research per year starting in 2009.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on May 03, 2007, 07:18:10 pm
Legalization of Prostitution Bill

Section 1: Applicability
1. This law shall only apply in the District of Columbia and in federal territories which do not form part of any Region.

Section 2: Findings
1. The criminalization of consensual sex in which money is paid for participation in the sex act is a violation of civil liberties.
2. The regulation of legalized brothels will allow for an increase in public safety by mandating tests and protections against sexually transmitted infections.

Section 3: Legalization of Prostitution
1. No law shall exist criminalizing the act of paying for participation in a sex act.

Section 4: Limitations
1. Local governments shall have the right to regulate the prostitution industry, including for health and safety purposes. Such regulations may include, but are not limited to:
    - Requiring use of a registered location while engaging in business (i.e. forbidding 'street work');
    - Requiring mandatory drug and venereal disease tests;
    - Mandating use of contraceptive devices during business activities;
2. Where no local regulations exist as per Clause 2, the following regulations shall be followed:
- All prostitutes shall be required to utilize condoms during vaginal or anal intercourse.
    - Prostitutes shall be required to obtain testing for venereal diseases, including HIV, once a month. If a venereal disease is detected, the prostitute is forbidden from seeing further customers, until and unless the disease is no longer present or is in a noncommunicable stage.
3. The government shall have the right to tax the services given by the prostitution industry in applicable areas.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Freedom Has Triumphed on May 05, 2007, 06:09:06 pm
Enforcement of Half Plus Seven Rule Bill

1. No marriages after the effect of this bill shall be recognized in which one party to marriage's age is less than half the age of the other party plus seven years.
2. All current marriages covered by the law will remain valid, but upon divorce or death of one of the parties, the parties will be subject to the law as anyone else.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on May 06, 2007, 07:49:12 am
Guam Statehood Act

1.) After a majority vote of the citizens of Guam voting in the affirmative for statehood in a referendum administered five days after the passage of this act by the territorial government of Guam, the Guam is hereby entered in the Union of Atlasia as the 52nd state under the name of Guam.

2.) Guam shall become a State in the Pacific.

3.) Guam shall be assigned to District 5 until the next round of redistricting when commensurate with the Constitution it shall be liable to be moved to another District.

4.) The State of Guam shall be given full rights from whichever district/region it’s placed into and be under full jurisdiction of the Atlasian constitution.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on May 21, 2007, 03:45:49 pm
Citizen Marriage Act

1. Anyone who applies for a marriage license inside the boundaries of Atlasia must be a citizen of the Atlasia
2. Marriages between non-citizens will remain valid
3. Penalties will be regulated by the state government for anyone who marries an illegal, vacationer, resident alien, or other non-citizen



Establishment of 9/11 Rememberance Day

1. September 11th will now be an Atlasia holiday in rememberance of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
2. All Atlasia institutions will close on that day


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on May 23, 2007, 04:23:08 pm
Free Trade for All Act

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and any nation.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this act.
3. Any government deemed as "hostile" or an "enemy" will not apply.
4. Any senator wishing to add a country to not apply may propose (1) amendment including them
 


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on May 25, 2007, 05:51:06 am
Free Trade for All Act

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and any nation.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this act.
3. Any government deemed as "hostile" or an "enemy" will not apply.
 
 


Not this sh*t again...


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on May 25, 2007, 05:42:24 pm
Free Trade for All Act

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and any nation.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this act.
3. Any government deemed as "hostile" or an "enemy" will not apply.
 
 


Not this sh*t again...

My point is to eliminate all those frivolous laws and combine them into one


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on May 25, 2007, 05:45:52 pm
Stop posting in the Legislation Introduction thread.  We have a debate thread.  Are you illiterate?


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on May 28, 2007, 08:31:36 pm
Stop posting in the Legislation Introduction thread.  We have a debate thread.  Are you illiterate?

Partially :)

And here's another bill:

Establishment of Advertisment Currency
1. The Republic of Atlasia will now allow for businesses to pay for advertisment on the back of Atlasia quarters
2. The advertising will be bid on at the beginning of the fiscal year
3. The business must purchase at least 5,000 quarters
4. A quota of 100,000 advertising quarters may be minted each year


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on May 31, 2007, 05:34:25 am
Ratification of the Kyoto Treaty

1. The Republic of Atlasia hereby ratifies the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as agreed in Japan in 1997.



Copyrights Bill

1. U.S. Code Title 17, Chapter 3, Section 2, Clause 1 is amended to read "Copyright in a work created on or after January 1, 1978, subsists from its creation and, except as provided by the following subsections, endures for a term consisting of twenty-five years or until the death of the owner, whichever occurs first."
2. U.S. Code Title 17, Chapter 3, Section 2, Clause 2 is amended to read "In the case of a joint work prepared by two or more authors who did not work for hire, the copyright endures for a term consisting of twenty-five years or until the death of the last owner of the copyright, whichever occurs first."
3. U.S. Code Title 17, Chapter 3, Section 2, Clause 3 is amended to read "In the case of an anonymous work, a pseudonymous work, or a work made for hire, the copyright endures for a term of 20 years from the year of its first publication, or a term of 25 years from the year of its creation, whichever expires first."
4. No person shall be held liable for the use of computers or the Internet in copying, sharing, or distributing copyrighted music, movie, television, text, image, or software files.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Colin on June 03, 2007, 12:19:22 pm
Friendly Amendments Senate Procedural Resolution
1. Insert new clause 2 into Article 4, Section 3 of the OSPR with following text:

During this debate time the main sponsor of the legislation may motion to accept the proposed Amendment as a Friendly Amendment. The PPT shall then allow 24 hours for any other Senator to object to accepting the Amendment as a Friendly Amendment. If no other Senator objects then the Amendment shall be ajudged to have been unanimously passed by the Senate and will be automatically incorporated into the Bill. If a Senator objects to accepting the Amendment in this fashion then it shall be voted upon as specified in the rest of this Section.

2. Subsequent clauses in Section are re-numbered to retain consistency.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on June 03, 2007, 01:06:58 pm
Friendly Amendments Senate Procedural Resolution
1. Insert new clause 2 into Article 4, Section 3 of the OSPR with following text:

During this debate time the main sponsor of the legislation may motion to accept the proposed Amendment as a Friendly Amendment. The PPT shall then allow 24 hours for any other Senator to object to accepting the Amendment as a Friendly Amendment. If no other Senator objects then the Amendment shall be ajudged to have been unanimously passed by the Senate and will be automatically incorporated into the Bill. If a Senator objects to accepting the Amendment in this fashion then it shall be voted upon as specified in the rest of this Section.

2. Subsequent clauses in Section are re-numbered to retain consistency.

I suggest this already and most thought it was a bad idea


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on June 03, 2007, 01:56:03 pm
Resolution Amending the Position of Dean of the Senate

1. Article 2, Section 2, Clause 3 of the OSPR shall be amended to read as follows:
"In the event that the President of the Senate should be absent by reason of (a) exercising responsibility as Acting President of the Republic of Atlasia under the Constitution; (b) vacancy of the Vice Presidency; or (c) having failed to post in the Atlas Forum for a period of no less than 7 days, then the powers given by this Resolution to the President of the Senate shall instead be exercised by the Dean of the Senate."

2. Article 1, Section 2, Clause 3 of the OSPR shall be amended by the addition of the following to the existing clause:
"The Senate may, by a two-thirds majority vote on an ordinary resolution, pass the title, powers and responsibilities of the Dean of the Senate, to the next longest serving Senator (not having been removed from the position by the Senate previously), for any reason whatsoever."


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: True Federalist on June 05, 2007, 02:19:28 pm
Carbon Tax Act

§1. Determination of Taxable Carbon Dioxide
(a) The President shall determine based on the best available scientific evidence available, the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the production and consumption of fossil fuels for the purpose of applying the tax called for in this act.
(b) The initial determination shall be due on the September 30, 2007 or thirty days after the passage of this Act, whichever is later, such determination shall be used for the calculation of the tax imposed in calendar year 2008.
(c) For calendar years after 2008, the President may issue a revised determination no later than September 30 of the prior calendar year.  If no revision is made the determination used in the prior calendar year shall be used.

§2. Determination of Base Tax Rate
(a) For calendar year 2008, there shall be a base tax of $5 per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide.
(b) For calendar year 2009, there shall be a base tax of $10 per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide.
(c) For calendar year 2010, there shall be a base tax of $15 per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide.
(d) For calendar year 2011, there shall be a base tax of $20 per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide.
(e) For calendar year 2012, there shall be a base tax of $25 per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide.
(f) For calendar year 2013, there shall be a base tax of $30 per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide.
(g) For calendar year 2014, there shall be a base tax of $35 per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide.
(h) For calendar year 2015, there shall be a base tax of $40 per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide.
(i) For calendar year 2016, there shall be a base tax of $45 per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide.
(j) For calendar year 2017, there shall be a base tax of $50 per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide.
(k) For calendar year 2018 and beyond, the base tax per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide shall be that of the previous calendar year multiplied by the factor determined in section 3.

§3. Tax increase factor
(a) The calculation of the factor to be used in section 2(k) shall be made no later than September 30 of the year preceding the calendar year for which the factor shall be used to determine the base tax rate per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide.  In the event that the calculation is not made by that time, a factor of 1.1 shall be used.
(b) The base factor shall be the geometric mean of Atlasian carbon dioxide emissions in the five calendar years previous to the calculation of the tax increase factor divided by Atlasian carbon dioxide emissions in the calendar year 1990.
(c)(1) If the base factor is greater than 1.1, then the factor to be used shall be 0.99 + 0.1 * the base factor.
(2) If the base factor is between 1.0 and 1.1 then the factor to be used shall be the base factor.
(3) If the base factor is lesser than 1.0, then the factor to be used shall be 1.0.

§4 Adjustment for inflation.
The base tax rate called for in section 2 shall be multiplied by the Core Producer Price Index as of the September prior to the calendar year for which the tax shall be assessed divided by the  Core Producer Price Index as of September 2007.

§5 Applicability
This tax shall be assessed on all fossil fuels produced in Atlasia or imported into Atlasia.



As far as gasoline is concerned this is a very modest tax of $0.50 / gallon as of 2017, but coal produced electricity would would increase by 4 to 5 cents per kWh, which would be a about a 50% increase in the price, so I can't see implementing a carbon tax on a faster schedule without risking significant economic impacts, especially since I have chosen not to exempt any uses from the tax as most carbon taxes that have been passed do, though I have limited it to just fossil fuel CO2 emissions since that is the type of greenhouse gas emission for which I have been able to obtain info as to the price impact in real world terms.

In any case, a carbon tax is far preferable to the cap and trade scheme of Kyoto.  Far too many opportunities for abuse, fraud, and bureaucracy under cap and trade.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on June 07, 2007, 05:54:56 am
Liberalization of Sex Laws Bill

1. F.L. 13-17, Unified Federal Territories Sex Crimes Act, is amended in the following ways:
a.) Section 3, clauses 1c, 1d, and 4 are repealed.
b.) Section 4 shall be amended to read "The act of bestiality, which is defined as gross sexual imposition, sexual assault, or the committing of a sexual act with an animal that is not a human being, shall be illegal.  Any person found guilty of bestiality shall be sentenced to no more than one year in jail and/or shall be fined no more than $2,000."
c.) Section 5, clause 1 is amended to read "Sexual acts relating to necrophilia, as defined in clause 2, shall be illegal.  Any person found guilty of sexual acts relating to necrophilia shall be sentenced to no more than one year in jail and/or shall be fined no more than $2,000.  Appropriate penalties relating to restrictions on cemetery visits and in particular contact with the family of the person whose corpse has been defiled may be applied by juries as they see fit."
d.) Section 6 is repealed.
e.) Section 7 is amended to read "It shall be legal to buy, possess and view pornography depicting only persons of 18 years of age or older."
f.) A new section, to be considered Section 8 and titled "Regarding Legal Status of Contraception," will be added to the bill to read "Any law restricting the legal access to contraceptive devices to any person on the basis of age or marital status is repealed."


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on June 09, 2007, 08:29:48 am
Bill to Establish Atlasian Policy Towards HIV/AIDS

Section 1: Findings
1. The scientific consensus notes that AIDS is caused by HIV.
2. The scientific consensus notes that condoms are an effective method of preventing HIV transmission among sexually active people.
3. The scientific consensus notes that allowing needle exchange is an effective method of preventing HIV transmission among intravenous drug users.
4. The World Health Organization estimates that 25 million people have died from AIDS since 1981, and approximately 38.6 million people are living with the disease worldwide.

Section 2: Needle Exchange
1. Noting that needle exchange programs are effective in decreasing the rate of HIV and Hepatitis C, the federal government pledges $40 million to fund needle exchange programs effective Fiscal Year 2008.

Section 3: Condom Distribution
1. Noting that condom use offers effective protection against sexually transmitted infections including HIV, the federal government pledges $60 million to fund condom distribution programs effective Fiscal Year 2008.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on June 10, 2007, 02:04:16 pm
I figured I better introduce this...

Fairness to the Office Holder Amendment

1. Article V, Sec. 1, Part II of the Constitution is hereby repealed


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on June 10, 2007, 05:35:32 pm
Perjury Bill

Section 1: Perjury

Any person who takes an oath before a competent tribunal or officer that he will testify, declare, depose, or certify truly, or that any written testimony, declaration, deposition, or certificate by him subscribed, is true, willfully and contrary to such oath states or subscribes any material matter which he does not believe to be true is guilty of perjury.

Section 2: Trial of Perjury

Perjury shall be tried as though it were a crime under the Consolidated Criminal Justice Act

Section 3: Punishment of Perjury

Sentencing of the crime shall be by the presiding Justice; He may use any combination of the following as punishment, depending upon the severity of the offense:

1. Up to one year revokation of registration within Atlasia.
2. Up to two years ban from holding any office under the Republic of Atlasia.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on June 15, 2007, 04:14:42 am
Darfur Divestment Bill

1. All companies operating in Atlasia shall divest all funds that are invested in Sudan by August 1, 2007.
2. Any company that does not divest from Sudan by the above date shall face a fine of $1,000 fine for every employee each day that it is still invested in Sudan.
3. Sections 1 and 2 of this bill will expire on February 1, 2008.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on June 15, 2007, 05:03:32 am
Free Palestine Bill

1. The Republic of Atlasia condemns the use of terrorism by groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas in trying to destroy the nation of Israel and to kill innocent Israeli people.
2. The Republic of Atlasia deplores the nation of Israel for using curfews, walls, and other freedom-restricting measures on the Palestinian people.
3. The Republic of Atlasia hereby recognizes the nation of Palestine as being made up by Gaza Strip and West Bank upon the condemnation of terrorism by top Palestinian officials.
4. The Republic of Atlasia hereby calls upon the United Nations, and more specifically Israel to recognize Palestine after the said conditions are met.
5. If the said conditions are met and Israel still does not recognize Palestine, the Republic of Atlasia will hereby withhold 40% of military aid to Israel and 5% more aid will be witheld for every month Israel does not recognize Palestine.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on June 17, 2007, 11:32:07 am
President of Atlasia Commerative Coin Act

1. The Atlasian Mint shall issue one dollar gold-plated coins to commenerate all former presidents of Atlasia
2. The front shall depicit an artist redention of the president
3. The back shall depicit a symbol from their home state
4. The treasury shall begin minting these coin on January 1, 2008
5. A president must be out of office for five months before being commenerated




Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Hash on June 17, 2007, 01:26:52 pm
Not more of this.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on June 17, 2007, 01:35:57 pm
Not more of this.

What me beating you in elections :)


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: The Man From G.O.P. on June 17, 2007, 03:52:04 pm
Not more of this.

What me beating you in elections :)

You are disgusting, so is your legislation


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on June 17, 2007, 07:38:10 pm
I will not retract my David Yates legislation, however, I have made due changes


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on June 18, 2007, 03:40:35 am
Please stop posting in here unless you're posting legislation :'(

Alaskan Wildlife Protection Bill

1. F.L. 6-21 is repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on June 20, 2007, 03:41:53 am
Estate Tax Reform Bill

1. Effective FY 2008, Clause 3 of the Tax Increase Act is amended as follows:
Each portion of the value of the estate shall be taxed at the following rates, with each rate corresponding to the tax rate on only the portion of the estate that falls in the appointed range:

a) $0-$2,000,000 – 0%
b) $2,000,001-$4,000,000 – 3%
c) $4,000,001-$9,000,000 – 4%
d) $9,000,001-$15,500,000 – 5%
e) $15,500,001-$22,000,000 – 7.5%
f) $22,000,001-$45,000,000 – 10%
g) $45,000,001-$75,000,000 – 12.5%
h) $75,000,001-$100,000,000 – 15%
i) $100,000,001 and above – 17.5%
j) Farmers' non-residential property shall be taxed at 50% the normal tax rate.



Educational Funding Clarification Bill

No federal money shall go towards any regional school voucher system which funds the tuitions for schools which meet any of the following criteria:
a.) Teaches one religious faith to the exclusion of all others
b.) Prohibits students from joining on the basis of race, nationality, religion, or sexual orientation
c.) Allows the use of corporal punishment by school staff or administration.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on June 20, 2007, 04:46:51 pm
Establishing an Official Language of Atlasia Act

1. English is hereby established as the official language of Atlasia.
2. All government documents shall be printed in English and only English
3. The government sponsoring anything containing another language is hereby prohibited


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Hash on June 21, 2007, 12:23:30 am
Establishing an Official Language of Atlasia Act

1. English is hereby established as the official language of Atlasia.
2. All government documents shall be printed in English and only English
3. The government sponsoring anything containing another language is hereby prohibited


Oh lord please.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on June 22, 2007, 11:02:12 am
Just in case something goes wrong with my taking up sponsorship of the LSD bill, I will get it in line:

Decriminalization of LSD Bill

Section 1: Applicability
1. This law shall only apply in the District of Columbia and in federal territories which do not form part of any Region.

Section 2: In Regards to the Legal Status of LSD
1. The possession and consumption of LSD (also known as lysergic acid diethylamide, LSD-25, or "acid"), a non-addictive semisynthetic psychedelic drug, shall be lawful for anyone who is 18 years or older.
2. This law shall not be interpreted as to decriminalize driving under the influence of LSD.

Section 3: Purchasing LSD
1. The sale of LSD shall be regulated by the government
2. All sales of LSD will be taxed 22%
3. Purchases of LSD will be limited to 500 micrograms of LSD per day


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on June 22, 2007, 01:57:13 pm
Withdrawal Act

To add a new appropriatley numbered section to the OSPR stating the following:
1. Any bill that he has reached the senate floor may be withdrawn by the sponsor at any time
2. Another senator has seventy-two (72) hours to pick up sponsorship of the bill, otherwise the bill is no longer valid.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on June 25, 2007, 07:43:46 pm
Introduction to Atlasia Act

Whereas the Senate finds that it is beneficial to new citizens (hereinafter ‘newbies’) of Atlasia to have ease of access to basic information regarding the nation:

1. It shall hereinafter be the responsibility of the Secretary of Forum Affairs (hereinafter ‘SoFA’) to maintain an introductory thread in the Atlas Fantasy Elections Forum containing therein such matters which may be of use or benefit to newbies.

2. This thread shall include the following opening statement:
Welcome to Atlasia, a political/governmental simulation wherein participants take part in elections and referenda which shape the nature and laws of the nation. Atlasia operates as a federal state with five regions. The federal government has three branches: executive (President and Cabinet); legislative (Senate); and judicial (Supreme Court). Elections to the Presidency and Senate are held regularly.

The five regions are the Mideast; Midwest; Northeast; Pacific and Southeast. Each comprises around 10 states. Citizens of each region can participate in the regional government either as elected representatives such as the Governor or simply as proposers of legislation at the regional level. Each region has developed their own constitutions which set out their system of government.

Parties
Numerous parties exist in Atlasia encompassing a wide range of ideological positions. Many parties have a leadership, organise a platform and put forward and endorse candidates for elections. A brief summary of the ideology of the major parties is provided below. There are also numerous Independents in Atlasia who act outside of any party structure.

Registration
To join Atlasia, you must register in the Registration Thread. Simple state your name; preferred state of residence; and the party you wish to register with. You can register at any time, however there are rules in place limiting rights to vote to those who have reached a total post count on the forum of 50; have posted more than 25 times in the previous 8 weeks; and have registered more than 10 days prior to the election.

Further Information
If you want to learn more about Atlasia, you can explore the Atlas Wiki which stores the Atlasian and regional Constitutions and laws, as well as information on current office holders and some details about many of the current (and past) participants in Atlasia.

Also, you should feel free to post any questions you have about Atlasia in this thread and someone should shortly be able to provide some guidance.

3. Following the above opening statement, the SoFA shall post short statements from each of the major parties (i.e. those having 5 or more registered members). It shall be the responsibility of each party to provide a short statement (no longer than 100 words) outlining the ideology of the party to the SoFA for posting in this thread. The party may also include a link to another site (such as the party’s wiki page) which shall not count towards their word limit. Parties shall not be obliged to produce any such details should they so choose. Those which do not shall forfeit their entry. Major parties may at any time give to the SoFA an amended statement for posting.

4. The SoFA shall be free to edit the opening statement such that it correctly represents the law or state of affairs of Atlasia.

5. Each new SoFA shall create a new Introductory Thread within the terms of this Act. The SoFA shall make such representations and efforts as are necessary to ensure that his new thread shall be ‘stickied’ such that it shall always be easily accessible to newbies.

6. The SoFA shall be allowed to include in the thread such other information as he considers desirous or useful for newbies to be made aware of.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on June 25, 2007, 07:51:54 pm
Expansion of Presidential Line Item Veto Power Amendment

Article I, Section 3, Clause 4 of the Constitution shall be amended to read as follows:

Whensoever the Senate shall pass a bill and present it to the President, he shall have the option to amend the bill and return it to the Senate in amended form. The President shall have this option only once with any particular bill presented to him. The sponsor of the bill shall then have the following options:

(a) motion to approve the President’s redraft by simple majority and return it to the President for his signature or veto – should this motion fail, the bill, as it was prior to being redrafted, shall be returned to the President for his signature or veto;

(b) motion to reject the President’s redraft in it’s entirety by simple majority and return it to the President for his signature or veto – should this motion fail, debate on the bill, in its redrafted form, shall resume in the Senate;

(c) direct for resumed debate on the bill as presented to the president;

(d) withdraw the bill.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on June 25, 2007, 07:55:12 pm
People’s Referendum Amendment

Article 1, Section 3, Clause 5 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be created to read as follows:

Whensoever legislation becomes officially enacted, any citizen may submit for a national referendum to be held on the legislation. To do so, he must:

(a) create a new thread (entitled with the name of the legislation in question) containing the Act as signed by the President and stating the wish that a national referendum be held on the Act;

(b) receive the signitures of 20% of the registered citizens of Atlasia within 7 days of creating the thread.

When these requirements are met and verified by the Secretary of Forum Affairs, the Secretary shall organise a special referendum on the legislation on the next weekend falling not less than 4 days from the date on which he verified that the above requirements were met.

The question put to he people shall be a simple approval or disapproval of the legislation. A simple majority of the people voting against the legislation shall render it null and void.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on June 25, 2007, 07:57:49 pm
Popular Initiative Amendment

Article I, Section 3, Clause 5 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be created to read as follows:

Any ordinary citizen of Atlasia may propose legislation for consideration by the Senate. To do so, he must:

(a) create a new thread (entitled with the name of his proposed legislation) containing his proposal;

(b) receive the signitures of 15% of the registered citizens of Atlasia within 28 days of creating the thread.

When these requirements are met and verified by the Secretary of Forum Affairs, the proposal shall be added to the list of legislation to be considered by the Senate. The citizen who creates the thread for the legislation shall be thence considered the sponsor of the legislation.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on June 25, 2007, 08:00:21 pm
Judicial Term Limits Amendment

Article III, Section 1, Clause 6 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be created to read as follows:

Supreme Court Justices shall serve terms not exceeding 12 months. At the end of that time, the seat shall be considered open to re-nomination. The President shall be free to re-nominate the same citizen to serve on the Court in the same capacity. The sitting Justice shall continue to serve until such time as the Senate confirms the President’s nominee.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Sam Spade on June 27, 2007, 09:26:03 am
2nd Immigration Reform Bill of 2007

1. The Illegal Immigrant Act (F.L. 18-8) is hereby repealed.

2. Illegal aliens who have been convicted of a state or federal offense and sentenced to a term of imprisonment less than 12 months in duration within the last 5 years of their application shall be denied citizenship in all instances, even if their application is presently pending under the auspices of F.L. 18-8.

3. Illegal aliens who have been convicted of a state or federal offense and sentenced to a term of imprisonment less than 12 months in duration not within the last 5 years of their application whose application is presently pending under the auspices of F.L. 18-8 shall be allowed to become citizens, if meeting the separate requirements of all other relevant legislation.

4. Illegal or legal aliens who have become citizens because of changes in the law effectuated by F.L. 18-8 shall not have their citizenship revoked.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on June 27, 2007, 12:21:07 pm
Steroid Prevention and Detection Act

Purpose:
To create a national policy against the use of steroids

Section 1 - Government Employees:
1.) All government employees are subject to up to two (2) random steroid testings per year
2.) The supervisor of an government employee can order this random drug test at any time, granted it does not exceed two (2) times per year

Section 2 - Private Employees:
1.) Any private employer in Atlasia may randomly drug test their employees up to two (2) times per year
2.) An exception will occur if the employer informs the employee when taking the job that another policy is in place
3.) An exception will occur if the union the employee is affiliated with has approved the drug testing policy

Section 3 - Testing Positive:
1.) If a first test comes up positive, the employee may ask for a 3rd party independent second test
2.) If the second test comes up postitive, the employer may unconditional relieve the employee of their duties
3.) Employers are not required to pay employees after this dismissal, even if a contract was agreed upon

Section 4 - Distributing Steroids:
1.) Anyone found to be distributing steroids to minors will face a jail sentence with a minimum of five (5) years and a maximum of fifteen (15) years.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Freedom Has Triumphed on June 28, 2007, 08:39:22 pm
F**k Ralph Nader Act

1. Any existing regulations on junk food and fast food advertising are repealed and further regulations are banned.
2. All federal laws restricting gambling are repealed.
3. Any restrictions on product placement advertising are banned.
4. All current restrictions on alcohol advertising on TV are repealed.
5. Any "decency" regulations on TV and radio are repealed and further ones are banned.
6. All public schools receiving federal funds must allow soft drinks to be sold and drank within them.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Sam Spade on June 29, 2007, 01:46:18 pm
Another piece of practical legislation from Sam Spade:

The "Texasindy" Amendment

Clause 5 of Article V, Section 2 of the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia is hereby repealed.

Considering that people can no longer delete their accounts (see texasindy), this clause is somewhat useless.

I still maintain (as I have for quite a while yet) that most of Article 5 should be encompassed within statute, not within Constitutional guidelines, though I really doubt there is support for this at present.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on June 30, 2007, 06:09:36 pm
Proportional Representation Bill
1. Hereinafter Class B Senators shall be elected using the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote (hereinafter ‘PR-STV’).

2. For the purposes of these elections the whole of Atlasia shall be treated as a single electoral constituency.

3. Sections 1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13 and 14 of F.L. 14-2 Consolidated Electoral Reform Act shall also apply to PR-STV elections.

Rules on the counting of votes in PR-STV elections
4. After the close of polls, the ‘total valid poll’ shall be calculated, this being the total number of valid votes cast in the election.

5. The ‘quota’ (i.e. the number of votes required to be deemed elected) shall then be calculated as the whole number (disregarding any attached fraction) resulting from the following equation:
[Total Valid Poll/(Number of seats to be filled + 1)] + 1

6. A first count shall then be made quantifying the total number of first preferences each valid candidate did receive. Any candidates receiving more than the quota shall be deemed elected.

7. Where candidates are tied they shall be ranked by the total number of second preferences received and so on. Where this method proves indecisive and the tie must be broken to materially progress the count, a condorcet count between the tied candidates shall be decisive.

7. (a) Where candidates are tied at any stage in the count, they shall be graded according to their status on the preceding count and so on. Where candidates are tied at each such stage, they shall be graded according to their total number of second preferences.
(b) Where still tied, by a similar analysis of their third preferences and so on.
(c) Where this method proves indecisive and the tie must be broken to materially progress the count, a condorcet count between the tied candidates shall be decisive.

8. The order of priority for distribution of votes shall be as follows:
(a) candidate’s surpluses which may materially affect the progress of the count. (Where more than one such surpluses exist they shall be distributed in the order in which the candidate was deemed elected.);
(b) distribution of the votes of the candidate placed last in the last preceding count.

9. Where there exists such surpluses as that in total they could materially affect the progress of the count, but no individual surplus meets this requirement, the surpluses shall be distributed in order of magnitute even though no individual surplus may materially affect the progress of the count. The distribution of such surpluses shall continue until such time as the totality of the remaining surpluses shall not be capable of materially affecting the progress of the count.

10. A distribution shall be deemed to materially affect the progress of a count, when it is of such quantity as it would be sufficient to bring about the election of another candidate or would be sufficient to raise the lowest placed remaining candidate above the next lowest remaining candidate.

11. Where no candidate receives a number of votes equal or greater to the quota, the lowest polling candidate shall be eliminated and his votes distributed in according with his next preference for a remaining candidate. This process shall continue until such time as a count results in the election of a candidate or candidates.

12. Where an elimination is to be made, a double elimination may be made where the distribution of the lowest remaining candidate’s votes alone would not materially affect the progress of the count. Similarly, a triple elimination may be made where the distribution of the two lowest remaining candidate’s votes alone would not materially affect the progress of the count, and so on.

13. Where a surplus is to be distributed, the entirety of the votes of the elected candidate shall be transferred to the candidates still capable of election at a reduced value called the ‘transfer value’. This value is calculated by the following formula:
Number of candidate’s surplus votes/Candidate’s total votes

14. Where a candidate has a surplus to be distributed, any such votes contributing to his election which were gained at a reduced transfer value as described above in a previous count, such votes shall transfer at a re-reduced value which shall be equal to their standing transfer value multiplied by the new transfer value to be applied o all of the votes to be distributed.

15. Where an eliminated candidate’s votes are to be distributed, the votes shall not be reduced in value any further than they may have been during the process to that point.

16. Counting shall continue until such time as the number of candidates deemed elected equals the number of available seats or until such time as no further distributions which can materially affect the count exist, in which case the candidates not reaching the quota shall be deemed elected in the order in which they rank until such time as all of the available seats are filled.

17. At the discretion of the SoFA, transfer values and vote totals (where appropriate) may be rounded off to three decimal places for simplification or presentational purposes.

Vacancies
18. Where a single Class B Senate seat vacancy exists, the election to the seat shall be conducted on a nationwide basis and in accordance with F.L. 14-2 Consolidated Electoral Reform Act.

19. Where multiple vacancies of Class B Senate seats exist and by law the election to fill the vacancies fall is to occur on the same weekend, the election shall be conducted in accordance with the procedures outlined above.

Repeal of Census Legislation
20. Section 1 of F.L. 4-4 The Miscellany Act, mandating the conduct of censii, is hereby repealed.

Commencement Order
21. This Act shall not take effect until directed by an Executive Order of the President of Atlasia directing same.



End to Districts Amendment
That the following changes shall be made to the Atlasian Constitution.
1. Article I, Section 1, Clause 1 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be amended to read as follows:
The Senate shall be composed of ten Senators, each with a term of four months.

2. Article I, Section 1, Clause 2 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be amended to read as follows:
No Person shall be a Senator who has not attained a hundred or more posts and, in the case of Regional Senators, is not a registered voter in the Region that they represent.

3. Article I, Section 4, Clause 1 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be amended to read as follows:
The Senate shall be divided into two classes: Class A, which shall comprise the Senators elected from the Regions, and Class B.

4. Article IV, Section 4 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on July 01, 2007, 01:21:15 pm
Change of Registration Bill

1. Citizens who seek to register a change of state with the Department of Forum Affairs, but are restricted in the timing of such registration by Article V, Section 2, Clause 7 of the Constitution, shall be deemed to have made a valid change of state registration from the moment the constitutional time requirement passes.

2. Citizens may revoke such registrations at any point up until this time by making a declaration with the Department of Forum Affairs requesting said registration be ignored or discounted.

3. No particular series of words shall be required to effect clause 2 of this Act, simply that a reasonable determination of intent can be read by the Secretary of Forum Affairs to have the registration ignored or discounted.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on July 01, 2007, 01:30:28 pm
Consolidated Electoral System Reform Act (Amendment) Bill

1. Section 6 of F.L. 14-2, the Consolidated Electoral System Reform Act, shall be amended by the addition of clause 5 as follows:
In the case of run-off elections, an absentee booth shall be opened as soon as possible after the declaration by the Department of Forum Affairs that a run-off election is to be held.

2. Section 13 of F.L. 14-2, the Consolidated Electoral System Reform Act, shall be amended by the addition of clause 3 as follows:
Clause 1 shall not apply in the case of elections resulting in a run-off, 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 run-off election.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on July 05, 2007, 02:54:16 pm
Constitutional Amendment to Remove States

1.) The Senate of Atlasia reserves the power to remove States who have entered the union after December 31, 2003.
2.) The Senate of Atlasia also reserves the power to combine States following a simple majority vote of the citizens of that state



WITHDRAWN

Followed by:

Repeal of Puerto Rico Statehood Act

Section 1:
1.) F.L. 7-6 "Puerto Rican Statehood Act" is repealed
2.) F.L. 12-4 "Puerto Rican Statehood Act" is repealed

Section 2:
1.) Upon passage of this bill, Puerto Rico will return to its previous status as a commonwealth
2.) Citizens of Puerto Rico will no longer be able to vote in Atlasian elections


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on July 06, 2007, 06:24:48 pm
The Eastern Standard Time Bill

Eastern Standard Time throughout the Republic of Atlasia shall be defined as whatever real world time is being observed in Washington D.C.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Brandon H on July 07, 2007, 11:16:56 am
(All are separate Constitutional Amendments.)

Article II, Section 1, Clause 6 (State of the Forum Address requirement) of the Constitution of Atlasia is hereby repealed.

Article V, Section 1, Clause 2 (Office Holders Avatar requirement) of the Constitution of Atlasia is hereby repealed. (DWTL already introduced this.)

Article V, Section 1, Clause 8 (Political Party definition) of the Constitution of Atlasia is hereby repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: True Democrat on July 08, 2007, 07:53:58 pm
Could someone introduce this for me?

Atlasian-United States Relations Exploration Act

1. Upon the passage of this bill, the United States Relations Commission shall be created with the following guidelines:
     a. The said commission shall be composed of the following:
            i. One member of the executive branch, as chosen by the President, with the possibility of the President himself,
           ii. Two members of the Senate, as chosen by the Senate at large, to be determined by a first past the post system of voting in the Senate with the top two recipients of votes being elected to serve on the commission,
          iii. One member of the Supreme Court, with the members of the Supreme Court choosing its representive in the same manner as the Senate,
          iv. One governor, as chosen by the governors as a whole by a first past the post system identical to the one used to elect the representatives from the Senate, and
         v. Two other citizens of Atlasia chosen the President, with no requirements on holding or not holding office for any of these citizens.
     b. The said commission shall elect a President and a Vice President to guide debate.
     c. In addition to the inclusion of a President and Vice President, the commission shall create its own rules and procedures and debate, including entertaining statements by citizens of Atlasia who are not members of the Commission and asking other citizens to appear for question and answer sessions.
     d. The primary goal of the said commission shall be to provide a comprehensive policy to the Senate on the possible recognition of the United States, with the topics including the following, but no limited to:
         i. Recognition of the United States,
         ii. Divergence from actual history,
         iii. The budget of Atlasia with regard to the United States,
         iv. The role of the Game Moderator, and
         v. The population, power, and status of Atlasia if it were to recognize the United States
     e. The Commission shall create a final report on its findings on the said issues to present to the Senate.
     f. The report of the commission shall not become law, but shall be used by the Senate for future consideration on this issue.

I'm a bit long winded, so if someone wants to clean up the bill a bit, that would be great.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on July 08, 2007, 08:23:27 pm
TrueDem, looks like you put a lot of effort into it, so even if I wind up not supporting it, I will sponsor it:

Atlasian-United States Relations Exploration Act

Upon the passage of this bill, the United States Relations Commission shall be created with the following guidelines:
     a. The said commission shall be composed of the following:
            i. One member of the executive branch, as chosen by the President, with the possibility of the President himself,
           ii. Two members of the Senate, as chosen by the Senate at large, to be determined by a first past the post system of voting in the Senate with the top two recipients of votes being elected to serve on the commission,
          iii. One member of the Supreme Court, with the members of the Supreme Court choosing its representive in the same manner as the Senate,
          iv. One governor, as chosen by the governors as a whole by a first past the post system identical to the one used to elect the representatives from the Senate, and
         v. Two other citizens of Atlasia chosen the President, with no requirements on holding or not holding office for any of these citizens.
     b. The said commission shall elect a President and a Vice President to guide debate.
     c. In addition to the inclusion of a President and Vice President, the commission shall create its own rules and procedures and debate, including entertaining statements by citizens of Atlasia who are not members of the Commission and asking other citizens to appear for question and answer sessions.
     d. The primary goal of the said commission shall be to provide a comprehensive policy to the Senate on the possible recognition of the United States, with the topics including the following, but no limited to:
         i. Recognition of the United States,
         ii. Divergence from actual history,
         iii. The budget of Atlasia with regard to the United States,
         iv. The role of the Game Moderator, and
         v. The population, power, and status of Atlasia if it were to recognize the United States
     e. The Commission shall create a final report on its findings on the said issues to present to the Senate.
     f. The report of the commission shall not become law, but shall be used by the Senate for future consideration on this issue.




Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on July 12, 2007, 09:36:38 am
End of the Budget Amendment

1.) Aritcle I, Section 8 of the Constitution is hereby repealed


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on July 13, 2007, 02:38:26 pm
Bills that I want moved to the back:

Further Reforming Alcohol Act

Findings:
1.) The current age for legally consuming alcohol in Atlasia is 18

Actions:
1.) Their shall no longer be an age limit for purchasing or cosuming fermented alcoholic beverages
2.) The age for purchasing distilled beverages is hereby lowered to 16, and the age for comsumption shall be lowered to 14.
3.) Selling a distilled alcohol beverage to a person under 16 shall result in the following:
     a.) First Offense - $1,000 fine
     b.) Second Offense - $5,000 fine
     c.) Third Offense - 30 days in prison

Applicability:
1.) This law will apply in DC and other federal territories



Adult Stem Cell Reserach Enhancement

Findings:
1.) The Atlasian government is currently investing $50 million in embryonic stem cell reserach

Actions:
1.) The Atlasian government will invest $50 million in scientific grants to reserach on adult stem cell research


The rest I expect to either not be done with before I get back, and I will try to access the net at times during my vacation. 


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Sam Spade on July 13, 2007, 02:52:17 pm
I presume this means the earlier bills are withdrawn.  If you could, please modify the original posts on this fact so that I won't accidentally bring them forward.  Thanks.

Also, I want to be co-sponsor of you Withdrawal Amendment to the OSPR, if you are so inclined.  Thanks.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on July 13, 2007, 02:55:24 pm
I presume this means the earlier bills are withdrawn.  If you could, please modify the original posts on this fact so that I won't accidentally bring them forward.  Thanks.

Also, I want to be co-sponsor of you Withdrawal Amendment to the OSPR, if you are so inclined.  Thanks.

I deleted them and yes you can co-sponsor (and anyone for that matter) anyone of my bills


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on July 15, 2007, 03:07:38 am
End of the Budget Amendment

1.) Aritcle I, Section 8 of the Constitution is hereby repealed

I'll co-sponsor.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on July 15, 2007, 06:05:10 pm
Amendment to Allow the Senate to Set a Minimum Wage

The Senate shall have power to set a minimum wage, as it deems necessary. It shall be variable in that one shall be set for the Republic of Atlasia (the Five Regions) and others shall be set for the Insular Territories, at an appropriate level deemed by the Senate. The Regions shall also have power to set a minimum wage, within their jurisdictions, but this shall only have effect where this wage is greater than that which has been set by the Senate.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on July 21, 2007, 07:05:22 am
Acceptance of Science Bill

Section 1: Human Sexuality
No funds from the federal government shall go towards any sex education curriculum that promotes any of the following beliefs as based on scientific evidence:
1.) the trait of homosexuality or bisexuality is an entirely conscious choice and/or is strange or unnatural.
2.) the participation in homosexual sex acts is an unnatural act observed only in humans.
3.) the proper use of contraceptive devices including but not limited to condoms is grossly ineffective in preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections.
4.) engaging in sexual activity before marriage with proper precautions is dangerous.
5.) males and females should limit themselves to careers which have historically been associated with masculine and feminine roles, respectively.
6.) the surgical or medical termination of a nonviable pregnancy causes, or is in any way linked to, the development of breast cancer.

Section 2: Origins
No funds from the federal government shall go towards any scientific education curriculum that promotes any of the following beliefs as based on scientific evidence:
1.) the status of biological evolution as a scientific theory is somehow different or set apart from that of other scientific theories such as gravity or relativity.
2.) fossil evidence for biological macroevolution is largely inaccurate or misinterpreted by mainstream scientists, or presents a picture that contradicts with biological evolutionary theory.
3.) radioactive carbon dating is always inaccurate or scientifically unreliable.
4.) the age of the earth is less than ten thousand years.
5.) the origins of the universe and of life on earth are scientifically explained by religious texts or creeds.
6.) the complexity of certain types of life on earth are of such a magnitude that they present valid evidence for that of a higher power or "intelligent designer."
7.) creation theories are testable by the scientific method.
8.) the Second Law of Thermodynamics contradicts the Big Bang.

Section 3: Cannabis
No funds from the federal government shall go towards any drug prevention curriculum that promotes any of the following beliefs as based on scientific evidence:
1.) marijuana use fails to alleviate symptoms associated with terminal illness (e.g. cancer).
2.) recreational use of marijuana invariably leads to use of "hard" drugs (the so-called "gateway effect").

Edit: Withdrawn


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: King on July 21, 2007, 01:30:09 pm
So, how many more bills until we've successfully fixed the Sex, Drugs and Evolution industry?


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on July 21, 2007, 08:16:48 pm
Amendment to Allow the Senate to Set a Minimum Wage

The Senate shall have power to set a minimum wage, as it deems necessary. It shall be variable in that one shall be set for the Republic of Atlasia (the Five Regions) and others shall be set for the Insular Territories, at an appropriate level deemed by the Senate. The Regions shall also have power to set a minimum wage, within their jurisdictions, but this shall only have effect where this wage is greater than that which has been set by the Senate.

I'll co-sponsor this


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on July 25, 2007, 03:14:10 am
Morning-After Pill Bill

1. Any regulations requiring a prescription to obtain emergency contraception are hereby repealed.
2. Any restriction on the basis of age on the availabity of emergency contraception is repealed.
3. All hospitals will be required to dispense emergency contraception to fertile, female victims of rape regardless of the religious affiliation of the hospital or medical care provider.
4. Clause 3 shall not be construed as to mean that any rape victim or any other person will be required to use emergency contraception.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on July 26, 2007, 05:57:54 pm
Extradition Bill

1. It shall be the policy of the government of Atlasia that no foreign person suspected of a crime will be extradited to a nation where he or she may receive the death penalty for that crime.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on July 26, 2007, 06:48:27 pm
Atlasian Flag Burning Amendment

1.) Burning of the flag of Atlasia shall become a prosecutable offense
2.) Individual states may introduce their own penalties which cannot be less than a $500 fine and cannot exceed 10 years in prison


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on July 26, 2007, 11:07:37 pm
Bill to Raise the Retirement Age

1. F.L. 13-15, Clause 1, which states, "A senior shall be defined as a person aged 60 or older" is amended to read "A senior shall be defined as a person aged 65 or older."
2. Persons under 65 receiving benefits shall not have their status altered.
3. This bill will take effect one month after it becomes law.

EDIT:  I withdraw.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on July 27, 2007, 12:09:47 am
Creation of Federal Holidays Bill

1. January 22 is hereby Women's Rights Day, a federal holiday.
2. February 24 is hereby Mexican Flag Day, a federal holiday.
3. May 17 is hereby LGBT Rights Day, a federal holiday.
4. July 2 is hereby Civil Rights Day, a federal holiday.

EDIT:  I withdraw.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Jake on July 27, 2007, 11:01:09 am
Atlasian Flag Burning Amendment

1.) Burning of the flag of Atlasia shall become a prosecutable offense
2.) Individual states may introduce there own penalties will cannot be less than a $500 fine and no greater than 10 years in prison

Grammar is such a lost art.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on July 30, 2007, 12:03:21 pm
Hybrid Car Tax Break

Section 1:
a.) This bill is aimed to stimulate the purchases of hybrid and alternative fuel source cars and their use
b.) To qualify the car cannot run solely on petroleum gasoline, but may be a hybrid running on petroleum gasoline and another fuel source
c.) To qualify you must also continue to own the car, selling or donating your car will invalidate you to further tax breaks

Section 2:
The following tax breaks will be issued for purchasing a hybrid car:
1st Fiscal Year (referred to as FY) of ownership: 50% of price paid for the car
2nd FY of ownership: a value equal to 25% of price paid for the car
3rd FY of ownership: a value equal to 20% of price paid for the car
4th FY of ownership: a value equal to 15% of price paid for the car
5th FY of ownership: a value equal to 10% of price paid for the car
6+ FY of ownership: a value equal to 8% of price paid for the car

Section 3:
This law shall apply to federal income taxes only

Section 4:
This bill shall expire in 2025.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on August 02, 2007, 04:56:34 am
Environmental Policy Bill of 2007

Section 1: Energy Standards
1. CAFE standards will be raised in the following ways.
     a. Cars: Raise to 37 mpg by 2009, 47 mpg by 2011, 57 mpg by 2014
     b. Light Trucks: 27 mpg by 2009, 37 mpg by 2011, 45 mpg by 2014
     c. SUV: A standard of 25 mpg is instituted effective 2009, 38 mpg by 2011, 50 mpg by 2014
2. All companies must have 30% of all their cars being sold in the US by 2010 be hybrids; 45% by 2014; 55% by 2017, and 75% by 2021.
3. 15% of all fuel used for cars used must be ethanol by 2015, 40% by 2018, and 65% by 2020.
4. 15% of cars must be flex-fuel cars by 2015, 40% by 2018, and 65% by 2020.

Section 2: Snowmobiles in Public Parks
1. It shall hereby be illegal to use a snowmobile in any publicly protected national area.
2. Any person using a snowmobile in a publicly protected national area will be fined a minimum of $1,000 or a maximum of $5,000 per violation.

Section 3: Water Purity Standards
1. No person shall supply for drinking any water that he knows does not meet the primary drinking water regulations (http://www.epa.gov/safewater/contaminants/index.html#primary) set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
2. Any person who violates clause 1 of this act shall be imprisoned for not more than 3 years, or fined not more than $10,000, or both.

Section 4: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Policy
Subsection 1: Light Bulbs
1. The production and/or sale of incandescant light bulbs will be illegal effective January 1, 2010.
2. Persons wishing to switch from incandescant light bulbs to more energy-effecient light bulbs will be reimbursed in whole for all related expenses effective immediately upon the passage of this act into law until January 1, 2012.
Subsection 2: Electric Water Heating Systems
1. Effective January 1, 2010, the sale or production of electric water heating systems in all newly constructed homes, or those in the process of initial construction, will be illegal.
2. An exception will be made for:
a.) Components of solar water heating systems which rely on electricity.
b.) Multiple-storey apartment buildings.
3. The federal government will reimburse in full the costs of all citizens switching to a different water heating system until January 1, 2012.

Section 5: Double Glazed Windows
1. Effective January 1, 2010, all newly constructed homes, or those in the process of initial construction, must have double glazed windows in all instances where the window is facing an outside area.

Section 6: Sustainable Development in Forestry
1. For every tree cut down by any company, co-operative, or individual working in the forestry industry, that company, co-operative, or individual must plant two or more trees in the same forest or other woodland environment.

[[PREVIOUSLY THE Energy Policy Reform Bill]]


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on August 02, 2007, 05:02:41 am
Education Reform Bill of 2007

Section 1: Selective Education
1. No federal money shall go towards any K-12 private school tuition (including, but not limited to, those financed by any Regional school voucher programs).
2. This section shall become effective three months after this act becomes law.

Section 2: Public School Funds
1. Noting the poor quality of many public schools in certain areas of the Southeast Region, an additional $750 million shall go towards improving the maintenance of K-12 school buildings, textbook purchases, classroom supplies, teacher salaries, and before-and-after school extra-cirricular programs in public schools within the Southeast Region.
2. All other Regions shall receive an extra $500 million each to fund the items mentioned in Section 1.

Section 3: Low-Income Education Encouragement Pay Program
1. The federal government will institute a Low-Income Education Encouragement Pay Program.
2. Teachers whose classroom at any public K-12 school contains a large proportion (40% or more) of students from low-income households (combined annual income of less than $40,000) will be given a 35% pay increase.

Section 4: Acceptance of Science
Subsection 1: Human Sexuality
No funds from the federal government shall go towards any sex education curriculum that promotes any of the following beliefs as based on scientific evidence:
1.) the trait of homosexuality or bisexuality is an entirely conscious choice and/or is strange or unnatural.
2.) the participation in homosexual sex acts is an unnatural act observed only in humans.
3.) the proper use of contraceptive devices including but not limited to condoms is grossly ineffective in preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections.
4.) engaging in sexual activity before marriage with proper precautions is dangerous.
5.) males and females should limit themselves to careers which have historically been associated with masculine and feminine roles, respectively.
6.) the surgical or medical termination of a nonviable pregnancy causes, or is in any way linked to, the development of breast cancer.
Subsection 2: Origins
No funds from the federal government shall go towards any scientific education curriculum that promotes any of the following beliefs as based on scientific evidence:
1.) the status of biological evolution as a scientific theory is somehow different or set apart from that of other scientific theories such as gravity or relativity.
2.) fossil evidence for biological macroevolution is largely inaccurate or misinterpreted by mainstream scientists, or presents a picture that contradicts with biological evolutionary theory.
3.) radioactive carbon dating is always inaccurate or scientifically unreliable.
4.) the age of the earth is less than ten thousand years.
5.) the origins of the universe and of life on earth are scientifically explained by religious texts or creeds.
6.) the complexity of certain types of life on earth are of such a magnitude that they present valid evidence for that of a higher power or "intelligent designer."
7.) creation theories are testable by the scientific method.
8.) the Second Law of Thermodynamics contradicts the Big Bang.
Subsection 3: Cannabis
No funds from the federal government shall go towards any drug prevention curriculum that promotes any of the following beliefs as based on scientific evidence:
1.) marijuana use fails to alleviate symptoms associated with terminal illness (e.g. cancer).
2.) recreational use of marijuana invariably leads to use of "hard" drugs (the so-called "gateway effect").

Section 5: School Nutrition
1. No public school may be allowed to supply 'soft' drinks to students at a lower price than milk and juice products.
2. No public school may place vending machines with snack products in the same building as where Physical Education programs take place.
3. No food served and/or sold in a public school may contain non-naturally occurring trans fats.
4. Breakfast and lunch meals will be provided free of charge to any student from a low-income household (as defined by Section 3, Clause 2).

Section 6: College Tuition Taxes
1. Tuitions for colleges and universities will be taxed in the following ways, on the basis of the candidate's family's annual income.  The tuition's tax will rise proportional to the income, and shall be taxed at the following rates, with each rate corresponding to the tax rate on only the portion of the income that falls in the appointed range.
a.) $0-$50,000: 0%
b.) $50,001-$75,000: 0.5%
c.) $75,001-$125,000: 1%
d.) $125,001-$200,000: 2.5%
e.) $200,001-$500,000: 5%
f.) $500,001 or more: 7.5%
g.) Families where there are more than two children whose income falls into the ranges of c.) through f.) will be eligible for a decrease in the rate by 0.5%.
2. All taxes on textbooks and school materials for students are abolished.

Section 7: Status of Immigrants
1. No child attending, or preparing to attend, a K-12 public school shall be discriminated against on the basis of their citizenship status, lack of documentation, place of birth, first language, nor shall they be discriminated against on the basis of the citizenship status, documentation status, place of birth, first language, or criminal status of their parent(s).

Section 8: Homeschooling
1. The Attorney General will be required to prepare a report on the status of homeschooling standards within Atlasia, along with any recommendations he or she may feel necessary to improve the status of homeschooling, no later than December 31, 2007.

[[PREVIOUSLY THE Tax Reduction for College Tuitions Bill]]

Edit: I withdraw


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on August 02, 2007, 02:30:52 pm
Reform of the Alcohol Reform Act Bill

1. Section 4 of F.L. 14-10 is repealed and replaced with the following text:

"Persons under the age of 18 and over the age of 5 shall be allowed to consume alcohol under the supervision of a parent or guardian".


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on August 03, 2007, 05:13:41 am
Automatic Teller Machine Fees Bill

1. Any bank operating within the District of Columbia or any federal territories shall be prohibited from fining persons using automatic teller machines ('ATMs') for using a machine not associated or approved for use by the user's bank.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on August 03, 2007, 06:04:41 am
Snowmobiles in Public Parks Bill

1. It shall hereby be illegal to use a snowmobile in any publicly protected national area.
2. Any person using a snowmobile in a publicly protected national area will be fined a minimum of $1,000 or a maximum of $5,000 per violation.

EDIT: I withdraw.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on August 03, 2007, 06:34:25 pm
Middle East Aid Bill

1. Aid to both the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority is to be increased by 33% in both cases.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on August 03, 2007, 06:37:43 pm
Northern Ireland Aid Bill

1. Atlasia is to give 1 billion dollars of aid to Northern Ireland each year from this one onwards in order to aid economic development.

2. If the Devolved Institutions collapse again, this aid is to be withdrawn.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on August 03, 2007, 06:44:32 pm
Repeal of the Repeal of the Education and Care for Children in Poverty Act

1. F.L. 6-20 (the Repeal of the Education and Care for Children in Poverty Act) is hereby repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on August 03, 2007, 06:47:14 pm
"I don't like us being hated" Bill

1. F.L. 10-4 is hereby repealed


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on August 03, 2007, 06:49:30 pm
Miners Widows Bill

1. The widows of miners or former miners who die as a result of their occupation or former occupation shall be each be given $10,000 a year from the federal government.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on August 03, 2007, 06:51:18 pm
Say Sorry Bill

1. F.L. 14-7 is hereby repealed


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on August 03, 2007, 06:52:55 pm
We Don't Do Coups Bill

1. F.L. 13-19 is hereby repealed


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on August 03, 2007, 06:57:39 pm
Cymraeg Bill

1. Cymraeg (Welsh) is hereby declared to be the Sole Official Language of Bergen Co., NJ.

2. Take that, boyo!


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: King on August 03, 2007, 08:52:28 pm
Al, since they are all just one or two clause things, maybe you should just submit a Miscellany Act.  We haven't had one of those on a while.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Colin on August 03, 2007, 09:31:26 pm
Al, since they are all just one or two clause things, maybe you should just submit a Miscellany Act.  We haven't had one of those on a while.

Can't do that. I believe there's a Senate resolution stating that all bills have to pertain to a certain topic and cannot include multiple topics.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on August 03, 2007, 09:35:51 pm
Minimum Wage Revision Bill

1. All minimum wages throughout every federal territory will be increased by $0.50 effective January 2008, and by another $0.25 effective June 2008.
2. The District of Columbia minimum wage will be increased by $0.50 effective January 2008 (or a wage of $7.70).  It shall remain annually indexed to the Consumer Pricing Index.


{Stop posting in this thread if you aren't posting legislation, please.}

Public Interest Amendment

Section 1

The Senate shall have power, save where limited by other provisions of this Constitution:

1. To protect the Public Health and commerce by making such regulations as shall be necessary for the protection of those in employment.
2. To protect the Public Health, commerce and heritage by making such regulations as shall be necessary for the protection and preservation of natural beauty, biological diversity and other natural resources.

Section 2

All Legislation and Judicial Rulings not inconsistent with this Amendment passed prior to the Adoption of this Amendment shall remain in full force, unless superceded by subsequent legislation or Judicial Rulings.



Equal Rights Bill of 2007

Section 1: Removal of Discrimination in Blood Donation
1. The federal ban on any male who has engaged in sexual intercourse with another male donating blood is hereby removed.
2. No person shall be barred from donating blood on the basis of their sexual orientation.

Section 2: Equal Rights on the Basis of Sexual Orientation
1. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, Civil Rights Act of 1968, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991 shall be amended to include sexual orientation among the list of qualities that discrimination is illegal for.
2. All of the following forms of discrimination, on the basis of sexual orientation, will be illegal:
a. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in hotels, motels, restaurants, theaters, and all other public accommodations engaged in interstate commerce;
b. Refusal to sell or rent a dwelling to any person;
c. Discrimination against a person in the terms, conditions or privilege of the sale or rental of a dwelling;
d. Advertising the sale or rental of a dwelling indicating preference of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation;
e. Coercing, threatening, intimidating, or interfering with a person's enjoyment or exercise of housing rights based on discriminatory reasons or retaliating against a person or organization that aids or encourages the exercise or enjoyment of fair housing rights.
3. It shall be illegal for any Regional, State, or Local government to deny access to public facilities to any person on the basis of sexual orientation.
4. "Sexual orientation" shall not be construed as to include sexual offenders and/or predators of children.

Section 3: Racial Profiling
1. No branch of law enforcement shall be permitted to use the practice of racial profiling in attempting to catch or determine suspects.
2. "Racial profiling" is defined as the use of selecting someone for targeting solely on the basis of their skin color, race, language, or nationality being perceived as more likely to commit a crime than someone of a different skin color, race, language, or nationality.

Section 4: Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Law
Subsection 1: Discrimination in Compensation Because of Race, Color, Religion, Sex, National Origin, or Sexual Orientation
1. Section 706(e) of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000e-5(e)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
"(3)(A) For purposes of this section, an unlawful employment practice occurs, with respect to discrimination in compensation in violation of this title, when a discriminatory compensation decision or other practice is adopted, when an individual becomes subject to a discriminatory compensation decision or other practice, or when an individual is affected by application of a discriminatory compensation decision or other practice, including each time wages, benefits, or other compensation is paid, resulting in whole or in part from such a decision or other practice.
(B) In addition to any relief authorized by section 1977a of the Revised Statutes (42 U.S.C. 1981a), liability may accrue and an aggrieved person may obtain relief as provided in subsection (g)(1), including recovery of back pay for up to two years preceding the filing of the charge, where the unlawful employment practices that have occurred during the charge filing period are similar or related to unlawful employment practices with regard to discrimination in compensation that occurred outside the time for filing a charge.
"
Subsection 2: Discrimination in Compensation Because of Age
1. Section 7(d) of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (29 U.S.C. 626(d)) is amended--
a.) by redesignating paragraphs (1) and (2) as subparagraphs (A) and (B), respectively;
b.) by striking `(d)' and inserting `(d)(1)';
c.) in the third sentence, by striking `Upon' and inserting the following: "(2) Upon";
d.) by adding at the end the following:
"(3) For purposes of this section, an unlawful practice occurs, with respect to discrimination in compensation in violation of this Act, when a discriminatory compensation decision or other practice is adopted, when a person becomes subject to a discriminatory compensation decision or other practice, or when a person is affected by application of a discriminatory compensation decision or other practice, including each time wages, benefits, or other compensation is paid, resulting in whole or in part from such a decision or other practice."
Subsection 3: Application to Other Laws
1. Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990: The amendment made by section 3 shall apply to claims of discrimination in compensation brought under title I and section 503 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12111 et seq., 12203), pursuant to section 107(a) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 12117(a)), which adopts the powers, remedies, and procedures set forth in section 706 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000e-5).
2. Rehabilitation Act of 1973: The amendments made by section 3 shall apply to claims of discrimination in compensation brought under sections 501 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 791, 794), pursuant a.) sections 501(g) and 504(d) of such Act (29 U.S.C. 791(g), 794(d)), respectively, which adopt the standards applied under title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 for determining whether a violation has occurred in a complaint alleging employment discrimination; and
b.) paragraphs (1) and (2) of section 505(a) of such Act (29 U.S.C. 794a(a)) (as amended by subsection (c)).
3. Conforming Amendments:
a.) REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973- Section 505(a) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794a(a)) is amended--
         (A) in paragraph (1), by inserting after `(42 U.S.C. 2000e-5 (f) through (k))' the following: `(and the application of section 706(e)(3) (42 U.S.C. 2000e-5(e)(3)) to claims of discrimination in compensation)'; and
         (B) in paragraph (2), by inserting after `1964' the following: `(42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq.) (and in subsections (e)(3) of section 706 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 2000e-5), applied to claims of discrimination in compensation)'.
b.) CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964- Section 717 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000e-16) is amended by adding at the end the following: "(f) Section 706(e)(3) shall apply to complaints of discrimination in compensation under this section."
c.) AGE DISCRIMINATION ACT OF 1967- Section 15(f) of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (29 U.S.C. 633a(f)) is amended by striking "of section" and inserting "of sections 7(d)(3) and."
Subsection 4: Miscellany
1. With regard to any charges of discrimination under any law, nothing in this Act is intended to preclude or limit an aggrieved person's right to introduce evidence of unlawful employment practices that have occurred outside the time for filing a charge of discrimination.
2. This Act is not intended to change current law treatment of when pension distributions are considered paid.

Section 5: Atlasians Without a Religious Preference
1. All laws, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Civil Rights Act of 1968, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of religion shall be henceforth interpreted to also prohibit discrimination on the basis of a lack of any religion or religious views.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on August 03, 2007, 09:59:08 pm
edit: withdrawn

Increase in Senate Affairs Amendment

1. Article 3, Section 2, Clause 2 of the Official Senate Procedural Resolution is hereby amended to read as follows: “2. There shall be nine slots available for debating legislation on the Senate floor. Of these slots, four shall be available for any purpose; two shall be available for any purpose except the debating of Amendments to the Constitution; two shall be available only for legislation that the PPT considers to be related to forum affairs or emergency legislation which can be introduced pursuant to Article 7, Section 1 of this resolution; and one shall be available for debating veto overrides pursuant to Article 5, Section 3.”
2. This amendment to the OSPR will automatically repeal two months after passage.

* Bolded figures currently read seven, three, and one respectively.  I put this on automatic repeal because I suspect the Senate will not always be as busy with legislation as it at the moment.  If passed, we could theoretically discuss much of the President's reform proposal faster.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on August 06, 2007, 04:14:15 am
Bill to Establish Atlasian Policy Towards HIV/AIDS

Section 1: Findings
1. The scientific consensus notes that AIDS is caused by HIV.
2. The scientific consensus notes that condoms are an effective method of preventing HIV transmission among sexually active people.
3. The scientific consensus notes that needle exchange programs are an effective method of preventing HIV transmission among intravenous drug users.
4. Areas in which comprehensive sex education is used in favor of "abstinence-only" education have lower rates of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, as well as lower rates of unwanted pregnancies.
5. The World Health Organization estimates that 25 million people have died from AIDS since 1981, and approximately 38.6 million people are living with the disease worldwide.

Section 2: Needle Exchange
1. All federal laws prohibiting needle exchange programs are repealed.
2. The sale of hypodermic needles is legalized.  Any restrictions requiring a prescription before the purchase may be completed are repealed.
3. Noting that needle exchange programs are effective in decreasing the rate of HIV and Hepatitis C, the federal government pledges $60 million to fund needle exchange programs effective Fiscal Year 2008.

Section 3: Condom Distribution
1. Noting that condom use offers effective protection against sexually transmitted infections including HIV, the federal government pledges $60 million to fund condom distribution programs effective Fiscal Year 2008.
2. These programs will entail the free availability of condoms at every high school, college, university, and health clinic within Atlasia.  No student or clinic patron will be required to take or use the condoms made available.
3. Individual entities eligible for the condom distribution program may opt-out.

Section 4: Comprehensive Sex Education
1. The federal government will establish a comprehensive sex education cirriculum, to be recommended to the Regions for replacing existing so-called "abstinence-only" programs.
2. Sex education programs in publicly funded schools will be required to teach students the risks of engaging in unprotected sexual activity in conjunction with the proper use of protection methods, and information on how to obtain contraceptive services.
3. Sex education programs in publicly funded schools will be prohibited from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation in teaching methods.

Section 5: Removal of the Global Gag Rule
1. F.L. 7-2 is repealed.
2. Funds for the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) shall be restored to their FY 2001 level effective FY 2008, and increased to $30 million effective FY 2009.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on August 06, 2007, 03:16:59 pm
In response to Al's ridiculous bill,a slightly more serious yet not too serious one:

Abolishment of Unions Bill

1. The formation of a workers union for the purpose of collective bargaining or any other workplace improvement is prohibited


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Sam Spade on August 06, 2007, 05:59:05 pm
In response to Al's ridiculous bill,a slightly more serious yet not too serious one:

Abolishment of Unions Bill

1. The formation of a workers union for the purpose of collective bargaining or any other workplace improvement is prohibited

This is in conflict with a certain provision of the Constitution (I forget which and don't feel like looking) and would need to be made into an Amendment in order to not be frivolous.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Colin on August 06, 2007, 10:31:12 pm
In response to Al's ridiculous bill,a slightly more serious yet not too serious one:

Abolishment of Unions Bill

1. The formation of a workers union for the purpose of collective bargaining or any other workplace improvement is prohibited

This is in conflict with a certain provision of the Constitution (I forget which and don't feel like looking) and would need to be made into an Amendment in order to not be frivolous.

Article VI, Section 10:

Persons in employment shall have the right to organize for the purpose of collective bargaining, with such exceptions as the Senate may provide for by Law on the grounds of vital national interest.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on August 07, 2007, 03:23:01 am
School Vouchers Bill

1. No federal money shall go towards any regional school voucher system.
2. This act shall take effect three months after it becomes law.

EDIT: I withdraw.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on August 07, 2007, 03:39:23 am
Open Borders Bill

1. F.L. 14-3, Return to Normalcy Act, is repealed.
2. F.L. 18-8, Illegal Immigrant Act, Section 2, Clause 1 is amended to read: "Any illegal alien who has not been convicted of terrorism charges (military tribunal convictions notwithstanding), nor has been convicted of an offence and sentenced to a term of imprisonment greater than 5 years in duration, may apply for citizenship one month after the passage of this act."
3. F.L. 19-1, Immigration Reform Act of 2007, Sections 14, 15, and 17 are repealed.
4. No person shall be denied access to social programs, including public education, on the basis of citizenship status.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on August 07, 2007, 05:25:03 am
Presidential Term Limits Constitutional Amendment

That Article II, Section 3, Clause 3 of the Constitution shall be removed and subsequent clauses shall be renumbered accordingly.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on August 08, 2007, 03:32:00 pm
Fairness to the Children Act

1. F.L. 13-14 is hereby repealed

EDITED to show correct legislation


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Sam Spade on August 08, 2007, 04:55:38 pm
In response to Al's ridiculous bill,a slightly more serious yet not too serious one:

Abolishment of Unions Bill

1. The formation of a workers union for the purpose of collective bargaining or any other workplace improvement is prohibited

This is in conflict with a certain provision of the Constitution (I forget which and don't feel like looking) and would need to be made into an Amendment in order to not be frivolous.

Article VI, Section 10:

Persons in employment shall have the right to organize for the purpose of collective bargaining, with such exceptions as the Senate may provide for by Law on the grounds of vital national interest.

After watching last night's AFL-CIO debate, I have reaffirmed my support to eliminating this clause of the Constitution and would support such legislation, even though it will go nowhere.

So, DWTL, either change the language of this within 24 hours or I'm striking it as frivolous/unconstitutional.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on August 09, 2007, 03:04:25 am
Cruel and Inhumane Treatment Bill

1. The government of Atlasia officially condemns the practice of torture and affirms the principles of the Geneva Conventions as well as its commitment to its prohibition of cruel, degrading, inhumane, and/or humiliating treatment of suspects or prisoners.
2. No evidence obtained from the use of torture will be admissable as valid in a court of law.
3. All branches over which the Atlasian government has jurisdiction, including the military, are required to accord to non-citizens all of the relevant rights of citizens (namely, the right to a fair trial and the right to be free of cruel, degrading, inhumane and/or humiliating treatment).
4. The government of Atlasia will refuse to return any person to their home country if there is any chance that they will be tortured.



Racial Profiling Bill

1. No branch of law enforcement shall be permitted to use the practice of racial profiling in attempting to catch or determine suspects.
2. "Racial profiling" is defined as the use of selecting someone for targeting solely on the basis of their skin color, race, language, or nationality being perceived as more likely to commit a crime than someone of a different skin color, race, language, or nationality.

EDIT: Racial Profiling Bill is withdrawn.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on August 09, 2007, 03:13:47 am
Ratification of the Convention of the Rights of the Child Bill

1. Atlasia hereby ratifies the Convention of the Rights of the Child, as agreed to by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20, 1989, and signed by U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright on February 16, 1995.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on August 09, 2007, 04:03:21 am
Water Purity Bill
1. No person shall supply for drinking any water that he knows does not meet the primary drinking water regulations (http://www.epa.gov/safewater/contaminants/index.html#primary) set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
2. Any person who violates clause 1 of this act shall be imprisoned for not more than 3 years, or fined not more than $10,000, or both.

EDIT: I withdraw.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on August 09, 2007, 03:52:44 pm
I introduce the following bill on behalf o Mr. Ernest, I am unwilling to state whether I am for or against it at this time:

OPSR Courtesy Resolution

1. Article 3 Section 2 Clause 1 of the OPSR is amended by inserting before the period, ", subject to such limitations on available debate slots contained in this section".

2. Article 3 Section 2 of the OPSR is amended by adding the following as Clause 7:
"7. Notwithstanding Clause 1 of this Section, unless no other bills are available for debate, a Senator may not be the sponsor of more than two pieces of legislation that are on the floor at any one time."


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Sam Spade on August 09, 2007, 04:47:10 pm
In response to Al's ridiculous bill,a slightly more serious yet not too serious one:

Abolishment of Unions Bill

1. The formation of a workers union for the purpose of collective bargaining or any other workplace improvement is prohibited

The bill is deemed in direct conflict with Article I, Section VI, Clause 10 and is thus removed from the Senate floor as unconstitutional.

Challenges to this ruling may be made per the rules in Article 3, Section 1, Clause 4 of the Senate Rules.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on August 10, 2007, 08:06:46 am
In response to Al's ridiculous bill,a slightly more serious yet not too serious one:

Abolishment of Unions Bill

1. The formation of a workers union for the purpose of collective bargaining or any other workplace improvement is prohibited

The bill is deemed in direct conflict with Article I, Section VI, Clause 10 and is thus removed from the Senate floor as unconstitutional.

Challenges to this ruling may be made per the rules in Article 3, Section 1, Clause 4 of the Senate Rules.

I also ask that Al's bill establishing an official language for Bergen County, NJ to be struck as either frivolous or unconstitutional, take your pick.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on August 10, 2007, 09:18:59 pm
Affirmative Action Reform Bill of 2007

1. F.L. 8-14 is repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on August 11, 2007, 06:57:17 pm
It would seem that in the time that I was away I missed the chance to hurl one of my favourite insults at a certain dolt here.

Oh well...

(http://www.dictatorofthemonth.com/Jaruzelski/jaruzelskimain.jpg)

I also ask that Al's bill establishing an official language for Bergen County, NJ to be struck as either frivolous or unconstitutional, take your pick.

Rhaid cymryd y gwrthwynebiadau o ddifri.

(Ond... Cymru am byth!)


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on August 11, 2007, 07:19:52 pm
It would seem that in the time that I was away I missed the chance to hurl one of my favourite insults at a certain dolt here.

Oh well...

(http://www.dictatorofthemonth.com/Jaruzelski/jaruzelskimain.jpg)

I also ask that Al's bill establishing an official language for Bergen County, NJ to be struck as either frivolous or unconstitutional, take your pick.

Rhaid cymryd y gwrthwynebiadau o ddifri.

(Ond... Cymru am byth!)
Wow, you are more obnoxious and moronoic than I originally thought


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on August 11, 2007, 07:28:23 pm
Wow, you are more obnoxious and moronoic than I originally thought

Gwael ymateb.

Twpsyn.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Colin on August 11, 2007, 08:25:35 pm
It would seem that in the time that I was away I missed the chance to hurl one of my favourite insults at a certain dolt here.

Oh well...

(http://www.dictatorofthemonth.com/Jaruzelski/jaruzelskimain.jpg)

DWDL's a former Polish communist dictator? You learn new things everyday.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Sam Spade on August 12, 2007, 11:29:32 am
Cymraeg Bill

1. Cymraeg (Welsh) is hereby declared to be the Sole Official Language of Bergen Co., NJ.

2. Take that, boyo!

This bill is struck on the grounds of being frivolous (and unconstitutional).  If you wish to challenge, Al, the procedure for doing so is posted above.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on August 12, 2007, 11:54:46 am
I have already stated (in this thread as well) that the objections to the bill must be taken seriously, so obviously I won't challenge the PPT's decision.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on August 14, 2007, 07:24:03 am
Atlasian Unemployment Bill

1. The Atlasian Government pledges to keep a goal of less than 5% of the head of households unemployed.
2. The Atlasian Government, to combat the problem of unemployment, will create Public Works projects.  A Public Works Commission will be formed to create jobs for the unemployed.
3. The Atlasian Government will provide tax incentives to small business owners who employ ten people or more in times of employment crisis.
4. The commission will have the power to set a flexible wage for the public works projects which is to be no lower than $7.85 an hour.
5. Jobs created under this Act shall be available only to a head of household or to one spouse in a married couple, as defined under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.



Amendments to the Reproductive Rights Act Bill

1. F.L. 18-1, Section 2, is amended to read as follows: "It shall be against the law to induce the termination of a pregnancy 24 weeks or later after the implantation of the embryo into the woman's womb, unless continuing the pregnancy presents a threat to the life or health of the woman, and/or the life of the fetus."
2. F.L. 18-1, Section 3, is amended to read as follows: "Doctors convicted to be in violation of clause 2 will be liable of up to a $5,000 fine."
3. No organization receiving federal funding for family planning services domestically or abroad shall be prohibited from mentioning the full range of reproductive options, including abortion, to their clientele on pain of federal support.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Sam Spade on August 15, 2007, 02:20:18 pm
2nd Immigration Reform Bill of 2007

1. The Illegal Immigrant Act (F.L. 18-8) is hereby repealed.

2. Illegal aliens who have been convicted of a state or federal offense and sentenced to a term of imprisonment less than 12 months in duration within the last 3 years of their application shall be denied citizenship in all instances, even if their application is presently pending under the auspices of F.L. 18-8.  This shall not apply to persons imprisoned for actions which have since become decriminalized.

3. Illegal aliens who have been convicted of a state or federal offense and sentenced to a term of imprisonment less than 12 months in duration not within the last 3 years of their application whose application is presently pending under the auspices of F.L. 18-8 shall be allowed to become citizens, if meeting the separate requirements of all other relevant legislation.

4. Illegal or legal aliens who have become citizens because of changes in the law effectuated by F.L. 18-8 shall not have their citizenship revoked.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on August 15, 2007, 06:51:55 pm
Jury Reform Bill

1. All juries empanelled for the purposes of trying crimes in the Republic of Atlasia shall be composed of five jurors, who shall all be registered voters in the Region of the Republic of Atlasia in which the defendant is resident and without previous convictions.

2. Jury selection shall be random and shall be administered by the presiding Justice, he may however discard jurors from his selection on grounds of inactivity.

3. If the Justice shall decide a juror has become either prejudicious or inactive, he may replace the juror. The Justice may do this twice during a trial, but if he considers it necessary for a third time, he shall order a mistrial and begin a new trial.

4. In order for a jury to convict at least three jurors must deliver a guilty verdict, however the Justice may raise this to four jurors at his own discretion. Jurors shall make their verdict known by public post.

5. To be empanelled on to a jury, the juror shall repeat the following oath: "I swear (or affirm) that I will well and truly try the matter in issue between the parties, and give a true verdict according to the law and evidence, so help me Dave."


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on August 19, 2007, 07:44:17 am
Decriminalization of LSD Bill

Section 1: Applicability
1. This law shall remove all federal restrictions on LSD in addition to legalization in Nyman and other federal territories which do not form a region.
2. The Regions of Atlasia shall be free to legalize and regulate LSD in any manner which they may choose.

Section 2: In Regards to the Legal Status of LSD
1. The possession and consumption of LSD (also known as lysergic acid diethylamide, LSD-25, or "acid"), a non-addictive semisynthetic psychedelic drug, shall be lawful for anyone who is 18 years or older.
2. This law shall not be interpreted as to decriminalize driving under the influence of LSD.

Section 3: Taxation
1. Taxes on LSD will be 30%.  Individual regions may set their own taxes on LSD as they see fit in addition to the federal tax which shall not exceed 20%.
2. Federal revenue raised from taxes on LSD and marijuana will be split evenly among the following two funds:
a.) 50% to a federally funded needle exchange program
         1.) The needles shall be available at areas designated by the region in which they are contained
         2.) Distribution centers shall be no farther than one hundred (100) miles apart
b.) 50% to public transportation and roadways to split among
         -25% Interstate highway repair
         -25% Bridge and infrastructure repair
3. Regional revenue generated from sales of LSD shall be used however the region deems necessary by a vote of the people upon voting for legalization


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on August 20, 2007, 12:36:00 pm
I would like to object to the reintroduction of three defeated bills in slightly different form as being frivolous.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on August 20, 2007, 12:39:31 pm
I would like to object to the reintroduction of three defeated bills in slightly different form as being frivolous.
Considering the objection and recommendation of the president concerning my bill in his veto was to fix up the taxation section, resubmitting this bill that passed is far from frivolous.  As for Ebowed I do not know why he did that.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on August 20, 2007, 12:43:40 pm
I would like to object to the reintroduction of three defeated bills in slightly different form as being frivolous.
Considering the objection and recommendation of the president concerning my bill in his veto was to fix up the taxation section, resubmitting this bill that passed is far from frivolous.  As for Ebowed I do not know why he did that.

It was still defeated. If it wasn't defeated you wouldn't be re-introducing it.

Can't you at least wait until the next Senate? Not that you'll be in it, but I'm sure that whoever defeats you will be happy to introduce bills written by their constituents.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Sam Spade on August 20, 2007, 09:41:56 pm
I would like to object to the reintroduction of three defeated bills in slightly different form as being frivolous.

Actually, the number is four.  :P

I doubt I will be trying to remove these bills, b/c I am likely to be overruled by 1/3 of the Senate in these four matters - but I will think about it.  Otherwise, there's no other possible justification.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on August 21, 2007, 12:51:53 pm
I would like to object to the reintroduction of three defeated bills in slightly different form as being frivolous.
Considering the objection and recommendation of the president concerning my bill in his veto was to fix up the taxation section, resubmitting this bill that passed is far from frivolous.  As for Ebowed I do not know why he did that.

It was still defeated. If it wasn't defeated you wouldn't be re-introducing it.

Can't you at least wait until the next Senate? Not that you'll be in it, but I'm sure that whoever defeats you will be happy to introduce bills written by their constituents.
My bill was passed, please read more carefully.  The president and others recommended I clean up the tax section and reintroduce it, that is exactly what I did.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on August 21, 2007, 12:58:34 pm
I would like to object to the reintroduction of three defeated bills in slightly different form as being frivolous.
Considering the objection and recommendation of the president concerning my bill in his veto was to fix up the taxation section, resubmitting this bill that passed is far from frivolous.  As for Ebowed I do not know why he did that.

It was still defeated. If it wasn't defeated you wouldn't be re-introducing it.

Can't you at least wait until the next Senate? Not that you'll be in it, but I'm sure that whoever defeats you will be happy to introduce bills written by their constituents.
My bill was passed, please read more carefully.  The president and others recommended I clean up the tax section and reintroduce it, that is exactly what I did.

I can read quite well, thank you. But I think that you need to understand what "passed" in the context of "legislation" means.
Not that it's something especially likely to bother you for much longer.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on August 22, 2007, 04:52:00 am
Light Bulbs Bill

1. The production and/or sale of incandescant light bulbs will be illegal effective January 1, 2010.
2. Persons wishing to switch from incandescant light bulbs to more energy-effecient light bulbs will be reimbursed in whole for all related expenses effective immediately upon the passage of this act into law until January 1, 2012.

EDIT: I Withdraw


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on August 22, 2007, 06:02:29 pm
I'll introduce this on behalf of Ernest.

Sports and Other Event Memorabilia Tax Reform Bill

§1. Findings
On August 7, 2007 Barry Bonds set the Major League Baseball record for home runs.  Matt Murphy, the person in stands who caught the ball has indicated that for tax reasons he will be selling the ball rather than keeping it.  It is the sense of the Senate that a person who obtains a item of memorabilia from a sporting event or other event should not be forced to sell that item because of income assessed for tax purposes based on the speculative value of that item.

§2. Definitions
For the purposes of this Act:
   (1) "date of acquisition" is the date at which the event which produced an item of event memorabilia obtained by an attendee began, and
   (2) "item of event memorabilia" means an item obtained by an attendee to an event as a result of that event which obtains extra value as a result of its association with that event or a portion of that event.

§3. Taxable Income
Effective beginning tax year 2007, only the value of an item of event memorabilia exclusive of any added value due to its association with the event that made it an item of event memorabilia shall be considered as taxable income for the tax year of the date of acquisition.  The preceding sentence shall not be deemed to exclude taxing any capital gain from the sale of that item by the attendee, if such sale takes place in the same tax year.

§4. Capital Gains
An item of event memorabilia shall for purposes of determining capital gains realized at its sale shall be deemed to have a cost basis equal to the taxable income assessed under section 3 at the date of acquisition.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on August 23, 2007, 02:36:31 am
Universal Health Care Bill of 2007

1. The federal government hereby establishes a single-payer universal health care program for use in the District of Columbia and all federal territories.
2. This program will be open towards any resident or citizen of the District of Columbia or any Atlasian federal territories regardless of previous health conditions, disability, citizenship status, criminal record, or economic status.  No person will be required to pay for access to health care.
3. All medical services, including preventative treatment and dental care, will be covered under this system.
4. All subsidies towards health maintenence organizations ('HMOs') are abolished.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on August 27, 2007, 04:45:00 pm
Demilitarization and Security of Sports Bill

§1. Findings
   (a) Training for international sporting events at a competitive level requires a degree of specialization and training that is generally incompatible with the expectations of service in today's military, except in events directly related to military skills.
   (b) The ability of the Atlasian Olympic Committee to raise funds is sufficient as to not require a subsidy in the form of enlistment of athletes as members of the military services primarily to enable them to compete in athletic competitions.
   (c) Provision of military assistance to law enforcement agencies with security arrangements to sporting events should be conditioned solely on the security needs determined by the Attorney General and not by the type of sporting event.

CHAPTER 1 - DEMILITARIZATION OF SPORTS

§11. Participation
   The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to spend no funds under section 717 of title 10 for the participation of members of the armed forces in the Winter Olympic Games after 2010, the Pan-American Games after 2011, and the Summer Olympic Games in 2012 or any other international sports competition concluding more than five years after the date of the passage of this Act.  The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to spend no funds under said section for the participation of members of the armed forces in preparatory competitions, unless such competition is preparatory to an international sports competiton for which funds may be spent under the preceding sentence.

§12. Repeal
   As of the later of five years after the date of the passage of this chapter or the date of the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, section 717 of title 10, subsection (b)(3)(B) of section 1033 of title 10, subsection (d) of section 406c of title 37, and section 420 of title 37 are repealed.

§13. Construction
   This chapter shall not be construed as preventing the Secretary of External Affairs from granting leave under applicable law to members of the armed forces for the purpose of enabling them to compete in international sporting events or preparatory competitions thereto.

CHAPTER 2 - SECURITY OF SPORTS

§21. Provision of support for certain sporting events
   (a) Subsection (a) of section 2564 of title 10 is amended to strike ", the Goodwill Games".
   (b) Subsection (c) of section 2564 of title 10 is repealed and subsections (d) through (f) of said section are redesignated subsections (c) through (e) respectively.



Gender Neutral Militia Act

   Section 311(a) of Title 10, Armed Forces, is amended by -
      (1) replacing the word "males" with the word "individuals", and
      (2) striking the words "and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard".



And finally a bill that owes its existence largely because I couldn't resist the idea of a having a literal omnibus bill.

Military Omnibus Procurement Act

§1. Findings
   (a) It is reasonable and proper that to ensure the ability of Atlasia to provide a common defense for the people of Atlasia that certain defense-related items be subject to restrictions on procurement to ensure that Atlasia is able to produce them for its own needs regardless of any interruption in foreign commerce that may happen in the future.
   (b) Applying restrictions on such procurements to non-military articles that apply only to the armed forces dilutes the respect and gravitas that the principle of self-reliance in defense matters embodied by subsection (a) should command.

§2. Repeal
   Subsection (a)(1) of section 2534, title 10, Armed Forces, requiring that multipassenger motor vehicles (omnibuses) acquired for the armed forces be made only by Atlasian firms, is repealed as of the end of the current fiscal year.

§3. Construction
   This Act shall not be construed as repealing or modifying any other "Buy Atlasian" provision of law that applies to such acquisitions.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Small Business Owner of Any Repute on August 29, 2007, 12:48:07 pm
I thank Governor FezzyFestoon for giving me the opportunity to start my term immediately, albeit in a different Senate Seat.  (Should it be an issue, I intend to pick up sponsorship of my own bill again following my resignation from the Northeast Senate Seat and re-swearing in to my District 2 Senate Seat.)

Carbon Tax Residential Relief Act

§1. Findings
   (a) The Carbon Tax Act shall cost the average Atlasian family an extra $36 in tax year 2008 on electricity bills, climbing to $360 annually by tax year 2017;
   (b) The Carbon Tax Act shall cost the average heating-oil-consuming Atlasian family an extra $37 in tax year 2008 on heating bills, climbing to $370 annually by tax year 2017;
   (c) The Carbon Tax, while a strong, powerful mechanism for lowering Atlasian carbon dioxide emissions, is a regressive tax that could potentially cripple lower-income taxpayers while having virtually no effect on the richest of taxpayers;
   (d) The Carbon Tax is an incentive only to those with the means to change their fuel consumption habits.  Those whose incomes place them in the lower-to-middle income tax brackets have little ability to switch to a more fuel efficient manner of home heating, install solar panels, purchase better insulating windows, and pursue similar fuel-saving ideas;
   (e) Similarly, it is a finding that those least able to pay for electricity bills and home heating fuel are also the least likely to waste fossil fuels out of an inability to afford such waste.

CHAPTER 1 - ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION RESIDENTIAL CREDIT

§11. Industry Requirements
   Beginning in the year 2008, and continuing indefinitely (or until repeal of the Carbon Tax Act), electricity providers operating within Atlasia shall send each customer currently purchasing electricity under a residential rate tier at their primary residence an end-of-year statement showing the total amount of carbon tax paid by said consumer for the year prior.

§12. Eligibility for the Carbon Tax Electricity Credit
   For the tax year 2008, all single-filing Atlasian taxpayers whose taxable income is $60,000 or less and all joint-filing tax payers whose taxable income is $120,000 or less shall be eligible for a "Carbon Tax Electricity Credit."  For the tax year 2009 and beyond, these income requirements shall be indexed to the CPI and adjusted annually for the life of the Carbon Tax Residential Relief Act.

§13. Value of the Carbon Tax Electricity Credit
   For the tax year 2008, residential consumers found eligible in paragraph (§12) shall be able to claim an income tax credit in the amount of their yearly electricity-based Carbon Tax payments, up to $35.  This amount shall increase by $35 annually to a total of $350 by tax year 2017, at which time the credit shall make no further annual adjustments.  This credit shall expire upon the repeal of either the Carbon Tax Act or the Carbon Tax Residential Relief Act.

CHAPTER 2 - HEATING FUEL CONSUMPTION RESIDENTIAL CREDIT

§21. Industry Requirements
   Beginning in the year 2008, and continuing indefinitely (or until repeal of the Carbon Tax Act), natural gas and diesel home heating oil providers operating within Atlasia shall send each residential customer currently purchasing natural gas or diesel home heating oil at their site of primary residence an end-of-year statement showing the total amount of carbon tax paid by said consumer for the year prior.

§22. Eligibility for the Carbon Tax Heating Fuel Credit
   For the tax year 2008, all single-filing Atlasian taxpayers whose taxable income is $60,000 or less and all joint-filing tax payers whose taxable income is $120,000 or less shall be eligible for a "Carbon Tax Heating Fuel Credit."  For the tax year 2009 and beyond, these income requirements shall be indexed to the CPI and adjusted annually for the life of the Carbon Tax Residential Relief Act.

§23. Value of the Carbon Tax Electricity Credit
   For the tax year 2008, residential consumers found eligible in paragraph (§22) shall be able to claim an income tax credit in the amount of their yearly heating-fuel-based Carbon Tax payments, up to $35.  This amount shall increase by $35 annually to a total of $350 by tax year 2017, at which time the credit shall make no further annual adjustments.  This credit shall expire upon the repeal of either the Carbon Tax Act or the Carbon Tax Residential Relief Act.

CHAPTER 3 - SPECIAL LIMITATIONS

§31. Diesel Fuel Limitation
   The Carbon Tax exemptions shall apply only to diesel fuel used for the purposes of home heating, and shall not apply to diesel fuel purchased for any other use, including, but not limited to, on-road use.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Brandon H on August 29, 2007, 11:34:44 pm
Small Business Relief Act of 2007
Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarbanes-Oxley_Act) (Pub. L. No. 107-204, 116 Stat. 745) is repealed.

Right to be Reproduced Act
Reproductive Rights Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Reproductive_Rights_Act) (F.L. 18-1) is repealed.

Unproven Research Funding Elimination Act
Embryonic Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Embryonic_Stem_Cell_Research_Enhancement_Act) (F.L. 18-7)

Illegal is Still Illegal Act
Illegal Immigrant Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Illegal_Immigrant_Act) (F.L. 18-8) is replealed.

Irrelevant in Atlasia But Needs To Be Eliminated Act
Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bipartisan_Campaign_Reform_Act) (McCain–Feingold Act, Pub.L. 107-155, 116 Stat. 81) is repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Verily on August 30, 2007, 12:14:34 am
Would the "Illegal is Still Illegal Act" also revoke the citizenship of anyone who has applied for citizenship in the time since going so became legal on May 19? Because the Senate has no rights to revoke citizenship.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Sam Spade on August 30, 2007, 11:11:57 am
Would the "Illegal is Still Illegal Act" also revoke the citizenship of anyone who has applied for citizenship in the time since going so became legal on May 19? Because the Senate has no rights to revoke citizenship.

That is the reason why I proposed my legislation (I think it's on the previous page), which dealt with that problem (even though I haven't read the Constitution to know for sure).  It was, of course, defeated.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: SPC on August 30, 2007, 10:55:07 pm
Would the "Illegal is Still Illegal Act" also revoke the citizenship of anyone who has applied for citizenship in the time since going so became legal on May 19? Because the Senate has no rights to revoke citizenship.

I don't think so, as that would be a violation of ex post facto law.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Verily on August 31, 2007, 06:46:48 pm
Would the "Illegal is Still Illegal Act" also revoke the citizenship of anyone who has applied for citizenship in the time since going so became legal on May 19? Because the Senate has no rights to revoke citizenship.

I don't think so, as that would be a violation of ex post facto law.

Then I question what, in fact, the Illegal is Still Illegal Act is meant to do -- punish those who were not sufficiently rapid in submitting paperwork or those who the federal government dallied in issuing citizenship to?


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Small Business Owner of Any Repute on September 07, 2007, 10:27:22 am
National Defense Reprioritization Act

F.L. 3-5, the Missile Defense Initiative Act, is hereby repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Small Business Owner of Any Repute on September 07, 2007, 11:00:48 am
In the case Sen. Ebowed's Universal Healthcare Bill does not pass, I offer this.

[If and when Ebowed's Universal Healthcare Bill passes, please consider this legislation withdrawn.]


Health Care Access Expansion Act of 2007
§1. Findings
  (a) Fifty percent of Atlasian businesses that are considered "small businesses" do not offer health care plans to their employees.
  (b) Small business owners have virtually no leverage for negotiation and limited access to affordable health care plan offerings, limiting the number of Atlasians who are currently insured through their main workplace.
  (c) By pooling these small business health insurance policies, it is expected that the Atlasian Government can negotiate lower rates not only for these small business owners, but for the insurance policies Atlasia currently offers to governmental employees.

CHAPTER 1 - EXPANSION OF THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES HEALTH BENEFIT PROGRAM
§11. New Name.
     The Federal Employees Health Benefit Program will hence be renamed to the Federal Employees/SBA Health Benefit Program.  (Herein refered to as "the Program.")
§12. Bulk Coverage Negotiation.
     The Program is directed to immediately begin negotiations with private insurers who currently offer coverage to governmental employees.  These negotiations shall be based on the expectation of enrolling one million new Atlasians under the Program.
§13. Competitive Bidding.
     The provisions in §12 shall not be construed as a requirement for the Atlasian Government to renew contracts with existing insurers, or to restrict access to government contracts for health care companies not currently offering plans through the Program.
§14. Expansion of Coverage.
     Any Atlasian business defined as a "small business" by the Small Business Administration (SBA) shall be eligible to seek coverage for their employees through the Program, beginning at the start of FY 2008.  No minimum or maximum employer contribution shall be required to do so.
§15. Employee Choice.
     Employees of "small businesses" participating in the Program shall have the option to purchase any health care plan currently available to Atlasian governmental employees in their state.

CHAPTER 2 - EXPIRATION
§21. Circuit Breaker—Fiscal Savings Requirement.
     This bill will only take effect if the rates negotiated under §12 for fiscal year 2008 are at least 0.5% lower than current rates for each individual health care plan option offered to the Atlasian Government's employees in FY 2007.
§22. Expiration upon Universal Healthcare Passage.
     This bill will be considered repealed any time the Atlasian Government is found to pass a law offering a "universal health care" plan in which a supermajority (two-thirds plus one) of Atlasian citizens are to be enrolled.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on September 08, 2007, 04:52:19 pm
edit: withdrawn

Cocaine Punishment Harmonization Bill

Section 1: Findings
1. Current law punishes violations relating to "crack" cocaine much more harshly than "normal" (i.e. powder) cocaine.
2. This discrepancy has a noticeable and intended racially discriminatory result.

Section 2: Harmonization
1. All punishments relating to the production, sale, consumption, or possession of 'crack' cocaine shall be reduced to the same punishments eligible for the production, sale, consumption, or possession of cocaine.
2. Any person convicted of violating laws against 'crack' will be given an automatic reduction or removal of sentence and compensation for unfair time spent incarcerated where appropriate.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: afleitch on September 08, 2007, 07:14:19 pm
Press Complaints Commission Bill

Section 1 - In order to safeguard the integrity of our free press and the freedom of the individual, there shall be established a Press Complaints Commission empowered with the authority to investigate charges brought to it on the basis of the following grievances: slander without due basis, fabrication of a story or editorial involving a named individual, insults against a named person, statements regarding an individual deemed to be considered by said individual as a statement of untruth.

Section 2a - The Press Complaints Commission shall consist of two individuals appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate except where identified as exempt by Section 2b.

Section 2b - No member of the Press Complaints Commission shall be an owner, proprietor or editor of any national media outlet.

Section 3 - The Commission shall have the authority to adjudicate on any matter brought before it by aggrieved persons. All parties involved shall be granted the right of representation during the period of adjudication.

Section4 - The Commission shall have the authority to impose a fine of between $100 and $100,000 if it finds in favour of the complaint brought before it by the aggrieved.

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May require modification.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Sam Spade on September 23, 2007, 09:18:41 pm
Repeal of the Educational Funding Clarification Bill

1.  F.L. 21-3 is hereby repealed.

2.  All funds ($1.9 billion) designated to be given to the respective Regions are hereby to be returned to the Department of Education.

3.  All currently existing taxes on college tuitions are abolished.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on September 28, 2007, 11:23:04 pm
Tobacco Reform Bill

Edit: withdrawn.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on October 01, 2007, 03:20:19 pm
End to Districts Amendment

That the following changes shall be made to the Atlasian Constitution:

1. Article I, Section 1, Clause 1 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be amended to read as follows:
The Senate shall be composed of ten Senators, each with a term of four months.

2. Article I, Section 1, Clause 2 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be amended to read as follows:
No Person shall be a Senator who has not attained a hundred or more posts and, in the case of Regional Senators, is not a registered voter in the Region that they represent.

3. Article I, Section 4, Clause 1 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be amended to read as follows:
The Senate shall be divided into two classes: Class A, which shall comprise the Senators elected from the Regions, and Class B, which shall comprise Senators elected by a form of proportional representation.

4. Article IV, Section 4 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Verily on October 02, 2007, 10:20:46 pm
Abstentions on Amendments Amendment

That Article VII, Section I of the Constitution of Atlasia be amended to read:

"The Senate, whenever two-thirds of its number shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of this Constitution when ratified by a majority of the People voting in public polls, not including abstentions or declarations of presence, in three-quarters of the Regions. Such votes shall last for exactly one week and shall be administered by the Governor of the Region or other officer as the Law of the Region may provide. Citizens will cast their vote by public post."


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on October 04, 2007, 03:17:41 am
I am withdrawing the following bills:

Northern Ireland Aid Bill
Middle East Aid Bill
Say Sorry Bill
We Don't Do Coups Bill

Have a look at the sheer size of the pile-of-bills-that-hath-not-yet-made-it-to-the-floor and thee shall see why.

It would be nice if others would do the same sort of thing.

I would not object to other people introducing the above bills (or nicking bits of them or something) in later Senates, btw.

Edit: "pile-of-bills" not "pile-of-biles". Ho, ho.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on October 04, 2007, 07:21:02 am
I've withdrawn the Increase in Senate Affairs Amendment.

I'll try to trim the rest of my bills as well when I have more time.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Sam Spade on October 05, 2007, 08:22:01 am
Return to Reality Amendment

1. Article I, Section 3, Clause 5 is added to the Constitution, with the following language:

The Senate, in conjunction with the President of Atlasia and his Executive Officers, shall provide a detailed accounting of federal expenditures and revenues for the benefit of the Atlasian citizenry at least once every calendar year.  The Senate shall have the power to define the detail and scope of this accounting by appropriate legislation.

2. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution is repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on October 06, 2007, 08:33:03 pm
Native American Genocide Resolution

The federal government fully recognizes the United States government role in the systematic extermination of the Native American people, acknowledges that what occurred consisted of both genocide and mass forced relocation, and wholeheartedly apologizes and takes responsibility for the wrongdoings it has committed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Sam Spade on October 06, 2007, 11:44:42 pm
Repeal of the Further Reforming Alcohol Act

F.L. 21-4 is hereby repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: afleitch on October 07, 2007, 11:45:54 am
Income Tax Reduction (2007) Bill

The 10% tax levied on all income for the first $7500 earned above any designated threshold is reduced to 0%

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It's kept deliberately simple in order for any later amendments.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: afleitch on October 22, 2007, 12:53:11 pm
Repeal of the Military Enlargement Act

The Military Enlargement Act is hereby repealed.

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Text of the Act


The number of applicants accepted in United States Army Ranger program shall increase by 40% staggered over the next four years.


It is not in the business of Atlasia to legislate on behalf of foreign nations :)


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Sam Spade on October 24, 2007, 10:45:50 am
The "I don't like us being hated" Bill and the Miners Widow Bill have been officially withdrawn.

Sam Spade


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on October 24, 2007, 08:01:18 pm
The "I don't like us being hated" Bill and the Miners Widow Bill have been officially withdrawn.

Sam Spade

Can't I or someone else just pick up sponsorship?


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Sam Spade on October 25, 2007, 05:23:10 pm
The "I don't like us being hated" Bill and the Miners Widow Bill have been officially withdrawn.

Sam Spade

Can't I or someone else just pick up sponsorship?

When I wrote the rule, I specifically wrote it so that legislation which is on the queue moves to the off the list if it hasn't been introduced before resignation.  I have a number of reasons behind this rationale, most assuredly one of these reasons is to entice Senators not to quit before their term is concluded, although it may create some inequitable circumstances such as now.

However, if you wish to reintroduce the legislation, Porce, you may do so, but the legislation will simply start off at the bottom of the queue.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Verily on November 06, 2007, 05:13:44 pm
As requested by some of my constituents in the Northeast:

Metric Conversion Act

1. The government of Atlasia shall convert to a dual usage of metric and imperial units in all relevant affairs, effective three months after passage.
2. The use of imperial units shall thereafter be phased out of use by the government of Atlasia as seen fit by its constituent parts but on a plan ending no later than January 1, 2015.
3. The government of Atlasia shall invest in the establishment of a metric system education program to inform citizens and residents of Atlasia on the workings of the metric system.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Verily on November 12, 2007, 12:04:01 pm
Equality of Representation Amendment
That Article IV, Section 4, Clause 3 of the Constitution be amended to read:

"The difference between the number of those registered voters who voted in the last scheduled federal election in any two Districts shall be no more than one."


Withdrawn due to the passage of the End to Districts Amendment, which nullifies this amendment.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Verily on November 12, 2007, 12:11:46 pm
Judicial Clarification Amendment
That the Constitution of Atlasia be amended to state:

1. All state trial courts existing at the time of the passage of this Amendment are the trial level courts of of the region in Atlasia they are physically located unless qualified in some other section of this amendment.

2. All state appellate level courts, including state Supreme Courts, existing at the time of the passage of this Amendment shall be appellate level courts in the region unless qualified in some other section of this amendment, and the highest regional level judicial officer or court of that Atlasian region shall be the highest judicial authority in that region.

3. All federal trial courts and appellate existing at the time of the passage of this Amendment are now the trial and appellate level courts, respectively, of Atlasia they are physically located unless qualified in some other section of this amendment.  The Atlasian Supreme Court shall be the highest authority and court of final appeal of Atlasia.

4. Qualifications, provisions of this amendment shall apply unless a named party in the action at bar is a member of Atlasia.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on November 13, 2007, 05:06:17 pm
End of the Budget Amendment

Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution is hereby repealed.


End to Districts Amendment

That the following changes shall be made to the Atlasian Constitution:

1. Article I, Section 1, Clause 1 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be amended to read as follows:
The Senate shall be composed of ten Senators, each with a term of four months.

2. Article I, Section 1, Clause 2 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be amended to read as follows:
No Person shall be a Senator who has not attained a hundred or more posts and, in the case of Regional Senators, is not a registered voter in the Region that they represent.

3. Article I, Section 4, Clause 1 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be amended to read as follows:
The Senate shall be divided into two classes: Class A, which shall comprise the Senators elected from the Regions, and Class B, which shall comprise Senators elected by a form of proportional representation.

4. Article IV, Section 4 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Sensei on November 17, 2007, 12:19:21 pm
Campaigning for Invalidation of Votes Bill

Section 1: Definition of Crime
1. It shall be a crime against the Republic of Atlasia for any citizen who may be called upon to make a determination as to the validity of a ballot cast in a federal election, including but not limited to the voting booth administrator, to instruct or encourage a voter who has already cast his or her ballot to take an action that would have the effect of invalidating the ballot.
2. For the purposes of this statute, federal election shall extend to (but is not limitied to) any election for President, Vice-President or Senator, any federal impeachment vote, and any public vote sanctioned by Law which requires that an officer of the federal government administer it.
3. The instruction or encouragement of a voter shall be interpreted to include any action which indicates the possibility of invalidating a vote to affect a federal election.

Section 2: Trial and Punishment
1. Trial of this crime shall be in accordance with the Consolidated Criminal Justice Act.
2. Sentencing of the crime shall be by the Presiding Justice; He may use any combination of the following as punishment, depending upon the severity of the offense:
         (i) Up to a four month ban from voting in any elections.
         (ii) Up to a two month ban from holding any office under the Republic of Atlasia.
Credit to Peter for coming up with it.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Verily on November 17, 2007, 06:40:04 pm
Atlasia-Peru Free Trade Act
1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on the movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Peru.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this act.


Edit: Withdrawn


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Speed of Sound on November 17, 2007, 11:06:04 pm
Creation of a National Public Radio Bill

1. The President, when applicants are available, shall appoint a Head of the National Public Radio Station.
2. The position is responsible for recording events that happen in Atlasia without bias or opinion.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Speed of Sound on November 18, 2007, 10:49:52 pm
Re-enforcement of Diplomacy Act

Section 1: Upgrading the Department of External Affairs

1. The government shall double the current money given to the Dept. of External Affairs.

2. This money may only be used to build and maintain embassies in amicable nations, hire diplomats, and run language classes for government officials.

Section 2: Upgrading Public Understanding

1. Foreign Language shall now be considered a major class in High School, equal in importance to Math, Social Studies, Science, and English. All requirements for the latter four shall now be applied to Foreign Language.

2. Students may choose the language of their choice form those able to be offered by the school.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Speed of Sound on November 20, 2007, 02:04:33 pm
Second November-December Act
7 December, 2007 is hereby renamed 31 November, 2007.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Speed of Sound on November 26, 2007, 08:41:55 pm
Alignment with Empiricism Bill

Section 1: Abstinence
No funds from the federal government shall go towards any sexual education curriculum that promotes any of the following beliefs as true or scientifically legitimate:
1.) the process of terminating a pregnancy is sinful according to any religious beliefs.
2.) the trait of homosexuality or bisexuality is an entirely conscious choice and/or is strange, unnatural, or sinful.
3.) the participation in homosexual sex acts is sinful, wrong, or unnatural.
4.) the proper use of contraceptive devices including but not limited to condoms is grossly ineffective in preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections.
5.) engaging in sexual activity before marriage with proper precautions is immoral or sinful.
6.) males and females should limit themselves to careers which have historically been associated with masculine and feminine roles, respectively.

Section 2: Biology
No funds from the federal government shall go towards any scientific education curriculum that promotes any of the following beliefs as true or scientifically legitimate:
1.) the status of biological evolution as a scientific theory is somehow different or set apart from that of other scientific theories such as gravity or relativity.
2.) fossil evidence for biological macroevolution is largely inaccurate or misinterpreted by mainstream scientists, or presents a picture that contradicts with biological evolutionary theory.
3.) radioactive carbon dating is always inaccurate or scientifically unreliable.
4.) the age of the earth is less than ten thousand years.
5.) the origins of the universe and of life on earth are scientifically explained by religious texts or creeds.
6.) the complexity of certain types of life on earth are of such a magnitude that they present valid evidence for that of a higher power or "intelligent designer."
7.) the trait of homosexual behavior does not exist within the animal kingdom outside of humans.
8.) creation theories are valid within the scientific method.
9.) the Second Law of Thermodynamics disproves the Big Bang.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Speed of Sound on November 26, 2007, 09:16:52 pm
I hereby withdraw the Second November-December Act


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Speed of Sound on November 27, 2007, 02:13:46 pm
I also withdraw the Alignment with Empiricism Bill, since it was apparantly passed without me knowing it earlier this year.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Verily on November 29, 2007, 11:58:50 pm
To clarify, the Atlasia-Peru Free Trade Act has been withdrawn, though I did cross it out and withdraw it above.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: 🍁 Hatman on December 01, 2007, 08:20:15 pm
National Energy Act amendment

Section one of F.L. 3-3 shall be amended to read: The responsibility for the approval of oil refinery construction shall be taken away from the Department of Treasury and given to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Section two shall be amended to read: The environmental regulations shall be made more strict to allow for more difficult approval of refineries.

Section four shall be amended to read: Sport Utility Vehicles shall not longer be classified as sedans for purposes of CAFE 2 standards. They shall be classified as a light truck.

Section six shall be amended to read: The Federal Gasoline Tax shall be increased from 12 cents per gallon to 18 cents per gallon.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on December 02, 2007, 04:19:04 pm
I withdraw the Tobacco Reform Bill & the Cocaine Punishment Harmonization Bill.

Electroshock Weapons Restrictions Bill
1. In all areas of federal jurisdiction, the use of electroshock weapons (including, but not limited to, tasers) by law enforcement is hereby prohibited.



Comprehensive Drug Reform Bill of 2007

Section 1: Findings
1. Current Atlasian policy has led to the incarceration of millions of nonviolent drug users, as well as the devastation of several South American economies and environments, and an overall increase in violent crime associated with drug dealing and untreated addiction.
2. Current Atlasian policy treats drug addiction first and foremost as a criminal problem rather than a medical one.
3. Current Atlasian policy is inherently contradictory in that one of the most intoxicating and addictive substances known to man, alcohol, is legal while possession of softer drugs remains a criminal activity.
4. Current Atlasian policy places harsh sentencing and punishment ahead of harm minimization, effective drug education, and addiction treatment.

Section 2: Decriminalized Substances
1. All federal laws, as well as District of Columbia and federal territory laws, prohibiting the private possession, consumption, or profitless distribution of the following substances are repealed: 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine (MDMA), mescaline, Peyote, psilocin, psilocybin, d-lysergic acid amide (LSA), lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), salvia divinorum, dimethyltryptamine (DMT), ephedrine, opium, cocaine (including freebase cocaine), gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), ibogaine, heroin, 5-methoxy-n,n-diisopropyltryptamine (5-MeO-DIPT), 2C-T-7, 2C-B, cathinone (khat), alpha-methyltryptamine (AMT), 5-OH-DMT, amphetamines, dextroamphetamine, methamphetamine, oxycodone, morphine, phencyclidine (PCP), benzylpiperazine, codeine, synthetic cannabinoids, marinol, and ketamine.
2. This section shall not be interpreted to legalize the sale or underage use of the listed substances.
3. All federal laws, including District of Columbia and federal territory laws, prohibiting certain forms of tobacco (including homegrown tobacco, smokeless tobacco, clove cigarettes, or N. rustica), alcohol (including absinthe, and all related ingredients), or associated paraphanelia (including rolling papers, rolling filter tips, matches, and water pipes) are repealed.

Section 3: Safe Injection Sites
1. The federal government will invest $10 million FY 2009 in the construction of a Safe Injection Site in the District of Columbia.
2. No person using illicit drugs inside of a Safe Injection Site may face prosecution of any kind in relation to the possession or consumption of the drug.
3. All persons entering the Safe Injection Site will be provided with clean needle syringes and any medical care necessary free of charge.

Section 4: Good Samaritan Provision
1. In all areas under federal jurisdiction, persons calling for medical help for a person who is suffering immediate health problems due to drug use may not face arrest charges for possession or consumption of illicit substances.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Verily on January 10, 2008, 09:11:38 pm
I'm withdrawing the Equality of Representation Amendment (didn't mean to reintroduce it after the End to Districts Amendment passed).


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Speed of Sound on January 11, 2008, 10:04:15 pm
Over-Development Balance Act

Section 1: Findings

We have found that:

1. Developers are building houses at an extremely fast rate.
2. These new houses are creating budget problems for the local school district.

Section 2: Impact Fees

1. For the purpose of this bill, 'development' is defined as a collection of houses recognized as a loosely connected community.
2. To combat school budgeting problems, all developers will pay an impact on all homes in developments.
3. A developer will pay for the estimated school enrollment for 2 years at the local school district for the average amount of children (as calculated by the Census) for every house in the development.
4. The money will be added straight to the schoolboard's budget for the following Fiscal Year.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Speed of Sound on January 12, 2008, 01:37:44 pm
Alignment with Territory Policy Act

1. The senate recognizes that disorganization in regional bill introduction and the constitution's limits on the senate as blockades to universal improvement of our nation.

2. Any bill the senate passes in a session that:
a) affects only DC and the territories
b) does so because of constitutional limits on it affecting the regions
Will be placed on a regional ballot in every region at the end of the session, to be voted on by the citizens of each region.
3. If passed by any region, it will take immediate effect in that region.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Speed of Sound on January 12, 2008, 11:54:45 pm
F-22 Catch 22 Act

1. F.L. 4-1: F-22 Act is hereby repealed
2. The remaining money allocated to F.L. 4-1: F-22 Act shall be used soley for the purpose of reducing the national debt.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Verily on January 18, 2008, 01:28:11 pm
Abolition of the Penny Act

Section 1: Findings
1. That the penny currently costs the government of Atlasia more money to produce than each penny is worth.
2. That transactions for which single pennies are necessary do not reflect increased precision in pricing.

Section 2: Minting
1. The Atlasian Mint shall no longer produce the Atlasian penny.
2. All materials used to produce pennies shall be redirected to the production of other denominations of currency or else sold as raw material.
3. This section shall take effect immediately upon the passage of this legislation.

Section 3: Exchange
1. The government of Atlasia shall offer to exchange with any and all banks pennies for higher coin denominations.
2. These pennies shall be melted down and either used to produce new coinage or sold as raw material as appropriate.
3. This section shall take effect immediately upon the passage of this legislation.

Section 4: Abolition
1. The penny shall no longer be legal tender within Atlasia.
2. All transactions currently involving denominations less than $0.05 shall be rounded upwards such that they may be completed using denominations of $0.05 and greater.
3. This section shall take effect on January 1, 2010.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Small Business Owner of Any Repute on January 18, 2008, 05:12:02 pm
Third Amendment to Article III, Section 2, Clause 2 of the OSPR

Article 3 Section 2 Clause 2 of the Official Senate Procedural Resolution is hereby amended to read as follows: “2. There shall be eight slots available for debating legislation on the Senate floor. Of these slots, three shall be available for any purpose; two shall be available for any purpose except the debating of Amendments to the Constitution; one shall be available only for legislation that the PPT considers to be related to forum affairs or emergency legislation which can be introduced pursuant to Article 7, Section 1 of this resolution; one shall be available for any piece of legislation, regardless of its location in the queue, at the PPT's discretion; and one shall be available for debating veto overrides pursuant to Article 5, Section 3.”



For reference, the current text:
Quote from: OSPR
Second Amendment to Article III, Section 2, Clause 2 of the OSPR
Article 3 Section 2 Clause 2 of the Official Senate Procedural Resolution is hereby amended to read as follows: “2. There shall be seven slots available for debating legislation on the Senate floor. Of these slots, three shall be available for any purpose; two shall be available for any purpose except the debating of Amendments to the Constitution; one shall be available only for legislation that the PPT considers to be related to forum affairs or emergency legislation which can be introduced pursuant to Article 7, Section 1 of this resolution; and one shall be available for debating veto overrides pursuant to Article 5, Section 3.”


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Jake on January 22, 2008, 12:29:18 am
Sane Automobile Policy Act

I. CAFE Standards

1. The penalty for violations of CAFE standards shall be raised to $22 per 0.1 mpg under the standard, multiplied by the manufacturer's total yearly production for the Atlasian domestic market beginning in 2009.

2. CAFE standard for cars shall be 31 mpg in 2010 and shall increase by 1.5 mpg each year until it reaches 46 mpg.

3. CAFE standard for light trucks shall be 24 mpg in 2010 and shall increase by 0.75 mpg each year until it reaches 32 mpg.

4. SUVs shall be classified as cars under CAFE standards. [1]

II. Research

1. Any automaker that excedes the CAFE standards in both the car and light truck category by at least 4 mpg in a year shall receive grant of $1 per vehicle sold in the Atlasian domestic market in that year to fund research and development into fuel efficiency.

2. All additional funds raised by Section I, Clause One above and beyond those in FY 2008 shall be used to fund Section II, Clause One. Any funds remaining shall be used for research into alternative automobile fuels.

III. Action

1. Atlasia shall establish a HOV Only Commission to investigate the feasibility of establishing urban freeways as High Occupancy Vehicles Only roadways. A report shall be delivered by July 1st, 2009.

2. $1 million shall be appropriated to fund Section III, Clause One.
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[1] If Earl's bill passes. I have no idea why he'd want SUVs to go back to being under lower fuel efficiency standards.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Verily on February 05, 2008, 12:32:42 am
School Standards Reform Bill

Section 1: Findings
1.   That no national standard exists regarding required fields of study for students in public schools.
2.   That education in Atlasia no longer meets the high international standards it once did.

Section 2: Terms
For the purposes of this legislation:
1.   “Elementary school” shall refer to any school offering only grades below 5th, inclusive.
2.   “Middle school” shall refer to any school offering only grades below 8th, inclusive, with at least one grade above 6th, inclusive.
3.   “High school” shall refer to any school offering at least one grade above 9th, inclusive.

Section 3: Elementary School Reforms
1.   All public elementary schools shall be required to offer pre-K and Kindergarten classes to all students within the district whose guardians wish them to be enrolled.
2.   All public elementary schools shall be required to be open for at least seven hours each weekday. All grades from 1st grade through 5th grade shall be required to attend school for the full minimum of seven hours. Kindergarten must be offered for at least six hours a day, and pre-K for at least five hours a day.
3.   All children must be enrolled in school, public or otherwise, within one and a half years of their fourth birthdays.

Section 4: Middle School Reforms
1.   All public middle schools shall be required to be open for at least seven and a half hours each weekday. All students from 6th grade through 8th grade shall be required to attend school for the full minimum of seven and a half hours.
2.   All public middle schools must offer at least one foreign language. Enrollment may be optional.
3.   All students in grades 6 through 8 shall be required to study science, English, history, and mathematics for all of their three years in said grades. All public middle schools must offer said subjects for all three grades.

Section 5: High School Reforms
1.   All public high schools shall be required to be open for at least eight hours each weekday. All students from 9th grade through 12th grade shall be required to attend school for the full minimum of eight hours.
2.   All public high school students must complete, between 9th and 12th grade, at least four courses in mathematics, four courses in English, three courses in a single foreign language, three courses in world history, one course in Atlasian/American history, one course in chemistry, one course in physics, one course in biology, and one additional course in any one of the sciences (chemistry, physics or biology).
3.   All public high schools must offer classes on mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, English, American/Atlasian history, world history, and at least two different foreign languages (listed below in 5.3.1) sufficient in number to allow students to complete the above requirements.
   1.   All high schools must offer courses in at least two of the following languages: Spanish,          French, German, Russian, Arabic, Hindi, Chinese and Japanese.

Section 6: Interpretation
This legislation shall not be interpreted as to override any stricter standards upheld by law within any Regions or lower-level authorities, nor to discourage school districts or students from exceeding the minimum requirements.

Section 7: Effective Date
This legislation shall come into effect on August 10, 2009, unless that date is less than a year and a half following passage, in which case it shall come into effect on August 10, 2010.



This is a big bill. I am not particularly attached to any one part of it, and I welcome suggestions prior to it reaching the floor of the Senate.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on February 05, 2008, 07:38:06 am
Sec 5, Clause 3 should include Italian.  And/or a suggestion that other languages may be offered and counted towards the required total of two.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Verily on February 05, 2008, 11:38:03 am
Sec 5, Clause 3 should include Italian.  And/or a suggestion that other languages may be offered and counted towards the required total of two.

Italian is neither a significant international language of commerce nor spoken in multiple countries. Euro-centrism in language teaching should be avoided.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Hash on February 07, 2008, 10:01:42 am
Sec 5, Clause 3 should include Italian.  And/or a suggestion that other languages may be offered and counted towards the required total of two.

Italian is neither a significant international language of commerce nor spoken in multiple countries. Euro-centrism in language teaching should be avoided.

^^^

Teaching Chinese, Japanese, and Hindi are very good idea judging by the development of Asia currently.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on February 08, 2008, 08:05:33 pm
Sec 5, Clause 3 should include Italian.  And/or a suggestion that other languages may be offered and counted towards the required total of two.

Italian is neither a significant international language of commerce nor spoken in multiple countries. Euro-centrism in language teaching should be avoided.

^^^

Teaching Chinese, Japanese, and Hindi are very good idea judging by the development of Asia currently.


^^^

I could suggest a number of other widelyt spoken Asian languages, but I've never met anyone who learned Bengali. :P


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on February 14, 2008, 08:27:51 am
Constitutional Amendment to Allow Gun Control

1. Article I, Section 5 shall be amended to include a new clause as follows: "To regulate and ban firearms as necessary throughout the Republic of Atlasia."
2. Amendment I shall be amended to read "The right to keep and detonate low-potency explosives shall not be infringed."


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on February 14, 2008, 08:32:34 am
Network Neutrality Bill

1. No Internet service provider may charge a discriminating fee, intentionally offer a discriminating speed of access, nor bar access to online material on the basis of its content (excepting illegal pornographic content) to any of its users.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on February 14, 2008, 08:38:49 am
Constitutional Amendment to Prohibit Conscription

1. Article VI shall be amended to include a new clause as follows: "No person may be required to serve in defense of the country against their will."

Constitutional Amendment to Protect Substance Addicts

1. Article VI shall be amended to include a new clause as follows: "No person who suffers a physical or mental addiction to any substance may be charged for the possession or consumption of the substance in question."

Constitutional Amendment to Prohibit Capital Punishment

1. Article VI shall be amended to include a new clause as follows: "No person may receive the death penalty as punishment for any crime."


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on February 16, 2008, 07:32:43 am
Italian is neither a significant international language of commerce nor spoken in multiple countries.

So what?


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Verily on February 16, 2008, 02:09:00 pm
Italian is neither a significant international language of commerce nor spoken in multiple countries.

So what?

So, we're trying to encourage the teaching of languages of international significance. Schools are not barred from teaching Italian, but it doesn't count towards their required offerings.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on February 16, 2008, 04:38:37 pm
So, we're trying to encourage the teaching of languages of international significance.

But not everyone will be an international busy-ness-man. How do kid's who'll grow up to become brickies, mechanics or office workers benefit from failing to learn Chinese at school?


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Verily on February 16, 2008, 05:52:21 pm
So, we're trying to encourage the teaching of languages of international significance.

But not everyone will be an international busy-ness-man. How do kid's who'll grow up to become brickies, mechanics or office workers benefit from failing to learn Chinese at school?

How will they benefit from learning Italian? Foreign language teaching is designed to offer the basics to everyone because we cannot be sure at a high school age who will do what, and it would absurdly presumptuous of us to deny certain students that opportunity simply based on the current situation.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Jake on February 16, 2008, 06:09:55 pm
I personally think it's absurd to force a kid who knows he wants to do something that won't ever involve learning a foreign language to take three classes of a foreign language in high school. That's probably the biggest thing wrong with American education.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Sensei on February 19, 2008, 05:50:41 pm
So, we're trying to encourage the teaching of languages of international significance.

But not everyone will be an international busy-ness-man. How do kid's who'll grow up to become brickies, mechanics or office workers benefit from failing to learn Chinese at school?

How will they benefit from learning Italian? Foreign language teaching is designed to offer the basics to everyone because we cannot be sure at a high school age who will do what, and it would absurdly presumptuous of us to deny certain students that opportunity simply based on the current situation.
well, there is a significant presence of Italian phrases in the arts, so someone who is into that may want to know Italian.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Verily on February 21, 2008, 03:41:35 am
Amendment to the Taiwan Relations Act

Section 15(2) of the Taiwan Relations Act (Pub. L. 96-8) is hereby amended to read: "the term "Taiwan" includes, as the context may require, the islands of Taiwan, the Pescadores, and the Kinmen and Matsu islands, the people on those islands, corporations and other entities and associations created or organized under the laws applied on those islands, and the governing authorities on Taiwan recognized by the United States as the Republic of China prior to January 1, 1979, and any successor governing authorities (including political subdivisions, agencies, and instrumentalities thereof)."


A very small change, but one which has been overlooked for decades. This fixes US recognition of the state of Taiwanese control of the Kinmen and Matsu islands, which has been overlooked for decades. It is not in any way provocative to the PRC, but it allows for US diplomatic and economic efforts applied elsewhere in Taiwan to apply there as well.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Sensei on February 23, 2008, 11:09:47 pm
Legislative Sponsorship Assumption Act

1- In order to gain sponsorship of a bill abandoned by another Senator, said attempted assumption of sponsorship must be accepted by a majority of the Senate.

2- All laws or parts of laws contradicting section 1 are hereby repealed.



Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on February 24, 2008, 07:17:02 am
Trans Fats Regulation Bill

1. No product intended for human consumption that is sold within the District of Columbia or any federal territories may contain any non-naturally occurring trans fats.
2. This regulation will come into effect nine months after it has become law.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on February 24, 2008, 07:24:49 am
Ratification of the Kyoto Treaty

1. The Republic of Atlasia hereby ratifies the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as agreed in Japan in 1997.

Miners' Widows Bill

1. The widows of miners or former miners who die as a result of their occupation or former occupation shall each be given $10,000 a year from the federal government.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Ebowed on February 24, 2008, 07:56:54 am
Return to September 10th Bill

Section 1: Telecommunications Immunity Clarification
1. The current Atlasian government acknowledges that after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, telecommunications companies cooperated with the United States government in providing illegal access to customers' private information, including conversations which were 'wiretapped.'
2. The current Atlasian government supports prosecuting all companies involved, as well as anyone found guilty of providing these orders within the government, to the fullest extent of the law.

Section 2: Torture and Simulated Drowning
1. The government recognizes that torture is, and has been regardless of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks, illegal, as confirmed in F.L. 22-7.
2. Simulated drowning, or 'waterboarding,' is a form of torture and remains prohibited by law.
3. The current government encourages that any member of the government found to have ordered or performed acts of torture be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Section 3: Free Speech Zones
1. The use of "free speech zones" as restricted areas where protesting may be permitted is to be discontinued immediately.

Section 4: PATRIOT Act
1. The PATRIOT Act is repealed.

Section 5: Guantanamo Bay
1. The prison camp located at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is to be closed within two months after this act becomes law.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Small Business Owner of Any Repute on March 02, 2008, 08:53:35 pm
Constitutional Amendment to Reduce Deregistrations of Active Atlasians (The Tik|Eraserhead Amendment)

Article V, Section 2, Part 6 of the Atlasian Constitution is hereby amended to read:

Any registered voter who fails to vote in elections for four months, and any first-time registrant who fails to vote in the first scheduled Senate elections for which he is qualified to vote shall have his registration no longer considered valid. This clause shall not be construed to deny a forum user the right to register anew.


This legislation has been withdrawn.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on March 03, 2008, 02:35:41 pm
Constitutional Amendment to Reduce Deregistrations of Active Atlasians (The Tik|Eraserhead Amendment)

Article V, Section 2, Part 6 of the Atlasian Constitution is hereby amended to read:

Any registered voter who fails to vote in elections for four months, and any first-time registrant who fails to vote in the first scheduled Senate elections for which he is qualified to vote shall have his registration no longer considered valid. This clause shall not be construed to deny a forum user the right to register anew.

May I draw both your, my own, and my predecessors' attention to the XVIth Amendment. This already extended the period from four to eight months. It also (something I never noticed before) legalized some long-established courtesy DoFA practices (ie: when people who had previously missed a vote in a general election voted in a by-election, their counter was reset to 0. Failure to vote in a by-election, OTOH, had no negative consequences.) ... and ... something I'd also not noticed before... it seems to be doing away with the deletion of first-time voters who don't vote!

Also, the links on the wiki page for the XVI amendment are all wrong. ??? I'll rectify that.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Small Business Owner of Any Repute on March 03, 2008, 05:23:15 pm
Constitutional Amendment to Reduce Deregistrations of Active Atlasians (The Tik|Eraserhead Amendment)

Article V, Section 2, Part 6 of the Atlasian Constitution is hereby amended to read:

Any registered voter who fails to vote in elections for four months, and any first-time registrant who fails to vote in the first scheduled Senate elections for which he is qualified to vote shall have his registration no longer considered valid. This clause shall not be construed to deny a forum user the right to register anew.

May I draw both your, my own, and my predecessors' attention to the XVIth Amendment. This already extended the period from four to eight months. It also (something I never noticed before) legalized some long-established courtesy DoFA practices (ie: when people who had previously missed a vote in a general election voted in a by-election, their counter was reset to 0. Failure to vote in a by-election, OTOH, had no negative consequences.) ... and ... something I'd also not noticed before... it seems to be doing away with the deletion of first-time voters who don't vote!

Also, the links on the wiki page for the XVI amendment are all wrong. ??? I'll rectify that.

Yikes.  When I was looking at the Wiki, it did not appear that the section of the constitution in question had been amended; indeed, it would seem that the constitution is treated differently than other bills for the purposes of the wiki.

Since the existing amendment takes care of the issue, I gladly withdraw it, but lord, what a can of worms this thing opened.  (I suppose Eraserhead could bring a court case asking his vote to be reinstated, thus altering the result of the NE Gubernatorial race?)


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on March 04, 2008, 10:54:38 am
Constitutional Amendment to Reduce Deregistrations of Active Atlasians (The Tik|Eraserhead Amendment)

Article V, Section 2, Part 6 of the Atlasian Constitution is hereby amended to read:

Any registered voter who fails to vote in elections for four months, and any first-time registrant who fails to vote in the first scheduled Senate elections for which he is qualified to vote shall have his registration no longer considered valid. This clause shall not be construed to deny a forum user the right to register anew.

May I draw both your, my own, and my predecessors' attention to the XVIth Amendment. This already extended the period from four to eight months. It also (something I never noticed before) legalized some long-established courtesy DoFA practices (ie: when people who had previously missed a vote in a general election voted in a by-election, their counter was reset to 0. Failure to vote in a by-election, OTOH, had no negative consequences.) ... and ... something I'd also not noticed before... it seems to be doing away with the deletion of first-time voters who don't vote!

Also, the links on the wiki page for the XVI amendment are all wrong. ??? I'll rectify that.

Yikes.  When I was looking at the Wiki, it did not appear that the section of the constitution in question had been amended.
That's because that link was also missing.
I just knew there was something to amend that, so I went through all the amendments. ;)


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Meeker on March 09, 2008, 12:29:09 am
Constitutional Amendment to Elect the Secretary of Forum Affairs

1. Article II, Section 1, Clause 4 shall be amended to read as follows: The President shall appoint the Principal Officers of the executive departments who shall constitute the Cabinet with the exception of the Secretary of Forum Affairs except in the event that that office is vacated without a possible Deputy to replace them, with the advice and consent of the Senate, who shall all be registered voters. The President shall have power to dismiss any member of his Cabinet with the exception of the Secretary of Forum Affairs.

2. Article VIII, Section 2, Clause 2 shall be amended to read as follows: The Department of Forum Affairs shall be responsible for administering all elections to the Presidency, the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Forum Affairs and the Senate. The Secretary of Forum Affairs shall be elected under the same method as outlined in Article II, Section 2, changing "President" to "Secretary of Forum Affairs" and changing "Vice-President" to "Deputy Secretary of Forum Affairs".

3. A new clause will be added after Article VIII, Section 2, Clause 2: In the event that the office of Secretary of Forum Affairs becomes vacant, the Deputy Secretary of Forum Affairs shall succeed them. In the event of a vacancy in the office of Deputy Secretary of Forum Affiars, a special election shall be held in accordance with Article 1, Section 4, Clause 5, changing "a Class B Senate seat" to "the Deputy Secretary of Forum Affairs". In the event that both the Secretary of Forum Affairs and the Deputy Secretary of Forum Affairs become vacant, the President shall nominate a replacement candidate as stated in Article II, Section 1, Clause 4. Filing the vacancy in the Secretary of Forum Affairs shall take precedence over all other actions before the Senate.

4. Re-number as appropriate the clauses in Article VIII, Section 2.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on March 09, 2008, 12:56:48 am
Constitutional Amendment to Elect the Secretary of Forum Affairs

1. Article II, Section 1, Clause 4 shall be amended to read as follows: The President shall appoint the Principal Officers of the executive departments who shall constitute the Cabinet with the exception of the Secretary of Forum Affairs except in the event that that office is vacated without a possible Deputy to replace them, with the advice and consent of the Senate, who shall all be registered voters. The President shall have power to dismiss any member of his Cabinet with the exception of the Secretary of Forum Affairs.

2. Article VIII, Section 2, Clause 2 shall be amended to read as follows: The Department of Forum Affairs shall be responsible for administering all elections to the Presidency, the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Forum Affairs and the Senate. The Secretary of Forum Affairs shall be elected under the same method as outlined in Article II, Section 2, changing "President" to "Secretary of Forum Affairs" and changing "Vice-President" to "Deputy Secretary of Forum Affairs".

3. A new clause will be added after Article VIII, Section 2, Clause 2: In the event that the office of Secretary of Forum Affairs becomes vacant, the Deputy Secretary of Forum Affairs shall succeed them. In the event of a vacancy in the office of Deputy Secretary of Forum Affiars, a special election shall be held in accordance with Article 1, Section 4, Clause 5, changing "a Class B Senate seat" to "the Deputy Secretary of Forum Affairs". In the event that both the Secretary of Forum Affairs and the Deputy Secretary of Forum Affairs become vacant, the President shall nominate a replacement candidate as stated in Article II, Section 1, Clause 4. Filing the vacancy in the Secretary of Forum Affairs shall take precedence over all other actions before the Senate.

4. Re-number as appropriate the clauses in Article VIII, Section 2.


Ah, quite interesting. I'd support this.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on March 10, 2008, 06:07:52 am
I strongly oppose this amendment. I do not think people should supervise their own elections.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Meeker on March 10, 2008, 06:30:24 am
I strongly oppose this amendment. I do not think people should supervise their own elections.

Such confidence in the masses :P


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on March 10, 2008, 06:55:07 am
I strongly oppose this amendment. I do not think people should supervise their own elections.

Such confidence in the masses :P
That's not the point; it's just something I find potentially messy and easily avoidable.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on March 10, 2008, 11:48:59 am
Wouldn't it make more sense to turn Sofa into a sort of civil-service position rather than a technically political one?


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Meeker on March 10, 2008, 12:27:54 pm
My goal is to make it so that the SoFA isn't replaced when the Presidency switches, as there's no logical reason to get rid of a good SoFA just because the President switches. It's not a political position, it's just an administrative one. If anyone has an alternative idea to accomplishing that I'd very open to it.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Jake on March 10, 2008, 12:42:30 pm
That's not true at all. Unless we divorce the separate roles of administering elections and establishing forum affairs/election policy, the SoFA is certainly a political position.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Joe Republic on March 10, 2008, 12:48:17 pm
That's not true at all. Unless we divorce the separate roles of administering elections and establishing forum affairs/election policy, the SoFA is certainly a political position.

I tried that already.  It got shot down.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Frodo on March 10, 2008, 08:19:48 pm
Wouldn't it make more sense to turn Sofa into a sort of civil-service position rather than a technically political one?

I would agree with this -make it into a position where the SoFA can basically serve for life unless and until he (or she) decides to step down, at which point whoever is the sitting president can then appoint the successor, with the consent of the Senate. 


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: CultureKing on March 23, 2008, 12:57:57 am
Death With Dignity Act
Section 1: Atlasia bestows the right to physician-assisted suicide to patients diagnosed with a fatal disease. Physicians may not be persecuted for assisting in the suicide if there is consent from the patient and all other requirements are met.
Section 2: At least two witnesses must sign to acknowledge that such a deicision has been reached between patient and physician.
Section 3: A two week waiting period must exist between the time of the decision and the actual time of the physician-assisted suicide.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: CultureKing on March 27, 2008, 10:13:55 pm
Death With Dignity Act
Section 1: Atlasia bestows the right to physician-assisted suicide to patients diagnosed with a fatal disease. Physicians may not be persecuted for assisting in the suicide if there is consent from the patient and all other requirements are met.
Section 2: At least two witnesses must sign to acknowledge that such a decision has been reached between patient and physician.
Section 3: A two week waiting period must exist between the time of the decision and the actual time of the physician-assisted suicide.

Concerning this piece of legislation I would like to continue with the act. If current rules remain then I guess it would only apply to DC and the territories, though I am hoping that during its debate the Alignment with Territory Act would be passed and the Death with Dignity Act would have more relevance. This would hopefully solve some problems stated by some of Atlasia's citizens (that ColinW raised earlier).


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Hash on April 06, 2008, 08:59:32 am
On behalf of Peter

Moderator Role and Status Bill
Section 1: Findings
1. The role of Moderators with respect to the Atlasian legal system is not presently addressed at all in Atlasian Law
2. The recent Walterstein case has raised specific issues surrounding IP checks and warrants.
3. The Senate recognises it should not and cannot restrict the actions of moderators with respect to their role as agents of Dave Leip.
4. Article VI, Section 8 states: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, communications and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Section 2: Immunity
Moderators shall not be answerable in Atlasian Courts for actions consistent with directions and tasks given to them by Dave Leip.

Section 3: Warrants
1. Should the Attorney General wish to ask a moderator to investigate the IP of a particular poster or several posters, then he shall apply to the Supreme Court for a search warrant, stating his reasons for suspecting the poster(s).
2. The Court may decline or issue the search warrant with such conditions as it feels necessary.
3. If a warrant is issued, the Attorney General may approach a moderator or Dave Leip to perform the search. The moderator/Dave Leip are under no obligation to perfrom the check if they feel it is not appropriate.
4. Any information supplied by the moderator/Dave Leip is considered to be privileged information unless they specifically allow it to be released to the public domain.

Section 4: Retroactive Warrants
Should a moderator/Dave Leip in the performance of their other duties come to the realisation that Atlasian Law has been broken and then inform the Attorney General of this fact, then the Attorney General may apply for a retroactive warrant for an IP investigation from the Court.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Meeker on April 08, 2008, 08:18:47 pm
End to Districts Clarification Amendment
1. Article I, Section 4, Clause 5 is repealed
2. Any vacancy in a Class B Senate seats shall be filled in a manner that the Senate shall prescribe by Law.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on April 14, 2008, 11:27:28 am
Proportional Representation (By-Elections) Act

1. Sections 18-22 of the Proportional Representation Act (F.L. 21-2), dealing with vacancies, are hereby repealed.
2. In the event of a vacancy arising for whatever reason in a seat filled by Proportional Representation, a by-election shall be held on a nationwide basis in accordance with the terms outlined within the Consolidated Electoral System Reform Act (F.L. 14-2) and the Proportional Representation Act.
3. In the event of further such vacancies arising before the commencement of the by-election, a single by-election shall be held for all the vacant seats.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on April 14, 2008, 04:11:43 pm
December Elections Amendment

1. Regular elections to the Senate in the month of December shall begin between midnight Eastern Standard Time on the second Thursday of the month and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on the first Friday thereafter, and shall conclude exactly 72 hours after beginning.

2. The exact time at which a given election or vote shall begin may be determined by the voting booth administrator subject to such restrictions as may be imposed by Law.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Meeker on April 16, 2008, 08:40:41 pm
Ukulele Musical Learning Standardization Act

Section 1: Each school district shall include in their musical curriculum the instruction of how to play a ukulele.
Section 2: Each school district may decide in which grade the ukulele instruction shall occur.
Section 3: School districts must provide a ukulele to each student for the duration of the unit.


This is vital legislation.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: CultureKing on April 16, 2008, 09:57:50 pm
Well let's have another try with this, I changed a number of things with the bill that will hopefully make it a bit better.

School Standards Reform Bill Part Deux
 
Section 1: Terms
For the purposes of this legislation:
1.   “Elementary school” shall refer to any school offering only grades below 5th, inclusive.
2.   “Middle school” shall refer to any school offering only grades below 8th, inclusive, with at least one grade above 6th, inclusive.
3.   “High school” shall refer to any school offering at least one grade above 9th, inclusive.

Section 2: Elementary School Reforms
1.   All public elementary schools shall be required to offer pre-K and Kindergarten classes to all students within the district whose guardians wish them to be enrolled.
2.   All children must be enrolled in school, public or otherwise, within one and a half years of their fourth birthdays.

Section 3: Middle School Reforms
1.   All public middle schools must offer at least one foreign language. Enrollment may be optional.
2.   All students in grades 6 through 8 shall be required to study science, English, history, and mathematics for all of their three years in said grades. All public middle schools must offer said subjects for all three grades.

Section 4: High School Reforms
1.   All public high school students must complete, between 9th and 12th grade, at least four courses in mathematics, four courses in English, three courses in a single foreign language, three courses in the social sciences, one course in Atlasian/American history, four courses of science with at least three of said courses lab intensive.
2.   All public high schools must offer classes on mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, English, American/Atlasian history, world history, and at least (but not limited to) two different foreign languages (listed below in 4.2.1) sufficient in number to allow students to complete the above requirements.
   1.   All high schools must offer courses in at least two of the following languages: Spanish,          French, German, Russian, Arabic, Hindi, Chinese and Japanese. Other language courses  not listed are allowed providing that at least two of the preceding languages are offered.
3. All public high schools with a student body greater than 400 must offer at least 3 advanced courses (Advanced Placement, Running Start and International Baccalaureate are acceptable), adding additional courses is encouraged.

Section 5: Interpretation
This legislation shall not be interpreted as to override any stricter standards upheld by law within any Regions or lower-level authorities, nor to discourage school districts or students from exceeding the minimum requirements.

Section 6: Effective Date
This legislation shall come into effect on August 10, 2010, unless that date is less than a year and a half following passage, in which case it shall come into effect on August 10, 2011.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: CultureKing on April 17, 2008, 10:57:32 pm
Legislation Tabling Bill

The following shall be added to Article 5 of the Official Senate Procedural Resolution:

Section 5: Rules on Motions to Table
1.   Any Senator can, during a period of debate, introduce a motion to table the legislation.
2.   The PPT shall open a vote on the motion to table. This vote shall last for a maximum of two (2) days during which time the Senators must vote. Voting may be declared final at any time if the motion to table has been approved or rejected.
3.   For the motion to table to pass, two thirds of the Senate must vote for the motion.
4.   Tabled legislation shall be taken off the Senate floor.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: CultureKing on April 17, 2008, 11:07:19 pm
Thought it might be interesting/fun to debate:

War Prevention Bill

Section 1: Findings
To be able to ensure that war is avoided and only pursued when absolutely necessary those making the decision need to have a personal attachment to the choice to go to war.
Section 2: Terms
If Atlasia invades a sovereign nation before being attacked itself and the President of Atlasia has healthy offspring ages 18-35 then the offsring must be enrolled in the military from the start of hostilities.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Robespierre's Jaw on May 23, 2008, 03:52:39 am
On behalf of the Attorney-General:

Supreme Court Bar Bill
Section 1: Findings
   1. The role of legal professionals needs formal recognition and a framework under Law.
   2. The system for providing state counsel to criminal defendants would not provide as competent counsel as is feasible.

Section 2: The Supreme Court Bar
   1. There shall be a Supreme Court Bar.
   2. Admittance to the Supreme Court Bar shall be at the discretion of the Supreme Court.
   3. The Supreme Court may make regulations pertaining to the Supreme Court Bar, including regulations regarding activity (posting frequency), expulsion and admittance.
   4. The Supreme Court may delegate administrative duties to the Attorney General as it sees fit.

Section 3: Representation of Criminal Defendants
   1. Section 7, Clauses 1 through 3 of the Consolidated Criminal Justice Act is repealed.
   2. Defendants in criminal trials shall not be denied access to legal counsel from an active Atlasian citizen. A defendant shall have the right to waive his right to legal counsel.
   3. If a defendant requests that a Federal Court appoint counsel for him, then the Court shall appoint a member of the Supreme Court Bar to represent the defendant.
   4. A Supreme Court Bar member shall be able to refuse to represent a defendant on grounds of conflict of interest, however, final determination of conflict of interest shall be made by the Supreme Court.
   5. Any member of the Supreme Court Bar who refuses to represent a state criminal defendant without proper excuse shall be expelled from the Supreme Court Bar.
   6. The Supreme Court may make regulations pertaining to the appointment of counsel in a trial, including systems for rotation between different counsel.
   7. No person shall be a member of the Supreme Court Bar without being a registered Atlasian citizen who has had at least one vote counted in the past two regular scheduled elections. If a person was not a registered voter at the time of the last scheduled election, then he shall be able to hold a provisional membership of the Bar until the next scheduled election at the discretion of the Supreme Court.
   8. The Attorney General may nominate persons he deems fit for membership of the Supreme Court Bar to the Supreme Court. Individual citizens may nominate themselves for membership of the Supreme Court Bar, but shall require the sponsorship of an existing member of the Bar.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Verily on May 30, 2008, 08:28:36 pm
Something interesting for debate:

Gasoline Price Stabilization Bill
1. In the interests of maintaining current standards of fuel efficiency and market-driven innovation, the federal government of Atlasia shall establish a minimum price of gasoline such that no gasoline shall be sold at a price lower than said price.
2. This price shall be $4.00 per gallon as of January 1, 2009, and shall be adjusted to inflation for all subsequent years.
3. A federal tax on the sale of gasoline shall be enacted that will apply to all gasoline sales at values below $4.00 per gallon and shall raise the price of gasoline to $4.00 per gallon or the equivalent value adjusted for inflation, but not higher.
4. This shall not be construed as to override any Regional or state-level gasoline taxes already in effect.
5. The government of Atlasia shall resolve to consider the subsidization of gasoline prices for individuals determined to be excessively adversely affected by the price of gasoline.
6. This legislation shall come into effect on January 1, 2009.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Meeker on June 17, 2008, 01:28:23 pm
Partisanship Requirement Amendment

Article V, Section 2, Clause 1 is amended to read as follows: A person may become a registered voter if he has attained twenty-five posts at the forum. In registration, the person must state his name and State of fantasy residence; in addition, he must may optionally state a political affiliation with an organized political party. If the party a person is affiliated with is declared unorganized, the person will have one week to affiliate with another organized political party.

Article V, Section 1, Clause 8 is amended to read as follows: Any political party of five or more members is considered to be an organized political party. If the membership of a political party is less than five members for more than one week, the party will be declared unorganized. A party may not attempt to reorganize for one month after it is declared unorganized. The benefits of being an organized political party may be determined by the Senate by appropriate legislation.



While I understand the moral reasons why people choose to be registered independents and members of very small parties... this ultimately is a game first and a functioning democracy second. If we want the game to work better, we need a better party system.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Small Business Owner of Any Repute on June 17, 2008, 01:39:22 pm
While I understand the moral reasons why people choose to be registered independents and members of very small parties... this ultimately is a game first and a functioning democracy second. If we want the game to work better, we need a better party system.

While I agree that the resurgence of parties is good for Atlasia, I'm not sure requiring parties is the best mechanism for this.  IMHO, the Senate just killed the best motivating reason for party membership when they moved from party appointment of PR-STV vacancies to special elections, but I digress.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Meeker on June 17, 2008, 01:43:51 pm
While I understand the moral reasons why people choose to be registered independents and members of very small parties... this ultimately is a game first and a functioning democracy second. If we want the game to work better, we need a better party system.

While I agree that the resurgence of parties is good for Atlasia, I'm not sure requiring parties is the best mechanism for this.  IMHO, the Senate just killed the best motivating reason for party membership when they moved from party appointment of PR-STV vacancies to special elections, but I digress.

I'm open to any amendments or other ideas entirely that people have. My hope is that this will start a wider discussion that will fix the dismal party structure we have right now.

And you're certainly right on the PR-STV matter.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Colin on June 17, 2008, 07:07:17 pm
On behalf of Xahar, for once he actually brings up an issue that I can agree with:

Amendment to End the Budget Requirement

1. Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution is hereby repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Robespierre's Jaw on July 01, 2008, 05:11:52 pm
Amendment [to be determined] to the Atlasian Constitution

Be it resolved that:

The constitution of Atlasia be amended by insertion of the following text as Article IV, Section 1, Clause 5.

"In times of emergency or regional inactivity, the Secretary of Forum Affairs shall be empowered to open and close regional voting booths for regional office, referenda, and constitutional amendment ratification regions as to protect the peoples’ right to cast a ballot. Such power shall be granted on a limited basis at the president’s discretion."


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Colin on July 01, 2008, 07:50:13 pm
Introduced on behalf of Attorney General Bell:

Amendment to 24 hour waiting period in the OSPR

Article 5, Section 2 of the OSPR is amended with the addition of a Clause 4:

4. Clauses 2 and 3 shall not apply in cases where no votes have been cast against a piece of legislation. In these cases, the PPT shall publicly declare the vote total to be final and shall apply said vote total to the legislation. All Senators shall be prohibited from changing their votes on the legislation after this time.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Robespierre's Jaw on July 03, 2008, 03:02:43 am
Introduced on behalf of President-elect Mr. Moderate:

Carbon Import Tax

Be it resolved that:

1. Manufacture of Goods for Import.  The government of Atlasia impose a carbon tax on all goods imported for sale. The tax imposed shall be equivalent to the carbon tax which would have been imposed had the goods been manufactured domestically. It shall be the responsibility of the foreign manufacturer to pay said tax upon the exchange of goods to an Atlasian individual or corporation.

2. Transportation of Goods for Import.  All fuel used for the primary purpose of importing goods for sale in Atlasia shall be subject to the Atlasian carbon tax. It shall be the responsibility of the foreign transporter to pay said tax upon the delivery of goods to an Atlasian individual or corporation.

3. Exemption.  Foreign manufacturers and transporters may apply any foreign-based carbon taxes as deductions from the carbon tax imposed by the country of Atlasia. No manufacturer or transporter shall be subject to rebate of foreign carbon taxes in excess of the Atlasian rate.

4. Effective Date.  The Carbon Import Tax shall enter into effect on January 1, 2009.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on July 03, 2008, 12:36:26 pm
Immigration Reform Bill:

1. All illegal immigrants who wish to become residences of this country will be able to do so in an easy process. The immigrants shall notify the Atlasian government at least four months before coming into the country. The atlasian government will look at the person's background, including criminal record and other records. The government will send a notification back to the upcoming immigrant saying if he has been accepted or turned down by the government to come into the country.

2. Two months before coming into the country, the upcoming immigrant will send forms to the Atlasian government to both apply for a drivers license and for health care. Once the upcoming immigrant is given the health care and drivers license for Atlasia, then he must wait two more months before coming into the country.

3. After the two month period, the immigrant will be allowed into the country. The immigrant must report to the state government within thirty days for notification that the immigrant is now a citizen of Atlasia.

This bill, if passed,  will make the immigration system better. It will allow the immigrant to come into the country already having health care, a drivers license, and admission to become an Atlasian citizen.
Only senators can introduce bills, which you are not.  Again, even if Duke doesn't go back on this joke, you can't take the oath of office until 4:00 CDT today

BTW, this bill makes no sense.  I've written some bad bills, but this is the biggest joke to ever come across the senate

Also BTW, as to the wording in Sec. 1, if the immigrant hasn't entered the country, how are they an immigrant, let alone an illegal one


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on July 03, 2008, 01:42:33 pm
Immigration Reform Bill:

1. All illegal immigrants who wish to become residences of this country will be able to do so in an easy process. The immigrants shall notify the Atlasian government at least four months before coming into the country. The atlasian government will look at the person's background, including criminal record and other records. The government will send a notification back to the upcoming immigrant saying if he has been accepted or turned down by the government to come into the country.

2. Two months before coming into the country, the upcoming immigrant will send forms to the Atlasian government to both apply for a drivers license and for health care. Once the upcoming immigrant is given the health care and drivers license for Atlasia, then he must wait two more months before coming into the country.

3. After the two month period, the immigrant will be allowed into the country. The immigrant must report to the state government within thirty days for notification that the immigrant is now a citizen of Atlasia.

This bill, if passed,  will make the immigration system better. It will allow the immigrant to come into the country already having health care, a drivers license, and admission to become an Atlasian citizen.
Only senators can introduce bills, which you are not.  Again, even if Duke doesn't go back on this joke, you can't take the oath of office until 4:00 CDT today

BTW, this bill makes no sense.  I've written some bad bills, but this is the biggest joke to ever come across the senate

Also BTW, as to the wording in Sec. 1, if the immigrant hasn't entered the country, how are they an immigrant, let alone an illegal one
I was not told about the time delay on when I can take the oath of office. If it will work things out, I will take the oath of office again at or a little after 4:00 pm today.

You have no right to call my legislation a joke legislation.
Gporter, isn't it naptime yet at the pre-k?


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Hash on July 03, 2008, 02:04:16 pm
Immigration Reform Bill:

1. All illegal immigrants who wish to become residences of this country will be able to do so in an easy process. The immigrants shall notify the Atlasian government at least four months before coming into the country. The atlasian government will look at the person's background, including criminal record and other records. The government will send a notification back to the upcoming immigrant saying if he has been accepted or turned down by the government to come into the country.

2. Two months before coming into the country, the upcoming immigrant will send forms to the Atlasian government to both apply for a drivers license and for health care. Once the upcoming immigrant is given the health care and drivers license for Atlasia, then he must wait two more months before coming into the country.

3. After the two month period, the immigrant will be allowed into the country. The immigrant must report to the state government within thirty days for notification that the immigrant is now a citizen of Atlasia.

This bill, if passed,  will make the immigration system better. It will allow the immigrant to come into the country already having health care, a drivers license, and admission to become an Atlasian citizen.

lol. Is that a joke?


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on July 03, 2008, 02:06:44 pm
Gporter, isn't it naptime yet at the pre-k?
for you, yes.
DAMN BURNED!!! LOL

Anyway, at least you'll never actually be a senator


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Small Business Owner of Any Repute on July 03, 2008, 02:26:40 pm
STOP.  This is not the proper forum for debate.

Take it elsewhere.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Robespierre's Jaw on July 03, 2008, 04:45:46 pm
On behalf of President-elect Mr. Moderate again:

Mass Transit Infrastructure Investment Act of 2008

Whereas the revenue expected from the FY 2009 component ($5 per metric tonne of a total $10 per metric tonne tax) of the domestic Carbon Tax is expected to be an estimated $30 billion, and;

Whereas the Atlasian Senate finds that this environmental-based impact fee is best spent through investment in new mass transit options and research into alternative energy,

Therefore be it resolved that:

1. Funding Allocation. Atlasia shall dedicate 50% of the FY2009 carbon tax component ($2.5 per metric tonne or $15 billion in total), as a one time grant towards the new construction, upgrade, and maintenance of mass transit options.
Said funds shall be apportioned based on Atlasia’s regional population figures as of July 4, 2008:
  • Northeast Region, $4.77 billion (31.8%)
  • Southeast Region, $3.585 billion (23.9%)
  • Mideast Region, $2.73 billion (18.2%)
  • Pacific Region, $2.55 billion (17.0%)
  • Midwest Region, $1.365 billion (9.1%)

2. Funding Earmarks. The funds outlined in Section 1 shall be earmarked towards the planning and completion of the following proposed mass transportation projects:
Northeast Region
  • SEPTA (Pennsylvania): Plan and construct a SEPTA extension from Philadelphia to Allentown on existing tracks via Bethlehem, Quakertown, and Lansdale.
  • SEPTA (Pennsylvania): Plan and construct an extension of the Route 100 light rail service (Norristown High-Speed Line) to King of Prussia.
  • NJ Transit (New Jersey): Plan and construct an extension of the Raritan Valley Line on existing tracks past the High Bridge, NJ terminus to Phillipsburg, NJ; Easton, PA; Bethlehem, PA; and Allentown, PA.
  • MBTA (Massachusetts): Construct an extension of the Green Line MBTA service past the Lechmere terminus to include new stops in Somerville, MA at Washington St., Union Square, Gilman Square, Lowell St., and Ball Square; and new stops in Medford at College Avenue (Tufts), Winthrop St., and West Medford. (Estimated cost: $0.39 billion.)
  • Metro North (Connecticut): Plan and construct commuter rail service between New Haven, CT and Springfield, MA via Hartford, including seven new rail stations with upgraded platforms (“max build” scenario as defined by the September 2004 Transportation Strategy Board proposal). (Estimated cost: $0.558 billion.)
Southeast Region
To be determined.
Mideast Region
To be determined.
Pacific Region
To be determined.
Midwest Region
To be determined.

3. Matching Funds Requirement. To be eligible for the mass transit grants outlined in Section 1, participating regional legislatures must agree to a minimum 25% match of these funds. “Matching funds” will be defined as the amount in excess of the regional FY 2008 mass transportation budget as adjusted for inflation.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on July 04, 2008, 12:35:17 pm
Bill Abolishing Capital Punishment Within the Atlasian Military
1. No branch of the Atlasian military may use the death penalty as punishment in cases involving anyone (including foreigners, prisoners of war, spies, and deserted or mutinied soldiers).



I'm not reintroducing Ebowed's transfat XO.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on July 04, 2008, 12:39:34 pm
Act to repeal the Deregistration Act

1. The Deregistration Act (F.L. 11-1) is hereby repealed.

2. Deregistration shall not be possible in Atlasia in the future.

3. The status of past deregistrations is not affected by this act.



Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: CultureKing on July 05, 2008, 04:02:10 am
On behalf of President Mr. Moderate I am pleased to introduce the following:

Second Amendment to the Consolidated Electoral System Reform Act

Be it resolved that:

Section 3, Clause 1 shall be amended as follows:
1. Strike the first instance of “midnight Eastern Standard Time on the first Thursday” and amend by inserting “0001 Eastern Time on the first Friday”.
2. Strike the second instance of “standard”.

Section 5, Clause 1 shall be amended as follows:
1. Strike existing Section 5, Clause 1 in its entirity.
2. Insert new Section 5, Clause 1 to read as follows:
“The new election shall be held between 0001 Eastern Time on the second Friday after the initial election and 0001 Eastern Time on the first Friday thereafter, and shall conclude exactly 72 hours after the beginning.”

Section 15 shall be renumbered Section 16.

Amend by inserting the following as “Section 15: Definition of Midnight”
“For the purposes of elections held in the country of Atlasia, ‘midnight’ shall be defined as the earliest possible moment in the day.”
 

Amendment [to be determined] to the Atlasian Constitution

Be it resolved that:

1. Regular elections to the Senate and Presidency shall begin between 0001 Eastern Time on the second to last Friday of the month in which they otherwise would have started and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on the first Friday thereafter, and shall conclude exactly 72 hours after beginning.

2. Special elections to the [[Senate]] shall begin within ten days of the vacancy occurring and shall begin between 0001 Eastern Standard Time on a Friday and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on the first Friday thereafter, and shall conclude exactly 72 hours after beginning.

3. The exact time at which a given election or vote shall begin may be determined by the voting booth administrator subject to such restrictions as may be imposed by Law.

4. The Ninth and Eleventh Amendments are repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on July 06, 2008, 04:46:41 pm
As promised...

Legalization of Heroin Bill

Section 1: Findings
1. Heroin is a white, crystalline, narcotic powder, C21H23NO5, derived from morphine, formerly used as an analgesic and sedative.
2. The pharmaceutical price of heroin is only 5% of the average street price of heroin.

Section 2: Applicability
1. This law shall remove all federal restrictions on heroin in addition to legalization in Nyman and other federal territories which do not form a region.
2. The Regions of Atlasia shall be free to legalize and regulate heroin in any manner which they may choose.

Section 3: In Regards to the Legal Status of Heroin
1. The possession and consumption of heroin shall be legal.
2. This law shall not be interpreted as to decriminalize driving under the influence of heroin.
3. Penalties for driving under the influence of heroin shall be the same as those for driving under the influence of alcohol and other substances.

Section 4: Taxation
1. Taxes on heroin will be 30% per gram.  Individual regions may set their own taxes on heroin as they see fit in addition to the federal tax which shall not exceed 20%.
2. Federal revenue raised from taxes on heroin shall be spent as follows:
   a.) 50% to a newly created National Opiate Addiction Help Center
   b.) 25% to funding for the needle exchange program created by the Atlasian Policy Regarding HIV/AIDS
   c.) 25% to improvements to federal interstate highways
3. Regional revenue generated from sales of heroin shall be used however the region deems necessary by a vote of the people upon voting for legalization.
4. The National Opiate Addiction Help Center shall not be funded by any other taxes.
5. The National Opiate Addiction Help Center shall focus on treatment options not involving methodone

Section 5: Purchases
1. Heroin shall be available at any licensed pharmacies.
2. Heroin shall not require a prescription but will kept behind the counter under all circumstances.
3. Individuals not in possession of the proper licenses shall still be prohibited from selling heroin.

Section 6: Age Restrictions
1. No one under the age of 18 shall be allowed to purchase heroin
2. Any pharmacist selling heroin to a person under the age of 18 shall be subject to any of the following:
   a.) a fine not to exceed $100,000
   b.) 30 days in a regional prison
   c.) a suspension or revokal of license


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on July 06, 2008, 08:01:10 pm
For Xahar:

Please introduce:

United Nations Reform Act

Section 1: Findings
   1. The current structure of the United Nations is unfair and gives excessive power to the major Allies of World War II and to very small states.
   2. Reform of the system in use by the United Nations is necessary for it to fulfill its envisioned role.

Section 2: Requirements for a Fair United Nations
   1. The United Nations Security Council and General Assembly shall be abolished.
   2. A Parliamentary Assembly, either elected or appointed, shall replace the Security Council and General Assembly.
   3. Seats in the Parliamentary Assembly shall be apportioned by one of the following methods: Schwarzenberg's weighted voting, Provisional People's Assembly Method, one person, one vote, or the Penrose method.
   4. No nation shall have veto power over any decision reached by the Parliamentary Assembly.
   5. The Secretary-General shall be chosen by a vote of the Parliamentary Assembly.

Section 3: Implementation
   1. Atlasia shall not give any funds to the United Nations.
   2. The Atlasian representative must use his power of veto to block all UN business.
   3. Clauses 1 and 2 of this section shall be rendered null and void upon the issuance of an Executive Order countersigned by the Secretary of External affairs certifying that the organization of the United Nations is within the letter and spirit of this law.
   4. After the process described in Clause 3 of this section renders Clauses 1 and 2 of this section null and void, they may be reinstated upon the issuance of an Executive Order countersigned by the Secretary of External affairs certifying that the organization of the United Nations is no longer within the letter and spirit of this law.

Gasoline Consumer Protection Act

   1. All prices for gasoline displayed at gas stations must be rounded up to the nearest cent.
   2. If a station is found noncompliant, the company operating the station shall be fined 10% of the earnings at that station during the period of noncompliance.

These two are still waiting.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on July 06, 2008, 08:07:47 pm
After careful thought, I will withdraw the UN Reform Bill, if Xahar wishes to make another bill that talks solely about Atlasia's role in the United Nations, then I would be more than willing to re-introduce


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on July 07, 2008, 03:25:42 pm
Constitutional Amendment

That the following changes be made to the Atlasian Constitution:

1. Article I, Section 1, Clause 2 shall be amended to read as follows: No person shall be a Senator who has not attained a hundred or more posts.

2. Article I, Section 4, Clause 1 shall be amended to read as follows: The Senate shall be divided into two classes: Class A and Class B, both of which shall be elected by a form of proportional representation.

3. Article I, Section 4, Clause 4 shall be amended to read as follows: If a vacancy shall occur in any Senate seat, then a special election shall be called to fill the remainder of the vacant term within one week of the vacancy occurring.

4. Article I, Section 4, Clause 5 shall be amended to read as follows: However, if a vacancy shall occur less than two weeks before the end of the term in question, then no special election shall be necessary.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on July 07, 2008, 03:41:40 pm
Proportional Representation (Class A seats) Act

1.The provisions of the Proportional Representation Act (F.L. 21-2), as amended by the Proportional Representation (By-Elections) Act (F.L. 25-4), shall also apply to Class A seats.
2. This Act shall not take effect until directed by an Executive Order of the President of Atlasia directing same.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Robespierre's Jaw on July 07, 2008, 06:13:24 pm
On behalf of President Moderate....again:

Green Energy Infrastructure Investment Act of 2008

Whereas the revenue expected from the FY 2009 component ($5 per metric tonne of a total $10 per metric tonne tax) of the domestic Carbon Tax is expected to be an estimated $30 billion, and;

Whereas the Atlasian Senate finds that this environmental-based impact fee is best spent through investment in new mass transit options and research into alternative energy, and;

Whereas significant investment into "green energy" will lead to improvement of clean technologies and better "economies of scale" in private sector power generating;

Therefore be it resolved that:

1.   Funding Allocation. Atlasia shall dedicate 50% of the FY2009 carbon tax component ($2.5 per metric tonne), or $15 billion ($15,000,000,000), as a one time grant towards the new construction of renewable energy power generating plants.
Said funds shall be apportioned as follows:
Hydroelectric Power, $2.5 billion
Geothermal Power, $2.5 billion
Wind Power, $5 billion
Solar Power, $5 billion
2.   Construction Locations. The generator locations funded by this bill shall be, as best possible, divided evenly across the regions according to logistics, population, need, and cost effectiveness.
3.   Estimate of Impact. It is estimated that the cost of generating capacity is approximately $20 per MWh for hydroelectric, $56 per MWh for wind, $60 per MWh for geothermal, and $110 per MWh for large-scale solar facilities. As provided for in Section 1, this bill will directly lead to the generation of 3.01 × 108 MWh of electricity, or approximately 1.03% of the current Atlasian demand of 2.93 × 1010 MWh.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on July 14, 2008, 05:30:36 am
Political Party Definition Amendment

Article V, Section 1, Clause 8 (Political Party definition) of the Constitution of Atlasia is hereby repealed.



I abstained when this was last on the Senate floor, but it seems to be the only way to stop the moronic "Let's have real parties again! And since there's a reason why most people don't want to be in real parties anymore, let's force people to be in real parties again!" argument.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on July 14, 2008, 05:55:13 am
Political Party Definition Amendment

Article V, Section 1, Clause 8 (Political Party definition) of the Constitution of Atlasia is hereby repealed.



I abstained when this was last on the Senate floor, but it seems to be the only way to stop the moronic "Let's have real parties again! And since there's a reason why most people don't want to be in real parties anymore, let's force people to be in real parties again!" argument.

Withdrawn upon consideration.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on July 20, 2008, 04:27:39 pm
Old idea I introduced, I forget what happened to it but it didn't pass:

Fairness to the Voter Amendment II

Section 1:
1. To change Article V, Section 2, Part IV of the constitution from reading ...tenth day before the election to ... fifth day before the election


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Verily on July 22, 2008, 02:21:24 pm
Registration of Political Parties Act

Section I: Registration
   1.   All individuals or groups wishing to form or maintain an Atlasian political party must submit an application to Secretary of Forum Affairs (SoFA) for certification as a political party.
   2.   No SoFA shall deny any request to form an Atlasian political party unless that party is in violation of any of the below listed terms:
      a.   No party shall be registered that consists of no members who have voted in an election within the past six months,
      b.   No party shall be registered for which the name of the registered party intentionally resembles that of another, already registered political party,
      c.   No party shall be registered that cannot provide an official contact for said party. This contact may be changed at any time.

Section II: Elections
For all elections within Atlasia, no candidate may run under a banner of any political party without an express statement from the official contact of that political party permitting that candidate to run under the banner of that party. No candidate so barred from running under any given banner shall be considered barred from running under a different registered political party, or as an independent.

Section III: Recognition of Existing Parties
All parties with a current membership of five or more, as recognized by the Constitution of Atlasia, shall be automatically recognized as Atlasian political parties effective 1 September 2008. All other existing political parties shall be without recognition effective 1 September 2008, save for those which submit an application to the Secretary of Forum Affairs as described in Section I, Clause 1.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on July 22, 2008, 02:30:12 pm
What's the point? Other than stopping me from making joke runs under the AUB banner?


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Verily on July 22, 2008, 02:55:41 pm
What's the point? Other than stopping me from making joke runs under the AUB banner?

Gives political parties a bit more ideological cohesion. They can kick people out, or at least prevent people from running under their banner.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Torie on July 24, 2008, 05:18:52 pm
At the request of PiT (The Physicist), I am introducing this proposed Constitutional Amendment (amended):

24th  Amendment to the Atlasian Constitution Regarding the Role of Parties and Its Citizens

        1. No registered person shall have a right to vote in any federal or regional election for office (“General Election”) who is a registered member of any political party (“Non Viable Party”) which has less than five registered as of the commencement of the 9th day EST prior to the date scheduled for such election to commence (“Registration Close Date”). A party which has at least five legally registered voters as of such time is hereinafter referred to as a "Viable Party,” and its registered members who are legally registered voters as of such time, “Eligible Members.” Voting events for Constitutional Amendments or referenda are not General Elections for purposes of this Amendment, and the right to vote in the same shall not be affected hereby.

     2. In a case where the number of  legally registered voters who are members of a Viable Party timely declare candidacy (“Timely Declared Candidates”) for the same office in a General Election  is in excess (“Excess Party Candidates”) of the number of seats (“Available Seats”) for which a registered voter is entitled to vote (which number as of the date of adoption of this amendment, is one such seat for region specific seats, and five such seats for at large seats), then at a time no less than one week before the earliest possible time for the commencement of voting in such General  Election, a primary election shall be conducted  for each such Viable Party with Excess Party Candidates. The polls for each such primary election shall remain open for 72 hours, and be administered by the party chair of each such Viable Party, if such party chair holds office pursuant to the rules of such Viable Party (“Party Chair”), and in cases where no such Party Chair exists, such primary election for such Viable Party without a Party Chair shall be conducted by the Secretary of Forum Affairs. Such primary election shall be conducted in a manner such that such Viable Party nominates a number of candidates for the subject office which does not exceed the number of Available Seats, with each of those so nominated, or who are Timely Declared Candidates of a Viable Party which does not have Excess Viable Party Candidates, referred to herein as a “Eligible Viable Party Candidate.” Any Eligible Member of the applicable Viable Party shall have a right to vote in such primary election. Except as otherwise specified herein, the manner of conducting such primary election shall be within the discretion of the Party Chair (or the Secretary of Forum Affairs if paragraph 3 below is applicable).

     3. If a sitting Party Chair of a Viable Party fails to commence such primary election for such Viable Party within 24 hours of the Registration Close Date, then within 24 hours thereafter, the Secretary of Forum Affairs shall conduct such primary election in the manner described above.

     4. No person may appear on the ballot for office in a General Election unless such person with respect to such General Election  is either (i) an Eligible Viable Party Candidate, or (ii) as of the Registration Close Date for such General Election, not a registered member of either a Viable Party or Non Viable Party.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Meeker on July 25, 2008, 01:23:54 am
Hooray! I started a nationwide debate about party structure! :D


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Colin on July 29, 2008, 11:26:32 am
Political Party Definition Amendment

Article V, Section 1, Clause 8 (Political Party definition) of the Constitution of Atlasia is hereby repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Torie on August 05, 2008, 09:59:07 pm
As promised...

Legalization of Heroin Bill

Section 1: Findings
1. Heroin is a white, crystalline, narcotic powder, C21H23NO5, derived from morphine, formerly used as an analgesic and sedative.
2. The pharmaceutical price of heroin is only 5% of the average street price of heroin.

Section 2: Applicability
1. This law shall remove all federal restrictions on heroin in addition to legalization in Nyman and other federal territories which do not form a region.
2. The Regions of Atlasia shall be free to legalize and regulate heroin in any manner which they may choose.

Section 3: In Regards to the Legal Status of Heroin
1. The possession and consumption of heroin shall be legal.
2. This law shall not be interpreted as to decriminalize driving under the influence of heroin.
3. Penalties for driving under the influence of heroin shall be the same as those for driving under the influence of alcohol and other substances.

Section 4: Taxation
1. Taxes on heroin will be 30% per gram.  Individual regions may set their own taxes on heroin as they see fit in addition to the federal tax which shall not exceed 20%.
2. Federal revenue raised from taxes on heroin shall be spent as follows:
   a.) 50% to a newly created National Opiate Addiction Help Center
   b.) 25% to funding for the needle exchange program created by the Atlasian Policy Regarding HIV/AIDS
   c.) 25% to improvements to federal interstate highways
3. Regional revenue generated from sales of heroin shall be used however the region deems necessary by a vote of the people upon voting for legalization.
4. The National Opiate Addiction Help Center shall not be funded by any other taxes.
5. The National Opiate Addiction Help Center shall focus on treatment options not involving methodone

Section 5: Purchases
1. Heroin shall be available at any licensed pharmacies.
2. Heroin shall not require a prescription but will kept behind the counter under all circumstances.
3. Individuals not in possession of the proper licenses shall still be prohibited from selling heroin.

Section 6: Age Restrictions
1. No one under the age of 18 shall be allowed to purchase heroin
2. Any pharmacist selling heroin to a person under the age of 18 shall be subject to any of the following:
   a.) a fine not to exceed $100,000
   b.) 30 days in a regional prison
   c.) a suspension or revokal of license

At the request of DWTL, I am taking over sponsorship of the above Bill. DWTL requests that it retain its position in the queue.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Colin on August 08, 2008, 04:25:58 pm
Amendment to the Consolidated Criminal Justice Act

The following text is added to Section 3 of the Consolidated Criminal Justice Act:

5. Secession, defined as a territory or group of people declaring or threatening independence from the Atlasia.
6. Refutation of federal supremacy in law, defined as making any post or taking any actions denying the supremacy of, or serving in a regional government which denies that it is subject to, federal law in any or all regions of Atlasia, after having taken the oath of office and serving as a legal officeholder.



The relevant section and act can be found here (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Consolidated_Criminal_Justice_Bill).

I've introduced this because, while I believe that secession can be prosecuted as treason under the current laws, the overall statue on these actions is vague and circumstantial. Clearing up these grey areas would probably help if Atlasia is faced with a situation like this again.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Torie on August 08, 2008, 05:18:19 pm
Amendment to the Consolidated Criminal Justice Act

The following text is added to Section 3 of the Consolidated Criminal Justice Act:

5. Secession, defined as a territory or group of people declaring independence from the Atlasia.



The relevant section and act can be found here (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Consolidated_Criminal_Justice_Bill).

I've introduced this because, while I believe that secession can be prosecuted as treason under the current laws, the overall statue on these actions is vague and circumstantial. Clearing up these grey areas would probably help if Atlasia is faced with a situation like this again.

The plan is not to declare independence. The plan is to reverse the supremacy clause, so regional law is supreme to federal law. The plan is to further continue to elect senators to Atlasia that will vote on such subordinate legislation. So the language would have to be a refusal to subject one to Atlasian law as the supreme law of the region.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Colin on August 08, 2008, 11:07:35 pm
The plan is not to declare independence. The plan is to reverse the supremacy clause, so regional law is supreme to federal law. The plan is to further continue to elect senators to Atlasia that will vote on such subordinate legislation. So the language would have to be a refusal to subject one to Atlasian law as the supreme law of the region.

I know what the plan is and the plan is already illegal under the ruling of StatesRights v. Atlasia meaning that, at a minimum, there actions would be null and void and, at most, they would be prosecuted by the Attorney General for contempt of court. This is mostly to create a certainty when dealing with secession issues that the participants will be charged with treason.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Torie on August 09, 2008, 12:04:09 am
The plan is not to declare independence. The plan is to reverse the supremacy clause, so regional law is supreme to federal law. The plan is to further continue to elect senators to Atlasia that will vote on such subordinate legislation. So the language would have to be a refusal to subject one to Atlasian law as the supreme law of the region.

I know what the plan is and the plan is already illegal under the ruling of StatesRights v. Atlasia meaning that, at a minimum, there actions would be null and void and, at most, they would be prosecuted by the Attorney General for contempt of court. This is mostly to create a certainty when dealing with secession issues that the participants will be charged with treason.

Well I would be more comfortable with clear language that that is the consequence.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Colin on August 09, 2008, 01:46:58 am
The plan is not to declare independence. The plan is to reverse the supremacy clause, so regional law is supreme to federal law. The plan is to further continue to elect senators to Atlasia that will vote on such subordinate legislation. So the language would have to be a refusal to subject one to Atlasian law as the supreme law of the region.

I know what the plan is and the plan is already illegal under the ruling of StatesRights v. Atlasia meaning that, at a minimum, there actions would be null and void and, at most, they would be prosecuted by the Attorney General for contempt of court. This is mostly to create a certainty when dealing with secession issues that the participants will be charged with treason.

Well I would be more comfortable with clear language that that is the consequence.

Well you can write up something and I'll attach it to secession changes in the Consolidated Criminal Justice Act. I just don't know what you're trying to get at that's all.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Torie on August 09, 2008, 03:44:03 pm
Here is the amendment I am thinking about. It's in bold. If there is a consensus on language, how do we queue jump it to get a prompt vote?

Section 3: Acts of Treason

The following acts are hereby declared Acts of Treason:

    * 1. Rebellion, defined as the use of military forces to overthrow the Federal or any Regional government of Atlasia.
    * 2. Aiding of a rebellion, defined as the fully knowing and intentional direction of funds, military aid, or strategic advice to a person or group seeking to engage in rebellion.
    * 3. Terrorism, defined as the unlawful or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating civilians and/or the federal and/or regional governments of Atlasia.
    * 4. Destruction of a Voting Booth, defined as deleting the thread in which a voting booth, or absentee voting booth, for an active election is contained.
   *  5. Taking the oath of office for any federal office in Altasia, and then making any post denying the supremacy of any federal Atlasian law in any or all regions of Atlasia, or serving in any office of any region of Altlasia of a rogue government which denies it is subject to the supremacy of Atlasian federal law, unless and until such region of Atlasia is  recognized by Atlasia as  a former region of Atlasia pursuant to its being reconized  by the federal government of Atlasia in accordance with its laws as an independent nation.

The idea is that if some nutters want to play their own game that is fine, but if they attempt to have it both ways, and play also in Atlasia as an elected or appointed official, or in a rogue state, they will be punished. Taking an oath either in Atlasia or a rogue state is the trigger mechanism for prosecution by our attorney general.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Colin on August 09, 2008, 03:52:34 pm
Here is the amendment I am thinking about. It's in bold. If there is a consensus on language, how do we queue jump it to get a prompt vote?

Section 3: Acts of Treason

The following acts are hereby declared Acts of Treason:

    * 1. Rebellion, defined as the use of military forces to overthrow the Federal or any Regional government of Atlasia.
    * 2. Aiding of a rebellion, defined as the fully knowing and intentional direction of funds, military aid, or strategic advice to a person or group seeking to engage in rebellion.
    * 3. Terrorism, defined as the unlawful or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating civilians and/or the federal and/or regional governments of Atlasia.
    * 4. Destruction of a Voting Booth, defined as deleting the thread in which a voting booth, or absentee voting booth, for an active election is contained.
   *  5. Taking the oath of office for any federal office in Altasia, and then making any post denying the supremacy of any federal Atlasian law in any or all regions of Atlasia.

I would rather have it say any office in Atlasia, since federal office would not include regional officeholders. I would also like to keep my current provision for secession since I consider that seperate from your ideas concerning federal law supremacy.

I have updated my original bill with your provisions. Tell me what you think.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Torie on August 09, 2008, 03:54:28 pm
I played with the language. I would appreciate other legal brains here chiming in, so we get this right. Sam, and Bullmoose, take off the robe, and chime in.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Colin on August 09, 2008, 04:10:26 pm
I played with the language. I would appreciate other legal brains here chiming in, so we get this right. Sam, and Bullmoose, take off the robe, and chime in.

The original language was better, in my opinion. Most of the language in the new version is redundant, unnneeded, and spelled badly, sorry Torie but I couldn't make out most of it because of spelling, grammar, and logic errors.

Also your amendment doesn't fit in with the general word order/grammatical format of the rest of the section. I updated it when I added it to my bill to make it fit into the logical frame of the section in question.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Torie on August 09, 2008, 04:16:48 pm
I played with the language. I would appreciate other legal brains here chiming in, so we get this right. Sam, and Bullmoose, take off the robe, and chime in.

The original language was better, in my opinion. Most of the language in the new version is redundant, unnneeded, and spelled badly, sorry Torie but I couldn't make out most of it because of spelling, grammar, and logic errors.

Also your amendment doesn't fit in with the general word order/grammatical format of the rest of the section. I updated it when I added it to my bill to make it fit into the logical frame of the section in question.

Perhaps you could be more specific. This is a work in progress. I could dump the recognition thing, to reduce the length of a run-on sentence. The point is to have a clear and objective as possible bright line as to what specific acts constitute treason, at least as a starting point. I think it should be tied to taking an oath of office for starters. Given that, what do you propose again?


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Torie on August 09, 2008, 04:25:41 pm
6. Refutation of federal supremacy in law, defined as taking the oath of office for any office in Atlasia, and then making any post or taking any actions denying the supremacy of any federal Atlasian law in any or all regions of Atlasia.


That is pretty good actually, now that I found it. Hopefully we will get more comments.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Colin on August 09, 2008, 04:28:19 pm
Perhaps you could be more specific. This is a work in progress. I could dump the recognition thing, to reduce the length of a run-on sentence. The point is to have a clear and objective as possible bright line as to what specific acts constitute treason, at least as a starting point. I think it should be tied to taking an oath of office for starters. Given that, what do you propose again?

For more specific arguments of your current proposal:

Quote
or serving in any office of any region of Altlasia of a rogue government which denies it is subject to the supremacy of Atlasian federal law

Way to damn specific. What's a rogue government, how is that defined? Also I get lost in the continuous use of any. What does "any office of any region of Atlasia of a rogue government" even mean? If you want this included I would restate it as part of your original proposal:

6. Refutation of federal supremacy in law, defined as making any post or taking any actions denying the supremacy of, or serving in a regional government which denies that it is subject to, federal law in any or all regions of Atlasia, after having taken the oath of office and serving as a legal officeholder.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Torie on August 09, 2008, 05:00:41 pm
Perhaps you could be more specific. This is a work in progress. I could dump the recognition thing, to reduce the length of a run-on sentence. The point is to have a clear and objective as possible bright line as to what specific acts constitute treason, at least as a starting point. I think it should be tied to taking an oath of office for starters. Given that, what do you propose again?

For more specific arguments of your current proposal:

Quote
or serving in any office of any region of Altlasia of a rogue government which denies it is subject to the supremacy of Atlasian federal law

Way to damn specific. What's a rogue government, how is that defined? Also I get lost in the continuous use of any. What does "any office of any region of Atlasia of a rogue government" even mean? If you want this included I would restate it as part of your original proposal:

6. Refutation of federal supremacy in law, defined as making any post or taking any actions denying the supremacy of, or serving in a regional government which denies that it is subject to, federal law in any or all regions of Atlasia, after having taken the oath of office and serving as a legal officeholder.

OK with me, but hopefully we will get more comments. Sam where are you?

I admit I have a love affair of the word "rogue." It is one of my favorites. :)


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Meeker on August 26, 2008, 01:06:10 pm
Regional Office Holding Rights Amendment

The rights of regions to govern themselves in the manner in which they choose, within the Republic of Atlasia, shall not be infringed by the Second Constitution of the Republican of Atlasia nor by legislation passed by the Senate of Atlasia.



This should be fun


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Meeker on August 26, 2008, 06:27:53 pm
Since the first one was insufficiently clear...



Regional Office Holding Rights Amendment

The rights of regions to construct their regional government in the manner in which they choose, within the Republic of Atlasia, shall not be infringed by the Second Constitution of the Republican of Atlasia nor by legislation passed by the Senate of Atlasia.



Basically the idea here is to allow regions to decide how they want to set-up their regional governments with whatever quirks they want (the ilikeverinship in the Midwest, the Assembly in the Mideast, the reference to Xahar as "chome", etc.) and the federal government can't interfere.

If someone has better legal lingo to phrase it with I'm welcome to it.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on September 06, 2008, 06:18:56 am
Senate Resolution to Amend Article IX of the OSPR

Article IX, Section 2 shall be amended to read:
"Any new Senator may change the vote of his/her predecessor unless the time for allowing the changing of votes has passed. If no change is made, the vote of the outgoing Senator shall remain valid.
In the case of Senators elected under a multi-member Single Transferable Vote system, newly elected Senators, in the order of their election, shall be deemed to be the successors of any incumbent Senators not reelected, in order of their election.


for reference:

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R.18: Article IX of the OSPR

Article 9 of the Official Senate Procedural Resolution reads:

1. The Senate's consideration of legislation shall not be unduly interupted by the official end of the Senate term and the introduction of new Senators. There shall be no need to deem legislation expired.

2. Any new Senator may change the vote of his/her predecessor unless the time for allowing the changing of votes has passed. If no change is made, the vote of the outgoing Senator shall remain valid.

3. From the beginning of the new Senate term, the President of the Senate shall preside over all Senate business until a PPT is elected. In any matters which require the assent of both the President of the Senate and the PPT which arise during the period before the PPT has been elected, the Dean of the Senate shall be empowered to give assent in place of the PPT.

"Predecessor" was undefined so far, although in the case of single-member seats (which is all we had when this was passed) it was pretty much self-evident.

I think this needs some extra text to make it clear that seats that changed occupants during the term still remain the same seat (if they are vacant at election time, or the by-election winner is himself not reelected.)
Was that confused enough or does anybody still understand what I'm trying to say?

Using the rules outlined for these elections,
Dwtl would be able to change Andrew's votes, Al would be able to change Colin's votes, Sensei would be able to change Afleitch's votes, and Jas would be filling the vacancy.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Torie on September 06, 2008, 10:46:06 am
OK, Senators A and B don't run for re-election. In the at large election, first senator C is elected, and then senator D. Senator C votes for A or does he vote for B? How can one tell?  And suppose C and D are elected at the same time, ie I assume, meaning in the same round?

Gosh, this stuff gives me a headache!


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on September 06, 2008, 12:46:16 pm
OK, Senators A and B don't run for re-election. In the at large election, first senator C is elected, and then senator D. Senator C votes for A or does he vote for B? How can one tell?  And suppose C and D are elected at the same time, ie I assume, meaning in the same round?
The one with the higher vote total to be considered first. When tied on that, previous rounds.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Torie on September 06, 2008, 12:51:00 pm
OK, Senators A and B don't run for re-election. In the at large election, first senator C is elected, and then senator D. Senator C votes for A or does he vote for B? How can one tell?  And suppose C and D are elected at the same time, ie I assume, meaning in the same round?
The one with the higher vote total to be considered first. When tied on that, previous rounds.

I still don't get it. C is elected first. There are two senators not running for reelection. Which one does C vote for?  And suppose two senators have the same totals? And I don't see the legal mechanics in your language in any event to effect what you just typed. "Order of their election" is vague to me, or at least does not do the look back where two senators are elected at the same time it seems to me.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on September 06, 2008, 12:53:47 pm
OK, Senators A and B don't run for re-election. In the at large election, first senator C is elected, and then senator D. Senator C votes for A or does he vote for B? How can one tell?  And suppose C and D are elected at the same time, ie I assume, meaning in the same round?
The one with the higher vote total to be considered first. When tied on that, previous rounds.

I still don't get it. C is elected first. There are two senators not running for reelection. Which one does C vote for? 
The one elected first (of the two).
Quote
And suppose two senators have the same totals? And I don't see the legal mechanics in your language in any event to effect what you just typed.
Yeah, it still requires some work. Or a clear definition of "order of election" in the PR Act. :D
Mind you, it only matters for a week at most every four months... *needs to figure out how the Senate handled the issue four months ago* Of course, back then it was even stranger because the leaving Senators had still been elected for districts.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Torie on September 06, 2008, 12:59:39 pm
And if A and B were elected at the same time, you do the same protocol, as to who was elected in the earlier round, and if in the same round, a look back at earlier vote totals, and if they had the same vote totals, maybe do it in alphabetical order of their names or something. :)


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on September 06, 2008, 01:07:03 pm
And if A and B were elected at the same time, you do the same protocol, as to who was elected in the earlier round, and if in the same round, a look back at earlier vote totals, and if they had the same vote totals, maybe do it in alphabetical order of their names or something. :)
No need for the last condition. Ties broken exactly as (for previous rounds) in the PR Act. :)


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on September 09, 2008, 06:54:49 am
End to Mandatory Cloture Resolution
1. Article 4, Section 1, Clause 6 of the OSPR is hereby repealed.
2. Clauses 7, 8, and 9 are renumbered accordingly.



Constitutional Amendment to create an all-proportional Senate, Mk. II

That the following changes be made to the Atlasian Constitution:

1. Article I, Section 1, Clause 2 shall be amended to read as follows: No person shall be a Senator who has not attained a hundred or more posts.

2. Article I, Section 4, Clause 1 shall be amended to read as follows: The Senate shall be divided into two classes: Class A and Class B, both of which shall be elected by a form of proportional representation.

3. Article I, Section 4, Clause 4 shall be amended to read as follows: If a vacancy shall occur in any Senate seat, then a special election shall be called to fill the remainder of the vacant term within one week of the vacancy occurring.

4. Article I, Section 4, Clause 5 shall be amended to read as follows: However, if a vacancy shall occur less than two weeks before the end of the term in question, then no special election shall be necessary.



Restoration of CESRA Act

The Second Amendment to the Consolidated Electoral System Reform Act (F.L.26-3) is hereby repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on September 13, 2008, 08:13:35 am
Introduced on behalf of El Presidente:

Amended Mass Transit Infrastructure Investment Act of 2008

Whereas the revenue expected from the FY 2009 component ($5 per metric tonne of a total $10 per metric tonne tax) of the domestic Carbon Tax is expected to be an estimated $30 billion, and;

Whereas the Atlasian Senate finds that this environmental-based impact fee is best spent through investment in new mass transit options and research into alternative energy,

Therefore be it resolved that:

1. Funding Allocation. Atlasia shall dedicate 50% of the FY2009 carbon tax component ($2.5 per metric tonne or $15 billion in total), as a one time grant towards the new construction, upgrade, and maintenance of mass transit options.

2. Funding Distribution. Said funds shall be apportioned across the regions according to logistics, population, need, cost effectiveness, and potential to reduce carbon emissions.  Funds shall be distributed in accordance with recommendations from the Department of Transportation.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Small Business Owner of Any Repute on September 13, 2008, 07:24:18 pm
Introduced on behalf of El Presidente:

Amended Mass Transit Infrastructure Investment Act of 2008

Whereas the revenue expected from the FY 2009 component ($5 per metric tonne of a total $10 per metric tonne tax) of the domestic Carbon Tax is expected to be an estimated $30 billion, and;

Whereas the Atlasian Senate finds that this environmental-based impact fee is best spent through investment in new mass transit options and research into alternative energy,

Therefore be it resolved that:

1. Funding Allocation. Atlasia shall dedicate 50% of the FY2009 carbon tax component ($2.5 per metric tonne or $15 billion in total), as a one time grant towards the new construction, upgrade, and maintenance of mass transit options.

2. Funding Distribution. Said funds shall be apportioned across the regions according to logistics, population, need, cost effectiveness, and potential to reduce carbon emissions.  Funds shall be distributed in accordance with recommendations from the Department of Transportation.

Thank you.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on September 14, 2008, 09:22:02 pm
An old withdrawn bill I think needs to be reintroduced:

Free Palestine Bill

Section 1: Immoral Practices
1. The Republic of Atlasia condemns the practice of some Palestinians to cause harm to innocent Israeli citizens
2. The Republic of Atlasia deplores the nation of Israel for using curfews, walls, and other freedom-restricting measures on the Palestinian people.

Section 2: Recognition of Palestine and Israel
3. The Republic of Atlasia hereby recognizes the nation of Palestine as being made up by Gaza Strip and West Bank upon the above terms being met by top Palestinian officials.
4. The Republic of Atlasia hereby calls upon the United Nations, and more specifically Israel to recognize Palestine after the said conditions are met.

Section 3: Failure to Comply
5. If the said conditions are met and Israel still does not recognize Palestine, the Republic of Atlasia will hereby withhold 70% of military aid to Israel and 5% more aid will be witheld for every month Israel does not recognize Palestine.

Section 4: Neutrality
1. Atlasia agrees to remain neutral in conflict between Israel and Iran if Palestinians meet their terms of the agreement


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on September 15, 2008, 09:22:46 am
Not this shit again.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on September 15, 2008, 06:10:08 pm
Not this shit again.
Its a little different, I made it a tad more pro-Palestine.  I don't think it will pass, but I'd love to get some debate going on the issue.  Perhaps a compromise to be worked out.  I'm sure you'll quote your old arguments which still don't really hold much water


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Kaine for Senate '18 on September 15, 2008, 07:02:54 pm
Unbelievable.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on September 15, 2008, 08:19:25 pm
Unbelievable.

Which part? A condemnation of both sides is appropriate. A clause mandating that the Atlasian embassy to Israel be kept in Tel Aviv would also be pertinent.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on September 16, 2008, 11:43:20 am
There's a debate thread for this, folks.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on September 16, 2008, 12:30:43 pm
"Actual Amendment to the National Energy Act

Clauses 2, 3, 8, and 9 of the National Energy Act (F.L. 3-3) are hereby repealed."

Introduced by Bacon King.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Baconomics 🐖 on September 16, 2008, 12:54:25 pm
Thanks Lewis for correcting my mistake.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on September 19, 2008, 07:48:54 pm
Financial Services Regulation Bill

1. The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act is hereby repealed


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on September 24, 2008, 10:27:02 am
Foreign Aid Restoration Bill

1. The Foreign Aid Reduction Act is hereby repealed


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on September 24, 2008, 10:33:26 am
Ethical Trade Policy Bill

1. The Atlasia-Thailand Free Trade Act, Atlasia-Oman Free Trade Act, Atlasian-Singapore Free Trade Act, Atlasian-Morocco Free Trade Act,  Atlasia-Malaysia Free Trade Act are all hereby repealed.

2. All references to "High-technological products" shall be stricken from the Atlasia-India Free Trade Act.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on September 24, 2008, 10:51:42 am
Welfare Reform (Placeholder) Act

1. The existing welfare system in Atlasia is a disorganised and needlessly cruel shambles that penalises the genuinely poor and needy for reasons of penny-pinching and pseudo-Victorian faux-moralism.

2. The previous (before the mid 1990's) welfare system, however, was an expensive farce with many counterproductive features (not least its contribution to the destruction of the black family). It was not an effective welfare system, was easily (and far too often) abused and its main achievement was to foster an enourmous backlash, producing the joke of a system that we have at present.

3. Recent Atlasian policy has entrenched this folly. The Modified Welfare Reform Act and the Welfare Reform Act are both hereby repealed.

4. A successful welfare system must be at least partially universalist (in part to avoid an ugly backlash, in part because universalist schemes tend to be more effective anyway) but should not greatly reward behavior that is detrimental to society. Fundamentally, it should be about liberating as many people from poverty as possible, while also providing a basic level of dignity to all members of society.

5. Because I don't have everything I need to write this properly at the moment (but will have in a week or so) I'm introducing this as placeholder bill, intended to be heavily modified when it reaches the Senate Floor.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on September 25, 2008, 11:05:30 am
Convention Cluster Munitions on Bill

The Republic of Atlasia shall become a party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (http://www.clustermunitionsdublin.ie/pdf/ENGLISHfinaltext.pdf) as agreed in Dublin in May 2008.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on September 25, 2008, 11:17:07 am
Re-Affirmation of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Bill

1. The Republic of Atlasia reaffirms its commitment to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

2. The Republic of Atlasia shall not be a party to any agreement which promotes nuclear co-operation with states which are not signatories to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

3. The Republic of Atlasia shall oppose, by diplomatic means, any and all such agreements between states where such agreements include state parties which are not signatories to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on September 25, 2008, 11:25:02 am
GTMO Bill

1. The Republic of Atlasia hereby revokes its claim to the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.

2. The Government of Atlasia shall extricate all Atlasian personnel and removable assets from the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base within 1 year of the passage of this Act.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on September 25, 2008, 11:41:54 am
Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill

For in all matters where criminal offences are matters under the jurisdiction of the federal government of Atlasia:

1. No person under the age of 8 shall be held criminally liable for the commission of any offense under the law.

2a. Persons aged between 8 and 14 years old shall be presumed to be incapable of committing an offence under the law.

2b. This presumption may be rebutted where it is proven, on the balance of probabilities, that having had due regard to the child’s age and level of maturity, the court determines that the person did not have a full understanding of what was involved in the commission of the offence.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on September 25, 2008, 11:46:29 am
Anti-Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Bill

1. For in all matters where criminal offences are matters under the jurisdiction of the federal government of Atlasia, all mandatory minimum sentences as set out in legislation are hereby repealed.

2. This Act shall not apply where the mandatory minimum sentence is the only sentence proscribed in law for a criminal offence.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on October 07, 2008, 09:31:47 am
Landmine Ban Treaty Bill

The Republic of Atlasia shall become a party to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction (http://www.un.org/Depts/mine/UNDocs/ban_trty.htm) as agreed in Ottawa in 1997.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on October 07, 2008, 10:54:15 am
End Plastic Bag Pollution Bill

1. A levy of $0.20 shall be made on the sale of all plastic bags within the Republic of Atlasia to take effect 6 weeks after the ratification of this Act.

2. For the purposes of this legislation, 'plastic bag’ shall be defined in as a bag 'made wholly or in part of plastic'.

3. Any and all funds raised from this levy shall be directed towards an 'environmental fund'.

4. The expenditure of monies from the environmental fund shall be made on projects dedicated to improving the environment of Atlasia as may be approved by the President of Atlasia, or such persons as he may appoint to do same.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on October 07, 2008, 11:17:59 am
Cat Amongst the Pigeons Bill

Recognising that there are parties at all sides at fault for recent conflict in the Caucasus region;

Condemning those who sought to escalate the conflict to the detriment of all the peoples of the region;

Seeing that it is often better to recognise things as they are rather than bury one's head in the ground;

And in the belief that the right to self-determination is a right of tremendous importance;

It is agreed as follows...

1. The Republic of Atlasia hereby recognises the independence of the Republic of Abkhazia.

2. The Republic of Atlasia hereby recognises the independence of the Republic of South Ossetia.

3. Subject to the recognition of the Republic of Georgia of the independence of the aforementioned, the Republic of Atlasia shall:

(a) propose and actively seek the inclusion of the Republic of Georgia into the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation with due haste.

(b) move to advance aid to the Republic of Georgia (from that part of the budget of the Government of Atlasia devoted to foreign aid) in developing its defensive capabilities, in redeveloping its damaged infrastructure, and in such other ways and means as are deemed appropriate and necessary to ensure the safety and security of the Georgian people.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on October 07, 2008, 11:24:14 am
Somaliland Recognition Bill

The Republic of Atlasia hereby recognises the indepedence of the Republic of Somaliland.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Baconomics 🐖 on October 07, 2008, 11:32:28 am
Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Bill

The Republic of Atlasia shall become a party to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comprehensive_Test_Ban_Treaty) as agreed in New York in 1996.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on October 08, 2008, 03:39:19 pm
End to Disgusting, Hypocritical Yuppy Protectionism Bill

1. All references to "High-technological products" shall be stricken from the Atlasia-India Free Trade Act.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on October 15, 2008, 07:53:24 pm
Regional Senate Seats Still Exist Act

F.L. 27-3: Proportional Representation (Class A seats) Act is hereby repealed


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on October 15, 2008, 09:37:09 pm
That'll create a legal void.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on October 20, 2008, 04:35:58 pm
Time to propose legislation that passed the Dirty South:

One Strike You're Out Act

1.) Any citizen convicted of first degree murder shall automatically receive a minimum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
2.) Any citizen convicted of second degree murder shall automatically receive a minimum sentence of fifteen (15) years in prison


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on October 20, 2008, 04:39:03 pm
Return to Normal Measures Act

1.) F.L. 23-11 is repealed


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Torie on October 28, 2008, 04:33:46 pm
Time to propose legislation that passed the Dirty South:

One Strike Your Out Act

1.) Any citizen convicted of first degree murder shall automatically receive a minimum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
2.) Any citizen convicted of second degree murder shall automatically receive a minimum sentence of fifteen (15) years in prison


One Strike Your [You're] Out Act


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on October 28, 2008, 04:35:46 pm
Time to propose legislation that passed the Dirty South:

One Strike Your Out Act

1.) Any citizen convicted of first degree murder shall automatically receive a minimum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
2.) Any citizen convicted of second degree murder shall automatically receive a minimum sentence of fifteen (15) years in prison


One Strike Your [You're] Out Act

I will edit the original, my bad copy/paste from the Dirty South Intiative which I spelt wrong too


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on October 28, 2008, 07:58:24 pm
Fix Atlasia First Act

1.) F.L. 27-11 is hereby repealed


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on October 28, 2008, 07:59:13 pm
Fix Atlasian First Act

1.) F.L. 27-11 is hereby repealed

Can you spell?


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on October 28, 2008, 08:04:21 pm
Fix Atlasian First Act

1.) F.L. 27-11 is hereby repealed

Can you spell?
I was torn between the calling it the "Help Atlasians First Act" which is what I originally typed and "Fix Atlasia First Act" so what you got is the combo


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on October 29, 2008, 05:05:09 pm
Resolution on the Situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo

1. The Senate deplores the return of violence, war and terror to the Democratic Republic of Congo and urges respective parties to return to sanity or, failing that, to the negotiating table.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on October 29, 2008, 05:19:14 pm
International Criminal Court Bill

The Republic of Atlasia shall become a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court as agreed in Rome in July 1998.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: PiT (The Physicist) on November 09, 2008, 01:49:40 pm
     Based on a suggestion by Xahar. This is his edit of a proposal of mine.

Gubernatorial Amendment

1. The Preamble to Article 1 of the Constitution is amended to replace "Senate" with "Legislature".

2. The Legislature shall be composed of the Senate and the Council of Governors.

3. Each region shall have one vote in the Council, which shall be cast by its head of state.

4. This body shall have the power to veto legislation passed by the Senate, by a majority vote.

5. By a two-thirds vote, the Senate may choose to override a veto of the Council and present legislation directly to the President.

6. In order to maintain activity within the Senate, the Governors shall have the power to appoint a Senator to keep them informed of all bills that pass the Senate.

7. Any other powers of this body may be granted by the Senate, upon request of that power by any Governor.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: PiT (The Physicist) on November 11, 2008, 11:40:48 pm
World War II Commemoration Act

1. V-E Day, short for Victory in Europe Day, shall be made a national holiday.

1a. V-E Day shall be observed on the eighth day of the fifth month of the Gregorian calender year.

1b. Should V-E Day occur on a Saturday or Sunday, it shall be observed on the following Monday.

2. V-J Day, short for Victory over Japan Day, shall be made a national holiday.

2a. V-J Day shall be observed on the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the Gregorian calender year.

2b. Should V-J Day occur on a Saturday or Sunday, it shall be observed on the following Monday.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: HappyWarrior on November 12, 2008, 04:39:00 pm
Azeri Shield Act

1.  The proposed missle defense shield plans for Eastern Europe will hereafter be scrapped.

2.  Instead a shield, previously proposed as a joint project between Russia and America, will be set up in Qalaba, Azerbaijan.

3.  The Azerbaijani radar station will first need to be inspected by American inspectors and defects will need to be repaired or upgraded.  If costs exceed benefits the project may be scrapped at a later date.

4.  All actions will be taken in conjunction with both the Azerbaijani and Russian governments.

________________________________________________________________________________

This is my first real bill and if anyone has any corrections or thinks anything needs to be redone let me know.  The aim is a softening of relations with Russia and if its bad let me know.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: HappyWarrior on November 14, 2008, 09:11:56 am
Free Trade Regulation Act

1.  F.L. 13-20: Atlasia-Oman Free Trade Act is hereby repealed.

2.  F.L. 14-4: Atlasia-Malaysia Free Trade Act is hereby repealed.



Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: PiT (The Physicist) on November 15, 2008, 07:54:47 pm
Separation of Powers Act

1. The following powers shall be the perogative of the Office of the Secretary of External Affairs:

1a. The power to bestow recognition of sovereignty upon any foreign nation.

1b. The power to propose economic sanctions against another sovereign nation, subject to the approval of a quorum of Senators, as well as the President.

1c. The power to propose military action against another sovereign nation, subject to the approval of a quorum of Senators, as well as the other members of the cabinet, of the Vice-President, and of the President.

1d. The power to engage in formal alliances with other sovereign nations, subject to the approval of the President.

2. If the Secretary of External Affairs has not logged in for a period of at least 72 hours, the duties of the office shall devolve upon the President, until the Secretary of External Affairs reassumes his post.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on November 17, 2008, 02:49:30 pm
Affirmative Action Bill

1. F.L. 8-14 (the Affirmative Action Act) is hereby repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on November 17, 2008, 02:51:11 pm
Embryonic Stem Cell Research Amendment Bill

1. Section Three of F.L. 18-7 (the Embryonic Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act) is hereby repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: HappyWarrior on November 18, 2008, 02:05:25 pm
Azeri Shield Act

1.  The proposed missle defense shield plans for Eastern Europe will hereafter be scrapped.

2.  Instead a shield, previously proposed as a joint project between Russia and America, will be set up in Qalaba, Azerbaijan.

3.  The Azerbaijani radar station will first need to be inspected by American inspectors and defects will need to be repaired or upgraded.  If costs exceed benefits the project may be scrapped at a later date.

4.  All actions will be taken in conjunction with both the Azerbaijani and Russian governments.

________________________________________________________________________________

This is my first real bill and if anyone has any corrections or thinks anything needs to be redone let me know.  The aim is a softening of relations with Russia and if its bad let me know.

I ask that this be placed on the docket.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: HappyWarrior on November 18, 2008, 02:08:12 pm
Mixed Parentage Act

1) On all official governmental forms, "Mixed" shall be given as an option for one's ethnicity.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on November 18, 2008, 02:11:09 pm
Azeri Shield Act

1.  The proposed missle defense shield plans for Eastern Europe will hereafter be scrapped.

2.  Instead a shield, previously proposed as a joint project between Russia and America, will be set up in Qalaba, Azerbaijan.

3.  The Azerbaijani radar station will first need to be inspected by American inspectors and defects will need to be repaired or upgraded.  If costs exceed benefits the project may be scrapped at a later date.

4.  All actions will be taken in conjunction with both the Azerbaijani and Russian governments.

________________________________________________________________________________

This is my first real bill and if anyone has any corrections or thinks anything needs to be redone let me know.  The aim is a softening of relations with Russia and if its bad let me know.

I ask that this be placed on the docket.
My apologies. Done.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: HappyWarrior on November 18, 2008, 02:14:52 pm
To my knowledge this is not in the national law code as of yet.  Just like the mixed parentage act it is something I introduced as mideast governor.

Mental Law Gun Ban
Whereas: The massacre at Virginia Tech was done by a man that was Mentally Unstable.
Whereas: Because he went to see someone to analyze him at his school/hospital and it was ruled he wasn't a threat this didn't go on his record. The girls he stalked also did not press charges. He was however Mentally Unstable (suicidal).

Therefore: This legislation will require any offense or ruling related to or dealing with the mental health of a person be included on that person's criminal back ground for the mentally ill and for the mentally unstable for a period of 5 years.

Therefore: Preventing anyone who is deemed mentally ill / mentally unstable by either a court or a psychiatrist from attaining firearms, regardless of state laws currently in place regarding this issue.

In an attempt to curtail further attacks this bill will ONLY prevent the mentally ill (temporary for mentally unstable) from purchasing firearms of any caliber for any use by requiring that mental health rulings and clinical evaluations be included on the background check


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: HappyWarrior on November 20, 2008, 03:34:22 pm
The Labor Rights Act

1) The Labor–Management Relations Act of 1947, informally known as the Taft-Hartley Act, is hereby repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: PiT (The Physicist) on November 23, 2008, 10:50:23 pm
I'm withdrawing this & may re-introduce it pending the fate of the Secret Ballot Amendment.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on November 24, 2008, 06:38:00 am
Motion to Expel Senator DWTL and Senator PiT

For conduct unbecoming an Atlasian Senator, I hereby motion that Senator DWTL and Senator PiT be immediately expelled from the Senate.



I would ask that this motion be brought to the Senate floor as soon as possible.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on November 25, 2008, 07:20:07 am
Vice Presidential Election Amendment

Elections to the Presidency and Vice Presidency shall be held in separate contests. Vice Presidential Elections shall be held on the same date as Presidential Elections.



Much to my surprise, there isn't any additional language in the Constitution or CESRA that needs to be explicitly repealed to make this work. All the current ticket system is based on is "He shall be elected with a Vice President(...)" in Article II Section 1 Clause 1 and the Candidate Regulations (an executive order. And one that has rarely been obeyed to the letter anyways.) The Constitution also says "The Senate shall have necessary power to determine regulations for the procedure of and the form of Presidential elections", so whether this even requires an amendment is open to debate. Better to play it safe, though.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on November 25, 2008, 12:33:26 pm
Secret Ballot Amendment

Article I, Section 4, Clause 6 of the Constitution shall be amended by striking the words:
"All elections to the Senate shall be by public post."

Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 of the Constitution shall be amended by striking the words:
"All elections to the Presidency shall be by public post."



Secret Ballot Bill

1. For all elections administered by the Department of Forum Affairs, there shall be the option for all eligible voters to cast their vote by personal message to the Secretary of Forum Affairs (hereinafter 'SoFA').

2. Following the end of the official polling period and prior to the certification of results, the SoFA shall quote all votes cast by personal message and publish them for review by the public.

3. The SoFA shall be prohibited from publicly disclosing any information relating to any ballots he may or may not have received with any third party, until after the official polling period has ended. Breach of this rule may result in the loss of office for the SoFA and the voiding of the election at issue.

4. All references to the Secretary of Forum Affairs shall be taken also to encompass any official who may be deemed to be officiating at an election within the remit of the Department of Forum Affairs.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: PiT (The Physicist) on December 01, 2008, 03:47:18 pm
End to Protectionism via Social Engineering Act

1. F.L. 10-2 (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Protection_Act_%28Textiles%2C_Clothing%2C_Footwear_%26_Steel%29): Protection Act (Textiles, Clothing, Footwear & Steel) is hereby repealed.

2. A tariff of 5% will instead be levied on all imports of foreign textiles, clothing, footwear, & steel.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: The Populist on December 01, 2008, 09:26:31 pm
End to Protectionism via Social Engineering Act

1. F.L. 10-2 (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Protection_Act_%28Textiles%2C_Clothing%2C_Footwear_%26_Steel%29): Protection Act (Textiles, Clothing, Footwear & Steel) is hereby repealed.

2. A tariff of 5% will instead be levied on all imports of foreign textiles, clothing, footwear, & steel.

I'd like the tariff to be raised higher, but I suppose that works.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: PiT (The Physicist) on December 01, 2008, 09:29:48 pm
End to Protectionism via Social Engineering Act

1. F.L. 10-2 (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Protection_Act_%28Textiles%2C_Clothing%2C_Footwear_%26_Steel%29): Protection Act (Textiles, Clothing, Footwear & Steel) is hereby repealed.

2. A tariff of 5% will instead be levied on all imports of foreign textiles, clothing, footwear, & steel.

I'd like the tariff to be raised higher, but I suppose that works.

     For future reference, this thread (http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=19934.0) is for commenting on legislation. Also, I made it 5% to try to preserve the current effect, just without the social engineering factor.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: The Populist on December 01, 2008, 09:31:08 pm
End to Protectionism via Social Engineering Act

1. F.L. 10-2 (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Protection_Act_%28Textiles%2C_Clothing%2C_Footwear_%26_Steel%29): Protection Act (Textiles, Clothing, Footwear & Steel) is hereby repealed.

2. A tariff of 5% will instead be levied on all imports of foreign textiles, clothing, footwear, & steel.

I'd like the tariff to be raised higher, but I suppose that works.

     For future reference, this thread (http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=19934.0) is for commenting on legislation. Also, I made it 5% to try to preserve the current effect, just without the social engineering factor.

Okay, thanks.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on December 08, 2008, 04:06:10 pm
Commeration of KoTBP Act

Section 1: Monument
a.) A monument shall be built at a location to be determined by a vote of the people of Nyman to honor the former governor of the Dirty South, Kingofthebenchpress.
b.) The cost of the project shall not exceed twenty millions ($20,000,000) dollars.

Section 2: Inscription
a.) The monument must contain the governor's famous phrase:

I love to have sex with hot women

fLast night i got myself a southern bell

2 IN DA PNIK ONE IN DA STINK BOYS


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on December 22, 2008, 08:43:02 am
Special Prosecutor Bill

1. The Attorney General, with the approval of the President, shall be empowered to appoint a special prosecutor to prosecute cases on behalf of the Republic of Atlasia.

2. The special prosecutor must be a member in good standing of the Supreme Court Bar.

3. In the absence of the Attorney General, the President shall be empowered to make appointments under this Act.

4. Nothing within this Act shall be construed such as to remove the right of the Attorney General to prosecute cases of behalf of the Republic of Atlasia.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: HappyWarrior on December 23, 2008, 11:22:58 am
Malaysian Free Trade Renegotiation Act

1.  F.L. 14-4: Atlasia-Malaysia Free Trade Act is hereby repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on December 29, 2008, 02:25:35 pm
Resolution on the Ongoing Israel-Palestine Conflict

1. The Republic of Atlasia condemns Hamas for failing to end the irresponsible and unwarranted rocket attacks on Israel.

2. The Republic of Atlasia recognises Israel's right to defend itself, however condemns the recent military actions of the Israeli Government against Palestinians as disproportionate and as failing to take all necessary measures to prevent civilian casualties and fatalities.

3. The Republic of Atlasia calls for an immediate ceasefire and asks both sides to allow unrestricted access for humanitarian agencies to assist the victims of these attacks.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: PiT (The Physicist) on December 30, 2008, 02:10:11 am
Gold and Silver Standard Act

1. The value of currency in circulation shall be directly based on the value of the gold snd silver held by the Federal Reserve, at the rate of $900 dollars per ounce of gold or $11 per ounce of silver.

   a. Any currency printed after the passage of this act shall not become legal tender until the Federal Reserve shall have procured an equivalent amount of additional gold or silver.

2. Any citizen of Atlasia may trade official currency to the federal reserve of the Republic of Atlasia for the currency's value in gold or silver, and vice versa.

3. Gold and silver shall have equal legal standing to that of official currency of the Republic of Atlasia.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on December 30, 2008, 07:18:54 pm
Probably still not acceptable to most, but more changes, some drastic this time

Free Palestine Bill

Section 1: Immoral Practices
1. The Republic of Atlasia condemns the practice of some Palestinians to cause harm to innocent Israeli citizens
2. The Republic of Atlasia deplores the nation of Israel for using curfews, walls, and other freedom-restricting measures on the Palestinian people.

Section 2: Recognition of Palestine and Israel
3. The Republic of Atlasia hereby recognizes the nation of Palestine as being made up by Gaza Strip and West Bank upon the above terms being met by top Palestinian officials.
4. The Republic of Atlasia hereby calls upon the United Nations, and more specifically Israel, to recognize Palestine after the said conditions are met.

Section 3: Ceasefire
1. The two independent nations shall agree to a ceasefire lasting no fewer than two (2) years

Section 4: Failure to Comply
1. If the said conditions are met and Israel still does not recognize Palestine, the Republic of Atlasia will hereby withhold 70% of military aid to Israel and 5% more aid will be witheld for every month Israel does not recognize Palestine.
2. If the Palestinians fail to end government sanctioned violence against the Israeli people, they shall not receive any financial aide.

Section 5: Neutrality
1. Atlasia agrees to remain neutral in conflict between Israel and Iran if Palestinians meet their terms of the agreement


Let's actually do something about the problem rather than sending them a very angry letter


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on December 30, 2008, 08:15:40 pm
Free Lalaland Bill

Section 1: Immoral Practices
1. The Republic of Atlasia condemns the practice of some gnomes to cause harm to innocent pixies.
2. The Republic of Atlasia deplores the nation of pixies for using curfews, walls, and other freedom-restricting measures on the gnomic people.

Section 2: Recognition of Lalaland and Pixieplace
3. The Republic of Atlasia hereby recognizes the nation of Lalaland as being made up by Shithole and Birmingham Municipal Bank upon the above terms being met by top gnomic officials.
4. The Republic of Atlasia hereby calls upon the United Nations, and more specifically Pixieplace, to recognize Lalaland after the said conditions are met.

Section 3: Ceasefire
1. The two independent nations shall agree to a ceasefire lasting no fewer than two (2) years

Section 4: Failure to Comply
1. If the said conditions are met and Pixieplace still does not recognize Lalaland, the Republic of Atlasia will hereby withhold 70% of military aid to Pixieplace and 5% more aid will be witheld for every month Pixieplace does not recognize Lalaland.
2. If the gnomes fail to end government sanctioned violence against the pixies, they shall not receive any financial aide.

Section 5: Neutrality
1. Atlasia agrees to remain neutral in conflict between Pixieplace and Gagaland if gnomes meet their terms of the agreement


Let's actually do something about the problem rather than sending them a very angry letter!!!!!!!!!!!111

sTudEnt pOliTics fOr eVar!!!!11111


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on December 31, 2008, 05:17:52 am
Free Atlasia Bill

Section 1: Immoral Practices
1. The Republic of Atlasia condemns the practice of the Republic of Atlasia to pretend that the United States of America do not exist.
2. The Republic of Atlasia condemns the practice of the United States of America to pretend that the Republic of Atlasia does not exist.

Section 2: Recognition of Atlasia and Pixieplace
3. The Republic of Atlasia hereby recognizes the nation of the United States of America as being made up of territory someplace.
4. The Republic of Atlasia hereby calls upon the United Nations to recognize it.

Section 3: Proxy War
1. The two independent nations shall agree to a proxy war lasting no fewer than two (2) years.



Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on December 31, 2008, 03:51:35 pm
A placeholder at the moment as changes may occur:

Senate Resolution Calling for a Constitutional Convention

Section 1: Consent
The Senate of Atlasia hereby gives its consent to the President of Atlasia to call a Constitutional Convention.

Section 2: Delegate Selection
a. The SoFA shall compiled a list of registered voters

b. Each region shall receive on delegate for every ten residents, and one for every five voters in the last election.

c. Each region shall then vote for representation based on the candidates put forth by a deadline imposed by the SoFA

Section 3: Leadership
The Senate of Atlasia shall elect a Presiding Officer for the Convention. The Presiding Officer shall be tasked with running the Convention and shall be given the power to break ties in votes conducted by the Senate. Nominations shall be accepted from any citizen of Atlasia.

Section 4: Rules of Order
The Convention shall adopt rules of order as their first order of business. The rules of order must contain, but should not be limited to:

a. Any citizen will be allowed to propose ideas to the Convention.

b. Only the delegates of the Convention will be allowed to vote.

c. Vacancies, should they occur, will be filed at the discretion of the governor of the region in which the vacany occured

d. The Convention may only adjourn with 3/4 support.

Section 5: Timing and Location
1. The Convention shall begin one week after every member has been selected.

2. A Child Board will be requested for the Convention to operate in. If the request is not made then the Convention shall conduct it's business in the Atlas Fantasy Government sub-forum.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: SPC on January 02, 2009, 12:06:25 pm
End to Clogging Act

Article 3, Section 2, Clause 2 of the OSPR is amended to read:

"At any one time there may be no more than four (4) Bills/Constitutional Amendments/Resolutions on the Senate Floor being debated upon or voted upon by the Senate. In the event that one Senator has introduced three or more bills is succession, and another Senator has introduced another bill subsequent to the Senator, the PPT shall place no more than two of the original Senator's bills on the Senate floor at a time."



Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: SPC on January 02, 2009, 12:07:05 pm
Senate and Referendum Amendment
1. Article I, Section 1, Clause 1 shall be amended to read: "The Senate shall be composed of five Senators, each with a term of four months. All Senators shall be elected from Regions"

2. Article I, Section 1, Clause 3 shall be repealed.

3. Article I, Section 1, Clause 4 shall be amended to read: "The Senate shall choose their officers, and also a President pro tempore"

4. Article I, Section 3, Clause 3 shall be amended to read: "For any Bill or Resolution to pass the Senate, it shall have gained a majority in a valid vote, including the president pro tempore. If the president pro tempore does not vote for the bill or resolution, the Senate may still pass the bill or resolution if two-thirds of its members vote for it. Before the Bill or Resolution becomes Law, it shall be presented to the President of the Republic of Atlasia,
unless it be concerning the rules for the proceedings of the Senate. If the President approves, he shall sign it, and it shall become Law. If the President does not approve, he shall return the Bill with his objections to the Senate, and it shall not become Law. Upon reconsidering the Bill, if the Senate shall approve the legislation by two-thirds of its number, it shall be sent to the regions as a referendum. If a majority of the regions vote in favor of the legislation, it shall become law. If a Bill is not returned to the Senate by the President within seven days after it shall have been presented to him, it shall become Law regardless."

5. Article I, Section 4, Clause 1 shall be amended to read: "The Senate shall consist of one class, which shall comprise the Senators elected from the Regions."

6. Article I, Section 4, Clause 2 shall be amended to read: "Elections for the seats shall be held in the months of February, June and October, however, a region shall have the power to change when the election for their Senate seat is held, so long as it occurs at least three times a year." 

7. Article I, Section 4, Clause 4 shall be amended to read: "If a vacancy shall occur in a Senate seat, then the Governor of that Region shall appoint a person to fill the remainder of that term."

8. Article I, Section 4, Clause 5 shall be repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: SPC on January 02, 2009, 12:07:43 pm
Repeal of Equal Rights Act of 2007
FL 22-3 is repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: SPC on January 02, 2009, 12:08:19 pm
Repeal of Environmental Policy Act of 2007
FL 22-4 is repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: SPC on January 02, 2009, 12:09:02 pm
Repeal of the Repeal of the Repeal of the Education and Care for Children in Poverty Act
FL 22-2 is repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: SPC on January 02, 2009, 12:09:47 pm
Repeal of the Act to Establish Atlasian Policy Towards HIV/AIDS
FL 22-5 is repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: SPC on January 02, 2009, 12:10:23 pm
Repeal of the Sane Automobile Policy Act
FL 24-3 is repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: SPC on January 02, 2009, 12:10:55 pm
Repeal of the Carbon Import Tax Act
FL 26-2 is repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: SPC on January 02, 2009, 12:11:30 pm
Repeal of the Carbon Tax Act
FL 20-1 is repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: SPC on January 02, 2009, 12:12:12 pm
Repeal of the Illegal Immigrant Act
FL 18-8 is repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: SPC on January 02, 2009, 12:20:37 pm
Repeal of the Education Reform Act of 2007
FL 21-4 is repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: SPC on January 02, 2009, 12:21:05 pm
Repeal of the Foreign Aid Restoration Act
FL 27-11 is repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: SPC on January 02, 2009, 12:21:45 pm
Repeal of the Proportional Representation (Class A seats) Act
FL 27-3 is repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: SPC on January 02, 2009, 12:22:11 pm
Repeal of the Promotion of the Fine Arts Act
FL 18-2 is repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: SPC on January 02, 2009, 12:22:37 pm
Amendment to the Atlasian-Kuwait Free Trade Act
FL 17-1, Sec. 3 is repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: SPC on January 02, 2009, 12:24:03 pm
Fair Trade Restoration Act

1.  Six months after the passage of this legislation, Atlasia will withdraw from all free trade acts and agreements that it currently belongs to.
2.  No free trade act or agreement shall be passed for 18 months after this legislation is passed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: SPC on January 02, 2009, 12:25:48 pm
Repeal of Federal Territories Universal Health Care Act
FL 23-3 is repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on January 02, 2009, 12:27:26 pm
Are you quite finished yet?


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: SPC on January 02, 2009, 12:30:01 pm
Are you quite finished yet?

Unless any constituents have any more legislation that they would like for me to introduce on their behalf, then yes. SInce you seem so concerned about that amount of legislation I've proposed, I'm wondering what legislation you have proposed yet?


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on January 02, 2009, 12:38:00 pm
You mean this Senate session? Obviously nothing as it's only just started. If you mean in general, then rather a lot, including several acts that you're trying to repeal as part of your spamming session.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Meeker on January 02, 2009, 12:39:20 pm
No loitering in the Legislation Introduction Thread.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Torie on January 03, 2009, 01:20:26 pm
Billboard Quarantine Act

       Recognizing that highway billboards are a form of visual pollution scaring the landscape of Atlasian highways, One Billion Dollars is hereby appropriated for the following purposes:

  (i)    To secure visual easements along Altasian federal highways in which the posting of any commercial signage is prohibited.

  (ii)    To plant trees between Atlasian federal highways and billboards so that the tree foliage camouflages such billboards from the view of occupants of motor vehicles on such highways.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: minionofmidas - supplemental forum account on January 03, 2009, 02:50:34 pm
Vice Presidential Election Amendment

Elections to the Presidency and Vice Presidency shall be held in separate contests. Vice Presidential Elections shall be held on the same date as Presidential Elections.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Lief 🐋 on January 07, 2009, 12:02:06 am
For Peter:

Voting Whilst Banned Bill
1. It shall be a crime for any person to vote or attempt to vote in an Atlasian election whilst banned from doing so after being convicted in the Supreme Court and then sentenced to a ban from voting.
2. This crime shall be tried as though it were a crime under the Consolidated Criminal Justice Act.
3. Sentencing of the crime shall be by the presiding Justice; He may use any combination of the following as punishment, depending upon the severity of the offense:
i. Up to 3 months ban from voting in any Atlasian elections.
ii. Up to 6 months ban from holding any office under the Republic of Atlasia.

and

Contempt of Court Act
Section 1: Findings
The power of the Supreme Court to find persons to be in "contempt of court" is undefined in Atlasian Law, and whilst the offence exists in Common Law, it is desirable for the power to be expounded upon in Law.

Section 2: Contempt of Court
The presiding senior Judge of any Atlasian federal court may find a person in contempt for any of the following offences:
1. Failure to respond to a jury summons
2. Disrupting the proceedings of a federal court
3. Disobedience of a court order
4. Failure to appear as a witness when summoned by a Court.
5. Failure to produce documents when instructed by a Court.

Section 3: Punishment of Contempt of Court
1. This crime shall be tried as though it were a crime under the Consolidated Criminal Justice Act.
2. Sentencing of the crime shall be by the presiding Justice; He may use any combination of the following as punishment, depending upon the severity of the offense:
i. Up to 3 months ban from voting in any Atlasian elections.
ii. Up to 6 months ban from holding any office under the Republic of Atlasia.
iii. Removal or Suspension from the Supreme Court Bar, if applicable.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on January 09, 2009, 06:59:04 pm
Vice Presidential Election Amendment

Elections to the Presidency and Vice Presidency shall be held in separate contests. Vice Presidential Elections shall be held on the same date as Presidential Elections.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: PiT (The Physicist) on January 18, 2009, 02:01:28 pm
Gubernatorial Amendment

1. The Preamble to Article 1 of the Constitution is amended to read "All Legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in the Legislature of the Republic of Atlasia. The Legislature shall be composed of the Senate and the Council of Governors. "

2. Article I, Section 3, Clause 3 is amended to read:  "For any Bill or Resolution to pass the Senate, it shall have gained a majority in a valid vote. Before the Bill or Resolution becomes Law, it shall be presented to the Council of Governors and to the President of the Republic of Atlasia, unless it be concerning the rules for the proceedings of the Senate. If both approve, the President shall sign it, and it shall become Law. If the President does not approve, he shall return the Bill with his objections to the Senate, and it shall not become Law. If the Council of Governors does not approve, they shall return the Bill with their objections to the Senate, and it shall not become Law. Upon reconsidering the Bill, if the Senate shall approve the legislation by two-thirds of its number, it shall become Law. If a Bill is not returned to the Senate by the President or the Council of Governors within seven days after it shall have been presented to them, they shall be considered to have approved of the legislation.. "

3. The title of Section 5 is amended to read "Powers of the Legislature". The preamble of Section 5 is amended to read "The Legislature shall have the power save where limited by other provisions in the Constitution". The title of Section 6 is amended to read "Powers denied to the Legislature".

4. The Council of Governors shall consist of the heads of state of the regions. Each head of state shall have one vote. The votes of a majority of the current membership shall be required to not approve of any legislation.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on January 24, 2009, 07:13:02 am
I have decided to kill the Free Palestine Bill. I have not done so because it is frivolous (rabid anti-semitism is a little too serious to legitimately described as frivolous) but because it is functionally impractical and comically so. It is bad legislation, full stop.

The Senator who introduced it has 72 hours to complain in an acceptable manner.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on January 25, 2009, 11:50:15 am
I object to Al's decision to kill my bill, while it may very well fail, there is nothing unworkable about it.  It sets out clear commands to both sides, and the reprecussions of not meeting them.  We are not threatening war, we are threatening to stop helping them if they do not meet our demands.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on January 27, 2009, 08:44:41 pm
...and the Free Palestine Bill is dead.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on January 31, 2009, 09:20:59 am
I'd bring it to court if I had the time :P


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on January 31, 2009, 09:25:57 am
I'd bring it to court if I had the time :P

You wouldn't have a case anyway. Rules is rules.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on February 01, 2009, 05:12:55 pm
I'd bring it to court if I had the time :P

You wouldn't have a case anyway. Rules is rules.
You said argue, I presented an argument and you completely ignored it because I didn't include British "humour"


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on February 01, 2009, 05:18:17 pm
I'd bring it to court if I had the time :P

You wouldn't have a case anyway. Rules is rules.
You said argue, I presented an argument and you completely ignored it because I didn't include British "humour"

I didn't ignore it. I just didn't reply to it.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on February 04, 2009, 04:34:09 pm
Automotive Industry Nationalisation Bill

1. The General Motors Corporation is to be taken into immediate public ownership.

2. Compensation will be paid to shareholders when the Senate decees that the economic situation has improved sufficiently for such a payment to be Just.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Lief 🐋 on February 24, 2009, 07:12:03 pm
Authorization for Use of Military Force in Canada Resolution of 2009

Whereas:
The Canadian regime, currently led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is engaging in an undeniable genocide of the French-Canadian population of Quebec;

The illegal actions of the Canadian regime have resulted in countless deaths outside of Quebec; and

The resulting tides of refugees across the northern border is overwhelming, and the northern states of Atlasia are being destabilized as a result,

Therefore:
The Senate of Atlasia calls on the Prime Minister of Canada to immediately withdraw Canadian forces from Quebec and resign;

The Senate of Atlasia authorizes President Bgwah to use the Armed Forces of Atlasia as he deems necessary to prevent further bloodshed in Canada and defend the national security of Atlasia; and

The Senate of Atlasia authorizes $1 billion to be spent on food, shelter, and medicine for any present and future Canadian refugees.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: SPC on February 24, 2009, 11:42:35 pm
Authorization for Use of Military Force in Canada Resolution of 2009

Whereas:
The Canadian regime, currently led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is engaging in an undeniable genocide of the French-Canadian population of Quebec;

The illegal actions of the Canadian regime have resulted in countless deaths outside of Quebec; and

The resulting tides of refugees across the northern border is overwhelming, and the northern states of Atlasia are being destabilized as a result,

Therefore:
The Senate of Atlasia calls on the Prime Minister of Canada to immediately withdraw Canadian forces from Quebec and resign;

The Senate of Atlasia authorizes President Bgwah to use the Armed Forces of Atlasia as he deems necessary to prevent further bloodshed in Canada and defend the national security of Atlasia; and

The Senate of Atlasia authorizes $1 billion to be spent on food, shelter, and medicine for any present and future Canadian refugees.


I believe this bill is unconstitutional, since Article I, Section 5 of our Constitution gives the following powers to Congress related to foreign policy:

18. To have sole power to declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning captures on land and water;
19. To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations.
20. To promote Comity between Nations by engaging in such activities with other Nations as are of mutual benefit.
21. To provide for the common defense of the Republic of Atlasia.
22. To raise and support armed forces and to make rules for the government and regulation of the armed forces of the Republic of Atlasia.
23. To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions.

Clauses 18 and 22 seem the most relevant here.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on March 05, 2009, 10:50:27 am
I ask that this bill be brought forth immediatley and put into the Emergency slot:

Resolution Regarding Constitutional Amendments

1.) No senator shall propose a constitutional amendment until the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention
2.) No constitutional amendments shall be voted upon until the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: SPC on March 05, 2009, 08:58:07 pm
I wish to reintroduce all of my bills into the next senate.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Smid on March 06, 2009, 12:42:32 am
I ask that this bill be brought forth immediatley and put into the Emergency slot:

Resolution Regarding Constitutional Amendments

1.) No senator shall propose a constitutional amendment until the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention
2.) No constitutional amendments shall be voted upon until the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention

I agree with the Bill in principal, however I believe it should be slightly re-written. As it stands, it could conceivably extend to a Senator proposing a constitutional amendment at the ConCon as it doesn't specifically refer to amendments being proposed only within the Senate. Perhaps instead we could move:

1. That this Senate shall not debate constitutional amendments for the duration of the Constitutional Convention.
2. That this Senate shall not vote on proposed constitutional amendments until the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on March 12, 2009, 08:29:37 am
The Help Atlasia Study Act of 2009:

Section 1:
In an effort to make a college education more universally available than it is currently, and to attempt to provide equal chances to all Atlasian citizens, the Atlasian government will subsidize a portion of college tuition for every eligible young Atlasian.

Section 2:
To be eligible for such governmental aid, one must:
a.) be an Atlasian citizen between 18 and 30 years of age.
b.) have obtained a high school diploma.
c.) not belong to a family which has an annual income of greater than $100,000.
d.) have sufficiently high SAT scores and a good GPA. The necessary levels will be determined at the beginning of each semester, being variable, and will depend on supply and demand for government assistance.

Section 3:
Atlasia will fund this program with an increase in the national income tax on those making at least $500,000 in personal income.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on March 19, 2009, 11:02:05 am
The High Speed Rail Act:

Section 1: Atlasia recognizes that, in order to create and maintain a modern, future oriented and effective transportation system, necessary to aid climate protection and prepare ourselves for increasing oil prices in the future, that a network of high speed, electronically operated trains between major cities should be constructed and operated.

Section 2: Primarily, as of now, the following routes will be built:
a.) Los Angeles - San Francisco
b.) Dallas - Houston
c.) Chicago - St. Louis
d.) Washington - New York
e.) Boston - New York
f.) Chicago - Detroit - Toronto

Section 3: This system will take the German "ICE" train system as an example and will function similarly, with speeds up to 250 km/h (156 mph).

Section 4: The funding for this project will come from multiple sources:
a.) 2% increase on highest federal income tax bracket.
b.) $0.50 gasoline tax increase
c.) Regions will contribute funding to routes within their boundaries. (failure to comply will result in other routes in other regions being prioritized.)

Section 5: The routes listed in Section 2 will only be regarded as suggestions, and an independent team of transportation experts will provide analysis and recommendations for the implementation of this plan, specifically relating to the priority and effectiveness of the above mentioned routes.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on March 19, 2009, 11:12:04 am
CO2 cap-and-trade bill:

Section 1: In an effort to combat the catastrophic effects of climate change, Atlasia will attempt to reduce overall emmissions of carbon dioxide by regulating the total amount that may be produced through a "cap-and-trade" system.

Section 2: The Atlasian government will provide regions with "climate credits" proportional to their share of employed Atlasians, which will be distributed as regions see fit within their boundaries.

Section 3: These credits may be bought, sold and otherwise transferred among the companies that receive them as they see fit at market based prices.

Section 4: The total level of CO2 credits issued to the regions by the Atlasian government will equal 98.5% of the total amount of CO2 produced in the previous year, with the goal of meaningful, long term reduction.

Section 5: This carbon regulating scheme will last for a maximum of 10 years, after which it will be evaluated again and renewed according to new demands and goals.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on March 20, 2009, 12:00:56 pm
Franzl Tax Cut Bill:

Section 1: In an effort to provide relief for struggling lower and middle class families in this time of economic crisis, Atllasia recognizes the economically stimulating effect of responsible tax cuts and will provide these accordingly.

Section 2: Families with a total income of between $30,000 and $75,000 will have their federal income tax rates reduced for 2009.

Section 3: The exact tax cuts are as follows:
a.) $30,000 - $49,999: 3.5% lower (in total, independent of current tax brackets)
b.) $50,000 - $64,999: 2.5% lower (in total, independent of current tax brackets)
c.) $65,000 - $75,000: 1.5% lower (in total, independent of current tax brackets)

Section 4: This tax cut scheme will expire immediately after 2009, but may be renewed or renegotiated based on economic conditions at that time.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Purple State on March 22, 2009, 09:33:01 am
The Regional Activity Amendment

1. Article V, Section 1, Clause 1 of the Constitution is hereby amended to read: "No person may simultaneously hold two or more offices of the Republic of Atlasia at the same level of government. This is not to exclude one from holding offices at different levels of government."


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on March 22, 2009, 09:41:24 am
The Regional Activity Amendment

1. Article V, Section 1, Clause 1 of the Constitution is hereby amended to read: "No person may simultaneously hold two or more offices of the Republic of Atlasia at the same level of government. This is not to exclude one from holding offices at different levels of government."
I have no problem introducing bills, but I fell constitutional amendments are pointless when a new constitution is being drafted.  If the constitution fails, then reconsider


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Purple State on March 22, 2009, 09:45:22 am
The Regional Activity Amendment

1. Article V, Section 1, Clause 1 of the Constitution is hereby amended to read: "No person may simultaneously hold two or more offices of the Republic of Atlasia at the same level of government. This is not to exclude one from holding offices at different levels of government."
I have no problem introducing bills, but I fell constitutional amendments are pointless when a new constitution is being drafted.  If the constitution fails, then reconsider

I would agree on one level, but the Convention should take a good deal of time and plenty can happen in Atlasia in the meantime. If this didn't relate to increasing activity and reviving Atlasia I would hold off, but it's not a minor issue. This can really boost numbers in the coming elections right away.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: afleitch on March 22, 2009, 09:47:32 am
Franzl Tax Cut Bill:

Section 1: In an effort to provide relief for struggling lower and middle class families in this time of economic crisis, Atllasia recognizes the economically stimulating effect of responsible tax cuts and will provide these accordingly.

Section 2: Families with a total income of between $30,000 and $75,000 will have their federal income tax rates reduced for 2009.

Section 3: The exact tax cuts are as follows:
a.) $30,000 - $49,999: 3.5% lower (in total, independent of current tax brackets)
b.) $50,000 - $64,999: 2.5% lower (in total, independent of current tax brackets)
c.) $65,000 - $75,000: 1.5% lower (in total, independent of current tax brackets)

Section 4: This tax cut scheme will expire immediately after 2009, but may be renewed or renegotiated based on economic conditions at that time.

I welcome this bill as it compliments the Income Tax Reduction Act of 2007 with this bill focusing in the next tier of income. However it might be worth checking the math with regards to what effects the existing Act would have on income tax levels above allowances if you've not already done so.

http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Income_Tax_Reduction_Act


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on March 22, 2009, 09:51:22 am
Flat Tax Act

Section 1
1.) The current tax code of Atlasia abolished

Section 2
1.) The tax paid by every Atlasian shall be calculated by using the following formula:
[Income - $20,000 - $5,000 (number of dependents)] multiplied by 18%

Section 3
1.)The numbers "$20,000" and "$5,000" shall be adjusted each year for wage inflation
2.) If the number calculated from this formula is less than $0, the Atlasian shall be entitled to a check totalling the amount under $0


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: afleitch on March 22, 2009, 09:59:30 am
It is not clear how that formula would work. Can you give examples partiuclarly for personal incomes less than $20,000 (or do they pay nothing - which I would support in principle)? Does it affect taxation levied against businesses?


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on March 22, 2009, 10:00:39 am
It is not clear how that formula would work. Can you give examples partiuclarly for personal incomes less than $20,000 (or do they pay nothing - which I would support in principle)? Does it affect taxation levied against businesses?
Section 3 outlines that if you make less than $20,000, there is actually a negative tax.  This bill would not effect current regulations on business.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on March 22, 2009, 10:05:16 am
The Regional Activity Amendment

1. Article V, Section 1, Clause 1 of the Constitution is hereby amended to read: "No person may simultaneously hold two or more offices of the Republic of Atlasia at the same level of government. This is not to exclude one from holding offices at different levels of government."


I'll introduce this for you.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: afleitch on March 22, 2009, 10:14:26 am
It is not clear how that formula would work. Can you give examples partiuclarly for personal incomes less than $20,000 (or do they pay nothing - which I would support in principle)? Does it affect taxation levied against businesses?
Section 3 outlines that if you make less than $20,000, there is actually a negative tax.  This bill would not effect current regulations on business.

It may be worthwhile to amend Section 3 so that the increase in the thresholds is in line with or linked to wage inflation as opposed to consumer inflation


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on March 22, 2009, 10:46:08 am
It is not clear how that formula would work. Can you give examples partiuclarly for personal incomes less than $20,000 (or do they pay nothing - which I would support in principle)? Does it affect taxation levied against businesses?
Section 3 outlines that if you make less than $20,000, there is actually a negative tax.  This bill would not effect current regulations on business.

It may be worthwhile to amend Section 3 so that the increase in the thresholds is in line with or linked to wage inflation as opposed to consumer inflation
Will do


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Purple State on March 22, 2009, 10:49:11 am
The Regional Activity Amendment

1. Article V, Section 1, Clause 1 of the Constitution is hereby amended to read: "No person may simultaneously hold two or more offices of the Republic of Atlasia at the same level of government. This is not to exclude one from holding offices at different levels of government."


I'll introduce this for you.

Thank you. It was your idea after all. I just figured I would get the ball moving.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: afleitch on March 22, 2009, 06:05:06 pm
Could someone sponsor this? Play about with the wording too.

Amendment to the Elimination of Civil Marriage Law and Establishment of Civil Unions Act

Inserted into Article 3 shall be the following;

i. Any civil union that is deemed by a court of law to be found to have been entered through force, threat or coercion involving one or more parties will be nulled.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: HappyWarrior on March 22, 2009, 11:17:51 pm
Could someone sponsor this? Play about with the wording too.

Amendment to the Elimination of Civil Marriage Law and Establishment of Civil Unions Act

Inserted into Article 3 shall be the following;

i. Any civil union that is deemed by a court of law to be found to have been entered through force, threat or coercion involving one or more parties will be nulled.

I see no problem with the wording and would be happy to sponser it.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: RI on March 25, 2009, 02:10:10 pm
I don't believe that this has been adressed in any previous statue. I have looked long and hard, but I could have missed it.

Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Weapons Ban Act

Section 1. Chemical and Radiological Weapons
a) The Government of Atlasia will hereby decommission and destroy all chemical and radiological weapons in their possession and end the production, trade, and research of chemical and radiological weaponry and associated technologies by the end of 2009.

Section 2. Biological Weapons
a) The Government of Atlasia will hereby decommission and destroy all biological weapons in their possession and end the production, trade, and research of biological weaponry and associated technologies by the end of 2009.

b) The Government of Atlasia will maintain a small supply of the viruses, bacteria, and other organisms that are used in the biological weaponry. They shall be used for the purpose of manufacturing vaccines against these organisms only. Once these vaccines have been produced, these stores will be destroyed. This shall take place no later than the end of 2010.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: RI on March 26, 2009, 09:51:21 am
At the beshest of the AG:

Quote
The Beginner's Guide to Atlasia Act.

1. The Introduction to Atlasia Act is hereby repealed.

2. It shall hereinafter be the responsibility of the Attorney General of Atlasia (hereinafter "Attorney General") to maintain an introductory thread in the Atlas Fantasy Elections Forum containing therein such information which may be of use or benefit to newbies.

3. This thread shall include the following opening statement:

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Welcome to Atlasia.

Atlasia is a political/governmental simulation wherein participants take part in elections and referenda which shape the nature and laws of the nation. Atlasia operates as a federal state with five regions. The federal government has three branches: executive (President and Cabinet); legislative (Senate); and judicial (Supreme Court). Elections to the Presidency, Senate, and regional offices are held at regular intervals.

Citizens of each region can participate in the regional government either as elected representatives such as the Governor or simply as proposers of legislation at the regional level. Each region has developed their own constitutions which set out their system of government. Below is a list of each region and the states they contain.

Parties.

Numerous parties exist in Atlasia encompassing a wide range of ideological positions. Many parties have a leadership, organise a platform and put forward and endorse candidates for elections. A brief summary of the ideology of the major parties is provided below. There are also numerous Independents in Atlasia who act outside of any party structure.

Alternatively, if you do not see a Party that you find yourself on common ground with, why not start one on your own? There are no special measures one needs to go through to accomplish this, simply open a thread and hammer out an ideology and get recruiting!

Registration.

To join Atlasia, you must register in the Registration Thread. Simply state your preferred state of residence and the party you wish to register with. You may register in anyone of the 50 real life states, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

You can register at any time; however, there are rules in place limiting rights to vote to those who have reached a total post count on the forum of 50; have posted more than 25 times in the previous 8 weeks; and have registered more than 10 days prior to the election. You may only change your state of registration every 60 days but you may change your party at anytime. After your initial registration, you are allowed to make one "free move" which does not count under the 60 days rule.

Further Information.

If you want to learn more about Atlasia, you can explore the Atlas Wiki which stores the Atlasian and regional Constitutions and laws, as well as information on current office holders and some details about many of the current (and past) participants in Atlasia.

Also, you should feel free to post any questions you have about Atlasia in this thread and someone should shortly be able to provide some guidance.

4. Following the above opening statement, the Attorney General shall post short statements from each of the parties. It shall be the responsibility of each party to provide a short statement (no longer than 200 words) outlining the ideology of the party to the Attorney General for posting in this thread. The party may also include a link to another site (such as the party’s wiki page) which shall not count towards their word limit. Parties shall not be obliged to produce any such details should they so choose. Those which do not shall forfeit their entry. Parties may at any time give to the Attorney General an amended statement for posting.

5. Following the above opening statement, the Attorney General shall post a list consisting of each region in the Republic of Atlasia and the states therein.

6. The Attorney General shall be free to edit the opening statement such that it correctly represents the law or state of affairs of Atlasia.

7. Each new Attorney General shall create a new a new "Beginner's Guide to Atlasia" Thread within the terms of this Act. The President of Atlasia shall make such representations and efforts as are necessary to ensure that the new thread shall be ‘stickied’ such that it shall always be easily accessible to newbies.

8. The Attorney General shall be allowed to include in the thread such other information as he considers desirous or useful for newbies to be made aware of.

9. If for any reason the Attorney General is incapable of exercising the duties outlined within this Act the President of Atlasia shall have the power to temporarily appoint an official of the Federal Government in charge until the Attorney General is once again capable of exercising the duties outlined within this Act.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on March 26, 2009, 09:59:16 am
The Regional Activity Amendment

1. Article V, Section 1, Clause 1 of the Constitution is hereby amended to read: "No person may simultaneously hold two or more offices of the Republic of Atlasia at the same level of government. This is not to exclude one from holding offices at different levels of government."


Just for the record, I'm officially introducing this.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on March 26, 2009, 02:47:48 pm
I'd just like to point out that there are some minor mistakes in the "Registration" section of the bill I drafted, and hope the Senators can fix those when it's brought up for debate. :)


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on March 26, 2009, 06:39:32 pm
The China Import Restriction Act

1. All imports from China will be hereby removed. Import quotas will no longer be issued to firms looking to import goods from China.

2. This bill will not forego any outstanding debts with China.

3. This bill will not force Atlasia to discontinue trade with any nation that trades with China.

4. This bill will not affect any exports to China. Exports will continue as the Chinese government deems necessary.


(I'm introducing this on behalf of a constituent, Persepolis. He is the one who wrote the bill.)


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on March 30, 2009, 02:13:40 am
Middle East Peace Act of 2009 II

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Preamble

The Senate recognises the difficulties in negotiating a peaceful settlement in favour of a two nation solution to the Israeli/Palestine conflict.

The Senate acknowledges that at present thirty six nations do not recognise the State of Israel. These include all members of the Arab league with the exception of Jordan and Egypt.

Therefore;

1a. The Senate extends to the Arab League an offer that should Israel and the Palestinian Authority agree to a two nation solution, under the terms of the Middle East Peace Act of 2009, the Arab League should in return recognise and support the agreed solution in return for a negotiated trading deal involving member states of the League.

b. This offer shall take the form of regional talks chaired by representatives from Atlasia, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Jordan and representatives from the European Union with the invitation to attend extended to all member states of the Arab League

c. Any nation that will not recognise nor extend diplomatic relations to the State of Israel and/or refuses to formalise and reinstate diplomatic relations with the Republic of Atlasia shall be exempt from the material outcome of any talks.

(d) Optional: Due to violence and racial genocide in the Darfur region, Sudan will be excluded from the material outcome of any talks

2 a. Talks will focus on an agreement to suspend tariffs between signatory nations, a targeted increase in aid from Atlasia to these nations and formalisation of a free trade agreement.

b. Conditions relating to the recognition of the State of Israel, counter terrorism measures, the cessation of state sponsorship and funding of terrorist groups and efforts to enhance the democratic process within the civil and political sphere will be tabled, discussed and enforced.

3. Any agreement reached in respect of informal free trade shall not be seen to infringe or replace the conditions within the exisitng free trade agreements with Morocco, Bahrain, Israel, Oman, Jordan and Kuwait.

4. Upon conclusion of these talks, any agreement reached shall will be presented to the Senate for it's discussion and approval.

My sincere gratitude to Afleitch for the work invested in the drafting of this bill. He deserves all the credit for it.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on March 30, 2009, 03:55:40 pm
Repeal of the Affirmative Action Bill

F.L. 28-9 is repealed.



Modification to the World War II Commemoration Act

Section 3 is repealed.



Repeal of the Aesbestos Ban Amendment Act

F.L. 12-5 is repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: HappyWarrior on April 06, 2009, 09:46:34 pm
Atlasian Agriculture Reinvestment Act

1) Farm subsidies will be reduced by ten percent across the board throughout the nation.

2) All farm subsidies to tobacco will be immediatly cut off.

3) No farm making more than a 50% profit on it's investment will be granted a subsidy if the owners of said farm make more than $200,000 dollars a year in personal profit.

4) No farm belonging to an individual or family making over $500,000 dollars a year in any field other than agriculture will be granted a subsidy.

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This is only a rough outline and I hope to get some input on how to improve this once it is brought to the Senate floor.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: PiT (The Physicist) on April 06, 2009, 10:25:10 pm
Amendment to the Marijuana Legalization and Taxation Act

1. The first section 1 is amended to read "The possession, sale, and consumption of marijuana, and the plants needed for its processing, shall not be considered illegal by the federal government of Atlasia. Individual regions may regulate it as they see fit."

2. The latter section 1 is renumbered section 3.

3. The latter section 2 is renumbered section 4.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on April 07, 2009, 08:45:31 am
Well in reality the U.S. now has this and I like the idea so I think Atlasia should have it as well.


Country of Origin Bill

1. All stores that sell fresh produce in Atlasia shall be required to post the country of origin next to the price for these products.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on April 10, 2009, 07:55:19 am
An old favorite:

Legalization of Heroin Bill

Section 1: Findings
1. Heroin is a white, crystalline, narcotic powder, C21H23NO5, derived from morphine, formerly used as an analgesic and sedative.
2. The pharmaceutical price of heroin is only 5% of the average street price of heroin.

Section 2: Applicability
1. This law shall remove all federal restrictions on heroin in addition to legalization in Nyman and other federal territories which do not form a region.
2. The Regions of Atlasia shall be free to legalize and regulate heroin in any manner which they may choose.

Section 3: In Regards to the Legal Status of Heroin
1. The possession and consumption of heroin shall be legal.
2. This law shall not be interpreted as to decriminalize driving under the influence of heroin.
3. Penalties for driving under the influence of heroin shall be the same as those for driving under the influence of alcohol and other substances.

Section 4: Taxation
1. Sales tax on heroin will be 30%.  Individual regions may set their own taxes on heroin as they see fit in addition to the federal tax which shall not exceed 20%.
2. Federal revenue raised from taxes on heroin shall be spent as follows:
   a.) 50% to a newly created National Opiate Addiction Help Center
   b.) 25% to funding for the needle exchange program created by the Atlasian Policy Regarding HIV/AIDS
   c.) 25% to improvements to federal interstate highways
3. Regional revenue generated from sales of heroin shall be used however the region deems necessary by a vote of the people upon voting for legalization.
4. The National Opiate Addiction Help Center shall not be funded by any other taxes.
5. The National Opiate Addiction Help Center shall focus on treatment options not involving methodone

Section 5: Purchases
1. Heroin shall be available at any licensed pharmacies that chose to sell heroin.
2. Heroin shall not require a prescription but will kept behind the counter under all circumstances.
3. Individuals not in possession of the proper licenses shall still be prohibited from selling heroin.

Section 6: Age Restrictions
1. No one under the age of 18 shall be allowed to purchase heroin
2. Any pharmacist selling heroin to a person under the age of 18 shall be subject to any of the following:
   a.) a fine not to exceed $100,000
   b.) 30 days in a regional prison
   c.) a suspension or revokal of license


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: HappyWarrior on April 13, 2009, 01:09:21 pm
Fair Trade Renewal Act

1)  All Atlasian free trade agreements will be hereafter restricted on the basis that their existence will be contingent on both countries enabling free trade. 

2)  Should any nation with an Atlasian free trade agreement not draft a free trade agreement or rescind an already present one, the Atlasian free trade agreement will also be rescinded.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: HappyWarrior on April 21, 2009, 01:57:24 pm
Somaliland Recognition Bill

1.  The Republic of Atlasia hereby recongnizes the Republic of Somaliland.

2.  Somaliland will be recognized to hold the lands of the former British colony of British Somaliland.

3.  Dahir Riyale Kahin is hereby recognized as the President of Somaliland.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Hash on April 22, 2009, 06:37:51 pm
Somaliland Recognition Bill

1.  The Republic of Atlasia hereby recongnizes the Republic of Somaliland.

2.  Somaliland will be recognized to hold the lands of the former British colony of British Somaliland.

3.  Dahir Riyale Kahin is hereby recognized as the President of Somaliland.

Already passed, already recognized.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: HappyWarrior on April 22, 2009, 09:27:23 pm
Somaliland Recognition Bill

1.  The Republic of Atlasia hereby recongnizes the Republic of Somaliland.

2.  Somaliland will be recognized to hold the lands of the former British colony of British Somaliland.

3.  Dahir Riyale Kahin is hereby recognized as the President of Somaliland.

Already passed, already recognized.

I know, I meant to withdraw this.  I can not believe that I forgot that it was already passed. lol


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on May 01, 2009, 12:16:15 pm
Game Moderator Replacement Act

Section 1: If the Game Moderator is deemed to be inappropriately inactive, he may be removed by the Senate in the interest of stimulating activity in Atlasia.

Section 2: Any such motion for removal will be sponosored by a senator and seconded by at least one other senator.

Section 3: A period of debate may be allowed for up to 48 hours concerning any such motion, after which a vote on removal from office will be held.

Section 4: The GM shall be removed from office in the event that two-thirds of the Senate vote for removal.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on May 01, 2009, 01:32:27 pm
Franzl Tax Cut Bill:

Section 1: In an effort to provide relief for struggling lower and middle class families in this time of economic crisis, Atllasia recognizes the economically stimulating effect of responsible tax cuts and will provide these accordingly.

Section 2: Families with a total income of between $30,000 and $75,000 will have their federal income tax rates reduced for 2009.

Section 3: The exact tax cuts are as follows:
a.) $30,000 - $49,999: 3.5% lower (in total, independent of current tax brackets)
b.) $50,000 - $64,999: 2.5% lower (in total, independent of current tax brackets)
c.) $65,000 - $75,000: 1.5% lower (in total, independent of current tax brackets)

Section 4: This tax cut scheme will expire immediately after 2009, but may be renewed or renegotiated based on economic conditions at that time.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on May 01, 2009, 01:34:59 pm
CO2 cap-and-trade bill:

Section 1: In an effort to combat the catastrophic effects of climate change, Atlasia will attempt to reduce overall emmissions of carbon dioxide by regulating the total amount that may be produced through a "cap-and-trade" system.

Section 2: The Atlasian government will auction "carbon credits" on the commodities market competitively.

Section 3: These credits may be bought, sold and otherwise transferred among the companies that receive them as they see fit at market based prices.

Section 4: The total level of CO2 credits issued by the Atlasian government will equal to 98.5% of the  credits issued in the previous year, with the goal of meaningful, long term reduction. The total amount of credits issued in the first year after adoption of this legislation will equal 97% of all carbon taxed by Atlasia in 2008, whether domestically or under carbon import taxation.

Section 5: The Carbon Tax and Carbon Import Tax are repealed.

Section 6: Foreign companies will be allowed to purchase carbon credits on the Atlasian market in the same way a domestic company would.

Section 7: This carbon regulating scheme will last for a minimum of 10 years, after which it will be evaluated again and renewed according to new demands and goals.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Purple State on May 01, 2009, 05:02:02 pm
Defense Against Piracy Act
Whereas, the Senate of Atlasia recognizes the danger posed by the presence of pirates off the coast of the Horn of Africa, and

Whereas, this threat must be quelled by the full force of the Atlasia and its allies,
therefor let it be

Resolved, that the following actions be taken:
1. The Senate of Atlasia calls upon the President to send naval and air forces to the region for the purpose of defending Atlasian citizens.
2. A tactical strike team shall be assembled to actively eliminate all known pirate threats in the region.
3. Diplomatic discussions be initiated with Somaliland and other coastal nations in the region to bolster economic conditions to stem pirate recruitment.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Purple State on May 01, 2009, 05:15:58 pm
Amendment to the Voting Whilst Banned Act
1. F.L. 30-2 shall hereby be renamed the "Voting While Banned Act"
2. F.L. 30-2 Section 3 shall hereby read as follows: "Sentencing of the crime shall be by the presiding Justice and may be any combination of the following:
  • An extension of the the voting ban in any Atlasian election by the following formula: 85 - (90 x % of current sentence fulfilled) = number of days extension of ban
  • Up to 6 months ban from holding any office under the Republic of Atlasia.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Purple State on May 01, 2009, 05:34:06 pm
Veterans' Care Act
1. The Government of Atlasia hereby establishes a Veterans' Affairs division, headed by the Secretary of External Affairs, to carry out the following responsibilities:
     a. Conduct and report research on the conditions of and challenges to veterans throughout Atlasia
     b. Run subsidized hospitals and medical facilities for the care and treatment of Atlasian veterans.
     c. Provide services for Atlasian veterans and military families.
2. The Senate shall apportion $85 billion for the Veterans' Affairs division for FY 2009, with an increase of 0.5% over inflation each FY thereafter.
3. All funds not used at the end of each FY shall be placed into a fund to provide scholarships for higher education and job training for Atlasian veterans. The Senate shall apportion $15 billion directly to this fund upon passage of this legislation.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Purple State on May 03, 2009, 04:56:56 pm
Workers' Bill of Rights Act
Section 1: Labor Research and Reporting
1. The Government of Atlasia hereby establishes the Office of Atlasian Labor (OAL). This office shall be responsible for the research of labor conditions throughout Atlasia.
2. The OAL shall provide regular reports, as determined by the GM, regarding the challenges to labor and business, as well as the impact of Atlasian policy on these and other groups.
3. The labor report shall also include recommendations for changes in policy necessary for the advancement of Atlasian labor.

Section 2: Workers' Bill of Rights
1. The right of workers to organize and act in concert shall not be impeded by the government of Atlasia or any institution under the jurisdiction of Atlasian Law.
2. Workers shall have the right to a living minimum wage, to be determined by the OAL and passed by the Senate according to the most exact level of data collected.
     a. Businesses unable to afford this salary may apply to the government for assistance. Applications shall be reviewed and either accepted or denied by the OAL.
3. Workers shall have the right to address grievances and violations of their rights through the OAL legal branch, which shall here cases involving any form of employment discrimination or rights violations.
     a. The OAL shall have the power to levy fines against the culpable entity based on the determined cost of said violation.
4. Workers shall have the right to form or choose for themselves a union to represent their interests in discussions and negotiations with employers.
     a. This right shall be practiced freely through secret-ballot elections, in which a majority of all workers voting must vote in favor of unionization.
     b. This right shall be protected from any involvement or interference by employers, unions, and other outside organizations.
     c. The OAL shall be responsible for determining the date and certifying the results of the election.
5. There shall be no discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, political affiliation, religious affiliation, marital status, or veterans' status in membership to unions or employment, except where a government-issued waiver is granted for special circumstances, including, but not limited to: political organizations or work requiring certain attributes or skills.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on May 04, 2009, 02:47:50 am
Legalization of Heroin Bill

Section 1: Findings
1. Heroin is a white, crystalline, narcotic powder, C21H23NO5, derived from morphine, formerly used as an analgesic and sedative.
2. The pharmaceutical price of heroin is only 5% of the average street price of heroin.

Section 2: Applicability
1. This law shall remove all federal restrictions on heroin in addition to legalization in Nyman and other federal territories which do not form a region.
2. The Regions of Atlasia shall be free to legalize and regulate heroin in any manner which they may choose.

Section 3: In Regards to the Legal Status of Heroin
1. The possession and consumption of heroin shall be legal.
2. This law shall not be interpreted as to decriminalize driving under the influence of heroin.
3. Penalties for driving under the influence of heroin shall be the same as those for driving under the influence of alcohol and other substances.

Section 4: Taxation
1. Sales tax on heroin will be 30%.  Individual regions may set their own taxes on heroin as they see fit in addition to the federal tax which shall not exceed 20%.
2. Federal revenue raised from taxes on heroin shall be spent as follows:
   a.) 50% to a newly created National Opiate Addiction Help Center
   b.) 25% to funding for the needle exchange program created by the Atlasian Policy Regarding HIV/AIDS
   c.) 25% to improvements to federal interstate highways
3. Regional revenue generated from sales of heroin shall be used however the region deems necessary by a vote of the people upon voting for legalization.
4. The National Opiate Addiction Help Center shall not be funded by any other taxes.
5. The National Opiate Addiction Help Center shall focus on treatment options not involving methodone

Section 5: Purchases
1. Heroin shall be available at any licensed pharmacies that chose to sell heroin.
2. Heroin shall not require a prescription but will kept behind the counter under all circumstances.
3. Individuals not in possession of the proper licenses shall still be prohibited from selling heroin.

Section 6: Age Restrictions
1. No one under the age of 18 shall be allowed to purchase heroin
2. Any pharmacist selling heroin to a person under the age of 18 shall be subject to any of the following:
   a.) a fine not to exceed $100,000
   b.) 30 days in a regional prison
   c.) a suspension or revokal of license



I'm going to reintroduce this for DWTL (so it still gets a good place in the queue). I'm not completely sure that I support it entirely....but it should make for an interesting debate.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: afleitch on May 04, 2009, 10:54:09 am
Social Security Taxation Bill 2009.

Section 1: The Tax Increase Act (F.L. 15-5) is hereby amended to read as follows;

Section 2: All income up to $150,000 shall be subject to social security taxes as follows:

i. For earnings between $0 to $20,000, the rate of contributions shall be 0%

ii. For earnings between $20,001 to $75,000, the rate of contributions shall be 5%

iii. For earnings between $75,001 to $125,000, the rate of contributions shall be 6%

iv. For earnings between $125,001 to $150,000, the rate of contributions shall be 7%

v. Employer contributiuons on all earnings between up to $150,000 shall be 6.5%

Section 3:  Estate Tax. Each portion of the value of the estate shall be taxed at the following rates, with each rate corresponding to the tax rate on only the portion of the estate that falls in the appointed range:

a) $0-$5,000,000 – 0%

b) $5,000,001-$10,000,000 – 2%

c) $10,000,001-$17,500,000 – 4%

d) $17,500,001-$25,000,000 – 5%

e) $25,000,001-$50,000,000 – 7.5%

f) $50,000,001-$100,000,000 – 10%

g) $100,000,001 and above – 12.5%

h) Farmers' non-residential property shall be taxed at 30% the normal tax rate



Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Purple State on May 05, 2009, 12:09:18 am
At the request of Persepolis and with my own approval, I present the following legislation:

1. F.L. 13-1, Section 10 of the Needless Celebrations Removal Act is hereby repealed.



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Section 10: National Disability Employment Awareness Month
1. National Disability Employment Awareness Month is hereby abolished.
2. Title 36, U.S. Code, Section 121 is hereby repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on May 05, 2009, 06:22:58 pm
Since there is no other thread about it I reintroduce all of my old legislation and this:


Atlasia-Iraq Free Trade Bill
1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Iraq.
2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on May 07, 2009, 10:14:42 am
The Illegal Immigrant Act of 2009

Section 1: Replacement
1. F.L. 18-8 is hereby repealed
2. No clause of this Act changes the citizenship status of any Atlasian citizen, whether they are a citizen by birth or by naturalization.

Section 2: State Services
1. No hospital or place of medical care may deny treatment to a person based on their status as an alien or non-citizen.
2. Within two weeks after the passage of this act, employers paying below the minimum wage to illegal aliens shall be prosecuted as if they were paying below the minimum wage to legal workers.
3. The government shall fully fund all services for illegal immigrants required by this law incurred by citizens of Atlasia.

Section 3: Deportation
1. Any illegal immigrant found to have committed or planned to commit a crime or act of terror shall immediately be detained and deported to their country of origin.
2. Upon detention and deportation of an illegal immigrant, any member of said immigrant's family that holds alien status may opt to return along with their family member or remain in Atlasia. This does not preclude the deportation of those aliens that wish to remain at a later date due to separate violations.
3. Detention and deportation may be delayed to allow for recovery from illness or life-threatening circumstances on a case by case basis.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Purple State on May 07, 2009, 03:33:16 pm
Atlasian Tax Code Resolution

Whereas, Atlasia has existed for years without a functioning or present tax code,
therefore let it be

Resolved, that an independent commission shall be instituted for the formation of a tax code to be presented to the Atlasian Senate for approval. The commission shall be made up of the President or a citizen so designated to fill his place, the Attorney General, the PPT, the five regional Governors or any citizen of the same region so designated by a Governor, and two additional Senators so appointed by the Senate. At any time the commission may, by two-thirds consent, approve the addition of outside members as full voting members.

Resolved, that this tax code shall include, but not be limited to, an income tax, sales tax, social security tax, and estate tax. The proposal shall be prepared and presented before the start of FY 2010.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: HappyWarrior on May 10, 2009, 11:53:05 am
Free Communications Bill

1)  The Federal Communications Commission is hereby disbanded, as are any other federal organization which seeks to censor forms of the media.

2)  In its place will be set up a Commission for Media Truth in order to maintain the truth in media.

3) The CMT will have no powers other than maintaining that what is presented in the news media is the truth.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on May 16, 2009, 04:14:17 pm
Nuclear Power Advancement Act:

Section 1: Atlasia recognizes that necessary steps need to be taken to reduce our energy dependence and protect the environment, and that nuclear energy helps us to accomplish both goals.

Section 2: The federal government of Atlasia will subsidize the construction of nuclear power plants if energy providers replace existing coal, oil or natural gas power plants with equal capacity by the time new nuclear plants go into service.

Section 3: The Atlasian government will fund 20% of the construction of any nuclear power plants built under the conditions of this program, and will grant a commercial tax reduction totalling 25% per annum for 10 years to the applicable energy provider.

Section 4: This program will cost a maximum of $60 billion in direct subsidies (excluding potential losses due to tax cuts). Tax breaks will still be awarded after this point is reached, but no further direct subsidies will be given.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on May 17, 2009, 04:53:26 am
Fuel Efficient Cars Act

Whereas, the CAFE standards for this year, 2009, as amended unter the Environmental Policy Act of 2009, are:

34 mpg for cars, 24 mpg for light trucks, 22 mpg for SUVs


Section 1: In a further effort to encourage sensible energy usage and responsibility regarding environmental protection, but also to stimulate demand for fuel efficient automobiles in this recession, Atlasia shall offer tax credits for the purchase of such vehicles.

Section 2: Any person who purchases a vehicle which has a fuel economy, defined by the EPA, of 10 mpg or more than the CAFE standards, shall be eligible for a tax credit totalling 15% of the cost of the vehicle, up to a maximum of $4,000.

Section 3: This program shall only be valid until a maximum of $30 billion are used.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on May 17, 2009, 10:41:50 am
Affirmative Action Prohibition Bill:

Section 1: Atlasia recognizes affirmative action based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or any factor not related to economic status as an unacceptable form of discrimination.

Section 2: Such policies shall be prohibited throughout Atlasia.



Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on May 17, 2009, 11:18:30 am
Capital Punishment Abolition Amendment to the Constitution

Capital punishment is entirely abolished. It may never be used by the federal or regional governments under any circumstances.


I should explain here, because many of you will probably think "What's Franzl doing, capital punishment has been gone for a long time in Atlasia, right?".

From what I've been able to find...and I've done quite a bit of research....the ban on capital punishment currently only applies to the federal government, and the Supreme Court ruled in 2004 that any attempt to force regions to comply was unconstitutional.

If I'm wrong here....please let me know, and I'll withdraw this.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Purple State on May 17, 2009, 07:32:49 pm
Workers' Compensation and Training Bill
Section 1: Workers' Compensation
1. The Government of Atlasia hereby establishes a workers' compensation package under the following guidelines:
     a. All workers that may lose life or limb while carrying out usual activities pertaining to one's area of employment shall receive benefits amounting to the value of lost work. Said payments shall not exceed 120 days of labor or the amount of $150,000, whichever may be less.
     b. All workers that may lose gainful employment due to large-scale and systemic unemployment due to technological change or economic hardship shall be qualified to receive unemployment insurance compensation amounting to the usual salary of the worker, distributed evenly throughout the insurance period. Said payments shall not exceed 120 business days or the equivalent of an annual salary of $75,000.
     c. Workers' compensation shall not pertain to those that may be self-employed and may be only applied to fields of employment deemed to be high or moderate risk by the OAL.

Section 2: Training
1. The Government of Atlasia recognizes the urgent need for worker rehabilitation and retraining for the rapidly changing modern economy and, as such, establishes the following program to spur reentry into the workforce:
     a. All workers that qualify for Section 1 of this legislation shall be eligible to receive government funded training in certain "Key Employments," as defined by the OAL.
     b. Said training shall last no longer than 90 days.
     c. Recipients of government sponsored training shall be required to devote the year following retraining to a business in an underprivileged region, to be determined by need and the OAL. Government assistance shall be provided to find such employment in an area close to the workers' location of residence.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: PiT (The Physicist) on May 27, 2009, 11:14:18 pm
Free Communications Bill

1. The Federal Communications Commission, nor any other federal agency, shall have the power to regulate the content of television or radio broadcasts.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Purple State on May 31, 2009, 12:00:57 pm
I would like to expand on my work in the Mideast Assembly with the following:

Federal Libel and Slander Penalization Act

1. It shall hereby be illegal in the Republic of Atlasia to falsely and publicly slander or libel the name of another citizen within the Atlas Fantasy Boards.
2. Slander shall be defined as harmful statements in a transitory form, especially speech, with the intent of causing damage to a member's reputation.
3. Libel shall be defined as harmful statements in a fixed medium, especially writing but also a picture, sign, or electronic broadcast, with the intent of causing damage to a member's reputation.
4. Clause 2 and Clause 3 of this Act shall not be read to limit slander or libel to the listed mediums of defamation.
5. Conviction by the Supreme Court for acts of slander or libel shall result in a sentence of no more than a one month ban from holding office in Atlasia or a two month ban from voting in official elections in Atlasia.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Purple State on May 31, 2009, 12:21:09 pm
Something that never was passed, but I believe is a good second step to public school reform and should be debated:

School Standards Reform Bill

Section 1: Terms
For the purposes of this legislation:
1.   “Elementary school” shall refer to any school offering only grades below 5th, inclusive.
2.   “Middle school” shall refer to any school offering only grades below 8th, inclusive, with at least one grade above 6th, inclusive.
3.   “High school” shall refer to any school offering at least one grade above 9th, inclusive.

Section 2: Elementary School Reforms
1.   All public elementary schools shall be required to offer pre-K and Kindergarten programs to all students within the district whose guardians wish them to be enrolled.
2.   All children must be enrolled in school, public or otherwise, within one and a half years of their fourth birthdays.

Section 3: Middle School Reforms
1.   All public middle schools must offer at least one foreign language program. Enrollment in said program may be optional, as dictated by regional and district law.
2.   All students in grades 6 through 8 shall be required to study science, English, history, and mathematics for all of their three years in said grades. All public middle schools must offer said subjects for all three grades.

Section 4: High School Reforms
1.   All public high school students must complete, between 9th and 12th grade, at least four courses in mathematics, four courses in English, three courses in a single foreign language, three courses in the social sciences, one course in Atlasian/American history, four courses of science with at least three of said courses lab intensive, in addition to four elective courses.
2.   All public high schools must offer classes on mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, English, American/Atlasian history, world history, and at least (but not limited to) two different foreign languages (listed below in 4.2.a) sufficient in number to allow students to complete the above requirements.
   a.   All high schools must offer courses in at least two of the following languages: Spanish,          French, German, Russian, Arabic, Hindi, Chinese and Japanese. Other language courses not listed are allowed providing that at least two of the preceding languages are offered.
3. All public high schools with a student body greater than 400 must offer at least 3 advanced courses (Advanced Placement, Running Start and International Baccalaureate are acceptable), with additional such courses encouraged.

Section 5: Interpretation
This legislation shall not be interpreted as to override any stricter standards upheld by law within any Regions or lower-level authorities, nor to discourage school districts or students from exceeding the minimum requirements.

Section 6: Effective Date
This legislation shall come into effect on August 10, 2011, unless that date is less than a year and a half following passage, in which case it shall come into effect on August 10, 2012.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: PiT (The Physicist) on June 02, 2009, 11:18:29 pm
     One more time:

Free Communications Bill

1. The Federal Communications Commission, or any other federal agency, shall not have the power to regulate the content of television or radio broadcasts.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: afleitch on June 03, 2009, 07:13:19 am
Establishment of Social and Econonic Development Zones Bill

Preamble

The Senate recognises that both the current recession and the cumulative post-industrial changes in the Atlasian economy has had a disproportionate effect on industrial and agricultural communities across Atlasia leading to decline, unemployment, poor access to training, societal problems and family breakdown.

Section 1

a. The Senate will therefore establish Social and Econonic Development Zones (SEDZ) to target development and regeneration in such areas.

b. The responsibility of establishing and siting SEDZ's shall rest with regional governments

c. The Senate shall appropriate $500 million to each region to enable the establishment of SEDZ's and to fund improvements in infrastructure.

Section 2.

a. Within each SEDZ, federal taxation shall be suspended for any new or relocated business, commercial company, factory or farm as follows;

For 18 months if there is an annual pre-tax profit of less than $250,000
For 12 months if there is an annual pre-tax profit of between $250,001 and $500,000
For 6 months if there is an annual pre-tax profit of over $500,000

b. Beyond these periods, federal business and commercial taxes in SEDZ's will be pegged at 20% less than the national rate in 2009 and 2010. This arrangement will be reviewed in financial year 2011.

Section 3

a. Priority shall be given to SEDZ's by federal and regional governments when siting new or relocated offices and agencies of government.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Purple State on June 03, 2009, 10:37:34 pm
Privacy Protection Bill

1. It shall henceforth be a punishable crime in Atlasia to publicly post the contents of private discussions, whether by internet messaging, personal message or other forms of personal communication, without the consent of all parties involved in said correspondence.
2. This crime shall be tried as though it were a crime under the Consolidated Criminal Justice Act.
3. Sentencing of the crime shall be by the presiding Justice; He may sentence the guilty party for up to, but not exceeding, a 1 month ban from holding any office under the Republic of Atlasia.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: tmthforu94 on June 04, 2009, 08:58:51 am
Privacy Protection Bill

1. It shall henceforth be a punishable crime in Atlasia to publicly post the contents of private discussions, whether by internet messaging, personal message or other forms of personal communication, without the consent of all parties involved in said correspondence.
2. This crime shall be tried as though it were a crime under the Consolidated Criminal Justice Act.
3. Sentencing of the crime shall be by the presiding Justice; He may sentence the guilty party for up to, but not exceeding, a 1 month ban from holding any office under the Republic of Atlasia.
Very good idea. I support this bill 110%. It will help keep last night from happening again.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Purple State on June 08, 2009, 07:06:06 pm
Resolution Compelling the President to Appoint a New GM

Whereas, the position of Game Moderator is necessary for the full function of the Senate; and,

Whereas, President bgwah's current GM, Ebowed, has proven sporadic and ineffective in his position; and,

Whereas, the Senate, by statute and subsequent motion, has dismissed GM Ebowed from his office; therefore let it be

RESOLVED, that the Senate hereby calls upon the President to exercise all due haste in nominating for Atlasia a new GM to be confirmed or denied by the Senate.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on June 08, 2009, 10:48:33 pm
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School Salad Bar Establishment Act

1. Every Middle School & High School in Atlasia with over 450 students will be required to equip their cafeterias will full-service salad bars by the end of the 2010-2011 school year. In order to provide a healthy-choice alternative, these meals will be covered under a federally subsidized school lunch program.

2. The Senate appropriates $3.5 billion to each region in additional school construction & lunch funds for proper distribution.

Inspired by a similar (more strict) bill in the Pacific legislature. I also did some research on the average amount of students per school (http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2001/overview/table05.asp) and the cost of the school lunch program in the US before making an educated guess on costs.



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Fair Media Ownership Act

Section 1: Television Ownership

1. No limit shall be placed on the amount of television stations one entity may own nationally, however these stations must not reach more than 35% of Atlasian television-owning households.

2. No merger shall take place between any television stations where the combined national audience reach would be larger than 35%.

3. No entity may own more than a one television station in any Designated Market Area (DMA) if this entity already owns a television station with over 20% market share. No entity may own more than two television stations in a single DMA.

Section 2: Radio Ownership

1. In a radio market with 45 or more stations, an entity may own up to seven radio stations, no more than four of which may be in the same service.

2. In a radio market with between 30 and 44 radio stations, an entity may own up to six radio stations, no more than three of which are in the same service.

3. In a radio market with between 15 and 29 radio stations, an entity may own up to five radio stations, no more than three of which are in the same service.

4. In a radio market with 14 or fewer radio stations, an entity may own up to three radio stations, no more than two of which are in the same service, as long as the entity does not own more than 40% market share.

Section 3: Newspaper Ownership

1. No entity may own more than one daily newspaper publication in any DMA.

2. No entity may own more than two weekly newspaper publications in any DMA.

3. No entity may own more than one daily and weekly newspaper publication in any DMA at the same time.

Section 4: Cross-Ownership Limits

1. No limit shall be placed on cross-market ownership, however, individual ownership and market-share limitations still apply.

Hope no-one had a heart attack. It's not that far off from existing US policy, despite the way it sounds.




Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Purple State on June 09, 2009, 08:46:43 pm
Long overdue:

Amendment to the OSPR

Article 5, Section 1 of the OSPR shall include the following as Clause 3: "Under extenuating circumstances in which essential information is presented to the Senate after a final vote has been called on legislation, the PPT, with the consent of the bill's primary sponsor(s), may use his discretion to cancel the vote and resume debate and amendment for no longer than forty-eight (48) hours. After said time has expired, a final vote shall begin immediately."


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on June 09, 2009, 08:55:23 pm
I'm glad someone got it. I was a little overwhelmed by the ridiculous amount of Senate rules :P


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on June 10, 2009, 04:04:42 am
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Fair Interest Rates Act

Section 1: Interest Rate Caps

1. No percentage rate applicable to an extension of credit obtained by use of a credit card may exceed 20 percent on any unpaid balances.

2. No percentage rate applicable to the purchasing of "payday advance loans" may exceed 30 percent on any remaining charges.

3. This section shall not be interpreted as to prevent or overwrite stricter interest rate limits in any region.





Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: HappyWarrior on June 10, 2009, 09:48:24 pm
SOEA Role Codification Act

1) Every 2 months a renewed foreign policy roll must be put out.
2) Communiques should be sent out whenever there is a foreign or diplomatic crisis in the world regarding official Atlasian policy.
3)The SOEA will give his opinion on all foreign policy related decisions to the President.
4) The SOEA will serve as Atlasia's foremost representative to other countries.
5) The SOEA will be second in command of the Atlasian armed forces only to the President.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: afleitch on June 16, 2009, 02:00:40 pm
Repeal of the Magnetic Levitation Research Act

Due to the passage of FL 30-8: The High Speed Rail Act, F.L. 5-4: The Magnetic Levitation Research Act is hereby repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on June 18, 2009, 03:13:05 pm
Intelligent Voting Amendment to the Constitution

The Sixth Amendment (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Sixth_Amendment_to_the_Second_Constitution) is hereby repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on June 20, 2009, 05:31:21 am
Resolution on Iranian protesters:

Atlasia hereby expresses total support for all Iranian citizens who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties, and rule of law.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Purple State on June 21, 2009, 12:47:13 am
A starting point:

Constitutional Revampification Amendment

Article I, Section 1 shall hereby read as follows:
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1. The Senate shall be composed of five Senators, each with a term of four months. The Senators shall be elected by At-Large bids.
2. No Person shall be a Senator who has not attained two-hundred fifty or more posts, and is not a registered voter in Atlasia for a period greater than one month.
3. The Vice President of the Republic of Atlasia shall be the President of the Senate, but shall have no vote unless they be equally divided.
4. The Senate shall choose their other officers, and also a President pro tempore, who shall act as President of the Senate in the absence of the Vice President.

The following shall be included in Article I as Section 2: The House, with subsequent sections renumbered accordingly:
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1. The House shall be composed of a maximum of fifteen Representatives, each with a term of one month, evenly distributed among the regions to the nearest whole number. The representatives shall be elected from among the members of the regional legislatures according to the laws of each region.
2. No Person shall be a Representative who has not attained one hundred or more posts, and is not a registered voter and elected legislator in the Region that they represent.
3. The House shall choose their other officers, and also a Speaker of the House, who shall be responsible for chairing debate that occurs within the House and for managing every day business.

Article I, Section 5 shall hereby be renumbered Section 4 and read as follows:
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Section 3: Congressional Rules and Legislation
1. The separate chambers of Congress may establish their own rules of procedure, and with the concurrence of two-thirds of its number, respectively, may expel a member of the same chamber.
2. Each chamber shall have fulfilled a quorum if a majority of its members are capable of discharging their offices and sworn into office. A quorum in each chamber shall have voted on any Resolution, Bill, Impeachment or Constitutional Amendment for it to be considered valid.
3. For any Bill or Resolution to pass the Congress, it shall have gained a majority in a valid vote in each respective chamber. Before the Bill or Resolution becomes Law, it shall be presented to the PPT, Speaker, and sponsors of the Bill or Resolution from each chamber for conference, unless it be concerning the rules for the proceedings of a chamber. Upon resolution of any differences between the separate versions of legislation, the Bill or Resolution shall be returned to both chambers for approval. If passed by both chambers separately, the revised Bill or Resolution shall then be presented to the President of the Republic of Atlasia. If the President approves, he shall sign it, and it shall become Law. If the President does not approve, he shall return the Bill with his objections to the Congress, and it shall not become Law. Upon reconsidering the Bill, if each chamber shall approve the legislation by two-thirds of its number, it shall become Law. If a Bill is not returned to the Congress by the President within seven days after it shall have been presented to him, it shall become Law regardless.

Article I, Section 4 shall hereby be renumbered Section 5 and read as follows:
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1. Elections for the seats in the Senate shall be held in the months of February, June and October.
2. Elections shall be held from midnight Eastern Standard Time on the second to last Friday of a given month and shall conclude exactly 72 hours later.
3. If a vacancy shall occur in a Senate seat, then a special election shall be called to fill the remainder of the vacated term within one week of the vacancy occurring; Such special election shall be held from midnight Eastern Standard Time on a Friday and shall conclude exactly 72 hours later. However, if a vacancy shall occur when there is a person due to assume that office within two weeks, then no special election shall be necessary.
4. The Senate shall have necessary power to determine regulations for the procedure of and the form of Senate elections and shall have necessary power to determine a procedure for declaration of candidacy for such elections. All elections to the Senate shall be by public post.
5. Those elected in ordinary elections to the Senate shall take office at noon Eastern Standard Time on the first Friday in the month after their election. Those elected in special elections to the Senate shall take office as soon as the result of their election has been formally declared.

All instances of the words "Senate" or "Senator(s)" in Article I, Sections 5 and 6 shall hereby read "Congress" or "Congressmen," respectively.

Article I, Section 8 is hereby removed.

Article IV shall hereby read as follows:
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Section 1: Regional Government
1. The Regions may elect a Governor as chief executive officer, and may establish other executive posts as they wish, however no executive member may be elected for a term of more than six months.
2. A Region may establish a legislature for itself to make proper laws and electoral procedures.
3. A Region may establish a judiciary for itself; However, if they choose not to, the federal Supreme Court shall arbitrate in all election disputes, but only insofar as Regional Law may provide.
4. Regions are autonomous of the federal government and may govern themselves and their elections as they wish, except where otherwise provided for in this Constitution.

Section 2: Regional Boundaries
1. The Regions shall be drawn up by the Senate and approved by the House.
2. The Senate may redraw the Regional Boundaries in the months of January and July without consent of the Regions, any other time consent is required by the region(s) being changed.
3. In the event that a new State joins the Republic of Atlasia, the Senate may apportion this State to a Region via proper legislation, however, the State shall still be liable to all the provisions of this Article.
 
Section 3: Supremacy Clause and Restriction on Federal Government
This Constitution and the Laws of the Republic of Atlasia which shall be made in Pursuance thereof, shall be the Supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every Region shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or Laws of any Region to the contrary notwithstanding.
The powers not delegated to the Republic of Atlasia by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the Regions, are reserved to the Regions respectively, or to the people.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: PiT (The Physicist) on June 23, 2009, 05:22:46 am
Third Amendment to the Consolidated Electoral System Reform Act

Section 2, Clause 2 is amended to read:

2. If no candidate has a majority of highest preference votes, the candidate with the fewest highest preferences shall be eliminated, and his or her votes redistributed according to the next-highest preferences of the voters.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on June 24, 2009, 02:07:30 pm
Atlasia-South Korea Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and South Korea.

2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.


Atlasia-Japan Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Japan.

2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.



Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Purple State on June 24, 2009, 08:20:51 pm
Amendment Regarding the GM

1. Article I, Section 8, Clause 2 of the Constitution is hereby removed, with subsequent clauses renumbered accordingly.




Adding the GM Bill

Article VIII, Section 2 of the Atlasian Constitution shall hereby include the following as Clause 6:

6. The position of Game Moderator is established to provide frequent and timely updates to the President, Senate and people of Atlasia on the foreign and domestic events as they occur.
  • The GM shall be appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.
  • The GM shall serve at the pleasure of the President and the Senate and may be dismissed by the President or removed by a two-thirds vote of the Senate.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: afleitch on June 28, 2009, 05:19:23 am
LGBT Trade Act

The Republic of Atlasia shall not enter into any free or fair trade agreement with any nation that imposes the death penalty for homosexual acts.

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I am more than open to extending this to other nations that impose liftime imprisonment and physical punishment such as flogging


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Purple State on June 30, 2009, 06:23:08 pm
Free Iranian Communications Bill

In light of the use of communication jamming equipment by the Islamic Republic of Iran to quell peaceful demonstrations against fraudulent elections, the Senate hereby authorizes the Secretary of External Affairs to discontinue all trade, subsidies, purchases and other economic relations with any company that continues to provide such equipment to the current Iranian regime immediately, at the discretion of the SoEA.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: PiT (The Physicist) on June 30, 2009, 08:50:49 pm
Party Name Change Bill

1. If the membership of a major political party, by vote of a quorum of all members of that party, decides that it wishes to change the name of that party, an officer of that party shall, within 14 days, notify the Secretary of Forum Affairs of this fact.

2. Once notified, the Secretary of Forum Affairs shall change the official party membership of all members registered within that party to the new name approved by the party membership.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Purple State on July 03, 2009, 01:50:40 pm
Clearing Up The Line Of Succession Bill

1. The Line of Succession (Amendment) Act (F.L. 15-6), Section B is hereby repealed.

2. In the event of the absence or incapacitation of the President of Atlasia, the following shall serve as the line of succession:

    * 1. Vice President of Atlasia
    * 2. President Pro Tempore of the Senate
    * 3. Attorney General
    * 4. Game Moderator
    * 5. Dean of the Senate
    * 6. Secretary of Forum Affairs
    * 7. Secretary of External Affairs
    * 8. Each Senator in order of longest continuous service
    * 9. Chief Justice of the Atlasian Supreme Court
    * 10. Senior Associate Justice of the Atlasian Supreme Court
    * 11. Junior Associate Justice of the Atlasian Supreme Court
    * 12. Each of the Governors in order of longest continuous service


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on July 03, 2009, 02:01:22 pm
Party Name Change Bill

1. If the membership of a major political party, by vote of a quorum of all members of that party, decides that it wishes to change the name of that party, an officer of that party shall, within 14 days, notify the Secretary of Forum Affairs of this fact.

2. Once notified, the Secretary of Forum Affairs shall change the official party membership of all members registered within that party to the new name approved by the party membership.

I introduce this since PiT is no longer with us.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Purple State on July 03, 2009, 05:53:34 pm
I will reintroduce my Amendment Regarding the GM, as that is a small change that just needs to happen, but am working on revising the Adding the GM Amendment Bill and will reintroduce it at a later time.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: President North Carolina Yankee on July 03, 2009, 06:00:22 pm
Game Moderator Reform Bill

Whereas, the Senate understands that the Game Moderator is a position essential to the operation and performance of Atlasia and the Senate, the following is added to Article VIII, Section 2 of the Constitution as Clause 6:

6. The President shall appoint a Game Moderator with the advice and consent of the Senate.
a. The Game Moderator is responsible for providing the Senate and Atlasia with the necessary information to conduct debate and create legislation. The GM, at his discretion, shall provide information on wars, natural disasters, foreign events, and basic economic information including unemployment and inflation.
b. The Game Moderator may at any time be dismissed by the President.
c.  The Game Moderator may at any time be removed by the Senate by a two thirds vote, without presidential approval.

Sponsor: NC Yankee
Co-Sponsor: Purple State


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: President North Carolina Yankee on July 05, 2009, 08:59:18 pm
No reason not to start out with one of my more controversial proposals yet.

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Federal Government Accountability and Oversight Reform Bill

The OSPR is amended as follows

Article 3 Section 2 Clause 2 is amended as follows.

There shall be nine slots available for debating legislation on the Senate floor. Of these slots, three shall be available for any purpose; two shall be available for any purpose except the debating of Amendments to the Constitution; one shall be available only for legislation that the PPT considers to be related to forum affairs or emergency legislation which can be introduced pursuant to Article 7, Section 1 of this resolution; one shall be available for any piece of legislation, regardless of its location in the queue, at the PPT's discretion; one shall be available for debating veto overrides pursuant to Article 5, Section 3; and one shall be available for the conducting of all investigative hearings and the debate and passage of subpoena resolutions. 



Article: 7 Senate Oversight Powers

Sections 1. Hearing Rules

1. The Senate shall have the power to conduct investigative hearings for the purpose of government oversight and accountability.

2. Senators are not to slander the official they are questioning.
 
3. The officials should answer all questions as honestly as they possibly can.

4. Officials can be held in contempt of the Senate if they knowingly lie or refuse to answer a question. The one exception to this would be that if there is a current or potential court case that is related to the subject matter of the hearing and in answering the question, the official may refuse to answer a question asked of them on the grounds that it may incriminate him or herself.

5. If an official cannot take part in the hearing at the present time they should post this in the hearing thread and inform the Senate of the earliest possible time of compliance.

6. If an official refuses to acknowledge the hearing, he or she may be held in contempt of the senate.


Section 2. Process to Convene an Investigative Hearing

1. A resolution that subpoenas an official may be introduced in the Legislation Introduction thread. In order for the Resolution to be taken up for a vote it must be co-sponsored by two Senators.

2. Once introduced in accordance with clause one, the PPT will bring it to the floor as soon as an appropriate slot opens up.

3. The resolution must have at least 48 hours of debate after which, the resolution comes up for a final vote. However if there is a broad consensus that the hearing should occur the PPT shall move it too a final vote within 24 hours.

4. Only a simple majority shall be necessary to subpoena a public official.

5. Once the Senate has passed a subpoena resolution, The PPT shall open up a thread in the Hearings slot for the hearing to take place. The PPT is also charged with informing the official that he/she has been subpoenaed, how long they have to respond, and that they may be held in contempt for not complying with the subpoena.


Section 3. Closing an Investigative hearing

1. If either the Senators are satisfied with the officials answers or the PPT feels the Hearing has gotten off task, the PPT may call for a vote to adjourn which shall need only a simple majority to pass.


Section 4. Contempt of the Senate
1. If a senator feels that an official shall be held in contempt, he may introduce a contempt of the Senate resolution. The Resolution must have two co-sponsors in order for the PPT to bring it up for a vote.

2. Once the PPT brings it to the floor for a vote the Senate must debate it for no less the 72 hours. A vote will be open if no debate has occurred within 24 hours and it must pass by a three-fourths majority.

     
All subsequent Articles are renumbered accordingly


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on July 05, 2009, 09:40:07 pm
Amendment to the LGBT Trade Act

The LGBT Trade Act is amended to read the following:
1. The Republic of Atlasia shall not enter into or maintain any free or fair trade agreement with any nation that criminalizes homosexual acts.

Co-Sponsor: MaxQue


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on July 07, 2009, 12:17:32 pm
Atlasia-EU Free Trade Bill
1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and the Eurpean Union

2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.


Atlasia-Turkey Free Trade Bill
1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Turkey.

2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on July 07, 2009, 06:08:19 pm
On second thought, I withdraw the bills above until such a time as Afleitch gets back. Unless DWTL gets elected we don't have enough votes to pass them without him.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on July 07, 2009, 06:49:18 pm
Yet Another OSPR Amendment

The following shall be added to the OSPR as Section V Article I Clause III:

3. In the event that a final vote has started the PPT shall have the power to stop said vote if a proposed amendment to a piece of legislation, resolution or amendment has been missed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on July 09, 2009, 07:29:33 pm
And Again! Another OSPR Amendment!

Article VIII Section I Clause II is amended to read:

2. Following the swearing in of the new Senate at the beginning of each Session, the President of the Senate shall open a thread in the Fantasy Government board for Senators to announce their candidacy for the position of PPT. This thread shall be further known in this document as the PPT Candidacy Declaration Thread and shall be open for forty-eight (48) hours for Senators to declare their candidacy for the position.


Article VIII Section I Clause III is amended to read:

3. After forty-eight (48) hours, the PPT Candidacy Declaration Thread shall be closed and a vote on the election of the new PPT shall be opened in a new thread by the President of the Senate. This vote shall last for a maximum of five (5) days during which time the Senators must vote. Any and all Senators who do not vote will be considered to have abstained.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Purple State on July 09, 2009, 08:10:29 pm
Not Another OSPR Amendment

Article IV, Section 4 shall hereby include the following as Clause 2, with subsequent clauses renumbered accordingly:

2. Any Senator may designate, during times of announced absence, a fellow member of the Senate to cast votes by proxy on amendments to legislation during said leave. Proxy designation shall only be accepted by public post and shall specify whether it be applicable to all relevant or only specifically identified pieces of legislation. Proxy designation shall last for the period determined by public post, or until the absent Senator has removed such designation by public post, or upon the beginning of a new Senate session, whichever comes first.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on July 10, 2009, 10:29:58 pm
On behalf of the President:

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2009 Atlasian Economic Relief and Recovery Act

Recognizing the strain that the economic downturn has put on Atlasian families and businesses, seeking to offer struggling Atlasians relief while investing in an economic recovery, the Senate of Atlasia authorizes the following:

Section 1: Direct Aid to Struggling Atlasians ($254 billion)

   a. $100 billion for Medicaid
   b. $70 billion to extend unemployment benefits for eighteen months, individual unemployment compensation checks will be increased by $50
   c. $30 billion for a 25% increase in individual food stamp benefits
   d. $20 billion to fund additional Pell Grants, which shall be increased to $6,000 per individual
   e. $12 billion to increase the availability of Section 8 Housing Vouchers
   f. $10 billion to increase and extend welfare payments
   g. $10 billion to job training and disabled worker rehabilitation programs
   h. $2 billion for food program funding, including free school lunch programs, food banks, and meals programs for seniors (General food banks shall recieve priority funding)

Section 2: Infrastructure Investment ($162.5 billion)

   a. $60 billion to be distributed to highway, road, bridge construction/repair projects
   b. $20 billion for urban public transportation construction and repair projects
   c. $10 billion to immediately fund the 2009 High Speed Rail Act (FL 30-8)
   d. $10 billion to increase rural broadband coverage
   e. $10 billion for infrastructure repair and construction projects in the Social and Economic Development Zones enacted in FL 31-19
   f. $10 billion to repair and modernize government facilities and buildings
   g. $10 billion to repair sewage lines and drinking water infrastructure
   h. State governments will be required to pave or re-gravel all township roads and re-pave all township roads that have not been paved since January 1, 1999 by December 31, 2014. $6.5 billion is allocated to each region for this effort
   i. Two-thirds of the manufacturing material related to highway, road, and bridge construction or repair projects are required to have been produced and manufactured by Atlasian businesses

Section 3: Aid to the Atlasian Auto Industry ($45+ billion)

   a. The federal government will purchase majority shareholder status in the Big 3 auto companies: General Motors, Ford and Chrysler
   b. An Automobile Industry Reform Board (AIRB) will be selected, tasked with the running of the Big 3
   c. The AIRB will be tasked with refocusing and streamlining production, with a focus on the development and production of fuel efficient and hybrid cars
   d. The Big 3 will also be paid to produce buses and trains, to expand the Atlasian public transportation system
   e. The AIRB will be required to make reports to the Senate every six months
   f. A flexible goal of returning to the Big 3 to private ownership within five years will be set

Section 4: Regional & Local Fiscal Relief ($150 billion)

   a. $100 billion in financial aid to the regions, to decrease and prevent budget cuts of essential services and layoffs or cutbacks of government workers (This financial relief will be prioritized to state governments on the basis of budget severity)
   b. $50 billion to aid school districts facing budget shortfalls, to prevent cutbacks or layoffs

Section 5: Responsible Individual & Business Tax Relief ($42+ billion)

   a. $25 billion to exempt the first $5000 collected through unemployment compensation from taxation until December 31, 2010
   b. $8 billion to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit
   c. $6 billion to provide a voluntary annual $700 tax credit to home-owners who make use of solar, wind, or hydroelectric sources of energy (To qualify for the tax credit, home-owners must have at least 25% of their electricity generated from the aforementioned sources.)
   d. $3 billion to provide an expanded sales tax deducation from automobile purchases from Atlasian automobile companies
   e. The business tax rate shall be reduced by 2%
   f. Individual businesses making $300,000 or less in total annual income shall be exempt from all business taxes for exactly one year after The 2009 Atlasian Economic Relief and Recovery Act is made law

Co-Sponsor: MaxQue


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: President North Carolina Yankee on July 13, 2009, 10:28:35 pm
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A now much needed law.

1. It shall be a crime in Atlasia to post a swastika or any other Nazis symbol that has come to symbolise deep meanings of hate and racism, in Atlas Fantasy Elections or Atlas Fantasy Government Boards.

2. The penalty for posting such a symbol shall be a two month ban from voting and a four month ban on holding office.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Hash on July 14, 2009, 09:39:24 pm
Anti-Zombie Act of 2009

1. The Senate compels the Secretary of Forum Affairs to conduct a review of the voter roll immediately and remove all voters which do not meet the following conditions:
a) not voted in the past two elections, if applicable or
b) not posted in any of the Atlasia sections 10 or more times in the past two months, if applicable.

2. The Secretary of Forum Affairs shall be responsible to review the voter rolls on a regular basis based on the above conditions.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Purple State on July 17, 2009, 02:29:00 pm
Creating a More Dynamic Legislative Procedure

Whereas, the current operating procedures of the Senate provide for a stilted and rigid legislative process, the following changes shall be adopted to the OSPR.

Article IV, Section I shall hereby read as follows:
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1. After a piece of legislation is introduced on the Senate floor, debate shall begin immediately.
2. At any time after the introduction and consideration of a bill on the floor of the Senate, a motion recommit may be proposed and brought to a vote by the PPT. Failure of the motion to recommit with the concurrence of a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the Senate shall end the debate, and the PPT shall open a vote on the legislation under consideration. If any legislative Amendments remain pending for consideration on the floor of the Senate, or if there are any Amendments at vote, then the Senate shall not vote on the motion to recommit until said Amendments have been disposed of.
3. After a motion to recommit has been made, no Amendment(s) to the legislation under consideration may be introduced unless the motion passes.
4. After a piece of legislation is introduced on the Senate floor, the original sponsor may motion to withdraw the legislation under consideration at any point prior to a final vote on passage or after the President has vetoed the legislation, but the original sponsor may not motion to withdraw the legislation if the Senate is presently voting on any Amendments to the legislation or is presently voting on a motion to recommit.
5. Co-sponsors of legislation under consideration shall have no power to withdraw legislation nor contest withdrawal of legislation by the original sponsor. Any office-holding Senator may assume sponsorship of the legislation within 72 hours after the original sponsor has motioned to withdraw. Once a motion to assume sponsorship has been filed by the Senator who wishes to sponsor the legislation, Senators shall have 48 hours to object to this motion. If any Senator objects to this motion, the PPT shall open a vote on the motion to assume sponsorship. This vote shall last for a maximum of 72 hours during which time the Senators must vote. Voting may be declared final at any time if a majority of office-holding Senators has approved or rejected said motion. Any and all Senators who do not vote will be considered to have abstained. If a motion to assume sponsorship is rejected by a majority of those voting, the legislation shall be withdrawn from the Senate floor.
6. For the purposes of Articles 3, 4 and 5, the original sponsor shall be defined as the Senator who introduced the legislation in the Legislation Introduction Thread.

Article V, Section 2, Clause 4 is hereby removed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on July 18, 2009, 03:54:17 am
Nuclear Waste Reprocessing Bill:

Section 1: Atlasia recognizes the importance of responsible handling of nuclear waste, especially due to the likely increase of nuclear energy usage as a result of the "Nuclear Power Advancement Act".

Section 2: Atlasia believes that reprocessing of nuclear waste is a sensible alternative to direct disposal, and will provide aid to energy providers that choose to reprocess.

Section 3: A tax rebate equal to 75% of the difference in cost of reprocessing compared to current direct disposal will be provided as an incentive.




Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Fritz on July 18, 2009, 06:55:26 am
ATLASIAN NATIONAL HEALTH CARE ACT

Section 1- Eligibility and Benefits
a. All individuals residing in Atlasia are covered under the Atlasian National Health Care Program entitling them to a universal, best quality standard of care.
b. The health care benefits under this Act cover all medically necessary services, including at least the following:
1. Primary care and prevention.
2. Inpatient care.
3. Outpatient care.
4. Emergency care.
5. Prescription drugs.
6. Durable medical equipment.
7. Long-term care.
8. Palliative care.
9. Mental health services.
10. The full scope of dental services (other than cosmetic dentistry).
11. Substance abuse treatment services.
12. Chiropractic services.
13. Basic vision care and vision correction (other than laser vision correction for cosmetic purposes).
14. Hearing services, including coverage of hearing aids.
15. Podiatric care.
c. Such benefits are available through any licensed health care clinician anywhere in Atlasia that is legally qualified to provide the benefits.
d. No deductibles, co-payments, coinsurance, or other cost-sharing shall be imposed with respect to covered benefits.
e. No institution may be a participating provider unless it is a public or not-for-profit institution. Private physicians, private clinics, and private health care providers shall continue to operate as private entities, but are prohibited from being investor owned. For-profit providers of care opting to participate shall be required to convert to not-for-profit status. For-profit providers of care that convert to non-profit status shall remain privately owned and operated entities. The owners of such for-profit providers shall be compensated for reasonable financial losses incurred as a result of the conversion from for-profit to non-profit status.
f. It is unlawful for a private health insurer to sell health insurance coverage that duplicates the benefits provided under this Act.  However, nothing in this Act shall be construed as prohibiting the sale of health insurance coverage for any additional benefits not covered by this Act, such as for cosmetic surgery or other services and items that are not medically necessary.

Section 2- Finances
a. The Atlasian National Health Care Program, through its regional offices, shall pay each institutional provider of care a monthly lump sum to cover all operating expenses under a global budget. The global budget of a provider shall be set through negotiations between providers and regional directors, but are subject to the approval of the Director. The budget shall be negotiated annually, based on past expenditures, projected changes in levels of services, wages and input, costs, a provider's maximum capacity to provide care, and proposed new and innovative programs.  Under this Act physicians shall submit bills to the regional director on a simple form, or via computer. Licensed health care clinicians who accept any payment from the Program may not bill any patient for any covered service.
b. Funding for this Act shall be appropriated from existing sources of Federal Government revenues for health care, and from an additional sales tax on all alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana products.

Section 3- Administration
a. This Act shall be administered a Director appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.  The Director may hold other office.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on July 18, 2009, 01:31:47 pm
Truth in Sentencing Act:

All persons convicted of a felony by a federal Atlasian court shall be required to serve at least 90% of their sentences before being released.



Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on July 19, 2009, 06:37:33 am
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The Absentee Voting Act

Section 1: 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 Forum Affairs or Deputy Secretary of Forum Affairs shall publically post that absentee voting application has opened.
   3. Voters wishing to apply for an absentee vote shall notify this publically in a manner specified by the Secretary of Forum Affairs.
   4. The Secretary or Deputy Secretary of Forum Affairs shall then grant the request to absentee vote publically, at which point the voter may proceed to vote in the Absentee Voting Booth.
   5. Absentee Voters shall post their votes in the same format as if it were a regular ballot, and they shall be subject to the same rules and regulations as regular ballots.

Section 2: Disqualification from Absentee Voting

   1. Should an Absentee Voter post more than 5 times anywhere on the Atlas Forum in the regular election period, their absentee vote shall be nullified and treated as non extant.
   2. Any person who has their absentee vote nullified may vote again by regular ballot.
   3. Any person who votes by regular ballot after voting by absentee ballot, shall have their absentee ballot treated as non-extant.
   4. Persons who attempt to vote in the Absentee thread with prior notification of the Department of Forum Affairs shall have their vote treated as non-extant.

Section 3: Repeals

   1. Section 6 of the Consolidated Electoral System Reform Act and Clause 1 of the Consolidated Electoral System Reform Act (Amendment) Act are repealed.

Introduced on behalf of Peter.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: afleitch on July 20, 2009, 02:12:06 pm
Identifying Crime Bill.

Section 1: Law enforcement departments shall make publically available all collected crime data excepting;

a. Data that shall directly or indirectly identify the victim of each crime.
b. Data that is being collected by law enforcement agencies for the purposes of a criminal investigation.
c. Data that has been collected by law enforcement agencies for the purposes of a criminal trial by jury.

Section 2: Crime data shall be compiled, analysed and disseminated to the public in written and visual format for each ZIP Code Tabulation Area.

Section 3: The Senate shall appropriate $50million for the development and support of online mapping and visual display to made available to the public.

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Crappy spelling tidied up. Hat tip to Peter :) Now all that needs tidied up is the bill ;D


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: afleitch on July 20, 2009, 02:24:49 pm
LGB Dignity Act.

All self described reperative therapy, psychological therapy, self help and 'ex gay' institutions, associations and ministries with the intent to subdue, erase, reform, negatively influence or attempt to change an individuals sexual orientation are hereby outlawed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: President North Carolina Yankee on July 21, 2009, 05:27:34 pm
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Enumerated Powers Resolution
Article III, Section 2, Clause 6 shall be inserted into the OSPR to read: Any Senator introducing legislation into the Senate floor shall cite the section in the Constitution that allows this legislation in the legislation.

As per my campaign pomise, I introduce this on behalf of Fmr Senator and current Lt Gov. South Park Conservative.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on July 21, 2009, 08:49:52 pm
Atlasia-EU Free Trade Bill
1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and the Eurpean Union

2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.


Atlasia-Turkey Free Trade Bill
1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Turkey.

2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.



Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: afleitch on July 23, 2009, 04:15:04 pm
Amendment to the Modified Welfare Reform Act

Third Sector in Employment Bill

Section 6.

Section 1.

a. Any person who is unemployed has a right to seek employment through private and voluntary third sector organisations involved in organising and running 'back to work' programmes.

b. Job seekers can choose to register with a third sector employment provider if government services have been unsuccessful in helping them find work after six weeks of registered unemployment.

c. Government employment providers may contract third sector employment providers by competitive tender to provide skills training, assistance and work placements.

d. The rights of individuals to seek government assistance or intervention at any stage of 'back to work' programmes shall be upheld.

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EDIT: The Modified Welfare Reform Act was repealed (update Wiki pls) to be replaced by something completely unrelated and linked to children. I've modified the bill to be stand alone, though feel that we may need to re-instate, in modified form the Welfare Reform Bill 


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Purple State on July 23, 2009, 09:08:15 pm
Try this again, shall we? With some slight modifications:

School Standards Reform Bill

Section 1: Terms
For the purposes of this legislation:
1.   “Elementary school” shall refer to any school offering only grades below 5th, inclusive.
2.   “Middle school” shall refer to any school offering only grades below 8th, inclusive, with at least one grade above 6th, inclusive.
3.   “High school” shall refer to any school offering at least one grade above 9th, inclusive.

Section 2: Elementary School Reforms
1.   All public elementary schools shall be required to offer pre-K and Kindergarten programs to all students within the district whose guardians wish them to be enrolled. The federal government shall provide matching funds to the regions of up to 40% the total cost of such programs.
2.   All children must be enrolled in school, public or otherwise, within one and a half years of their fourth birthdays.

Section 3: Middle School Reforms
1.   All public middle schools must offer at least one foreign language program. Enrollment in said program may be optional, as dictated by regional and district law.
2.   All students in grades 6 through 8 shall be required to study science, English, history, and mathematics for all of their three years in said grades. All public middle schools must offer said subjects for all three grades.

Section 4: High School Reforms
1.   All public high school students must complete, between 9th and 12th grade, at least four courses in mathematics, four courses in English, three courses in a single foreign language, three courses in the social sciences, one course in Atlasian history, three courses of science with at least three of said courses lab intensive, in addition to four elective courses.
2.   All public high schools must offer classes on mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, English, Atlasian history, world history, and at least (but not limited to) two different foreign languages sufficient in number to allow students to complete the above requirements.
3. All public high schools with a student body greater than 400 that offer at least 3 advanced courses (Advanced Placement, Running Start and International Baccalaureate are acceptable) shall receive up to 30% the total cost of such programs split evenly between the governing region and federal government.

Section 5: Interpretation
This legislation shall not be interpreted as to override any stricter standards upheld by law within any Regions or lower-level authorities, nor to discourage school districts or students from exceeding the minimum requirements.

Section 6: Effective Date
This legislation shall come into effect on August 10, 2010, unless that date is less than a year following passage, in which case it shall come into effect on August 10, 2011.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: afleitch on July 25, 2009, 08:41:34 pm
Income Tax Reduction Act 2009

The 15% margin tax rate levied on the following income brackets in FY 2009;

Single - $8,351-$33950
Married Filing Jointly/Qualified Widow - $16701-$67900
Married filing seperately - $8351-$33950
Head of Household - $11951-$45500

is hereby reduced to 14%


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: tmthforu94 on August 02, 2009, 03:39:39 pm

Atlasia-Norway Free Trade Bill
1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Norway.

2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.


Atlasia-Iceland Trade Bill
1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Iceland.

2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Purple State on August 02, 2009, 11:00:31 pm
Free Trade Agreement Act

1. All legislation pertaining to the removal of tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods between Atlasia and another country shall be considered as agreements.

2. Upon the violation of such an agreement, it shall be within the power of the DoEA, with the consent of the Senate, to take appropriate actions to defend against such infringements.



Amendment to the SOEA Role Codification Act

1. F.L. 31-21, Clause 1 shall hereby be amended to read as follows: "Every 2 months a renewed foreign policy review must be presented within the Department of External Affairs Office. Upon the full release of the review, the Senate shall be required to consider, amend if neccessry, and vote on the review as normal legislation.

2. The following shall be inserted as clause 6:
       6. The SOEA shall serve, where appropriate, as the deputy GM for external affairs. In this role, the SOEA may provide the Senate and Atlasia with the necessary information to conduct debate and create legislation pertaining to external matters. All such information shall be considered valid pending approval by the GM.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: afleitch on August 03, 2009, 12:59:03 pm
Welfare Reform Act 2009

Section 1

Atlasians receiving public assistance will be allotted a two year maximum with the following exceptions:
• a. Disability
• b. Perpetual care of dependent
• c. Those undertaking vocational training, who shall be allowed a three year maximum

Section 2

Section 8 housing vouchers:
• a. Maximum two years unrestricted with the following exceptions:
§ i. Disability
§ ii. Over the age of 65
§ iii. Veteran permanently disabled on military duty
• b. Housing shall be rented at the average market value for rent given a two-block radius and the same accommodations.
• c. Anyone convicted of a felony shall be removed from the program.
• d. Any minor problems such as noise violations, unkempt property that is the fault of the tenant, or generally disruptive needing a police presence shall be given one warning.

Section 3

Any able-bodied Atlasian on public assistance and not currently working shall be required to do 20 hours of community service plus 20 hours of job searching and/or interviews; or they shall be eligible to undertake a vocational training course (either college or work-based or a combination of the two) of 30 hours per week. For any shortfall below 30 hours per week, they shall be required to do community service depending on the total time spent in vocational training.

Section 4

Any able-bodied Atlasian on public assistance and not currently working, who express an interest in a vocational training course, must specify the occupation or skill in which they wish to train which will be permitted providing the course does not exceed three years maximum in duration

Section 5

a. Any person who is unemployed has a right to seek employment through private and voluntary third sector organisations involved in organising and running 'back to work' programmes.

b. Job seekers can choose to register with a third sector employment provider if government services have been unsuccessful in helping them find work after six weeks of registered unemployment.

c. Government employment providers may contract third sector employment providers by competitive tender to provide skills training, assistance and work placements.

d. The rights of individuals to seek government assistance or intervention at any stage of 'back to work' programmes shall be upheld.

Section 6

An initial amount of $1.5bn shall be appropriated from the Department of the Treasury (Labor Sub-Department) in the Fiscal Year 2009 to provide funding for such vocational training, as specified in Clause Three. The Senate will review this funding on an annual basis and set it at an amount at which it may deem appropriate.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: President North Carolina Yankee on August 09, 2009, 09:50:26 pm
The Identity Theft Prevention and Resolution Bill

Recognizing the severe damage caused to, hard working and law abiding, Atlasians; and to there names, credit, and future freedom of action by Identity Theft, the following shall be enforced.

Section 1: Definitions

ID Theft shall be defined as the deliberate and intentional stealing of a person's identity to a achieve a financial, legal, or social benefit. ID Theft shall be regarded as a felonious criminal act.

Section 2: Prevention

Clause 1: It shall be a crime punishable by a $10,000 fines for any corporation or entity to sell, distribute, or in any other way release into public knowledge private information regarding a client, customer, employee, partner, supplier, or vendor without there expressed permission. Such information would include social security number, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, names, phone numbers, e-mails, and home addresses.

Clause 2: Any person who steals a persons identity and uses it to make a purchase or sell a good or service, borrow money, or commit a crime shall face a $250,000 fine and up to 5 years in jail for the committing of felony ID theft, or shall be required to pay full restitution of damages, to the victims of there crime, up to $1,000,000.

Clause 3: All businesses are required to submit there employees’ social Security Numbers prior to there hiring. In the event of any "confirmed no-matches" between the name and social security number, the social security administration is required to send out a no-match letter to the Employer and inform the Office of Identity Security Enforcement.

Clause 4: The office of Identity Security Enforcement (ISE) is hereby created within the FBI and given $50 million annually to investigate potential cases of ID theft and enforce federal law in regards to protecting people's identity.   

Section 3: Resolution
 
Clause 1: Any person who is the victim of a previous ID theft shall not be held accountable for purchases, sales, debts, profits, or taxes accrued by someone else, under there name.

Clause 2: The Identity Restoration Agency is hereby established, and appropriated $5 million annually, to recognize victims of ID theft and help them restore there credit and records. They shall provide a toll-free hot line for victims of ID theft to contact for help.

Clause 3: Any cases in which the perpetrator has not been caught or the case has yet to reach the authorities, the Identity Restoration Agency is to inform the ISE of the crime.






 




Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: tmthforu94 on August 10, 2009, 11:47:31 am

Atlasia-Norway Free Trade Bill
1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Norway.

2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.


Atlasia-Iceland Trade Bill
1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Iceland.

2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.

I withdraw this bill.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MaxQue on August 15, 2009, 03:49:25 am
Amendment to the Consolidated Criminal Justice Act

Clause 7 is added to Section 1:
"The performance of the duties of a cabinet official or deputy cabinet official without proper promotion or appointment."

Section 2, Clause 1 is amended to read
"For offenses described in Clauses 1, 2, 3, and 7 of Section 1:"

Co-Sponsors: MaxQue and Marokai Blue


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MasterJedi on August 17, 2009, 03:26:53 pm
Atlasia-Indonesia Trade Bill
1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Indonesia.

2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Hash on August 19, 2009, 04:15:44 pm
Global Treaty Organization Expansion Act

1. The Senate hereby approves the expansion of the Global Treaty Organization treaty entered into on July 17, 2006 with the Governments of Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Germany, India, Japan, South Africa, and the United Kingdom to include the Governments of Argentina, Canada, France, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain and Sweden.

2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions, and enforce such regulations, as may be necessary to implement the provisions of the treaty with these new member countries.

3. This Act shall have effect only with respect to those countries which have ratified or approved the treaty, and which continue to comply with its provisions.



Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Fritz on August 30, 2009, 07:02:33 am
Party Switching Act

1.  Official changes to party of registration may not be made more frequently than is allowed by law for changes to state of registration, except that a voter may register as an independent at any time.

2.  This law shall not impact any changes to party of registration made before its taking effect.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: tmthforu94 on August 30, 2009, 05:20:47 pm
The Atlasian Motorcycle Safety Act

Section A
It shall be illegal for any person in Atlasia to:
1. Operate a motorcycle or motortricycle while carrying a passanger ten years of age or younger.
2. Operate a motorcycle or motortricycle unless person has a valid license that shows that person has passed an examination to ride a motorcycle or motortricycle.
3. Knowingly permit a motorcycle or motortricycle owned by such person to be driven on any highway by person who has not passed an examination to ride a motorcycle or motortricycle.

Section B
1. Anyone riding on a motorcycle shall wear protective headgear at all times the motorcycle or motortricycle is in motion.


Not following Section A on a first offense shall result in up to 90 days in prison, a $150 to $200  fine, and a license suspenson up to six months.  Subsequent offenses shall result in up to 1 year in prison, a $200 to $600 fine, and a liscense suspension of at least two years. Not following Section B shall result in a fine that cannot exceed 50 dollars.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Fritz on August 30, 2009, 10:08:25 pm
Party Switching Act

1.  Official changes to party of registration may not be made more frequently than is allowed by law for changes to state of registration, except that a voter may register as an independent at any time.

2.  This law shall not impact any changes to party of registration made before its taking effect.

I withdraw this legislation.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on September 01, 2009, 02:38:22 am
Colombian Assistance and Stability Act:

1. The Republic of Atlasia is deeply concerned about the current situation in Colombia, and wished to provide monetary and military aid, in compliance with our responsibilities through the Global Treaty Organzation.

2. Atlasia will send 2500 soldiers to Colombia in order to help drive back FARC rebels and to serve in the event of an invasion of Colombia by outside forces.

3. Atlasia offers $250 million to be distributed at the discretion of the Department of External Affairs in order to maintain stability.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: tmthforu94 on September 02, 2009, 05:50:33 pm
Party Empowerment Act

1. Organized political parties shall have the power to regulate their membership, except where specifically denied by the Constitution or in statue.

2. In the event that a member of a party is removed by that party according to their bylaws, the chairman may notify the SoFA. The SoFA shall then remove the member from the party's list, and that member shall automatically become an Independant until they indicate otherwise.

3. An individual removed from a party may not rejoin that party unless the party has indicated, according to their bylaws, that said individual may rejoin and thirty days have passed since the removal was recorded by the SoFA.


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Post by: Marokai Backbeat on September 04, 2009, 02:32:29 pm
Efficient Automobile Rebate System Act

Section 1: Rebates

1. An optional rebate of $4500-$5000 shall be given to consumers who purchase a compact automobile (car) with a rating of at least 29 miles to the gallon or more.

2. An optional rebate of $3500-$4000 shall be given to consumers who purchase a Sport Utility Vehicle or truck with a rating of at least 26 miles to the gallon or more.

3. The total amount of the rebate shall be determined by the amount of gas mileage to the gallon.

4. A total of $8 billion shall be appropriated to this program.

5. This program shall come to an end six months after being signed into law, or the depletion of the funds appropriated, whichever happens first.

Section 2: Eligibility

1. To qualify for the rebate outlined in Section 1, Clause 1, the consumer must have a car that is a model manufactured at least ten years ago, and gets no more than 21 miles to the gallon.

2. To qualify for the rebate outlined in Section 1, Clause 2, the consumer must have a Sport Utility Vehicle or truck that is a model manufactured at least ten years ago, and gets no more than 18 miles to the gallon.



Reasonable Minimum Wage Act

1. A federal minimum wage of $7.25 shall be established by the end of 2009, which shall increase .25 every 120 days until the rate of $8.50 is reached.

2. The minimum wage for inidividuals aged 18 and younger shall be established at $7.25 and shall increase .25 every 120 days until the rate of $8.00 is reached.

3. Once the minimum wage has reached their respective final values, they will be indexed to the rate of inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Adjustments based on inflation shall take place at the start of each fiscal year, but shall not decrease during deflationary periods.

4. Any employer found to be paying any of his employees below the minimum wage shall be sentenced to a prison term of up to five years, depending on the severity of the offense, and/or a fine of up to $20,000.



Internet Infrastructure and Access Expansion Act

Recognizing that too few Atlasians have access to high speed internet/broadband access in many areas of the country, the Senate authorizes the following to improve internet infrastructure and expand broadband access to all:

1. The Bureau of Internet Infrastructure (BII) is hereby established.

2. An additional $20 billion is appropriated for the cause of expanding broadband access to the funds previously authorized by the 2009 Atlasian Relief and Recovery Act.

3. The combined $50 billion shall be directed, specifically, towards laying fiber-optic cable and broadband towers throughout rural, mountain, and low population-density areas throughout Atlasia, with the goal of increasing broadband access to 90% of Atlasians in each state within 5 years. The Bureau of Internet Infrastructure (BII) shall oversee the construction, awarding of contracts, and distribution of funds.

4. The additional funds appropriated by this act shall also be offered as tax breaks for internet providers to expand access into rural areas of Atlasia.

5. Internet providers shall not charge more or discriminate against any individual if they live in rural, mountain, or low population-density areas.



Protection of Public Health Act

1. It shall be illegal for a person to smoke inside buildings and establishments open to the public, such as restaurants, public transportation, cinemas, and libraries.

2. If a person is found guilty of smoking in public areas, then that person shall be fined no less than a hundred dollars and no more than three hundred dollars.

3. Smoking inside buildings that are not open to the public, shall not be affected by the passage of this Act.

4. Any facility or establishment that earns at least 40% of it's annual gross revenue from the sale of alcohol or tobacco and paraphernalia for the smoking of tobacco may apply to the federal government for an exemption from Clause 1.

5. This Act shall not be interpreted as to overwrite or replace more strict regulation on public smoking instituted by the regions.



Bow Chicka Bow Wow Act

1. All individuals 14 years of age or older shall have the right to buy, possess, and view pornography depicting only persons of 18 years of age or older.



Home Energy Assistance Administration Act

Recognizing the great strain of heating and electricity bill costs on families, the upcoming winter, and the economic downturn, the Senate authorizes the following for the relief of needy Atlasians:

Section 1: Establishment

1. The Home Energy Assistance Administration (HEAA) is hereby established.

2. The Home Energy Assistance Administration (HEAA) shall be responsible for assisting needy Atlasian families with the costs of heating and electricity bills and distributing and installing home insulation at an affordable price.

Section 2: Eligibility & Limitations

1. Families making less than $15,000 annually shall be eligible to apply for 90% compensation of monthly home energy and electricity costs.

2. Families making $15,001 - $20,000 annually shall be eligible to apply for 70% compensation of monthly home energy and electricity costs.

3. Families making $20,001 - $25,000 annually shall be eligible to apply for 50% compensation of monthly home energy and electricity costs.

3. No family shall continue to recieve financial assistance from the Home Energy Assistance Administration for more than 6 months, consecutively, with at least three months separating the recieving of assistance.

4. No family shall recieve assistance from the Home Energy Assistance Administration for more than a total of 5 years.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: afleitch on September 04, 2009, 04:01:08 pm
The 'Merton Rule' Act

All new non residential developments above a threshold of 1,000sqm will be expected to incorporate renewable energy production equipment to provide at least 10% of predicted energy requirements unless the citing of such equipment for technical reasons makes the development unviable.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on September 05, 2009, 05:46:22 am
Air Passenger Protection Act:

1. No passenger may be required to remain in an aircraft on the ground at the point of departure for longer than 3 hours. If a departing aircraft is delayed for longer than 3 hours, all passengers must be given the opportunity to leave the aircraft until at most 30 minutes before estimated delayed departure.

2. Any airline in violation of said rule shall pay any passengers held against their will $1000 in cash.

3. Passengers delayed for greater than 4 hours, regardless of location, shall be compensated with $150, or 25% of the cost of the ticket, whichever is smaller.

4. Passengers delayed for greater than 4 hours shall be provided food vouchers every 6 hours worth at least $10.

5. Passengers of flights estimated to be delayed from before midnight until after 6am shall be provided with lodging if lodging within 10 miles of the airport is available.

6. Violations of any part of this act will be punished with a $1000 fine per passenger, payable to Atlasia.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on September 05, 2009, 06:08:42 am
Atlasian national DUI bill:

1.) It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle on public roads with a BAC of greater than 0.05%. Violations of this will result in a $2000 fine.

2.) Regions shall be permitted to legislate stricter alcohol limits and penalties, including loss of license and greater fines.

3.) Persons convicted of DUI under regional laws shall not owe a federal fine if the monetary penalty in their particular region is greater than the federal penalty. If the regional penalty is lower than $2,000, then the difference between $2,000 and the regional penalty shall be owed to Atlasia.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Hash on September 06, 2009, 06:25:42 pm
Global Treaty Organization Expansion Bill 2

1. The Senate hereby approves the expansion of the Global Treaty Organization (GTO) treaty entered into on July 17, 2006 with the Governments of Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Germany, India, Japan, South Africa, and the United Kingdom to include the Governments of Canada, Chile, the remaining member states of the European Union, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway and South Korea if the legislatures of these respective nations ratify the offer and if the current members of the GTO ratify the adhesion of these nations as per the rule expressed in in Article 11, Clause 2 of the Global Treaty Organization formation treaty.

2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions, and enforce such regulations, as may be necessary to implement the provisions of the treaty with these new member countries.

3. This Act shall have effect only with respect to those countries which have ratified or approved the treaty, and which continue to comply with its provisions.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Fritz on September 07, 2009, 11:31:33 am
Clean Energy Act

1. Atlasia shall subsidise all public utilities operating on sources of energy that are clean and renewable, such as wind, solar, hydroelectric, and nuclear power.  Any loss incurred by a conversion to and/or operation of clean energy utilities will be compensated by the federal government.

2. All public utilities will be required to convert at least 50% of their operation to clean energy sources over the next ten years.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: President North Carolina Yankee on September 07, 2009, 04:38:12 pm
Emergency Credit Access Act

Section 1: Small Business
       
Clause 1. Any business making less then $750,000 annually shall be classified as a small Business for the the purposes of this act.

Clause 2. $75 Billion dollars in revolving lines of credit of up to $100,000 monthly shall be made available through the Small Business Administration to existing small busineses for the purpose of making payroll and buying inventory. Interest rates shall not exceed 4% compounded annually.

Clause 3. $50 Billion shall be made available through the Small Business Administration to people looking to start a new small business. Interest rates shall not exceed 4% compounded annually.


Section 2: Home Buyers and Home Refinancing

Clause 1. $75 Billion is to be made available through the Federal Housing Administration to prospective homebuyers. Prospective applicants must of an income that would make the monthly payment 50% or less of that person's monthly income, an average credit score(700's or higher), and must be able to put at least 5% down. Interest rates must be fixed and can't exceed 2% APR. The home price must be equal to or less then $200,000.

Clause 2. $75 Billion is to be made available through FHA to allow homeowners with variable rate morgages or fixed rated mortgages of 5% or higher to refinance. The monthly payment may not exceed 50% of the home owners income. Interest rates must be fixed and can't exceed 2% APR. 


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: President North Carolina Yankee on September 08, 2009, 01:00:56 pm
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Senate Rules Correction Resolution

1. Article VIII, Section 1, Clause 2 is amended to the following:

"2. Any Senator shall have seventy-two (72) hours from such a public statement by the PPT and the President of the Senate to call for a resolution in the Senate to overrule the PPT and the President of the Senate in the use of powers designated by Clause 1 of this Article, if any Senator considers their decision to be on infringement of the intention of this resolution."

2. Article VIII, Section 1, Clause 3 is amended to the following:

"3. If this resolution passes by a two-thirds (2/3) vote in the affirmative (excluding the PPT), this joint action by the PPT and the President of the Senate shall be overruled."

3. Article IX, Section 1, Clause 2 is amended to the following:

"2. Following the swearing in of the new Senate at the beginning of each Session, the President of the Senate shall open a thread in the Fantasy Government board for Senators to announce their candidacy for the position of PPT. This thread shall be further known in this document as the PPT Candidacy Declaration Thread and shall be open for forty-eight (48) hours for Senators to declare their candidacy for the position."

4. Article IX, Section 1, Clause 3 is amended to the following:

"3. After forty-eight (48) hours, the PPT Candidacy Declaration Thread shall be closed and a vote on the election of the new PPT shall be opened in a new thread by the President of the Senate. This vote shall last for a maximum of five (5) days during which time the Senators must vote. Any and all Senators who do not vote will be considered to have abstained."

Introduced for Bacon King.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: afleitch on September 10, 2009, 08:47:25 am
Cabinet Restructuring Act 2009

Pre-amble

The Senate recognises the recent legislative changes that have taken place and the potential effects and opportunities therein.

Section 1.
a. The post of Secretary for Health and Social Affairs is therefore established to be filled in accordance with existing Senate procedure.
b. The Secretary for Health and Social Affairs shall be responsible for the following portfolios; Health, Education, Welfare and Housing and in addition any other briefs conferred upon the Secretary by the President.

Section 2.
a. The post of Secretary of the Treasury is therefore established to be filled in accordance with existing Senate procedure.
b. The Secretary of the Treasury shall be responsible for the following portfolios; Taxation, Social Security, budgetary concerns and in addition any other briefs conferred upon the Secretary by the President.
c. The Secretary of the Treasury shall, with the assistance of the Game Moderator, be required to address the Senate once each session on the state of the economy and public expenditure.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Hash on September 11, 2009, 07:58:54 pm
Amendment to the OSPR regarding Parliamentary Behaviour

Article 8; Senate Behaviour is hereby added to the OSPR and subsequent sections re-numbered accordingly.

Article 8: Senate Behaviour is to read as follows:

Improper behaviour and the use of unparliamentary language by Senators is hereby forbidden in all Senate debates and votes.

Section 1: Improper Behaviour

1. Improper behavior is defined as personal attacks on other Senators, blatantly false accusations, and lewd conduct.
2. Improper behavior during legislative debate in the Senate shall result in suspension from that chamber at the PPT's request.
3. The conditions of the suspension shall be determined at the PPT's discretion.
4. Following the PPT's decision on the matter, atleast three other Senators must then sign a certification of suspension from the chamber.

Section 2: Unparliamentary language

1. The words 'liar', 'asshole', 'jerk', 'pig', 'swine', 'coward' and 'traitor' are hereby considered to be unparliamentary language and shall not be used in any Senate debates and votes.
2. Use of the aforementioned words by a Senator shall result in a reminder of parliamentary etiquette by the PPT.
3. Further breaches of the terms in this Section by a Senator shall result in consequences to be determined by the PPT at such time.
4. Additional words can be added or words can be removed from the above list at any time by any Senator.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Hash on September 13, 2009, 03:06:07 pm
Emergency Resolution authorizing Use of Force against Terrorists

1. The Senate hereby authorizes the use of Atlasian military forces against the terrorist organization called Anti-Imperial Army of America (AIAA).


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: afleitch on September 14, 2009, 01:57:54 pm
Welfare Reform Bill 2009

Section 1

Atlasians receiving public assistance will be allotted a three year maximum with the following exceptions:
• a. Disability
• b. Perpetual care of dependent
• c. Those undertaking vocational training, who shall be allowed a four year maximum

Beyond the maximum any capable Atlasian on public assistance and not currently working following the end of their  max shall be required to do 10 hours of community service per week in order to retain public assistance.

Section 2

Those on public assistance shall be required to undertake a minimum of 3 hours of job searching and/or interviews, or apply at least 3 place per week, or they shall be eligible to undertake a vocational training course (either college or work-based or a combination of the two) of 30 hours per week. In addition, for the first two weeks on public assistance they shall be required to take at least 2 hrs training per week in resume building and interview preparedness, etc

Section 3

Any able-bodied Atlasian on public assistance and not currently working, who express an interest in a vocational training course, must specify the occupation or skill in which they wish to train which will be permitted providing the course does not exceed three years maximum in duration

Section 4

a. Any person who is unemployed has a right to seek employment through private and voluntary third sector organisations involved in organising and running 'back to work' programmes.

b. Job seekers can choose to register with a third sector employment provider if government services have been unsuccessful in helping them find work after six weeks of registered unemployment.

c. Government employment providers may contract third sector employment providers by competitive tender to provide skills training, assistance and work placements.

d. The rights of individuals to seek government assistance or intervention at any stage of 'back to work' programmes shall be upheld.

Section 5

An initial amount of $1.5bn shall be appropriated from the Department of the Treasury (Labor Sub-Department) in the Fiscal Year 2009 to provide funding for such vocational training, as specified in Clause Three. The Senate will review this funding on an annual basis and set it at an amount at which it may deem appropriate.

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Made changes to the vetoed bill, pulled housing assistance from the criteria and reduced penalties. Made voluntary service compulsory only after they pass their max.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Rowan on September 18, 2009, 02:29:29 pm
Right To Life Bill

1. This bill shall make it illegal for any woman to have an abortion that results in the termination of a pregnancy.

2. Any woman discovered to have had an illegal abortion, shall be subjected to up to a $10,000 fine and/or 3 years in jail.

3. Any doctor known to have performed said illegal abortion, shall immediately have his/her license revoked, be barred from practicing medicine for life, and face a $20,000 fine and/or 5 years in jail.



Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on September 20, 2009, 05:40:44 am
Student Loan Reformation Act

1. The Bureau of Student Finance (BSF) is hereby established.

2. The Bureau of Student Finance (BSF) shall directly provide loans to all eligible students for the purposes of covering college education costs.

3. All subsidies given to, and any public-private partnership held with, any private banking or lending institution for the purpose of student loans shall be ended by January 1st, 2010.

4. The appropriated money previously set aside for the subsidies shall thereafter be redirected to the student loan program managed by the BSF.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Rowan on September 27, 2009, 12:20:32 am
Voting Reform Bill of 2009

1. A person is not eligible to become a registered member of Atlasia until they have been a member of the Atlas Forum proper for 6 months.

2. All current registered members of Atlasia will not be affected by this change.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Hash on October 06, 2009, 07:20:41 am
Regional & Local Fiscal Relief Act

1. The $100 billion to be distributed by region as per Section 4 (a.) of F.L. 32-13 (2009 Atlasian Relief and Recovery Act) is to be distributed between the regions as follows on the basis of budget severity and unemployment rates:
a. $30 billion to the Mideast
b. $22 billion to the Pacific
c. $22 billion to the Southeast
d. $15 billion to the Midwest
e. $11 billion to the Northeast

2. The Regional Legislatures of the various regions shall be responsible for the allocation and distribution of funds allocated to their regions.

3. Upon the event of a Region rejecting funds outlined under the 2009 Atlasian Economic Relief and Recovery Act and the Regional & Local Fiscal Relief Act, the federal government itself shall, where possible, conduct or fund infrastructure projects independent of the regional government, and distribute the rejected funds specifically for that region equally among the remaining regions.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Fritz on October 11, 2009, 09:35:30 am
Teenage Liberation Act

All laws containing an age requirement or limit between the ages of 15 and 21 shall have that requirement or limit changed to the age of 14.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: afleitch on October 11, 2009, 12:22:41 pm
Decentralisation of Currency Act

The Senate recognises that the Dollar is the sole legal tender of the Republic of Atlasia.

Section 1.

The Senate grants to all commercial and retail banks headquartered in Atlasia the right to issue promissory bank notes.

Section 2

a. It shall be lawful for every such bank to issue it's own bank notes to the extent of the amount certified by the Treasury to be held in that banks reserve, but not to any further extent; and it shall not be lawful for any bank to make or issue bank notes without certification from the Treasury.
b. Certification of the reserve of each bank shall be conducted on the 15th of each month by the Treasury.
c. All currency notes issued under this Act shall, for the purpose of the enactments relating to bank notes and the issue thereof be deemed to be bank notes, and the bank shall be liable in respect thereof accordingly.
d. All issued banknotes shall be deemed to be acceptable and exchangeable tender throughout the Republic of Atlasia.

Section 3

a. If any two or more banks have by written contract or agreement become united subsequently to the passing of this Act, it shall be lawful for the Treasury, to certify the aggregate of the amount of bank notes which such separate banks were previously authorized to issue under the separate certificates previously granted to them, and be deemed to be the limit of the amount of bank notes which such united bank may have in circulation.
b. It shall be the responsibility of the united bank to withdraw and replace the notes of the predecessor banks from circulation.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: tmthforu94 on October 11, 2009, 03:55:52 pm
The Strategic Registration Amendment

1. Article V, Section 2, Clause 7 is hereby amended to read: "Persons may only change their State of registration once every 180 days."


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Hash on October 12, 2009, 04:04:48 pm
Voting Reform Amendment

1. Clause 2 of the 27th Amendment to the Constitution (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Twenty_seventh_Amendment_to_the_Second_Constitution) is amended to read the following:
2. Each account must be at least 25 days old before registering to vote.

2. All current registered members of Atlasia will not be affected by this change.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: afleitch on October 13, 2009, 02:14:47 pm
Public Housing Bill

Section 1:  Public Housing Capital Fund:

a. The Senate shall set aside $5 billion of funding to be used for capital activities and investment for public housing agencies.
b. Public housing agencies shall be charged with

Section 2: Community Development Fund:

The Senate shall set aside $1 billion in funding to improve energy efficiency in aging public housing stock.*

*If not already adressed in Home Energy Assistance Administration Act.

Section 3: Neighborhood Stabilisation Program:

The Senate shall set aside $2 billion in appropriations to assist with the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes to arrest neighbourhood decline.

Section 4: Homeless Prevention:

The Senate shall set aside $500 million in funding that shall be sent to regional governments and private non-profit organizations re-housing activities and for the homeless.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on October 19, 2009, 09:24:23 am
Introduced on behalf of Ebowed:

Private Prison Bill

1. No federal money may be distributed to any privately owned and operated prisons.



Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Fritz on October 21, 2009, 08:05:15 am
Vice-Presidential Election Amendment

The election to the office of Vice-President shall be a distinct and seperate election from that of the President, although the elections for both offices will occur simultaneously.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: tmthforu94 on October 26, 2009, 07:00:27 pm
Atlasia Operations Enablement Bill

1. Atlasia shall join the EU operation Atalanta.
2. Atlasia shall send  our forces from Combined Task Force 150, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Ramage and the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Bunker Hill to assist in this operation.
3. Atlasia shall encourage the rest of the Combined Task Force 150 to join operation.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Јas on October 28, 2009, 08:34:17 am
Amendment Amendment

Article VII, Section 1 of the Constitution is hereby amended as follows:
The Senate, whenever two-thirds of its number shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of this Constitution when approved by at least three-fifths of the People voting, excluding such abstentions as may be cast. Such votes shall last for exactly one week and shall be administered by the Secretary of Forum Affairs or other officer as the law may provide. Citizens will cast their vote by public post.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: afleitch on November 02, 2009, 05:21:58 pm
Fairer Status Quo Amendment

Article VII Section I is hereby amended as follows:
The Senate, whenever two-thirds of its number shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of this Constitution when ratified by a majority of the People voting in public polls in three fifths of the Regions. Such votes shall last for exactly one week and shall be administered by the Governor of the Region or other officer as the Law of the Region may provide. Citizens will cast their vote by public post.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on November 08, 2009, 06:15:02 pm
Public Transportation Encouragement Act:

Any person who uses public transportation to travel between his or her place of residence and work shall receive a federal tax credit for 15% of the cost thereof.

Atlasia hopes to encourage environmentally friendly transportation in addition to relieving congested roads through these subsidies.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on November 10, 2009, 04:12:06 am
Legislative Reorganization Amendment

That the following changes be made to the Atlasian Constitution:

1. The Preamble to Article 1 of the Constitution is amended to read "All Legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in the Legislature of the Republic of Atlasia. The Legislature shall be composed of the Senate and the Council of Governors. "

2. Article I, Section 1, Clause 2 is amended to read as follows: No person shall be a Senator who has not attained a hundred or more posts.

3. Article I, Section 3, Clause 3 is amended to read: "For any Bill or Resolution to pass the Senate, it shall have gained a majority in a valid vote. Before the Bill or Resolution becomes Law, it shall be presented to the Council of Governors and to the President of the Republic of Atlasia, unless it be concerning the rules for the proceedings of the Senate. If both approve, the President shall sign it, and it shall become Law. If the President does not approve, he shall return the Bill with his objections to the Senate, and it shall not become Law. If the Council of Governors does not approve, they shall return the Bill with their objections to the Senate, and it shall not become Law. Upon reconsidering the Bill, if the Senate shall approve the legislation by two-thirds of its number, it shall become Law. If a Bill is not returned to the Senate by the President or the Council of Governors within seven days after it shall have been presented to them, the authority in question shall be considered to have approved of the legislation.. "

4. Article I, Section 4, Clause 1 is amended to read as follows: The Senate shall be divided into two classes: Class A and Class B, both of which shall be elected by a form of proportional representation.

5. Article I, Section 4, Clause 4 is amended to read as follows: If a vacancy shall occur in any Senate seat, then a special election shall be called to fill the remainder of the vacant term within one week of the vacancy occurring.

6. Article I, Section 4, Clause 5 is amended to read as follows: However, if a vacancy shall occur less than two weeks before the end of the term in question, then no special election shall be necessary.

7. The title of Section 5 is amended to read "Powers of the Legislature". The preamble of Section 5 is amended to read "The Legislature shall have the power save where limited by other provisions in the Constitution". The title of Section 6 is amended to read "Powers denied to the Legislature".

8. The Council of Governors shall consist of the heads of state of the regions. Each head of state shall have one vote. The votes of a majority of the membership shall be required to reject any legislation.



This is intended to be co-sponsered by myself and the honorable PPT Marokai Blue.

Many thanks to Xahar for the draft.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on November 10, 2009, 11:59:26 am
Capital Punishment Abolition Amendment:

The death penalty may not be given for any crime throughout Atlasia, whether federal or regional.



Yes yes, I know it failed a while ago....but I'm not giving up :)


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Hans-im-Glück on November 11, 2009, 04:41:20 pm
Anti Speculation Act:

1.) On all stock market transactions will be charged a tax of 1% of the volume.

1.1) This tax is not applicable when between buying and selling is more than a year.

2.) For all foreign exchange transactions gives it generally a tax of 0.25% of the volume.

3.) All revenues flow to a Deposit insurance to protect bank depositors for banks which are in payment trouble. If a bank must take to claim this Deposit insurance, she goes on to state ownership.

This law will make short-term speculative transactions unprofitable and the money for the troubled banks comes from those who are to blame.



This is my first proposal and I think it's a bill we really need.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Psychic Octopus on November 12, 2009, 08:07:25 pm
Loads of legislation there Franzl...


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on November 14, 2009, 12:58:41 pm
Repeal of Privacy Protection Act:

FL 31-18 is hereby repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on November 14, 2009, 02:02:40 pm
Repeal of Privacy Protection Act:

FL 31-18 is hereby repealed.

If another senator were willing to assume sponsorship of this bill for me, we could start debating it immediately. Unfortunately, I'm not allowed to have any other bills on the Senate floor right now.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: tmthforu94 on November 14, 2009, 02:11:01 pm
Okay. ;)

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Repeal of Privacy Protection Act:

FL 31-18 is hereby repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on November 14, 2009, 02:12:40 pm
Thanks a lot!


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Hash on November 17, 2009, 04:38:30 pm
Written by and introduced for Antonio V, a constituent.

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Protection of Democracy Act

This provision is taken in accordance with Article V, Section 2, Clause 3 of the Atlasian Constitution.

1. Any registered voter who has posted less than 3 times in the Atlas fantasy elections (the child board Voting booth not being counted) board in the 5 days following his/her registration shall be considered as inactive, and therefore be removed from the registered voters list.
2. Any registered voter who has posted less than 5 times in the Atlas fantasy elections (the child board Voting booth not being counted) board in the 30 days following his/her registration shall be considered as inactive, and therefore be removed from the registered voters list.
3. Any user can post an official leave of absence, exempting him of the requirements of Clause 2 for a period of 30 consecutive days. However, this action shall not be reiterated during the 30 days following the end of the period in which the leave of absence was available.
4. This bill shall be effective from December 1, 2009.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on November 21, 2009, 08:22:31 am
Public IP Address Amendment:

IP addresses may be used in criminal trials as evidence without a search warrant.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on November 22, 2009, 05:56:38 am
Consistency in Punishment Amendment

All bans from holding office sentenced due to violation of the law shall apply to all offices, regional and federal.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on November 22, 2009, 09:36:41 am
New Mexico Reconstruction Act:

1.  Seventeen million dollars shall be sent to the Pacific region, nine million will be used to reconstruct damaged buildings on the front, while the other eight million will be reimbursed as a form of stimulus to civilians who have lost their homes during the brief rebellion.

2. A statue is to be constructed in Albequrque, of Vice President Bacon King. This will be a monument to his brave defense of a nation plagued by rebellion.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on November 24, 2009, 12:04:50 am
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Xahar Complains Too Much Bill

1. Section 7 of the Introduction to Atlasia Act is amended to read the following:

The President may delegate the duties outlined in this act to any member of the executive or legislative branch of the government with the consent of that person.

2. The following shall be amended to the Introduction to Atlasia Act as Section 8:

Parties listed on the introduction thread must be declared a major party by the Secretary of Forum Affairs, with a requisite number of members, to be specifically mentioned in the introduction thread.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: afleitch on November 24, 2009, 03:28:00 pm
Introduced on behalf of a constituent.

Amendment

Article IV, Section 2: Shall read as the following:

Section 2: Regional Boundaries
1.The existing Regions of Atlasia can be altered only once a year .
2.The Senate has the power to alter any Region boundaries.
3.The consent of 50% +1 of Regions being changed is required.
4.A State by plebescite shall be able to veto its transfer from one Region to another.
5.In the event that a new State joins Atlasia, the Senate may apportion this State to a Region and a District via proper legislation, however, the State shall still be liable to all the provisions of this Section and Section 4 of this Article.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on November 24, 2009, 09:54:53 pm
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Fiscal Responsibility Act

Realizing that our rising budget deficit can not be left unattended indefinitely, the fundamental unfairness of our outdated income tax rates, and that we must make efforts to become more fiscally responsible, the Senate hereby authorizes the following comprehensive changes to our income tax system:

1. The following income tax brackets shall replace existing brackets for income gained in 2010 and thereafter, increasing as normal with inflation:

Single Individual

1%$0 - $8,025
14%$8,026 - $32,550
25%$32,551 - $78,850
28%$78,851 - $164,550
35%$164,551 - $367,700
41%$367,701 - $1,000,000
50%$1,000,001+

Married Filing Jointly

1%$0 - $16,050
14%$16,051 - $65,100
25%$65,101 - $131,450
28%$131,451 - $200,300
35%$200,301 - $367,700
41%$367,701 - $1,000,000
50%$1,000,001+

Married Filing Separately

1%$0 - $8,025
14%$8,026 - $32,550
25%$32,551 - $65,725
28%$65,726 - $100,150
35%$100,151 - $188,850
41%$188,851 - $500,000
50%$500,001+

Head of Household

1%$0 - $11,450
14%$11,451 - $43,650
25%$43,651 - $112,650
28%$112,651 - $182,400
35%$182,401 - $367,700
41%$367,701 - $1,000,000
50%$1,000,001+

2. The standard income tax deduction shall be raised from $5,700 to $7,000, to better care for lower income individuals and the working class of Atlasia.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: President North Carolina Yankee on November 25, 2009, 09:36:49 pm
You have all been waiting for this, well here it is.

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Financial Regulatory Reform Act of 2009.

Section 1. Section 3 of the Financial Services Regulation Act, also known as the Bank Conservation Act, is amended as follows.

a.  As used in this title, the term bank means (1) any national banking association, and (2) any bank or trust company located in the District of Columbia and operating under the supervision of the Comptroller of the Currency; and the term State means any State, Territory, or possession of Atlasia.

b. Whenever the SoIA is made aware(by the Game Moderator) of the imminent collapse of a large non traditional financial institution such as a bank or a Hedge Fund whose collapse creates significant "Systemic" risk, the SoIA shall place the institution under a Conservatorship prior to the organizations defualting and appoint a conservator to the institution(non-playable actions and events surronding him shall be reported by the Game Moderator).

C. The conservator shall be invested with the power to seize all the books, records and finacnial statements of the institution and share them with the President, SoIA and Senate.

D. The Conservator shall be invested with the power to respond to the situation with one of three options including exchanging shares in the company for debt, organising a merger with another company, or liquidation of the institution in a manner that doesn't place the market in systemic risk.

E. If none of these options shall be possible to remedy the situation, he is then to report his findings and recommendations as to what action should be taken to remedy the situation, to the President, the SoIA and the Senate.

F. Failure to comply with the directives of the Conservator shall be considered a misdemenor, offenders of which could be sentenced with up to a $50,000 fine.



Section 2 Section 4 of the Financial Services Regulation Act, also known as the Bank Conservation Act, is amended as follows.

a. If both the President and SoIA become satisfied that it may safely be done and that it would be in the public interest, the SoIA may, terminate the conservatorship and permit such bank to resume the transaction of its business subject to such terms, conditions, restrictions and limitations as he may prescribe.

b. In any reorganization of any national banking association under a plan of a kind which, under existing law, requires the consent, as the case may be, (a) of depositors and other creditors or (b) of stockholders or (c) of both depositors and other creditors and stockholders, such reorganization shall become effective only (1) when the President shall be satisfied that the plan of reorganization is fair and equitable as to all depositors, other creditors and stockholders and is in the public interest and shall have approved the plan subject to such conditions, restrictions and limitations as he may prescribe.

Section 3: Leveraging Requirements

a. Definitions
An investment business shall be defined as any bank, or hedge fund that raises capital, trades securities and manages corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Liquid assets are to be defined as assets that are either instantly available or available within 24 hours without penalty or decrease in the orginial value of the asset.

b. No investment business  shall be leveraged at higher then a 10 to 1 Debt to assets ratio.

c. All investment banks must have at least 25% of there assets on hand or in liquid secrurities.

d. All investment businesses shall have till January 1, 2010 to comply.

e. Venture Capital Firms are exempt from these requirements.

Section 4: Credit Default Swaps

a. Definitions

A credit Defualt Swap is  a swap contract in which the buyer of the CDS makes a series of payments to the seller and, in exchange, receives a payoff if a credit instrument goes into default.

b. All Credit Defualt Swap payouts to the insuree, shall be taxed at a rate of 25%.

C. 80% funds colllected from the tax shall go to the to the Federal Deposit Insurance Program, the other 20% of the funds shall go to operations and administative costs of the Federal Resoltion Authority established in sections 1 and 2 of this act.


Section 5. Consumer Investment Protection Agency

a. A non-partisan agency shall be established to examine and grade investment options and report to the public on there strengths and weaknesses.

b. This agency shall be placed in charge of regulating and examining all financial ratings.

c. If a ratings company is found to have been dishonest or incorrect in grading a financial instrument they may be fined up to $250,000 dollars.


Section 6. Other Previous Legislation

a. Section 4 of the anti speculation act is hereby repealed. 80% of the funds collected under the Anti speculation act are redirected to the FDIC. The other 20% are redirected to pay for the operations of the Consurmer Investment Protection Agency.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MaxQue on November 26, 2009, 01:19:34 am
Does the credit unions are assimilated to a bank in this law?


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Hash on November 26, 2009, 05:43:52 pm
Introduced on behalf of a constituent, slightly revised by my hand.

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High Authority for Ethics in Voting Act

The High Authority for Ethics in Voting (HAEV) is hereby established.

Section 1 : Nomination Process and Requirements

1. The High Authority for Ethics in Voting shall be composed of four members.
2. One member of the HAEV shall be nominated every two  months. If there are already 4 members in office, the most recently nominated member shall replace the longest-serving member.
3. Every Senator shall have the right to suggest a candidate to the HAEV for the seat having to be filled. He or she shall do by posting in a thread dedicated to HAEV nominations.
4. A voting booth shall be opened in the Atlas Fantasy Government board immediately after a candidate to the HAEV has been suggested. Senators shall vote "aye" if they approve of the nomination of a candidate, "nay" if they disagree and "abstain" if they have no opinion. Every candidate receiving 7 or more "aye" votes shall become a member of the HAEV.
5. The President of Atlasia shall have the power to veto the nomination of a member of the HAEV. If he or she does so in the week following said member's nomination, the member's nomination shall be considered as invalid and the member in question shall not be deemed elected.

Section 2 : Role and Powers

1. In accordance with Article V, Section 2, Clause 3 of the Atlasian Constitution, the HAEV shall have the power to declare an Atlasian Citizen inactive, and therefore to remove the registration in question from the Registered Voters List.
2. Any Atlasian Citizen who is not declared inactive by the HAEV shall be considered as active, unless Atlasian law provides otherwise.
3. The HAEV shall deliberate in a public and dedicated thread located in the Atlas Fantasy Government board.
4. An Atlasian Citizen shall be declared inactive by the HAEV only if all four members express their agreement in considering he or she as inactive.

Section 3 : Possibility of Appeal

1. An Atlasian Citizen who has been declared inactive by the HAEV shall have the right to appeal said declaration in the week following the HAEV's decision.
2. In the case previously specified, the Supreme Court shall have the power to annul the decision of the HAEV.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Hash on November 27, 2009, 07:48:53 pm
2009 Foreign Policy Review Act

1. By the powers granted to the Senate by F.L. 32-18: Amendment to the SoEA Role Codification Act, the Senate hereby approves the Foreign Policy Review presented by Secretary of External Affairs.

a) As per F.L. 32-18, the Senate is allowed to amend any part of the Foreign Policy Review.

2. The text of the current Foreign Policy Review is as follows:

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Official DOEA Policy: The Americas

Argentina: Normal
Bolivia: Normal, though we have concerned over the President's close ties with Hugo Chavez.
Brazil: Normal
Chile: Normal
Colombia: Normal, though we have concerns over corruption and other stuff
Ecuador: Normal, with a few concerns.
Guyana: Normal
Paraguay: Normal
Peru: Normal
Suriname: Normal
Uruguay: Normal
Venezuela: Partial restrictions due to what seems to be the attempted establishment of a dictatorship by President Chaves.
Canada: Normal
Mexico: Normal though we have concerns over stability and the drug trade.
Belize: Normal
Costa Rica: Normal
El Salvador: Normal
Guatemala: Normal
Honduras:  Partial economic restrictions due to the ongoing political crisis.
Nicaragua: Normal
Panama: Normal
Cuba: Atlasian policy regarding Cuba is currently F.L. 18-6, Cuban Relations Act.
Antigua and Barbuda: Normal
Bahamas: Normal
Barbados: Normal
Dominica: Normal
Grenada: Normal
Dominican Republic: Normal
Haiti: Normal, though we have concerns regarding instability
Jamaica: Normal
Saint Kitts and Nevis: Normal
Saint Lucia: Normal
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Normal
Trinidad and Tobago: Normal

DoEA Policy: Europe

Albania: Normal, but we have concerns over corruption
Andorra: Normal
Armenia: We have concerns over voting rights and a few other problems, partial restrictions.
Austria: Normal
Azerbaijan: Full restrictions
Belarus: Full restrictions
Belgium: Normal
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Normal
Bulgaria: Normal
Croatia: Normal
Czech Republic: Normal
Denmark: Normal
Estonia: Normal
Finland: Normal
France: Normal
Georgia: Normal, though we have concerns over free and fair elections.
Germany: Normal
Greece: Normal
Hungary: Normal
Iceland: Normal
Ireland: Normal
Italy: Normal though we don't much approve of Berlusconi
Kosovo: Normal
Latvia: Normal
Liechtenstein: Normal
Lithuania: Normal
Luxembourg: Normal
Macedonia: Normal, concerns about a few things, particularlly relations with Greece
Moldova: Partial restriction we have concerns about media freedom and so forth
Monaco: Normal
Montenegro: Normal
Netherlands: Normal
Norway: Normal
Poland: Normal
Portugal: Normal
Romania: Normal
Russia: Partial restrictions. We have serious concerns about democracy, press freedom, Chechnya
San Marino: Normal
Serbia: Normal
Slovakia: Normal
Slovenia: Normal
Sweden: Normal
Switzerland: Normal
Turkey: Normal, although concerns remain about treatment of Kurds
Ukraine: Normal, but we have concerns regarding current political stability, corruption, and various other problems
United Kingdom: Normal
Vatican City: Normal

DOEA Policy: Africa

Burundi: Normal, though we are still concerned about ethnic violence.
Comoros: Normal, though our concerns remain on the political situation
Djibouti: Djibouti has recently shown itself to be a strong ally againest terrorism.  Normal, though we still have concerns about the politics of the country.
Eritrea: Full Restrictions, and we have strong concerns about the current situation
Ethiopia: Normal, though we have concerns about political freedoms
Kenya: Normal
Madagascar: Normal
Malawi: Normal
Mauritius: Normal
Mozambique: Normal
Rwanda: Normal, though we have concerns pertaining to freedom of the press and politics.
Seychelles: Normal
Somalia: Full restrictions, the government might as well not exist frankly.
Tanzania: Normal
Uganda: Normal, though we are concerned by the political situation and corruption.
Zambia: Normal, though we are concerned by the political situation and corruption.
Zimbabwe: Full Restrictions
Angola: Normal, though we are concerned by corruption. We are pleased by their recents election, which was generally fair, despite flaws.
Cameroon: Normal, though we are concerned by the political situation and corruption.
Central African Republic: Full restrictions.
Chad: Full restrictions
Congo: Partial restrictions, and we are concerned by the massive corruption.
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Full restrictions because of serious concerns about the political situation, continued violence, basic rights, corruption and treatment of women.
Equatorial Guinea: Full Restrictions
Gabon: Normal, though we continue to call for full democracy.
Sao Tome and Principe: Normal
Algeria: Partial Restrictions because we have serious concerns about political freedoms, basic rights, and corruption.
Egypt: Normal, though we have serious concerns about political freedoms, basic rights, and corruption.
Libya: Partial Restrictions, we also have serious concerns about political freedoms, basic rights, and corruption.
Morocco: Normal, though we would like full democracy. On the matter of Western Sahara, we demand immediate negotiations concerning the status of Western Sahara, and the failure of Morocco to engage into talks will results in recognition of Sahrawi independence.
Sudan: Full Restrictions, and we strongly condemn the situation in Darfur.
Tunisia: Partial restrictions
Botswana: Normal
Lesotho: Normal
Namibia: Normal
South Africa: Normal, and we are pleased with their new Health Minister's policy regarding HIV/AIDs.
Swaziland: Full restrictions
Benin: Normal
Burkina Faso: Normal
Cape Verde: Normal
Cote d’Ivoire: Partial restrictions until political issues have been resolved.
Gambia: Normal, though we have serious concerns about political freedoms, basic rights, and corruption.
Ghana: Normal
Guinea: Normal, though we have serious concerns about political freedoms, basic rights, and corruptions.
Guinea-Bissau: Normal, though we have serious concerns about political freedoms, basic rights, and corruption.
Liberia: Normal
Mali: Normal
Mauritania: Full restrictions until the political situation is resolved and democratic government is re-instated.
Niger: Normal, though we have serious concerns about political freedoms, basic rights.
Nigeria: Normal, though there needs to be serious political reform and we are also worried about violence in the Niger Delta.
Senegal: Normal
Sierra Leone: Normal, though we have some concerns.
Togo: Partial restrictions.
Somaliland: Normal

DOEA Policy:Asia and Oceania

Turkey: Normal, though we have concerns about the treatment of the Kurdish people.
Kuwait: Normal, though hope that citizenship will be more freely granted.
Bahrain: Normal though we are troubled by the power of islamist extremist groups in the parliament.
Qatar: Normal, though we want a full transfer to democracy.
Saudi Arabia: Partial restrictions. We are concerned about the human rights situation and censorship
Oman: Partial restrictions.
Yemen: Normal, though we are concerned about freedoms and corruptions.
United Arab Emirates: Normal, though we are concerned about workers rights and political freedoms.
Israel: Normal
Jordan: Normal
Lebanon: Normal, and we are quite happy with the recent defeat of Hezbollah in the legislative elections.
Syria: Full restrictions
Iraq: Normal, though we have major concerns about corruption and other issues.
Iran: Full restrictions
Palestine: Normal, though we are gravely concerned by the current political situation. Atlasia supports a two-state solution and would like a democratic and independent state of Palestine in the near future.
Pakistan: Normal, though we are concerned about corruption and other issues.
Afghanistan: Normal, though we are concerned about corruption and a plethora of other issues.
Kazakhstan: Partial restriction. We want a full transfer to democracy.
Kyrgyzstan: Full restrictions
Tajikistan: Full restrictions
Turkmenistan: Full restrictions
Uzbekistan: Full restrictions
China: Normal despite our concerns due to concerns with things such as workers rights, environmental problems, and corruption.
Japan: Normal
Mongolia: Normal
North Korea: Full restrictions
South Korea: Normal
Brunei: Partial restrictions
Cambodia: Normal, though we are concerned about corruption.
East Timor: Normal
Indonesia: Normal
Laos: Normal, though we have concerns about human rights and basic freedoms.
Malaysia: Normal, though we are ready to re-evaluate the Free Trade deal with them if need be based on political freedoms.
Burma (Myanmar): Full restrictions
Philippines: Normal
Singapore: Normal, though we would like a true democracy.
Thailand: Normal, though we are keeping a close eye on the political situation and we will re-evalute the Free Trade Act with Thailand in the near future.
Vietnam: Normal
India: Normal
Bangladesh: Normal
Maldives: Normal
Nepal: Normal
Bhutan: Normal
Sri Lanka: Normal, and we hope that final concessions between the Tamil Tigers and the government will be finalized before too long.
Australia: Normal
New Zealand: Normal
Fiji: Normal, though we are concerned by the political situation.
Papua New Guinea: Normal
Solomon Islands: Normal
Vanuatu: Normal
Federated States of Micronesia: Normal
Kiribati: Normal
Marshall Islands: Normal
Nauru: Normal
Palau: Nuke it! Normal
Samoa: Normal
Tonga: Normal
Tuvalu: Normal


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on December 01, 2009, 10:05:40 pm
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Regional Senate Partnership Amendment

1. Any region may enter into a Senate Partnership with any other region, or regions, which must be approved by all regions in question by popular referendum.

2. In these Senate Partnerships regional governments shall combine their regional elections, creating a number of positions equal to the amount of regions in the Senate Partnership, electing them simultaneously.

3. The voting system in the combined Senate elections must be agreed upon by all regions involved in the Senate Partnerships.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Rowan on December 04, 2009, 10:26:31 pm
Government Workers Finally Put Their Money Where Their Mouth Is Bill
Realizing that our rising budget deficit can not be left unattended indefinitely, the fundamental unfairness of our punitively high income tax rates and unconscionable limits on private sector compensation, and that we must make efforts for our politicians to become less hypocritical, as 100% of government workers' salaries are funded by the Atlasian citizenry, the Senate hereby authorizes the following comprehensive changes to our income tax system and laws:

1.  The taxable income of Senators, the President, Vice President and other elected or appointed officials of the legislative and executive branches of the Atlasian federal government ("Atlasian Government Officials") shall be taxed at the highest marginal rate provided for under Atlasian federal law, without regard to the taxable income of such Atlasian Government Official in any taxable year. 

2.  No Atlasian Government Official shall be entitled to take any credit, deduction or other allowance against that Atlasian Government Official's income if any other Atlasian citizen is not entitled to or phased out from taking such credit, deduction or allowance due to that citizen's income.

3.  No Atlasian Government Official or other Atlasian federal government employee may receive any bonus or other non-periodical compensation of any type at any time during which the Atlasian federal government restricts or otherwise limits the ability of any Atlasian company to compensate its employees in any manner whatsoever.

4(a) The Atlasian federal government shall create a "Tax Me More Fund".  Any Atlasian citizen who believes that Atlasian federal taxes are too low for any other Atlasian citizen may contribute the amount by which that citizen believes such taxes are too low into the Tax Me More Fund.  No tax deduction, credit or other allowance may be taken by any citizen who contributes to the Tax Me More Fund.
(b) The President Pro-Tempore of the Senate shall keep and publish a "hypocrites list" of Senators who vote in favor of any increase in Atlasian federal taxes but does not contribute to the Tax Me More Fund.  The hypocrites list shall be maintained in a post on the Atlasian Federal Government board.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Hash on December 07, 2009, 08:02:44 am
Fusion Voting Act

1. Any declared candidate for any office in the Republic of Atlasia may opt to appear on the ballot for all major parties offering the candidate an official endorsement.
2. Official endorsements by parties must be certified by the chairman of the party giving the endorsement.
3. The SoFA must be notified of the endorsement at least 5 days in advance by the declared candidate receiving a cross-endorsement.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: tmthforu94 on December 07, 2009, 08:50:14 am
Sponsering on behalf of Cinyc....

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Government Workers Finally Put Their Money Where Their Mouth Is Bill
Realizing that our rising budget deficit can not be left unattended indefinitely, the fundamental unfairness of our punitively high income tax rates and unconscionable limits on private sector compensation, and that we must make efforts for our politicians to become less hypocritical, as 100% of government workers' salaries are funded by the Atlasian citizenry, the Senate hereby authorizes the following comprehensive changes to our income tax system and laws:

1.  The taxable income of Senators, the President, Vice President and other elected or appointed officials of the legislative and executive branches of the Atlasian federal government ("Atlasian Government Officials") shall be taxed at the highest marginal rate provided for under Atlasian federal law, without regard to the taxable income of such Atlasian Government Official in any taxable year. 

2.  No Atlasian Government Official shall be entitled to take any credit, deduction or other allowance against that Atlasian Government Official's income if any other Atlasian citizen is not entitled to or phased out from taking such credit, deduction or allowance due to that citizen's income.

3.  No Atlasian Government Official or other Atlasian federal government employee may receive any bonus or other non-periodical compensation of any type at any time during which the Atlasian federal government restricts or otherwise limits the ability of any Atlasian company to compensate its employees in any manner whatsoever.

4(a) The Atlasian federal government shall create a "Tax Me More Fund".  Any Atlasian citizen who believes that Atlasian federal taxes are too low for any other Atlasian citizen may contribute the amount by which that citizen believes such taxes are too low into the Tax Me More Fund.  No tax deduction, credit or other allowance may be taken by any citizen for any contribution to the Tax Me More Fund.
(b) The President Pro-Tempore of the Senate shall keep and publish a "hypocrites list" of Senators who vote in favor of any increase in Atlasian federal taxes but does not contribute to the Tax Me More Fund.  The hypocrites list shall be maintained in a post on the Atlasian Federal Government board.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: afleitch on December 08, 2009, 07:31:08 am
Federal Prudence Bill

The Senate recognises that the need for fiscal prudence extends to government employees and representatives:

1.  No Atlasian Government Official shall be entitled to take any credit, deduction or other allowance against that Atlasian Government Official's income if any other Atlasian federal employee is not entitled to or phased out from taking such credit, deduction or allowance due to that employee's income.

2.  No Atlasian Government Official or other Atlasian federal government employee may receive any bonus or other non-periodical compensation of any type at any time during which the Atlasian federal government restricts or otherwise limits the ability of any Atlasian company to compensate its employees in any manner whatsoever.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Fritz on December 09, 2009, 11:33:20 pm
Articles of Impeachment- Secretary of Forum Affairs EarlAW

WHEREAS Secretary of Forum Affairs EarlAW has not made a post in any location on the Atlas Forum since November 10, 2009,

and whereas the official voter lists maintained by the Department of Forum Affairs have not been updated since October 15, 2009,

and whereas a federal election in which an active Secretary of Forum Affairs will be needed is scheduled to occur on December 18, 2009,

The Senate of Atlasia does exercise its constitutional power to impeach the Secretary of Forum Affairs.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MaxQue on December 09, 2009, 11:42:03 pm
Articles of Impeachment- Secretary of Forum Affairs EarlAW

WHEREAS Secretary of Forum Affairs EarlAW has not made a post in any location on the Atlas Forum since November 10, 2009,

and whereas the official voter lists maintained by the Department of Forum Affairs have not been updated since October 15, 2009,

and whereas a federal election in which an active Secretary of Forum Affairs will be needed is scheduled to occur on December 18, 2009,

The Senate of Atlasia does exercise its constitutional power to impeach the Secretary of Forum Affairs.

December 10th, according to the 24th Amendment, and Lief is probably ready to just appoint someone else, which would be quickly.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Fritz on December 09, 2009, 11:55:10 pm
Wow, you're right- the election starts tomorrow!  :P

Never mind the impeachment thing, there isn't time for that.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Hash on December 11, 2009, 01:38:35 pm
Amendment to the Consolidated Electoral System Reform Act

Section 8 of the Consolidated Electoral System Reform Act is amended as follows:

1. The candidacy declaration deadline for regular elections to the Senate shall be twenty-four hours before the earliest possible commencement of the election and for special elections to the Senate shall be twenty-four hours before the commencement of the election.
2. A candidate for a regular or special election to the Senate may withdraw their candidacy up to twenty-four hours before the earliest possible commencement of the election
2. The candidacy declaration deadline for full tickets of a Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidate to declare shall be twenty-four hours before the earliest possible commencement of the election. However, should the Vice-Presidential candidate withdraw his candidacy, then the Presidential candidate may nominate a new Vice-Presidential candidate up to thirty-six hours before the commencement of the election.
3. 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.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Franzl on December 15, 2009, 03:49:57 pm
Establishment of Opebo Day Bill

1. The sixth of October is hereby designated "Opebo Day", a federal holiday.
2. All federal institutions are to be closed on this day.
3. This is in honor of Opebo's infamous "Max Hardcore" quote which was originally issued on that date in the year of 2005.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: President North Carolina Yankee on December 19, 2009, 09:40:38 pm
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Top Secret Classification Bill

§1. The Game Moderator shall have the power to label select documents as "Top Secret" for the purpose of dissemination of matters vital to national security or economic imperative.

§2. Matters deemed as "Top Secret" must labeled clearly at the top of the message.

§3. Matters deemed as "Top Secret" may only be revealed, whether in full form or in summary, to the President, Vice President, Cabinet and Senate. Such matters may also be revealed to the Justices of the Supreme Court and to trial juries only where necessary for the prosecution of cases outlined by this Act.

§4. It shall be punishable under Atlasian Law for any person entrusted with material labeled "Top Secret" to reveal that information to an individual not mentioned in §3.
    a. This crime shall be tried as though it were a crime under the Consolidated Criminal Justice Act.
    b. Use of "Top Secret" material as evidence in such cases shall be revealed and discussed in private among the presiding Justice, Counsel and the jury, where applicable.
    c. Sentencing of the crime shall be by the presiding Justice; He may sentence the guilty party for up to, but not exceeding, a 2 month ban from voting and a 6 month ban from holding any office under the Republic of Atlasia.

Introduced for the Game Moderator.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Fritz on January 02, 2010, 10:15:33 am
President of the Senate Amendment

1. The office of President Pro Tempore of the Senate is hereby abolished.  The Vice-President, as President of the Senate, will perform the duties previously performed by the President Pro Tempore.

2. In the event of a vacancy in the office of Vice-President, the Dean of the Senate shall serve as President of the Senate.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Fritz on January 04, 2010, 02:26:06 am
Instead of the above, this is submitted for consideration.

Amendment to Article 2 of Current Senate Rules, Regulations, and Procedures

Section 1: Powers and Responsibilities of the President Pro-Tempore of the Senate
1.The President Pro-Tempore, to be further known in this document as the PPT, of the Senate, in addition to his powers so stated in the Constitution, shall be the Presiding Officer of the Senate and shall be responsible for upholding the provisions of this Procedural Resolution when it is in his power to do so individually or, as so defined in this document, whenever joint consideration with either the President of the Senate Pro-Tempore or the members of the Senate.
2.The PPT President of the Senate shall also be responsible for maintaining regular contact with the President of the Senate President Pro-Tempore, in case such need arises for joint use of power as laid out under Article 7 of this Procedural Resolution.
3.It is also the PPT’s President of the Senate's responsibility to present himself/herself to the rest of the Senate as an exemplary member and to make sure that the Senate’s debate remains civil and orderly at all times.

Section 2: Powers of the President of the SenatePro-Tempore
1. The President of the Senate, in addition to his powers so stated in the Constitution,Pro-Tempore, to be further known in this document as the PPT, shall retain the powers and prerogatives as the Presiding Officer of the Senate under the following circumstances:

a. A publicly announced absence by the PPTPresident of the Senate from the Atlas Forum.
b. If the PPTPresident of the Senate has been inactive from the Atlas Forum for five (5)seven (7) days.
c. In any case where the PPTPresident 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 Senator person is presently holding the office of PPTPresident 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.

2. The President of the SenatePPT shall also be responsible for maintaining regular contact with the PPTPresident of the Senate, in case such need arises for joint use of power as laid out under Article 7 of this Procedural Resolution.

3. In the event that the President of the SenatePPT should be absent by reason of (a) exercising responsibility as Acting President of the Republic of Atlasia under the Constitution; (b) vacancy of the Vice Presidency; or (c) having failed to post in the Atlas Forum for a period of no less than 75 days, then the powers given by this Resolution to the President of the SenatePPT shall instead be exercised by the Dean of the Senate.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: afleitch on January 13, 2010, 10:12:59 am
Credit Union Start Up Fund Bill

Preamble.

The Senate recognises that poor and vulnerable members of society at times require access to credit and if denied access to credit by banks or financial institutions are in danger of being in debt to loansharks and unscrupulous lenders with little protection. The Senate also recognises the benefits to be found in Credit Unions as a safe an secure manner for all citizens to gain access to credit.

Section 1:
The Senate shall appropriate $100 million to establish a Credit Union Start Up Fund to be administered by the Credit Union Foundation (CUF)

Section 2:
a. Communities may, upon application to the Fund be granted monies to enable them to buy or rent property and set up facilities to establish an active Credit Union in their area.

b. Upon application to the Fund, the Foundation shall approve or reject such applications and appropriate funds in the manner in which it sees fit.

c. Upon further application to the Fund, established Credit Unions may be provided with a loan by the Fund to be repaid to the Fund in terms and conditions to be established by the Credit Union Foundation.

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There we go. I still have to insert where the monies are coming from to cost the bill but I'll edit the bill once I've been through the appropriate legislation.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Hash on January 13, 2010, 11:25:21 am
Foreign Aid Clarification Act

1. F.L. 12-7: Foreign Aid Accountability Act is hereby repealed.

2. The Secretary of External Affairs shall be required to provide a report to the Senate and the President stating:
(a) The funds allocated to foreign aid, humanitarian special assistance, international assistance and development for the present fiscal year;
(b) Which countries are receiving foreign aid, humanitarian special assistance, international assistance and development; and
(c) How much aid is going to each country.

3. This report shall be delivered at the beginning of every fiscal year and, exceptionally, after the passge of this act.
(a) The President may ask for the drafting of an extraordinary report, at his discretion, at any time during the fiscal year.

4. The funds allocated to the aforementioned programs may be drawn from the budget of the Department of External Affairs, at the Secretary's discretion or allocated by the Senate with the approval of the Senate.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Badger on January 14, 2010, 01:00:58 pm
Emergency Initiative for Haiti Earthquake Relief

By it resolved and enacted:

1) The government of Atlasia appropriates $100 million for humanitarian relief, aid, and reconstruction for the victims of the recent devastating earthquake in Haiti.

2) The Atlasian government pledges full cooperation with and support of efforts of the United Nations and NGO relief agencies in efforts to extend relief and security to the people of Haiti.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Hash on January 17, 2010, 05:18:57 pm
Cabinet Size Reduction Act

1. F.L. 33-10: Cabinet Restructuring Act 2009 is hereby repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: President North Carolina Yankee on January 17, 2010, 06:28:50 pm
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Section 1: Nomination of Voters for deletion

   1. Any registered voter may nominate another registered voter for deletion from the voter rolls by the HAEV.
   2. Any member of the HAEV or the voter proposed for deletion may motion for summary dismissal within 24 hours of nomination for deletion. The Presiding Officer shall call a vote on such summary dismissal within 24 hours, and a majority shall be required to summarily dismiss.
   3. No voter may be nominated for deletion more than once per month.
   4. If there shall be more than one pending nomination for the HAEV to consider then they shall ordinarily consider them in order of nomination, however, the Presiding Officer may vary this at his own discretion.

Section 2: Consideration of Voters for deletion

   1. The HAEV shall consider the number of posts made by a registered voter when considering its decision. A voter:
         1. Should have fewer than 25 posts in the Atlas Forums in the previous two months.
         2. Should have fewer than 10 posts in the Atlasia section of the Atlas Forum in the previous two months.
         3. Votes in the Voting Booth, registration changes, quoting without additional commentary and posts of four or fewer words do not count towards these requirements.
   2. The HAEV shall consider any special circumstances that the voter has made known to the Atlas Forum, such as long term break due to vacation, or an ongoing issue in their personal life that makes regular participation difficult.
   3. The HAEV shall consider the historical contribution to Atlasia made by the voter in question.
   4. Before a final vote, a member of the committee, or Officers of the Department of Forum Affairs, shall compile a report on the voter addressing the above considerations.
   5. No vote may be held within 48 hours of the nomination, and shall then be called when the Presiding Officer feels that any debate has addressed the matter as fully as is reasonable.

Introduced for Peter and the HAEV


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Mint on January 18, 2010, 12:05:10 am
Repeal of the Carbon Import Tax Act
FL 26-2 is repealed.

Repeal of the Carbon Tax Act
FL 20-1 is repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: MaxQue on January 23, 2010, 04:48:35 pm
The Medical Age of Consent Act

The age of consent for a medical procedure or a psychological treatment shall be 14 years old.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Badger on February 02, 2010, 09:02:57 am
Be it resolved by the Senate:

1) The Senate, while reaffirming Atasia'a ties and friendship with the People's Republic of China, expresses the opposition of the Atlasian people to any efforts by the PRC to militarily upset the decades-long status of territorial boundaries between itself and the government recognized by the Atlasia as the Republic of China, specifically through recent unnecessary aggressive actions threatening the Wuqiu Island chain.

2) The Senate endorses President Lief's recent decision to dispatch the Atlasian Navy Seventh Fleet to the Strait of Taiwan in an effort ensure peace and stability in the region.

3) The Senate calls upon all parties to deescalate further military action and enter diplomatic talks to avoid crisis. The Senate further encourages the Leif Administration to facilitate and even join such talks if invited by the ROC and PRC.

SO RESOLVED.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: tmthforu94 on February 04, 2010, 09:40:06 pm
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Rebuilding Haiti Act

1) The government of Atlasia appropriates $150 Million for reconstruction or Haiti for the victims of the recent devastating earthquake in Haiti. An additional $500 Million will be sent on the condition that there is an effective and honest application of the first $150 Million.

2) The executive branch is directed to observe, track and assess the application of all money's sent to Haiti and guard against, waste, fraud, abuse, or use of the founds for any purpose other then as directed by the Senate.3) The Atlasian government pledges full cooperation with attempts of the United Nations and NGO relief agencies in efforts to rebuild the nation of Haiti.

4) The Senate hereby asks the Secretary of External Affairs to ask that our allies and other developed countries to send their financial support to the Haitian reconstruction effort.

Sponsor: Tmthforu94

Special thanks to Senator Yank for assisting me with this legislation!


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Badger on February 13, 2010, 06:17:58 pm
The Last Chance for Tax Cheats Bill:

1) The funding of the Atlasian Revenue Service for FY 2010 is increased 15%.

2) Effective 4/16/10 any person, business, corporation or other entity (hereafter: "deadbeat") which has previously failed to duly report and remit taxes owed the Atlasian federal government (hereafter: "government") on income, sales, corporate taxes, capital gains, property, excise or other taxes levied by the government due on or before 4/15/09 may apply to the ARS for tax amnesty as described below.

3) Upon application for tax amnesty the deadbeat shall submit all missing or amended tax return forms for the tax years for which they seek amnesty by 12/31/10. The deadbeat must pay all such back taxes due, plus interest, no later than 12/31/15.

4) For all such taxes timely repaid under section 3 above, no additional ARS administrative penalties nor other criminal liability shall attach for nonpayment or avoidance of said taxes.

5) Any deadbeat against whom a civil or criminal action, complaint or indictment regarding delinquent or unpaid taxes has been filed, or against whom ARS audit proceedings have been initiated, is not eligible to apply for tax amnesty during the pendency of such actions.

6) Filing for tax amnesty does not prohibit the civil and/or criminal prosecution of any deadbeat for other unpaid or delinquent taxes outside the taxes for which amnesty has been applied for and granted.

7) Effective 1/1/11, MRRS administrative penalties for unpaid and delinquent taxes owed on or before 4/15/08 are increased 50% .


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Badger on February 14, 2010, 02:10:12 pm
The HAEV Cooling Off Period Act.

A) For thirty (30) days following enactment of this bill, and subject to any further extension of modification of this Act:

1) The HAEV may continue to meet and deliberate on the voting status of individuals as currently authorized by law.

2) No decision of that body, however, will have legal effect until the expiration of the above referenced 30 day period, and no voter shall be deregistered by HAEV ruling during that period.

B) Any voter disenfranchised by the HAEV prior to enactment of this legislation shall be restored to full voting rights during the above-referenced 30 day period.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Mint on February 18, 2010, 05:02:02 am
The State Schools Mean State Schools Act

All state universities are tuition free and paid for by taxes, in much the same way as grade K-12.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Mint on February 18, 2010, 05:06:38 am
Capital Punishment Abolition Amendment:

The death penalty may not be given for any crime throughout Atlasia, whether federal or regional.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Mint on February 18, 2010, 05:24:44 am
Informed Consumers Bill
 
1) All packaged goods sold in Atlasia are required to state the country of origin of any and all parts, components, or ingredients used in the manufacturing of the product.

2) Agricultural-based food products are required to have the country of origin listed in visible print next to the product, either on a sign or on a tag.

3) Automobile manufacturers are required to list the country of origin of any and all parts and components in the Owner’s Manual of all vehicles and must provide access to a list of the country of origin of any and all parts and components upon request.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Mint on February 18, 2010, 05:38:05 am
Reasonable Military Funding Act
 
1) The DoEA’s budget for fiscal year 2011 shall be reduced to 50% that of fiscal year 2010’s budget.

2) The Senate requests the SoEA submit a plan balancing these cuts between foreign aid and military spending.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Hash on February 18, 2010, 10:55:13 am
Introduced on behalf of the DOFA

Amendment to the Absentee Voting Act:

F.L. 32-8: The Absentee Voting Act

Section 1: Absentee Voting
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 starting one week before the earliest possible begin of the election.
Upon the candidacy declaration deadline occurring At that point, the Secretary of Forum Affairs or Deputy Secretary of Forum Affairs shall publically post that absentee voting application has opened. In the event of runoff elections, once the need for a runoff election is known, the Secretary or Deputy Secretary shall publically post that absentee voting application has opened.
Voters wishing to apply for an absentee vote shall notify this publically in a manner specified by the Secretary of Forum Affairs.
The Secretary or Deputy Secretary of Forum Affairs shall then grant the request to absentee vote publically, at which point the voter may proceed to vote in the Absentee Voting Booth.
Absentee Voters shall post their votes in the same format as if it were a regular ballot, and they shall be subject to the same rules and regulations as regular ballots.

Section 2: Disqualification from Absentee Voting
Should an Absentee Voter post more than 5 times anywhere on the Atlas Forum in the regular election period, their absentee vote shall be nullified and treated as non extant.
Any person who has their absentee vote nullified may vote again by regular ballot.
Any person who votes by regular ballot after voting by absentee ballot, shall have their absentee ballot treated as non-extant.
Persons who attempt to vote in the Absentee thread without prior notification of the Department of Forum Affairs shall have that vote treated as non-extant.

Section 3: Repeals
Section 6 of the Consolidated Electoral System Reform Act and Clause 1 of the Consolidated Electoral System Reform Act (Amendment) Act are repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Hash on February 20, 2010, 03:36:44 pm
I am re-introducing this:

Cabinet Size Reduction Act

1. F.L. 33-10: Cabinet Restructuring Act 2009 is hereby repealed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Badger on February 25, 2010, 03:57:42 pm
The Trolls Can't Vote Act.

Any person banned from posting on the forum by the moderators or Dave Leip is prohibited from voting, being listed on a candidate on a ballot in any election, or serving in any Atlasian office during the term of said banning. Any write-in votes cast for a banned individual are not to be counted.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: President North Carolina Yankee on February 25, 2010, 07:35:23 pm
Hashemite, I realize I kept you on ice with your bill, I promise it will be up tonight.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: k-onmmunist on February 28, 2010, 09:22:57 am
White Girl Bill

Section 1

1)      All federal laws, as well as District of Columbia and federal territory laws, prohibiting the possession, consumption, transport, sale, production, cultivation, or distribution of the following substances are repealed: benzoylmethlyecgonine (cocaine), methamphetamine, oxycodone, morphine, ketamine, opium, and all substances listed in section 2 clause 1 of F.L. 31-10.

2)      The aforementioned drugs shall not be sold to minors under the age of 18 years and may only be sold at licensed pharmacies.

Section 2

1)      A federal sales tax of 35% shall be levied on the above drugs. Regions shall have the right to levy their own local sales tax on the good in addition, should they choose to allow the legalisation of the substances mentioned here.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: k-onmmunist on February 28, 2010, 09:23:48 am
Capital Gains Tax Co-Operative Bill

1)      All shares owned by workers in a company shall be exempt from capital gains tax.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: tmthforu94 on February 28, 2010, 07:42:24 pm
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Emergency Initiative for Chile Earthquake Relief

By it resolved and enacted:

1) The government of Atlasia appropriates $45 million for humanitarian relief, aid, and reconstruction for the victims of the recent earthquake in Chile.

2) The Atlasian government pledges full cooperation with and support of efforts of the United Nations and NGO relief agencies in efforts to extend relief and security to the people of Chile.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Mint on March 05, 2010, 05:15:29 am
Proxy Act

All posters must have a legitimate IP address when registering to vote, in order to remedy the vote fraud and troll problems plaguing our government.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on March 05, 2010, 01:50:24 pm
Legitimize the Voting Act of 2010

1. A voter voting in any federal or regional election must have a legitimate IP addresss that is coming from a legitimate source or ISP.

2. A vote shall be considered invalid if it is cast from a proxy of any sort.

3. Voting from a cell phone or any other portable device that does not obtain a unique IP Address is prohibited and shall be deemed invalid. 


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: President North Carolina Yankee on March 05, 2010, 03:01:51 pm
All legislation introduced prior to noon today will have to be reintroduced. As will those being currently debated.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Badger on March 05, 2010, 03:31:53 pm
All legislation introduced prior to noon today will have to be reintroduced. As will those being currently debated.

Why?


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: k-onmmunist on March 05, 2010, 03:41:26 pm
White Girl Bill

Section 1

1)      All federal laws, as well as District of Columbia and federal territory laws, prohibiting the possession, consumption, transport, sale, production, cultivation, or distribution of the following substances are repealed: benzoylmethlyecgonine (cocaine), methamphetamine, oxycodone, morphine, ketamine, opium, and all substances listed in section 2 clause 1 of F.L. 31-10.

2)      The aforementioned drugs shall not be sold to minors under the age of 18 years and may only be sold at licensed pharmacies.

Section 2

1)      A federal sales tax of 20% shall be levied on the above drugs. Regions shall have the right to levy their own local sales tax on the good in addition, should they choose to allow the legalisation of the substances mentioned here.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: k-onmmunist on March 05, 2010, 03:42:16 pm
Capital Gains Tax Co-Operative Bill

1)      All shares owned by workers in a company shall be exempt from capital gains tax.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: President North Carolina Yankee on March 05, 2010, 04:01:45 pm
All legislation introduced prior to noon today will have to be reintroduced. As will those being currently debated.

Why?

Because, I think thats what the Senate rules state. I will check to be sure. It may just apply to stuff that is currently on the floor.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: President North Carolina Yankee on March 05, 2010, 04:06:17 pm
All legislation introduced prior to noon today will have to be reintroduced. As will those being currently debated.

Why?

Section 3: Rules on Reintroducing Expired Legislation
1. Within seventy-two (72) hours after the beginning of a new Session of the Senate, the PPT shall start a thread detailing expired legislation left over from the previous Senate session, to be further known in this document as the Expired Legislation thread. In order for legislation to be reintroduced, said legislation must not have received public debate time on the Senate floor, or if debate time has been given, must have not come up for a public vote in front of the full Senate. Any withdrawn legislation from the previous Session may not be eligible for reintroduction.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: k-onmmunist on March 06, 2010, 10:08:33 am
Birds and Bees Bill

The federal age of consent shall be set at 14 years of age.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: k-onmmunist on March 06, 2010, 11:08:43 am
Mental Health Bill

No Atlasian citizen shall be institutionalised for ailments regarding to mental health.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: k-onmmunist on March 07, 2010, 08:27:40 am
Regional Sovereignty Amendment

1. Regions shall be forbidden from infringing upon other regions sovereignty through military, economic or any other aggressive action.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Badger on March 11, 2010, 12:44:47 pm
Atlasian Sexual Health Bill
For the purposes of this statute:

   1. Public Medical Facility means any medical or family planning centre under the direct control of the federal government or a private medical or family planning centre that draws more than one-tenth of its funding from federal funds.
   2. Non-Public Medical Facility means any medical or family planning centre not included in Clause 1.

Therefore,

   1. All Public medical facilities are hereby required to provide a reasonable amount of barrier contraception free of charge to any person who requests it.
   2. Any private facility covered under clause one that fails to comply shall have its federal funding reduced to a point where it comprises exactly 10% of the facility's funding.
   3. Any non-Public medical facilities, and private facilities covered under clause one, that provide barrier contraception free of charge to persons may reclaim their costs subject to such rules and regulations as the Atlasian Department of the Treasury shall deem necessary.
   4.  Each person who receives barrier contraception under the terms of this statute will be provided with a leaflet produced by the Atlasian Department of Health and Human Services explaining how to use the contraception, the dangers of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, the potential problems associated with unwanted pregnancies and any other facts that the Department of Health and Human Services deems relevant.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Badger on March 13, 2010, 04:32:57 pm
The Atlasian Dog Breed Equity Under the Law Act

1) All Atlasian federal statutes and regulations which currently place additional legal restrictions, duties, penalties, or legal presumptions upon the keeper, owner or harborer of dogs based solely upon the breed of said dog, including but not limited to the breed of dogs known as "American Pit Bull Terriers", "Staffordshire Terriers", or "Pit Bulls", are hereby repealed.

2) Nothing in this act shall be construed to remove legal restrictions, duties, penalties, or legal presumptions upon the keeper, owner or harborer of any dog based on prior misconduct of that particular dog or owner.

3) Nothing in this act shall be construed to limit the power of regional governments from passing or enforcing contrary laws governing the keeping and regulation of canine breeds.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: tmthforu94 on March 15, 2010, 04:05:15 pm
Introducing this for Winston...

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Registration Reform Amendment

Section 1

1. The 28th Amendment is hereby repealed.

Section 2

1. The time needed for a move from one region to another will be reduced from 180 days to 90 days.
2. State registration will be abolished.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Badger on March 15, 2010, 07:08:18 pm
The Viva Las Atlasia Bill for the Legalization and Regulation of Gaming

1) All forms of gambling and other games of chance on federally owned land not already allowed under federal law are hereby legalized, subject to the provisions herein. Any gambling or game of chance not previously legalized or otherwise permitted by the scope of this act is subject to all criminal and/or civil penalties under Atlasian Law.

2) This Act hereby creates the Atlasian Gaming Commission (AGC), to be made up of 7 members subject to nomination by the President and confirmation by the Senate. The AGC shall be responsible for hiring and administration of AGC employees and creation of proposing regulations and fee schedules for the licensing of gambling/gaming establishments by individuals and businesses, and rules governing the conduct and running of gambling/gaming establishments.

3) The AGC shall formulate a complete set of applicable regulations within 12 months of the effective date of this act, and shall accept license applications for gaming establishments 30 days after said regulations are ratified.

4) The AGC is hereby allocated 2 million dollars for operations during FY 2010, and an additional $2 million for FY 2011,  to cover operating costs prior to receipt of license application fees and the share of gambling revenue as detailed herein.

5) In addition to any other applicable federal, regional or local taxation, such licensed gambling/gaming establishments shall be subject to an additional 35% tax on all gambling and gaming income. 10% of such tax revenue (or 3.5% of taxable gambling income) shall be allocated to the AGC for operating costs including the enforcement of all applicable regulations and statutes. I like amount shall be reserved for gambling addiction education and treatment programs to be administered either by the Atlasian Department of Health and Human Services or the regions through block grant funding.

6) Nothing in this act shall be construed to interfere with regional or local laws governing zoning or public nuisances


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: bgwah on March 16, 2010, 10:00:35 pm
Competitive Presidential Elections Bill

Section 1
1) In order to stimulate competitive presidential elections, a presidential candidate from a political party may only select a running mate who is a member of the same party.
2) If a candidate or their running mate changes parties after declaring their candidacy, and the two are not members of the same party come the declaration deadline, the ticket shall be excluded from the ballot.
3) If a candidate or their running mate changes parties after the declaration deadline, the Secretary of Forum Affairs shall ignore the change and put the party the candidates were both members of at the declaration deadline on the ballot.

Section 2
1) An independent may only select another independent as their running mate. The same rules regarding party changes in Section 1, Clauses 2 through 3, shall apply to independent candidates and their running mates.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: tmthforu94 on March 17, 2010, 07:04:37 pm
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Emergency Initiative for Chile Earthquake Relief

By it resolved and enacted:

1) The government of Atlasia appropriates $45 million for humanitarian relief, aid, and reconstruction for the victims of the recent earthquake in Chile.

2) The Atlasian government pledges full cooperation with and support of efforts of the United Nations and NGO relief agencies in efforts to extend relief and security to the people of Chile.



Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: tmthforu94 on March 26, 2010, 04:39:24 pm

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The Animal Protection Act

The state of Atlasia recognizes that it is our duty to protect Animals. Therefore, the following shall be enforced:

1. Atlasia recognizes animal cruelty as the following: a. Neglect b. Malicious killing c. Beatings d. Animal Fighting ie Dog fight, cock fight.

2. The Mideast doesn't recognizes the following as animal cruelty: a. Hunting for food or sport b. Killing Animals for food.

3 No person shall:

   (a) Torture an animal, deprive one of necessary sustenance, unnecessarily or cruelly beat, needlessly mutilate or kill, or impound or confine an animal without supplying it during such confinement with a sufficient quantity of good wholesome food and water;

   (b) Impound or confine an animal without affording it, during such confinement, access to shelter from wind, rain, snow, or excessive direct sunlight if it can reasonably be expected that the animals would otherwise become sick or in some other way suffer. Division (3)(b) of this section does not apply to animals impounded or confined prior to slaughter.

   (c) Carry or convey an animal in a cruel or inhuman[e] manner;

4. Any person under the age of 18, who is found guilty of animal abuse is required to undergo psychological evaluation to determine if the child needs individual or family counseling. If found sane said person shall serve a maximum of 1 year in juvenile jail. Parents or Guardians of said person under 18, are liable for all cost for the evaluation/counseling/fine.

5. If a person over the age of 18 commits animal abuse, said person shall serve a maximum of 1 year in jail and/or 5,000 dollars fine.

6. Except as otherwise permitted by Paragraph 7 below, the use of animals for testing of non-medicinal products related to ordinary grooming and care including, but not limited to cosmetics, soaps, perfumes, colognes, shampoos, conditioners, toothpastes, mouthwashes, and other toiletries not specifically perscibed by a licensed medical practitioner, is banned.

7. A producer of the items described in Section 6 above may apply to the Atlasian Department of Commerce for a licensed exemption from this rule if the following can be demonstrated:

a) The product or substance in question cannot be feasibly tested or made safe in accordance with existing food and drug testing regulations for human use or consumption by using methods excluding the use of non-animal testing; or

b) Such animal testing procedures are certified by the Department of Commerce to not cause undue, prolonged pain or suffering of the tested animals, and that any animals ultimately exterminated as a result of such testing are specifically bred and raised for purpose of such testing rather than wild caught.

c) For determination of "feasible" pursuant to section 7) (a) above, a non-animal testing procedure that does not raise the estimated wholesale cost of producing said item by over 50% is presumed feasible.

8. Nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit or prohibit the use of animal testing as otherwise permitted by law in legitimate scientific or medical research not directly related to the commercial development of such products described in Section 6 above.

9. An organization, business or individual proprietor who violates Section 6 above may be fined up to $500k per violation.


Co-Sponser: Badger


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: tmthforu94 on March 27, 2010, 05:14:01 pm
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Regional Senate Partnership Amendment
   
1. Any region may enter into a Senate Partnership with any other region, or regions, which must be approved by all regions in question by referendum. Each region in question must vote at least 60% in favor.
   
2. In these Senate Partnerships regional governments shall combine their regional senate elections, creating a number of positions equal to the amount of regions in the Senate Partnership, electing them simultaneously.
   
3. The amount of regions involved in the partnership will be the amount of Senators they will elect. (Ex: 2 regions, Top 2 candidates; 3 regions, Top 3 candidates)
   
4. Partnered regions will count votes using the PR-STV system.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Fritz on March 28, 2010, 08:15:56 pm
Repeal the HAEV Act

The High Authority for Ethics in Voting Act is hereby repealed.


EDIT: I forgot about JBrase vs. Atlasia.  Introduction of this bill should be delayed until after the court has ruled in that case.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Fritz on April 03, 2010, 09:59:34 am
Repeal the HAEV Act

The High Authority for Ethics in Voting Act is hereby repealed.


EDIT: I forgot about JBrase vs. Atlasia.  Introduction of this bill should be delayed until after the court has ruled in that case.

The Court having ruled, this is now submitted.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Fritz on April 06, 2010, 09:37:50 pm
Repeal the HAEV Act

The High Authority for Ethics in Voting Act is hereby repealed.







Ahem.  What is the holdup in this being opened on the Senate floor?  Bacon King, I sent you a PM yesterday about this.



Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Badger on April 07, 2010, 03:32:02 pm
The You Can't Beat a DUI by Ducking the Breath Test Bill.

Federal Highway funding to a region shall be cut by 10% if the following provisions are not included in regional law within 45 days of the effective date of this act.

1) After lawful arrest for DUI and proper request by a peace officer pursuant to regional law for chemical testing of the arrestee's breath, blood or urine, refusal by the arrestee to submit to chemical testing as requested is punishable by law.

2) The degree of offense and minimum and maximum penalties for violation of section 1 ("regional refusal statute") above shall be equivalent to penalties for violation of the region's DUI Statute.

3) To the extent that the degree of offense and minimum and maximum penalties are determined by the defendant's number of prior convictions, prior convictions of the regional refusal statute including these provisions and/or the region's DUI Statute are considered "prior convictions" for enhancing penalties for both the regional refusal statute and the regional DUI Statute.

4) Prosecution or conviction under the regional refusal statute does not preclude prosecution or conviction under the regional DUI Statute arising out of a single incident, but sentence may not be imposed for both offenses out of any one single incident.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: bgwah on April 07, 2010, 08:08:20 pm
I would like to introduce this... I will explain in more detail once it is brought up for debate. Sorry if it seems a bit wordy at the moment.


Third Amendment to the Consolidated Criminal Justice Act

Section 1, Clause 3 of the Consolidated Criminal Justice Act is amended as follows:

3. Voter fraud, defined as the creation of identities other than ones primary identity in Atlasia and subsequently entering this identity into the tally of registered.

i. If a citizen no longer has access to their previous forum account and wishes to register and/or vote with a new forum account in Atlasia, then they shall be allowed to do so legally only if they make it clear in the registration thread who they are and which forum account they previously registered under so that the SoFA may appropriately update the registration without having any duplicate accounts on the voter roll.

a. This shall exclude those who have had their previous account banned from the Atlas Forum.


The following text is added to Section 3 of the Consolidated Criminal Justice Act as Clause 7:

7. Impersonation of another member of the Atlas Forum and then attempting to alter the impersonated member's status of registration within the Republic of Atlasia.
i. This includes but is not limited to attempting to register a member of the Atlas Forum who is not currently registered in Atlasia, or changing the registration of a member who is currently registered in Atlasia.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Hans-im-Glück on April 10, 2010, 02:57:47 pm
Green Power Bill:

All energy companies must pay for the electricity of private households and small producers, when it made by wind power, solar cells, biogas, biomass, geothermal and hydropower, 10 years 90% of the average electricity price who required of them.

A small producer is a producer with only a total revenue of less than $150000.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Barnes on April 12, 2010, 09:16:59 pm
Can I get one of you to introduce this for me? :)

The Death Penalty Abolition Amendment

Section One: Capital Punishment, as a federal conviction, is hereby outlawed in the Republic of Atlasia.

Section Two: After the adoption of this Amendment, the President pro tempore of the Senate shall transmit this Amendment to the governors of the respective regions of Atlasia, so that they might consider a review of their existing capital punishment laws.

Section Three: When a case that has the conviction of capital punishment is appealed to the Atlasian Supreme Court, Section One of this Amendment may be wavered at the discretion of the court.


(Had to edit Sec. 2 ;))


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: tmthforu94 on April 13, 2010, 06:32:55 am
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The Death Penalty Abolition Amendment

Section One: Capital Punishment, as a federal conviction, is hereby outlawed in the Republic of Atlasia.

Section Two: After the adoption of this Amendment, the President pro tempore of the Senate shall transmit this Amendment to the governors of the respective regions of Atlasia, so that they might consider a review of their existing capital punishment laws.

Section Three: When a case that has the conviction of capital punishment is appealed to the Atlasian Supreme Court, Section One of this Amendment may be wavered at the discretion of the court.



Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: bgwah on May 02, 2010, 12:42:00 am
De-registration of Banned Members Bill
1) Any citizen who is banned from the U.S. Election Atlas forums shall immediately be de-registered and removed from the voter rolls in Atlasia. A forum moderator must confirm the banishment.
2) Any citizen who is banned and de-registered shall be barred from re-registering in Atlasia.
3) Should the forum administrator restore a banned account, or publicly give permission to a banned member to return under a new account, then re-registration will be allowed.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: bgwah on May 02, 2010, 01:04:21 am
Wiki Authority Bill

Section 1
1) The Senate shall have the power to set guidelines and standards for the Atlasia Wiki. This includes but is not limited to determination of proper table formats, colors, and main page configuration.
2) The Attorney General's present role regarding the Wiki is not affected by this legislation. The same applies to any regional office designated to maintain their region's Wiki.

Section 2
1) Clause 8 is added to Section 1 of the Consolidated Criminal Justice Act: "Knowingly violating and/or disregarding Senate-imposed Atlasia Wiki guidelines and standards."
2) Section 2, Clause 1 of the Consolidated Criminal Justice Act is amended to read "For offenses described in Clauses 1, 2, 3, 7, and 8 of Section 1:"


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: President North Carolina Yankee on May 03, 2010, 09:10:09 am
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Fifth Line of Succession Act
Section 1: Line of Succession
In the event of the absence or incapacitation of the President of the Republic of Atlasia, the following shall serve as the line of succession:
1. Vice-President of the Republic of Atlasia
2. President Pro Tempore of the Senate
3. Attorney General
4. Secretary of Federal Elections
5. Registrar General
6. Secretary of External Affairs
7. Secretary of Internal Affairs
8. Moderator General
9. Dean of the Senate
10. Each Senator in order of longest continuous service
11. Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Atlasia
12. Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Atlasia
13. Junior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Atlasia
14. Each Governor in order of longest continuous service

Section 2
The following acts are repealed:
1. Line of Succession (Amendment No 2) Act (15-7)
2. Cleaning up the Line of Succession Act (32-2), Section 2

 
 
Introduced on behalf of the Renaissance Caucus and Peter.

BK, do you think we can ram this through by the Friday?

Edit: Withdrawn


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: President North Carolina Yankee on May 07, 2010, 07:11:35 pm
The next session has begun correct?

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Fifth Line of Succession Act
Section 1: Line of Succession
In the event of the absence or incapacitation of the President of the Republic of Atlasia, the following shall serve as the line of succession:
1. Vice-President of the Republic of Atlasia
2. President Pro Tempore of the Senate
3. Attorney General
4. Secretary of Federal Elections
5. Registrar General
6. Secretary of External Affairs
7. Secretary of Internal Affairs
8. Moderator General
9. Dean of the Senate
10. Each Senator in order of longest continuous service
11. Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Atlasia
12. Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Atlasia
13. Junior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Atlasia
14. Each Governor in order of longest continuous service

Section 2
The following acts are repealed:
1. Line of Succession (Amendment No 2) Act (15-7)
2. Cleaning up the Line of Succession Act (32-2), Section 2


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: President North Carolina Yankee on May 07, 2010, 07:29:54 pm
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Balanced Budget Amendment

a. In all cases federal government revenues should meet or exceed expenditures for each fiscal year.

b. In all cases where the revenues do not meet or exceed expenditures of the federal government, measures are to be taken by the Senate and President to brink them into line within one fiscal quarter.

C. When in cases deemed an emergency by 7/10's of the Senate, and with the presidents signature, the Federal Government's expenditures may exceed revenue, but only for the period deemed an emergency. 


Introduced for JBrase.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on May 08, 2010, 06:28:43 pm
Atlasia Clean Energy Act of 2010

Section I: FL 20.1 (Carbon Tax Act) is hereby repealed

Section II
1)   A cap and trade system is hereby established, which delegates to the government the responsibility of setting a limit on the total amount of greenhouse gases that can be emitted nationally in the country of Atlasia.
2)   The cap will be set between the periods of 2011 to 2050, allowing regulated entities to hold rights to emit greenhouse gases.
3)   The initial cap will be set at 2005 emission levels.
4)   The cap must be reduced over time, at the digression of the President, in order to reduce total carbon emissions emitted by industry into our atmosphere. 
5)   After allowances are initially distributed based on cause III in Section II, a set number of entities will be free to buy and sell.
6)   From 2011 to 2013, the legislation will allocate 85% of allowances to industry for free, auctioning only the remainder.
7)   The amount of emissions emitted nationally must either hold or be reduced over time at the digression of the President.
8)   Emissions must be reduced to 17-percent of 2005 levels by 2020.
9)   Emissions must be reduced to 80-percent of 2005 levels by 2050.

Section III
1)   Electric utilities must meet 20% of their electricity demand through renewable energy resources and energy efficiency by 2020.
2)   Subsidies will be provided for new clean energy technologies and energy efficiency, including renewable energy, carbon capture and sequestration, electric and other advanced technology vehicles, and basic scientific research and development.
3)   Consumers will be protected from energy price increases over 25-percent from current levels. 

Section IV
1)   Electricity providers who supply over 4 million MWh to citizens are required to produce 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources (wind, solar, geothermal) by 2025.
2)   Companies will be required to pay a fee if they do not meet this standard by 2025.
3)   The corporate tax rate will be cut 3.5% from current levels beginning in 2011 and running until 2025 to encourage industry to invest in clean technology.

Section V
1)   Any company that is 15% below its allotted carbon emissions cap will receive an additional 3.5% cut on their corporate taxes in addition to the cut outlined in clause III of Section IV.
2)   The aim of clause I of Section V is to provide incentives to reduce carbon emissions beyond the status quo to better our environment.




Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Badger on May 20, 2010, 12:03:45 am
THE BUDGET PROCESS RENEWAL COMMITTEE ACT

Be it hereby resolved that the government of Atlasia intends to resume enacting a formal budget process. To that effect the following shall be enacted:

1) The creation of a Budget Process Committee, to be constituted of two members of the Executive Branch appointed by the President, two members of the Senate appointed by vote of that body, and chaired by the GM.

2) Said committee will begin meeting no more than ten days after enactment of this legislation, and shall prepare a report recommending the procedure and frequency of the government's budget process, and present same to the Senate, no later then thirty days after passage of this legislation, for due consideration and further action by this body.

3. The final reported recommendation must be supported by a majority of the Committee. The rules and procedures for governing the Committee's debate and votes shall be determined by the Chair, though any procedural rule may be modified or repealed by motion and majority vote of the Committee.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: President North Carolina Yankee on May 25, 2010, 08:38:16 pm
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Atlasian Health Act of 2010
whereas the perecentage of obese people is on the rise, and high fructose corn syrup is a leading factor. the Federal government shall promote a healthier life style by removing tax payer dollars from propping up a leading cause in the epidemic.
1. All subsidies for the production of corn shall henceforth cease.
2. All tariffs on imported sugar cane shall be suspended.

Intoduced for JBrase and PiT


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: k-onmmunist on May 29, 2010, 04:28:17 am
Atlasian Corn Syrup Act

1. A 15% tax will be levied on the production of high fructose corn syrup


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on May 30, 2010, 07:08:30 pm
Return to the Basics of Eating Act of 2010

Section I

1. The Atlasia Government recognizes that high fructose corn syrup is harmful to the human body in accordance with a study conducted by Princeton University, categorizing it as an unnatural entity. (1)
2. The Atlasia Government recognizes that high fructose corn syrup causes the following:
a.Increased triglyceride levels.
b. Fails not stimulate insulin like real sugar. This means that, unlike regular cane sugar, HFCS does not enable your brain to tell your body that you are full.
c. HFCS does not turn off the chemical Gherin - which tells you that you are hungry – causing you to feel hungry even after you're full.
d. HFCS skips the normal metabolic function of glycolysis, thereby increasing fat cell production.

Section II

1. After one year from the passing of this legislation, the sale of foodstuffs containing high fructose corn syrup within the territory of Atlasia is hereby prohibited.
2. Both the federal and regional governments shall have the power to enforce this legislation.


1.   http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S26/91/22K07/index.xml?section=topstories


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Queen Mum Inks.LWC on June 05, 2010, 08:56:23 pm
Proposed 29th Amendment
The Sixteenth Amendment to the Second Constitution is hereby repealed, changing Article V, Section 2, Clause 6 of the Constitution back to its original language.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Obnoxiously Slutty Girly Girl on June 06, 2010, 07:38:27 pm
Intra Regional Mobility Amendment

1. Article V, Section 2, Clause 7 is hereby amended to read: "Persons may only change their State of registration to that of a State in a different Region, as defined by statute, once every 180 days. Persons may only change their State of registration to that of a State within the same Region, as defined by statute, once every 24 hours."


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Purple State on June 06, 2010, 11:51:17 pm
Intra Regional Mobility Amendment

1. Article V, Section 2, Clause 7 is hereby amended to read: "Persons may only change their State of registration to that of a State in a different Region, as defined by statute, once every 180 days. Persons may only change their State of registration to that of a State within the same Region, as defined by statute, once every 24 hours."

Or you can just vote for me: http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Third_Atlasian_Constitution_Draft#Section_2:_Voter_Registration_and_Voting_Rules (see clause 6)

;)


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Badger on June 07, 2010, 07:49:38 am
Combat HIV/AIDS Act of 2010

Whereas:
 
Annually, Hepatitis C treatment costs $25,000 to $30,000 per person.
 
HIV treatment was estimated to cost about $20000 per person per year.
 
And whereas
 
The cost to prevent one HIV infection through a syringe and needle exchange program has been calculated at $4,000 to $12,000.

BE IT HEREBY ENACTED THAT: Atlasia shall appropriate $40 million to implement a functioning syringe and needle exchange program targeting areas with rates of injected drug use that exceed the national average. Implementation of said program and targeting of areas of use shal be implimented by the Department of the Interior.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: k-onmmunist on June 17, 2010, 07:37:52 am
Nationalisation of the Petroleum Industry Act

Recognising the failure of the petroleum industry in it's duties of supplying oil at affordable prices

And recognising that there is a need for petroleum to be organised as a social service rather than for profit, and that there is a need for all profits to be divested in further increasing efficiency.

BE IT HEREBY ENACTED THAT: All oil and petroleum companies will be hereby taken into public ownership as the Atlaspetrol Corporation and shall be run as a subsidary of the Department of the Interior on behalf on the people of Atlasia.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Obnoxiously Slutty Girly Girl on June 20, 2010, 10:47:20 pm
Fusion Ballot Reform Act

1. Any declared candidate for any office in the Republic of Atlasia may opt to appear on the ballot line for all recognized parties offering the candidate an official endorsement.
2. Official endorsements by parties must be certified by the party giving the endorsement.
3. The SoFA must be notified of the endorsement at least 48 hours in advance of the election by the declared candidate receiving a cross-endorsement.
4. A party shall at its discretion have the right to prohibit any candidate from running on its official ballot line. This is to be accomplished by informing the SoFA of this intention at least 48 hours in advance of the election.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Obnoxiously Slutty Girly Girl on June 21, 2010, 12:20:26 am
Break the Chains Act

1. Companies or individuals which possess 2 to 3 retail outlets or stores, inclusive, shall be assessed a differential tax of 1% on their annual profits.

2. Companies or individuals which possess 4 to 9 retail outlets or stores, inclusive, shall be assessed a differential tax of 4% on their annual profits.

3. Companies or individuals which possess 10 or more retail outlets or stores shall be assessed a differential tax of 7% on their annual profits.

4. Funds collected from these taxes shall be deposited in what will be established as a Small Business Protection Fund.

5. Companies or individuals which possess only 1 retail outlet shall be eligible to apply for a credit to be paid from this Fund.

6. Based on the total number of businesses which apply each year, credits issued to each business should be an equal share of the total fund, except that no business may receive a credit equivalent to more than 100% of its total annual tax burden.

7. The Fund may not be used for any other purpose, unless specifically allocated by future laws.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Obnoxiously Slutty Girly Girl on June 21, 2010, 12:57:13 am
Ludlow Amendment

Except in the event of an invasion of the Republic of Atlasia or attack upon its citizens residing therein, the authority of the Senate to declare war shall not become effective until confirmed by a majority of all votes cast thereon in a nationwide referendum. The Senate, when it deems a national crisis to exist, may by concurrent resolution refer the question of war or peace to the citizens of the Regions, the question to be voted on being, 'Shall Atlasia declare war on ________?' The Senate may otherwise by law provide for the enforcement of this section.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Apocrypha on July 04, 2010, 09:09:20 pm
Equality in Healthcare Act

1. The Federal Territories Universal Health Care Act is hereby repealed.

2. All federal territories and Nyman are hereby placed under the coverage of the Atlasian National Healthcare Act.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: President North Carolina Yankee on July 07, 2010, 05:48:34 pm
Well it's still not perfect but I am sick of staring at it in Works, so here it is.

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The National Offshore Oil Spill Response Equipment and Resources Act

I. The Coast Guard, in conjunction with the Department of Internal Affairs, shall oversee the creation of Oil Spill Response Zones which are to be overseen by the Coast Guard once established.
    A. The following areas shall be designated as Offshore Oil Spill Response Zones.
   1. North Atlantic - From Maine to Maryland
   2. South Atlantic - From Virginia to the East Coast of Florida
   3. Gulf of Mexico - From West Coast of Florida to Texas
   4. West Coast - California, Oregon and Washington
   5. Alaska
    B. If no offshore drilling is occurring in a zone then the Coast Guard may deem it inoperative with the authority to reverse its decision depending on the changes in the situation in the zone with regards to offshore drilling.

II. The Oil Spill Response Supply Agency shall be created within the Department of Internal Affairs to determine the type, amount and quality of the equipment, supplies, and materials that are required in each zone.
     A. The locations of the stockpiles are to be in the following cities:
   1. North Atlantic - Portland, ME
   2. South Atlantic - Charleston, SC
   3. Gulf of Mexico - Mobile, AL
   4. West Coast - San Diego, CA
   5. Alaska - Dutch Harbor, AK
     B. 50% of the cost of the stockpiles is to be divided proportionally amongst the oil companies which are drilling in the zone based on what percentage of the oil drilling, in the said zone, they are responsible for. The other 50% shall be provided from the revenue collected by a national oil extraction tax of 5% to be levied by this act. All excess revenue from this tax is to be directed towards the general fund for uses related to oil or energy.
    1. The collection of both is to be enforced by the Internal Revenue Service for Oil Response Supply Agency.


I am not to attached in anyway to a certain portion and I expect it to be amended.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Baconomics 🐖 on July 10, 2010, 10:52:22 pm
I introduce these following five bills, which I should note all go to the floor immediately since there's nothing behind them in the queue and there are empty spaces on the floor for all of them.

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Oil Spill Protection Act

Section 1: Oil Profits Tax

1. Any oil company that does business within Atlasia and earns a larger quarterly profit than one billion dollars shall be subject to a 20% tax on all profits.

2. Revenue from the oil profits tax shall be diverted into a newly created Oil Spill Protection Fund which shall be used for cleanup in the event of a spill, research and development for new technologies to prevent environmental damage, and as payments to those who's lives are impacted by oil spills.

Section 2: Regulatory Effectiveness

1. All oil rigs and drilling platforms operating within Atlasian land and waters, regardless of their supposed nationality, shall be subject to Atlasian regulatory rules and will be inspected regularly by personnel from the federal government.

2. All oil drilling platforms are required to install and regularly test each month 'emergency blow-out preventers' and evacuation drills.

Section 3: Responsibility

1. In the event of an oil spill or another oil-related disaster, the oil and drilling companies in question shall be, in conjunction with the funds paid into the Oil Spill Protection Fund, entirely responsible for cleanup measures.

2. No monetary cap shall be put in place for oil spill cleanup and compensation for damages.



Regional Government Board Resolution

Recognizing the increased prominence of regional governments and assemblies and the important role they now play in Atlasia, as well as the need for increase space to accommodate them, the Atlasian government requests the creation of a childboard beneath the "Atlas Fantasy Government" board entitled "Regional Government."



Social & Economic Development Zone Improvement Act

Section 1: Administration

1. The 'Establishment of Social and Economic Development Zones Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Establishment_of_Social_and_Economic_Development_Zones_Act)' is hereby repealed.

2. The Senate shall fund and establish the creation of "Social & Economic Development Zones" to target the growth in infrastructure and employment in a targeted area.

3. The Senate and/or the Regional Governments shall be responsible for coordinating the establishment of the SEDZs.

Section 2: Requirements for Creation of SEDZs

1. The following requirements must be met for the creation of a Social & Economic Development Zone:

1a. An unemployment rate at 10.0% or higher.
1b. A net population decrease in the located area from the previous year.
1c. A median income level of $21,000 or below.
1d. A net decrease in the total number of business locations in the located area from the previous year.

2. A Social & Economic Development Zone may not be created in an area including a population number lower than 1,000 or higher than 40,000.

3. The Secretary of Internal Affairs and Game Moderator shall cooperate in the location of suitable zones for the establishment of SEDZs.

Section 3: Benefits of a SEDZ

1. Money shall be distributed to the individual Zones for the purpose of infrastructure improvements and various local projects to better the community. Funds shall be payed out on a sliding scale to the population size of the zone, with a maximum of five million dollars.

2. All sales and business taxes shall be suspended in the area within the Zone for 12 months.

Section 4: Stimulating Employment Within SEDZs

1. A new program titled "Atlasia Works" will be created that shall operate within the Zones to expand businesses and transition individuals from state assistance benefits to meaningful work.

2. "Atlasia Works" will compile a list eligible businesses that seek to enroll in the program that wish to expand their business, but are immediately unable to do so. Cross-regional chains and businesses with more than 2 locations in the Zone will not be eligible.

3. Each individual hired through the Atlasia Works program within the Social & Economic Development Zone shall have up to 80% of their wage subsidized by the government for up to 18 months. Each employer will be limited to a number of ten subsidized jobs simultaneously.

4. Only individuals recieving federal or regional assistance benefits (welfare) shall be able to find jobs through the Atlasia Works program.

Section 5: Limitations

1. Social & Economic Development Zones may only be in operation for up to 5 years, or until one or more of the requirements for maintaining a SEDZ has been broken.

2. All subsidies from Atlasia works and tax breaks shall remain in place until their expiration even after the SEDZ has been disbanded, but no more may be issued.



Hiring Incentives Act

1. Any non-manufacturing business with 200 employees or less in total shall be eligible for a $4,000 tax credit for each new individual they hire.

2. Any manufacturing business that hires a new employee shall be eligible for a $7,500 tax credit for each new individual they hire.

3. Any business that hires an individual that has been out of work for 30+ days will be exempt from paying Social Security payroll taxes on that employee.

4. The effects of this legislation shall expire one year after passage.



Make Internet Sales Fair Act

1. A 5% nation-wide sales tax shall be placed on all internet sales transactions.

2. Food purchases shall be exempt from the tax.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Baconomics 🐖 on July 13, 2010, 07:44:04 pm
With another spot open on the floor, I suppose I'll go ahead and sponsor yet another piece of the President's agenda, if only to keep things on a quick pace.

Quote from: Resolution for the Establishment of a Constitutional Convention
Section 1: Consent
The Senate of Atlasia hereby gives its consent to the President of Atlasia's request for a Constitutional Convention.

Section 2: Delegates
a. Five delegates will be selected from the regions, with the legislative body of each region selecting a delegate from amongst the residents of that region.
b. One delegate shall be selected by the Senate from amongst its members.
c. The President of Atlasia shall serve as the chair of the Convention, but shall have no vote unless the delegates be equally divided.
d. All vacancies shall be filled in the manner in which they were originally filled.

Section 3: Orders of Business
a. The first order of business of the Convention shall be to establish rules of order and procedure.
b. The Convention shall not be dismissed until a majority of the delegates have voted in favor of sending a proposal to the regions for a vote of the people.

Section 4: Timing and Location
a. The Convention will begin immediately after the final certification of delegates from each region and by the Senate.
b. The Convention shall conduct all official business within a thread in the Atlas Fantasy Government board, to be created and directed by the chair of the Convention.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Baconomics 🐖 on July 14, 2010, 04:14:46 pm
Another empty spot on the floor, another bill from the Executive's agenda, another waiver of the Anti-Clogging rules...

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Regular Question Time Made Interesting Act

Scheduled to be once each month starting exactly one month after the new office-taking dates, the Secretary of Internal Affairs shall open a thread in the "Atlas Fantasy Elections" board for the purpose of commentary and questions from the citizens, as well as good-hearted jabs for the purpose of livening political debate.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: bgwah on July 15, 2010, 05:02:28 pm
This is kind of wordy but I've wanted to propose something like this for a while, so here it goes:



Major Legislation Clarification Bill

1) Whereas major pieces of legislation have been amended numerous times, often leading to difficulty interpreting current statute on the Wiki. The current Wiki policy of adding each amendment as a new page makes it unnecessarily difficult to figure out which articles and clauses have been removed and which have been added.
2) With use of authority from the Wiki Authority Act, the Senate hereby decides that major pieces of legislation shall have their main pages updated with all current  amendments. A new page titled the name of the legislation followed by "(original)" shall be created to provide a location for the original, unaltered legislation. All amendments shall retain their own pages and pages shall continue to be added for new amendments.
3) Major pieces of legislation shall be defined as the Consolidated Criminal Justice Act and the Consolidated Electoral Reform Act, as well as this piece of legislation if it is passed by the Senate.


Title: Re: Legislation Introduction Thread
Post by: Baconomics 🐖 on July 17, 2010, 11:56:09 am
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First Major Wiki Reform Act

The Senate recognizes that the Wiki has, for too long, fallen into disrepair and that the Statute pages in particular are confusing to read for newbies and veterans alike, and much of it is simply outdated.

1. A new page entitled "Repealed Statute" shall be created and linked to the top of the regular "Statute" page encompassing all repealed and/or superceded laws and all laws specifically stricken from the regular Statute page.

2. The following laws are hereby stricken from the normal record and moved to the aforementioned "Repealed Statute" page in the same order of their creation:

F.L. 1-1: The Preferential Voting Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Preferential_Voting_Act)
F.L. 1-2: Civil Unions Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Civil_Unions_Act)
F.L. 2-1: Stickies, Posts, and Polls Reduction Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Stickies,_Posts,_and_Polls_Reduction_Act)
F.L. 2-2: PPT Election Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/PPT_Election_Act)
F.L. 2-3: Third Boss Abortion Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Boss_Abortion_Act)
F.L. 3-1: Federal Activity Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Federal_Activity_Act)
F.L. 3-2: The Marriage Equity Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Marriage_Equity_Act)
F.L. 4-1: F-22 Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/F-22_Act)
F.L. 4-5: Voter Fraud Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Voter_Fraud_Act)
F.L. 4-6: None of the Above Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/None_of_the_Above_Act)
F.L. 4-9: Welfare Reform Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Welfare_Reform_Act)
F.L. 5-3: Constitutional Amendment Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Constitutional_Amendment_Act)
F.L. 5-7: Unwed and Teenage Mothers Protection Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Unwed_and_Teenage_Mothers_Protection_Act)
F.L. 5-9: Election Procedures, Certification and Challenges Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Election_Procedures,_Certification,_and_Challenges_Act)
F.L. 6-1: Amendment to the Statute of Election Procedures, Certification, and Challenges Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Amendment_to_the_Election_Procedures,_Certification,_and_Challenges_Act)
F.L. 6-5: Line of Succession Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Line_of_Succession_Act)
F.L. 6-6: Community Revitalization Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Community_Revitalization_Act)
F.L. 6-8: Fair Wage Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Fair_Wage_Act)
F.L. 6-9: Deputy SoFA Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Deputy_SoFA_Act)
F.L. 6-14: Omnibus Criminal Law Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Omnibus_Criminal_Law_Act)
F.L. 6-15: Omnibus Election System, Procedure and Certification Act (http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Omnibus_Election_System,_