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« on: March 11, 2018, 05:12:40 pm »

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Election Day Holiday Designation Act:

1. Every Federal Election in Atlasia is to be recognized as a Federal Holiday.
2. Every Regional Election is to be recognized as a regional holiday.

Sponsor: Senator Haslam.
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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2018, 05:27:28 pm »

This Bill will make sure that every Citizen of Atlasia has the opportunity to Vote on Election Days, regardless of Region.  I will be happily supporting this Bill.
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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2018, 06:09:53 pm »

This will help to ensure everyone gets a chance to vote and as someone who believes everyone should have the chance to vote, this is a good bill.

I will gladly support this.
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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2018, 09:51:10 am »

Sponsor, any words?
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« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2018, 10:17:25 am »

Right, while Haslam shows up I'll express a concern of mine. Do we really need this? Don't get me wrong, the idea of making it easier for people to vote is a laudable one, but it's not like elections are simulated in Atlasia with a voting public of millions, it's just the players themselves that vote.

Then we have to account for the fact that a Federal Holiday or a regional one has an economic cost in terms of money (possibly hundreds of millions depending on the estimate) and productivity. And this would mean at least six days a year in federal terms, and a few more when it comes to the regions.

Long story short, I can't help but to think this the unintended consequence of this will be economic self-harm without there being an actual necessity for this (for it doesn't have a practical effect on players).
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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2018, 12:03:19 pm »

I support the idea, but I am concerned with the federal government determining when Regional holidays are. (That being said, Id be fine introducing a bill in the southern chamber making it a holiday).
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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2018, 09:59:20 pm »

Still waiting on Haslam here to provide some extra context. As it stands and because of my unanswered economic concern, I don't think I can vote for this.
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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2018, 02:11:50 pm »

Where do we stand from this? I'd really like to hear from the sponsor, otherwise I may consider a motion to table this particular bill.
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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2018, 10:59:31 am »

I haven't heard from the sponsor in 18 days, so I file a motion to table. Do I have a seconder?

(If Halsam does explain his bill I'll withdraw the motion, but I feel it's important that sponsors show up)
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« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2018, 11:38:41 am »

As with the Wasted Funding act, I'd like to assume sponsorship of the bill if possible, since Haslam appears to be absent, if I can't I oppose the motion to Table.
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« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2018, 12:06:29 pm »

For the time being, I withdraw my motion to table.
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« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2018, 07:11:59 pm »

Sorry, I should have taken a leave of abscense but stuff is okay now. I think this bill could and should help a lot. If Election Day was a federal holiday, imagine the good it could do for turnout and for our nation. Regional laws would also be good for this, but I think this is a good policy.
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« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2018, 10:03:22 pm »

On the wiki in the statute page, listed under the 5th Congress there is F.L. 5-9 Federal Electoral Holiday Act.
https://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Federal_Electoral_Holiday_Act

Part of this act does this:
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All dates where Federal Elections are held are hereby established as Federal Holidays. Citizens are hereby granted the right to miss up to 4 (four) hours of a work day in order to vote. Employers shall not infringe upon this right by punishment of legal action taken by individual states or regions.

There is no link on the wiki page to the legislative debate or presidential signature to verify if it was truly passed but I gather if it's on that page it is. 
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« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2018, 11:20:53 am »

On the wiki in the statute page, listed under the 5th Congress there is F.L. 5-9 Federal Electoral Holiday Act.
https://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Federal_Electoral_Holiday_Act

Part of this act does this:
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All dates where Federal Elections are held are hereby established as Federal Holidays. Citizens are hereby granted the right to miss up to 4 (four) hours of a work day in order to vote. Employers shall not infringe upon this right by punishment of legal action taken by individual states or regions.

There is no link on the wiki page to the legislative debate or presidential signature to verify if it was truly passed but I gather if it's on that page it is. 

Thatís rather interesting, I may present a new amendment then.

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« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2018, 09:38:40 pm »

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Election Day Holiday Designation Act:

1. Every Federal Election in Atlasia is to be recognized as a Federal Holiday.

2. Every Regional Election is to be recognized as a regional holiday.

Does the sponsor accept this amendment as friendly?
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« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2018, 11:24:25 pm »

Sponsor, thoughts on the Amendment?
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« Reply #16 on: April 08, 2018, 09:11:15 pm »

I accept, I approve of this
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« Reply #17 on: April 08, 2018, 09:55:25 pm »

Cool. In 24 hrs if there are no objections to the amendment I will motion for unanimous consent to proceed to a vote.
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« Reply #18 on: April 08, 2018, 10:20:32 pm »

Maybe if the regional holiday is unconstitutional the bill could recommend to regional government to enact a regional holiday.
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« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2018, 05:55:17 pm »

Amendment adopted. I'll consider Reactionary's post a motion for a final vote (I realize it's probably a conceptual difference rather than us meaning something different), so there's a few hours left for objections to that.
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« Reply #20 on: April 11, 2018, 05:07:31 pm »

Senators, a final vote has started on this bill. Please vote AYE, NAY or ABSTAIN:

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1. Every Federal Election in Atlasia is to be recognized as a Federal Holiday.
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« Reply #21 on: April 11, 2018, 05:31:25 pm »

Nay.
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« Reply #22 on: April 11, 2018, 07:34:26 pm »

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« Reply #23 on: April 11, 2018, 08:38:23 pm »

Aye.
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« Reply #24 on: April 12, 2018, 03:40:01 pm »

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