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« Reply #75 on: October 09, 2019, 05:16:52 am »

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ACT OF CONGRESS
To provide statehood to the territories of the Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Atlasian Samoa

Be it Enacted in Both Houses of Congress Assembled,

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Section 1: Title
1. This act shall be titled the “Atlasia Territorial Statehood Act 2.0”

Section 2: Granting Statehood
1. The territories of the Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Atlasian Samoa shall be granted statehood within 6 months of passage of this legislation.

Section 3: Passing Impact
1. If this bill passes, the impacts will be as follows:
a. All Atlasian nationals within those territories listed above shall be granted citizenship immediately upon their statehood.
b. the territory shall become a state, effective immediately
c. Any person born within the territories listed above shall be granted citizenship immediately upon statehood.
2. The territories shall be put into the regions as follows:
a. The territories of Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Atlasian Samoa shall be in the region of Fremont
b. The territory of the Virgin Islands shall be in the region of Lincoln

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« Reply #76 on: October 11, 2019, 03:59:19 am »

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SPEEDY TRIAL PROTECTION ACT

SECTION I: NAME
a. This act shall be called the Speedy Trial Protection Act

SECTION II: SPEEDY TRIAL
a. Where a federal judge or magistrate has found that there is probable cause to believe that an adult has committed a felony, the accused, if he or she is held continuously in custody thereafter, shall be forever discharged from prosecution for such offense if no trial is commenced within six (6) months from the date such probable cause was found; and if the accused is not held in custody, he or she shall be forever discharged from prosecution therefor if no trial is commenced within nine (9) months from the date such probable cause was found.
b. If there was no preliminary hearing, or if such preliminary hearing was waived by the accused, the commencement of the running of the six (6) and nine (9) months periods, respectively, set forth in this act, shall be from the date an indictment or presentment is found against the accused. If an indictment or presentment is found against the accused but he has not been arrested for the offense charged therein, the six (6) and nine (9) months periods, respectively, shall commence to run from the date of his arrest thereon. The time during the pendency of any appeal in any appellate court shall not be included as applying to the provisions of this section.
c. The provisions of this section shall not apply to such period of time as the failure to try the accused was caused:
   1. By his insanity or by reason of his confinement in a hospital for care and observation;
   2. By the witnesses for the prosecution being enticed or kept away, or prevented from attending by sickness or accident;
   3. By the granting of a separate trial at the request of a person indicted jointly with others for a felony;
   4. By continuance granted on the motion of the accused or his or her counsel, or by concurrence of the accused or his or her counsel in such a motion by the prosecutor, or by the failure of the accused or his or her counsel to make a timely objection to such a motion by the prosecutor, or by reason of his escaping from jail or failing to appear according to his recognizance;
   5. By the inability of the jury to agree in their verdict; or
   6. By a natural disaster, civil disorder, or act of God.

SECTION III: DATE
a. This act shall take effect thirty (30) days from the date of passage and shall not apply retroactively.

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« Reply #77 on: October 12, 2019, 05:30:36 pm »

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SPEEDY TRIAL PROTECTION ACT

SECTION I: NAME
a. This act shall be called the Speedy Trial Protection Act

SECTION II: SPEEDY TRIAL
a. Where a federal judge or magistrate has found that there is probable cause to believe that an adult has committed a felony, the accused, if he or she is held continuously in custody thereafter, shall be forever discharged from prosecution for such offense if no trial is commenced within six (6) months from the date such probable cause was found; and if the accused is not held in custody, he or she shall be forever discharged from prosecution therefor if no trial is commenced within nine (9) months from the date such probable cause was found.
b. If there was no preliminary hearing, or if such preliminary hearing was waived by the accused, the commencement of the running of the six (6) and nine (9) months periods, respectively, set forth in this act, shall be from the date an indictment or presentment is found against the accused. If an indictment or presentment is found against the accused but he has not been arrested for the offense charged therein, the six (6) and nine (9) months periods, respectively, shall commence to run from the date of his arrest thereon. The time during the pendency of any appeal in any appellate court shall not be included as applying to the provisions of this section.
c. The provisions of this section shall not apply to such period of time as the failure to try the accused was caused:
   1. By his insanity or by reason of his confinement in a hospital for care and observation;
   2. By the witnesses for the prosecution being enticed or kept away, or prevented from attending by sickness or accident;
   3. By the granting of a separate trial at the request of a person indicted jointly with others for a felony;
   4. By continuance granted on the motion of the accused or his or her counsel, or by concurrence of the accused or his or her counsel in such a motion by the prosecutor, or by the failure of the accused or his or her counsel to make a timely objection to such a motion by the prosecutor, or by reason of his escaping from jail or failing to appear according to his recognizance;
   5. By the inability of the jury to agree in their verdict; or
   6. By a natural disaster, civil disorder, or act of God.

SECTION III: DATE
a. This act shall take effect thirty (30) days from the date of passage and shall not apply retroactively.

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« Reply #78 on: October 18, 2019, 03:47:29 am »

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CIVIL RIGHTS COMMEMORATIVE COIN ACT

SECTION I: NAME
a. This law shall be known as the Civil Rights Commemorative Coin Act

SECTION II: CIVIL RIGHTS COMMEMORATIVE COIN
a. The mint shall purchase 500,000 troy ounces of silver bullion and commission the minting of 500,000 legal tender, silver, 1 troy oz commemorative one dollar coins, to be sold to the public at $30 per coin.

b Each coin shall include on the obverse, "Atlasia 2020" and “One Dollar” as well as the name and a sculpting to be approved by the President, of Malcolm X.

c. Each coin shall include on the reverse, " Atlasia 2020" and “One Dollar” as well as the name and a sculpting to be approved by the President, of Rosa Parks.

d. All proceeds from the sale of these coins shall be deposited in the General Treasury.

e. This act shall take effect immediately with the expectation that the coin will be available for sale in 2020.
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« Reply #79 on: October 24, 2019, 04:02:43 am »

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A BILL
To protect collective bargaining for public sector workers

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in Congress assembled,

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Public Sector Union Endurance Act

Section I.

1. This Act may be cited as the "Public Sector Union Endurance Act".

Section II.

1. In the Atlasian public sector, workers can be required to pay the documented costs of labor contract arbitration, handling and management.

  a. In the case that a worker objects to this requirement, a neutral negotiator shall be appointed to research the case and thereby deliver a conclusive, binding verdict as to the congruity of the assessed fees.

Section III.

1. This act takes effect on January 1st, 2020.

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« Reply #80 on: October 26, 2019, 02:59:11 am »

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CIVIL RIGHTS COMMEMORATIVE COIN ACT

SECTION I: NAME
a. This law shall be known as the Civil Rights Commemorative Coin Act

SECTION II: CIVIL RIGHTS COMMEMORATIVE COIN
a. The mint shall purchase 500,000 troy ounces of silver bullion and commission the minting of 500,000 legal tender, silver, 1 troy oz commemorative one dollar coins, to be sold to the public at $30 per coin.

b Each coin shall include on the obverse, "Atlasia 2020" and “One Dollar” as well as the name and a sculpting to be approved by the President, of Malcolm X.

c. Each coin shall include on the reverse, " Atlasia 2020" and “One Dollar” as well as the name and a sculpting to be approved by the President, of Rosa Parks.

d. All proceeds from the sale of these coins shall be deposited in the General Treasury.

e. This act shall take effect immediately with the expectation that the coin will be available for sale in 2020.
House of Representatives
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People's Regional Senate
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A BILL
To protect collective bargaining for public sector workers

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in Congress assembled,

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Public Sector Union Endurance Act

Section I.

1. This Act may be cited as the "Public Sector Union Endurance Act".

Section II.

1. In the Atlasian public sector, workers can be required to pay the documented costs of labor contract arbitration, handling and management.

  a. In the case that a worker objects to this requirement, a neutral negotiator shall be appointed to research the case and thereby deliver a conclusive, binding verdict as to the congruity of the assessed fees.

Section III.

1. This act takes effect on January 1st, 2020.

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« Reply #81 on: October 26, 2019, 06:57:31 pm »

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CRIMINAL PROCEDURE REFORM ACT

SECTION I: NAME
a. This act shall be referred to as the Criminal Procedure Reform Act

SECTION II: DEFINITION
a. Violent Crime as used within this act shall be defined to include any of the following:
   1. murder
   2. voluntary manslaughter
   3. aggravated assault
     4. rape or sexual assault
     5. sexual abuse or aggravated sexual abuse
     6. abusive sexual contact
     7. child abuse
     8. kidnapping
     9. human trafficking
     10. robbery
     11. carjacking or hijacking any other vehicle, vessel, or aircraft
     12. burglary
     13. arson
     14. extortion
     15. Threatening a juror, potential juror, witness, or potential witness related to a criminal case
     16. domestic violence
     17. piracy
     18. illegal brandishing of a firearm
     19. coercion
     20. interference with flight crew members and attendants
     21. stalking
     22. hostage taking
     23. communicating threats to kill the President, Vice President, Game Moderator, or any Cabinet member, member of Congress, or judge
     24.terrorism
     25. conspiracy to commit any of the above offenses

SECTION III: CRIMINAL RECORDS
a. Any person convicted in a federal court of any misdemeanor or felony other than a violent crime shall be eligible to have all their criminal records sealed from general public disclosure as well as such previous convictions ineligible to be introduced as character evidence in a federal court upon the tenth anniversary of conviction or one (1) year after the completion of the criminal sentence, whichever occurs later, provided the person has not been convicted on any new felonies. This provision shall not apply to violent crimes or to the possession, manufacture, distribution, or sale of child pornography.
b. Any juvenile convicted in a federal court of any misdemeanor or felony other than a violent crime shall be eligible to have all their criminal convictions expunged upon the seventh anniversary of conviction or one (1) year after the completion of the criminal sentence, whichever occurs later. This provision shall not apply to violent crimes or to the possession, manufacture, distribution, or sale of child pornography
c. Any person who is arrested by federal law enforcement for a crime and is later found not guilty by a federal court, or who is arrested but has the charges dismissed or expunged, shall be eligible upon request to have any mugshot, fingerprint sample, or DNA sample collected during the arrest in the possession of any federal law enforcement agency, officer, employee, or contractor, purged from all law enforcement databases.
d. Any person charged with a federal crime shall be entitled to request pre-trial discovery and exculpatory materials eligible for disclosure under Brady v. Maryland unless the person expressly waives such disclosures in writing.
SECTION IV: TIMING
a. This act shall take effect immediately. No suit shall be justiciable under this act until ninety (90) days after adoption of this act.
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« Reply #82 on: October 31, 2019, 04:03:44 am »

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Real Free Filing Act of 2019
To simplify and streamline the process of filing federal tax returns.
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SECTION 1. PROHIBITION ON AGREEMENTS RESTRICTING GOVERNMENT TAX PREPARATION AND FILING SERVICES
The Secretary of the Treasury, nor any of his delegation, may not enter into any agreement after the enactment of this Act which restricts the Secretary’s legal right to provide tax return preparation services, or software, or to provide tax return filing services.

SECTION 2. GOVERNMENT-ASSISTED TAX PREPARATION AND FILING SERVICES
Chapter 77 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new section:
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Sec. 7529. Government-Assisted Tax Return Preparation Programs.
a. ESTABLISHMENT OF PROGRAMS - The Secretary shall establish and operate the following programs:
—1. Not later than January 31, 2021, software for the preparation and filing of individual income tax returns for taxable years beginning after 2019.
—2. Not later than March 1, 2021, a program under which taxpayers may download third-party provided return information relating to individual income tax returns for taxable years beginning after 2019.
—3. Not later than March 1, 2021, a program under which taxpayers may elect to have income tax returns for taxable years beginning after 2019 prepared by the Secretary.
b. REQUIREMENTS FOR TAXPAYER DATA ACCESS PROGRAM
i. Return information under the program established under subsection (a)(ii) shall be available
—1. not later than 15 days after the secretary receives such information, and
—2. through a secure function that allows a taxpayer to download such information from the Secretary’s website in both a printable document file and in a computer-readable form suitable for use by automated tax preparation software.
ii. For the purposes of this section, the term “third-party provided return information means-
—1. information reported to the Secretary through an information return (as defined in section 6724(d)(1)),
—2. information reported to the Secretary pursuant to section 232 of the Social Security Act, and
—3. such other information reported to the Secretary as is determined appropriate by the Secretary for the purposes of the program established under subsection (a)(ii)
c. TAX RETURN PREPARATION - No return prepared by the program established under section (a)(iii) shall be treated as filed before the date such return is submitted by the taxpayer as provided under the rules of section 6011.
d. VERIFICATION OF IDENTITY - An individual shall not participate in any program described in subsection (a) or access any information under such a program unless such individual has verified their identity to the satisfaction of the Secretary.
e. TAXPAYER RESPONSIBILITY - Nothing in this section shall be construed to absolve the taxpayer from full responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of his return of tax.
f. PROHIBITION ON FEES - No fee may be imposed on any taxpayer who participates in any program established under subsection (a).

SECTION 3.
There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out the amendments made by this act such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2018 through 2022.

SECTION 4.
This act shall apply to all taxable returns beginning after December 31, 2019. a. This act shall go into effect immediately.
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« Reply #83 on: November 07, 2019, 05:49:39 pm »

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 Citizen Affordability Act

PERMANENT FULL AND PARTIAL INCOME-BASED NATURALIZATION FEE WAIVERS.

Section 344(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1455(b)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(2)  In the case of an alien whose income is less than 150 percent of the Federal poverty line, no fee shall be charged or collected for—

“(i) the filing of an application for naturalization or the issuance of a certificate of naturalization upon admission to citizenship;

“(ii) the filing of an application to preserve residence for naturalization purposes;

“(iii) the filing of an application for a replacement naturalization or citizenship document;

“(iv) the filing of an application for citizenship and issuance of certificate of citizenship under section 322 (Form N–600K);

“(v) the filing of an application for certificate of citizenship (Form N–600);

“(vi) the filing of materials or statements related to renouncement of citizenship; or

“(vii) a biometrics capture or background check associated with any application described in clauses (i), (ii), (iii), and (iv), (v) and (vi).

“(3) In the case of an alien whose income is less than 250 percent of the Federal poverty line, not more than 50 percent of the applicable fee shall be charged or collected for any of the services outlined within (2).

“(4) In this subsection, the term ‘Federal poverty line’ has the meaning given such term by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, as revised annually by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in accordance with section 673(2) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 (42 U.S.C. 9902).”.

"(5) The fee associated with the filing of a passport application is hereby increased by $10

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« Reply #84 on: November 07, 2019, 05:52:28 pm »

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CRIMINAL PROCEDURE REFORM ACT

SECTION I: NAME
a. This act shall be referred to as the Criminal Procedure Reform Act

SECTION II: DEFINITION
a. Violent Crime as used within this act shall be defined to include any of the following:
   1. murder
   2. voluntary manslaughter
   3. aggravated assault
     4. rape or sexual assault
     5. sexual abuse or aggravated sexual abuse
     6. abusive sexual contact
     7. child abuse
     8. kidnapping
     9. human trafficking
     10. robbery
     11. carjacking or hijacking any other vehicle, vessel, or aircraft
     12. burglary
     13. arson
     14. extortion
     15. Threatening a juror, potential juror, witness, or potential witness related to a criminal case
     16. domestic violence
     17. piracy
     18. illegal brandishing of a firearm
     19. coercion
     20. interference with flight crew members and attendants
     21. stalking
     22. hostage taking
     23. communicating threats to kill the President, Vice President, Game Moderator, or any Cabinet member, member of Congress, or judge
     24.terrorism
     25. conspiracy to commit any of the above offenses

SECTION III: CRIMINAL RECORDS
a. Any person convicted in a federal court of any misdemeanor or felony other than a violent crime shall be eligible to have all their criminal records sealed from general public disclosure as well as such previous convictions ineligible to be introduced as character evidence in a federal court upon the tenth anniversary of conviction or one (1) year after the completion of the criminal sentence, whichever occurs later, provided the person has not been convicted on any new felonies. This provision shall not apply to violent crimes or to the possession, manufacture, distribution, or sale of child pornography.
b. Any juvenile convicted in a federal court of any misdemeanor or felony other than a violent crime shall be eligible to have all their criminal convictions expunged upon the seventh anniversary of conviction or one (1) year after the completion of the criminal sentence, whichever occurs later. This provision shall not apply to violent crimes or to the possession, manufacture, distribution, or sale of child pornography
c. Any person who is arrested by federal law enforcement for a crime and is later found not guilty by a federal court, or who is arrested but has the charges dismissed or expunged, shall be eligible upon request to have any mugshot, fingerprint sample, or DNA sample collected during the arrest in the possession of any federal law enforcement agency, officer, employee, or contractor, purged from all law enforcement databases.
d. Any person charged with a federal crime shall be entitled to request pre-trial discovery and exculpatory materials eligible for disclosure under Brady v. Maryland unless the person expressly waives such disclosures in writing.
SECTION IV: TIMING
a. This act shall take effect immediately. No suit shall be justiciable under this act until ninety (90) days after adoption of this act.
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Real Free Filing Act of 2019
To simplify and streamline the process of filing federal tax returns.
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SECTION 1. PROHIBITION ON AGREEMENTS RESTRICTING GOVERNMENT TAX PREPARATION AND FILING SERVICES
The Secretary of the Treasury, nor any of his delegation, may not enter into any agreement after the enactment of this Act which restricts the Secretary’s legal right to provide tax return preparation services, or software, or to provide tax return filing services.

SECTION 2. GOVERNMENT-ASSISTED TAX PREPARATION AND FILING SERVICES
Chapter 77 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new section:
Quote
Sec. 7529. Government-Assisted Tax Return Preparation Programs.
a. ESTABLISHMENT OF PROGRAMS - The Secretary shall establish and operate the following programs:
—1. Not later than January 31, 2021, software for the preparation and filing of individual income tax returns for taxable years beginning after 2019.
—2. Not later than March 1, 2021, a program under which taxpayers may download third-party provided return information relating to individual income tax returns for taxable years beginning after 2019.
—3. Not later than March 1, 2021, a program under which taxpayers may elect to have income tax returns for taxable years beginning after 2019 prepared by the Secretary.
b. REQUIREMENTS FOR TAXPAYER DATA ACCESS PROGRAM
i. Return information under the program established under subsection (a)(ii) shall be available
—1. not later than 15 days after the secretary receives such information, and
—2. through a secure function that allows a taxpayer to download such information from the Secretary’s website in both a printable document file and in a computer-readable form suitable for use by automated tax preparation software.
ii. For the purposes of this section, the term “third-party provided return information means-
—1. information reported to the Secretary through an information return (as defined in section 6724(d)(1)),
—2. information reported to the Secretary pursuant to section 232 of the Social Security Act, and
—3. such other information reported to the Secretary as is determined appropriate by the Secretary for the purposes of the program established under subsection (a)(ii)
c. TAX RETURN PREPARATION - No return prepared by the program established under section (a)(iii) shall be treated as filed before the date such return is submitted by the taxpayer as provided under the rules of section 6011.
d. VERIFICATION OF IDENTITY - An individual shall not participate in any program described in subsection (a) or access any information under such a program unless such individual has verified their identity to the satisfaction of the Secretary.
e. TAXPAYER RESPONSIBILITY - Nothing in this section shall be construed to absolve the taxpayer from full responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of his return of tax.
f. PROHIBITION ON FEES - No fee may be imposed on any taxpayer who participates in any program established under subsection (a).

SECTION 3.
There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out the amendments made by this act such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2018 through 2022.

SECTION 4.
This act shall apply to all taxable returns beginning after December 31, 2019. a. This act shall go into effect immediately.
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People's Regional Senate
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 Citizen Affordability Act

PERMANENT FULL AND PARTIAL INCOME-BASED NATURALIZATION FEE WAIVERS.

Section 344(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1455(b)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(2)  In the case of an alien whose income is less than 150 percent of the Federal poverty line, no fee shall be charged or collected for—

“(i) the filing of an application for naturalization or the issuance of a certificate of naturalization upon admission to citizenship;

“(ii) the filing of an application to preserve residence for naturalization purposes;

“(iii) the filing of an application for a replacement naturalization or citizenship document;

“(iv) the filing of an application for citizenship and issuance of certificate of citizenship under section 322 (Form N–600K);

“(v) the filing of an application for certificate of citizenship (Form N–600);

“(vi) the filing of materials or statements related to renouncement of citizenship; or

“(vii) a biometrics capture or background check associated with any application described in clauses (i), (ii), (iii), and (iv), (v) and (vi).

“(3) In the case of an alien whose income is less than 250 percent of the Federal poverty line, not more than 50 percent of the applicable fee shall be charged or collected for any of the services outlined within (2).

“(4) In this subsection, the term ‘Federal poverty line’ has the meaning given such term by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, as revised annually by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in accordance with section 673(2) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 (42 U.S.C. 9902).”.

"(5) The fee associated with the filing of a passport application is hereby increased by $10

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« Reply #85 on: November 11, 2019, 03:57:21 am »

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A BILL
To recognize an historical pact and seek a cordial conclusion

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in Congress assembled,

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Section I: Title
1. This Act may be cited as the "The Black Hills Reclamation Act".

Section II: Resolution

1. Recognizing:

  a. The historical annexation of native lands, the violation of the Treaty of Fort Laramie, and the desecration of the sacred Black Hills mountain range by the Republic of Atlasia were unjustified acts of barbarism.

2. We Resolve:

  a. To conduct a peaceful and permanent arrangement with the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota people on the basis of mutual friendship and self-determination.

Section III: The Objective

1. The Atlasia Senate Committee on Indian Affairs shall oversee an initiative to gradually return territory once belonging to the Great Sioux Reservation back to the Sioux in the form of a newly constituted reservation.

  a. This shall total 7.25 million acres of land encompassing the Black Hills, the Cheyenne River, Standing Rock, Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Badlands N.P., Western Crow Creek, and Lower Brule.
 
     i. Of this, the Sioux shall receive direct ownership and title over 1.2 million acres of federal land. In the remaining land designated to the reservation, residents of the State of South Dakota shall retain ownership over their property.  

  b. All lands directly owned by the Sioux shall be exempt from local, state and federal taxation.

  c. The Sioux shall attain complete mineral and water rights to all directly owned territory.

2. The Committee shall consult with leaders and representatives of the Sioux and thereby determine the steps most necessary and suitable with all present-day conditions in mind.


Section IV: Effective Date

1. This act takes effect on November 28th, 2019.

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« Reply #86 on: November 11, 2019, 06:13:40 pm »

This bill has passed through both chambers of Congress:
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A BILL
To strengthen the estate tax and provide a bulwark against an oligarchy

Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress
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Section 1; Title
1. This act may be cited as the "Responsible Estate Tax Act"

Section 2; Substance
1. The minimum value of estate subject to the estate tax shall be $3.5 million.
2. The estate tax brackets shall be adjusted as follows;
a) 45% tax shall be paid for the value of an estate between $3.5 million and $10 million.
b) 50% tax shall be paid for the value of an estate between $10 million and $50 million.
c) 55% tax shall be paid for the value of an estate in excess of $50 million.
3. A 10% surtax shall be imposed on the value of estates above $500 million.
4. The rules regarding grantor retained annuity trusts shall be expanded by-
a) The right to receive fixed amounts from an annuity shall last for a term of not less than 10 years and that such fixed amounts not decrease during the first 10 years of the annuity term.
b) The remainder interest shall have a value greater than 10% when transferred.
5. The generation-skipping transfer tax exemption is eliminated for any grantor trust that whose termination date is 50 years or less in duration.
6. The basic estate tax exclusion shall amount to $3.5 million.
7. The reduction in valuations of farmland for estate tax purposes shall increase to $3 million.
a) This reduction shall be adjusted to inflation after 2020.
8. The maximum estate tax exclusion for contributions of conservation easements shall increase to $2 million.
9. The annual gift tax exclusion shall be adjusted to limit the aggregate annual amount of such exclusion to twice the current exclusion amount for certain types of transfers, these being
a) A transfer in trust.
b) A transfer of an interest in a pass through entity.
c) A transfer of an interest subject to a prohibition on sale
d) Any other transfer of property that cannot be immediately liquidated by the donee.
10. Executors of estates and donors of gifts shall be required to file a gift tax return to disclose to the Department of the Treasury, and to recipients of any interest in an estate or a gift, information identifying the value of each interest received.
11. Any establishment classified as a sole proprietorship or partnership shall have an estate tax exemption of $50 million and shall be subject to an estate tax of 20% above a fair market valuation of $50 million

Section 3; Implementation
1. All changes in this legislation shall take effect in the first fiscal year following its passage into law.
People's Regional Senate
Passed 5-1 in the Atlasian Senate Assembled,


As amended:
Passed in the House of Representatives 5-1-0-3


People's Regional Senate (amended version)
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« Reply #87 on: November 16, 2019, 04:13:09 am »

This has passed through both chambers of Congress:
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SAFE EVACUATIONS ACT

SECTION I: NAME
a. This act shall be known as the Safe Evacuations Act

SECTION II: EMERGENCY RULES
1. During a declared state of emergency, federal roads along evacuation routes shall suspend the collection of any tolls typically charged.
2. During any mandatory evacuation in a declared emergency, any registered sex offender who enters a FEMA shelter shall only be required to notify the shelter commander rather than every person in the shelter. The sex offender shall obey the shelter commander’s decisions regarding sleeping assignments, interaction with children, monitoring, and other decisions necessary to protect the safety of all evacuees in the government shelter. Nothing in this act shall be interpreted as prohibiting the shelter commander from disclosing this information to shelter workers or volunteers.

SECTION III: TIME
a. This act shall take effect immediately.
House of Representatives
Passed in the House of Representatives 9-0

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People's Regional Senate
Passed 6-0 in the Atlasian Senate Assembled

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« Reply #88 on: November 16, 2019, 08:37:28 pm »

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A BILL
To recognize an historical pact and seek a cordial conclusion

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in Congress assembled,

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Section I: Title
1. This Act may be cited as the "The Black Hills Reclamation Act".

Section II: Resolution

1. Recognizing:

  a. The historical annexation of native lands, the violation of the Treaty of Fort Laramie, and the desecration of the sacred Black Hills mountain range by the Republic of Atlasia were unjustified acts of barbarism.

2. We Resolve:

  a. To conduct a peaceful and permanent arrangement with the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota people on the basis of mutual friendship and self-determination.

Section III: The Objective

1. The Atlasia Senate Committee on Indian Affairs shall oversee an initiative to gradually return territory once belonging to the Great Sioux Reservation back to the Sioux in the form of a newly constituted reservation.

  a. This shall total 7.25 million acres of land encompassing the Black Hills, the Cheyenne River, Standing Rock, Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Badlands N.P., Western Crow Creek, and Lower Brule.
 
     i. Of this, the Sioux shall receive direct ownership and title over 1.2 million acres of federal land. In the remaining land designated to the reservation, residents of the State of South Dakota shall retain ownership over their property.  

  b. All lands directly owned by the Sioux shall be exempt from local, state and federal taxation.

  c. The Sioux shall attain complete mineral and water rights to all directly owned territory.

2. The Committee shall consult with leaders and representatives of the Sioux and thereby determine the steps most necessary and suitable with all present-day conditions in mind.


Section IV: Effective Date

1. This act takes effect on November 28th, 2019.

People's Regional Senate
Passed 6-0 in the Atlasian Senate Assembled,

House of Representatives
Passed 7-0-1-1 in the Atlasian House Assembled

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A BILL
To strengthen the estate tax and provide a bulwark against an oligarchy

Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress
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Section 1; Title
1. This act may be cited as the "Responsible Estate Tax Act"

Section 2; Substance
1. The minimum value of estate subject to the estate tax shall be $3.5 million.
2. The estate tax brackets shall be adjusted as follows;
a) 45% tax shall be paid for the value of an estate between $3.5 million and $10 million.
b) 50% tax shall be paid for the value of an estate between $10 million and $50 million.
c) 55% tax shall be paid for the value of an estate in excess of $50 million.
3. A 10% surtax shall be imposed on the value of estates above $500 million.
4. The rules regarding grantor retained annuity trusts shall be expanded by-
a) The right to receive fixed amounts from an annuity shall last for a term of not less than 10 years and that such fixed amounts not decrease during the first 10 years of the annuity term.
b) The remainder interest shall have a value greater than 10% when transferred.
5. The generation-skipping transfer tax exemption is eliminated for any grantor trust that whose termination date is 50 years or less in duration.
6. The basic estate tax exclusion shall amount to $3.5 million.
7. The reduction in valuations of farmland for estate tax purposes shall increase to $3 million.
a) This reduction shall be adjusted to inflation after 2020.
8. The maximum estate tax exclusion for contributions of conservation easements shall increase to $2 million.
9. The annual gift tax exclusion shall be adjusted to limit the aggregate annual amount of such exclusion to twice the current exclusion amount for certain types of transfers, these being
a) A transfer in trust.
b) A transfer of an interest in a pass through entity.
c) A transfer of an interest subject to a prohibition on sale
d) Any other transfer of property that cannot be immediately liquidated by the donee.
10. Executors of estates and donors of gifts shall be required to file a gift tax return to disclose to the Department of the Treasury, and to recipients of any interest in an estate or a gift, information identifying the value of each interest received.
11. Any establishment classified as a sole proprietorship or partnership shall have an estate tax exemption of $50 million and shall be subject to an estate tax of 20% above a fair market valuation of $50 million

Section 3; Implementation
1. All changes in this legislation shall take effect in the first fiscal year following its passage into law.
People's Regional Senate
Passed 5-1 in the Atlasian Senate Assembled,


As amended:
Passed in the House of Representatives 5-1-0-3


People's Regional Senate (amended version)
Passed 4-0-0-2 in the Atlasian Senate Assembled

President of Congress




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SAFE EVACUATIONS ACT

SECTION I: NAME
a. This act shall be known as the Safe Evacuations Act

SECTION II: EMERGENCY RULES
1. During a declared state of emergency, federal roads along evacuation routes shall suspend the collection of any tolls typically charged.
2. During any mandatory evacuation in a declared emergency, any registered sex offender who enters a FEMA shelter shall only be required to notify the shelter commander rather than every person in the shelter. The sex offender shall obey the shelter commander’s decisions regarding sleeping assignments, interaction with children, monitoring, and other decisions necessary to protect the safety of all evacuees in the government shelter. Nothing in this act shall be interpreted as prohibiting the shelter commander from disclosing this information to shelter workers or volunteers.

SECTION III: TIME
a. This act shall take effect immediately.
House of Representatives
Passed in the House of Representatives 9-0

X YE
People's Regional Senate
Passed 6-0 in the Atlasian Senate Assembled

House of Representatives(amended version)
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« Reply #89 on: November 18, 2019, 03:33:52 am »

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« Reply #90 on: November 18, 2019, 03:41:37 am »

This treaty has been ratified.
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SECTION I. SCOPE

1) This agreement shall apply to the trade in all goods between the nation of Atlasia and the nation of Kenya except for those herein listed.

2) Any item prohibited from export by the Bureau of Industrial Security or any successor agency shall not be subject to the terms of this agreement.

3) Any narcotic, drug, or substance prohibited from consumption under the laws of any member party shall not be subject to the terms of this agreement.

4) Any animal or animal product prohibited from sale by the Endangered Species Act shall not be subject to terms of this agreement.

SECTION II. NATIONAL TREATMENT AND MARKET ACCESS FOR GOODS

1) Elimination of Duties - Except as otherwise provided in this agreement, each party shall progressively eliminate its customs duties on originating goods of the other party.

2) Customs Value - Each party shall adopt and apply the provisions of the WTO Customs Valuation Agreement for the purposes of determining the customs value of goods traded between the parties

3) Export Tax - Neither party shall adopt or maintain any duty, tax or other charge on the export of any good to the territory of the other party.

4) Import and Export Restrictions - Neither party shall adopt or maintain any prohibition or restriction on the importation or exportation of any good of the other party, except as permitted by this agreement.

5) Merchandise Processing Fee - Neither party shall adopt or maintain any merchandise processing fee for originating goods.

SECTION III: ORIGIN DETERMINATIONS

1) Chapter 3 of the Atlasia-Mozambique Free Trade Agreement, governing rules for determining originating goods is hereby incorporated by reference.

SECTION IV: CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATION

1) Notice Requirements - Each party shall publish at least 30 days in advance any change to any of its rules or regulations for customs administration.

2) Cooperation - Each party shall cooperate on the interpretation and dispute resolution of customs rules, regulations, and determinations.

SECTION V: SAFEGUARDS

1) Anti-Dumping - If as a result of the reduction or elimination of any customs duty under the agreement, an originating good of the other party is being imported in such quantities, in absolute terms or relative to domestic production, and under such conditions that the imports of such originating good constitute a substantial cause of serious injury to a domestic industry producing a like or directly competitive good, such party may either: suspend the further reduction of any rate of customs duty provided for under this agreement for the good or increase the rate of customs duty on the good until such time that imports of the good stabilize at a sustainable rate.

2) Government Enterprises and monopolies - Chapter 12 of the Atlasia- Mozambique Free Trade Agreement, governing rules for anticompetitive behaviour is hereby incorporated by reference.

3) Marketing Boards - Atlasia agrees to not treat agricultural marketing boards administered by Kenya as anti-competitive under the terms of this agreement, provided the net added value of such administration does not exceed 15% of fair market value.

4) Intellectual Property - Kenya agrees to abide by the intellectual property laws of Atlasia. This agreement hereby gives personal jurisdiction to Atlasian Courts over such violations occurring in Kenya. Kenya hereby agrees to domesticate any judgment assessed under the terms of this agreement.

5) Government Procurement - Neither party shall treat government procurement policies favouring domestic goods as anticompetitive under the terms of this agreement.

6) Environmental barriers - Atlasia agrees not to enforce the terms of the Lacey act against any timber or other plant product exported by Kenya under the terms of this agreement.

7) Quality Controls and Inspections - Neither party shall treat the neutral enforcement of generally applicable quality control laws as anticompetitive under the terms of this agreement.

8 ) Countervailing Duties - If after this agreement is fully implemented, either party fails to comply with its terms, the other party may set countervailing duties proportionate to the fair market value of the unfair advantage afforded by the breaching party’s actions.

9) Withdrawal - Either party may withdraw from this agreement six months after a declaration of intent to withdraw has been formally published by the head of state of the withdrawing party.

SECTION VI: TELECOMMUNICATION AND ELECTRONICS

1) Chapter 9 of the Atlasia-Mozambique Free Trade Agreement, governing rules for telecommunications trade is hereby incorporated by reference.

SECTION VII: FINANCIAL SERVICES

1) Chapter 10 of the Atlasia-Mozambique Free Trade Agreement, governing rules for financial services commerce is hereby incorporated by reference.

SECTION VIII: BUSINESS VISAS

1) Chapter 11 of the Atlasia-Mozambique Free Trade Agreement, governing rules for temporary business visas is hereby incorporated by reference.

SECTION IX: DISPUTE SETTLEMENTS

1) Chapter 20 of the Atlasia-Mozambique Free Trade Agreement, governing rules for dispute resolution is hereby incorporated by reference.

SECTION X: IMPLEMENTATION

1) This agreement shall take full effect 15 months from the date of passage.
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« Reply #91 on: November 20, 2019, 05:27:47 am »

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SECTION I. SCOPE

1) This agreement shall apply to the trade in all goods between the nation of Atlasia and the nation of Kenya except for those herein listed.

2) Any item prohibited from export by the Bureau of Industrial Security or any successor agency shall not be subject to the terms of this agreement.

3) Any narcotic, drug, or substance prohibited from consumption under the laws of any member party shall not be subject to the terms of this agreement.

4) Any animal or animal product prohibited from sale by the Endangered Species Act shall not be subject to terms of this agreement.

SECTION II. NATIONAL TREATMENT AND MARKET ACCESS FOR GOODS

1) Elimination of Duties - Except as otherwise provided in this agreement, each party shall progressively eliminate its customs duties on originating goods of the other party.

2) Customs Value - Each party shall adopt and apply the provisions of the WTO Customs Valuation Agreement for the purposes of determining the customs value of goods traded between the parties

3) Export Tax - Neither party shall adopt or maintain any duty, tax or other charge on the export of any good to the territory of the other party.

4) Import and Export Restrictions - Neither party shall adopt or maintain any prohibition or restriction on the importation or exportation of any good of the other party, except as permitted by this agreement.

5) Merchandise Processing Fee - Neither party shall adopt or maintain any merchandise processing fee for originating goods.

SECTION III: ORIGIN DETERMINATIONS

1) Chapter 3 of the Atlasia-Mozambique Free Trade Agreement, governing rules for determining originating goods is hereby incorporated by reference.

SECTION IV: CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATION

1) Notice Requirements - Each party shall publish at least 30 days in advance any change to any of its rules or regulations for customs administration.

2) Cooperation - Each party shall cooperate on the interpretation and dispute resolution of customs rules, regulations, and determinations.

SECTION V: SAFEGUARDS

1) Anti-Dumping - If as a result of the reduction or elimination of any customs duty under the agreement, an originating good of the other party is being imported in such quantities, in absolute terms or relative to domestic production, and under such conditions that the imports of such originating good constitute a substantial cause of serious injury to a domestic industry producing a like or directly competitive good, such party may either: suspend the further reduction of any rate of customs duty provided for under this agreement for the good or increase the rate of customs duty on the good until such time that imports of the good stabilize at a sustainable rate.

2) Government Enterprises and monopolies - Chapter 12 of the Atlasia- Mozambique Free Trade Agreement, governing rules for anticompetitive behaviour is hereby incorporated by reference.

3) Marketing Boards - Atlasia agrees to not treat agricultural marketing boards administered by Kenya as anti-competitive under the terms of this agreement, provided the net added value of such administration does not exceed 15% of fair market value.

4) Intellectual Property - Kenya agrees to abide by the intellectual property laws of Atlasia. This agreement hereby gives personal jurisdiction to Atlasian Courts over such violations occurring in Kenya. Kenya hereby agrees to domesticate any judgment assessed under the terms of this agreement.

5) Government Procurement - Neither party shall treat government procurement policies favouring domestic goods as anticompetitive under the terms of this agreement.

6) Environmental barriers - Atlasia agrees not to enforce the terms of the Lacey act against any timber or other plant product exported by Kenya under the terms of this agreement.

7) Quality Controls and Inspections - Neither party shall treat the neutral enforcement of generally applicable quality control laws as anticompetitive under the terms of this agreement.

8 ) Countervailing Duties - If after this agreement is fully implemented, either party fails to comply with its terms, the other party may set countervailing duties proportionate to the fair market value of the unfair advantage afforded by the breaching party’s actions.

9) Withdrawal - Either party may withdraw from this agreement six months after a declaration of intent to withdraw has been formally published by the head of state of the withdrawing party.

SECTION VI: TELECOMMUNICATION AND ELECTRONICS

1) Chapter 9 of the Atlasia-Mozambique Free Trade Agreement, governing rules for telecommunications trade is hereby incorporated by reference.

SECTION VII: FINANCIAL SERVICES

1) Chapter 10 of the Atlasia-Mozambique Free Trade Agreement, governing rules for financial services commerce is hereby incorporated by reference.

SECTION VIII: BUSINESS VISAS

1) Chapter 11 of the Atlasia-Mozambique Free Trade Agreement, governing rules for temporary business visas is hereby incorporated by reference.

SECTION IX: DISPUTE SETTLEMENTS

1) Chapter 20 of the Atlasia-Mozambique Free Trade Agreement, governing rules for dispute resolution is hereby incorporated by reference.

SECTION X: IMPLEMENTATION

1) This agreement shall take full effect 15 months from the date of passage.
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« Reply #92 on: November 28, 2019, 03:15:17 pm »
« Edited: November 28, 2019, 03:55:49 pm by Pericles »

This bill has passed through both chambers of Congress:
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A BILL

To reform federal patent policy


Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled
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Title of Act:

This legislation may be cited as the Patent Reform Act of 2019.

Substance

F.L. 10-1, the Patent Reform Act of 2017, is amended to read as follows, renumbering accordingly:
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Title I: Rules of Civil Procedure in Patent Cases

1.) Any person who files a civil action alleging patent infringement must include the following information in their court pleadings:

A) The registered number of any patent at issue
B) All claims necessary to produce the identification of each instrumentality or process alleged to infringe any claim of each patent allegedly infringed
C) The name, model number, or description of each accused instrumentality
D) Each element necessary to prove each claim against each instrumentality
E) The Authority of the party alleging infringement to assert each patent
F) Grounds for jurisdiction.

2.) The prevailing party in a patent infringement case may petition the Court for reasonable legal fees, and the presiding Judge shall grant the petition, unless:

A) The non-prevailing party was reasonably justified in their legal and factual argument, or
B) Special circumstances, such as severe economic hardship to a named inventor, make an award unjust.

3.) A defendant in a patent infringement case who is being sued solely as an end-user or retailer of a composite product may petition the court to be dismissed as a defendant provided:

A) The Manufacturer of the composite product is a party to the lawsuit, and
B) The end-user or retailer agrees to be bound on issues of law.

4.) A defendant in a patent infringement case may petition the court for a stay of discovery:

A) Pending a motion to dismiss,
B) when the plaintiff is granted a preliminary injunction to prevent economic activity, or
C) during drug and biological product applications.

Title II: Patent Infringement Demand Letters

1.) The sending of purposefully evasive demand letters to end users or retailers, without identifying the registered number of any patent allegedly being infringed or the identity of the patent holder, shall be considered a fraudulent and deceptive trade practice.

2.) The Federal Trade Commission is hereby authorized to investigate complaints of evasive demand letters, assess penalties on violators, and petition federal courts for an injunction against violators.

Title III: Evergreen Patents and Medicine

1a.) It shall be unlawful for any holder of an expiring drug or biological patent to offer or make any payment to a manufacturer or distributor of generic drugs or biologics in exchange for delaying future sales of the generic drug.

1b.) No method or process patent may be granted for drugs that are protected under existing patents.  All existing process or method patents for drugs shall be null upon passage of this act.

2.) The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) shall not grant a patent holder more than 4 continuation applications.

Title IV: Seed and Biological Patents

1.) Living organisms, including seeds, are not patentable material.
2.) Thus, patents for animal and plant DNA are rendered invalid.


1.) In any civil action against a farmer alleging infringement of a patented seed licensing agreement, the court shall determine the origin of the seeds in question. If it is determined by clear and convincing evidence that the unlicensed seeds were illegally purchased by a farmer, the farmer shall be liable to the patent holder for the cost of the seed, the cost of court filings, and the reasonable costs of the investigation. If however it is shown by preponderance of the evidence that the farmer did not purposefully acquire and then plant the patented seeds, the patent holder shall be liable to the farmer for all legal expenses as well as treble damages on the value of the crop yield.

2.) Venue for the case shall be the District Court of the place where the alleged infringement occurred.


Title V: Software patents

1.) Software patents shall pertain solely to enabled code without regard to means or function of code.

Title VI: Protection for human DNA combinations

1.) Human DNA combinations shall not be patentable subject matter under terms of the Patent Act of 1952.

Title VII: Time period limits

1.) Patents for biologic drugs shall expire after ten years.

2.) Genetic patents shall expire after fifteen years.

3.) Software patents shall expire after eight years

Title VIII: International patent applications

1.) All patent applications must be filed in English.

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« Reply #93 on: November 29, 2019, 07:15:30 pm »

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A BILL

To reform federal patent policy


Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled
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Title of Act:

This legislation may be cited as the Patent Reform Act of 2019.

Substance

F.L. 10-1, the Patent Reform Act of 2017, is amended to read as follows, renumbering accordingly:
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Title I: Rules of Civil Procedure in Patent Cases

1.) Any person who files a civil action alleging patent infringement must include the following information in their court pleadings:

A) The registered number of any patent at issue
B) All claims necessary to produce the identification of each instrumentality or process alleged to infringe any claim of each patent allegedly infringed
C) The name, model number, or description of each accused instrumentality
D) Each element necessary to prove each claim against each instrumentality
E) The Authority of the party alleging infringement to assert each patent
F) Grounds for jurisdiction.

2.) The prevailing party in a patent infringement case may petition the Court for reasonable legal fees, and the presiding Judge shall grant the petition, unless:

A) The non-prevailing party was reasonably justified in their legal and factual argument, or
B) Special circumstances, such as severe economic hardship to a named inventor, make an award unjust.

3.) A defendant in a patent infringement case who is being sued solely as an end-user or retailer of a composite product may petition the court to be dismissed as a defendant provided:

A) The Manufacturer of the composite product is a party to the lawsuit, and
B) The end-user or retailer agrees to be bound on issues of law.

4.) A defendant in a patent infringement case may petition the court for a stay of discovery:

A) Pending a motion to dismiss,
B) when the plaintiff is granted a preliminary injunction to prevent economic activity, or
C) during drug and biological product applications.

Title II: Patent Infringement Demand Letters

1.) The sending of purposefully evasive demand letters to end users or retailers, without identifying the registered number of any patent allegedly being infringed or the identity of the patent holder, shall be considered a fraudulent and deceptive trade practice.

2.) The Federal Trade Commission is hereby authorized to investigate complaints of evasive demand letters, assess penalties on violators, and petition federal courts for an injunction against violators.

Title III: Evergreen Patents and Medicine

1a.) It shall be unlawful for any holder of an expiring drug or biological patent to offer or make any payment to a manufacturer or distributor of generic drugs or biologics in exchange for delaying future sales of the generic drug.

1b.) No method or process patent may be granted for drugs that are protected under existing patents.  All existing process or method patents for drugs shall be null upon passage of this act.

2.) The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) shall not grant a patent holder more than 4 continuation applications.

Title IV: Seed and Biological Patents

1.) Living organisms, including seeds, are not patentable material.
2.) Thus, patents for animal and plant DNA are rendered invalid.


1.) In any civil action against a farmer alleging infringement of a patented seed licensing agreement, the court shall determine the origin of the seeds in question. If it is determined by clear and convincing evidence that the unlicensed seeds were illegally purchased by a farmer, the farmer shall be liable to the patent holder for the cost of the seed, the cost of court filings, and the reasonable costs of the investigation. If however it is shown by preponderance of the evidence that the farmer did not purposefully acquire and then plant the patented seeds, the patent holder shall be liable to the farmer for all legal expenses as well as treble damages on the value of the crop yield.

2.) Venue for the case shall be the District Court of the place where the alleged infringement occurred.


Title V: Software patents

1.) Software patents shall pertain solely to enabled code without regard to means or function of code.

Title VI: Protection for human DNA combinations

1.) Human DNA combinations shall not be patentable subject matter under terms of the Patent Act of 1952.

Title VII: Time period limits

1.) Patents for biologic drugs shall expire after ten years.

2.) Genetic patents shall expire after fifteen years.

3.) Software patents shall expire after eight years

Title VIII: International patent applications

1.) All patent applications must be filed in English.

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« Reply #94 on: December 01, 2019, 08:25:39 pm »

This bill has passed through both chambers of Congress:
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No Bathroom Police Act

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Republic of Atlasia in Congress assembled,
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SECTION 1. TITLE

This law shall be referred to as the "No Bathroom Police Act".

SECTION 2. BATHROOM POLICY IN FEDERAL BUILDINGS

Nothing under Federal law shall prohibit persons from using the restroom of the gender with which they identify in federal buildings or facilities.

SECTION 3. TIMING
This act shall take effect immediately.


House of Representatives
Passed in the House of Representatives 5-2-0-3
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« Reply #95 on: December 03, 2019, 03:17:52 pm »

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No Bathroom Police Act

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Republic of Atlasia in Congress assembled,
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SECTION 1. TITLE

This law shall be referred to as the "No Bathroom Police Act".

SECTION 2. BATHROOM POLICY IN FEDERAL BUILDINGS

Nothing under Federal law shall prohibit persons from using the restroom of the gender with which they identify in federal buildings or facilities.

SECTION 3. TIMING
This act shall take effect immediately.


House of Representatives
Passed in the House of Representatives 5-2-0-3
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« Reply #96 on: December 03, 2019, 08:22:57 pm »

This bill has passed through both chambers of Congress:
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A BILL

To impose a moratorium on large agribusiness, food and beverage manufacturing, and grocery retail mergers, and to establish a commission to review large agriculture, food and beverage manufacturing, and grocery retail mergers, concentration, and market power.

Section 1: Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Food and Agricultural Merger Act of 2019”. It may also be cited as the "FAM Act".

Section 2: Findings.

Congress finds that the concentration in the food and agricultural economy, including mergers, acquisitions, and other combinations and alliances among suppliers, packers, integrators, other food processors, distributors, and retailers has been accelerating at a rapid pace since the 1980s, and particularly since the 2007 through 2009 recession.

Section 3. Definitions.

In this Act:

(1) AGRICULTURAL INPUT SUPPLIER.—The term “agricultural input supplier” means any person (excluding agricultural cooperatives) engaged in the business of selling, in interstate or foreign commerce, any product to be used as an input (including seed, germ plasm, hormones, antibiotics, fertilizer, and chemicals, but excluding farm machinery) for the production of any agricultural commodity, except that no person shall be considered an agricultural input supplier if sales of such products are for a value less than $10,000,000 per year.

(2) BROKER.—The term “broker” means any person engaged in the business of negotiating sales and purchases of any agricultural commodity in interstate or foreign commerce for or on behalf of the vendor or the purchaser, except that no person shall be considered a broker if the only sales of such commodities are for a value less than $10,000,000 per year.

(3) COMMISSION MERCHANT.—The term “commission merchant” means any person engaged in the business of receiving in interstate or foreign commerce any agricultural commodity for sale, on commission, or for or on behalf of another, except that no person shall be considered a commission merchant if the only sales of such commodities are for a value less than $10,000,000 per year.

(4) DEALER.—The term “dealer” means any person (excluding agricultural cooperatives) engaged in the business of buying, selling, or marketing agricultural commodities in interstate or foreign commerce, except that no person shall be considered a dealer with respect to sales or marketing of any agricultural commodity of that person’s own raising; and no person shall be considered a dealer if the only sales of such commodities are for a value less than $10,000,000 per year.

(5) INTEGRATOR.—The term “integrator” means an entity that contracts with farmers for grower services to raise chickens or hogs to slaughter size and weight. The integrator owns the chickens or hogs, supplies the feed, slaughters, and further processes the poultry or pork.

(6) PROCESSOR.—The term “processor” means any person (excluding agricultural cooperatives) engaged in the business of handling, preparing, or manufacturing (including slaughtering and food and beverage manufacturing) of an agricultural commodity, or the products of such agricultural commodity, for sale or marketing for human consumption, except that no person shall be considered a processor if the only sales of such products are for a value less than $10,000,000 per year.

(7) RETAILER.—The term “retailer” means any person (excluding agricultural cooperatives) licensed as a retailer under the Perishable Agriculture Commodities Act of 1930 (7 U.S.C. 499a(b)), except that no person shall be considered a retailer if the only sales of such products are for a value less than $10,000 per year.

Section 4: Moratorium on large agribusiness, food and beverage manufacturing, and grocery retail mergers.

(a) In general.—

(1) Until the date referred to in paragraph (2) and except as provided in subsection (b)—

(A) no dealer, processor, commission merchant, agricultural input supplier, broker, or operator of a warehouse of agricultural commodities or retailer with annual net sales or total assets of more than $160,000,000 shall merge or acquire, directly or indirectly, any voting securities or assets of any other dealer, processor, commission merchant, agricultural input supplier, broker, or operator of a warehouse of agricultural commodities or retailer with annual net sales or total assets of more than $16,000,000; and

(B) no dealer, processor, commission merchant, agricultural input supplier, broker, or operator of a warehouse of agricultural commodities or retailer with annual net sales or total assets of more than $16,000,000 shall merge or acquire, directly or indirectly, any voting securities or assets of any other dealer, processor, commission merchant, agricultural input supplier, broker, or operator of a warehouse of agricultural commodities or retailer with annual net sales or total assets of more than $160,000,000 if the acquiring person would hold—

(i) 15 percent or more of the voting securities or assets of the acquired person; or

(ii) an aggregate total amount of the voting securities and assets of the acquired person in excess of $15,000,000.

(2) DATE.—The date referred to in this paragraph is the earlier of—

(A) the effective date of comprehensive legislation—

(i) addressing the problem of market concentration in the food and agricultural sector; and

(ii) containing a section stating that the legislation is comprehensive legislation as provided in section 101 of the Food and Agribusiness Merger Moratorium and Antitrust Review Act of 2018; or

(B) the date that is 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act.

(b) Exemptions.—The classes of transactions described in section 7A(c) of the Clayton Act (15 U.S.C. 18a(c)) are exempt from subsection (a).

(c) Avoidance.—Any transaction or other device entered into or employed for the purpose of avoiding the moratorium contained in subsection (a) shall be disregarded, and the application of the moratorium shall be determined by applying subsection (a) to the substance of the transaction.

Section 5: Establishment of Commission.

(a) Establishment.—There is established a NPC commission to be known as the Food and Agriculture Concentration and Market Power Review Commission (hereafter in this title referred to as the “Commission”).

(b) Purposes.—The purpose of the Commission is to—

(1) study the nature and consequences of concentration in America’s food and agricultural economy; and

(2) make recommendations on how to change underlying antitrust laws and other Federal laws and regulations to keep a fair and competitive agriculture marketplace for family farmers, other small and medium sized agriculture producers, generally, and the communities of which they are a part.

(c) Membership of Commission.—

(1) COMPOSITION.—The Commission (non-playable) shall be composed of 12 members as follows:

(A) Three persons, one of whom shall be a person currently engaged in farming or ranching, shall be appointed by the President pro tempore of the Senate upon the recommendation of the Majority Leader of the Senate, after consultation with the Chairs of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and of the Committee on the Judiciary.

(B) Three persons, one of whom shall be a person currently engaged in farming or ranching, shall be appointed by the President pro tempore of the Senate upon the recommendation of the Minority Leader of the Senate, after consultation with the ranking minority member of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and of the Committee on the Judiciary.

(C) Three persons, one of whom shall be a person currently engaged in farming or ranching, shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, after consultation with the Chairs of the Committee on Agriculture and of the Committee on the Judiciary.

(D) Three persons, one of whom shall be a person currently engaged in farming or ranching, shall be appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, after consultation with the ranking minority member of the Committee on Agriculture and of the Committee on the Judiciary.

(2) QUALIFICATIONS OF MEMBERS.—

(A) APPOINTMENTS.—Persons who are appointed under paragraph (1) shall be persons who—

(i) have experience in farming or ranching, expertise in agricultural economics and antitrust, or have other pertinent qualifications or experience relating to agriculture and food and agriculture industries; and

(ii) are not officers or employees of the United States.

(B) OTHER CONSIDERATION.—In appointing Commission members, every effort shall be made to ensure that the members—

(i) are representative of a broad cross sector of agriculture and antitrust perspectives within the United States; and

(ii) provide fresh insights to analyzing the causes and impacts of concentration in agriculture industries and sectors.

(d) Period of appointment; vacancies.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Members shall be appointed not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act and the appointment shall be for the life of the Commission.

(2) VACANCIES.—Any vacancy in the Commission shall not affect its powers, but shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.

(e) Initial meeting.—Not later than 30 days after the date on which all members of the Commission have been appointed, the Commission shall hold its first meeting.

(f) Meetings.—The Commission shall meet at the call of the Chairperson.

(g) Chairperson and vice Chairperson.—The members of the Commission shall elect a chairperson and vice chairperson from among the members of the Commission.

(h) Quorum.—A majority of the members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

(i) Voting.—Each member of the Commission shall be entitled to 1 vote, which shall be equal to the vote of every other member of the Commission.

Section 6: Duties of the Commission.

(a) In general.—The Commission shall be responsible for examining the nature, the causes, and consequences of concentration in America’s agricultural economy in the broadest possible terms.

(b) Issues To be addressed.—The study shall include an examination of the following matters:

(1) The nature and extent of concentration in the food and agricultural sector, including food production, manufacturing, transportation, processing, distribution, marketing, retailing, and farm inputs such as machinery, fertilizer, and seeds.

(2) Current trends in concentration of the food and agricultural sector and what this sector is likely to look like in the near and longer term future.

(3) The effects of rising concentration on suppliers and farmers, including independent and contract farmers, with respect to—

(A) competition in markets for their products and services;

(B) income and benefit levels;

(C) income distribution;

(D) income volatility; and

(E) other material benefits.

(4) The impacts of this concentration upon rural communities, rural economic development, and the natural environment.

(5) The impacts of concentration in the seed industry on genetic diversity in farm fields and any related impacts on food security.

(6) The impacts of this concentration upon food shoppers, including the reasons that low farm prices have not resulted in corresponding drops in supermarket prices.

(7) Whether farming is approaching a scale that is larger than necessary from the standpoint of productivity.

(Cool The effect of current laws and administrative practices in supporting and encouraging this concentration.

(9) Whether the existing antitrust laws provide adequate safeguards against, and remedies for, the impacts of concentration upon family farms, the communities they comprise, and the food shoppers of this Nation.

(10) Accurate and reliable data on the national and international markets shares of multinational agribusinesses, and the portion of their sales attributable to exports.

(11) Barriers that inhibit entry of new competitors into markets for the processing of agricultural commodities, such as the meat packing industry.

(12) The extent to which developments, such as packer ownership of livestock, formula pricing, marketing agreements, production contracting, forward contracting, and vertical integration tend to give processors, agribusinesses, integrators, and other buyers of agricultural commodities additional market power over farmers and suppliers in local markets.

(13) Such related matters as the Commission determines to be important.


Section 7: Powers of Commission.

(a) Hearings.—The Commission may hold such hearings, sit and act at such times and places, take such testimony, and receive such evidence as the Commission may find advisable to fulfill the requirements of this title. The Commission shall hold at least one or more hearings in Washington, DC, and four in different agriculture regions of the United States.

(b) Information from Federal agencies.—The Commission may secure directly from any Federal department or agency such information as the Commission considers necessary to carry out the provisions of this title. Upon request of the Chairperson of the Commission, the head of such department or agency shall furnish such information to the Commission.

(c) Postal services.—The Commission may use the United States mails in the same manner and under the same conditions as other departments and agencies of the Federal Government.

Section 8: Commission personnel matters.

(a) Compensation of members.—Each member of the Commission shall be compensated at a rate equal to the daily equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay prescribed for level IV of the Executive Schedule under section 5315 of title 5, United States Code, for each day (including travel time) during which such member is engaged in the performance of the duties of the Commission.

(b) Travel expenses.—The members of the Commission shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, at rates authorized for employees of agencies under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code, while away from their homes or regular places of business in the performance of services for the Commission.

(c) Staff.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Chairperson of the Commission may, without regard to the civil service laws and regulations, appoint and terminate an executive director and such other additional personnel as may be necessary to enable the Commission to perform its duties. The employment of an executive director shall be subject to confirmation by the Commission.

(2) COMPENSATION.—The Chairperson of the Commission may fix the compensation of the executive director and other personnel without regard to the provisions of chapter 51 and subchapter III of chapter 53 of title 5, United States Code, relating to classification of positions and General Schedule pay rates, except that the rate of pay for the executive director and other personnel may not exceed the rate payable for level V of the Executive Schedule under section 5316 of such title.

(d) Detail of government employees.—Any Federal Government employee shall be detailed to the Commission without reimbursement, and such detail shall be without interruption or loss of civil service status or privilege.

(e) Procurement of temporary and intermittent services.—The Chairperson of the Commission may procure temporary and intermittent services under section 3109(b) of title 5, United States Code, at rates for individuals which do not exceed the daily equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay prescribed for level V of the Executive Schedule under section 5316 of such title.

Section 9: Authorization of appropriations.

There are authorized to be appropriated $2,500,000 annually to the Commission as required by this title to carry out the provisions of this title.
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