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« on: October 28, 2019, 10:11:17 pm »
« edited: October 28, 2019, 10:18:14 pm by Chancellor S019 »

Any and all drafted legislation intended for consideration in the Council of Lincoln must be posted in this thread. You do not need to be a Councilor to post your bill; however, it is required by law that all legislation be sponsored by a sitting Councilor before it can be discussed and, presumably, voted upon.

It is recommended you check the Lincoln Statute to ensure the item has not been previously addressed.

Finally, this is strictly an introduction thread. No debating or voting is to occur here under any circumstances. Commentary or discussion on bills prior to their formal introduction on the floor and all such posts should be posted in the thread linked below. Each bill requires its own thread which shall be posted by the Speaker in conjunction with and adherence to the Lincoln Constitution and the Council Standing Orders.

Discussion thread: https://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=342011.0
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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2019, 10:39:56 pm »
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Uniform Election Time Amendment

I. To allow for consistency in our election procedures and times, and to bring them to the same standards as federal elections, the Constitution of the Region of Lincoln is amended as follows:

Quote from: Lincoln Constitution, Article 5.7
Except in December, all elections for governor, Council, and federal Senate shall begin on the penultimate Friday of the given month. In December, all elections shall begin on the second Friday of the month. All special elections for governor and by-elections for Council shall begin on the second Friday following the creation of the vacancy to be filled; but if the vacancy shall occur on a Thursday, the special election shall begin on the third Friday following the creation of the vacancy. The appropriate election administrator shall open the voting booth at 12:00:00 AM, Eastern Standard Time (or Eastern Daylight Time from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday of November.) Standard Time. Voting shall continue for 72 hours, and no vote cast more than 72 hours after the voting booth was opened shall be considered valid. The election administrator must accept any absentee ballots cast no more than 168 hours prior to the commencement of the election.

II. This Amendment takes effect after ratification by the people of Lincoln as pursuant to Article VI of the Lincoln Constitution.





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Section I. The Amendment
1. Section 2 of the Standing Orders of the Council of Lincoln shall be amended as follows

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Section 2. Movement of Legislation to the Floor
E. After any election for the Council, all legislation slots shall be emptied and all pending legislation shall be considered automatically tabled.

Reintroducing these because they didn't pass before the adjournment last council. Drafted with Peanut, can someone please sponsor them (again) so they can get to the floor.
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2019, 10:42:13 pm »

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Lincoln Cabinet and Elections Reform Amendment

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Article II, Section 7 of the Lincoln Constitution is hereby repealed.

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Article III, Section 1 is hereby amended to read:

1. The people of the Region of Lincoln may initiate the recall of any officer of this Region, except the Associate Justice of the Circuit Court, the Minister of Regional Elections or the Chancellor or ministers of the Cabinet, from that office — though they may still be recalled in their capacities as councilors - by delivering to the Minister of Regional Elections a petition stating the reason for recall and signed by one tenth of the total population of the Region. The Minister of Regional Elections shall then open the voting booth, according to the rules and regulations for elections set forth in this Constitution; but if the officer to be recalled is the Minister of Regional Elections in their capacity as a councilor, then the Speaker of the Council shall open the voting booth. The ballot question shall be, “Shall [A.B.] be recalled from the office of [name of the office held]?” A vote of “YES” shall be considered a vote for recall; a vote of “NO” shall be considered a vote against recall. Abstentions will not affect the results. Recalled officers shall forfeit their offices immediately.

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Article V, Section 3 is hereby amended to read:

3. All elections and referendums of this Region shall be administered by the Minister of Regional Elections. The Minister of Regional Elections shall be appointed by the Chancellor, shall serve at the pleasure of the chancellor, and may be impeached and removed from office by a vote of two-thirds of the Council. Whenever the Minister of Regional Elections is unable to execute this duty, the Speaker of the Council Governor shall administer the election. Whenever the Minister of Regional Elections and Governor are both unable to execute this duty, the Speaker of the Council shall administer the election.





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Section I. The Amendment
1. Section 2 of the Standing Orders of the Council of Lincoln shall be amended as follows

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Section 2. Movement of Legislation to the Floor
E. After any election for the Council, all legislation slots shall be emptied and all pending legislation shall be considered automatically tabled.

Reintroducing these because they didn't pass before the adjournment last council. Drafted with Peanut, can someone please sponsor them (again) so they can get to the floor.

I will sponsor this
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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2019, 10:46:35 pm »

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Amendment to the Standing Orders

Section 2.B. shall be amended as follows


i. In Councils with 5 Councillors or less; there may be up to 7 threads about legislation. 5 threads shall be reserved for legislation introduced or sponsored by members of the government and 2 threads shall be reserved for legislation introduced or sponsored by members of the opposition.

ii. In Councils with 6 or 7 Councillors; there may be up to 9 threads about legislation. 6 threads shall be reserved for legislation introduced or sponsored by members of the government and 3 threads shall be reserved for legislation introduced or sponsored by members of the opposition.

iii. In Councils with 8 or more Councillors; there may be up to 11 threads about legislation. 7 threads shall be reserved for legislation introduced or sponsored by members of the government and 4 threads shall be reserved for legislation introduced or sponsored by members of the opposition.

iv. In cases where there is no opposition all available slots allocated for that Council shall be slots of the government
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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2019, 10:47:41 pm »

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ACT TO ESTABLISH A LIVING WAGE

A. HOURLY WAGE

I. The hourly wage in Lincoln shall be no less than $12 an hour
II. Any work over 8 hours on a given day shall count as overtime hours
III. Any overtime pay shall be an hourly amount of time and a half or at least $18

B. IMPLEMENTATION

II. This bill will take effect one week after being signed by the Governor
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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2019, 10:49:09 pm »

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LINCOLN CLIMATE CHANGE CONTROL ACT OF 2019

A. OFFSHORE DRILLING BAN
I. Lincoln shall hereby issue an immediate ban on any offshore drilling within 10 miles of the coast of Lincoln or of any land that belongs to Lincoln
II. Any company in violation of this policy will pay a fine of no less than $10 million

B. MORATORIUM ON FRACKING

I. A moratorium, which shall be effective immediately after the implementation of the bill, shall be established on all fracking in the entire region of Lincoln.
II. This moratorium shall last 3 years, after which it will be determined, whether or not it should be lifted. A two-thirds majority shall be required to lift the moratorium.
III. Any company in violation of this policy shall pay a fine of no less than $10 million
IV. Companies in violation, that engage in offshore drilling, shall pay this fine and the one in Sec A.II.

C. PHASING OUT FOSSIL FUELS

I. The phasing out of petroleum drilling shall occur gradually over a 5 year period
II. Any company drilling petroleum after this deadline will be charged a fine of no less than $15 million.
III. Any company who stops drilling at least 2 years before the deadline, shall receive a 2% tax credit on all taxes for the next year
IV. The phasing out of coal shall occur over a 3 year period
V. Any coal mines still in operation after the 3 year period, will result in a fine to the mine’s owner of no less than $20 million.
VI. Companies shall receive a tax credit of 5% on next years’ taxes if they close their mines within 6 months of the implementation of this bill
VII. Manufacturing of the nitrous oxide engine shall be banned, effective immediately after the implementation of this bill.
VIII. Any company who still manufactures the engine after this time period, will be fined a fine of no less than $10 million.

D. CAPS ON EMISSIONS

I. A regional agency called the Lincoln Department of Environmental Protection shall be created following the passage of this bill
II. This agency shall set caps on emissions for the following gases: carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide
III. Any company who violates the cap will be fined $12 million for each percent that they are over the limit
IV. The cap should be decreased by 5% each year

E. IMPLEMENTATION

I. This law shall take effect two weeks after being signed by the governor
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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2019, 11:22:19 pm »

I introduce the following

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Lincoln Assault Weapon and Automatic Weapon Ban Act

SECTION I: NAME

1. This bill may be cited as the Lincoln Assault Weapon and Automatic Weapon Ban Act.
2. This bill may, in short, be cited as the Lincoln Assault Weapon Ban Act.

SECTION II: ASSAULT WEAPON BAN

1. There shall be a regiowide ban on the purchasing, sale, or possession of assualt weapons, these weapons include semiautomatic rifles, pistols, and shotguns, which can accept detachable magazines, as well as revolving cylindrical shotguns.

2. Any weapon that is purchased, sold, or possessed may not have a folding or collapsible stock, a bayonet lug, a threaded barrel, a grenade launcher, or a barrel shroud.

SECTION III: AUTOMATIC WEAPON BAN

1. There shall be a ban on the purchasing, sale, or possession of fully automatic weapons, also known as Title II weapons under the National Firearms Act.

SECTION IV: LEGAL LIABILITIES FOR GUN MANUFACTURERS

1. Gun manufacturers may be sued if their weapons are used in violent crimes, by family members, close friends, and/or legal counsel of family members or close friends of gun violence victims.

2. Manufacturers may be sued for up to $15 million.

3. These cases will be be submitted to, heard, and ruled on by Lincoln's regional Justice.

SECTION V: GUN TAX

1. There shall be a 15% additional tax imposed on all shotguns

2. There shall be a 30% additional tax imposed on all handguns and pistols

3. There shall be a 50% additional tax imposed on all other firearms, that are legal to purchase, under this bill.

SECTION VI: TIMING

1. This bill shall take effect, one week after being signed by the Governor.

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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2019, 12:01:03 am »

I introduce the following

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Lincoln Gun Licensing Act of 2019

SECTION I:  Reinstating the Lincoln Gun Control Act of 2018

1. The Lincoln Gun Control Act of 2018 is hereby reinstated with the following provisions:

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Lincoln Gun Control Act of 2018

Section 1: Gun Licensing

i. A license shall be required to purchase and carry a firearm in the region of Lincoln.
ii. This license shall be required to be renewed every two three years.
iii. There shall be three categories of gun licenses: Class A for handguns, Class B for rifles and shotguns, and Class C for assault rifles or other semi-automatic weapons.
iv. To obtain a Class A license, a citizen must not have committed a violent crime, must have proof of passing a handgun training class and safety exam at a government approved facility, and must be at least 18 years of age.
v. To obtain a Class B license, a citizen must meet Class A requirements as well as have not committed a felony, except for those only regarding finance, have proof of passing a shotgun/rifle training class and safety exam class at a government approved facility, and pass a mental health test issued by a psychologist.
vi. To obtain a Class C license, a citizen must meet Class B requirements as well as having proof of a reasonable cause for having a Class C license, having proof of passing an assault weapon training and safety exam at a government approved facility, and be at least 21 years of age.
vii. The testing materials for the exams in the sections above shall be distributed for free by the government of Lincoln through the internet
viii. The tests for the exams in the sections above shall be conducted at any facility that performs tests for driver's licenses. The government of Lincoln shall not charge any fees for performing this exam

vii. 50% of the cost of licenses is to be covered by the applicant, the remaining 50% is to be covered by the government of Lincoln.

Section 2: Bans
i. Bump stocks and suppressors shall also be considered prohibited to operate, purchase, sell, or possess by private citizens. Magazines with more then 10 rounds of ammunition are also prohibited.
ii. Any individual that possess, uses, sells or purchases any of the above devices may face a fine not exceeding $100,000 and jail sentence not exceeding 3 years for all convictions made at a single point in time.
iii. Any individual who made a specific threat against a specific a specific citizen, business or institution in Lincoln within the last 60 days from the time they attempt to squire a firearm in Lincoln.

Section 3: Firearm Gifting and Sale Liability
i. Any individual residing in Lincoln that gifts or sells a firearm to any individual that uses it to commit a violent crime may be held both civilly and criminally liable if it can be proven beyond reasonable doubt that they knew or ought to have known it was illegal for the individual to own or operate the firearm or that it would be used in a crime.

Section 4: Public School Security
i. All visitors as defined as a non-current student or faculty to a public school in Lincoln is must have any bags searched by a staff member situated at the front door before they are allowed to enter the School.

Section 5: Bureau of Firearm Safety and Licensing
i. The Bureau of Firearm Safety and Licensing (BFSL) is to be established.
ii. The BFSL shall have an NPC director that is appointed by the governor. The director is to handle hiring all other personnel. The governor can dissolve and reform the BFSL if deemed necessary.
iii. The BFSL is to oversee all proceedings of obtaining a firearms license and collect fines incurred from violations of gun laws.
iv. Collected fines are to be sent to a fund which is to be used to cover the government costs of licensing.

Section 6: Implementation


i. Sections 1 and 5 shall go into effect on January 1st, 2019.
ii. Sections 2, 3, and 4 shall go into effect immediately upon passage.

SECTION II: Implementation
1. This bill shall go into effect 1 month after passage.
2. Current gun owners shall be given a 2 year transition period where they can be allowed to keep and use their guns without a license.


This is basically an old licensing proposal from a past Council, that I think would be a good bill to debate and try to pass
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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2019, 12:13:41 am »

I introduce the following


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Lincoln Really Cares about Climate Change Act


I. SUBSIDIES TO FOSSIL FUELS

1. The government of Lincoln shall immediately terminate any subsidies that it gives to the fossil fuel industry


II. SUBSIDIES FOR SOLAR POWER

1. The government of Lincoln shall create a pilot program for granting subsidies to the solar industry
2. This pilot program shall last for a duration after 10 years, at which point the Council may choose to continue or discontinue it
3. Each year, that this program is effect, the government of Lincoln shall give a subsidy of $20 million to the solar industry

III. SUBSIDIES FOR WIND POWER

1. The government of Lincoln shall create a pilot program for granting subsidies to the wind industry
2. This pilot program shall last for a duration after 10 years, at which point the Council may choose to continue or discontinue it
3. Each year, that this program is effect, the government of Lincoln shall give a subsidy of $15 million to the wind industry

IV. SUBSIDES FOR HYDROELECTRIC POWER

1. The government of Lincoln shall create a pilot program for granting subsidies to the hydroelectric industry
2. This pilot program shall last for a duration after 10 years, at which point the Council may choose to continue or discontinue it
3. Each year, that this program is effect, the government of Lincoln shall give a subsidy of $10 million to the hydroelectric industry

V. IMPLEMENTATION

Sections II-IV of this legislation will take effect upon the passage of the next budget, Section I will take effect immediately after being signed by the governor.

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