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« Reply #1650 on: December 20, 2014, 10:38:38 am »

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In the Senate of the Republic of Atlasia

A BILL

to establish the "Atlasian Policy Report" to inform the public and all levels of government of the status of policy in the Republic of Atlasia

Title: This bill shall be referred to as the "Policy Report Act"

1. A publicly owned newspaper shall be created, the "Atlasian Policy Report", in followowing abbreviated as "APR". The Speaker of the Senate shall be tasked with opening and maintaning a public thread for the APR in both the Fantasy Elections board and the Fantasy Government board.
2. Any Atlasian citizen with the necessary credentials shall be chosen by the Senate of Atlasia with a simple majority to run, edit and maintain the APR, according to the following clauses.
3. The editor of the APR shall monthly update the public on the current policy status of Atlasia in either one of the following fields:
i. Education policy
ii. Fiscal policy
iii. Energy and environmental policy
iv. Foreign and military policy
v. Welfare and social security policy
vi. Economical and labor policy
vii. Game reform and miscellaneous
4. The reports of the APR shall be edited into the wiki, accessible from the Federal Statute page, by either the Attorney General of the Republic of Atlasia or the Deputy Attorney General of the Republic of Atlasia.
5. The first report of the APR shall be posted no later than the first of the second month after ratification of this bill.
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« Reply #1651 on: December 20, 2014, 12:08:27 pm »

ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST ASSOCIATE JUSTICE TORIE
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Whenever a Justice of the Supreme Court shall have failed to participate in two consecutive rulings issued by the aforementioned court, an article of impeachment shall be automatically placed before Senate in accordance with Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 of the Constitution and thus considered accordingly.

Having failed to participate in two consecutive rulings (Atlasia v. Hifly15, Atlasia v. Alfred F. Jones), an article of impeachment shall be automatically placed before Senate in accordance with Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 of the Constitution and thus considered accordingly

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« Reply #1652 on: December 20, 2014, 12:53:37 pm »

Hi Mr. Deputy Attorney General,

"Rulings" refer to the judgement of the Court issued in a ruling on a lawsuit, rather than the sentencing in a trial, where only one judge presides. The other two judges do not - and constitutionally must not - intervene in the process, since appeals are referred to the entire Court. As such, it would actually be bizarre and improper for Justice Torie to have commented on either trial. I believe your interpretation of the law is thus invalid.
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« Reply #1653 on: December 20, 2014, 06:50:43 pm »

I agree with Oakvale. I will not be opening an impeachment thread based on your incorrect interpretation.
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« Reply #1654 on: December 20, 2014, 07:55:00 pm »

ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST ASSOCIATE JUSTICE TORIE

It is with a very heavy heart that I place this before the Senate for consideration. Justice Torie is a friend and has been for a very long time. It is clear, that at a time of considerable work for the Court, Justice Torie has not been able to be communicated with by fellow Justices. This includes him being called to preside in the trial of a sitting regional governor. The Supreme Court is a team, and I believe Justice Torie has let his active and engaged colleagues down.

https://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?action=post;quote=4416897;topic=203653.0;num_replies=7;sesc=f19be817dbe10411498af49fd042d300

I am not basing this call based purely on not making two rulings (therefore an automatic set of proceedings), but due to his long-term issue of not being publicly active in relation to issues of the Court, despite having a presence in other forums. As well as his inability to respond to request to undertake his responsibilities both as a presiding justice as well as not being a participant in regular Court work.

In accordance with Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 of the Constitution, I submit this for the attention of the Chief Justice and for the endorsement of fellow Senators.
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« Reply #1655 on: December 20, 2014, 08:36:34 pm »

ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST ASSOCIATE JUSTICE TORIE

It is with a very heavy heart that I place this before the Senate for consideration. Justice Torie is a friend and has been for a very long time. It is clear, that at a time of considerable work for the Court, Justice Torie has not been able to be communicated with by fellow Justices. This includes him being called to preside in the trial of a sitting regional governor. The Supreme Court is a team, and I believe Justice Torie has let his active and engaged colleagues down.

https://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?action=post;quote=4416897;topic=203653.0;num_replies=7;sesc=f19be817dbe10411498af49fd042d300

I am not basing this call based purely on not making two rulings (therefore an automatic set of proceedings), but due to his long-term issue of not being publicly active in relation to issues of the Court, despite having a presence in other forums. As well as his inability to respond to request to undertake his responsibilities both as a presiding justice as well as not being a participant in regular Court work.

In accordance with Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 of the Constitution, I submit this for the attention of the Chief Justice and for the endorsement of fellow Senators.

I thank Senator Polnut for introducing this. I fully agree.
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« Reply #1656 on: December 20, 2014, 08:46:33 pm »

ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST ASSOCIATE JUSTICE TORIE

It is with a very heavy heart that I place this before the Senate for consideration. Justice Torie is a friend and has been for a very long time. It is clear, that at a time of considerable work for the Court, Justice Torie has not been able to be communicated with by fellow Justices. This includes him being called to preside in the trial of a sitting regional governor. The Supreme Court is a team, and I believe Justice Torie has let his active and engaged colleagues down.

https://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?action=post;quote=4416897;topic=203653.0;num_replies=7;sesc=f19be817dbe10411498af49fd042d300

I am not basing this call based purely on not making two rulings (therefore an automatic set of proceedings), but due to his long-term issue of not being publicly active in relation to issues of the Court, despite having a presence in other forums. As well as his inability to respond to request to undertake his responsibilities both as a presiding justice as well as not being a participant in regular Court work.

In accordance with Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 of the Constitution, I submit this for the attention of the Chief Justice and for the endorsement of fellow Senators.
I second this
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« Reply #1657 on: December 21, 2014, 07:33:51 am »

I'll third this
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« Reply #1658 on: December 29, 2014, 07:56:42 am »

Reforming our prisons Bill 2014/5

Upon passage of this Bill, the Senate will create a panel of no more than 3 Senators to deliver a report, including a set of recommendations, to reform the Atlasian prison system.

A final report must be provided to the Senate by no later than 1 March 2015.

The report must discuss issues related but not limited to;
a) the administration of justice in relation to victimless or petty crimes;
b) the for-profit prison network
c) the fiscal impacts of current systems
d) greater national harmonization

Full membership of this panel must be constituted with 48 hours of this Bill being signed.
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« Reply #1659 on: December 29, 2014, 12:08:05 pm »

I would like to cosponor that, Polnut.
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« Reply #1660 on: December 29, 2014, 07:06:03 pm »

I am happy for you to do so Senator
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« Reply #1661 on: January 01, 2015, 11:44:20 am »

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A Resolution on the 2015 Budget Issue:

All the federal institutions of Atlasia will follow the guidelines of expenditures and tax collection from the Fiscal Year of 2014 Budget until a new budget is passed by the Senate, at which point this resolution will become null and void.
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« Reply #1662 on: January 02, 2015, 09:31:49 am »

I assume you're asking someone to sponsor that for you, given that you have no right to introduce legislation?
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« Reply #1663 on: January 02, 2015, 10:15:45 am »

I'll sponsor it because that's the quickest way to bring it to the floor, but it will still take a while, possibly after the budget has passed, and, unfortunately, due to Article IX Section 3 I can't bring it to the floor straight away:

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3. Neither the Senate nor the Speaker may suspend Article VIII (expulsion rules) or Article III, Section IV (rules on moving legislation to the Senate floor).
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« Reply #1664 on: January 02, 2015, 11:38:05 am »

I'll sponsor it because that's the quickest way to bring it to the floor, but it will still take a while, possibly after the budget has passed, and, unfortunately, due to Article IX Section 3 I can't bring it to the floor straight away:

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3. Neither the Senate nor the Speaker may suspend Article VIII (expulsion rules) or Article III, Section IV (rules on moving legislation to the Senate floor).

Thanks, Bore! I believe it would be a good idea to amend the Senate rules at a later point to allow for two emergency executive slots.
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« Reply #1665 on: January 15, 2015, 11:09:12 pm »
« Edited: January 15, 2015, 11:11:27 pm by President LumineVonReuental »

Anyone interested in sponsoring this bill? I will also introduce two or three more during the night.

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Federal Reserve Reform Act:

The Central Banking Reform Act of 2010 is amended as follows:

Section 2: Game Play Guidelines

Clause 1: The Federal Reserve Board, its chairman; the Federal Reserve Open Market Operations Committee; and the Regional Board chairman are to be non-playable positions within Atlasia.

Clause 2: The Game Moderator (GM) Department of Internal Affairs is task shall be tasked to simulate the actions of the Federal Reserve and report its actions via the principal officer or his deputies, who can be appointed as Federal Reserve Chair.

Clause 3: It will be the duty of the Department of Internal Affairs to acknowledge the economic indicators released by the Game Moderator (GM), and it will be able to conduct monetary policy in reaction to the state of the economy.

        A. Monthly Reports shall be a “summary” (Length can be determined by the GM) of the events of the Federal Reserve meeting that occurred that month. The summary shall convey the Fed's (GM's ) expectation and outlook of growth and inflation over the next few months.  Summary Meetings shall occur between the 10th or 15th of the month. If necessary the GM can move it depending on his/her schedule.

        B. The tri-monthly (every three months) report shall include decisions related to the Fed rate (increase, decrease, left the same) and any purchases of market assets by the FOMAC. In emergency situations, the Fed (GM) can modify monetary policy during the monthly Fed meetings.Policy meetings shall occur between the 15th and 20th of the month. If necessary the GM can move it depending on his/her schedule. The GM may also combine it in with a summary meeting.
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« Reply #1666 on: January 15, 2015, 11:18:32 pm »
« Edited: January 15, 2015, 11:21:55 pm by President LumineVonReuental »

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Amendment to the Senate Rules:

Article III, Section 1 is hereby amended to read:

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1. The Speaker shall keep a thread on the Fantasy Government board for Senators to introduce legislation. This thread shall be known as the Legislation Introduction Thread. Only sitting Senators and the President of Atlasia may post in this thread. The Speaker shall also keep a separate thread listing all sponsored legislation in the Legislation Introduction Thread.

Article III, Section 3 is hereby amended to read:

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3. The Speaker may keep up to eight nine threads open for voting and debate simultaneously. Each piece of legislation shall have a separate thread.

Article III, Section 5 is hereby amended to read:

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5. The eighth and ninth open threads shall be reserved for legislation related to national emergencies declared by the President of Atlasia. The Speaker shall introduce legislation to thisese threads as directed by the President, but only when the President has declared a state of national emergency.

Article III, Section 6 is hereby amended to read:

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6. Legislation shall no longer count toward the eightnine-thread limit when it is no longer on the Senate floor. Senate Legislation is no longer on the Senate floor under any of the following conditions:

(a) For bills - When the bill is forwarded to the President for action or rejected by a majority of voting Senators

(b) For resolutions - When the resolution is approved or rejected by a majority of voting Senators

(c) For Constitutional amendments - When the amendment is (1) approved by at least two-thirds of the Senators and the Speaker has posted a thread notifying the regional executives of that approval or (2) rejected by more than one-third of Senators after a vote is called

(d) For all legislation - When the legislation has been tabled
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« Reply #1667 on: January 15, 2015, 11:48:51 pm »

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Cabinet Reform Amendment:

Article II of the Constitution is hereby amended to read:

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Section 4: The Cabinet:

1.- The Cabinet shall be formed by the following Executive Departments: Forum Affairs; State; Justice; Game Moderation and Interior.
2.- The Department of Forum Affairs is entrusted with administering all federal elections, and its Principal Officers will be the Registrar General, who shall preside over the Census Bureau, and the Secretary of Federal Elections, who shall preside over the Department of Federal Elections.
3.- The Department of State is entrusted with all foreign and defense affairs not considered under the prerrogatives of the Senate, and its Principal Officer shall be the Secretary of State.
4.- The Department of Justice is entrusted with the enforcement of the law and the Wiki recording of the Laws, and its Principal Officer shall be the Attorney General.
4.- The Department of Interior is entrusted with domestic and economic policy not falling under the Game Moderator, and its Principal Officer shall be the Secretary of Interior.
5.- The Department of Game Moderation is entrusted with establishing and informing about the real world events and situations of the Republic of Atlasia and the World, and its Principal Officer shall be the Game Moderator, who may at any time be removed by the Senate by a two thirds vote, without presidential approval.
6.- All of the Principal Officers of the Cabinet may appoint Deputies to handle specific government departments, agencies or responsibilities, with the advice and consent of the Senate, who shall all be registered voters.

Article V, Section 1 of the Constitution is hereby amended to read:

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1. No person may simultaneously hold two or more offices of the Republic of Atlasia at any level of the government. An exception shall be made for members the Principal Officers of the President's cabinet, excluding the Game Moderator, who may serve in multiple cabinet posts, but not in addition to any other office. The Vice President may also be allowed to serve in a single cabinet post. Any person nominated to multiple offices, and any person already holding office nominated to another office as allowed above, shall still require Senate approval for each individual cabinet post. In the event that a Vice President who holds a cabinet post becomes Acting President, the Vice President shall designate an Acting Secretary to exercise the powers of that cabinet post while he or she serves as Acting President. The Senate shall, by appropriate legislation, have the power to place further limitations on the holding of multiple offices within the President's cabinet.

Article VIII, Section 2 of the Constitution is hereby amended to read:

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    These Executive Departments are hereby established: Forum Affairs, which shall be made up of the Census Bureau and the Department of Federal Elections; External Affairs; and Internal Affairs.
        The Principal Officers of Forum Affairs shall be the Registrar General, who shall preside over the Census Bureau, and the Secretary of Federal Elections, who shall preside over the Department of Federal Elections
        The Principal Officer of External Affairs shall be a Secretary.
        The Principal Officer of Internal Affairs shall be a Secretary.
    The Department of Forum Affairs shall be responsible for administering all federal elections.

1. The candidacy declaration deadline for regular and special federal elections shall be determined by the Senate via appropriate legislation.
2. The procedure for absentee voting shall be determined by the Senate via appropriate legislation or by the Secretary of Federal Elections in the absence of such legislation.
    The President shall appoint a Game Moderator with the advice and consent of the Senate.
        The Game Moderator may at any time be dismissed by the President.
        The Game Moderator may at any time be removed by the Senate by a two thirds vote, without presidential approval.
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« Reply #1668 on: January 16, 2015, 01:49:45 pm »
« Edited: January 16, 2015, 01:56:06 pm by Senator bore »

I'll sponsor those three
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« Reply #1669 on: January 16, 2015, 05:53:01 pm »

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Article 1, Section 4, Clause 5 shall be amended to read:
If a vacancy shall occur in a Class B Senate seat, more than twenty-one days before the regularly scheduled election for that seat, then a special election shall be called to fill the remainder of the vacated term within one week of the vacancy occurring; Special elections to the Senate shall begin within ten days of the vacancy occurring and shall begin between midnight Eastern Standard Time on a Thursday and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on the first Friday thereafter, and shall conclude exactly 72 hours after beginning., where the concerned ex-Senator is a member of major party at the time the vacancy arises, the same party shall be responsible for filling the vacancy by whatever means they deem fit and the party's leader shall inform the Senate of its decision.
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« Reply #1670 on: January 17, 2015, 12:47:20 pm »

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Public non binding consultations Amendment.

1. A Senator that desire to present a request for the fixation of a public non binding consultation should present a proposal in the Legislation Introduction Thread with the exact question or questions to be put on the ballot.

2. After the presentation of the proposal in the Legislation Introduction Thread, the Speaker of the Senate shall immediately open a thread.

3. The Senators that want to support the fixation of a public non binding consultation shall declare their support for the proposal in the thread opened by the Speaker of the Senate.

4. To be considered valid, the proposal of fixation of a public non binding consultation shall have the support of the 40% of the Senators (4 Senators, including the proponent).

5. The voting booth shall be opened by the Secretary of Federal Elections the first thursday after 7 days after the passage of the proposal by the Senate and remains open for 72 hours thereafter.

6. The options for voters are Aye, Nay and Abstain.

7. After the conclusion and the certification of the votes, the Secretary of Federal Elections shall inform the Senate by posting in the Senate thread opened by the Speaker of the Senate.
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« Reply #1671 on: January 17, 2015, 09:59:25 pm »

Public Consultation Bill 2015

1. In order to increase the public's connection to the legislation debated and passed in it's name, a specific thread should be opened to be called "Public submissions". This will enable members of the public to provide specific submissions on legislation before the Senate.

2. This thread will be opened and stickied in the main Atlas Fantasy Government thread.

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« Reply #1672 on: January 19, 2015, 01:16:30 pm »

I would like to withdraw the  VP abolition bill
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« Reply #1673 on: February 01, 2015, 10:34:45 am »

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Agricultural Policy Act of 2015

Section 1: Atlasian Agricultural Authority
1. The Department of Internal Affairs shall, upon the passage of this legislation, allocate $TBD for the establishment of an Atlasian Agricultural Authority (hereafter AAA) that shall act as a distributor of surplus agricultural products on behalf of Atlasian farmers.
    a. The AAA shall be organized in a cooperative fashion, with regular elections to all constituent local distribution boards of the AAA and to the AAA board of directors, which shall reserve 1/3rd of its seats for appointees of the Department of Internal Affairs. The manner of electing the membership of various distribution boards and the AAA board of directors shall be determined in a manner consistent with the principles of cooperative, participatory democracy by the Department of Internal Affairs, working in conjunction with farmers' organizations, no later than six (6) months following the passage of this bill.
    b. In order to be eligible to select members of the AAA distribution boards and board of directors, one must: (a) engage in the production of agricultural material; and (b) do so as either a sole (or familial) proprietor or as a cooperative unit; as well as (c) agree to sell excess agricultural product to the AAA at a price determined by the AAA board of directors. '
2. The AAA shall guarantee all working farmers (herein defined as farmers acting as sole or familial proprietors, or cooperative farmers) a return on their product equal to the wage of the average skilled worker in the area in which they reside. The AAA shall do so by purchasing excess product and distributing said product (via the aforementioned distribution boards) to those institutions or persons willing to purchase said product. 
3. In addition, the AAA shall encourage (by the use of financial incentives, loans, and grants derived from the leftover profit from the distribution of surplus agricultural product) sole proprietor and familial proprietorships party to it to adopt cooperative farming methods by pooling land, labor, and equipment.

Section 2: Recognition of Working Farmers' Right to Organize
Working farmers (i.e. farmers not employing for wages any farmhands or other assistants) shall henceforth be recognized as having the right to organize unions and bargain collectively with food distributors and food processors (including the aforementioned AAA). All extant labor legislation shall henceforth be interpreted as being applied to individual farmers.

Section 3: Agricultural Training and Development Program
The AAA shall establish an Agricultural Training and Development Program (hereafter ATDP) for the express purpose of providing up-to-date information for farmers about proper growing methods, techniques, and technologies available to them. This program shall sponsor classes (directed by local AAA sub-units), shall maintain a public website with accessible information on the aforementioned subjects, and shall work with local educational institutions to promote agricultural education in schools.

Section 4: Urban Farming and Research and Development Projects
1. The AAA shall establish a pilot program, working in conjunction with city governments interested in participating in said program, to utilize building rooftops and other vacant areas within cities for the purpose of agricultural production.
2. In addition, $TBD shall be allotted for research and development on the feasibility of utilizing vertical and indoor farming, as well as for the development of lab-grown meat and other agricultural products.

Section 5: Implementation
Unless otherwise stated herein, this legislation shall take effect upon its passage.
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« Reply #1674 on: February 01, 2015, 01:28:35 pm »

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Look for the Union Label Act of 2015

Recognizing that the right of consumers to be educated as to whether or not the services or products they purchase, or the establishments that they patronize employ union labor, the Senate of the Republic of Atlasia shall hereby require the posting of a union label on all merchandise produced by union labor or, in the case of service delivery, the posting of a sign in public view indicating that the employees of the workplace in question are union members.
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