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« Reply #1700 on: March 10, 2015, 06:37:02 pm »

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Fairness in Cabinet Obligations Amendment
Clause b of the Twenty-Fourth Amendment to the Third Constitution shall be added to read:
b) Members of the Senate may concurrently hold positions in the President's cabinet, excepting the positions of Secretary of Federal Elections, Registrar General and Game Moderator.
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« Reply #1701 on: March 15, 2015, 09:27:48 am »

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Federal Reserve Reform Act is hereby repealed
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« Reply #1702 on: March 16, 2015, 09:11:18 pm »

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It's Only Dignified to Do...After All This Time Act

1. The Federal Government shall recognize for all purposes related to legislation, appropriation, redistricting and voter registration/citizenship each set of names for the following states and provinces as legally interchangeable:

"Minnesota" and "Joy",
"Iowa" and "Moxie",
"North Dakota" and "Serenity",
"South Dakota" and "Vitality",
"Nebraska" and "Grit",
"Kansas" and "Harmony",
"Oklahoma" and "Bluster",
"Montana" and "Wonderment"
"Wyoming" and "Amity",
"Colorado" and "Mirth"
"Alberta" and "[TBD]"
"Saskatchewan" and "[TBD]"
"Manitoba" and "[TBD]"
"Northwest Territories" and "[TBD]"

It'll have to be cleaned up and expanded, most likely. I'm trying to determine what constitutionally might need to be amended...
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« Reply #1703 on: March 18, 2015, 10:23:16 pm »

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Affirmative Consent in Post-Secondary Education Act of 2015

Section 1 - Introductory Matter
1. In order to receive federal financial assistance from July 1, 2015, a post-secondary educational institution (hereafter referred to as the "institution") must adopt a policy concerning sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, as defined in relevant regional and federal statute involving a student, both on and off campus.
2. The Secretary of Internal Affairs is hereby directed to develop a similar agreement with the regional governments regarding regional financial assistance to post-secondary institutions.

Section 2 - The Policy
1. The said policy shall consist of the following:
    (1) An affirmative consent standard in the determination of whether consent was given by both parties to sexual activity. ďAffirmative consentĒ means affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. It is the responsibility of each person involved in the sexual activity to ensure that he or she has the affirmative consent of the other or others to engage in the sexual activity. Lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent, nor does silence mean consent. Affirmative consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual activity and can be revoked at any time. The existence of a dating relationship between the persons involved, or the fact of past sexual relations between them, should never by itself be assumed to be an indicator of consent.
    (2) A policy that, in the evaluation of complaints in any disciplinary process, it shall not be a valid excuse to alleged lack of affirmative consent that the accused believed that the complainant consented to the sexual activity under either of the following circumstances:
        (A) The accusedís belief in affirmative consent arose from the intoxication or recklessness of the accused.
        (B) The accused did not take reasonable steps, in the circumstances known to the accused at the time, to ascertain whether the complainant affirmatively consented.
    (3) A policy that the standard used in determining whether the elements of the complaint against the accused have been demonstrated is the preponderance of the evidence.
    (4) A policy that, in the evaluation of complaints in the disciplinary process, it shall not be a valid excuse that the accused believed that the complainant affirmatively consented to the sexual activity if the accused knew or reasonably should have known that the complainant was unable to consent to the sexual activity under any of the following circumstances:
        (A) The complainant was asleep or unconscious.
        (B) The complainant was incapacitated due to the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medication, so that the complainant could not understand the fact, nature, or extent of the sexual activity.
        (C) The complainant was unable to communicate due to a mental or physical condition.

Section 3 - Establishing Policies Dealing With Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking
1. In order to receive federal funds for student financial assistance, the institution shall adopt detailed and victim-centered policies and protocols regarding sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking involving a student that comport with best practices and current professional standards. At a minimum, the policies and protocols shall cover all of the following:
    (1) A policy statement on how the institution will provide appropriate protections for the privacy of individuals involved, including confidentiality.
    (2) Initial response by the institutionís personnel to a report of an incident, including requirements specific to assisting the victim, providing information in writing about the importance of preserving evidence, and the identification and location of witnesses.
    (3) Response to stranger and nonstranger sexual assault.
    (4) The preliminary victim interview, including the development of a victim interview protocol, and a comprehensive followup victim interview, as appropriate.
    (5) Contacting and interviewing the accused.
    (6) Seeking the identification and location of witnesses.
    (7) Providing written notification to the victim about the availability of, and contact information for, on- and off-campus resources and services, and coordination with law enforcement, as appropriate.
    (8 ) Participation of victim advocates and other supporting people.
    (9) Investigating allegations that alcohol or drugs were involved in the incident.
    (10) Providing that an individual who participates as a complainant or witness in an investigation of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking will not be subject to disciplinary sanctions for a violation of the institutionís student conduct policy at or near the time of the incident, unless the institution determines that the violation was egregious, including, but not limited to, an action that places the health or safety of any other person at risk or involves plagiarism, cheating, or academic dishonesty.
    (11) The role of the institutional staff supervision.
    (12) A comprehensive, trauma-informed training program for campus officials involved in investigating and adjudicating sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking cases.
    (13) Procedures for confidential reporting by victims and third parties.

Section 4 - Establishing Memoranda of Understanding With Partner Organizations
1. In order to receive federal funds for student financial assistance, the  institution shall, to the extent feasible, enter into memoranda of understanding, agreements, or collaborative partnerships with existing on-campus and community-based organizations, including rape crisis centers, to refer students for assistance or make services available to students, including counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, and legal assistance, and including resources for the accused.

Section 5 - Establishing Comprehensive Prevention and Outreach Programs Addressing Sexual Violence
1. In order to receive federal funds for student financial assistance, the institution shall implement comprehensive prevention and outreach programs addressing sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
2. A comprehensive prevention program shall include a range of prevention strategies, including, but not limited to, empowerment programming for victim prevention, awareness raising campaigns, primary prevention, bystander intervention, and risk reduction. Outreach programs shall be provided to make students aware of the institutionís policy on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
3. At a minimum, an outreach program shall include a process for contacting and informing the student body, campus organizations, athletic programs, and student groups about the institutionís overall sexual assault policy, the practical implications of an affirmative consent standard, and the rights and responsibilities of students under the policy.
4. Outreach programming shall be included as part of every incoming studentís orientation.

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« Reply #1704 on: March 20, 2015, 04:37:07 pm »

I would like to request for a Senator to kindly sponsor this bill on my behalf:

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Postal Service Community Financial Lending Act of 2015

Section 1 -- Empowering the Postal Service to Offer Basic Financial Services
The Atlasian Postal Service is hereby authorized and directed to offer the following basic financial services in each of its respective branches:
    a. small-dollar loans;
    b. alone, or in partnership with depository institutions (as defined in federal statute) and credit unions:
        i. checking accounts and interest-bearing savings accounts; and
        ii. services relating to international money transfers;
    c. such other basic financial services as the Postal Service determines appropriate in the public interest; and
    d. the creation of a "Postal Card" that allows users to engage in the financial services described under this paragraph.

Section 2 -- Effective Date
This Act shall take effect sixty days after becoming law.
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« Reply #1705 on: March 20, 2015, 05:01:15 pm »

I've been advised that using the Public Legislation Submission Thread would be a more effective method of introducing this legislation. Therefore I will move my bill to that thread.
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« Reply #1706 on: March 27, 2015, 09:16:41 am »

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Cooperatives Administration Act of 2015

Section 1. Cooperatives Administration
1. The Senate hereby appropriates $TBD toward the establishment of a Cooperatives Administration under the purview of the Department of Internal Affairs.
2. The Cooperatives Administration will be modeled on the existing Small Business Administration and shall have, for its purpose, aiding the development of cooperative enterprises. In that capacity, the Cooperatives Administration will provide low interest loans to cooperative enterprises, information on successful business practices, and other information and aid of interest to cooperative enterprises.
3. All loans and other forms of aid currently provided to cooperative enterprises by the Small Business Administration, as described in the Cooperative Development Act of 2014, are hereby the responsibility of the Cooperatives Administration, which shall conduct all dealings with cooperative enterprises on behalf of the Republic of Atlasia.

Section 2: Expanding the Cooperative Sector
1. Upon the passage of this legislation, one-third (1/3rd) of federal contracts shall be reserved for cooperative enterprises.
2. Contributions by cooperative enterprises toward Social Security and other federal programs traditionally made by employers shall henceforth be paid in full by the Republic of Atlasia federal government.
3. The Republic of Atlasia Treasury shall henceforth issue 'Solidarity Bonds' with the express goal of using these for investing in and expanding the cooperative sector. Persons who purchase Solidarity Bonds shall not be taxed for any income derived from the cashing in of a Solidarity Bond.
4. Cooperative enterprises are hereby exempt from all extant anti-trust legislation.

Section 3: Implementation
Unless stated otherwise herein, this legislation shall take effect July 1, 2015.
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« Reply #1707 on: April 01, 2015, 04:11:56 pm »

Is anyone willing to sponsor these bills:

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Childcare Reform Act
1. Any parent/carer in full time employment with children under the age of 14 shall be entitled to reasonably local childcare during the school holidays for their children.
2. The Federal Government shall fund 90% of the cost of places for families whose income is under $50 000, and 50% of the cost of places for parent's whose income is under $100 000.
3. All children who qualify for free or subsidesd school meals shall still be able to claim these mails or an equivalent during school holidays.
4. The Senate shall appropriate 2.5 billion dollars to finance these initiatives.

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Alleviating Rural Poverty Act of 2015
1. Local authorities shall henceforth be able to tax properties who are occupied for less than 100 days a year at a different rate.
2. The Secretary of Internal Affairs shall distribute 500 million dollars among the regions for the express purpose of helping to finance rural bus services
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« Reply #1708 on: April 01, 2015, 04:34:35 pm »

Yeah I'm happy to sponsor the Childcare reform Act.

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Childcare Reform Act
1. Any parent/carer in full time employment with children under the age of 14 shall be entitled to reasonably local childcare during the school holidays for their children.
2. The Federal Government shall fund 90% of the cost of places for families whose income is under $50 000, and 50% of the cost of places for parent's whose income is under $100 000.
3. All children who qualify for free or subsidesd school meals shall still be able to claim these mails or an equivalent during school holidays.
4. The Senate shall appropriate 2.5 billion dollars to finance these initiatives.
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« Reply #1709 on: April 02, 2015, 05:56:43 am »

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It's Only Dignified to Do...After All This Time Act

1. The Federal Government shall recognize for all purposes related to legislation, appropriation, redistricting and voter registration/citizenship each set of names for the following states and provinces as legally interchangeable:

"Minnesota" and "Joy",
"Iowa" and "Moxie",
"North Dakota" and "Serenity",
"South Dakota" and "Vitality",
"Nebraska" and "Grit",
"Kansas" and "Harmony",
"Oklahoma" and "Bluster",
"Montana" and "Wonderment"
"Wyoming" and "Amity",
"Colorado" and "Mirth"
"Alberta" and "[TBD]"
"Saskatchewan" and "[TBD]"
"Manitoba" and "[TBD]"
"Northwest Territories" and "[TBD]"

It'll have to be cleaned up and expanded, most likely. I'm trying to determine what constitutionally might need to be amended...

Someone plz sponsor this
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« Reply #1710 on: April 02, 2015, 06:12:13 am »

Is anyone willing to sponsor these bills:
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Alleviating Rural Poverty Act of 2015
1. Local authorities shall henceforth be able to tax properties who are occupied for less than 100 days a year at a different rate.
2. The Secretary of Internal Affairs shall distribute 500 million dollars among the regions for the express purpose of helping to finance rural bus services

Sponsored for you.

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It's Only Dignified to Do...After All This Time Act

1. The Federal Government shall recognize for all purposes related to legislation, appropriation, redistricting and voter registration/citizenship each set of names for the following states and provinces as legally interchangeable:

"Minnesota" and "Joy",
"Iowa" and "Moxie",
"North Dakota" and "Serenity",
"South Dakota" and "Vitality",
"Nebraska" and "Grit",
"Kansas" and "Harmony",
"Oklahoma" and "Bluster",
"Montana" and "Wonderment"
"Wyoming" and "Amity",
"Colorado" and "Mirth"
"Alberta" and "[TBD]"
"Saskatchewan" and "[TBD]"
"Manitoba" and "[TBD]"
"Northwest Territories" and "[TBD]"

It'll have to be cleaned up and expanded, most likely. I'm trying to determine what constitutionally might need to be amended...

Someone plz sponsor this

Sponsored for you.
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« Reply #1711 on: April 11, 2015, 11:41:15 am »

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Let's Make HIV/AIDS History Act

Section 1
A) The Federal Government will hereby approve $400 Million for an national education scheme targeted at schools, universities, workplaces and other institutions to raise awareness about HIV/Aids. The education scheme will also promote regular tests, clean needle use and other preventive methods
B) All abstinence related education will hereby be de-funded
C) Education programs will also be focused on reducing the Stigma of HIV/AIDS, and allowing for a more open dialogue about the condition
Section 2
A) $2 Billion will hereby be approved to set up mobile HIV/AIDs testing centres, along with targeted campaigns in high risk areas.
B) A Clean Needle scheme will also be set up to encourage the use of clean and sterilized needles to decrease risks from HIV/AIDs
C) $5 Billion will hereby be approved to increase the availability, and quality of anti-viral drugs across the nation.
Section 3
A) $500 million will hereby be approved for a global solidarity fund, which will provide wide ranging global support for countries tackling HIV/AIDs
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« Reply #1712 on: April 21, 2015, 06:32:16 am »

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Clarification of Proportional Representation Act

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

(c) Where this method proves indecisive and the tie must be broken to materially progress the count, a Condorcet count between the tied candidates shall be decisive.
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« Reply #1713 on: April 29, 2015, 09:49:42 pm »

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Justice System Reform Bill 1 2015

1.   From 1 January 2016 all Federal prisons, or any other institution of criminal detention, currently being managed, owned or operated by a private company, on behalf of the Federal Government, will be returned to the full control of the Federal Government.
2.   All contracts that are due for renewal before 1 January 2016 will be renewed, however, only until 31 December 2015 with clauses to indicate that this will be a transitory contract and the Federal Department of Internal Affairs and the Justice Department will assume an over-sight role until full responsibility is returned.
3.   For those organisations whose existing contracts extend beyond 1 January 2016, they shall be paid out the remainder of their contract, or, whatever the Federal Government is required to do under individual funding agreements.
4.   Operational personnel currently engaged by private organisations will be employed, if they so wish, by the Federal Government. However, all management positions will be opened to a full application process, as is required by the Federal Government and individuals placed on their merit.
5.   A minimum appropriation for this Bill will be $650 million in this calendar year. The Senate may increase that appropriation at any time.
6.   An additional appropriation of xxxx will be placed into the Federal Budget as an ongoing cost for the management of Federal institutions covered under this Bill.
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« Reply #1714 on: May 01, 2015, 05:37:23 pm »

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ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST SECRETARY OF STATE Superique
Mr Superique has been inactive for almost a month. We need an active secretary of state, that's why an article of impeachment has been introduced against the secretary of state.
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« Reply #1715 on: May 01, 2015, 05:55:54 pm »

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Mr Superique has been inactive for almost a month. We need an active secretary of state, that's why an article of impeachment has been introduced against the secretary of state.
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« Reply #1716 on: May 02, 2015, 03:13:35 am »
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Justice System Reform Bill 2 2015

1. From 1 October 2015 a tax credit will be made available to registered legal practices that participate in public legal defense projects.

2. In order to qualify for this tax credit practices must satisfy the following conditions:
2a. Have the equivalent of a 0.25 FTE (full time equivalent) workload dedicated towards public defense cases over a period of 12 months.
2b. Firms must register with relevant regional and Federal agencies.
2b. These cases must be referred to the firm via regional or Federal legal authorities.
2c. The FTE workload is not intended to be a particular individual, rather a reflection of the firm's overall workload over the 12 month period.

3. Any firm registered with the relevant regional or Federal authorities must retain the capacity to undertake cases for a minimum of six months out of each calendar year. Failure to maintain this expectation (without prior notice and extenuating circumstances) will result in the firm not being eligible for this tax credit for the remainder of the calendar year.

4. This tax credit will be of a maximum reduction of their Federal corporate tax liability of 10% for firms with an employee base of more than 1000 employees nationally and 15% for those firms with less than 1000 employees nationally.

5. Firms whose outcomes include a plea-bargain rate higher than 75% of cases in a single year will not be eligible to receive this credit in the following year.
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« Reply #1717 on: May 06, 2015, 02:04:40 pm »

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Senate Resolution: Improve the Senate Rules
Article II, Clauses 1 and 2 shall be amended to read:
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1) The Speaker shall be the presiding officer of the Senate and shall be responsible for upholding the provisions of these rules. No Senator other than the Speaker may open a thread on the Fantasy Government board unless authorized by the Speaker or by Senate resolution.

2. The most senior Senator who isn't on Leave of Absence, or the Senator chosen by the most senior Senator,  shall convene the Senate to elect a Speaker on the first day of each legislative session and when the office of Speaker is vacant. The Senate shall elect a Speaker from among its members by majority consent. The most senior Senator, who isn't on Leave of Absence, or the senator chosen by the most senior Senator shall retain the powers and prerogatives as Speaker until the election of the Speaker.

Article III, clause 3 and 4 shall be amended to read
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3. The Speaker may keep up to nine eight threads open for voting and debate simultaneously. Each piece of legislation shall have a separate thread.
4.The first six five open threads shall be open to all legislation. The Speaker shall move legislation to these threads in the order in which it was introduced in the Legislation Introduction thread, except when the sponsor already has legislation on the Senate floor. If the sponsor already has two or more pieces legislation on the Senate floor, legislation from Senators who do not shall take priority until all such other legislation is completed. The seventh open thread shall be reserved for bills submitted by civilians in the Public Consultation and Legislation Submission thread.

Article VI, Clause 1 shall be amended to read:
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1. The President of the Senate (i.e. the Vice President) shall open a confirmation hearing for presidential nominees immediately following the President's announcement of the nomination.

Article VII shall be amended to read:
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Article VII: Expulsion of a Sitting Senator
Section 1: Introduction of an Article of Expulsion

Expulsion proceedings shall be initiated if:
1) The Senator has not posted anything on the Atlas Fantasy Government board for 168 consecutive hours and hasn't posted a valid Leave of Absence (then the time covered by that LOA shall not count toward those 168 hours, but periods of inactivity before and after the LOA shall count as a continuous period, provided there are no interceding posts. In order to be valid, a Leave of Absence shall not be longer than 368 hours). And an article of expulsion has been introduced in the Legislative Introduction Thread.
2) 5 Senators have sponsored an article of expulsion, introduced in the Legislative Introduction Thread, against one of their Senate colleagues


Section 2: Rules
1) The President of the Senate shall open a thread and commence the debates. The President of the Senate shall not be able to take part into the debates.
2) The Senator concerned by the article of expulsion shall be informed by private message and may hire an attorney for organising his/her defense.
3) Debates shall last at least for 72 hours. After the debates have elapsed, the President of the Senate shall open a vote, which shall last for 3 days. In order to expel the Senator, two-thirds of the current senators shall vote AYE.
4) If the acting President of the Senate is the Senator concerned by the article of expulsion, the most senior Senator, who is not the Senator concerned by the article of expulsion, shall administer the expulsion process.
5) If a Senator administers the expulsion process, he/she shall not be able to take part into the debates and shall not be able to vote, unless his vote matters and only after the 72 hours of voting have elapsed.

Article X shall be added to the Senate rules:
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Article X: Seniority
Seniority shall be primarily determined by length of continuous service. There shall be 6 potential tiebreakers, ranked by their order of importance
1) Former Senator
2) Former Vice-President
3) Former member of a regional assembly
4) Former President
5) Former Governor
6) Alphabetical by username
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« Reply #1718 on: May 10, 2015, 06:47:35 am »

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Protecting Vulnerable Infrastructure Bill 2015

Noting that many key pieces of national and regional infrastructure are in areas of identified high-risk from the impacts of climate change, the Federal Government is investing in protecting its own infrastructure, as well as going into partnerships with the regional governments to assist them in this important task.

1. A $500 million appropriation will be placed in the next Federal Budget to enable the Federal Government to undertake activities to protect, re-enforce and ensure long-term utility of these facilities. The measure will cover Federally-owned roadways, railways, ports and airports. Military facilities will receive 15% of this amount for their activities, however any additional funding will be met from existing military appropriations.

2. The Federal Government will seek to enter partnerships with each regional government to enable them to undertake activities they see fit to protect their own infrastructure. Projects will need to be approved by the Department of Internal Affairs, based on the following parameters:
2a. It must be independently identified as vulnerable or at considerable risk from the impacts of climate change by regional authorities.
2b. It must be under the control of the regional government for at least five years.
2c. There must be a plan and funding strategy for these facilities beyond the life of this funding.

3. The Federal Government will equally co-fund projects in the regions up to a maximum funding pool of $500 million per region over three years.
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« Reply #1719 on: May 10, 2015, 12:42:26 pm »

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International Biodiversity Conservation Aid Act

1. Within the Atlasian Agency for International Development, a sub-agency dedicated to providing aid solely for the conservation of global ecosystems shall be created known as the International Biodiversity Conservation Bureau (IBCB).

2. $1 billion shall be appropriated each year from the federal budget for the IBCB.

3. The IBCB shall be tasks with providing grants to governmental and non-governmental organizations abroad who devote themselves to the aim of protecting species, their habitats, and ecosystems from excessive rates of extinction and erosion of biotic interactions.

4. The IBCB shall be tasked with creating a committee to review applications for aid and a taskforce to ensure allocated funds are used according to the tenets on which they are granted.

5. The following guidelines, in addition to those set by the the IBCB board, must be met before any body may receive a financial award from the agency.

a) The organization may not be guilty of involvement in any violations of international law and must be independently verified to be dedicated to achieving the goals for which it seeks financial resources.
b) The organization's goals must be approved by independent researchers and/or scientists as having a positive impact on the environment and directly related to the preservation of biodiversity on the planet.
c) The organization must demonstrate a long-term or short-term plan for how all the money provided by the Atlasian government shall be spent during its lifetime.

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« Reply #1720 on: May 10, 2015, 03:22:48 pm »

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National Parks Act of 2015

1. The following areas of cultural and environmental significance across the Atlasian mainland are hereby set aside as national parks.

a) Atchafalaya Basin (Lousiana) - One hundred fifty square miles of forestry and swampland spanning St. Martin, Iberia and St. Mary parishes shall be set aside.
b) Stronghold Table (South Dakota) - The south unit of Badlands National Park shall be convert into a jointly administered Tribal National Park in association with the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
c) Driftless Rivers (Wisconsin) - The core area of the Driftless Area, or Paleozoic Plateau, shall be set aside to preserve a location reminiscent of the ancient glaciers which once covered it
d) Glen Canyon (Utah) - Lake Powell shall be drained, and the bulk of its resources redirected into Lake Mead. The restored Canyon shall be transformed int a national park.
e) High Allegheny (West Virginia) - The northern portions of the Monongahela National Forest, and western portions of the George Washington National Forest shall be included in this park. Nearby farms and forests shall be designated heritage areas.
f) North Woods (Maine) - A 3.2 million acre national park and preserve shall be created in the North Woods of Maine, and a National Recreation Area established too.
g) Mount Hood (Oregon) - Mount Hood and its neighboring Columbia Gorge shall be set aside officially as one protected national park.
h) Rim Rock Canyons (Colorado) - The Colorado National Monument shall officially be designated as a national park.
i) Valles Caldera (New Mexico) - This national preserve shall be officially designated as a national park and be operated in association with the Pueblo Indian tribe.

2. The National Park Service shall be allocated $300 million per year for the establishment and maintenance of these national parks.

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« Reply #1721 on: May 12, 2015, 02:41:02 pm »

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AN ACT
to modernize public school health education
and better prepare Atlasian children for
a healthy adult life


Be it enacted by the Senate of the Republic of Atlasia assembled, the following:

SECTION 1: TITLE

1. The long title of this act shall be the Modern Health Education Act. It may also be cited as the Health Education Act or the HEA.

SECTION 2: ESTABLISHING A REGIONAL OPT-IN

1. This act shall incentivize the adoption of the following measures by making a total of $1 billion available to participating regions ($200 million each), to be administered by the Department of Internal Affairs.

2. It is intended that this money shall go to the regional departments of education, to be spent on one or more of the following:

     a) the purchase of supporting health-related materials in class (e.g., supplementary curriculum packages, models, videos, etc.);
     b) the hiring of in-class or in-school guest programs, led by professionals in the fields of health and/or fitness;
     c) the development of health curricula, as well as the consultation process around said curricula;
     d) subsidized school lunch and nutrition programs;
     e) the staffing of additional guidance counsellors, psychiatrists, social support workers, and/or additional mental health professionals.

SECTION 3: HEALTH EDUCATION

1. To qualify for the above funds, regions must adopt health curricula that include basic learning expectations in the following strands, exposed to children in some variation at every grade:

     a) healthy eating;
     b) personal safety and injury prevention;
     c) substance use, addictions, and related behaviours;
     d) human development and sexual health.

2. At a minimum, teaching and learning around the topic of healthy eating must incorporate the following core themes and content, increasing in complexity and sensitivity by grade level:

     a) understanding the nutritional value associated with healthy eating;
     b) identifying the factors that influence eating habits;
     c) making decisions and setting goals around eating;
     d) body image.

3. At a minimum, teaching and learning around the topics of personal safety and injury prevention must incorporate the following core themes and content, increasing in complexity and sensitivity by grade level:

     a) understanding the characteristics of healthy relationships with peers and adults;
     b) identifying possible courses of action in response to negative interactions or relationships;
     c) physical safety and basic first aid;
     d) exercising positive strategies to promote personal emotional health, including decision-making skills, anger management, and self-advocacy.

4. At a minimum, teaching and learning around the topics of substance use, addictions, and related behaviours must incorporate the following core themes and content, increasing in complexity and sensitivity by grade level:

     a) understanding the social and physical effects of alcohol and tobacco use, as well as the use of other drugs and mind-altering substances;
     b) other addictions and behaviours that can lead to addictions, including online gambling and excessive screen time;
     c) mental health and related support systems.

5. At a minimum, teaching and learning around the topics of human development and sexual health must incorporate the following core themes and content, increasing in complexity and sensitivity by grade level:

     a) sexual development and reproductive health;
     b) making appropriate choices, sexual readiness, and consent in relationships;
     c) conception and contraceptives;
     d) acceptance of different sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

SECTION 4: THE ATLASIAN INSTITUTE OF TEACHERS

1. The Atlasian Institute of Teachers shall be required to modify its National Teacher Licensing Examinations to accommodate the content areas and core themes covered in s. 3 of this act.

SECTION 5: NUTRITIONAL STANDARDS

1. To qualify for the above funds, regions must adopt a policy for their school boards that limits or eliminates the sale and distribution of exceedingly unhealthy foods on school property.

SECTION 6: SUPPORTING LGBTQ STUDENTS

1. To qualify for the above funds, regions must adopt a policy for their school boards that requires the establishment and operation of a gay-straight alliance (or variation thereof) in every school that accommodates students at or above the 9th grade.

SECTION 7: ADDITIONAL TERMS

1. Monies left unclaimed by any one or more region after December 31st, 2015 shall be redistributed to the other qualifying regions for additional spending as outlined in s. 2(2) of this act.

2. Repayment of all federal funds will be required in the event that a participating region makes any changes to deviate from compliance with the above standards on or before December 31st 2020, as determined by the Department of Internal Affairs.

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« Reply #1722 on: May 19, 2015, 05:31:15 pm »

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The senate extends the deadline until military aid to Nigeria, as detailed in the "Combating Boko Haram" Act is cancelled, until the 30th of June 2015
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« Reply #1723 on: May 26, 2015, 12:33:37 pm »

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Designation of states and counties names Act.

1. The Regional Goverments may designate the set of names of the states and counties by which the Federal Government will recognize them.
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« Reply #1724 on: June 10, 2015, 09:02:46 pm »

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Kids Shouldn't Die from Preventable Diseases Because of Stupid Yuppies and Religious Nuts Act of 2015

Henceforth, any and all funding transferred from the federal government to regional government for the express purpose of providing access to vaccination shall be transferred only on the condition that the region receiving the funds in question amend any and all laws governing vaccination exemptions providing for 'personal' or 'religious' reasons for exemption. The only suitable exemption (i.e. the only exemption allowed that will qualify regions for federal funds) shall be those allowed for medical purposes only.
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