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« Reply #300 on: November 29, 2007, 11:58:50 pm »

To clarify, the Atlasia-Peru Free Trade Act has been withdrawn, though I did cross it out and withdraw it above.
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« Reply #301 on: December 01, 2007, 08:20:15 pm »

National Energy Act amendment

Section one of F.L. 3-3 shall be amended to read: The responsibility for the approval of oil refinery construction shall be taken away from the Department of Treasury and given to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Section two shall be amended to read: The environmental regulations shall be made more strict to allow for more difficult approval of refineries.

Section four shall be amended to read: Sport Utility Vehicles shall not longer be classified as sedans for purposes of CAFE 2 standards. They shall be classified as a light truck.

Section six shall be amended to read: The Federal Gasoline Tax shall be increased from 12 cents per gallon to 18 cents per gallon.
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« Reply #302 on: December 02, 2007, 04:19:04 pm »

I withdraw the Tobacco Reform Bill & the Cocaine Punishment Harmonization Bill.

Electroshock Weapons Restrictions Bill
1. In all areas of federal jurisdiction, the use of electroshock weapons (including, but not limited to, tasers) by law enforcement is hereby prohibited.



Comprehensive Drug Reform Bill of 2007

Section 1: Findings
1. Current Atlasian policy has led to the incarceration of millions of nonviolent drug users, as well as the devastation of several South American economies and environments, and an overall increase in violent crime associated with drug dealing and untreated addiction.
2. Current Atlasian policy treats drug addiction first and foremost as a criminal problem rather than a medical one.
3. Current Atlasian policy is inherently contradictory in that one of the most intoxicating and addictive substances known to man, alcohol, is legal while possession of softer drugs remains a criminal activity.
4. Current Atlasian policy places harsh sentencing and punishment ahead of harm minimization, effective drug education, and addiction treatment.

Section 2: Decriminalized Substances
1. All federal laws, as well as District of Columbia and federal territory laws, prohibiting the private possession, consumption, or profitless distribution of the following substances are repealed: 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine (MDMA), mescaline, Peyote, psilocin, psilocybin, d-lysergic acid amide (LSA), lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), salvia divinorum, dimethyltryptamine (DMT), ephedrine, opium, cocaine (including freebase cocaine), gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), ibogaine, heroin, 5-methoxy-n,n-diisopropyltryptamine (5-MeO-DIPT), 2C-T-7, 2C-B, cathinone (khat), alpha-methyltryptamine (AMT), 5-OH-DMT, amphetamines, dextroamphetamine, methamphetamine, oxycodone, morphine, phencyclidine (PCP), benzylpiperazine, codeine, synthetic cannabinoids, marinol, and ketamine.
2. This section shall not be interpreted to legalize the sale or underage use of the listed substances.
3. All federal laws, including District of Columbia and federal territory laws, prohibiting certain forms of tobacco (including homegrown tobacco, smokeless tobacco, clove cigarettes, or N. rustica), alcohol (including absinthe, and all related ingredients), or associated paraphanelia (including rolling papers, rolling filter tips, matches, and water pipes) are repealed.

Section 3: Safe Injection Sites
1. The federal government will invest $10 million FY 2009 in the construction of a Safe Injection Site in the District of Columbia.
2. No person using illicit drugs inside of a Safe Injection Site may face prosecution of any kind in relation to the possession or consumption of the drug.
3. All persons entering the Safe Injection Site will be provided with clean needle syringes and any medical care necessary free of charge.

Section 4: Good Samaritan Provision
1. In all areas under federal jurisdiction, persons calling for medical help for a person who is suffering immediate health problems due to drug use may not face arrest charges for possession or consumption of illicit substances.
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« Reply #303 on: January 10, 2008, 09:11:38 pm »

I'm withdrawing the Equality of Representation Amendment (didn't mean to reintroduce it after the End to Districts Amendment passed).
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« Reply #304 on: January 11, 2008, 10:04:15 pm »

Over-Development Balance Act

Section 1: Findings

We have found that:

1. Developers are building houses at an extremely fast rate.
2. These new houses are creating budget problems for the local school district.

Section 2: Impact Fees

1. For the purpose of this bill, 'development' is defined as a collection of houses recognized as a loosely connected community.
2. To combat school budgeting problems, all developers will pay an impact on all homes in developments.
3. A developer will pay for the estimated school enrollment for 2 years at the local school district for the average amount of children (as calculated by the Census) for every house in the development.
4. The money will be added straight to the schoolboard's budget for the following Fiscal Year.
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« Reply #305 on: January 12, 2008, 01:37:44 pm »

Alignment with Territory Policy Act

1. The senate recognizes that disorganization in regional bill introduction and the constitution's limits on the senate as blockades to universal improvement of our nation.

2. Any bill the senate passes in a session that:
a) affects only DC and the territories
b) does so because of constitutional limits on it affecting the regions
Will be placed on a regional ballot in every region at the end of the session, to be voted on by the citizens of each region.
3. If passed by any region, it will take immediate effect in that region.
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« Reply #306 on: January 12, 2008, 11:54:45 pm »

F-22 Catch 22 Act

1. F.L. 4-1: F-22 Act is hereby repealed
2. The remaining money allocated to F.L. 4-1: F-22 Act shall be used soley for the purpose of reducing the national debt.
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« Reply #307 on: January 18, 2008, 01:28:11 pm »

Abolition of the Penny Act

Section 1: Findings
1. That the penny currently costs the government of Atlasia more money to produce than each penny is worth.
2. That transactions for which single pennies are necessary do not reflect increased precision in pricing.

Section 2: Minting
1. The Atlasian Mint shall no longer produce the Atlasian penny.
2. All materials used to produce pennies shall be redirected to the production of other denominations of currency or else sold as raw material.
3. This section shall take effect immediately upon the passage of this legislation.

Section 3: Exchange
1. The government of Atlasia shall offer to exchange with any and all banks pennies for higher coin denominations.
2. These pennies shall be melted down and either used to produce new coinage or sold as raw material as appropriate.
3. This section shall take effect immediately upon the passage of this legislation.

Section 4: Abolition
1. The penny shall no longer be legal tender within Atlasia.
2. All transactions currently involving denominations less than $0.05 shall be rounded upwards such that they may be completed using denominations of $0.05 and greater.
3. This section shall take effect on January 1, 2010.
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« Reply #308 on: January 18, 2008, 05:12:02 pm »

Third Amendment to Article III, Section 2, Clause 2 of the OSPR

Article 3 Section 2 Clause 2 of the Official Senate Procedural Resolution is hereby amended to read as follows: “2. There shall be eight slots available for debating legislation on the Senate floor. Of these slots, three shall be available for any purpose; two shall be available for any purpose except the debating of Amendments to the Constitution; one shall be available only for legislation that the PPT considers to be related to forum affairs or emergency legislation which can be introduced pursuant to Article 7, Section 1 of this resolution; one shall be available for any piece of legislation, regardless of its location in the queue, at the PPT's discretion; and one shall be available for debating veto overrides pursuant to Article 5, Section 3.”



For reference, the current text:
Quote from: OSPR
Second Amendment to Article III, Section 2, Clause 2 of the OSPR
Article 3 Section 2 Clause 2 of the Official Senate Procedural Resolution is hereby amended to read as follows: “2. There shall be seven slots available for debating legislation on the Senate floor. Of these slots, three shall be available for any purpose; two shall be available for any purpose except the debating of Amendments to the Constitution; one shall be available only for legislation that the PPT considers to be related to forum affairs or emergency legislation which can be introduced pursuant to Article 7, Section 1 of this resolution; and one shall be available for debating veto overrides pursuant to Article 5, Section 3.”
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« Reply #309 on: January 22, 2008, 12:29:18 am »

Sane Automobile Policy Act

I. CAFE Standards

1. The penalty for violations of CAFE standards shall be raised to $22 per 0.1 mpg under the standard, multiplied by the manufacturer's total yearly production for the Atlasian domestic market beginning in 2009.

2. CAFE standard for cars shall be 31 mpg in 2010 and shall increase by 1.5 mpg each year until it reaches 46 mpg.

3. CAFE standard for light trucks shall be 24 mpg in 2010 and shall increase by 0.75 mpg each year until it reaches 32 mpg.

4. SUVs shall be classified as cars under CAFE standards. [1]

II. Research

1. Any automaker that excedes the CAFE standards in both the car and light truck category by at least 4 mpg in a year shall receive grant of $1 per vehicle sold in the Atlasian domestic market in that year to fund research and development into fuel efficiency.

2. All additional funds raised by Section I, Clause One above and beyond those in FY 2008 shall be used to fund Section II, Clause One. Any funds remaining shall be used for research into alternative automobile fuels.

III. Action

1. Atlasia shall establish a HOV Only Commission to investigate the feasibility of establishing urban freeways as High Occupancy Vehicles Only roadways. A report shall be delivered by July 1st, 2009.

2. $1 million shall be appropriated to fund Section III, Clause One.
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[1] If Earl's bill passes. I have no idea why he'd want SUVs to go back to being under lower fuel efficiency standards.
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« Reply #310 on: February 05, 2008, 12:32:42 am »

School Standards Reform Bill

Section 1: Findings
1.   That no national standard exists regarding required fields of study for students in public schools.
2.   That education in Atlasia no longer meets the high international standards it once did.

Section 2: Terms
For the purposes of this legislation:
1.   “Elementary school” shall refer to any school offering only grades below 5th, inclusive.
2.   “Middle school” shall refer to any school offering only grades below 8th, inclusive, with at least one grade above 6th, inclusive.
3.   “High school” shall refer to any school offering at least one grade above 9th, inclusive.

Section 3: Elementary School Reforms
1.   All public elementary schools shall be required to offer pre-K and Kindergarten classes to all students within the district whose guardians wish them to be enrolled.
2.   All public elementary schools shall be required to be open for at least seven hours each weekday. All grades from 1st grade through 5th grade shall be required to attend school for the full minimum of seven hours. Kindergarten must be offered for at least six hours a day, and pre-K for at least five hours a day.
3.   All children must be enrolled in school, public or otherwise, within one and a half years of their fourth birthdays.

Section 4: Middle School Reforms
1.   All public middle schools shall be required to be open for at least seven and a half hours each weekday. All students from 6th grade through 8th grade shall be required to attend school for the full minimum of seven and a half hours.
2.   All public middle schools must offer at least one foreign language. Enrollment may be optional.
3.   All students in grades 6 through 8 shall be required to study science, English, history, and mathematics for all of their three years in said grades. All public middle schools must offer said subjects for all three grades.

Section 5: High School Reforms
1.   All public high schools shall be required to be open for at least eight hours each weekday. All students from 9th grade through 12th grade shall be required to attend school for the full minimum of eight hours.
2.   All public high school students must complete, between 9th and 12th grade, at least four courses in mathematics, four courses in English, three courses in a single foreign language, three courses in world history, one course in Atlasian/American history, one course in chemistry, one course in physics, one course in biology, and one additional course in any one of the sciences (chemistry, physics or biology).
3.   All public high schools must offer classes on mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, English, American/Atlasian history, world history, and at least two different foreign languages (listed below in 5.3.1) sufficient in number to allow students to complete the above requirements.
   1.   All high schools must offer courses in at least two of the following languages: Spanish,          French, German, Russian, Arabic, Hindi, Chinese and Japanese.

Section 6: Interpretation
This legislation shall not be interpreted as to override any stricter standards upheld by law within any Regions or lower-level authorities, nor to discourage school districts or students from exceeding the minimum requirements.

Section 7: Effective Date
This legislation shall come into effect on August 10, 2009, unless that date is less than a year and a half following passage, in which case it shall come into effect on August 10, 2010.



This is a big bill. I am not particularly attached to any one part of it, and I welcome suggestions prior to it reaching the floor of the Senate.
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« Reply #311 on: February 05, 2008, 07:38:06 am »

Sec 5, Clause 3 should include Italian.  And/or a suggestion that other languages may be offered and counted towards the required total of two.
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« Reply #312 on: February 05, 2008, 11:38:03 am »

Sec 5, Clause 3 should include Italian.  And/or a suggestion that other languages may be offered and counted towards the required total of two.

Italian is neither a significant international language of commerce nor spoken in multiple countries. Euro-centrism in language teaching should be avoided.
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« Reply #313 on: February 07, 2008, 10:01:42 am »

Sec 5, Clause 3 should include Italian.  And/or a suggestion that other languages may be offered and counted towards the required total of two.

Italian is neither a significant international language of commerce nor spoken in multiple countries. Euro-centrism in language teaching should be avoided.

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Teaching Chinese, Japanese, and Hindi are very good idea judging by the development of Asia currently.
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« Reply #314 on: February 08, 2008, 08:05:33 pm »

Sec 5, Clause 3 should include Italian.  And/or a suggestion that other languages may be offered and counted towards the required total of two.

Italian is neither a significant international language of commerce nor spoken in multiple countries. Euro-centrism in language teaching should be avoided.

^^^

Teaching Chinese, Japanese, and Hindi are very good idea judging by the development of Asia currently.


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I could suggest a number of other widelyt spoken Asian languages, but I've never met anyone who learned Bengali. Tongue
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« Reply #315 on: February 14, 2008, 08:27:51 am »

Constitutional Amendment to Allow Gun Control

1. Article I, Section 5 shall be amended to include a new clause as follows: "To regulate and ban firearms as necessary throughout the Republic of Atlasia."
2. Amendment I shall be amended to read "The right to keep and detonate low-potency explosives shall not be infringed."
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« Reply #316 on: February 14, 2008, 08:32:34 am »

Network Neutrality Bill

1. No Internet service provider may charge a discriminating fee, intentionally offer a discriminating speed of access, nor bar access to online material on the basis of its content (excepting illegal pornographic content) to any of its users.
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« Reply #317 on: February 14, 2008, 08:38:49 am »

Constitutional Amendment to Prohibit Conscription

1. Article VI shall be amended to include a new clause as follows: "No person may be required to serve in defense of the country against their will."

Constitutional Amendment to Protect Substance Addicts

1. Article VI shall be amended to include a new clause as follows: "No person who suffers a physical or mental addiction to any substance may be charged for the possession or consumption of the substance in question."

Constitutional Amendment to Prohibit Capital Punishment

1. Article VI shall be amended to include a new clause as follows: "No person may receive the death penalty as punishment for any crime."
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« Reply #318 on: February 16, 2008, 07:32:43 am »

Italian is neither a significant international language of commerce nor spoken in multiple countries.

So what?
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« Reply #319 on: February 16, 2008, 02:09:00 pm »

Italian is neither a significant international language of commerce nor spoken in multiple countries.

So what?

So, we're trying to encourage the teaching of languages of international significance. Schools are not barred from teaching Italian, but it doesn't count towards their required offerings.
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« Reply #320 on: February 16, 2008, 04:38:37 pm »

So, we're trying to encourage the teaching of languages of international significance.

But not everyone will be an international busy-ness-man. How do kid's who'll grow up to become brickies, mechanics or office workers benefit from failing to learn Chinese at school?
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« Reply #321 on: February 16, 2008, 05:52:21 pm »

So, we're trying to encourage the teaching of languages of international significance.

But not everyone will be an international busy-ness-man. How do kid's who'll grow up to become brickies, mechanics or office workers benefit from failing to learn Chinese at school?

How will they benefit from learning Italian? Foreign language teaching is designed to offer the basics to everyone because we cannot be sure at a high school age who will do what, and it would absurdly presumptuous of us to deny certain students that opportunity simply based on the current situation.
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« Reply #322 on: February 16, 2008, 06:09:55 pm »

I personally think it's absurd to force a kid who knows he wants to do something that won't ever involve learning a foreign language to take three classes of a foreign language in high school. That's probably the biggest thing wrong with American education.
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« Reply #323 on: February 19, 2008, 05:50:41 pm »

So, we're trying to encourage the teaching of languages of international significance.

But not everyone will be an international busy-ness-man. How do kid's who'll grow up to become brickies, mechanics or office workers benefit from failing to learn Chinese at school?

How will they benefit from learning Italian? Foreign language teaching is designed to offer the basics to everyone because we cannot be sure at a high school age who will do what, and it would absurdly presumptuous of us to deny certain students that opportunity simply based on the current situation.
well, there is a significant presence of Italian phrases in the arts, so someone who is into that may want to know Italian.
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« Reply #324 on: February 21, 2008, 03:41:35 am »

Amendment to the Taiwan Relations Act

Section 15(2) of the Taiwan Relations Act (Pub. L. 96-8) is hereby amended to read: "the term "Taiwan" includes, as the context may require, the islands of Taiwan, the Pescadores, and the Kinmen and Matsu islands, the people on those islands, corporations and other entities and associations created or organized under the laws applied on those islands, and the governing authorities on Taiwan recognized by the United States as the Republic of China prior to January 1, 1979, and any successor governing authorities (including political subdivisions, agencies, and instrumentalities thereof)."


A very small change, but one which has been overlooked for decades. This fixes US recognition of the state of Taiwanese control of the Kinmen and Matsu islands, which has been overlooked for decades. It is not in any way provocative to the PRC, but it allows for US diplomatic and economic efforts applied elsewhere in Taiwan to apply there as well.
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