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« Reply #175 on: June 21, 2007, 12:23:30 am »

Establishing an Official Language of Atlasia Act

1. English is hereby established as the official language of Atlasia.
2. All government documents shall be printed in English and only English
3. The government sponsoring anything containing another language is hereby prohibited


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« Reply #176 on: June 22, 2007, 11:02:12 am »

Just in case something goes wrong with my taking up sponsorship of the LSD bill, I will get it in line:

Decriminalization of LSD Bill

Section 1: Applicability
1. This law shall only apply in the District of Columbia and in federal territories which do not form part of any Region.

Section 2: In Regards to the Legal Status of LSD
1. The possession and consumption of LSD (also known as lysergic acid diethylamide, LSD-25, or "acid"), a non-addictive semisynthetic psychedelic drug, shall be lawful for anyone who is 18 years or older.
2. This law shall not be interpreted as to decriminalize driving under the influence of LSD.

Section 3: Purchasing LSD
1. The sale of LSD shall be regulated by the government
2. All sales of LSD will be taxed 22%
3. Purchases of LSD will be limited to 500 micrograms of LSD per day
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« Reply #177 on: June 22, 2007, 01:57:13 pm »

Withdrawal Act

To add a new appropriatley numbered section to the OSPR stating the following:
1. Any bill that he has reached the senate floor may be withdrawn by the sponsor at any time
2. Another senator has seventy-two (72) hours to pick up sponsorship of the bill, otherwise the bill is no longer valid.
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« Reply #178 on: June 25, 2007, 07:43:46 pm »

Introduction to Atlasia Act

Whereas the Senate finds that it is beneficial to new citizens (hereinafter ‘newbies’) of Atlasia to have ease of access to basic information regarding the nation:

1. It shall hereinafter be the responsibility of the Secretary of Forum Affairs (hereinafter ‘SoFA’) to maintain an introductory thread in the Atlas Fantasy Elections Forum containing therein such matters which may be of use or benefit to newbies.

2. This thread shall include the following opening statement:
Welcome to Atlasia, a political/governmental simulation wherein participants take part in elections and referenda which shape the nature and laws of the nation. Atlasia operates as a federal state with five regions. The federal government has three branches: executive (President and Cabinet); legislative (Senate); and judicial (Supreme Court). Elections to the Presidency and Senate are held regularly.

The five regions are the Mideast; Midwest; Northeast; Pacific and Southeast. Each comprises around 10 states. Citizens of each region can participate in the regional government either as elected representatives such as the Governor or simply as proposers of legislation at the regional level. Each region has developed their own constitutions which set out their system of government.

Parties
Numerous parties exist in Atlasia encompassing a wide range of ideological positions. Many parties have a leadership, organise a platform and put forward and endorse candidates for elections. A brief summary of the ideology of the major parties is provided below. There are also numerous Independents in Atlasia who act outside of any party structure.

Registration
To join Atlasia, you must register in the Registration Thread. Simple state your name; preferred state of residence; and the party you wish to register with. You can register at any time, however there are rules in place limiting rights to vote to those who have reached a total post count on the forum of 50; have posted more than 25 times in the previous 8 weeks; and have registered more than 10 days prior to the election.

Further Information
If you want to learn more about Atlasia, you can explore the Atlas Wiki which stores the Atlasian and regional Constitutions and laws, as well as information on current office holders and some details about many of the current (and past) participants in Atlasia.

Also, you should feel free to post any questions you have about Atlasia in this thread and someone should shortly be able to provide some guidance.

3. Following the above opening statement, the SoFA shall post short statements from each of the major parties (i.e. those having 5 or more registered members). It shall be the responsibility of each party to provide a short statement (no longer than 100 words) outlining the ideology of the party to the SoFA for posting in this thread. The party may also include a link to another site (such as the party’s wiki page) which shall not count towards their word limit. Parties shall not be obliged to produce any such details should they so choose. Those which do not shall forfeit their entry. Major parties may at any time give to the SoFA an amended statement for posting.

4. The SoFA shall be free to edit the opening statement such that it correctly represents the law or state of affairs of Atlasia.

5. Each new SoFA shall create a new Introductory Thread within the terms of this Act. The SoFA shall make such representations and efforts as are necessary to ensure that his new thread shall be ‘stickied’ such that it shall always be easily accessible to newbies.

6. The SoFA shall be allowed to include in the thread such other information as he considers desirous or useful for newbies to be made aware of.
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« Reply #179 on: June 25, 2007, 07:51:54 pm »

Expansion of Presidential Line Item Veto Power Amendment

Article I, Section 3, Clause 4 of the Constitution shall be amended to read as follows:

Whensoever the Senate shall pass a bill and present it to the President, he shall have the option to amend the bill and return it to the Senate in amended form. The President shall have this option only once with any particular bill presented to him. The sponsor of the bill shall then have the following options:

(a) motion to approve the President’s redraft by simple majority and return it to the President for his signature or veto – should this motion fail, the bill, as it was prior to being redrafted, shall be returned to the President for his signature or veto;

(b) motion to reject the President’s redraft in it’s entirety by simple majority and return it to the President for his signature or veto – should this motion fail, debate on the bill, in its redrafted form, shall resume in the Senate;

(c) direct for resumed debate on the bill as presented to the president;

(d) withdraw the bill.
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« Reply #180 on: June 25, 2007, 07:55:12 pm »

People’s Referendum Amendment

Article 1, Section 3, Clause 5 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be created to read as follows:

Whensoever legislation becomes officially enacted, any citizen may submit for a national referendum to be held on the legislation. To do so, he must:

(a) create a new thread (entitled with the name of the legislation in question) containing the Act as signed by the President and stating the wish that a national referendum be held on the Act;

(b) receive the signitures of 20% of the registered citizens of Atlasia within 7 days of creating the thread.

When these requirements are met and verified by the Secretary of Forum Affairs, the Secretary shall organise a special referendum on the legislation on the next weekend falling not less than 4 days from the date on which he verified that the above requirements were met.

The question put to he people shall be a simple approval or disapproval of the legislation. A simple majority of the people voting against the legislation shall render it null and void.
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« Reply #181 on: June 25, 2007, 07:57:49 pm »

Popular Initiative Amendment

Article I, Section 3, Clause 5 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be created to read as follows:

Any ordinary citizen of Atlasia may propose legislation for consideration by the Senate. To do so, he must:

(a) create a new thread (entitled with the name of his proposed legislation) containing his proposal;

(b) receive the signitures of 15% of the registered citizens of Atlasia within 28 days of creating the thread.

When these requirements are met and verified by the Secretary of Forum Affairs, the proposal shall be added to the list of legislation to be considered by the Senate. The citizen who creates the thread for the legislation shall be thence considered the sponsor of the legislation.
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« Reply #182 on: June 25, 2007, 08:00:21 pm »

Judicial Term Limits Amendment

Article III, Section 1, Clause 6 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be created to read as follows:

Supreme Court Justices shall serve terms not exceeding 12 months. At the end of that time, the seat shall be considered open to re-nomination. The President shall be free to re-nominate the same citizen to serve on the Court in the same capacity. The sitting Justice shall continue to serve until such time as the Senate confirms the President’s nominee.
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« Reply #183 on: June 27, 2007, 09:26:03 am »

2nd Immigration Reform Bill of 2007

1. The Illegal Immigrant Act (F.L. 18-8) is hereby repealed.

2. Illegal aliens who have been convicted of a state or federal offense and sentenced to a term of imprisonment less than 12 months in duration within the last 5 years of their application shall be denied citizenship in all instances, even if their application is presently pending under the auspices of F.L. 18-8.

3. Illegal aliens who have been convicted of a state or federal offense and sentenced to a term of imprisonment less than 12 months in duration not within the last 5 years of their application whose application is presently pending under the auspices of F.L. 18-8 shall be allowed to become citizens, if meeting the separate requirements of all other relevant legislation.

4. Illegal or legal aliens who have become citizens because of changes in the law effectuated by F.L. 18-8 shall not have their citizenship revoked.
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« Reply #184 on: June 27, 2007, 12:21:07 pm »

Steroid Prevention and Detection Act

Purpose:
To create a national policy against the use of steroids

Section 1 - Government Employees:
1.) All government employees are subject to up to two (2) random steroid testings per year
2.) The supervisor of an government employee can order this random drug test at any time, granted it does not exceed two (2) times per year

Section 2 - Private Employees:
1.) Any private employer in Atlasia may randomly drug test their employees up to two (2) times per year
2.) An exception will occur if the employer informs the employee when taking the job that another policy is in place
3.) An exception will occur if the union the employee is affiliated with has approved the drug testing policy

Section 3 - Testing Positive:
1.) If a first test comes up positive, the employee may ask for a 3rd party independent second test
2.) If the second test comes up postitive, the employer may unconditional relieve the employee of their duties
3.) Employers are not required to pay employees after this dismissal, even if a contract was agreed upon

Section 4 - Distributing Steroids:
1.) Anyone found to be distributing steroids to minors will face a jail sentence with a minimum of five (5) years and a maximum of fifteen (15) years.
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« Reply #185 on: June 28, 2007, 08:39:22 pm »

F**k Ralph Nader Act

1. Any existing regulations on junk food and fast food advertising are repealed and further regulations are banned.
2. All federal laws restricting gambling are repealed.
3. Any restrictions on product placement advertising are banned.
4. All current restrictions on alcohol advertising on TV are repealed.
5. Any "decency" regulations on TV and radio are repealed and further ones are banned.
6. All public schools receiving federal funds must allow soft drinks to be sold and drank within them.
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« Reply #186 on: June 29, 2007, 01:46:18 pm »

Another piece of practical legislation from Sam Spade:

The "Texasindy" Amendment

Clause 5 of Article V, Section 2 of the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia is hereby repealed.

Considering that people can no longer delete their accounts (see texasindy), this clause is somewhat useless.

I still maintain (as I have for quite a while yet) that most of Article 5 should be encompassed within statute, not within Constitutional guidelines, though I really doubt there is support for this at present.
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« Reply #187 on: June 30, 2007, 06:09:36 pm »

Proportional Representation Bill
1. Hereinafter Class B Senators shall be elected using the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote (hereinafter ‘PR-STV’).

2. For the purposes of these elections the whole of Atlasia shall be treated as a single electoral constituency.

3. Sections 1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13 and 14 of F.L. 14-2 Consolidated Electoral Reform Act shall also apply to PR-STV elections.

Rules on the counting of votes in PR-STV elections
4. After the close of polls, the ‘total valid poll’ shall be calculated, this being the total number of valid votes cast in the election.

5. The ‘quota’ (i.e. the number of votes required to be deemed elected) shall then be calculated as the whole number (disregarding any attached fraction) resulting from the following equation:
[Total Valid Poll/(Number of seats to be filled + 1)] + 1

6. A first count shall then be made quantifying the total number of first preferences each valid candidate did receive. Any candidates receiving more than the quota shall be deemed elected.

7. Where candidates are tied they shall be ranked by the total number of second preferences 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.

7. (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.

8. The order of priority for distribution of votes shall be as follows:
(a) candidate’s surpluses which may materially affect the progress of the count. (Where more than one such surpluses exist they shall be distributed in the order in which the candidate was deemed elected.);
(b) distribution of the votes of the candidate placed last in the last preceding count.

9. Where there exists such surpluses as that in total they could materially affect the progress of the count, but no individual surplus meets this requirement, the surpluses shall be distributed in order of magnitute even though no individual surplus may materially affect the progress of the count. The distribution of such surpluses shall continue until such time as the totality of the remaining surpluses shall not be capable of materially affecting the progress of the count.

10. A distribution shall be deemed to materially affect the progress of a count, when it is of such quantity as it would be sufficient to bring about the election of another candidate or would be sufficient to raise the lowest placed remaining candidate above the next lowest remaining candidate.

11. Where no candidate receives a number of votes equal or greater to the quota, the lowest polling candidate shall be eliminated and his votes distributed in according with his next preference for a remaining candidate. This process shall continue until such time as a count results in the election of a candidate or candidates.

12. Where an elimination is to be made, a double elimination may be made where the distribution of the lowest remaining candidate’s votes alone would not materially affect the progress of the count. Similarly, a triple elimination may be made where the distribution of the two lowest remaining candidate’s votes alone would not materially affect the progress of the count, and so on.

13. Where a surplus is to be distributed, the entirety of the votes of the elected candidate shall be transferred to the candidates still capable of election at a reduced value called the ‘transfer value’. This value is calculated by the following formula:
Number of candidate’s surplus votes/Candidate’s total votes

14. Where a candidate has a surplus to be distributed, any such votes contributing to his election which were gained at a reduced transfer value as described above in a previous count, such votes shall transfer at a re-reduced value which shall be equal to their standing transfer value multiplied by the new transfer value to be applied o all of the votes to be distributed.

15. Where an eliminated candidate’s votes are to be distributed, the votes shall not be reduced in value any further than they may have been during the process to that point.

16. Counting shall continue until such time as the number of candidates deemed elected equals the number of available seats or until such time as no further distributions which can materially affect the count exist, in which case the candidates not reaching the quota shall be deemed elected in the order in which they rank until such time as all of the available seats are filled.

17. At the discretion of the SoFA, transfer values and vote totals (where appropriate) may be rounded off to three decimal places for simplification or presentational purposes.

Vacancies
18. Where a single Class B Senate seat vacancy exists, the election to the seat shall be conducted on a nationwide basis and in accordance with F.L. 14-2 Consolidated Electoral Reform Act.

19. Where multiple vacancies of Class B Senate seats exist and by law the election to fill the vacancies fall is to occur on the same weekend, the election shall be conducted in accordance with the procedures outlined above.

Repeal of Census Legislation
20. Section 1 of F.L. 4-4 The Miscellany Act, mandating the conduct of censii, is hereby repealed.

Commencement Order
21. This Act shall not take effect until directed by an Executive Order of the President of Atlasia directing same.



End to Districts Amendment
That the following changes shall be made to the Atlasian Constitution.
1. Article I, Section 1, Clause 1 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be amended to read as follows:
The Senate shall be composed of ten Senators, each with a term of four months.

2. Article I, Section 1, Clause 2 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be amended to read as follows:
No Person shall be a Senator who has not attained a hundred or more posts and, in the case of Regional Senators, is not a registered voter in the Region that they represent.

3. Article I, Section 4, Clause 1 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be amended to read as follows:
The Senate shall be divided into two classes: Class A, which shall comprise the Senators elected from the Regions, and Class B.

4. Article IV, Section 4 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be repealed.
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« Reply #188 on: July 01, 2007, 01:21:15 pm »

Change of Registration Bill

1. Citizens who seek to register a change of state with the Department of Forum Affairs, but are restricted in the timing of such registration by Article V, Section 2, Clause 7 of the Constitution, shall be deemed to have made a valid change of state registration from the moment the constitutional time requirement passes.

2. Citizens may revoke such registrations at any point up until this time by making a declaration with the Department of Forum Affairs requesting said registration be ignored or discounted.

3. No particular series of words shall be required to effect clause 2 of this Act, simply that a reasonable determination of intent can be read by the Secretary of Forum Affairs to have the registration ignored or discounted.
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« Reply #189 on: July 01, 2007, 01:30:28 pm »

Consolidated Electoral System Reform Act (Amendment) Bill

1. Section 6 of F.L. 14-2, the Consolidated Electoral System Reform Act, shall be amended by the addition of clause 5 as follows:
In the case of run-off elections, an absentee booth shall be opened as soon as possible after the declaration by the Department of Forum Affairs that a run-off election is to be held.

2. Section 13 of F.L. 14-2, the Consolidated Electoral System Reform Act, shall be amended by the addition of clause 3 as follows:
Clause 1 shall not apply in the case of elections resulting in a run-off, in which cases, lawsuits challenging the validity of certified election results shall only be valid if filed with the Supreme Court before the official opening time of the official voting booth (not including any associated absentee voting booth) for the associated run-off election.
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« Reply #190 on: July 05, 2007, 02:54:16 pm »

Constitutional Amendment to Remove States

1.) The Senate of Atlasia reserves the power to remove States who have entered the union after December 31, 2003.
2.) The Senate of Atlasia also reserves the power to combine States following a simple majority vote of the citizens of that state



WITHDRAWN

Followed by:

Repeal of Puerto Rico Statehood Act

Section 1:
1.) F.L. 7-6 "Puerto Rican Statehood Act" is repealed
2.) F.L. 12-4 "Puerto Rican Statehood Act" is repealed

Section 2:
1.) Upon passage of this bill, Puerto Rico will return to its previous status as a commonwealth
2.) Citizens of Puerto Rico will no longer be able to vote in Atlasian elections
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« Reply #191 on: July 06, 2007, 06:24:48 pm »

The Eastern Standard Time Bill

Eastern Standard Time throughout the Republic of Atlasia shall be defined as whatever real world time is being observed in Washington D.C.
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« Reply #192 on: July 07, 2007, 11:16:56 am »

(All are separate Constitutional Amendments.)

Article II, Section 1, Clause 6 (State of the Forum Address requirement) of the Constitution of Atlasia is hereby repealed.

Article V, Section 1, Clause 2 (Office Holders Avatar requirement) of the Constitution of Atlasia is hereby repealed. (DWTL already introduced this.)

Article V, Section 1, Clause 8 (Political Party definition) of the Constitution of Atlasia is hereby repealed.
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« Reply #193 on: July 08, 2007, 07:53:58 pm »

Could someone introduce this for me?

Atlasian-United States Relations Exploration Act

1. Upon the passage of this bill, the United States Relations Commission shall be created with the following guidelines:
     a. The said commission shall be composed of the following:
            i. One member of the executive branch, as chosen by the President, with the possibility of the President himself,
           ii. Two members of the Senate, as chosen by the Senate at large, to be determined by a first past the post system of voting in the Senate with the top two recipients of votes being elected to serve on the commission,
          iii. One member of the Supreme Court, with the members of the Supreme Court choosing its representive in the same manner as the Senate,
          iv. One governor, as chosen by the governors as a whole by a first past the post system identical to the one used to elect the representatives from the Senate, and
         v. Two other citizens of Atlasia chosen the President, with no requirements on holding or not holding office for any of these citizens.
     b. The said commission shall elect a President and a Vice President to guide debate.
     c. In addition to the inclusion of a President and Vice President, the commission shall create its own rules and procedures and debate, including entertaining statements by citizens of Atlasia who are not members of the Commission and asking other citizens to appear for question and answer sessions.
     d. The primary goal of the said commission shall be to provide a comprehensive policy to the Senate on the possible recognition of the United States, with the topics including the following, but no limited to:
         i. Recognition of the United States,
         ii. Divergence from actual history,
         iii. The budget of Atlasia with regard to the United States,
         iv. The role of the Game Moderator, and
         v. The population, power, and status of Atlasia if it were to recognize the United States
     e. The Commission shall create a final report on its findings on the said issues to present to the Senate.
     f. The report of the commission shall not become law, but shall be used by the Senate for future consideration on this issue.

I'm a bit long winded, so if someone wants to clean up the bill a bit, that would be great.
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« Reply #194 on: July 08, 2007, 08:23:27 pm »

TrueDem, looks like you put a lot of effort into it, so even if I wind up not supporting it, I will sponsor it:

Atlasian-United States Relations Exploration Act

Upon the passage of this bill, the United States Relations Commission shall be created with the following guidelines:
     a. The said commission shall be composed of the following:
            i. One member of the executive branch, as chosen by the President, with the possibility of the President himself,
           ii. Two members of the Senate, as chosen by the Senate at large, to be determined by a first past the post system of voting in the Senate with the top two recipients of votes being elected to serve on the commission,
          iii. One member of the Supreme Court, with the members of the Supreme Court choosing its representive in the same manner as the Senate,
          iv. One governor, as chosen by the governors as a whole by a first past the post system identical to the one used to elect the representatives from the Senate, and
         v. Two other citizens of Atlasia chosen the President, with no requirements on holding or not holding office for any of these citizens.
     b. The said commission shall elect a President and a Vice President to guide debate.
     c. In addition to the inclusion of a President and Vice President, the commission shall create its own rules and procedures and debate, including entertaining statements by citizens of Atlasia who are not members of the Commission and asking other citizens to appear for question and answer sessions.
     d. The primary goal of the said commission shall be to provide a comprehensive policy to the Senate on the possible recognition of the United States, with the topics including the following, but no limited to:
         i. Recognition of the United States,
         ii. Divergence from actual history,
         iii. The budget of Atlasia with regard to the United States,
         iv. The role of the Game Moderator, and
         v. The population, power, and status of Atlasia if it were to recognize the United States
     e. The Commission shall create a final report on its findings on the said issues to present to the Senate.
     f. The report of the commission shall not become law, but shall be used by the Senate for future consideration on this issue.


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« Reply #195 on: July 12, 2007, 09:36:38 am »

End of the Budget Amendment

1.) Aritcle I, Section 8 of the Constitution is hereby repealed
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« Reply #196 on: July 13, 2007, 02:38:26 pm »

Bills that I want moved to the back:

Further Reforming Alcohol Act

Findings:
1.) The current age for legally consuming alcohol in Atlasia is 18

Actions:
1.) Their shall no longer be an age limit for purchasing or cosuming fermented alcoholic beverages
2.) The age for purchasing distilled beverages is hereby lowered to 16, and the age for comsumption shall be lowered to 14.
3.) Selling a distilled alcohol beverage to a person under 16 shall result in the following:
     a.) First Offense - $1,000 fine
     b.) Second Offense - $5,000 fine
     c.) Third Offense - 30 days in prison

Applicability:
1.) This law will apply in DC and other federal territories



Adult Stem Cell Reserach Enhancement

Findings:
1.) The Atlasian government is currently investing $50 million in embryonic stem cell reserach

Actions:
1.) The Atlasian government will invest $50 million in scientific grants to reserach on adult stem cell research


The rest I expect to either not be done with before I get back, and I will try to access the net at times during my vacation. 
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« Reply #197 on: July 13, 2007, 02:52:17 pm »

I presume this means the earlier bills are withdrawn.  If you could, please modify the original posts on this fact so that I won't accidentally bring them forward.  Thanks.

Also, I want to be co-sponsor of you Withdrawal Amendment to the OSPR, if you are so inclined.  Thanks.
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« Reply #198 on: July 13, 2007, 02:55:24 pm »

I presume this means the earlier bills are withdrawn.  If you could, please modify the original posts on this fact so that I won't accidentally bring them forward.  Thanks.

Also, I want to be co-sponsor of you Withdrawal Amendment to the OSPR, if you are so inclined.  Thanks.

I deleted them and yes you can co-sponsor (and anyone for that matter) anyone of my bills
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« Reply #199 on: July 15, 2007, 03:07:38 am »

End of the Budget Amendment

1.) Aritcle I, Section 8 of the Constitution is hereby repealed

I'll co-sponsor.
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