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« Reply #575 on: June 09, 2009, 08:55:23 pm »

I'm glad someone got it. I was a little overwhelmed by the ridiculous amount of Senate rules Tongue
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« Reply #576 on: June 10, 2009, 04:04:42 am »

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Fair Interest Rates Act

Section 1: Interest Rate Caps

1. No percentage rate applicable to an extension of credit obtained by use of a credit card may exceed 20 percent on any unpaid balances.

2. No percentage rate applicable to the purchasing of "payday advance loans" may exceed 30 percent on any remaining charges.

3. This section shall not be interpreted as to prevent or overwrite stricter interest rate limits in any region.



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« Reply #577 on: June 10, 2009, 09:48:24 pm »

SOEA Role Codification Act

1) Every 2 months a renewed foreign policy roll must be put out.
2) Communiques should be sent out whenever there is a foreign or diplomatic crisis in the world regarding official Atlasian policy.
3)The SOEA will give his opinion on all foreign policy related decisions to the President.
4) The SOEA will serve as Atlasia's foremost representative to other countries.
5) The SOEA will be second in command of the Atlasian armed forces only to the President.
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« Reply #578 on: June 16, 2009, 02:00:40 pm »

Repeal of the Magnetic Levitation Research Act

Due to the passage of FL 30-8: The High Speed Rail Act, F.L. 5-4: The Magnetic Levitation Research Act is hereby repealed.
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« Reply #579 on: June 18, 2009, 03:13:05 pm »

Intelligent Voting Amendment to the Constitution

The Sixth Amendment is hereby repealed.
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« Reply #580 on: June 20, 2009, 05:31:21 am »

Resolution on Iranian protesters:

Atlasia hereby expresses total support for all Iranian citizens who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties, and rule of law.
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« Reply #581 on: June 21, 2009, 12:47:13 am »

A starting point:

Constitutional Revampification Amendment

Article I, Section 1 shall hereby read as follows:
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1. The Senate shall be composed of five Senators, each with a term of four months. The Senators shall be elected by At-Large bids.
2. No Person shall be a Senator who has not attained two-hundred fifty or more posts, and is not a registered voter in Atlasia for a period greater than one month.
3. The Vice President of the Republic of Atlasia shall be the President of the Senate, but shall have no vote unless they be equally divided.
4. The Senate shall choose their other officers, and also a President pro tempore, who shall act as President of the Senate in the absence of the Vice President.

The following shall be included in Article I as Section 2: The House, with subsequent sections renumbered accordingly:
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1. The House shall be composed of a maximum of fifteen Representatives, each with a term of one month, evenly distributed among the regions to the nearest whole number. The representatives shall be elected from among the members of the regional legislatures according to the laws of each region.
2. No Person shall be a Representative who has not attained one hundred or more posts, and is not a registered voter and elected legislator in the Region that they represent.
3. The House shall choose their other officers, and also a Speaker of the House, who shall be responsible for chairing debate that occurs within the House and for managing every day business.

Article I, Section 5 shall hereby be renumbered Section 4 and read as follows:
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Section 3: Congressional Rules and Legislation
1. The separate chambers of Congress may establish their own rules of procedure, and with the concurrence of two-thirds of its number, respectively, may expel a member of the same chamber.
2. Each chamber shall have fulfilled a quorum if a majority of its members are capable of discharging their offices and sworn into office. A quorum in each chamber shall have voted on any Resolution, Bill, Impeachment or Constitutional Amendment for it to be considered valid.
3. For any Bill or Resolution to pass the Congress, it shall have gained a majority in a valid vote in each respective chamber. Before the Bill or Resolution becomes Law, it shall be presented to the PPT, Speaker, and sponsors of the Bill or Resolution from each chamber for conference, unless it be concerning the rules for the proceedings of a chamber. Upon resolution of any differences between the separate versions of legislation, the Bill or Resolution shall be returned to both chambers for approval. If passed by both chambers separately, the revised Bill or Resolution shall then be presented to the President of the Republic of Atlasia. If the President approves, he shall sign it, and it shall become Law. If the President does not approve, he shall return the Bill with his objections to the Congress, and it shall not become Law. Upon reconsidering the Bill, if each chamber shall approve the legislation by two-thirds of its number, it shall become Law. If a Bill is not returned to the Congress by the President within seven days after it shall have been presented to him, it shall become Law regardless.

Article I, Section 4 shall hereby be renumbered Section 5 and read as follows:
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1. Elections for the seats in the Senate shall be held in the months of February, June and October.
2. Elections shall be held from midnight Eastern Standard Time on the second to last Friday of a given month and shall conclude exactly 72 hours later.
3. If a vacancy shall occur in a Senate seat, then a special election shall be called to fill the remainder of the vacated term within one week of the vacancy occurring; Such special election shall be held from midnight Eastern Standard Time on a Friday and shall conclude exactly 72 hours later. However, if a vacancy shall occur when there is a person due to assume that office within two weeks, then no special election shall be necessary.
4. The Senate shall have necessary power to determine regulations for the procedure of and the form of Senate elections and shall have necessary power to determine a procedure for declaration of candidacy for such elections. All elections to the Senate shall be by public post.
5. Those elected in ordinary elections to the Senate shall take office at noon Eastern Standard Time on the first Friday in the month after their election. Those elected in special elections to the Senate shall take office as soon as the result of their election has been formally declared.

All instances of the words "Senate" or "Senator(s)" in Article I, Sections 5 and 6 shall hereby read "Congress" or "Congressmen," respectively.

Article I, Section 8 is hereby removed.

Article IV shall hereby read as follows:
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Section 1: Regional Government
1. The Regions may elect a Governor as chief executive officer, and may establish other executive posts as they wish, however no executive member may be elected for a term of more than six months.
2. A Region may establish a legislature for itself to make proper laws and electoral procedures.
3. A Region may establish a judiciary for itself; However, if they choose not to, the federal Supreme Court shall arbitrate in all election disputes, but only insofar as Regional Law may provide.
4. Regions are autonomous of the federal government and may govern themselves and their elections as they wish, except where otherwise provided for in this Constitution.

Section 2: Regional Boundaries
1. The Regions shall be drawn up by the Senate and approved by the House.
2. The Senate may redraw the Regional Boundaries in the months of January and July without consent of the Regions, any other time consent is required by the region(s) being changed.
3. In the event that a new State joins the Republic of Atlasia, the Senate may apportion this State to a Region via proper legislation, however, the State shall still be liable to all the provisions of this Article.
 
Section 3: Supremacy Clause and Restriction on Federal Government
This Constitution and the Laws of the Republic of Atlasia which shall be made in Pursuance thereof, shall be the Supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every Region shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or Laws of any Region to the contrary notwithstanding.
The powers not delegated to the Republic of Atlasia by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the Regions, are reserved to the Regions respectively, or to the people.
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« Reply #582 on: June 23, 2009, 05:22:46 am »

Third Amendment to the Consolidated Electoral System Reform Act

Section 2, Clause 2 is amended to read:

2. If no candidate has a majority of highest preference votes, the candidate with the fewest highest preferences shall be eliminated, and his or her votes redistributed according to the next-highest preferences of the voters.
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« Reply #583 on: June 24, 2009, 02:07:30 pm »

Atlasia-South Korea Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and South Korea.

2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.


Atlasia-Japan Free Trade Bill

1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Japan.

2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.

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« Reply #584 on: June 24, 2009, 08:20:51 pm »

Amendment Regarding the GM

1. Article I, Section 8, Clause 2 of the Constitution is hereby removed, with subsequent clauses renumbered accordingly.




Adding the GM Bill

Article VIII, Section 2 of the Atlasian Constitution shall hereby include the following as Clause 6:

6. The position of Game Moderator is established to provide frequent and timely updates to the President, Senate and people of Atlasia on the foreign and domestic events as they occur.
  • The GM shall be appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.
  • The GM shall serve at the pleasure of the President and the Senate and may be dismissed by the President or removed by a two-thirds vote of the Senate.
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« Reply #585 on: June 28, 2009, 05:19:23 am »

LGBT Trade Act

The Republic of Atlasia shall not enter into any free or fair trade agreement with any nation that imposes the death penalty for homosexual acts.

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I am more than open to extending this to other nations that impose liftime imprisonment and physical punishment such as flogging
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« Reply #586 on: June 30, 2009, 06:23:08 pm »

Free Iranian Communications Bill

In light of the use of communication jamming equipment by the Islamic Republic of Iran to quell peaceful demonstrations against fraudulent elections, the Senate hereby authorizes the Secretary of External Affairs to discontinue all trade, subsidies, purchases and other economic relations with any company that continues to provide such equipment to the current Iranian regime immediately, at the discretion of the SoEA.
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« Reply #587 on: June 30, 2009, 08:50:49 pm »

Party Name Change Bill

1. If the membership of a major political party, by vote of a quorum of all members of that party, decides that it wishes to change the name of that party, an officer of that party shall, within 14 days, notify the Secretary of Forum Affairs of this fact.

2. Once notified, the Secretary of Forum Affairs shall change the official party membership of all members registered within that party to the new name approved by the party membership.
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« Reply #588 on: July 03, 2009, 01:50:40 pm »

Clearing Up The Line Of Succession Bill

1. The Line of Succession (Amendment) Act (F.L. 15-6), Section B is hereby repealed.

2. In the event of the absence or incapacitation of the President of Atlasia, the following shall serve as the line of succession:

    * 1. Vice President of Atlasia
    * 2. President Pro Tempore of the Senate
    * 3. Attorney General
    * 4. Game Moderator
    * 5. Dean of the Senate
    * 6. Secretary of Forum Affairs
    * 7. Secretary of External Affairs
    * 8. Each Senator in order of longest continuous service
    * 9. Chief Justice of the Atlasian Supreme Court
    * 10. Senior Associate Justice of the Atlasian Supreme Court
    * 11. Junior Associate Justice of the Atlasian Supreme Court
    * 12. Each of the Governors in order of longest continuous service
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« Reply #589 on: July 03, 2009, 02:01:22 pm »

Party Name Change Bill

1. If the membership of a major political party, by vote of a quorum of all members of that party, decides that it wishes to change the name of that party, an officer of that party shall, within 14 days, notify the Secretary of Forum Affairs of this fact.

2. Once notified, the Secretary of Forum Affairs shall change the official party membership of all members registered within that party to the new name approved by the party membership.

I introduce this since PiT is no longer with us.
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« Reply #590 on: July 03, 2009, 05:53:34 pm »

I will reintroduce my Amendment Regarding the GM, as that is a small change that just needs to happen, but am working on revising the Adding the GM Amendment Bill and will reintroduce it at a later time.
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« Reply #591 on: July 03, 2009, 06:00:22 pm »

Game Moderator Reform Bill

Whereas, the Senate understands that the Game Moderator is a position essential to the operation and performance of Atlasia and the Senate, the following is added to Article VIII, Section 2 of the Constitution as Clause 6:

6. The President shall appoint a Game Moderator with the advice and consent of the Senate.
a. The Game Moderator is responsible for providing the Senate and Atlasia with the necessary information to conduct debate and create legislation. The GM, at his discretion, shall provide information on wars, natural disasters, foreign events, and basic economic information including unemployment and inflation.
b. The Game Moderator may at any time be dismissed by the President.
c.  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 #592 on: July 05, 2009, 08:59:18 pm »

No reason not to start out with one of my more controversial proposals yet.

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Federal Government Accountability and Oversight Reform Bill

The OSPR is amended as follows

Article 3 Section 2 Clause 2 is amended as follows.

There shall be nine 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; one shall be available for debating veto overrides pursuant to Article 5, Section 3; and one shall be available for the conducting of all investigative hearings and the debate and passage of subpoena resolutions. 



Article: 7 Senate Oversight Powers

Sections 1. Hearing Rules

1. The Senate shall have the power to conduct investigative hearings for the purpose of government oversight and accountability.

2. Senators are not to slander the official they are questioning.
 
3. The officials should answer all questions as honestly as they possibly can.

4. Officials can be held in contempt of the Senate if they knowingly lie or refuse to answer a question. The one exception to this would be that if there is a current or potential court case that is related to the subject matter of the hearing and in answering the question, the official may refuse to answer a question asked of them on the grounds that it may incriminate him or herself.

5. If an official cannot take part in the hearing at the present time they should post this in the hearing thread and inform the Senate of the earliest possible time of compliance.

6. If an official refuses to acknowledge the hearing, he or she may be held in contempt of the senate.


Section 2. Process to Convene an Investigative Hearing

1. A resolution that subpoenas an official may be introduced in the Legislation Introduction thread. In order for the Resolution to be taken up for a vote it must be co-sponsored by two Senators.

2. Once introduced in accordance with clause one, the PPT will bring it to the floor as soon as an appropriate slot opens up.

3. The resolution must have at least 48 hours of debate after which, the resolution comes up for a final vote. However if there is a broad consensus that the hearing should occur the PPT shall move it too a final vote within 24 hours.

4. Only a simple majority shall be necessary to subpoena a public official.

5. Once the Senate has passed a subpoena resolution, The PPT shall open up a thread in the Hearings slot for the hearing to take place. The PPT is also charged with informing the official that he/she has been subpoenaed, how long they have to respond, and that they may be held in contempt for not complying with the subpoena.


Section 3. Closing an Investigative hearing

1. If either the Senators are satisfied with the officials answers or the PPT feels the Hearing has gotten off task, the PPT may call for a vote to adjourn which shall need only a simple majority to pass.


Section 4. Contempt of the Senate
1. If a senator feels that an official shall be held in contempt, he may introduce a contempt of the Senate resolution. The Resolution must have two co-sponsors in order for the PPT to bring it up for a vote.

2. Once the PPT brings it to the floor for a vote the Senate must debate it for no less the 72 hours. A vote will be open if no debate has occurred within 24 hours and it must pass by a three-fourths majority.

     
All subsequent Articles are renumbered accordingly
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« Reply #593 on: July 05, 2009, 09:40:07 pm »

Amendment to the LGBT Trade Act

The LGBT Trade Act is amended to read the following:
1. The Republic of Atlasia shall not enter into or maintain any free or fair trade agreement with any nation that criminalizes homosexual acts.

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« Reply #594 on: July 07, 2009, 12:17:32 pm »

Atlasia-EU Free Trade Bill
1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and the Eurpean Union

2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.


Atlasia-Turkey Free Trade Bill
1. No tariffs, customs, or restrictions on movement of goods, except those that have been outlawed by the destination or interim nation, shall exist between the Republic of Atlasia and Turkey.

2. The President and other officers of the Atlasian Government shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.
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« Reply #595 on: July 07, 2009, 06:08:19 pm »

On second thought, I withdraw the bills above until such a time as Afleitch gets back. Unless DWTL gets elected we don't have enough votes to pass them without him.
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« Reply #596 on: July 07, 2009, 06:49:18 pm »

Yet Another OSPR Amendment

The following shall be added to the OSPR as Section V Article I Clause III:

3. In the event that a final vote has started the PPT shall have the power to stop said vote if a proposed amendment to a piece of legislation, resolution or amendment has been missed.
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« Reply #597 on: July 09, 2009, 07:29:33 pm »

And Again! Another OSPR Amendment!

Article VIII Section I Clause II is amended to read:

2. Following the swearing in of the new Senate at the beginning of each Session, the President of the Senate shall open a thread in the Fantasy Government board for Senators to announce their candidacy for the position of PPT. This thread shall be further known in this document as the PPT Candidacy Declaration Thread and shall be open for forty-eight (48) hours for Senators to declare their candidacy for the position.


Article VIII Section I Clause III is amended to read:

3. After forty-eight (48) hours, the PPT Candidacy Declaration Thread shall be closed and a vote on the election of the new PPT shall be opened in a new thread by the President of the Senate. This vote shall last for a maximum of five (5) days during which time the Senators must vote. Any and all Senators who do not vote will be considered to have abstained.
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« Reply #598 on: July 09, 2009, 08:10:29 pm »

Not Another OSPR Amendment

Article IV, Section 4 shall hereby include the following as Clause 2, with subsequent clauses renumbered accordingly:

2. Any Senator may designate, during times of announced absence, a fellow member of the Senate to cast votes by proxy on amendments to legislation during said leave. Proxy designation shall only be accepted by public post and shall specify whether it be applicable to all relevant or only specifically identified pieces of legislation. Proxy designation shall last for the period determined by public post, or until the absent Senator has removed such designation by public post, or upon the beginning of a new Senate session, whichever comes first.
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« Reply #599 on: July 10, 2009, 10:29:58 pm »

On behalf of the President:

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2009 Atlasian Economic Relief and Recovery Act

Recognizing the strain that the economic downturn has put on Atlasian families and businesses, seeking to offer struggling Atlasians relief while investing in an economic recovery, the Senate of Atlasia authorizes the following:

Section 1: Direct Aid to Struggling Atlasians ($254 billion)

   a. $100 billion for Medicaid
   b. $70 billion to extend unemployment benefits for eighteen months, individual unemployment compensation checks will be increased by $50
   c. $30 billion for a 25% increase in individual food stamp benefits
   d. $20 billion to fund additional Pell Grants, which shall be increased to $6,000 per individual
   e. $12 billion to increase the availability of Section 8 Housing Vouchers
   f. $10 billion to increase and extend welfare payments
   g. $10 billion to job training and disabled worker rehabilitation programs
   h. $2 billion for food program funding, including free school lunch programs, food banks, and meals programs for seniors (General food banks shall recieve priority funding)

Section 2: Infrastructure Investment ($162.5 billion)

   a. $60 billion to be distributed to highway, road, bridge construction/repair projects
   b. $20 billion for urban public transportation construction and repair projects
   c. $10 billion to immediately fund the 2009 High Speed Rail Act (FL 30-8)
   d. $10 billion to increase rural broadband coverage
   e. $10 billion for infrastructure repair and construction projects in the Social and Economic Development Zones enacted in FL 31-19
   f. $10 billion to repair and modernize government facilities and buildings
   g. $10 billion to repair sewage lines and drinking water infrastructure
   h. State governments will be required to pave or re-gravel all township roads and re-pave all township roads that have not been paved since January 1, 1999 by December 31, 2014. $6.5 billion is allocated to each region for this effort
   i. Two-thirds of the manufacturing material related to highway, road, and bridge construction or repair projects are required to have been produced and manufactured by Atlasian businesses

Section 3: Aid to the Atlasian Auto Industry ($45+ billion)

   a. The federal government will purchase majority shareholder status in the Big 3 auto companies: General Motors, Ford and Chrysler
   b. An Automobile Industry Reform Board (AIRB) will be selected, tasked with the running of the Big 3
   c. The AIRB will be tasked with refocusing and streamlining production, with a focus on the development and production of fuel efficient and hybrid cars
   d. The Big 3 will also be paid to produce buses and trains, to expand the Atlasian public transportation system
   e. The AIRB will be required to make reports to the Senate every six months
   f. A flexible goal of returning to the Big 3 to private ownership within five years will be set

Section 4: Regional & Local Fiscal Relief ($150 billion)

   a. $100 billion in financial aid to the regions, to decrease and prevent budget cuts of essential services and layoffs or cutbacks of government workers (This financial relief will be prioritized to state governments on the basis of budget severity)
   b. $50 billion to aid school districts facing budget shortfalls, to prevent cutbacks or layoffs

Section 5: Responsible Individual & Business Tax Relief ($42+ billion)

   a. $25 billion to exempt the first $5000 collected through unemployment compensation from taxation until December 31, 2010
   b. $8 billion to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit
   c. $6 billion to provide a voluntary annual $700 tax credit to home-owners who make use of solar, wind, or hydroelectric sources of energy (To qualify for the tax credit, home-owners must have at least 25% of their electricity generated from the aforementioned sources.)
   d. $3 billion to provide an expanded sales tax deducation from automobile purchases from Atlasian automobile companies
   e. The business tax rate shall be reduced by 2%
   f. Individual businesses making $300,000 or less in total annual income shall be exempt from all business taxes for exactly one year after The 2009 Atlasian Economic Relief and Recovery Act is made law

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