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« on: July 05, 2013, 11:03:41 am »

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Amendment to the Labor Rights Act of 2012
Section 5
1. The use of replacement workers during a strike is hereby prohibited. Employers that hire replacement workers during a strike or in any way utilize replacement workers to undermine or break a strike, union, or labor organization shall be fined no less than twenty-five percent of their annual income for the year the replacement workers were hired.



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Making Up For Lost Ground Act of 2013
1. The federal minimum wage for all persons employed in the Republic of Atlasia and territories of the Republic of Atlasia shall not be differentiated on the basis of age or disability.

2. The federal minimum wage for workers with disabilities and workers under the age of 18 will be raised in accordance with Section 1 of the Living Wage Act of 2013 retroactively as of July 1, 2013.

3. The federal minimum wage shall be raised according to the following schedule effective July 1, 2014
   July 1, 2014      $13.75
   January 1, 2015      $14.50
   July 1, 2015      $15.75
   January 1, 2016      $17.00
   July 1, 2017      $18.25
   January 1, 2017      $19.50
   July 1, 2017      $20.75
   January 1, 2018      $22.00

4. As of January 1, 2018, the federal minimum wage will adjust as mandated in the Reasonable Minimum Wage Act.

5. As of January 1, 2014, the federal minimum wage will automatically increase with increases in worker productivity.

6. Should the growth in the cost of living in a particular locale outpace the growth in the national cost of living, the latter shall be used to calculate wage increases yearly in said locales.



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Just Cause in Firings Act of 2013
1. The termination of employees who have been on the job for at least ninety days shall be permissible only upon just cause.



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Responsible Federal Contracting Act of 2013
1. No federal contracts shall be awarded to any business where the chief executive officer of said business is paid more than twenty-five times the average worker at said business' hourly wage.



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Amendment to The Productivity Equalization and Worker Employment Act of 2011

Section 1: Companies with 500 or more employees
3. Overtime pay is mandated to be 1.5x the regular hourly wage until 40 hours is reached. It is further mandated to be 2.0x the regular hourly rate until 48 hours is reached, and 2.5x the regular hourly rate until 56 hours is reached. For hours worked over 56 hours per week, pay is mandated to be 3.0x the regular hourly wage.

Section 2: Companies with between 50 and 499 employees
1. The normal hours of work within a week of full-time employment, before accruing overtime pay, may not exceed 32 hours, effective after July 31, 2013.
2. Overtime pay is mandated to be 1.5x the regular hourly wage until 40 hours is reached. It is further mandated to be 2.0x the regular hourly rate until 48 hours is reached, and 2.5x the regular hourly rate until 56 hours is reached. For hours worked over 56 hours per week, pay is mandated to be 3.0x the regular hourly wage.

Secton 3: Companies with less than 50 employees
1. The normal hours of work within a week of full-time employment, before accruing overtime pay, may not exceed 36 hours, effective after July 31, 2013.
2. The normal hours of work within a week of full-time employment, before accruing overtime pay, may not exceed 32 hours, effective after December 31, 2013.
3. Overtime pay is mandated to be 1.5x the regular hourly wage until 40 hours is reached. It is further mandated to be 2.0x the regular hourly rate until 48 hours is reached, and 2.5x the regular hourly rate until 56 hours is reached. For hours worked over 56 hours per week, pay is mandated to be 3.0x the regular hourly wage.



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Amendment to the Student Loan Interest Rate Fairness Act
1. All loans provided by the Bureau of Student Finance shall have a rate of interest no higher than 0.50%.



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Pay Period Limitation Act of 2013
1. Pay periods may not exceed two weeks in length effective July 31, 2013.



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Think Twice Before Sending Them Home Early Act of 2013
1. Workers who are sent home before the scheduled end of his or her shift are entitled to be paid for all hours of work he or she was originally scheduled to work.



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Everybody's Working for the Weekend Act of 2013
1. The rate of pay for work done on between 12 AM Friday and 12 AM Monday shall be 1.5x the regular hourly wage.



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Black Friday means Black Friday Act of 2013
1. "Black Friday" sales are prohibited from beginning until 12 AM the Friday after Thanksgiving effective July 31, 2013.



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Overtime Compensation Act of 2013
1. Mandatory overtime, hereby defined as any requirement of any employee to work over his or her scheduled hours of work, is hereby banned.

2. The rate of pay for any work done over eight hours in one day, regardless of whether or not this work is in total more than 32 hours a week shall be 1.5x the regular hourly wage.



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Break Time Act of 2013
1. For every seven hours scheduled to work, workers shall have an hour paid break, to be taken no later than four hours after the beginning of his or her shift, and no earlier than two hours after the beginning of his or her shift, except with his or her consent.

2. For every three-and-a-half hours scheulded to work, workers shall have a paid thirty minute break.

3. Employers found in violation of this Act shall face a fine of twenty-five percent of their previous annual income.



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Paid Vacations Act of 2013
1. In addition to providing Atlasian workers the option of taking off federal holidays, employers shall provide 16 paid vacation days per year to all employees.

2. The language in Section 1 of the Paid Vacations Act of 2013 should not be construed as prohibiting employers from offering more than 16 paid vacation days per year to all employees. Rather, it should be interpreted as requiring all employers to offer at least 16 paid vacation days per year to all employees.

3. Employees who do not wish to use their paid vacation days shall have their paid vacation days 'rolled over' into the next calendar year or may be claimed by the employee in a 'year end bonus' comparable to the total pay represented by the 16 paid vacation days.

4. The provisions of this Act will take effect July 31, 2013.



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Paid Sick Leave Act of 2013
1. Employers are required to provide one hour of paid sick leave per 24 hours worked by an employee, effective July 31, 2013.

2. Employees who do not utilize paid sick leave hours shall have the option of allowing these hours to 'roll over' into the next calendar year. Paid sick leave will cease to accrue at full pay upon reaching a total of 208 days; thereafter paid sick leave will accrue at 75% of the regular hourly wage until reaching 520 days, at which point accruement of paid sick leave will cease.



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Internships, not Internment Camps! Act of 2013
1. Unpaid internships are hereby illegal, retroactively effective July 1, 2013.

2. All persons having been employed as an unpaid intern since July 1, 2013 and all persons having been employed longer, shall be paid for all work done since July 1, 2013 no later than July 15, 2013.
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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2013, 09:42:47 am »

Death with Dignity Act

1. Terminally ill, competent, adult residents of the Republic of Atlasia medically predicted to die within six months shall have the right to request and self-administer lethal medication prescribed by a licensed physician.
2. Those requesting lethal medication shall be required to present one written and two oral requests for said medication. The patient in question shall be required to have a diagnosis of terminal illness and be judged competent by no less than two licensed physicians, as well as required to observe a waiting period, and a physician verification of an informed patient decision.
3. Physicians and patients acting in good faith, that is, acting within the parameters of this legislation, shall have criminal and civil immunity for actions undertaken.
4. There shall be a 15 day waiting period between the first oral request and a written request; there shall be a 48 hour waiting period between the written request and the writing of the prescription.
5. Written requests for lethal medication must be signed by two independent witnesses, at least one of whom is not related to the patient or employed by the health care facility in question.
6. Patients may change their mind at any time and rescind the request.
7. The attending physician may sign the patient's death certificate which must list the underlying terminal disease as the cause of death.
8. The cost of all lethal medications shall be covered under the provisions of the Atlasian National Health Program.
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2013, 10:22:20 am »

Atlasian Lottery Act

1. The Republic of Atlasia shall establish an Atlasian Lottery effective January 1, 2014.
2. The Atlasian Lottery shall integrate existing regional, state, and municipal lotteries within it's parameters effective January 1, 2014, with the process of vertical integration into the single national lottery beginning upon the passage of this legislation.
3. The rules of the Atlasian Lottery shall be established as follows:
    a. To participate in the Atlasian Lottery, the bettor shall purchase a ticket backed by an Atlasian savings bond. The serial number on the bond in question shall serve as the ticket number.
    b. Should the bettor purchase a 'losing' ticket, he or she shall nevertheless be entitled to collect the full or partial value of the purchased savings bond backing the ticket he or she purchased.

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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2013, 11:09:44 am »

Checks and Balances Amendment

1. The Senate of Atlasia shall have the ability to override a decision of the Supreme Court by two-thirds vote.
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2013, 09:07:16 am »

I am withdrawing the Paid Sick Leave and Paid Vacations Acts of 2013 in favor of the following:

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Paid Leave Act of 2013

Section 1. Paid Vacations

1. In addition to providing Atlasian workers the option of taking off federal holidays, employers shall provide 30 paid vacation days per year to all employees.

2. The language in Subsection 1 of the Paid Leave Act of 2013 should not be construed as prohibiting employers from offering more than 16 paid vacation days per year to all employees. Rather, it should be interpreted as requiring all employers to offer at least 30 paid vacation days per year to all employees.

3. Employees who do not wish to use their paid vacation days shall have their paid vacation days 'rolled over' into the next calendar year.

Section 2. Paid Sick Leave

1. Employers are required to provide one hour of paid sick leave per one hour worked by an employee, effective upon the passage of this legislation.

2. Employees who do not utilize paid sick leave hours shall have the option of allowing these hours to 'roll over' into the next calendar year. Paid sick leave will cease to accrue at full pay upon reaching a total of 208 days; thereafter paid sick leave will accrue at 75% of the regular hourly wage until reaching 416 days; thereafter paid sick leave will accrue at 50% of the regular hourly wage until reaching 520 days; thereafter paid sick leave will accrue at 25% of the regular hourly wage until reaching 728 days; thereafter paid sick leave shall no longer accrue.

Section 3. Paid Parental Leave

1. Employers are hereby required to provide employees with a total of 520 paid days of leave for the express purpose of helping raise young children. That is, parents shall receive full pay for days claimed under paid parental leave.

2. Employees may take these paid days off at any time until the child reaches the age of five.

3. Parents may share paid parental leave between themselves and are in fact encouraged to do so. 20 of the 520 paid days of leave are hereby entitled to fathers themselves.

4. Employees may claim paid parental leave days at any point after the pregnancy is confirmed to an expectant mother. Those who claim days prior to the birth of the child shall be required to give a valid medical reason as to why, signed off on by a medical doctor, for the purposes of validation.

5. Employers may claim a tax credit of no more than 50% of the value of the wages paid to workers taking paid parental level.

Section 4. Paid Educational Leave

1. Employees having been with an employer for at least 1,040 days shall have the right of paid educational leave.

2. Paid educational leave is hereby defined as leave that furthers the education of a worker in question. Workers shall be able to claim full pay for hours lost as a result of education courses, provided that the worker in question has been with an employer no less than 1,040 days, gives the employer advance notification of the absence of no less than 30 days prior, and provided that the absence in question takes place during the regular working hours of the employee in question.

3. In addition, any educational leave that is sponsored by or required by an employer shall be paid, regardless of how long the employee in question has been with the employer.

4. Employers may claim a tax credit of no more than 50% of the value of the wages paid to workers taking paid educational leave, except for those workers taking educational leave as described in Subsection 3 of Section 4.

Section 5. Paid Long Service Leave

1. Employees having been with an employer for at least 2,080 days shall have the right of paid long service leave.

2. Employers shall provide employees having been in their employee for at least 2,080 days with 90 days full paid time off.

3. The language in Subsection 2 of Section 5 of the Paid Leave Act of 2013 should not be construed as prohibiting employers from offering more than 90 paid long service leave days to long serving  employees. Rather, it should be interpreted as requiring all employers to offer at least 90 paid long service days to employees.

4. Employers may claim a tax credit of no more than 50% of the value of the wages paid to workers taking paid long service leave.

Section 6. Implementation

1. The provisions of this Act will take effect upon it's passage.
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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2013, 09:58:10 am »

I am withdrawing the Making up for Lost Ground Act, the Just Cause in Firings Act, the Pay Period Limitation Act, the Think Twice Before Sending Them Home Early Act, the Break Time Act, the Overtime Compensation Act, and the Internships, Not Internment Camps! Act, and the Everybody's Working for the Weekend Act in favor of the following consolidated legislation:

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Fair Labor Standards Act of 2013

Section 1. Minimum Wage

1. The federal minimum wage for all persons employed in the Republic of Atlasia and territories of the Republic of Atlasia shall not be differentiated on the basis of age or disability.

2. The federal minimum wage for workers with disabilities and workers under the age of 18 will be raised in accordance with Section 1 of the Living Wage Act of 2013 retroactively as of July 1, 2013.

3. The federal minimum wage shall be raised according to the following schedule effective July 1, 2014
   July 1, 2014      $13.75
   January 1, 2015      $14.50
   July 1, 2015      $15.75
   January 1, 2016      $17.00
   July 1, 2017      $18.25
   January 1, 2017      $19.50
   July 1, 2017      $20.75
   January 1, 2018      $22.00

4. As of January 1, 2018, the federal minimum wage will adjust as mandated in the Reasonable Minimum Wage Act.

5. As of January 1, 2014, the federal minimum wage will automatically increase with increases in worker productivity.

6. Should the growth in the cost of living in a particular locale outpace the growth in the national cost of living, the latter shall be used to calculate wage increases yearly in said locales.

Section 2. Dismissal and Tenure

1. The termination of employees who have been on the job for at least ninety days shall be permissible only upon just cause. Just cause is hereby defined as a violation of workplace rules and regulations as defined by an employee handbook.

2. Employers shall be required to develop and distribute an employee handbook for all employees with the most up to date workplace rules and regulations.

3. In case of dismissal an employee has the right to challenge the decision in court. The court will decide whether the dismissal is justified.

4. An employee has the right to compensation after dismissal, up to twelve months of salary or wages depending on the time with the employer. But no compensation will be granted to employees who are dismissed after breaking company rules.

5. Employees have the right to tenure after working for 1,040 days in the same position.

6. In case of company cutbacks, the employer has the right to dismiss employees. The employees have the right to be compensated, up to twelve months of salary or wages depending on the time with the employer.

7. No employer can give its management a bonus for two years after reorganization.

8. No employer can give its management a raise higher than 2.5% for five years after reorganization.

9. Employers have the duty to assist employees dismissed after cutbacks in finding new work. This duty exist until twelve months after dismissal or when the former employee refuses five job offers obtained by their former employer.

10. The employer have the right to designated part of the dismissal compensation to educational purposes for the employee.

Section 3. Pay Periods

1. Pay periods may not exceed two weeks in length effective upon the passage of this legislation.

Section 4. Labor contracts

1. Workers who are sent home before the scheduled end of his or her shift are entitled to be paid for all hours of work he or she was originally scheduled to work.

2. In the event of the sale of a company or business, or in the event of consolidation of a public service, any existing labor contracts shall be observed for the full amount of time originally negotiated by the new employers.

3.   Companies are required to offer tenure to their employees who are with the employer longer than  1,040 days.
     a.   Companies with an annual turnover less than 1 million dollars are exempt from this requirement.
     b.   Companies offering mostly seasonal work are also exempt.
     c.   The Republic of Atlasia has the requirement except for political positions.

4.   Tenure is understood to be a contract on a permanent base. No new contract needs to be offered after the contract is signed.
     a.   An employer has the right to offer an employee a new contract, but the employee has the right to disregard the offer without having to fear for his or her job.

5.   Companies can offer new employees (up to five years) contracts of six months, one year, two years or tenure.
     a.   Companies have the right offer any employee contracts up to two and half year. After this period the employer has the right to dismiss the employee without compensation.

6.   Employees have the right to reject the offer and keep their job on temporary contracts. The employer is in this case not required to make the offer a second time.

7.   Companies have the right ask the courts for an exempt status. The courts can give exempt status to all companies. The ruling can be subject of appeal when challenged in court by a different party.

Section 5. Overtime Pay

1. The rate of pay for work done on between 12 AM Friday and 12 AM Monday shall be 1.5x the regular hourly wage.

2. Mandatory overtime, hereby defined as any requirement of any employee to work over his or her scheduled hours of work, is hereby banned.

3. The rate of pay for any work done over eight hours in one day, regardless of whether or not this work is in total more than 32 hours a week shall be 1.5x the regular hourly wage.

Section 6. Break Time

1. For every seven hours scheduled to work, workers shall have an hour paid break, to be taken no later than four hours after the beginning of his or her shift, and no earlier than two hours after the beginning of his or her shift, except with his or her consent.

2. For every three-and-a-half hours scheulded to work, workers shall have a paid thirty minute break.

3. Employers found in violation of this Act shall face a fine of twenty-five percent of their previous annual income.

Section 7. Unpaid Labor

1. Internships, wherein an intern is doing labor similar to that of regular employees, but are doing so without pay, are hereby declared retroactively illegal, effective January 1, 2013.

2. Pursuant to Subsection 1 of Section 7, all persons having been employed as an unpaid intern since January 1, 2013 shall be paid for all work done since January 1, 2013 no later than January 1, 2014.

3. Employers may not offer unpaid internships effective upon the passage of this legislation.

4. Internships wherein college credit is provided as a substitute for paid compensation are also required to pay interns under the provisions of Subsection 2 of Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 2013. College credit may continue to be offered but shall be offered in addition to adequate compensation of the interns in question.

5. Interns are protected by the provisions of this act and by the provisions of the Labor Rights Act of 2012, as well as all applicable Atlasian labor and employment laws in the regions, states, or municipalities in which they may reside.

6. Prison labor is hereby declared illegal unless prisoners are adequately compensated work done and given a choice to not work if they so wish.

7. Adequate compensation herein is declared as no less than the federal minimum wage, unless the regional minimum wage is higher, in which case, the regional minimum wage rate shall prevail.

8. Products produced in prisons shall be subject to the same regulatory standards as products produced elsewhere. Prisoners shall be entitled to the full amount of money earned through their labor, subject to all regular taxation.

9. There shall be no privately owned prisons within the Republic of Atlasia effective upon the passage of this legislation. All privately held prisons shall become property of the regions and integrated into the regular prison system of the region in question. No compensation shall be given to those owners of private prisons forfeiting property under the provisions of this bill.

Section 8. Child Labor

1. No person under the age of fourteen shall be employed for any reason in the Republic of Atlasia for any length of time.

2. The provisions of Subsection 1 of Section 8 are interpreted as applying to all sources of employment within the Republic of Atlasia. No exemptions shall be made for agricultural operations, family-owned businesses, or any businesses or sources of employment that have traditionally employed underage labor.

3. Products having been made in whole or part by persons under the age of fourteen shall be illegal for sale within the jurisdiction of the Republic of Atlasia. This includes all territories of the Republic of Atlasia, as well as states in 'free association with the Republic of Atlasia.

Section 9. Implementation

1. No region or municipality may exempt themselves by legislation of any of the provisions of this Act.

2. All provisions of this Act shall take effect upon its passage.

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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2013, 10:34:01 am »

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Recognition of Labor Act of 2013

1. May shall officially be designated as Labor History Month by the Republic of Atlasia. Throughout the month of May schools in the Republic of Atlasia are encouraged to emphasize the contributions of working people to the development of the Republic of Atlasia.

2. May 1 is hereby designated as 'International Workers' Day' and shall henceforth be recognized as a federal holiday. April 28 is hereby designated as 'Workers' Memorial Day' and shall henceforth be recognized as a federal holiday. Easter Monday is hereby designated as a federal holiday.
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2013, 09:44:04 am »

I would like to withdraw the Atlasian Lottery Act.
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« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2013, 10:54:22 am »

I'm withdrawing the Responsible Gun Ownership Act. Also I'm not sure whether or not this would be the FY 2013 or FY 2014 budget, so whichever it is, please list that as the title of this legislation.

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FY 201X Budget

REVENUE

Income Taxes (By Tax Bracket)
$35K-80K (22%):   $236.9 B
$80K-170K (28%): $279.5 B
$170K-368K (35%): $257.4 B
$368K-1M (40%):    $232.5 B
$1M+ (60%): $556.9 B
Income Tax Revenues:   $1563.2 B

Corporate Taxes (By Tax Bracket)
$100K-1M (10%): $91.95 B
$1M-10M (15%): $28.85 B
$10M+ (25%): $273.93 B                                 
Corporate Tax Revenues:     $394.73 b

Healthcare Taxes
Healthcare Payroll Tax (8.0%) (CSSRA Sec.4): $853.4 B
Health Insurance Tax (ANHA Sec.2c): $10.3 B               
Healthcare Tax Revenues:     $863.7 B

Excise Taxes      
Gasoline Tax (20 cents/gallon): $30.4 B
Cigarette and Tobacco Tax ($0.43/pack, plus 2% or 4% for various products)* : $6.7 B
Alcohol Tax (various rates per unit, plus 4% tax)*: $10.8 B
Marijuana Tax ($2/pack cigarettes plus 20% on all products)*: $ 16.4 B
Firearms Tax (Firearms and Mental Health Tax of 2013): $4.86 B
*(National Sin Tax Act, as amended, and Consolidated Marijuana Regulation Act)
Excise Tax Revenues:     $69.16 B

Carbon Taxes ($25-30/ton)
Domestic: $126.4 B
Carbon Import Tax: $18.7 B
Carbon Tax Revenues: $145.1 B

Financial Transaction Tax: (0.5 % on each stock and similar transactions)
Financial Tax Revenues:     $176.3 B

Estate Taxes
Estate Tax Revenues:     $48.6 B
   
Special Program Taxes      
Plastic Bag Tax (Environmental Fund): $4.9 B
Chain Business Differential Tax (SBA Fund): $31.7 B
Oil Spill Protection Tax (5% on profits > $1B): $7.1 B
Electrical Power Transmission Network Tax (0.65 c/kW-h): $23.2 B
Special Program Tax Revenues:     $66.9 B

National Broadcaster Levy
Individual (0.25% > $50K): $13.6 B
Corporate (0.5% > $350K): $4.6 B
NBL Revenues:     $18.2 B

Miscellaneous Taxes
Customs Duties: $59.7 B
Other Revenue (Sales, Earnings, Fees, Etc.): $79.2 B
(-$1.7 B via Nat'l University and GE Reform Bill)      
Go Green Fund (Returned to general fund; Omnibus Green Energy Act): $21.7 B
Miscellaneous Tax Revenues: $160.6 B


REVENUE:                  $3506.49 B      



SPENDING               

TAX CREDITS

Earned Income Tax Credit: $46.3 B
Jobs Now Act of 2012 Credits: $8.06 B
TOTAL TAX CREDITS: $54.36 B

DIRECT SPENDING

Military Spending
Military personnel: $95.0 B
Operation and maintenance: $110.06 B
Procurement: $58.76 B
Research, development, test and evaluation: $50.0 B
Military Construction, Family Housing and Other: $15.25 B
Atomic Energy Defense Activities: $18.29 B
Defense Related activities: $2.89 B
Military Spending Expenditures:     $350.25 B

Military Retirement
Military retirement: $46.5 B
Income security for veterans: $40.0 B
Veterans education, training, and rehabilitation: $18.0 B
Veterans mental health resources: $8.0 B
Hospital and medical care for veterans and retired military: $50.0 B
Housing and other veterans benefits and services: $5.0 B
Military Retirement Expenditures:     $167.50 B

International Affairs
International development and humanitarian assistance: $15.0 B
International military aid: $3.0 B
Conduct of foreign affairs: $5.0 B
Foreign information and exchange activities: $1.15 B
Central Intelligence Agency: $30.0 B
International Affairs Expenditures:     $54.15 B

General Science, Space, and Technology
National Science Foundation programs: $10.62 B
Department of Energy general science programs: $3.44 B
Space flight, research, and supporting activities   : $9.91 B
Nuclear Cleanup/Containment (Comprehensive Protection of Nuclear Power Act): $2.5 B
General Science, Space and Technology Expenditures:     $26.47 B

Non-Defense Energy Spending
Energy supply: $0.73 B
Energy conservation and preparedness: $1.03 B
Energy information, preparedness, & regulation: $0.36 B
Smart Grid development (the Smart Grid Electrical Distribution Act): $25.0 B
Coverage and Rate Protection (Electricity Fairness Act): $10.0 B
Non-Defense Energy Spending Expenditures:     $37.12 B

Natural Resources and Environment
Water resources: $5.45 B
Conservation and land management: $9.07 B
Recreational & Park resources   : $3.12 B
Pollution control and abatement: $8.42 B
Environmental Fund from plastic bag tax: $4.9 B
Other natural resources: $5.1 B
Oil Spill Protection Fund (Oil Spill Protection Act): $7.2 B
National Foresty Association (Forest Restoration Act of 2013): $0.75 B
Natural Resources and Environment Expenditures:     $43.26 B

Agriculture
Farm income stabilization & crop insurance: $11.0 B
Agricultural research and services: $3.5 B
Worker Co-operative Loan Assistance (Worker Co-operative Pilot Program): $1.0 B
Agriculture Expenditures:     $15.50 B

Commerce and Housing Loan Programs
Federal Housing Loan Programs: $-4.28 B
Postal service: $2.17 B
Deposit insurance: $-0.96 B
Universal service fund: $7.96 B
Other advancement of commerce: $1.93 B
Commerce and Housing Loan Programs Expenditures:     $6.82 B

Transportation
Highways and highway safety: $33.13 B
High speed rail (Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act): $18.0 B
Other Mass transit: $10.0 B
Railroads: $2.81 B
Coast Guard: $8.00 B
Air Transportation   : $10.0 B
Water transportation: $5.65 B
Other transportation: $0.42 B
Transportation Expenditures:     $88.01 B

Community and Regional Development
Community development: $6.25 B
Area and regional development: $8.36 B
Disaster relief and insurance: $10.15 B
Homeless Shelter Emergency Housing: $2.5 B
FEMA: $5.0 B
Community and Regional Development Expenditures:     $32.26 B

Education
Elementary, Secondary & Vocational education: $74.89 B
Higher education: $43.05 B
Research and general education: $3.39 B
Education Expenditures:     $121.33 B

Training, Labor and Unemployment
Training and employment: $10.0 B
Labor law, statistics, and other administration: $1.6 B
Unemployment Insurance (CSSRA Sec. 5): $87.2 B
Training, Labor and Unemployment Expenditures   :     $98.8 B

Atlasian National Healthcare
IDS Community Health Partnership: $246.5 B
ME Community Health Partnership: $273.1 B
MW Community Health Partnership: $122.7 B
NE Community Health Partnership: $203.4 B
PA Community Health Partnership: $180.5 B
Central Administration Costs: $22.8 B
Atlasian National Healthcare Expenditures:     $1049.0 B

Non-ANH Health Spending
Disease control, public health and bioterrorism: $4.7 B
Health research and training: $29.36 B
Food safety and occupational health and safety   : $3.01 B
Drug abuse treatment (Consolidated Marijuana Regulation Act): $1.74 B
Regional Mental Health Fund (Firearms & Mental Health Act of 2013): $4.86 B
Center for Understanding and Researching the End to Cancer (CURE Cancer Act: $5.0 B
Non-ANH Health Spending Expenditures:     $43.67 B

Civilian Retirement
Civilian retirement and disability insurance: $4.89 B
Federal employee retirement and disability   : $58.22 B
Federal employees' and retired employees' health benefits: $8.91 B
Elderly Insurance (CSSRA Sec. 6): $721.4 B
Civilian Retirement Expenditures:     $793.42 B

Atlasian National Broadcaster
Infrastructure maintenance and acquisition: $2.2 B
Administrative costs: $1 B
Atlasian National Broadcaster Expenditures:     $3.2 B

Aid to Low-Income Families
Housing assistance: $67.0 B
Food stamps: $87.58 B
Other nutrition programs (WIC, school lunches): $21.0 B
Child care funds: $4.8 B
Other aid to low-income families: $2.58 B
Aid to Low-Income Families Expenditures:     $182.96 B

Public Housing Expenses (Public Housing Act)
Public Housing Capital Fund: $5.0 B
Community Development Fund: $1.0 B
Neighborhood Stabilization Program: $2.0 B
Homeless Prevention: $0.50 B
Public Housing Expenditures:     $8.50 B

General Family Support:
Foster care and adoption assistance: $8.0 B
Child support and family support programs   : $2.92 B
Social and family services: $16.14 B
General Family Support Expenditures:     $27.06 B

Administration of Justice
Federal law enforcement: $7.25 B
Border security and immigration: $7.46 B
Federal litigation and judicial activities: $7.6 B
Federal prison system: $3.26 B
Criminal justice assistance: $4.22 B
Administration of Justice Expenditures:     $29.79 B

General Government Administration
Legislative functions: $2.75 B
Executive office programs: $0.95 B
IRS & other fiscal operations: $7.6 B
Other general government: $2.0 B
General Government Administration:     $13.30 B

Interest on Debt
Net Interest: $244.73 B
Interest on Debt Expenditures:    $244.73 B

TOTAL DIRECT SPENDING:     $3439.29 B


EXPENDITURES:     $3493.65 B
SURPLUS:    $12.84 B
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« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2013, 06:58:53 am »

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Section 1: Soft Drug Legalization

1. The possession, transportation, sale, and consumption of psilocybin muhrooms, dimethylytyptamine (DMT), lsysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), MDMA, and mescaline and the plants or chemicals needed for their processing, shall be legal throughout the Republic of Atlasia.

2. The commercial selling of the substances mentioned in Subsection 1 shall be limited to persons over the age of eighteen.

3. The language of Subsection 2 should not be construted as to make it a crime for persons under the age of eighteen to use the substances mentioned in Subsection 1. Subsection 2 shall be interpreted as not establishing an age of legal use of the substances mentioned in Subsection 1, rather, Subsection 2 shall be interpreted as establishing only a legal age requirement for the purchase of the aforementioned substances.

4. Persons engaged in recreational use of the substances mentioned in Subsection 1 shall be allowed to do so only within the privacy of their own homes and/or specially licensed establishments. Licensed establishments is here defined as any establishment granted a license by regional, state, or local governments to allow the use of the substances mentioned in Subsection 1.

5. The use of the substances mentioned in Subsection 1 for medical purposes shall not be interfered with. Medicinal use of the aforementioned substances shall be regulated by the Atlasian Department of Internal Affairs. All monetary costs incurred by patients involving the use of the aforementioned substances, and medicial cannabis, shall be understood as being covered by the Atlasian National Health Program.

6. All persons currently serving time in prison for the possession, transportation, sale, or consumption of the substances mentioned in Subsection 1, who have not committed any other crime, are hereby granted amnesty.

7. All persons currently serving time in prison for the possession, transportation, sale, or consumption of the substances mentioned in Subsection 1, in addition to having committed other crimes, hereby are granted the reduction of the component of their sentence involving the possession, transportation, sale, or consumption of substances mentioned in subsection 1.

8. The sale of substances mentioned in Subsection 1 shall be taxed at the following rates:
   
   Psilocybin Mushrooms         $1.00/gram
   Dimethylytyptamine (DMT)      $0.10/milligram
   Lsysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)   $0.10/tab
   MDMA               $1.00/gram
   Mescaline            $0.10/milligram

9. The commercial selling of products including any of the substances mentioned in Subsection 1 shall be subject to an additional 10% excise tax.

10. 25% of revenue raised directly from the taxes of products containing substances mentioned in Subsection 1 shall be directed to the construction and funding of treatment centers for drug addicts.


Section 2: Use of Legal Substances

1. The Regional Legal Drinking Age Act is hereby repealed.

2. Alcoholic beverage sales shall be limited on the basis of age. The commercial sale of beer and wine shall be allowed for those over the age of sixteen, while the commercial sale of liquors shall be limited to those aged eighteen and older.

3. The language of Subsection 2 should not be construted as to make it a crime for persons under the legal purchase age to consume alcoholic beverages. Subsection 2 shall be interpreted as not establishing an age of legal use of alcoholic beverages, rather, Subsection 2 shall be interpreted as establishing only a legal age requirement for the purchase of the aforementioned alcoholic beverages.

4. The legal blood alcohol content level for all drivers shall be reduced from 0.08% to 0.05% effective January 1, 2014.

5. Tobacco and cannabis sales shall be limited on the basis of age. The commercial sale of tobacco and cannabis shall be allowed for those over the age of sixteen.

6. The language of Subsection 5 should not be construted as to make it a crime for persons under the legal purchase age to use tobacco or cannabinoid products. Subsection 5 shall be interpreted as not establishing an age of legal use of tobacco and cannabinoid products, rather, Subsection 5 shall be interpreted as establishing only a legal age requirement for the purchase of the aforementioned tobacco and cannibinoid products.   

7. The advertising of all drugs, medicial or recreational, is prohibited effective January 1, 2014.

8. No region may prohibit public smoking of tobacco or cannabis. Business owners shall have full discretion as to whether or not they wish to allow the smoking of tobacco or Cannabis in their establishments.

9. No drug test shall be required of any person seeking employment within the borders of the Republic of Atlasia. No employer may discriminate against potential hires or existing employees on the basis of drug use outside of work.

10. Effective January 1, 2014, 25% of all revenues resulting from the taxation of tobacco, cannabis, and alcohol sales will be diverted to rehabilitation programs for drug addicts.


Section 3: Regulation of Hard Drug Use

1. The possession, transportation, and consumption of heroin, morphine, methadone, opium, amphetamine, ketamine, PCP, and methamphetamine and the substances, plants, or chemicals needed for their processing, shall be legal throughout the Republic of Atlasia.

2. The sale of substances mentioned in Subsection 1 of Section 3 shall be limited on the basis of age. Commercial sales shall be limited to persons aged eighteen and older.

3. The language of Subsection 2 should not be construed as to make it a crime for persons under the legal purchase age to consume these substances. Subsection 2 shall be interpreted as not establishing an age of legal use of these substances, rather, Subsection 2 shall be interpreted as establishing only a legal age requirement for their purchase.

4. The Safe Injection Center Trial Program shall be expanded and made permanent. Safe Injection Centers shall be constructed in the 35 largest cities in Atlasia, with the number of locations in each city proportional to city population. For every 100,000 residents, one Safe Injection Center shall be established.

5. Persons engaged in recreational use of the substances mentioned in Subsection 1 shall be allowed to do so only within the privacy of their own homes and/or specially licensed establishments. Licensed establishments is here defined as any establishment granted a license by regional, state, or local governments to allow the use of the substances mentioned in Subsection 5.

6. The use of the substances mentioned in Subsections 1 for medical purposes shall not be interfered with. Medicinal use of the aforementioned substances shall be regulated by the Atlasian Department of Internal Affairs. All monetary costs incurred by patients involving the use of the aforementioned substances shall be understood as being covered by the Atlasian National Health Program.

7. All persons currently serving time in prison for the possession, transportation, sale, or consumption of the substances mentioned in Subsection 1, who have not committed any other crime, are hereby transferred to rehabilitation centers to fully deal with the scope of their addiction.

8. All persons currently serving time in prison for the possession, transportation, sale, or consumption of the substances mentioned in Subsection 1, in addition to having committed other crimes, hereby are granted the reduction of the component of their sentence involving the possession, transportation, sale, or consumption of substances mentioned in subsection 1.

9. The sale of substances mentioned in Subsection 1 shall be taxed at the following rates:
   
To be determined.
   
10. The commercial selling of products including any of the substances mentioned in Subsection 1 shall be subject to an additional 10% excise tax.

11. 50% of revenue raised directly from the taxes of products containing substances mentioned in Subsection 1 shall be directed to the construction and funding of treatment centers for drug addicts.

12. Funding for drug education and prevention programs shall be doubled at the beginning of the next fiscal year.
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« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2013, 06:36:12 pm »

TNF, do you have a desired title for that? For right now I will put it in the Queue as TNF Drug Bill.

Ah, did I leave that off? My bad. Let's go with the 'Comprehensive Drug Reform Act of 2013'
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« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2013, 07:13:42 pm »

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Sex Work Act of 2013

1. All legislation currently existing which prohibits sex work or interferes with the free exercise of paid sexual activity are hereby repealed.

2. Sex work is hereby defined as any sexual activity between two or more persons in which payment is expected in return for any kind of sexual favor or activity. Not included in the definition are already legal forms of paid sexual activity, such as stripping or pornography.

3. Persons will be required to apply for a license through their county courthouse to engage in sex work. To apply for a license, the person in question must have been free of all sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for at least ninety days and be over the age of eighteen. The application and licensing process will require an STI test and a valid birth certificate, as well as a criminal background check. Once the applicant has finished this process, he or she will be issued a license by his or her local county clerk and will be allowed to engage in the sale of sexual services for a period of ninety-days. Once the ninety day period is up, sex workers will be required to have an addition STI test before being eligible to continue work. If they are unable to pass the test, they will have their license revoked for a period of ninety-days. After the ninety-day period is up, they will be allowed to take another STI test, unless the infection in question is incurable, in which case they will be unable to reapply for a sex worker license.

4. Sex workers will be required by law to carry their licenses on them at all times, or will be prohibited from working. Sex workers will be required by law to surrender their licenses to law enforcement officers on demand. Sex workers found in violation of this provision will be unable to work for a period of ninety-days.

5. Sex workers will be required to use condoms at all times while working. Sex workers found in violation of this provision will be unable to work for a period of ninety-days and will have to undergo additional STI testing. Sex workers will not be allowed to engage in the sale of sexual services with any person who refuses to use a condom during sexual intercourse.

6. Sex workers will be required to report their income upon renewal of their license, that is, every ninety-days. Sex workers' income will be taxed as any other income, with an applicable sales tax levied on all transactions performed.

7. No Sex worker may engage in the sale of sexual services with any person under the age of eighteen.

8. Sex worker co-operatives shall be permitted by law, as shall privately owned brothels and publicly owned brothels.

9. A brothel is hereby defined as any establishment in which the sale of sexual services is conducted or permitted by law.

10. Brothels shall be subject to regulation in the interest of sex workers, public health, and the community as a whole. Sex workers employed by brothels shall be allowed to organize unions and collectively bargain with their employers, be they public or private. Regulations mentioned in Articles 3, 4, 5 and 7 shall apply to sex workers employed by brothels as well. Brothels shall be required to keep licensing information, STI testing information, and all other documentation on their premises, and will be responsible for reporting income in a timely manner, as would any other business.

11. Geographic restrictions upon brothel locations and locations where the sale of sexual services are allowed shall be determined at the regional level.

12. Sex workers prohibited from working on account of a failed STI test will be allowed to collect unemployment insurance for the duration of their probationary period.
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« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2013, 06:08:11 pm »

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Party Hard Amendment

Article V, Section 1, Clause 7 of the Constitution is hereby repealed and Article V of the Constitution is hereby amended to add the following section:
"Section 3: Political Parties
"1. Any political party of ten or more members shall be classified as an organized political party.
"2. A political party with fewer than ten members shall also be classified as an organized political party if it meets or exceeds a conditional threshold of membership and submits to the Registrar General documentation demonstrating its organization once every twelve months. The conditional threshold for major party status shall be set at three members unless otherwise defined by statute. Guidelines for the demonstration of party organization shall be set by the Registrar General.
"3. Should a political party with ten or more members fall below ten members but not below the conditional threshold for organized party status, it shall not be required to provide documentation in order to maintain its organized party status unless such documentation is specifically requested by the Registrar General."
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« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2013, 06:29:09 am »

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Life Imprisonment Abolition Amendment

Article VI of the Third Constitution shall be amended as follows:
13. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted, nor shall capital punishment or life imprisonment be prescribed by a civilian court of law.
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« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2013, 10:27:54 am »

The "You can't fire me, I quit!" Act of 2013

1. All persons who willingly leave their job will henceforth be allowed to draw unemployment insurance effective upon the passage of this legislation.

2. All persons fired from their jobs will henceforth be allowed to draw unemployment insurance effective upon the passage of this legislation.

3. The federal government shall assume total and complete control over the existing unemployment insurance system effective January 1, 2014.
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« Reply #15 on: August 27, 2013, 04:50:26 pm »

Semi-Presidentialism Amendment

Section I of Article V of the Third Constitution is amended as follows:
1. Members of the Senate may concurrently hold positions in the President's cabinet, excepting the positions of Secretary of Federal Elections and Game Moderator.

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« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2013, 04:44:11 pm »

Transgender Rights Act of 2013

1. Atlasians shall be allowed, be they aged sixteen or older, to legally change their sex. Atlasians sixteen years and younger shall also be allowed to legally change their sex with the consent of at least one parent.

2. To request a legal sex change, Atlasian citizens will sign all due paperwork provided by the Atlasian Bureau of the Census.

3. The above paperwork will be available to all persons aged sixteen and older and all persons younger with parental consent. Legally changing one's sex shall not incur any charges upon the person in question.

4. Hormone replacement and sex change therapy shall be covered by the Atlasian National Health Program, effective upon the passage of this legislation.
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« Reply #17 on: September 02, 2013, 06:47:00 am »
« Edited: November 23, 2013, 10:02:45 am by Senator TNF »

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Amendment to The Productivity Equalization and Worker Employment Act of 2011

Section 1: Companies with 500 or more employees
3. Overtime pay is mandated to be 1.5x the regular hourly wage until 40 hours is reached. It is further mandated to be 2.0x the regular hourly rate until 48 hours is reached, and 2.5x the regular hourly rate until 56 hours is reached. For hours worked over 56 hours per week, pay is mandated to be 3.0x the regular hourly wage.

Section 2: Companies with between 50 and 499 employees
1. The normal hours of work within a week of full-time employment, before accruing overtime pay, may not exceed 32 hours, effective after December 31, 2013.
2. Overtime pay is mandated to be 1.5x the regular hourly wage until 40 hours is reached. It is further mandated to be 2.0x the regular hourly rate until 48 hours is reached, and 2.5x the regular hourly rate until 56 hours is reached. For hours worked over 56 hours per week, pay is mandated to be 3.0x the regular hourly wage.

Secton 3: Companies with less than 50 employees
1. The normal hours of work within a week of full-time employment, before accruing overtime pay, may not exceed 36 hours, effective after December 31, 2013.
2. The normal hours of work within a week of full-time employment, before accruing overtime pay, may not exceed 32 hours, effective after July 31, 2014.
3. Overtime pay is mandated to be 1.5x the regular hourly wage until 40 hours is reached. It is further mandated to be 2.0x the regular hourly rate until 48 hours is reached, and 2.5x the regular hourly rate until 56 hours is reached. For hours worked over 56 hours per week, pay is mandated to be 3.0x the regular hourly wage.

Section 4: Adjusted Compensation for Affected Workers
1. The federal minimum wage for tipped employees shall be equal to that of non-tipped employees, effective January 1, 2014.
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« Reply #18 on: September 04, 2013, 06:16:40 pm »

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Honest Term Limits Amendment

Article II, Section 3, Clause 3 of the Third Constitution is amended as follows:

3. No person shall be elected to the office of either President or Vice President more than twice consecutively within a two-year period.

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« Reply #19 on: September 04, 2013, 06:17:34 pm »

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Fair Amendment Procedure Amendment

Article VII, Section 1 of the Third Constitution is amended to read as follows:

1. The Senate, whenever two-thirds of its number shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, which shall be valid as part of this Constitution when ratified by a majority of the People voting in a public poll.

2. Such votes shall last for exactly one week and shall be administered by the Secretary of Federal Elections. Citizens shall cast their vote by public post.
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« Reply #20 on: September 05, 2013, 07:09:15 am »

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Abolition of Conscription Amendment

Amendment IX of the Third Constitution is amended to read as follows:

Neither shall the Republic of Atlasia nor any of its constituent regions enforce compulsory conscription upon any citizen resident., without the consent of four-fifths of the Senate.
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« Reply #21 on: September 19, 2013, 06:52:38 am »

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Employer Non-Interference Act of 2013

1. Employers may not in any fashion interfere with union organizing drives on company property or that interfere with those seeking to join a union at their place of employment.
    1a. 'Interference' is hereby defined as any attempt to discourage workers from joining a union. This includes, but is not limited to, closed door meetings which interrogate and propagandize workers suspected of or thought to be union supporters, laying off workers in order to coerce a 'no' vote on union membership, or putting messages trying to discourage union membership in pay envelopes.
    1b. Employers found guilty of the above shall be fined no less than $100,000 for each violation observed. Employers found guilty of multiple offences, where time has passed between one union organizing drive and another, shall be fined $250,000 per violation.
    1c. Union organizers are to be given full and total access to the worksite during a union organizing campaign. Employers may not bar union organizers from the worksite, nor may they prohibit workers from speaking with union organizers while off the clock. Union organizers are limited to speaking with workers who are on break, but otherwise have full, total, and equal access to employees that employers do during regular work hours.
    1d. Employers who violate the provisions of Section 1c are subject to a $200,000 fine for each instance of violation. Employers found guilty of multiple offences, where time has passed between one union organizing drive and another, shall be fined $500,000 per violation.
    1e. Employers may not hire 'union avoidance' or 'union busting' firms during the course of a union organizing campaign, nor may employers actively campaign against union organizing drives. Failure to follow provisions of this section shall result in a $400,000 fine for each instance of violation, with multiple offences (spread out over multiple union organizing jobs) shall result in $1 million fines per violation.

2. Employers must post in plain view informational posters stating the right of workers to unionize and informing them of all union organizing and collective bargaining rights.
    2a. Should these posters not be placed in plain view, employers shall be fined no less than $50,000 for each instance of violation.
    2b. 'Plain view' is hereby defined as any area in which a majority of workers will see the informational poster in question.

3. Union certification elections shall take place no later than two weeks after the initial certification of signatures by the Department of Labor, unless an extended time period is requested by a union representative.
    3a. Union representatives seeking longer time for union certification elections must submit in writing a brief, to be reviewed by the Department of Labor, explaining why the extended time is necessary. The DOL will have the final say on any and all extensions for union certification campaigns.

4. The provisions of this act will take effect upon its passage.
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« Reply #22 on: September 19, 2013, 11:10:15 pm »

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Collective Bargaining Modernization Act of 2013

1. In any economic sector where at least 30% of workers are members of a labor union, the union in question may request an industry-wide election to establish said union as the exclusive bargaining unit of all workers in said economic sector.
    1a. Should 50% of workers in a given economic sector be members of a labor union, said labor union may request exclusive bargaining rights within the sector in question, bypassing the normal election process as required in Section 2.

2. Should a request be filed for industry-wide collective bargaining representation with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the NLRB shall conduct an election comprising all of the workers potentially covered under such an agreement no less than two weeks after the request is made.

3. Should the request for exclusive representation be approved by workers in a given economic sector, the national labor union affiliate in question shall bargain directly with an employers' association consisting of all the employers within the economic sector pressed into a collective bargaining agreement.
   3a. Industry-wide collective bargaining agreements shall have the same force of law and be open to covering the same areas currently covered by existing collective bargaining agreements. In addition, industry-wide agreements shall supercede existing local collective bargaining contracts where they already exist, except where the benefits or wages resulting are of a higher standard than the industry-wide contract, in which case the local contract conditions shall prevail.
   3b. Parties subject to industry-wide collective bargaining agreements shall establish works councils at the local or individual plant or office level, consisting of representatives of both labor and management, to implement provisions of the industry-wide bargaining agreement.

4. The provisions of this act shall take effect upon its passage.
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« Reply #23 on: September 19, 2013, 11:20:39 pm »

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Co-determination Act of 2013

1. All public companies, co-operatives, private limited liability companies, and private-public partnerships with over 1,000 employees shall reserve half the seats on corporate management boards for worker representatives, effective January 1, 2014.
   1a. Corporate management board is hereby defined as any corporate board or supervisory board that directs the affairs of the firm in question.
   1b. Worker representatives shall be appointed by trade unions representing the labor force of a given firm or, if the firm in question is not unionized, shall be directly elected by the workforce by secret ballot, with no interference from employers in an election conducted and overseen by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
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« Reply #24 on: September 19, 2013, 11:41:07 pm »

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Referendum on Use of Military Force Amendment

Section 1. Article I, Section 5, of the Third Constitution is amended to read as follows:

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18. To have sole power to declare WarTo refer to the people the power to declare war or authorize the use of military force when necessary, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning captures on land and water;

Section 2. Except in the event of an invasion of the Republic of Atlasia or its territorial possessions and attack upon its citizens residing therein, the authority of the Senate to declare war or authorize the use of military force shall not become effective until confirmed by a majority of all the votes cast thereon in a nationwide referendum. The Senate, when it deems a national crisis to exist, may by concurrent resolution refer the question of war, the use of military force in an undeclared setting, or peace, to the citizens of the Regions, the question to be voted on being:

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Shall the Republic of Atlasia declare war or use military force against _______?

The Senate may otherwise by law provide for the enforcement of this section.
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