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« on: June 21, 2006, 12:10:14 am »

Where do I put consitutional amendment suggestions? Here?
Yes please!  Anything to interrupt the monotonous stream of bilateral free trade bills!
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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2006, 06:03:56 pm »

I'm pre-filing these four bills for the Sixteenth Senate.  The fourth is primarily intended for fun, as I'm not serious about it, but it certainly should provide for a few sparks and sputters of righteous indignation.

Commercial Transportation of Livestock and Poultry Act

§1. Findings
   (a) The treatment of livestock and poultry during transport affects their value in interstate commerce.
   (b) It would be in the general welfare to ensure that livestock and poultry are treated humanely during transport so as to enhance their economic value.

§2. Definitions
   In this Act:
      (1) Commercial transportation
      The term "commercial transportation" means the regular operation for profit of a transport business that uses trucks, tractors, trailers, or semitrailers, or any combination thereof, propelled or drawn by mechanical power on any highway or public road.
      (2) Customarily raised as a domesticated animal for the purpose of slaughter
      The term "customarily raised as a domesticated animal for the purpose of slaughter" means that at least one of the following conditions is met:
         (A) at least 50 percent of the economic value of such species in Atlasia results from its slaughter and the resulting products,
         (B) at least 50 percent of the members thereof in Atlasia are slaughtered for economic use, or
         (C) the total economic value resulting from the slaughter of such species in Atlasia exceeds $50,000,000.
      (3) Livestock
      The term "livestock" means any member of a species of the class Mammalia customarily raised as a domesticated animal for the purpose of slaughter, regardless of whether the individal member is being raised for slaughter or for other purposes.
      (4) Person
      The term "person" means any individual, partnership, corporation, or cooperative association that regularly engages in the commercial transportation of livestock or poultry.
      (5) Poultry
      The term "poultry" means any member of a species of the class Aves customarily raised as a domesticated animal for the purpose of slaughter, regardless of whether the individal member is being raised for slaughter or for other purposes.   

§3. Regulation of Commercial Transportation of Livestock and Poultry
   (a) In General
   Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary of Agriculture may issue guidelines for the regulation of the commercial transportation of livestock or poultry by persons regularly engaged in that activity within the United States.
   (b) Issues for Review
   In carrying out this section, the Secretary of Agriculture shall review the food, water, and rest provided to livestock or poultry in transit, the segregation of males from other animals during transit, and such other issues as the Secretary considers appropriate.
   (c) Species Specific Regulations
   In carrying out this section, the Secretary of Agriculture may specify different rules for different species of livestock or poultry where differences in behavior warrant specific treatment.  No regulation issued under this Act shall specify different rules for different breeds of the same species.
   (d) Additional Authority
   In carrying out this section, the Secretary of Agriculture may -
      (1) require any person to maintain such records and reports pertaining to the commercial transportation of livestock or poultry as the Secretary considers necessary;
      (2) conduct such investigations into and inspections of the commercial transportation of livestock or poultry as the Secretary considers necessary; and
      (3) establish and enforce appropriate and effective civil penalties for failure to comply with this Act or the regulations promulgated thereunder.

§4. Repeal and Savings of Existing Law
   (a) Pub. L. 104-127, title IX, subtitle A, Apr. 4, 1996, 110 Stat. 1184 [7 U.S.C. 1901 note] providing for the regulation of the commercial transportation of equines for slaughter is repealed as of the passage of this Act.
   (b) Regulations previously issued by the Secretary of Agriculture under the law repealed by subsection (a) shall continue in force as if issued under this Act.

Don't Cry For Me Atlasia Act

§1. Repeal
The Onion Futures Act (Pub. L. 85-839, Aug. 28, 1958, 72 Stat. 1013 [7 U.S.C. 13-1]) which prohibits trading in future contracts on onions is hereby repealed.

§2. Conforming amendment
The text "except onions as provided in section 13-1 of this title," is stricken from section 1a of the Commodity Exchange Act [7 U.S.C. 1a].

Don't Feed The Birds Act

§1. Findings
   (a) Current policy, as emobodied in the Farm Subsidies Abolition Act (F.L. 9-13) is in the process of reducing or eliminating subsisdies for farmers.
   (b) Such policy is reducing the stocks of surplus grain acquired by the Commodity Credit Corporation as part of its price support operations that are available for various other purposes.
   (c) The use of such surplus grain for the feeding of certain migratory waterfowl under certain circumstances acts as a distortion of the price of grain in the Atlasian economy, and a less than optimal use of available funds.

§2. Repeals
   (a) The Act of July 3, 1956 (70 Stat. 492) [7 U.S.C. 442 to 445] providing for grain acquired by the Commodity Credit Corporation as part of its price support operations to be provided to the Secretary of the Interior to prevent migratory waterfowl depredations on farmer's crops by luring them away from such crops is repealed as of the end of the fiscal year in which this Act is enacted.  Funds appropriated under section 4 of the Act of July 3, 1956 [7 U.S.C. 445] shall remain available until the end of the current fiscal year.
   (b) Pub. L. 87-152 (70 Stat. 492) [7 U.S.C. 447 to 449] providing for grain acquired by the Commodity Credit Corporation as part of its price support operations to be provided to the States for the purpose of meeting emergency situations caused by adverse weather conditions or other factors destructive of important wildlife resources, the States are authorized, upon the request of the State fish and game authority or other State agency having similar authority and a finding by the Secretary of the Interior that any area of the Republic of Atlasia is threatened with serious damage or loss to resident game birds and other resident wildlife from starvation is repealed as of the end of the fiscal year in which this Act is enacted.  Funds appropriated under section 3 of Pub. L. 87-152 [7 U.S.C. 449] shall remain available until the end of the fiscal year.
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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2006, 06:04:37 pm »
« Edited: November 25, 2006, 05:56:10 pm by Sen. Ernest »

Withdrawn, we have enough on the calendar without debating a bill that is purely silly:
Draka Illegal Immigration and Labor Act

§1. Findings and purpose
   (a) Findings
   The Senate of Atlasia finds that:
      (1) There are currently over 10 million illegal immigrants in the Republic of Atlasia.
      (2) Previous efforts to tackle the problem of illegal immigration have foundered due to the desire to continue making use of the cheap labor such existing immigrants afford while at the same time providing sanctions that discourage future illegal immigration.
   (b) Purpose
   The purpose of this Act is to tackle the problems found in subsection (a)(2) in an innovative and radical manner that will ensure that Atlasia has dominion over its borders.

§2. Penalty
   A person, upon conviction in a court of Atlasia for having violated the immigration laws of the Republic of Atlasia, either by being an illegal immigrant or by knowingly providing assistance to illegal immigrants to enter or remain in the Republic of Atlasia, shall have the following penalties imposed:
       (1) All assets or sources of income possessed by said person, including trusts, shall be forfeited to the Republic of Atlasia.  Any leins against or transfers of said assets or sources of income occuring prior to the earliest of -
         (A) the date of arrest of said person,
         (B) the date of a warrant being issued against said person for a violation of the immigration laws of the Republic of Atlasia punishable under this section, or
         (C) the date of conviction of said person,
      shall be honored to the extent that assets or sources of income forfeited under this subparagraph may satisfy such leins while any occuring on or after said date shall be null and void.
      (2) If the person be an individual over the age of 12 as of the date mentioned in paragraph (1), said individual shall be bound over for permanent indentured servitude under section 3.
      (3) If the person be an individual of age 12 or younger as of the date mentioned in paragraph (1), said individual shall be deported to their country of origin, to be placed with a responsible guardian in accordance with the laws of said country.

§3. New slaves
   (a) To insure that permanent indentured servants are easily identifiable, new permanent indentured servants shall have an RFID chip implanted in their body.
   (b) To insure that no children are born to permanent indentured servants, new permanent indentured servants shall be surgically sterilized.
   (c) Contracts for new permanent indentured servants shall be disposed of in the same manner as surplus property under subtitle I of title 40 of the United States Code.

§4. Servant Code
   The Secretary of Labor shall within 180 days of the passage of this Act promulgate a Servant Code.  Such Code shall specify -
      (1) minimum standards of food, shelter, clothing, and working conditions a contractor must provide a servant,
      (2) the maximum level of discipline that a contractor may use to punish a servant that fails to obey,
      (3) penalties, consistent with penalties imposed for similar offenses under title 18 of the United States Code, for violations of the Servant Code, whether by a contractor, a servant, or a third party, and
      (4) such other rules and regulations as the Secretary determines are needful for an effective system of servant management.

§5. Effective date
   This Act shall come into force the later of -
      (1) 90 days after the passage of this Act, or
      (2) 30 days after final promulgation of the Servant Code under section 4.
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2006, 06:20:59 pm »
« Edited: November 22, 2006, 01:38:00 pm by Sen. Ernest »

Yet another pre-file.  To save space (It would have taken 7 posts given the 10,000 char limit), I'm not giving it as an organic piece of legislation, but in reference to a portion of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 that passed the U.S. Senate, but not the House.

Unlawful Employment of Aliens Reform Act

§1. Findings
   (a) There is an urgent need to ensure that Atlasian employers hire only Atlasian nations and those aliens legally admitted for employment.
   (b) Enhancing the system for the checking of documentation of employees by employers will help satisfy that need.

§2. Unlawful Employment of Aliens
   Except that any reference to a specific year or date not determined in relation to the date of enactment shall be instead treated as a reference to a year or date one year later than the one currently in such text, Title III (Unlawful Employment of Aliens) of S.2611 (109th Congress), as engrossed by the U.S. Senate, shall be enacted as law.
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2006, 01:16:42 pm »

Federal Activity Requirements Revision Act

§1. Amendment of section 14
The number "25" in section 14 of the Consolidated Electoral System Reform Act (F.L. 14-2) shall read "10".

§2.  Effective date
This Act shall be effective for any election for which the period of casting absentee ballots begins after the date of the passage of this Act.
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2006, 01:53:49 pm »
« Edited: November 25, 2006, 05:57:09 pm by Sen. Ernest »

Withdrawn, we have enough to do without engaging in pure sillyness:
Cucumber Protection Act

§1. Findings
(a) As evidenced by documentary footage, pandas are the cucumber's enemy.
(b) Bognor Regis has been able to encourage cucumber cultivation by establishing panda free zones.

§2. Panda Free Atlasia
(a) Pandas shall be allowed in Atlasia only as part of an animal exhibition offered by an exhibitor licensed under section 3 of the Animal Welfare Act [7 U.S.C. 2133].
(b) As a condition of such license the exhibitor must agree to keep their pandas away from all cucumbers.
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« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2006, 06:39:52 pm »

I have withdrawn the Draka Illegal Immigration and Labor Act and the Cucumber Protection Act  I might reintroduce them once we get Atlasia back on a healthy footing, but for now, they just clog the calendar.

I do have a new Act to propose, and I would hope that it could be advanced up the calendar as important legislation, as it would impact upon our new GM if adopted.

Atlasia - America Synchronization Act

§1. Findings
The Senate of Atlasia finds that:
(a) The Republic of Atlasia was established primarily to be an election simulation in the context of the politics of the United States of America.
(b) To that end, a correspondence between the characteristics of the Republic of Atlasia and the United States of America is desirable, except where a difference has been intentionally adopted.
(c) Because of the limitations of time and the number of players, these characteristics have diverged without any explict intent to have them do so.
(d) These differences form a barrier to new players by adding to the learning curve of the game.

§2. Purpose
The Senate of Atlasia intends that this Act should reduce the unintended differences between the Republic of Atlasia and the United States of America.

§3. Public Laws of the United States
(a) Subject to subsection (c), the public laws of the United States of America adopted during the First through Fourteenth Senates of Atlasia shall be adopted as laws of Atlasia.
(b) Beginning with the Sixteenth Senate and subject to subsection (c). at the close of each session of the Atlasia Senate, the public laws of the United States of America during the previous Senate of Alasia shall be adopted as laws of Atlasia.
(c) In subsections (a) and (b), the public laws of the United States of America passed during certain sessions of the Senate of Atlasia shall not be adopted where they are -
    (1) invalid under the constitution of Atlasia, or
    (2) contradict the laws passed by the Senate of Atlasia.

§4.  International events and condidtions
     The policies and economies of countries other than the Republic of Atlasia shall generally be reset to those existing in the real world at the time a new Game Moderator is appointed.  Where differences between in-game and real-world policies and economies directly as a result of differences in the foreign and trade policies of the Republic of Atlasia and the United States of America, the Game Moderator may allow those differences to continue to exist, but shall report as soon as possible after becoming Game Moderator a list of those differences.

§5. Domestic events and conditions
    The policies of Atlsaia shall be those adopted by the Republic of Atlasia.  The economy of Atlasia and the policy of non-governmental organizations of Atlasia should be based as closely as possible upon those of the United States of America, with the Game Moderator reporting on any differences as soon as possible a list of those differences.

§6. Timeliness of reports
(a) The Game Moderator is urged to provide the reports requested under sections 4 and 5 within one month of taking office so that the government of the Republic of Atlasia can react appropriately to such events.
(b) The Game Moderator may amend the reports requested under sections 4 and 5 if in doing so, he is able to provide greater detail of the world geopolitical and economic situation.  He should avoid amendments that change the world geopolitical and economic situation except where a policy of Atlsaia as embodied in law is brought to his attention and the amendments are as a result of that attention.
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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2006, 08:16:43 pm »
« Edited: January 09, 2007, 03:18:22 pm by Sen. Ernest »

Yet another defense related bill.  This one also saves some money as well as spends it, though I admit to not having precise numbers for either.

Naval Construction and Operations Act of 2007

§1. Indian Ocean home port
   (a) Findings
      (1) The Senate finds that the operation of naval vessels in the Indian Ocean and the littoral seas thereof on an ongoing basis is certain given the situation in the foreseeable future.
      (2) The Senate further finds that establishing an overseas home port for a carrier battle group in the Indian Ocean would enhance the availability and readiness of naval forces operating in the Indian Ocean and the littoral seas thereof.
      (3) The Senate further finds that existing port facilities utilized by the Atlasian Navy located in the Indian Ocean and the littoral seas thereof are inadequate to host the home port of a carrier battle group.
   (b) Negotiations
   The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to undertake negotiations with the members of the Global Treaty Organization abutting the Indian ocean concerning either the construction of new facilities or the usage or expansion of existing facilities to be used as a home port for a carrier battle group for a period of not less than twenty-five years.  In conducting such negotiations, the Secretary shall take into consideration -
      (1) the relative costs of utilizing proposed home ports,
      (2) the availability. cost, and quality of facilities for the use the dependents of naval personnel assigned either to the home port itself or to ships assigned to the home port, and
      (3) the possibility of colocating in the vicinity of the home port of the carrier battle group a base to support at least one Marine Expeditionary Unit and its supporting units and ships.
   (c) Timetable
      (1) The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to provide the Senate with an estimate of the costs, including fees paid to the host country for the right to use such a home port, of establishing and operating such a home port no later than December 31, 2007.
      (2) The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to plan for the initial operations of the Indian Ocean home port called for in this section no later than December 31, 2009.
   (d) Establishment
   Establishment of an Indian Ocean home port for a carrier battle group shall be contingent upon -
      (1) the ratification of a treaty allowing such a home port by the Senate of Atlasia and the government of the host country, and
      (2) the appropriation of funds by the Senate of Atlasia to implement the treaty and the construction and operation of the home port.

§2. Carrier Battle Groups
   (a) Findings
   The Senate finds that the number of carrier battle groups operated by the Atlasian Navy is in excess of current needs.
   (b) Reduction
      (1) The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to reduce the number of carrier battle groups in commission from twelve to eleven no later than December 31, 2008.
      (2) The Secretary of External Affairs is further directed to reduce the number of carrier battle groups in commission from eleven to ten no later than the later of -
         (A) December 31, 2010, or
         (B) one year after the date of initial operations an Indian Ocean home port for a carrier battle group.
   (c) CVN 65
   In addition to the carriers needed by the carrier battle groups, the Secretary of External Affairs is authorized to retain CVN 65 Enterprise in commission as a training carrier.  Once assigned to duty as a training carrier, the Secretary shall report annually on the relative costs of operating her as a training carrier compared to the costs of decomissioning her and her eight nuclear reactors and utilizing other training facilities instead.

§3. Carrier Construction
   Due to the reduction in the number of carrier battle groups called for in sections 2, the Secretary of External Affairs is directed to delay the construction of the first of the CVN 21 carriers so that the initial commissioning occurs in FY 2018 instead of FY 2015, and further directed to delay construction so that initial commissioning occurs in FY 2021 if the number of carrier battle groups is reduced to ten.

§4. Command Ships
   The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to undertake a design study for a new class of command ships to replace the elderly Blue Ridge-class vessels, with a goal of constructing three command ships, entering commission in FY 2011, 2012, and 2013.  $50,000,000 is appropriated to conduct the design study.

§5. Amphibious Assault Ships
   The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to name the first four ships of the LHA 6 class as LHA 6 Hornet, LHA 7 Shangri-La, LHA 8 Ranger, and LHA 9 Intrepid.

§6. Landing Platform Docks
   (a) $2,000,000,000 is authorized to be appropriated to build three additional San Antonio-class LPD's to be delivered in FY 2012, 2013, and 2014 respectively,
   (b) The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to name the three ships authorized by this section LPD 26 Charleston, LPD 27 Wilmington, and LPD 28 Savannah.

§7. Dry cargo ships
   (a) Naming
   The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to name the sixth Lewis and Clark class ship T-AKE 6 John W. Powell, the seventh T-AKE 7 William L. Herndon, the eighth T-AKE 8 Robert Gray, the ninth T-AKE 9 Charles Wilkes, the tenth T-AKE 10 Edmund Fanning, and the eleventh T-AKE 11 Charles W. Beebe.
   (b) Cancellation of unneeded ships due to CBG reduction
   The twelfth Lewis and Clark class ship is canceled, and the eleventh shall not be ordered before January 1, 2008 and may be ordered only if a treaty providing for the lease of an Indian Ocean home port for a carrier battle group is not signed by the President by that date.

§8. Double hulled oilers
   (a) Construction
   To permit the retirement of older single hull oilers and bring the Atlasian Navy's takers into compliance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, there is authorized to be appropriated $100,000,000 each for the construction of thirteen double-hulled versions of the Henry J. Kaiser class oiler as follows:
      (1) 1 tanker is authorized for FY 2007 and $100,000,000 is appropriated for such construction,
      (2) 2 tankers are authorized for FY 2008,
      (3) 2 tankers are authorized for FY 2009,
      (4) 2 tankers are authorized for FY 2010,
      (5) 3 tankers are authorized for FY 2011, and
      (6) 3 tankers are authorized for FY 2012.
   (b) Excess appropriations to be used to pay for dismantling of obsolete oilers
   Appropriations in excess of the purchase price of the oilers acquired pursuant to subsection (a) shall be used to pay for the dismantling in Atlasian shipyards of mothballed single-hulled oilers in excess of mobilization needs.

§9. Destroyers
   The DDX program is ordered suspended with no funds to be paid for further construction of the two lead ships pending a review of needs for destroyers by the Atlasian Navy in light of the reduction of the numbers of carrier battle groups.

§10. Frigates
   The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to reduce the number of frigates in commission to 24 Flight II Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates by no later than September 30, 2008.

§11. Submarines
   (a) Los Angeles class
      (1) The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to cancel all refueling of non-VLS Los Angeles class submarines.
      (2) The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to decommission at least two non-VLS Los Angeles class submarines and to enter them in the Ship-Submarine Recycling Program each fiscal year beginning in FY 2008.
   (b) Virginia class
      (1) The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to name the sixth Virgina class submarine SSN 779 New Mexico, the seventh SSN 780 Delaware, and the eighth SSN 781 South Carolina.
      (2) The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to cancel the ninth Virginia class submarine.
   (c) AIP Submarine
      (1) The Senate finds that Atlasia is likely to have a continuing need for submarine patrols in the Persian Gulf and other littoral waters for the foreseeable future and that the use of smaller less-expensive air independent propulsion (AIP) submarines is a more cost effective solution for sustained operations in shallow littoral waters than the use of current SSN's.
      (2) The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to acquire at at a total cost of no more than $2,100,000,000 six AIP's similar to the Type U212A of the Deutsche Marine, with 1 to enter commission in in each of FY 2010 through 2015.
      (3) Preference in granting a contract shall be given to construction in Atlasian shipyards, but if the timetable and cost requirements of paragraph (2) can only be met by construction in a foreign shipyard of a NATO ally, the Secretary of External Affairs is directed to enter into a contract with such a shipyard for any or all of the six submarines called for in this subsection.
      (4) The Secretary of External Affairs is directed to name the six submarines called for in this subsection as follows: Torpedo, Numbfish, Skate, Stingray, Manta, and Whipray.
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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2006, 02:12:17 pm »

A bit of emergency legislation here:

November-December Act
December 1, 2006 is hereby renamed November 31, 2006.


This would have the effect of delaying the upcoming election a week so as to give the governors time to quickly finish redistricting, as it would make December 15, 2006 the second Friday of December.
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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2006, 09:22:58 pm »
« Edited: December 12, 2006, 04:51:51 pm by Sen. Ernest »

A longer term solution to the redistricting problems we encountered this time.

Backup Redistricting Amendment

1. In the event that the Governors have not adopted a redistricting plan as of noon, Eastern Standard Time on the third Wednesday prior to the opening of the ballot box for the regular election of District Senators, then the most recently adopted districting plan that meets the conditions of Article IV Section 4 of this Constitution using the data from the most recent Census shall be used as the districting plan.

2. In the further event that no previously adopted districting plan meets the conditions of Article IV Section 4 of this Constitution using the data from the most recent Census, then the Chief Justice of Atlasia shall have the authority to draw districts that meet the conditions of Article IV Section 4 of this Constitution using the data from the most recent Census.
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« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2006, 03:09:12 pm »
« Edited: December 12, 2006, 04:54:33 pm by Sen. Ernest »

Enough bills have been proposed by other Senators that I feel comfortable adding a couple of my non-urgent pre-prepared bills to the calendar.

Farmer Free Speech Act

§1. Findings
   (a) There are a number of market promotion laws concerning agriculture that require producers of certain products to join and pay for organizations that promote that product, even if an individual producer does not agree with the either the purpose of the organization on the means chosen to promote the product.  While mechanisms exist for producers to be refunded or rebated such sums for most such programs, they are onerous and require the producer to repeatedly indicate that they wish to opt out of the promotion program.
   (b) Such organizations have acted contrary to the interests of producers not following the marketing strategy desired by the majority of producers.
   (c) Such organizations should be turned into ordinary voluntary membership organizations, without the possession of government sanction or coercion.

§2. Repeals and Savings
   (a) The following laws are repealed as of the second December 31 following the date of enactment of this Act.
      (1) Section 8c(6)(I) of the Agricultural Act [7 U.S.C. 608c(6)(I)].
      (2) The Cotton Research and Promotion Act (chapter 53 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 2101 et seq.]).
      (3) The Potato Research and Promotion Act (chapter 58 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 2611 et seq.]).
      (4) The Egg Research and Consumer Information Act (chapter 58 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.]).
      (5) The Beef Research and Information Act (chapter 60 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 2901 et seq.]).
      (6) The Wheat and Wheat Foods Research and Nutrition Education Act (chapter 65 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 3401 et seq.]).
      (7) The Floral Research and Consumer Information Act (chapter 74 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 4301 et seq.]).
      (8) The Dairy Production Stabilization Act of 1983 (chapter 76 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 4501 et seq.]).
      (9) The Honey Research, Promotion, and Consumer Information Act (chapter 77 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 4601 et seq.]).
      (10) The Pork Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act of 1985 (chapter 79 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 4801 et seq.]).
      (11) The Watermelon Research and Promotion Act (chapter 80 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 4901 et seq.]).
      (12) The Pecan Promotion and Research Act of 1990 (chapter 89 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 6001 et seq.]).
      (13) The Mushroom Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act of 1990 (chapter 90 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 6101 et seq.]).
      (14) The Lime Research, Promotion, and Consumer Information Act of 1990 (chapter 91 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 6201 et seq.]).
      (15) The Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act (chapter 92 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.]).
      (16) The Fluid Milk Promotion Act of 1990 (chapter 93 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 6401 et seq.]).
      (17) The Fresh Cut Flowers and Fresh Cut Greens Promotion and Information Act of 1993 (chapter 97 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 6801 et seq.]).
      (18) The Sheep Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1994 (chapter 99 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.]).
      (19) Title V of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (chapter 101 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.]).
      (20) The Hass Avocado Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 2000 (chapter 105 of title 7 [7 U.S.C. 7801 et seq.]).
   (b) No assessment or other fee shall be required under the laws repealed by subsection (a) for any period following the date of the repeal of said Acts.
   (c) The organizations established under the laws repealed by subsection (a) shall be given the opportunity to transform into private non-profit voluntary cooperative organizations.  Such organizations shall retain the trademarks and other intellectual property developed by the organizations while sanctioned by the laws repealed by subsection (a).



Federal Crop Insurance Subsidy Reduction Act

§1. Findings
   (a) Excessive subsidies of the Federal Crop Insurance program encourage the utilization of marginal land because of the reduction of moral hazard on the part of the producer.
   (b) The reduction of direct forms of agricultural subsidy has led to an increase in the usage of the Federal Crop Insurance program as an indirect subsidy.

§2. Reductions in Federal Crop Insurance subsidies
   (a) For the 2008 crop year, section 508(e)(2) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act [7 U.S.C. 1508(e)(2)] is amended as follows:
      (1) In subparagraph (A), the phrase "the premium" shall be replaced by "90 percent of the premium".
      (2) In subparagraph (B)(i), the phrase "67 percent" shall be replaced by "66 percent".
      (3) In subparagraph (C)(i), the phrase "64 percent" shall be replaced by "60 percent".
      (4) In subparagraph (D)(i), the phrase "59 percent" shall be replaced by "54 percent".
      (5) In subparagraph (E)(i), the phrase "55 percent" shall be replaced by "48 percent".
      (6) In subparagraph (F)(i), the phrase "48 percent" shall be replaced by "41 percent".
      (7) In subparagraph (G)(i), the phrase "38 percent" shall be replaced by "34 percent".
   (b) For the 2009 crop year, section 508(e)(2) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act [7 U.S.C. 1508(e)(2)] as amended by subsection (a) of this section is further amended as follows:
      (1) In subparagraph (A), the phrase "90 percent" shall be replaced by "75 percent".
      (2) In subparagraph (B)(i), the phrase "66 percent" shall be replaced by "60 percent".
      (3) In subparagraph (C)(i), the phrase "60 percent" shall be replaced by "54 percent".
      (4) In subparagraph (D)(i), the phrase "54 percent" shall be replaced by "48 percent".
      (5) In subparagraph (E)(i), the phrase "48 percent" shall be replaced by "42 percent".
      (6) In subparagraph (F)(i), the phrase "41 percent" shall be replaced by "36 percent".
      (7) In subparagraph (G)(i), the phrase "34 percent" shall be replaced by "30 percent".
   (c) For the 2010 and succeeding crop years, section 508(e)(2) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act [7 U.S.C. 1508(e)(2)] as amended by subsections (a) and (b) of this section is further amended as follows:
      (1) In subparagraph (A), the phrase "75 percent" shall be replaced by "60 percent".
      (2) In subparagraph (B)(i), the phrase "60 percent" shall be replaced by "50 percent".
      (3) In subparagraph (C)(i), the phrase "54 percent" shall be replaced by "45 percent".
      (4) In subparagraph (D)(i), the phrase "48 percent" shall be replaced by "40 percent".
      (5) In subparagraph (E)(i), the phrase "42 percent" shall be replaced by "35 percent".
      (6) In subparagraph (F)(i), the phrase "36 percent" shall be replaced by "30 percent".
      (7) In subparagraph (G)(i), the phrase "30 percent" shall be replaced by "25 percent".

§3. Already acquired insurance
   (a) Persons who have already acquired coverage under the Federal Crop Insurance program for the 2008 or any subsequent crop year prior to the passage of this Act shall either -
      (1) cancel the coverage and receive a full refund of any premium paid to date, or
      (2) pay a surcharge equal to the reduction in subsidy levels resulting from the passage of this Act.
   (b) Failure to indicate a choice by the beginning of the affected crop year shall be treated as if the covered person had elected under subsection (a) to cancel the coverage.
   (c) Covered persons may choose to cancel only a potion of their insurance and pay a surcharge on the remainder.
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« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2007, 07:38:03 pm »

OPSR Amendment Debate Time Resolution

Article 4 Section 4 Clause 1 of the OPSR shall be amended by replacing "five (5) days" with "seventy-two (72) hours".

This amendment is introduced so as to standardize the time period for a vote on an amendment of an item before the Senate to the usual 72 hours for other time requirements under the OPSR.
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« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2007, 01:15:06 am »
« Edited: January 15, 2007, 03:35:27 pm by Sen. Ernest »

Now that we have some more bills in the hopper I feel comfortable in adding some more of mine own proposals.

Federal Vending Facilities Reform Act

§1. Findings
   (a) The Randolph-Sheppard Act is a 1936 law that had the admirable goal of providing a preference to the legally blind in the operation of vending facilities on Federal property at a time when employment opportunities for the legally blind were scarce and vending machines were not as ubiquitous as they are today.
   (b) Assistive technologies have greatly widened the scope of available professions for the legally blind from what was achievable in 1936.
   (c) The subsequent development of vending machines and the passage of the Randolph-Sheppard Act Amendments of 1974 have effectively transformed the Randolph-Sheppard Act from one which provided the legally blind with self-employment into one which provides the legally blind with subsidy payments from vending machines operating in competition with them.

§2. Repeal
   (a) The Randolph-Sheppard Act (Chapter 6A of title 20 [20 U.S.C. section 107 et seq.]) and the fourth sentence of section 111(b) of title 23 (concerning highway rest stop vending machines) are hereby repealed subject to the savings provisions of this section.
   (b) Contracts with legally blind licensees to operate vending facilities under the provisions of the Randolph Sheppard Act (including payments under section 7 of said act from competing vending machines) shall continue in force until the normal end of the contract. If said contract contains provisions allowing renewal of the contract on a periodic basis, then the government shall agree to any renewal it would have agreed to save for the passage of this act until two years after the date of passage of this act. If said contract allows termination at will, the government shall terminate the contract two years after the date of passage of this act.
   (c) Termination of contracts with legally blind licensees shall be handled in accordance with the provisions of section 3 of the Randolph Sheppard Act.

§3. Additional transition period
   (a) The government shall be able to enter into non-competitive contracts with existing licensees for the operation of their current vending facilities after the repeal of the Randolph Sheppard Act takes effect. Such contracts shall be on a non-subsidy basis, but may take into account the convienience of continuity of service, amortization of existing equipment of the licensee, and other relevant factors favoring the retention of existing licensees over other potential vendors that would not normally be considered under Title 41, Public Contracts.
   (b) No such contract under this section may be entered into that -
      (1) begins later than five years after the passage of this Act, or
      (2) ends later than eight years after the passage of this Act.



Food for Real Progress Act

§1. Findings
   (a) The Food for Progress Act of 1985 [7 U.S.C. 1736o] has the laudable stated goal of encouraging the introduction or expansion of free enterprise elements in the agricultural economies of developing democracies.
   (b) However, the primary assistance provided under said Act is the provision of agricultural commodities at below-market prices, thereby depressing the prices that agricultural producers in recipient countries can hope to receive for their produce.

§2. Repeal
   (a) The Food for Progress Act of 1985 is repealed, subject to subsection (b).
   (b) Assistance already pledged under the Act shall be given, provided such assistance is given no later than the end of the current fiscal year.



Guayule Privatization Act

§1. Findings
   (a) The guayule plant (Parthenium argentatum) is a shrub native to the Sonoran desert of Atlasia and Mexico that serves as an alternate source of natural rubber.
   (b) Despite considerable effort by the government to develop the plant as an alternative to latex rubber during World War II and afterwards, it remains costlier and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.
   (c) The current likelihood of a disruption of access to supplies of latex rubber sufficient to affect the economic well-being of Atlasia is essentially nil.
   (d) Because of its hypoallergenic properties, there is a small private market for guayule rubber that provides a basis for private development of this agricultural resources without a program of specialized government development.

§2. Repeals
   The Act of March 5, 1942, authorizing the government to run guayule plantations and the Critical Agricultural Materials Act, establishing the Joint Commission on Research and Development of Critical Agricultural Materials are repealed as of start of the first fiscal year beginning 90 days after the date of passage of this Act.

§3. Disposal of Property.
   The President is directed to dispose of the assets acquired or developed to further the purposes of the laws repealed in section 2 of this Act in accordance with chapter 5 of Title 40.

§4. Rule of Construction
    Nothing in this Act shall be construed to prohibit the funding of research into the cultivation of the guayule plant or into the economic exploitation of its products under other laws of the Republic of Atlasia of general import.
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« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2007, 12:51:51 pm »

Two more bills from the desk of Senator Ernest

Imitation Butter and Cheese Regulation Act

§1. Findings
   (a) The regulation of the sale of imitation butter and cheese has been subject to State regulation under the Act of May 9, 1902, even when such product is part of interstate commerce.
   (b) Improvements in the refrigeration, transportation, and federal regulatory processes since the passage of the Act of May 9, 1902, make national regulation of these products feasible.
   (c) The Constitutional mandate for the Senate to provide "a single market where competition is free and undistorted" would be better served by national standards on these products, rather than those of each Region or State.

§2. National Standards
   (a) The Secretary of Health and Human Services is directed to develop in the usual manner regulations setting standards for imitation butter and cheese under the authority granted by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
   (b) Such standards shall as far as practicable be designed so that under the standards set by the States under the authority of the Act of May 9, 1902 -
      (1) any product which meets all such standards shall meet the new national standard, and
      (2) no product which does not meet at least one such standard shall meet the new national standard.

§3. Repeal and transition
   (a) Section 1 of the Act of May 9, 1902, granting the States authority to regulate the sale of imitation butter and cheese, even when said product is produced in another State, is repealed as of the date the regulations called for in section 2 of this Act enter into force.
   (b) The regulations developed under section 2 of this Act may incorporate provisions with effect in only one or more States so as to facilitate the transition from State to national regulation of commerce in imitation butter and cheese.  Such provisions may only remain in effect a maximum of two years after the date the regulations called for in section 2 of this Act enter into force.



Immigration Reform Act of 2007

(In next post or two due to length.)
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Immigration Reform Act of 2007

§1. Changes in the number of immigrants subject to direct numerical limitations
   (a) Family-sponsored immigrants
      (1) The number "480,000" in section 201(c)(1)(A)(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1151(c)(1)(A)(i)] shall be substituted by -
         (A) "500,000" for fiscal year 2008;
         (B) "550,000" for fiscal year 2009;
         (C) "600,000" for fiscal year 2010; and
         (D) "1/500 of the population of Atlasia, as established by the last completed decennial census" for fiscal year 2011 and thereafter.
      (2) The number "226,000" in sections 201(c)(1)(B)(ii) and 203(a)(2) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1151(c)(1)(B)(ii), 1153(a)(2)] shall be substituted by -
         (A) "250,000" for fiscal year 2008;
         (B) "275,000" for fiscal year 2009;
         (C) "300,000" for fiscal year 2010; and
         (D) "1/1000 of the population of Atlasia, as established by the last completed decennial census" for fiscal year 2011 and thereafter.
      (3) The number "23,400" in paragraphs (1) and (3) of section 203(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1153(a)(1),(3)] shall be substituted by -
         (A) "25,000" for fiscal year 2008;
         (B) "27,500" for fiscal year 2009;
         (C) "30,000" for fiscal year 2010; and
         (D) "1/10,000 of the population of Atlasia, as established by the last completed decennial census" for fiscal year 2011 and thereafter.
      (4) The number "114,200" in section 203(a)(2) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1153(a)(2)] shall be substituted by -
         (A) "125,000" for fiscal year 2008;
         (B) "137,500" for fiscal year 2009;
         (C) "150,000" for fiscal year 2010; and
         (D) "1/2000 of the population of Atlasia, as established by the last completed decennial census" for fiscal year 2011 and thereafter.
      (5) The number "65,000" in section 203(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1153(a)(4)] shall be substituted by -
         (A) "75,000" for fiscal year 2008;
         (B) "82,500" for fiscal year 2009;
         (C) "90,000" for fiscal year 2010; and
         (D) "3/10,000 of the population of Atlasia, as established by the last completed decennial census" for fiscal year 2011 and thereafter.
   (b) Employment-based immigrants
   The number "140,000" in section 201(d)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1151(d)(1)] shall be substituted by -
         (A) "160,000" for fiscal year 2008;
         (B) "180,000" for fiscal year 2009;
         (C) "200,000" for fiscal year 2010; and
         (D) "1/1500 of the population of Atlasia, as established by the last completed decennial census" for fiscal year 2011 and thereafter.
   (c) Diversity immigrants
   The number "55,000" in section 201(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1151(e)] shall be substituted by -
         (A) "57,000" for fiscal year 2008;
         (B) "58,500" for fiscal year 2009;
         (C) "60,000" for fiscal year 2010; and
         (D) "1/5000 of the population of Atlasia, as established by the last completed decennial census," for fiscal year 2011 and thereafter.
   (d) Cancellation of removal; adjustment of status
   The number "4,000" in section 240A(e)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1229b(e)(1)] shall be substituted by -
         (A) "4,800" for fiscal year 2008;
         (B) "5,400" for fiscal year 2009;
         (C) "6,000" for fiscal year 2010; and
         (D) "1/50,000 of the population of Atlasia, as established by the last completed decennial census," for fiscal year 2011 and thereafter.
   (e) Adjustment of status for victims of trafficking
   The number "5,000" in section 245(l)(4)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1255(l)(4)(A)] shall be substituted by -
         (A) "5,400" for fiscal year 2008;
         (B) "5,700" for fiscal year 2009;
         (C) "6,000" for fiscal year 2010; and
         (D) "1/50,000 of the population of Atlasia, as established by the last completed decennial census," for fiscal year 2011 and thereafter.

§2. Changes in the number of nonimmigrants subject to direct numerical limitations
   Effective beginning fiscal year 2011, section 214(g)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1184(g)(1)] shall be amended to read as follows:
      "(1) The total number of aliens who may be issued visas or otherwise provided nonimmigrant status during any fiscal year -
         "(A) under subparagraph (H)(i)(b) [8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b)] of section 101(a)(15) of the Immigration and Nationality Act may not exceed 1/4000 of the population of Atlasia, as established by the last completed decennial census; or
         "(B) under subparagraph (H)(ii)(b) [8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(b)] of section 101(a)(15) of the Immigration and Nationality Act may not exceed 1/4000 of the population of Atlasia, as established by the last completed decennial census."

§2, Clarification of whether certain territories to be considered as a separate foreign state or dependent area
   (a) Separate foreign states
   Notwithstanding any other law, the following shall be considered separate foreign states for the purposes of a numerical level established under subsection (a)(2) of section 202 of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1152(a)(2)]:
      (1) the constituent countries of the United Kingdom,
      (2) New Caledonia,
      (3) the Republic of China,
      (4) the special administrative regions of the People's Republic of China,
      (5) Kosova, and
      (6) Palestine.
   (b) Dependant areas
   Notwithstanding any other law, the following shall be considered dependant areas for the purposes of a numerical level established under subsection (a)(2) of section 202 of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1152(a)(2)]:
      (1) Åland,
      (2) the autonomous regions of the People's Republic of China,
      (3) the autonomous countries of Denmark,
      (4) the départements d'outre-mer of the French Republic,
      (5) the autonomous countries of the Netherlands
      (6) the crown dependencies of the United Kingdom and
      (7) the Duchy of Cornwall.
   (c) Construction
   The designation of an area as a separate foreign state or as a dependent area under either this section or subsection (a)(2) of section 202 of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1152(a)(2)] shall not be construed as formal recognition of the level of sovereignity of a territory nor for any other purpose unrelated to determining the numbers of immigrants admitted from certain territories.
   (d) Repeal of superseded law
   Section 103 of Pub. L. 101-649 (relating to Hong Kong) and section 714 of Pub. L. 97-113 (relating to Taiwan) are repealed as superseded by this section, and any reference to said sections in any law, regulation, or rule shall be deemed to be a reference to the corresponding provisions of this section.

§3. Ending of special immigration status for certain Amerasian children
   (a) Repeal
   Section 204(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1154(f)] granting special immigration status for Amerasian children born prior to October 22, 1982 shall be repealed as of October 22, 2007.
   (b) Savings
   No person admitted as an immigrant under the provision repealed in subsection (a) shall have that status adversely affected as a result of such repeal.

§4. Ending of bar to the admission of practicing polygamists
   (a) Repeal
   Section 212(a)(10)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(10)(A)] barring the admission of practicing polygamists shall be repealed as of fiscal year 2008.
   (b) Construction
   This section shall not be construed as legal recognition of a polygamous relationship by the Republic of Atlasia or any of its subdivisions.  This section shall not be construed as invalidating any criminal or civil penalty for polygamy under the laws of the Republic of Atlasia or any of its subdivisions.  This section shall not be construed as allowing more than one spouse entry for the purpose of accompanying an alien allowed admission where existing law allows for entry of a single such spouse. 
   
§5. Ending of special non-visa admission to Guam
   (a) Repeal
   Section 212(l) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1182(l)] providing for the admission of certain aliens to Guam for a period of no more than 15 days shall be repealed as of fiscal year 2009.
   (b) Conforming repeals
   The following portions of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.] shall be repealed as of fiscal year 2009.
      (1) Section 212(a)(7)(B)(iii) [8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(7)(B)(iii)],
      (2) The second sentence of section 214(a)(1) [8 U.S.C. 1184(a)(1)], and
      (3) The words "section 212(l) of this Act or" in sections 245(c)(4) and 248(4) [8 U.S.C. 1255(c)(4), 1258(4)].
   (c) Transition
   A person admitted under section 212(l) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1182(l)] during the last 15 days of fiscal year 2008 shall be able remain in Guam for a full 15 days not withstanding the repeals under subsections (a) and (b) of this section under the conditions that would pertain if said repeals had not been enacted.

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Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (post 2 of 3)

§6. H-2A Program improvements
   (a) Barring land transfer to avoid penalty for violations
   To prevent efforts to avoid penalties for violations of the temporary agricultural worker (H-2A) program by transferring control of land where violations occur to another employer, the following shall be added as paragraph (5) to section 218(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1188(b)]
      "(5)(A) The employer has agricultural control of land, except as provided in subparagraph (C), where a violation of a material term or condition of the labor certification with respect to the employment of domestic or nonimmigrant workers has occurred within the two previous years, regardless of whether such land was under the agricultural control of the employer at the time of the violation.
         "(B) In this paragraph “agricultural control” means being either the lessor of the land with the right to make agricultural use of the land, or the owner of such land who has not leased such right to another party.
         "(C) This paragraph shall not apply to the owner of land described in subparagraph (A) if the violation was made by a lessor with agricultural control at the time of the violation, and the owner agrees to make no agricultural use of said land until two years after the violation occurred."
   (b) Repeal of biennial H-2A Program reports
   Section 403 of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 [8 U.S.C. 1188 note] requiring biennial reports by the President to the legislative branch on the temporary agricultural worker (H-2A) program shall be repealed after the presentation of the next scheduled report.

§7. Increase in penalty for violation of regulations of ports of entry for aliens arriving by aircraft
   Section 234 of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1224] providing for the designation of ports of entry for aliens arriving by aircraft is amended by substituting "$5,000" for "$2,000" in each place that it occurs.

§8. Removal of prohibition against importation of aliens for prostitution or other immoral purposes
   (a) Repeal
   Section 278 of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1328] banning the importation of aliens for prostitution or other immoral purposes is repealed as of the end of the current fiscal year.
   (b) Construction
      (1) This section shall not be construed as permitting the entry of aliens for such purposes in such areas where they are illegal.
      (2) This section shall not be construed as permitting the entry of aliens barred from entry because of a previous violation of such repealed law.
      (3) This section shall not be construed as barring the prohibition of the importation of such alien for such purposes, if such prohibition can be based on any other section of law.

§9. Abolition of the Immigration Enforcement Account
   (a) Repeal
   Section 280(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1330(b)] providing for an Immigration Enforcement Account is repealed as of the end of the current fiscal year.
   (b) Disposition of funds
      (1) Penalties that would have gone into the Immigration Enforcement Account  in a any succeeding fiscal year shall either be disbursed according to other law that would be operative in the absence of said section 280(b), or if there be no such law, into the treasury as general receipts.
      (2) All funds in the Immigration Enforcement Account as of the end of the current fiscal year shall be covered into the treasury as general receipts.

§10. Harmonization of work hours and rates of overtime pay for immigration officials with other Federal employees.
   (a) Repeal
   The Act of Mar. 2, 1931 (46 Stat. 1467 [8 U.S.C. 1353a, 1353b]) shall be repealed effective as of the first pay period of fiscal year 2008.
   (b) Conforming repeals
      (1) The Act of Aug. 22, 1940 (54 Stat. 858 [8 U.S.C. 1353d]) shall be repealed effective as of the first pay period of fiscal year 2008.
      (2) Section 5549(2) of Title 5, United States Code shall be repealed effective as of the first pay period of fiscal year 2008.
   (c) Adjustment of pay grade
   The President is authorized, consistent with the guidelines of section 5104 of Title 5, United States Code, to adjust, effective as of the first pay period of fiscal year 2008, the pay grades of positions affected by this section so as to minimize the difference in overall pay caused by the switch in the method of calculating overtime pay and hours resulting from this section.

§11. Passenger inspection fees
   (a) Increases
      (1) The figure "$7" in section 286(d) of Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1356(d)] shall be replaced by -
         (A) "$8" for fiscal year 2008,
         (B) "$9" for fiscal year 2009, and
         (C) "$10" for fiscal year 2010 and thereafter.
      (1) The figure "$3" in section 286(e)(3) of Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1356(e)(3)] shall be replaced by -
         (A) "$3.50" for fiscal year 2008,
         (B) "$4" for fiscal year 2009,
         (C) "$4.50" for fiscal year 2010, and
         (D) "$5" for fiscal year 2011 and thereafter.
   (b) Ending of accounting gimmick for fees collected during fourth fiscal quarter
   The following text is struck from section 286(f)(3) of Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1356(f)(3)]: ", except the fourth quarter payment for fees collected from airline passengers shall be made on the date that is ten days before the end of the fiscal year, and the first quarter payment shall include any collections made in the preceding quarter that were not remitted with the previous payment" effective as of the beginning the first fourth fiscal quarter begun after the date of enactment of this Act.

§12. Metrification of distances in the Immigration and Nationality Act and related legislation
   (a) Section 258(d)(3)
   In section 258(d)(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1288(d)(3)] -
      (1) the distance "5 miles" in subparagraph (A)(iii)(IV) shall be replaced by "10 kilometers", and
      (2) the distance "7 1/2 miles" in subparagraph (B) shall be replaced by "15 kilometers".
   (b) Section 287(a)(3)
   In section 287(a)(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1357(a(3)] the distance "twenty-five miles" shall be replaced by "50 kilometers".
   (c) Title 10
   In section 374(b)(2)(B) of Title 10, United States Code, the distance "25 miles" shall be replaced by "50 kilometers".
   (c) Effective date
   This section shall be effective as of 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act.

§13. Repeal of reimbursement for costs of incarcerating illegal aliens and certain Cuban nationals
   Sections 501 and 13 of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 [8 U.S.C. 1365, 1522(f)] shall be repealed effective as of fiscal year 2009.

§14. Change in frequency of reports of detention space in alien detention facilities
   Reports required under section 386 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, as amended, [8 U.S.C. 1368] shall effective September 30, 2008 be required on an annual basis instead of a semi-annual basis.  Such reports shall be due no later than June 30 of each year.

§15. Clarifying the status of children born to illegal immigrants
   (a) Subject to the jurisdiction of Atlasia
   The following shall be added as section 309A of Title III of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1410]:
   "§ 309A. Subject to the jurisdiction of Atlasia
      "(a) Definition - On or after January 1, 2008, for purposes of this title, a person shall be considered to be “subject to the jurisdiction of Atlasia”, only if such person is born of parents at least one of whom is a citizen of Atlasia, a national of Atlasia, or an immigrant alien of Atlasia.
      "(b) Savings - This section shall not affect the nationality status of any person born prior to January 1, 2008."
   (b) Status as nationals, but not citizens
      (1) In general
      The following shall be added as paragraph (5) of section 308 of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1408]:
      "(5) A person born inside Atlasia and its outlying possessions of parents residing inside Atlasia and its outlying possessions, but none of whom is subject to the jurisdiction of Atlasia: Provided, that a parent who is a nonimmigrant alien with a valid nonimmigrant visa at the time of birth shall not be considered under this paragraph to be residing inside Atlasia and its outlying possessions."
      (2) Conforming amendments
         (A) Section 308(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1408(3)] shall be amended by replacing "; and" at the end with ";".
         (A) Section 308(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1408(4)] shall be amended by replacing "." at the end with "; and".
   (c) Effective date
   This section shall be effective as of January 1, 2008.

§16. Repeal of exemption from from naturalization fees for aliens naturalized through certain military service
   (a) Repeal
   Effective beginning fiscal year 2008, section 3 of Pub. L. 90-633 [8 U.S.C. 1440e] shall be repealed.
   (b) Savings
   This section shall not be construed as to require payment of previously exempt fees of persons naturalized prior to fiscal year 2008.
 
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« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2007, 01:08:09 pm »

Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (post 3 of 3)
 
§17. Repeal of refugee-specific education assistance
   The Refugee Education Assistance Act of 1980 (Pub. L. 96-422, Oct. 10, 1980, 94 Stat. 1799 [8 U.S.C. 1522 note] shall be repealed effective beginning fiscal year 2009.

§18. Repeal of Federal restriction on local residency educational benefits
   (a) Repeal
   Effective beginning July 1, 2008, Section 505 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 [8 U.S.C. 1623] shall be repealed.
   (b) Savings
   Local governments may, if they so desire, continue to condition the provision of higher education benefits available only to residents of that local government on the beneficiary being a citizen or national of Atlasia, or an alien lawfully present in Atlasia on or after July 1, 2008.
   (c) Construction
   This section shall not be construed as requiring a local government to provide such benefits to aliens not lawfully present in Atlasia unless such government has explicitly provided such benefits before, on, or after the date of enactment of this Act.

§19. Unlawful employment of aliens reform
   Except that any reference to a specific year or date not determined in relation to the date of enactment shall be instead treated as a reference to a year or date one year later than the one currently in such text, Title III (Unlawful Employment of Aliens) of S.2611 (109th Congress), as engrossed by the U.S. Senate, shall be enacted as law.



Since what is now section 19 of this bill failed earlier as a separate Act because people objected to handling that aspect of the immigration issue by itself, I've added it to this bill, which despite what some might think, was already written up separately.
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« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2007, 02:19:28 pm »

Carbon Tax Act

§1. Determination of Taxable Carbon Dioxide
(a) The President shall determine based on the best available scientific evidence available, the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the production and consumption of fossil fuels for the purpose of applying the tax called for in this act.
(b) The initial determination shall be due on the September 30, 2007 or thirty days after the passage of this Act, whichever is later, such determination shall be used for the calculation of the tax imposed in calendar year 2008.
(c) For calendar years after 2008, the President may issue a revised determination no later than September 30 of the prior calendar year.  If no revision is made the determination used in the prior calendar year shall be used.

§2. Determination of Base Tax Rate
(a) For calendar year 2008, there shall be a base tax of $5 per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide.
(b) For calendar year 2009, there shall be a base tax of $10 per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide.
(c) For calendar year 2010, there shall be a base tax of $15 per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide.
(d) For calendar year 2011, there shall be a base tax of $20 per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide.
(e) For calendar year 2012, there shall be a base tax of $25 per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide.
(f) For calendar year 2013, there shall be a base tax of $30 per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide.
(g) For calendar year 2014, there shall be a base tax of $35 per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide.
(h) For calendar year 2015, there shall be a base tax of $40 per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide.
(i) For calendar year 2016, there shall be a base tax of $45 per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide.
(j) For calendar year 2017, there shall be a base tax of $50 per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide.
(k) For calendar year 2018 and beyond, the base tax per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide shall be that of the previous calendar year multiplied by the factor determined in section 3.

§3. Tax increase factor
(a) The calculation of the factor to be used in section 2(k) shall be made no later than September 30 of the year preceding the calendar year for which the factor shall be used to determine the base tax rate per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide.  In the event that the calculation is not made by that time, a factor of 1.1 shall be used.
(b) The base factor shall be the geometric mean of Atlasian carbon dioxide emissions in the five calendar years previous to the calculation of the tax increase factor divided by Atlasian carbon dioxide emissions in the calendar year 1990.
(c)(1) If the base factor is greater than 1.1, then the factor to be used shall be 0.99 + 0.1 * the base factor.
(2) If the base factor is between 1.0 and 1.1 then the factor to be used shall be the base factor.
(3) If the base factor is lesser than 1.0, then the factor to be used shall be 1.0.

§4 Adjustment for inflation.
The base tax rate called for in section 2 shall be multiplied by the Core Producer Price Index as of the September prior to the calendar year for which the tax shall be assessed divided by the  Core Producer Price Index as of September 2007.

§5 Applicability
This tax shall be assessed on all fossil fuels produced in Atlasia or imported into Atlasia.



As far as gasoline is concerned this is a very modest tax of $0.50 / gallon as of 2017, but coal produced electricity would would increase by 4 to 5 cents per kWh, which would be a about a 50% increase in the price, so I can't see implementing a carbon tax on a faster schedule without risking significant economic impacts, especially since I have chosen not to exempt any uses from the tax as most carbon taxes that have been passed do, though I have limited it to just fossil fuel CO2 emissions since that is the type of greenhouse gas emission for which I have been able to obtain info as to the price impact in real world terms.

In any case, a carbon tax is far preferable to the cap and trade scheme of Kyoto.  Far too many opportunities for abuse, fraud, and bureaucracy under cap and trade.
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