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« on: September 24, 2004, 07:37:53 pm »
« edited: September 24, 2004, 11:38:40 pm by AG Ernest »

I found the Atlas Forum Code thread that Beet did.  I've think I've added all of the laws that were passed since Beet stopped maintaining it, and there are some links that need to be relinked.  I'd appreciate it if people wouldn't post on this thread.

The numbering scheme for laws is F.L.  #-#, where F.L. = Forum Law.  The first # is the number of the two-month Congress which enacted the bill, the second # designates the order the bill was passed by that Congress. For example, the third bill passed by the Second Congress would be F.L. 2-3.

The numbering scheme for resolutions is R. # where R. = Rule.  The resolutions are numbered in order over all Congresses, but only resolutions that enact Senate Rules are so numbered.

The number for each law also serves as a link to the original thread for that Law or Rule (where that thread is known).
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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2004, 08:09:32 pm »
« Edited: September 25, 2004, 04:51:44 pm by AG Ernest »

F.L. 1-1
Preferential Voting Act

All presidential and senatorial elections will be conducted using a preferential voting system.

Passed by the First Congress of the A.F.F. (May 17, 2004)
Signed by the Honorable President Nym90 (May 17, 2004)


F.L. 1-2
Civil Unions Act

All homosexual couples will be granted the right to join in a civil union, entailing all the rights of marriage.

Passed by the First Congress of the A.F.F. (May 31, 2004)
Signed by the Honorable President Nym90 (June 4, 2004)
Superceded by the Marriage Equity Act (September 22, 2004)


F.L. 1-3
The Anti Drug Testing Act

§ 1. No student shall be forced to submit to a suspicionless drug test when there is no evidence that he/she has been using drugs on campus.

§ 2. No school can make suspicionless drug testing a requirement to participate in any type of school activity.

Passed by the First Congress of the A.F.F. (June 6, 2004)
Signed by the Honorable President Nym90 (June 6, 2004)
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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2004, 08:33:13 pm »
« Edited: October 22, 2004, 06:38:32 pm by AG Ernest »

F.L. 2-1
The Stickies, Posts, and Polls Reduction Act

§ 1. Deletion of outdated and obsolete posts and polls
(a) Old polls created for the purpose of guaging the level of support of candidates in past elections are now obsolete and have no relevance to current events. Thus all polls created for this manner shall be deleted.
(b) Posts which are more than 30 days old and/or do not give any relevant information or have any usefulness shall be deleted.
(c) No threads or posts of historical value will be deleted.  Speeches, major announcements, party conventions, election results, and candidate debates will not be deleted.  None of the posts relating to the civil war or regarding other significant events in the history of the forum will be deleted.

§ 2. Stickies reduction
All threads currently stickied will hereby be condensed into one stickied thread entitled "Atlas Forum Headquarters."  The AFH thread will include a brief explanation of forum government and politics to potential members as well as links to the registration thread, the constitution, party platforms, and bills currently up for debate or vote in the senate.  The thread will contain links to each major parties forums and/or website, a list of registered voters, and a list of current office holders.  Voting threads will not be included within the "Atlas Forum Headquarters" thread considering the importance of those threads existing in a separate capacity.

§ 3. Administration
(a) All posts and polls will be deleted by the moderator in accordance with the wishes of a three member panel to be appointed by the president and confirmed by the senate.  It will be the responsibility of the three member panel to find and catalog all polls and posts for deletion.  Any item catalogued for destruction must remain on the forum for a week before being deleted by the moderator.  Should any member of the forum object to an item's deletion, he or she may bring a complaint before the deletion panel.  The panel will have five days to rule one way or another on the item.  Any decision of the panel may be overruled by a vote of the senate. 
(b) Sticky reduction will be the responsibility of a member of the forum to be elected by the senate with the consultation and approval of the president.

Passed by the Second Congress of the A.F.F. (June 28, 2004)
Signed by the Honorable President Nym90 (June 29, 2004)


F.L. 2-2
PPT Election Act

§ 1. The President Pro Tempore shall be elected by a majority of the Senate in a Senatorial vote.  If no candidate receives a majority of the vote a re-vote will be taken.  If two candidates are tied in a two-way election, five-five then the Vice President of the forum shall cast the deciding vote.

§ 2. The President Pro Tempore shall be elected in the week following the swearing in of the new Senate.  The President Pro Tempore shall therefore be elected every two months.

§ 3. No man or woman shall be allowed to serve as President Pro Tempore for a period of more than eight months in a row.

§ 4. If the President Pro Tempore should resign then an election for a replacement shall begin immediately.  The newly elected President Pro Tempore will still have to face the next scheduled election for the position.

§ 5. In order to remove the President Pro Tempore from power, sixty percent of Senators must deliver a signed petition to the President of the Senate (The Vice-President of the Forums) who will then call for a vote of no confidence in the President Pro Tempore. This vote will require the support of two thirds of the Senate to pass.

Passed by the Second Congress of the A.F.F. (July 1, 2004)
with no executive action within 7 days


F.L. 2-3
Third Boss Abortion Act

No abortions shall be permitted after the 90th day of a pregnancy, unless:

§ 1. The life or health of the woman is determined to be in question by a certified medical practicioner.

§ 2. The pregnancy was caused by rape or incest.

Passed by the Second Congress of the A.F.F. (August 5, 2004)
Signed by the Honorable President Gustaf (August 7, 2004)


F.L. 2-4
The Death Penalty Abolition Act

§ 1. The Death Penalty be made illegal in Atlasia;

§ 2. That all current Death-row inmates are commuted to life imprisonment;

§ 3. That the government recognises the fundamental violation of human rights presented by the death penalty.

Passed by the Second Congress of the A.F.F. (August 12, 2004)
Signed by the Honorable President Gustaf (August 13, 2004)


F.L. 2-5
Region Redrawing Act

We tweak the regions in order to fit the constitution by this map:
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Passed by the Second Congress of the A.F.F. (August 12, 2004)
Signed by the Honorable President Gustaf (August 13, 2004)



Codification
The map and the wording given above are interpreted to mean that:
(a) the State of Delaware is transferred from the Mideast Region to the Northeast Region;
(b) the State of Missouri is transferred from the Midwest Region to the Mideast Region;
(c) the State of Montana is transferred from the Midwest Region to the Pacific Region; and
(d) the State of Texas is transferred from the Midwest Region to the Southeast Region.

F.L. 2-6
The Health Care Reform Act of 2004
§ 1. Upon the passage of this bill, all citizens of the United States will have the right to purchase insurance coverage from an out of state provider.

§ 2. Every citizen may open a Health Savings Account.  Citizens may deposit a maximum of $5000 dollars per year tax free into the Health Savings Account.  Savings Accounts may be spent on medical insurance premiums as well as direct payments to doctors.

§ 3. Upon the passage of this bill, punitive damages awarded in civil courts may not exceed $250,000.  In class action lawsuits, punitive damages may not exceed $150,000 per plaintiff.

Passed by the Second Congress of the A.F.F. (August 17, 2004)
Signed by the Honorable President Gustaf (August 19, 2004)
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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2004, 08:53:48 pm »
« Edited: September 24, 2004, 10:00:18 pm by AG Ernest »

R. 1
Senatorial Procedure Resolution

Clause 1: At any one time there may be no more than four Bills/Acts/Constitutional Amendments being debated upon the Senate Floor. This does not include those Bills/Acts/Constitutional Amendments being voted upon at the time.

Clause 2: Each Bill/Act/Constitutional Amendment will be allotted debating time by the President of the Senate (Vice-President of the Forums) or the President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

Clause 3: Each Bill/Act/Constitutional Amendment will be debated upon for one week before a vote called. If the Senate wishes to end the debating early then a motion to cease debate may be brought forward by a Senator, if it gains the support of four other Senators then the debating shall cease immediately and the voting commence as soon as the President of the Senate or the President Pro Tempore begins the voting. If the Senate wishes to continue debating beyond one week a motion must similarly be brought before the Senate and supported by four other Senators. The debating will then be extended for one further week at which point a new motion may be put forward to extend debating otherwise the Bill/Act/Constitutional Amendment goes to a vote.

Clause 4: Voting in the Senate will take place for one week during which time the Senators must vote. All those Senators who do not vote will be considered to have abstained. If needed an injunction may be brought by a Senator to keep the polls open for a further week after which time the voting shall close. This injunction must be seconded by another Senator.

Clause 5: The public poll to pass a Constitutional Amendment once it has passed the Senate shall last for one week upon which time if it receives a majority vote it passes and if not then it does not.

Passed by the Second Congress of the A.F.F. (July 28, 2004)
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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2004, 06:28:00 pm »
« Edited: October 23, 2004, 12:20:24 am by AG Ernest »

F.L. 3-1
Federal Activity Act

Part I - Executive Branch

§ 1. To fulfill their duties as elected officials of the fantasy board, the President and Vice President must visit and post on the fantasy board at least once a week, unless his/her absence is reported in advance.  Acting Presidents and Vice Presidents will be appointed using the line of succession in our Constitution.

§ 2. If the President fails to meet the minimun fantasy activity, the Vice President shall be become President for the remainder of the term, even if the President returns. If the Vice President is also declared inactive with the President, both will be removed from office.

§ 3. If the Vice President fails to meet the minimun fantasy activity, the President will appoint a new Vice President.

§ 4. The Secretary of Forum Affairs must administer every federal election, unless they provide awareness of their absence ahead of time.

Part II - Legislative Branch

§ 1. If a Senator misses three senate votes and/or debates on bills consecutivly without notice, the Senator will be declared INACTIVE.

§ 2. If a Senator is declared inactive, the Secretary of Forum Affairs will administer a recall election the weekend after the inactivity declaration.

Part III - Judical Branch

Each member of the Supreme Court or anyother court established in the future must post a minimun once per week to retain their status unless they give a notice of absence in advance.

Part IV - The Cabinet

§ 1. Cabinet officers serve at the pleasure of the President, who may release them from service at whim.

§ 2. Failure of a Cabinet Officer to represent the Department publically, report Departmental business to the President or Senate, or administer relevent Department obligations (as determined by the GM) on at least a weekly basis is Official Negligence, and grounds for automatic removal from office.

§ 3. A majority vote of the Senate or citation by either the GM or Secretary of Forum Affairs is sufficient to invoke this automatic suspension, unless the citation is nullified by the discovery and posting of evidence of adequate Departmental business having been conducted within the appropriate time frame of alleged negligence.

§ 4. An ejected office holder may only resume his/her post if renominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

§ 5. Preplanned absences of office holders may be accomodated at the government's discression.

Part V - The GM

§ 1.  Failure on the part of the GM to either report to or correspond with either the President, his/her cabinet, the Senate Floor, or in the public forum venue with no less frequency than a weekly basis is Forum Negligence, and is sufficient grounds for automatic removal from the post.

§ 2.  A majority vote in the Senate or a citation by the President is sufficient to invoke this automatic removal, unless prior to the appointment of a new GM evidence is discovered and posted of sufficient activity within the time frame of alleged negligence.

§ 3.  For negligence or any other failure of necessary and adequate job performance and decorum, upon citation of such by the President to the Forum Moderator, the Forum Moderator may convene a private meeting including any and only those s/he sees fit for the purpose of determining the necessity of removing the GM from his/her post.  The Forum Moderator may then soley elect to so remove the GM.

§ 4.  A bill passed by 2/3 margin of the Senate and signed by the President is sufficient to remove the GM from his/her post for any reason.

Part VI - Government Expansion

If a new branch of fantasy government is formed, the Senate or any federal legislative power at the time of its formation is required to amend this document to be in coordinance with the new branch.

Passed by the Third Congress of the A.F.F. (September 21, 2004)
Signed by the Honorable President John F. Kennedy (September 22,2004)


F.L. 3-2
Marriage Equity Act

It shall be the stated policy of the forum that the definition of marriage shall not be construed to deny a person the right to enter into a marriage contract with a person of the same gender nor enjoy any of the benefits thereof.

Passed by the Third Congress of the A.F.F. (September 21, 2004)
Signed by the Honorable President John F. Kennedy (September 22,2004)


F.L. 3-3
National Energy Act

1. The responsibility for the approval of oil refinery construction shall be taken away from the Environmental Protection Agency 1 and given to the Department of Treasury.

2. The environmental regulations shall be eased to allow for easier approval of refineries.

3. Gasoline formulation requirements shall be altered to abolish regional differences in gasoline formulas, thus establishing a Uniform Gasoline Standard equal to the more stringent quality regulations.

4. Sport Utility Vehicles shall not longer be classified as light trucks for purposes of CAFE 2 standards.  They shall be classified as a sedan.

5. CAFE 2 standards shall be altered to strengthen fuel efficiency by increasing fuel efficiency by 5% by 2006, and another 3% every seven years after that.

6. The Federal Gasoline Tax shall be reduced from 18 cents per gallon to 12 cents per gallon.

7. The ethanol tax credit shall be doubled.

8. $1 billion per year shall be allotted for research on hydrogen fuel cells.

9. There shall be a tax credit of $500 per year to an individual who installs solar panels to provide energy to their own home, or to an individual who purchases a hybrid car.  The solar panels must be able to provide enough heat to warm an Olympic regulation size swimming pool.

Passed by the Third Congress of the A.F.F. (October 1, 2004)
Signed by the Honorable President John F. Kennedy (October 4, 2004)


Footnotes
1 Original text had “Association”.  Changed to “Agency” to represent the probable intent of Congress.
2 Original text had “CAFÉ”.  Changed to “CAFE” to represent the probable intent of Congress.


F.L. 3-4
Atlasia National Holiday Act

This great forum was created on October 28, 2003. This act proclaims that date to be a national holiday called Dave Day in the country of Atlasia. No formal procedings are required, except the government shall be encouraged to recognize it, and the President shall be expected to make a speech commemorating the occasion. It shall also be an occasion to thank Dave for creating and keeping up the Forum.  The same procedure shall take place on April 23, as we celebrate Consitution Day.

Passed by the Third Congress of the A.F.F. (October 10, 2004)
Signed by the Honorable President John F. Kennedy (October 12, 2004)


Codification
Minor changes made in text as passed for verb tenses.
April 23 is the anniversary of April 23, 2004, the date on which The Constitution of the United States Election Atlas Forum was ratified.

F.L. 3-5
Missile Defense Initiative Act

$1,000,000,000 per year shall be allotted for the Department of Defense to develop a missile defense system.

Passed by the Third Congress of the A.F.F. (October 21, 2004)
Signed by the Honorable President John F. Kennedy (October 22, 2004)


F.L. 3-6
Family Planning Amendments Act of 2004

It shall be the stated policy of the Forum that:
(a) funds for the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) shall be restored to their FY 2001 level.
(b) no organization receiving federal funding for family planning services domestically or abroad shall be prohibited from mentioning the full range of reproductive options, including abortion, to their clientele on pain of federal support.
(c) no funds shall be made available through the CHIP program for the care of zygotes, blastocysts, embryos, or fetuses as described by regulation as an "unborn child".
(d) no law shall be construed to punish someone for an attack on a pregnant woman in such a way as to treat the act against the zygote, blastocyst, embryo, or fetus as a separate offense.

Passed by the Third Congress of the A.F.F. (September 25, 2004)
Presented to the President on October 16, 2004
Entered into law after 7 days with no executive action.
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2005, 02:42:07 am »

In any case, this is a thread of all laws passed, not of all laws currently in force.
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