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« Reply #450 on: April 02, 2020, 05:16:00 PM »

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A BILL
To stop the proliferation of dangerous presicription drug ads

Be it resolved by the Senate and the House of Representatives, in Congress assembled:
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Section 1: Name
1. This bill may be cited as the "No ads for Prescription Drugs Act"

Section 2: The Drug Ad ban
1. Starting on July 1st, 2020; the advertising of drugs for human consumption in media intended for the general public may only be allowed for drugs that fulfill all of the following requirements:

a) Are designed and conceived for their usage without the intervention of a doctor that performs their prescription and diagnostic
b) Do not constitute psychotropic substances in accordance to international treaties

2. All other forms of drug advertising intended for usage by sanitary professionals, in particular the advertising of prescription drugs, is hereby banned in the Republic of Atlasia.

3. This ban shall not apply for professional magazines intended targeted towards doctors, scientists or other healthcare professionals. Companies wanting to advertise in these publications shall obtain a binding report from the office of the Attorney General.

Section 3: The ads themselves

1. Advertisements that do comply with the requirements established in Section 2.1 must follow the following guidelines about their messages:

a) The advertising nature of the message must be clear and it must be clearly specified that the product in question is a drug
b) The scientific denomination(s) of the drug in question shall be included in the advertisement
c) All information necessary for the correct usage of the drug, as well as an invitation to read the drug's instructions shall be provided in the advertisement
d) Advertisements must not include expressions that provide certainty of healing or testimony about the product's virtues from professionals or people whose notoriety could induce to consumption
e) Advertisements must not use as an argument the fact that they have obtained a sanitary authorization in a foreign country, nor any other sort of sanitary authorization or certification that is mandatory by law
f) Adverstisements in audiovisual media must comply with the guidelines for accessibility for disabled people covered in the relevant guidelines for government publicity

2. Contests, raffles, bonifications and similar methods are banned to be used as linked to the advertisement of drugs

Section 4. Enactment
1. This bill shall be enacted immediately after passage
Note for self: Modeled after Article 80 of the RDL 1/2015
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« Reply #451 on: April 04, 2020, 07:39:14 AM »
« Edited: April 04, 2020, 01:30:25 PM by Senator Scott🦠😷 »

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A BILL
To empower the Federal Communications Commission to deter spam calls and inforce the responsibility of individual phone companies to protect their consumers

Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives, in Congress assembled:
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Section 1. Title

This legislation may be cited as the Off The Hook Act.

Section 2. Definitions

1. In this act, the term “voice service” means any service that is interconnected with the public switched telephone network and that furnishes voice communications to an end user using resources from the North American Numbering Plan or any successor to the North American Numbering Plan adopted by the Commission under section 251(e)(1) of the Communications Act of 1934; and includes—

(A) transmissions from a telephone facsimile machine, computer, or other device to a telephone facsimile machine; and

(B) without limitation, any service that enables real-time, two-way voice communications, including any service that requires internet protocol-compatible customer premises equipment (commonly known as “CPE”) and permits out-bound calling, whether or not the service is one-way or two-way voice over internet protocol.

2. In this act, the term “one-ring scam” means a scam in which a caller makes a call and allows the call to ring the called party for a short duration, in order to prompt the called party to return the call, thereby subjecting the called party to charges.

Section 3. Consumer protection regulations relating to making robocalls

1. Not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Federal Communications Commission shall prescribe such regulations, or amend such existing regulations, regarding calls made or text messages sent using automatic telephone dialing systems and calls made using an artificial or prerecorded voice as will, in the judgment of the Commission, clarify descriptions of automatic telephone dialing systems and ensure that—

(1) the consumer protection and privacy purposes of such section are effectuated;

(2) calls made and text messages sent using automatic telephone dialing systems and calls made using an artificial or prerecorded voice are made or sent (as the case may be) with consent, unless consent is not required under or the call or text message is exempted by the Federal Communications Act of 1934;

(3) consumers can withdraw consent for such calls and text messages;

(4) circumvention or evasion of such section is prevented;

(5) callers maintain records to demonstrate that such callers have obtained consent, unless consent is not required under or the call or text message is exempted by the Communications Act of 1934.

Section 4. Four-Year Statute of Limitations

1. For robocall violations and caller identification information violations, the length of time for which forfeiture penalties may be determined or imposed shall be extended from two years to four.

Section 5. Increased maximum penalty for robocall violations with intent

1. In the case of a forfeiture penalty for robocall violations, the amount of such penalty shall not exceed $10,000.

Section 6. Regulations relating to effective call authentication technology

1. No later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, providers of voice service shall be require to implement an effective call authentication technology and ensure that voice service providers that have implemented the effective authentication technology attest that such provider has determined, when originating calls on behalf of a calling party, that the calling party number transmitted with such calls has been appropriately authenticated.

2. The Federal Communications Commission shall reassess such regulations, at least once every 2 years, to ensure the regulations remain effective and up to date with technological capabilities.

3. Providers of voice service shall be prohibited from making any additional line item charges to consumer or small business customer subscribers for the effective call authentication technology required under this section.

Section 7. Provision of evidence of certain robocall violations to Attorney General

1. If the Chief of the Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission obtains evidence that suggests a willful, knowing, and repeated robocall violation with an intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongfully obtain anything of value, the Chief of the Enforcement Bureau shall provide such evidence to the Attorney General.

Section 8. Protection from one-ring scams

1. Initiation of proceeding.—Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Commission shall initiate a proceeding to protect called parties from one-ring scams.

2. Matters to be considered.—As part of the proceeding required by subsection (a), the Commission shall consider how the Commission can—

(1) work with Federal, Regional, and State law enforcement agencies to address one-ring scams;

(2) work with the governments of foreign countries to address one-ring scams;

(3) in consultation with the Federal Trade Commission, better educate consumers about how to avoid one-ring scams;

(4) incentivize voice service providers to stop calls made to perpetrate one-ring scams from being received by called parties, including consideration of adding identified one-ring scam type numbers to the Commission’s existing list of permissible categories for carrier-initiated blocking;

(5) work with entities that provide call-blocking services to address one-ring scams; and

(6) establish obligations on international gateway providers that are the first point of entry for these calls into the Republic of Atlasia, including potential requirements that such providers verify with the foreign originator the nature or purpose of calls before initiating service.
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« Reply #452 on: April 05, 2020, 12:57:12 AM »

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SENATE BILL
To concur with the House of Representatives on passage of HB23:04 and bring needed relief to small business owners struggling with the loss of business during the efforts to mitigate the current Covid-19 pandemic

Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress Assembled,

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More Money for Hurting Small Businesses Act.

1. $350,000,000,000 shall be available until expended, that such amounts shall be transferred to the Small Business Administration to make economic injury disaster loans to small businesses. The maximum loan amount shall be the lesser of—

(1) the product obtained by multiplying—

(A) the average total monthly payments by the applicant for payroll, mortgage payments, rent payments, and payments on any other debt obligations incurred during the 1 year period before the date on which the loan is made, except that, in the case of an applicant that is seasonal employer, as determined by the Administrator, the average total monthly payments for payroll shall be for the period beginning March 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2019; by

(B) 4; or

(2) $10,000,000.

An eligible recipient shall be eligible for forgiveness of indebtedness on these loan in an amount equal to the cost of maintaining payroll continuity during the covered period.

2. Section 5 of the Coronavirus Containment and Emergency Response Act shall be amended as follows:

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Section 5. Mandatory Medical Paid Leave

(a.) All employed people in Atlasia who have been diagnosed with coronavirus or are caring for family members with coronavirus must receive two-thirds of their wages for up to three months.
(i) For businesses with up to 250 employees, these wage payments shall be paid by the Atlasian federal government.
(ii) For businesses with 251-500 employees, 50% of these wage payments shall be paid by the Atlasian federal government.
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« Reply #453 on: April 05, 2020, 09:47:53 PM »
« Edited: April 05, 2020, 09:52:11 PM by Senator Scott🦠😷 »

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A RESOLUTION
Condemning the appointment of China to the United Nations Human Rights Council
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In the Atlasian Senate and House of Representatives,

Whereas the United Nations Human Rights Council plays a key role in picking the world's body human rights investigators — including global monitors on freedom of speech, health, enforced disappearances, and arbitrary detention;

Whereas members of the UNHRC panel will be able to influence the selection of at least 17 UN human rights mandate-holders over the next year, known as special procedures, who investigate, monitor, and publicly report on either specific country situations, or on thematic issues in all parts of the world, such as freedom of speech and religion;

Whereas the People's Republic of China routinely imposes draconian censorship and has forcibly disappeared citizens who express dissent like the executive Ren Zhiqiang, who called President Xi Jinping a ‘clown’ over the country's coronavirus response — as well as upwards of a 1 million Muslim Uyghur and minority group members;

Whereas the Chinese government is widely considered to commit gross and systematic violations of human rights affecting its 1.3 billion people, including human rights activists;

Resolved, that the Atlasian Senate and House of Representatives—

(1) affirm the basic human rights of all peoples, including but not limited to the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, freedom of religion, and the right to work and education; and

(2) oppose and condemn the inclusion of the People's Republic of China in the United Nations Human Rights Council, which threatens to undermine the credibility of the UN’s highest human rights body and is liable to cast a shadow upon the United Nations as a whole.
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« Reply #454 on: April 16, 2020, 01:21:28 AM »

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SUPPORT FOR FRONTLINE WORKERS OF THE 2019-2020 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC RESOLUTION

To express support for frontline workers of the COVID–19 pandemic.

Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled
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SECTION I: TITLE.
This law shall be referred to as the Support for Frontline Workers of the 2019-2020 Coronavirus Pandemic Resolution.

SECTION II: FINDINGS.

(a) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data show that as of the 3rd of April 2020, there are hundreds of thousands of confirmed cases of COVID–19 in Atlasia and growing.

(b) Health care workers continue to provide excellent care despite the risks.

(c) First responders, including firefighters, emergency medical technicians, law enforcement, and other emergency management personnel, are facing unprecedented challenges to stay healthy and serve their communities.

(d) Grocery and food service workers across the Nation are working to meet the essential demands of keeping shelves stocked and preparing food for the United States amid COVID–19, while facing a greater infection risk from higher levels of public interaction.

(e) Farmworkers continue working hard in the fields to harvest the produce that feeds families across America every day.

(f) Public works employees, including sanitization personnel, continue to keep our streets and public spaces clean.

(g) Postal and delivery workers continue to keep their delivery operations working as part of the Nation’s critical infrastructure by delivering medicines, Social Security checks, and other essential goods.

SECTION III: DEFINITIONS.

(a) Coronavirus disease 2019 is an infectious disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). This disease shall by refered to by its acronym "COVID-19" for the purposes of this bill.

(b) "Frontline workers" shall refer to the occupations specified in Section II Parts (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g) for the purposes of this bill.

SECTION IV: RESOLUTION.

Be it resolved, that Congress -

(a) Honors and recognizes the contributions of all frontline workers; and

(b) Reaffirms the responsibility of Congress to finds ways to meet the needs of frontline workers for the most effective personal protective equipment and other necessary tools to safely carry out their jobs.

SECTION V: ACTION.

(a) Frontline workers shall recieve first priority for COVID-19 testing.

(b) The Department of Health & Human Services in co-operation with regional, state and local authorities is instructed to work towards operating COVID-19 testing facilities within a 5 mile radius of every hospital.
  (i) Where multiple hospitals are located within 10 miles of eachother, the Department of Health & Human Services may instead opt to set-up testing facilities at a convenient point in-between the hospitals.

(c) The Department of Health & Human Services is instructed to liaise with the Attorney General using the authority granted in EO 49 #008 to ensure adequate provision of:
  (i) Testing equipment.
  (ii) Personal protective equipment.
  (iii) Ventilators.
  (iv) Masks.

SECTION VI: IMPLEMENTATION.

(a) This act shall take effect immediately upon passage.
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« Reply #455 on: April 16, 2020, 05:54:11 PM »

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Amendment to Article 11 of the New Senate Rules Resolution

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In the Atlasian Senate,

Article 11, Section 6 of the New Senate Rules Resolution is hereby amended:

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Whenever either house shall vote to pass a bill, order, or resolution that shall have originated in the other, having previously made amendment to the same, the President of the Congress shall immediately call the amended bill to a vote in the house in which it originated return the amended bill to the house in which it originated and allow no less than 48 hours for debate.  Any member of the house may motion to extend debate no longer than seven days from the date the amended bill was presented.  If the original house should then vote to pass the amended bill, it shall proceed to the President; otherwise, the President of the Congress shall instruct the other house either to pass the bill as it stood prior to its amendment by that house, or else reject it entirely.
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« Reply #456 on: April 22, 2020, 05:28:56 PM »

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SENATE BILL
To encourage the recycling and discourage the single use of plastics and glass materials

Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress Assembled,

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Section 1: Name
1. This bill may be referred to as the "Single use glass and plastic discouraging act"

Section 2: Refundable Deposits
1. A deposit of 10 cents shall be paid by consumers on all sales of glass bottles
2. A deposit of 5 cents shall be paid by consumers on all sales of aluminium cans
3. A deposit of 30 cents shall be paid by consumers on all sales of plastic bottles
4. These deposits shall be paid on top of any additional regional, state or local deposits.
5. These deposits shall be refunded to the consumer after delivering the empty container intact at any recycling point.
6. All supermarkets and other convenience stores with a surface area larger than 2000 square feet shall be considered recycling points for the purposes of this act. These establishments shall be responsible for tdelivering the received containers to a processing plant where they can be adequately recycled

Section 3: Non-refundable taxes
1. A tax of 5 cents shall be imposed on all sales of plastic bags
2. These taxes shall be imposed on top of any regional, state or local taxes

Section 4: Single use plastics bans
1. Starting on July 1st, 2021; the sale of the following products across the Republic of Atlasia shall be banned if they are made of single-use plastics or oxo-degradable plastic:
a) Cotton bud sticks
b) Plastic plates and cutlery
c) Straws
d) Sticks to be attached to and support balloons
e) Food containers intended for meals ready for immediate consumption and made out of expanded polystirene
f) Beberage containers made up of expanded polystyrene
g) Cups made up of expanded polystyrene

Section 5: Future goals
1. The Republic of Atlasia and its government shall pass the necessary measures to ensure that 90% of plastics are collected and explicitly separated for recycling by the year 2029
2. The Republic of Atlasia and its government shall pass the necessary measures to ensure that 25% of plastics are made of recycled materials by the year 2025; and 30% by the year 2030.

Section 6: Enactment
1. Except for the parts that specify otherwise, this bill shall be enacted 1 month after passage

Note: Sections 4 and 5 are loosely based on EU directive 2019/904. The rest of the bill is 100% original
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« Reply #457 on: April 27, 2020, 09:08:47 AM »
« Edited: April 30, 2020, 05:32:19 PM by Senator tack50 (Lab-Lincoln) »

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SENATE BILL
To reform the immigration system into Atlasia

Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress Assembled,

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Section 1: Name
1. This bill may be referred to as the "Immigration Reform Act of 2020"

Section 2: Categories of legal immigration to Atlasia
1. The following categories of legal permanent immigration to the Republic of Atlasia are hereby established:
a) Family Reunification
b) Job based immigration
c) Other immigration
2. This act shall not alter the composition or requirements for non-immigrant visas or for visas intended for temporary workers or students

Section 3: Family Reunification immigration
1. Family reunification visas may only be issued to the unmarried children or to the spouse of an Atlasian citizen or permanent resident who has been living in the Republic of Atlasia for no less than 5 years.
2. Family reunification visas shall be capped at no more than 300 000 per year.
3. During the application process for family reunification, priority shall be given to the foreign relatives of Atlasian citizens that have had no criminal records in the Republic of Atlasia for the past 10 years

Section 4: Job immigration
1. Job immigration into the Republic of Atlasia shall be based on a points based system. All applicants who score 67 or more points shall be awarded a job immigration visa.

2. People awarded a Job immigration visa may also award another job immigration visa to their spouse, regardless of whether their spouse fulfills the necessary requirements or not

3a. Up to 24 points may be awarded for proficiency in the English language; 6 each for Reading comprehension, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
3b. Immigrants scoring below an IELTS level of 5.5 (or equivalent) many not apply for a job immigration visa.
3c. Points shall be awarded for scoring 5.5 or above in each of the 4 categories described in section 2.3a; with 2 points for scoring between 5.5 and 5.99; 4 points for scoring between 6 and 6.99, 5 points for scoring between 7 and 7.99 and 6 points for scoring 8 or more points
3d. Prospective immigrants with a job offer in the state of Puerto Rico may be waived from this requirement if they so desire, but if so it shall be replaced with equivalent requirements of proficiency in the Spanish language

4. Up to 25 points may be awarded for education proficiency, according to the following equivalency list:
a) High School diploma: 5 points
b) 2 year apprenticeship after high school: 10 points
c) 3 year college degree after high school: 15 points
d) 4 year Bachelor's degree: 20 points
e) Double Bachelor: 22 points
f) Master's degree: 23 points
g) PHD: 25 points

5a. Up to 15 points may be awarded for prior job experience on an skilled job:
a) Less than 1 year of job experience: 0 points
b) Between 1 and 2 years of job experience: 9 points
c) Between 2 and 3 years of job experience: 11 points
d) Between 3 and 6 years of job experience: 13 points
e) 6 or more years of job experience: 15 points
5b. Skilled job shall be defined as a management job; a professional job that usually calls for a college degree (for example doctors or architects) or a technical job that usually calls for a college diploma or apprenticeship (for example plumbers or electricians)
5c. Part time jobs, defined as jobs comprising less than 30 hours per week of work; shall count as half for the purposes of counting the years from section 3.5a

6a. Up to 12 points may be awarded for an applicant's age. Applicants between the ages of 18 and 35 shall be awarded the full 12 points. For each year after that, the number of points awarded shall be reduced by 1 per year, until reaching 0 at age 47.
6b. No persons under the age of 18 may apply for a job immigration visa to the Republic of Atlasia

7. Up to 15 extra points shall be awarded to any workers who attempt to immigrate to the Republic of Atlasia with a job offer for a job that is full time and skilled. These immigrants shall receive the full 15 points, everyone else shall receive 0 points

8. Up to 10 points may be awarded for extra requirements. Each of these requirements shall give the applicant an extra 5 points unless specified otherwise:
-Their spouse having a 5.5 level of competence in an IELTS English test. This requirement may be swapped by an equivalent Spanish requirement for applicants intending to immigrate to the state of Puerto Rico
-The applicant or their spouse having completed high school or a college degree in Atlasia
-Having any sort of legal job experience in Atlasia for at least one year shall award 10 points in this section
-Having a relative living legally in the Republic of Atlasia. Relative shall be defined as the applicant's sibling, parent, grandparent, child or grandchild.

9. If the number of applicants surpasses the maximum amount of people who may apply for an immigrant visa, priority shall be given to the highest scoring applicants. In the case of a score tie; the applicants with job offers shall be admitted first.

Section 5. Other immigration
1. The following extra categories of permanent immigration to the Republic of Atlasia are hereby retained, with their current requirements:
a) Outstandingly skilled people, as currently immigrating through the EB1 visa program
b) Certain special categories of immigrants, as currently immigrating through the EB4 visa program
c) Investors, as currently immigrating through the EB5 visa program
2. A new immigration visa shall be created, targeted at retirees who desire to move to the Republic of Atlasia. People immigrating through this visa shall prove that they are financially independent, able to afford their retirement in Atlasia and may not be allowed to take any job offers in Atlasia. The details of this visa shall be devised by the department in charge of internal policy in Atlasia

Section 6: Miscellaneous repeals and adjustments
1. Section 5 of the Come Out of the Shadows Act is hereby repealed
2. The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is hereby repealed
3. The total number of immigrant visas issued per year by the Atlasian government may not be more than 1/500th of the Atlasian population, as established in the last census available
4. At the discretion of the department responsible for internal policy, the total number of visas available may be reduced by 10% for every year the unemployment rate stays above 5%. Any reduction in the total number of visas shall be accompanied by a proportional reduction in the number of family reunification visas.

Section 7: Enactment
1. This bill shall become enacted on July 1st, 2020

Notes: Based on reforming the Immigration Act of 1990. Points system based on the Canadian model
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« Reply #458 on: May 01, 2020, 10:40:51 PM »
« Edited: May 01, 2020, 11:07:20 PM by The Chad Blogger »

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A BILL
To incentivize Regions to adopt limits on the number of cases a public defender may be assigned in any given year

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Section 1. Title

This legislation may be cited as the Federal Caseload Relief Act.

Section 2. Justification

1. In Gideon v. Wainwright 372 U.S. 335 (1963), the Supreme Court held that the 6th Amendment Right to Counsel required States/Regions to assign defense attorneys to defendants charged with serious offenses and who could not afford counsel. This constitutional holding was subsequently extended to require States/Regions to provide counsel to cases where criminal conviction could lead to imprisonment.  In Gideon, the Court held that the assignment of counsel was essential to a fair trial and a constitutional right of the accused which States/Regions can not abridge.

2. Public defense systems are critically underfunded, and therefore the case workload can be overwhelming even under the most ideal circumstances.  Most public defense offices do not have paralegals, law clerks, or full-time investigators.  Therefore, lawyers are expected to do all the work that is necessary to provide a reasonably effective defense for their clients, as required by the Constitution and affirmed by the Supreme Court.

3. A 2017 study conducted by Postlethwaite & Netterville, in conjunction with the Atlasian Bar Association, concluded that the Louisiana public defense system is currently deficient 1,406 FTE [full-time equivalent] attorneys.  Based on the results of the study and analysis presented therein, "the Louisiana public defense system currently only has capacity to handle 21 percent" of the case workload.

4a. "In 2009, the New York State Legislature passed and Governor Patterson signed into law 'case caps' for public defenders in New York City.  Through the Office of Court Administration, the Legislature supplemented NYC's indigent defense budget to effectuate an Appellate Division Rule which limited annual criminal defense attorney caseloads to 400 misdemeanors or 150 felonies, with felonies counted as 2.66 misdemeanors in mixed caseloads." [Source: nysenate.gov]

4b. "In 2015, The Center for Court Innovation released a report titled 'An Analysis of Mandatory Case Caps and Attorney Workloads', concluding that mandatory cases caps substantially improved the quality of representation in Kings County." [Source: nysenate.gov]

Section 3. Federal-Regional Strategy For Caseload Relief

1. Regions shall be authorized to develop and implement a written plan that establishes numerical caseload/workload standards for each provider of constitutionally mandated publicly funded representation in criminal cases for people who are unable to afford counsel, provided that annual individual numerical caseload/workload standards may not exceed 367 misdemeanors or 138 felonies, with each felony counting as two and sixty-six hundredths misdemeanors in mixed caseloads.

2. The Department of Justice will reimburse Regions for the costs of implementing these plans, subject to approval of the plans by its budgetary division.
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« Reply #459 on: May 06, 2020, 12:22:39 PM »

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An Act

To require all new passenger motor vehicles to be equipped with a child safety alert system.

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Section 1. Short title

This Act shall be cited as the “Requiring Child Safety Alert Systems Act".

Section 2. Definitions

As used in Act, unless otherwise provided or indicated by the context—
(1) the term “passenger motor vehicle” shall have the meaning given in 49 USC § 32101(10); and
(2) the term "rear designated seating position" means the designated seating positions for any passengers that are rearward of the front seat.

Section 3. Requirement

(a) In general. —

All new passenger motor vehicles shall be equipped with a system to alert the operator to check rear designated seating positions after the vehicle is deactivated by the driver.

(b) Child safety alert system. —

The alert required under subsection (a)—
(1) shall include a distinct auditory and visual alert, which may be combined with a haptic alert; and
(2) shall be activated when the vehicle motor is deactivated by the driver.

Section 4. Effective date

This Act shall take effect immediately on the date of the enactment of this Act.
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« Reply #460 on: May 07, 2020, 11:07:44 PM »

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An Act

To increase investment in development and environmental reclamation in the Anthracite Region of Pennsylvania.

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Section 1. Short title

This Act shall be cited as the “Anthracite Region Investment Act".

Section 2. Definitions

As used in Act, unless otherwise provided or indicated by the context —
  (1) the term “Anthracite Region” shall mean the following counties in the State of Pennsylvania —
      (a) Carbon;
      (b) Columbia;
      (c) Lackawanna;
      (d) Luzerne;
      (e) Northumberland; and
      (f) Schuylkill;
  (2) the term "qualified purpose" shall mean the following in the Anthracite Region of Pennsylvania—
      (a) the purchase, and restoration or redevelopment, of abandoned mine land and other approved property;
      (b) the cleanup of waterways and their tributaries, both surface and subsurface;
      (c) financial and technical assistance for infrastructure construction and upgrading;
      (d) any necessary costs for research and development; and
      (e) other related environmental and economic development purposes in such region.

Section 3. Grant program

(a) In general. —

There shall be created a "Anthracite Region Redevelopment Grant Program", which shall be managed under the Environmental Protection Agency.

(b) Purpose. —

The Anthracite Region Redevelopment Grant Program shall —
  (1) receive applications from businesses, other entities, and individuals; and
  (2) determine which proposals for environmental and economic development plans meet —
      (a) the requirements of a qualified purpose; and
      (b) other such aspects as necessary, including, but not limited to —
          (i) feasibility;
          (ii) cost;
          (iii) effectiveness; and
          (iv) any past activities by the applicant(s).

(c) Revocation. —

In the event of any —
  (1) fraud;
  (2) misconduct; or
  (3) other misuse of any grant money received as listed in the signed agreements to receive such grant —
      (a) any such grants received shall be payed back in full; and
      (b) any failure to do so shall result in further civil and criminal penalties.

Section 4. Effective date

This Act shall take effect immediately on the date of the enactment of this Act.
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« Reply #461 on: May 09, 2020, 06:21:48 AM »

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SENATE BILL
To put more effort into fighting the COVID-19 pandemic

Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress Assembled,

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Section 1: Name
1. This bill may be referred to as the "Further efforts in pandemic fighting Act"

Section 2: Findings
Congress finds the following:
1. That hospitals in states like Washington, New York and New Jersey have reached or are close to reaching their maximum capacity
2. That the curve of contagions is gradually flattening
3. That testing must be increased and become more widespread before the economy can reopen

Section 3: Actions to take

1. Congress hereby authorizes and encourages the opening of temporary field hospitals in non-healthcare related venues in order to treat the excess amount of cases. States begin building open these when hospitals in a certain county are at 80% of their capacity and open them when hospitals are at 90% of their capacity.
2. Nothing in this bill shall be construed as to reduce or ignore safety or hygenic standards as they may be prescribed by law
3. The government of Atlasia hereby encourages and promotes states and regions to ramp up testing in order to better trace contagions.
4. 300$ million shall be appropiated as grants to the states and regions for the regional and state governments to pursue the objectives established in this bill

Section 4: Enactment
1. This bill shall become enacted immediately after passage

Note: introduced as a response to the latest GM report as well as of course, real life
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« Reply #462 on: May 15, 2020, 03:48:19 PM »
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An Act

To increase investment in economic development, environmental reclamation, and other development in localities in the Appalachian Region of Atlasia, and for other purposes.

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Section 1. Short title

This Act shall be cited as the “Appalachian Region Development Act".

Section 2. Definitions

As used in Act, unless otherwise provided or indicated by the context —
  (1) the term "eligible applicant" means —
      (a) an entity or individual that has received a loan or loan guarantee under this Act; or
      (b) a cooperative that is eligible to receive a loan or loan guarantee under this Act.
  (2) the term "qualified purpose" shall mean the following —
      (a) the purchase, repair, construction, restoration, or redevelopment, of property or infrastructure, including, but not limited to —
            (A) abandoned mine land, and other approved land;
            (B) abandoned, condemned, blighted property or buildings;
            (C) public roads and sidewalks; and
            (D) public utility poles and underground pipes;
      (b) the cleanup of any lands or water bodies; and
      (c) any other necessary costs for research and development.
  (3) the term "Appalachian region" shall mean —
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(a) in Alabama, the counties of Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, De Kalb, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Hale, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Macon, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Pickens, Randolph, St. Clair, Shelby, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, and Winston;
(b) in Georgia, the counties of Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Dade, Dawson, Douglas, Elbert, Fannin, Floyd, Forsyth, Franklin, Gilmer, Gordon, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Haralson, Hart, Heard, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, Walker, White, and Whitfield;
(c) in Kentucky, the counties of Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Greenup, Harlan, Hart, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, McCreary, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe;
(d) in Maryland, the counties of Allegany, Garrett, and Washington;
(e) in Mississippi, the counties of Alcorn, Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clay, Itawamba, Kemper, Lee, Lowndes, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Panola, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tippah, Tishomingo, Union, Webster, Winston, and Yalobusha;
(f) in New York, the counties of Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins;
(g) in North Carolina, the counties of Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Davie, Forsyth, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, and Yancey;
(h) in Ohio, the counties of Adams, Ashtabula, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Carroll, Clermont, Columbiana, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mahoning, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Vinton, and Washington;
(i) in Pennsylvania, the counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, and Wyoming;
(j) in South Carolina, the counties of Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, and Union;
(k) in Tennessee, the counties of Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Cannon, Carter, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Cumberland, De Kalb, Fentress, Franklin, Grainger, Greene, Grundy, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lawrence, Lewis, Loudon, McMinn, Macon, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Polk, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Smith, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, Van Buren, Warren, Washington, and White;
(l) in Virginia, the counties of Alleghany, Bath, Bland, Botetourt, Buchanan, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Henry, Highland, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Rockbridge, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe; and
(m) all the counties of West Virginia.

Section 3. Establishment

(a) In general. —

There shall be created a "Appalachian Region Development Program", hereafter referred to as the ARDP.

(b) Applications. —

The ARDP shall determine eligible applicants from businesses, other entities, and individuals who apply by determining which proposals for environmental and economic development plans meet —
  (a) the requirements of a qualified purpose; and
  (b) other such aspects as necessary, including, but not limited to —
      (i) feasibility;
      (ii) cost;
      (iii) effectiveness; and
      (iv) any past activities by the applicants.

Section 4. Grants

(a) In general. —

Eligible applicants shall be eligible to receive grants for a reasonable amount as determined by the ARDP, which shall not be required to be paid back by eligible applicants, except where described in this Act.

(b) Terms. —

The ARDP shall establish such reasonable terms and conditions as necessary to ensure participation and proper use of received funds by eligible applicants.

Section 5. Interest free loans

(a) In general. —

Eligible applicants shall be eligible to receive interest-free loans for a reasonable amount as determined by the ARDP.

(b) Terms. —

The ARDP shall establish such reasonable terms and conditions as necessary to ensure participation, proper use of received funds, and repayment by eligible applicants.

Section 6. Compliance

In the event of any —
  (1) fraud;
  (2) misconduct; or
  (3) other misuse of any grant or loan money received as listed in the signed agreements to receive such grant or loan —
      (a) any such grants or loan money received shall be payed back in full; and
      (b) any failure to do so shall result in further civil and criminal penalties.

Section 7. Appropriations

There is hereby authorized to carry out this Act $[placeholder] for fiscal year 2020, and for each succeeding fiscal year.

Section 8. Effective date

This Act shall take effect immediately on the date of the enactment of this Act.
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« Reply #463 on: May 17, 2020, 07:32:57 AM »

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SENATE BILL
To mandate companies to settle on a common charger for mobile phones and radio equipment

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Section 1: Name
1. This bill may be referred to as the "Common Chargers Act"

Section 2: Findings
Congress finds the following:
1. The Atlasian market is not exploiting its full potential and market fragmentation for chargers for phones and other small and medium-sized electronics translates into an increase in e-waste and consumer frustration
2. Consumers are still having to acquire different chargers when buying new devices from different sellers and a new charger when purchasing a new device
3. Voluntary agreements, although significantly decreasing the number of charger types available on the market, have proved unsuccessful in terms of achieving a common charging solution
4. 50 million metric tons of e-waste is generated globally per year, an unnecessary environmental footprint that can be reduced

Section 3: The position of Congress
1. Congress strongly stresses the need for Atlasian regulatory action to reduce electronic waste and empower consumers to make sustainable choices
2. Congress emphasises the need for a standard for a common charger for mobile radio equipment to be adopted as a matter of urgency in order to avoid further internal market fragmentation

Section 4: Actions to take by the Atlasian government
1. Within 2 years from the passage of this act, the Atlasian government shall introduce a common charger standard for mobile phones and other small and medium sized radio equipment through a government directive
2. Without hampering innovation, the Atlasian government should ensure that the directives for a common charger will be scrutinised regularly in order to take into account technical progress
3. Whereas wireless charging technology entails additional potential benefits such as mitigating e-waste many mobile telephones already use wireless charging methods. Therefore the Atlasian government shall make sure that fragmentation in this area is avoided and measures to ensure interoperability of wireless chargers with different equipment are taken.
4. These government directives and regulations shall be drafted in cooperation from relevant stakeholders
5. These government directives and regulations shall ensure that consumers are no longer obliged to buy new chargers with each new device, thereby reducing the volume of chargers produced per year; as well as encouraging decoupling strategies, though higher prices for consumers should be avoided.

Section 5: Enactment
1. This bill shall become enacted 7 days after passage

Note: Based on EU resolution 2019/2983(RSP)
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« Reply #464 on: May 25, 2020, 06:23:15 PM »

Introducing this so this gets to the Senate faster:

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Support Our Steelworkers Act of 2020

House Bill
to temporarily prohibit the importation of certain iron and steel articles.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Republic of Atlasia in Congress assembled,
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SECTION 1. TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Support Our Steelworkers Act of 2020”.

SECTION 2. DUTIES ON THE IMPORTATION OF STEEL PRODUCTS.

(a) A permanent tariff rate of 5% shall be imposed on the importation of any article classified under chapter 72 or 73 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule.
(b) The President may increase this tariff rate to up to 15% on specific countries deemed to be engaging in unfair trade practices for up to 150 days.
 (i) The President must obtain congressional authorisation to extend an increase of tariffs under Part B beyond 150 days.

SECTION 3. IMPLEMENTATION

(a) This bill shall take effect on the January 1st 2021.
House of Representatives
Passed the House of Representatives 5-2-1-1

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« Reply #465 on: May 27, 2020, 08:06:01 PM »

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Atlas Fantasy Government Board Description Act

As requested by Virginia, an Act to provide a description for the Atlas Fantasy Government board and creation of regional government sub boards.

Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled

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A formal request shall be made to the moderators of the Atlas Forum that:

1. The description added to the Atlas Fantasy Government Board should state:
"Government of the Republic of Atlasia, including the Atlasian House, Senate, Presidency and Supreme Court".

2. Sub boards should be created for each of Atlasia's regions under the Atlas Fantasy Government board to facilitate the passage of legislation and other proceedings of regional governments. Descriptions should be added to regional sub boards on the request of the corresponding regional government.

3. All threads started in the Regional Governments sub board on or since June 9, 2016 should be allocated to the correct regional sub board.

4. All threads started in the Regional Governments sub board before June 9, 2016 should be allocated to a sub board of the Atlasian Fantasy Government board named "Regional Governments Archive."

5. The description for the Regional Governments Archive should state:
"Archive of materials created by regional governments prior to the enacting of the Fourth Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia on June 9, 2016."

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Passed the House of Representatives 4-0-1-4

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« Reply #466 on: May 29, 2020, 05:34:37 AM »
« Edited: May 29, 2020, 06:41:15 AM by Senator tack50 (Lab-Lincoln) »

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SENATE BILL
To extend the legal quarantine requirements

Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress Assembled,

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1. This bill may be referred to as the "Extending quarantines for new arrivals Act"

2. All new international arrivals to the Republic of Atlasia shall submit upon arrival a quarantine plan for a length no shorter than 14 days. If this plan is judged to be non-viable by immigration and healthcare authorities, the new arrivals shall be forced to stay 14 days in quarantine in government controlled facilities. If the plan is judged as viable, the new arrivals shall stay for 14 days in their designed quarantine spot.

3. Congress shall, before January 1st, 2021, open a vote on whether to extend this legal quarantine requirement. The vote shall be a simple 'Aye' or 'Nay' on the extension. If Aye receives a majority in both houses of Congress then Congress shall be able to decide on the length of the extension. If no extension is specified before the end of the current length, it shall be assumed to be a 3 month extension lasting until June 30th, 2021. If the extension fails to get Congressonal approval, or if no congressional vote takes place, the legal requirement shall end on March 31st, 2021; unless Congress specifies another date.

4. The Atlasian federal government shall have the power to rent hotel space for these quarantines for new arrivals, in cases where the arrivals have no alternative venue to stay in or where the quarantine plan as specified in point 2 is judged as non viable

5. This bill shall become enacted immediately after passage


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« Reply #467 on: June 03, 2020, 06:15:11 PM »

Introducing this into the Senate administration slot.
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PROTECT AND EXPAND SOCIAL SECURITY ACT

To protect and expand Social Security.

Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled
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SECTION I: TITLE.
This law shall be referred to as the Protect and Expand Social Security Act.

SECTION II: FINDINGS.

(a) Social Security is a very popular and successful program that has provided an important safety net for millions of Atlasians and a more secure retirement for Elderly Atlasians.

(b) Since the creation of Social Security, poverty among seniors has been drastically cut.

(c) The Social Security Administration estimates that by 2037, the Social Security Trust Funds will be depleted. After this point, the Social Security Administration will be unable to provide benefits in full for the first time since the program's creation.

(d) Congress resolves that Social Security must be protected and expanded and that it must therefore act to provide new sources of revenue and ensure that recipients continue to recieve adequate benefits in full.

SECTION III: STRENGTHENING OF BENEFITS.

(a) 42 U.S. Code § 415 (a)(1)(A)(i) shall be amended as follows:

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(i) 90 93 percent of the individual's average indexed monthly earnings (determined under subsection (b)) to the extent that such earnings do not exceed the amount established for purposes of this clause by subparagraph (B),

(b) The Social Security Administration shall hereby utilise the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E) as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics when calculating cost-of-living adjustments to benefits.

(c) 42 U.S. Code § 415 (a)(1) shall be amended follows:
 (i) By redesignating subparagraph (D) as subparagraph (E).
 (ii) By inserting after subparagraph (C) the following new subparagraph:

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 (i) Effective with respect to the benefits of individuals who become eligible for old-age insurance benefits or disability insurance benefits (or die before becoming so eligible) after 2019, no primary insurance amount computed under subparagraph (A) may be less than the greater of:
  (I) The minimum monthly amount computed under subparaghraph (C); or
  (II) In the case of an individual who has more than 10 years of work (as defined in clause (iv)(I)), the alternative minimum amount determined under clause (ii).
 (ii)
  (I) The alternative minimum amount determined under this clause is the applicable percentage of one twelth of the annual dollar amount determined under clause (iii) for the year in which the amount is determined.
  (II) For purposes of subclause (I), the applicable percentage is the percentage specified in connection with the number of years of work, as set fourth in the following table:
 
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Number of years of work: Applicable percentage

11: 6.25%
12: 12.50%
13: 18.75%
14: 25.00%
15: 31.25%
16: 37.50%
17: 43.75%
18: 50.00%
19: 56.25%
20: 62.80%
21: 68.75%
22: 75.00%
23: 81.25%
24: 87.50%
25: 93.75%
26: 100.00%
27: 106.25%
28: 112.50%
29: 118.75%
30+: 125.00%

 (iii) The annual dollar amount determined under this clause is:
  (I) For calendar year 2021, the poverty guideline for 2020.
  (II) For any calendar year after 2021, the annual dollar amount for 2021 multiplied by the ratio of:
   (aa) The national average wage index (as defined in section 409(k)(1) of this title) for the second callendar year preceding the calendar year for which the determine is made, to.
   (bb) The national average wage index for 2019.
 (iv) For the purposes of this subparagraph:
  (I) The term "year of work" means, with respect to an individual, a year to to which 4 quarters of coverage have been credited based on such individual's wages and self-employment income.
  (II) The term "poverty guideline for 2020" means the annual poverty guideline for 2020 (as updated annually in the Federal Register by the Department of Health and Human Services under the authority of section 673(2) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981) as applicable to a single individual.

(d) 42 U.S. Code § 409 (k)(1) shall be amended by inserting "415(a)(1)(E)" after "415(a)(1)(E)".

(e) All individuals who do not meet the eligibility requirements specified under 42 U.S. Code § 402 (d) shall now be eligible for Child's Insurance Benefits if they:
 (i) Have not attained the age of 22.
 (ii) Are in full-time education at a college or vocational school.
 
(f) For the purposes of the calculation of average indexed monthly earnings, future beneficiaries shall be eligible to recieve credit equal to one twelth of the annual median wage of the relevant year for each month of that year in which they have not been in full-time employment and in which they have provided at least 80 hours of unpaid caregiving to:
 (i) A child under the age of 6.
 (ii) A dependent with a disability.
 (iii) An elderly relative.
 
(g) Current recipients shall be eligible to recieve credit established by subsection (f) retroactively by five years.

(h) 42 U.S. Code § 402 (e)(B) is hereby struck out and provisions are re-numbered accordingly.

(i) 42 U.S. Code § 402 (f)(B) is hereby struck out and provisions are re-numbered accordingly.

(j) For purposes of determining the income of an individual to establish eligibility for, and the amount of, benefits payable under title XVI of the Social Security Act, eligibility for medical assistance under the Reforming and Regionalizing Public Healthcare Act of 2017 and other medical assistance under title XIX (or a waiver of such plan), or eligibility for child health assistance under the State child health plan under title XXI (or a waiver of the plan), the amount of any benefit to which the individual is entitled under title II of such Act shall be deemed not to exceed the amount of the benefit that would be determined for such individual under such title as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act.

SECTION IV: ADMINISTRATION OF SOCIAL SECURITY.

(a) The annual budget of the Social Security Administration shall be increased by 5% for FY 2021.
 (i) The annual budget of the Social Security Administration shall be increased by a further 1% for every FY starting from FY 2022 for 5 consecutive years.

(b) The Social Security Administration shall hereby be instructed to merge the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund and the Federal Disability Insurance Trust Fund to form the Social Security Trust Fund.

SECTION V: SOCIAL SECURITY PAYROLL TAX REFORM.

(a) The Maximum Taxable Earnings cap for the Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) payroll tax shall be phased out.
(b) From the 1st of January 2024, the rate of Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) payroll tax shall be increased to 0.6% on earnings above the Maximum Taxable Earnings cap.
 (i) On the 1st of January of every subsequent year, the rate of Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) payroll tax shall be increased by an additional 0.7% on earnings above the Maximum Earnings cap.
 (ii) This process shall continue until the rate of Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) payroll tax paid on earnings above the Maximum Taxable Earnings cap is equal to the rate paid on earnings below the cap - the Maximum Taxable Earnings cap thereby being eliminated.
(c) A Minimum Taxable Earning cap of $15,000 shall be added for the Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) payroll tax.
 (i) All earnings below this cap shall not be taxed under the Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) payroll tax.
 (ii) The Minimum Taxable Earning cap shall be adjusted for inflation on an annual basis.
 
 SECTION VI: IMPLEMENTATION.

(a) Unless otherwise stated, the provisions of this act shall take effect on the 1st of January 2021.
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« Reply #468 on: June 08, 2020, 11:55:19 PM »

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SENATE BILL

Repeal of the Federal Assault Weapon and Automatic Weapon Ban Act


To repeal the misguided and ineffective assault weapons ban.

Be it enacted by both houses of the Congress of Atlasia

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All parts of the Federal Assault Weapon and Automatic Weapon Ban Act is hereby repealed.
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« Reply #469 on: June 15, 2020, 06:03:26 PM »

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To limit the liability of employers in the event of employee exposure to COVID-19.

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Section 1. Short title

This Act shall be cited as the “Employer COVID-19 Liability Limitation Act".

Section 2. Limitation of employer liability

(a) In general. —

An employer may not be held liable in any cause of action before a State, Regional, or Federal court for any injury or other costs as a result of an employee contracting COVID-19.

(b) Exception. —

Subsection (a) shall not apply if the employer violates State, Regional, or Federal Law related to workplace safety.

Section 3. Effective date

This Act shall take effect immediately on the date of the enactment of this Act.
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« Reply #470 on: June 22, 2020, 04:09:25 AM »
« Edited: June 22, 2020, 04:12:32 AM by Senator tack50 (Lab-Lincoln) »

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To make elections non-partisan in an attempt to revive competitive elections

Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress Assembled,

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1. This bill may be referred to as the "George Washington was Right/Non-Partisan elections Act". It may also be referred to by the shorter title of "Non-partisan elections Act"

2. After this bill is passed, the Registrar General shall manually change the federal and regional party registration of all registered voters to Independent and stop tracking party registrations

3. Section 5.3 of the Federal Electoral Act is amended as follows:

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3. The federal election authority shall be free to design the ballot as they see fit, provided that they adhere to the requirements set out in Section 3 of this Act as well as the following:

a. All candidates must be listed by their permanent Atlas Forum username, unless they have requested otherwise. Such a request shall be granted, unless it would confuse them with another user.

b. All candidates must be listed with their state of registration.

c. No party registrations of any kind may be listed in federal election ballots

c. All candidates must be listed with their registered political party, with the following exceptions:

  i. A party may, at its discretion as determined by individual bylaws, prohibit any candidate from appearing on the ballot with it's official party name. This decision must be made and reported to the relevant election administrators at least 48 hours in advance of the start of the election. (Continuation of F.L. 15-05§2.3)
  ii. If a candidate who is a member of a political party has been barred from appearing on the ballot with that party’s name in accordance with the above clause, but has been endorsed by another party in accordance with their bylaws, then the candidate may choose, with the assent of the chair of the endorsing party, to appear on the ballot under that party’s name with “(endorsed)” appended to the end of the name. Otherwise, their party shall be listed as “Unaffiliated”
  iii. If an independent has been endorsed by a political party in accordance with their bylaws, then the candidate may choose, with the assent of the chair of the endorsing party, to appear on the ballot with their party listed as “Independent ([endorsing party name])


d. During Presidential elections, the candidate listing for Presidential tickets and House of Representatives should be clearly separated, with a clear indication of which is which.

e. The ballot must contain a link to the most recent version of this act.

f. All elements of the ballot must be clearly visible and accessible.

4. The following sections of the Census Act of 2019 are hereby amended as follows

a) Section 2.1:
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1. The Cabinet member assigned the portfolio of Census Administrator shall maintain a census document listing all registered voters in Atlasia. For each voter, the census shall list:

a. Their permanent Atlas Forum username
b. The federal and regional political parties they are registered with
c. The state they are registered in
d. The region they reside in
e. Whether or not the voter voted or attempted to vote in each of the last three federal elections.
f. If, according to the provisions of this act, a voter is presently ineligible to move regions, the date by which they shall become eligible to move regions

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c) Section 6: Party organization is struck down in its entirety


I know this is not going to pass and tbh it might even be counterproductive but I guess it is still a worthwhile idea to discuss given the current environment (and was pretty much the first and best that came to my mind)
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« Reply #471 on: July 06, 2020, 04:13:29 AM »

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SENATE BILL
To codify into law the right of all people to roam and walk the Atalsian countryside, as well as to establish some reasonable limitations on this right

Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress Assembled,

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Section 1: Name
1. This bill may be referred to as the "Freedom to Roam Act"

Section 2: The Right to Roam
1. Every person in the Republic of Atlasia shall have a recognized right to roam and travel across the country, including through means of transport such as by foot, by bicycle, on horseback or with the use of canoes
2. The Atlasian federal government may not impede entrance to federally owned lands other than active military bases, unless there is a compelling national security reason or public interest reason
3. Land owners may impede entrance to areas used actively used for housing, farming or livestock, but they may not impede entrance to any undeveloped or unimproved pieces of land nor to any rivers or lakes in the property, unless said lakes are completely surrounded by areas used actively for the purposes described before.
4. Land Owners shall clearly mark the perimeter of the areas used actively for housing, farming or livestock, as well as provide a path around the areas of their property used for said purposes.
5. People roaming on private property or federal land may not perform any sort of commercial activity while roaming
6. People roaming on private property shall not be allowed to hunt, fish or pick any wild fruits, without the consent of the owner. This right may also be restricted on federal lands (including but not limited to national parks) by the department responsible of internal policy.
7. People roaming shall have the right to set up a camp and sleep for 1 night, but may not sleep in the same spot, nor any spot in a 1 mile radius from their last camping spot, for consecutive nights
8. Nothing in this bill shall be construed as to legalize or otherwise enable destructive activities towards nature, including but not limited to damaging trees or bushes, damaging the habitats and nests of wildlife or polluting nature

Section 3: Enactment
1. This bill shall become enacted immediately after passage

Inspired by: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_to_roam
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« Reply #472 on: July 11, 2020, 02:36:55 AM »
« Edited: July 11, 2020, 02:41:29 AM by Devout Centrist »

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Homestead Act of 2020

To Right the Wrongs of the Past


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SECTION 1.

1. This Act may be cited as the “Homestead Act of 2020”.

SECTION 2. Formal Apology for Chattel Slavery, Indigneous Displacement, and Other Historical Wrongs

1. On behalf of the People of Atlasia and all parties represented therein, the Federal Government of Atlasia formally apologizes for the practice of slavery within Atlasia and the forced displacement of Native Atlasians.

2. The President of Atlasia shall issue a formal apology in conjunction with the passage of this Act.

SECTION 3. New Federal Holidays

1. Beginning on January 1st, 2021, June 19th shall be designated as a Federal Holiday.

2. Effective immediately, June 19th shall be officially designated as ‘Juneteenth’.

3. Effective immediately, December 6th shall be designated as a Federal Holiday.

4. Effective immediately, December 6th shall be officially designated as ‘Emancipation Day’.

5. Effective immediately, October 12th shall be officially designated as ‘Native People’s Day’ or ‘Atlasian Indian Day’.

6. Effective immediately, December 13th shall be designated as a Federal Holiday.

7. Effective immediately, December 13th shall be officially designated as ‘Steve Buscemi Day’ or ‘Italian-Atlasian Heritage Day’.


SECTION 4: Modern Homesteading

1. Beginning on October 1st, 2020, The Department of Housing and Urban Development shall be appropriated no less than $150,000,000,000 for FY 2021.

2. Effectively immediately, the Department of Housing and Urban Development shall establish a special division on public housing construction.

3. This division shall be officially designated as the ‘New Apartment Construction Division’.

4. The Department shall dedicate no less than $50,000,000,000 to land purchases and apartment construction grants in metropolitan and micropolitan areas where the median rent is found to exceed 120% of the HUD determined Area Median Income.
   a. Land purchases and construction grants shall be distributed to private and nonprofit organizations on the basis of a comprehensive cost-effective analysis conducted by the New Apartment Construction Division.

5. Effective immediately, the Department of Housing and Urban Development shall establish a special division on new apartment acquisition.

6. This division shall be officially designated as the ‘Low Income Housing Acquisition Division’.

7. The Low Income Housing Acquisition Division shall take appropriate steps to purchase or otherwise acquire apartment complexes that are listed on the market.

8. The Low Income Housing Acquisition Division is instructed to form contractual partnerships with local nonprofit organizations in order to administer newly acquired apartment complexes.
   a. ‘Local’ is defined as a nonprofit organization within the official census boundaries of its respective metropolitan or micropolitan area.

9. Grants shall be awarded to nonprofit organizations for the purpose of administering newly acquired apartment complexes.
a. ‘Administering’ is defined as-
   i. Maintaining existing facilities and existing apartment units
   ii. Maintaining a front office and a reception area
   iii. Contracting maintenance, repairs, and pest control to private firms
   iv. Rent reduction to qualifying tenants
   v. Utility payments on behalf of tenants
   vi. Maintenance of existing amenities or the construction of new amenities as approved on a case by case basis by the Low Income Housing Acquisition Division.

10. Tenants living in an apartment complex administered by a nonprofit organization under the Low Income Housing Acquisition Division’s jurisdiction shall qualify to own their apartment unit, as defined in their respective lease agreement, under the following conditions:
   a. Tenants continuously occupy the apartment unit and pay rent on time for not less than 5 years or 60 months.
   b. Tenant, and their spouse or domestic partner, continuously occupy their apartment unit  and pay rent on time for not less than two years or 24 months.
c. Tenant, and their spouse or domestic partner, and their dependents, continuously occupy their apartment unit and pay rent on time for not less than one year or 12 months.
      i . ‘Spouse’ shall be defined as any person legally married to the existing tenant.
      ii. ‘Domestic partner’ shall be defined as any person who has entered into a civil or domestic partnership with the existing tenant.
iii. ‘Dependents’ shall be defined as any person recognized as a dependent by the Internal Revenue Service for Taxation Purposes.
d. Tenants must maintain residency with their respective spouse, domestic partner, or dependent(s) for the duration of the lease in order to qualify for unit ownership.

11. Monthly rent at apartment complexes administered under the Low Income Housing Acquisition Division shall be capped at 100% of the HUD determined Area Median Income.

12. Nonprofit organizations shall be awarded additional grants based on the following criteria:
   a. Monthly rent does not exceed 70% of the HUD determined Area Median Income.
      i. Grants for this category shall cover 25% of total costs incurred by the complex administrator, as determined by the average total cost incurred over the past two fiscal years.
   b. Monthly rent does not exceed 60% of the HUD determined Area Median Income.
      i. Grants for this category shall cover 40% of total costs incurred by the complex administrator, as determined by the average total cost incurred over the past two fiscal years.
   c. Monthly rent does not exceed 50% of the HUD determined Area Median Income.
      i. Grants for this category shall cover 60% of total costs incurred by the complex administrator, as determined by the average total cost incurred over the past two fiscal years.
   d. Monthly rent does not exceed 40% of the HUD determined Area Median Income.
      i. Grants for this category shall cover 75% of total costs incurred by the complex administrator, as determined by the average total cost incurred over the past two fiscal years.
   e. Monthly rent does not exceed 30% of the HUD determined Area Median Income.
   i. Grants for this category shall cover 100% of total costs incurred by the complex administrator, as determined by the average total cost incurred over the past two fiscal years.

13. Apartment complexes administered by a nonprofit organization under the Low Income Housing Acquisition Division shall be subject to annual inspection and annual contract renewal.
a. Failure to provide adequate maintenance, staffing, or customer service to tenants may result in termination of contractual administration.  
b. HUD inspectors shall determine appropriate criteria for the above categories.
   
SECTION 5.  Genealogical Services to Descendants of the Enslaved, Indigenous, or  Immigrant Populations

1. The Atlasian Census Bureau shall establish a tenth division, which shall be named, “National Genealogical Services”.

2. This division shall be tasked with-
a. Building a genealogical database for descendants of enslaved persons, indigenous Atlasians, or immigrant descendants, using publicly available information and privately accessible data.
b. Offer genetic testing to Atlasians at a flat rate not exceeding $20 per test
c. Contract genetic testing with private or non-profit organizations, on the condition that such data remains private.
d. Provide results and in depth analysis to test takers

3. The Atlasian Census Bureau shall receive an additional $425,000,000 in appropriations for Fiscal Year 2021.
4. At least 75% of all additional appropriations shall be used for the establishment of the National Genealogical Services division.

SECTION 6. Implementation

1. This Act shall go into effect on October 1st, 2020.
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« Reply #473 on: July 20, 2020, 06:32:59 PM »

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AN AMENDMENT
to the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia

Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives, in Congress assembled:
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Section 1 (Title)
i. The title of this Amendment shall be, the “Federal Initiative System Amendment.” It may be cited by its ordinal number in order of ratification.

Section 2 (Federal Initiative System Amendment)
i. Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia shall be amended as follows:
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1. All legislative powers herein granted shall be derived from the people, who ordinarily vest this power vested in the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.
2. The Vice President shall be the President of the Congress, but shall have no vote in the House of Representatives, nor in the Senate save when they be equally divided.

ii. Article II, Section 5 shall be amended as follows:

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1. Legislation may ordinarily originate in either house, and both houses shall reserve the right to propose and concur with amendments; but all bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.

2. Whenever either house shall vote to pass a bill, order, or resolution that shall have originated in the other, having previously made amendment to the same, the President of the Congress shall immediately call the amended bill to a vote in the house in which it originated. If the original house should then vote to pass the amended bill, it shall proceed to the President; otherwise, the President of the Congress shall instruct the other house either to pass the bill as it stood prior to its amendment by that house, or else reject it entirely.

3. Every bill, order, or resolution which shall have passed the Senate and the House of Representatives shall, before it becomes law, be submitted to the judgment of the President. If they approve of it they should sign it; but if they disapproves they should return the bill to the house in which it originated with their objections. If, after considering the objections of the President, both houses should by a 2/3 vote agree to pass the same bill, it shall become law regardless of the President's objections.If any bill, order, or resolution shall not be returned by the President within ten days after it has been presented to him, the bill shall become law.

4. If so specified in the text of the bill, order or resolution in question, the bill may be required to pass a national referendum before its enactment. In that case, the person responsible for the management of federal elections shall be duly notified and organize a national referendum at a date specified by the Congress in the text of the bill, order or resolution; but this referendum may not start until at least 14 days have passed since the bill has received support from the President, except if this date coincides with a federal election. If no date for the referendum is specified in the text of the bill, order or resolution; it shall be assumed that the referendum is to take place alongside the next federal election.

5. The People of the Republic of Atlasia shall reserve themselves the power to directly introduce legislation. Any citizen of the Republic of Atlasia shall have the right to post a bill in the Atlas Fantasy Elections board, clearly specifying that the post in question is a bill to be submitted as a National Legislative Initiative. If this Legislative Initiative gets signatures representing 10% of the voters at the last federal election and accounting for 5% of the last Federal Census within 10 days from its introduction; the Legislative Initiative shall be considered to be accepted. Otherwise it shall be considered to be rejected, and no Legislative Initiative on the same subject may be introduced for a period of 30 days.

6. Legislative Initiatives considered to be accepted shall be duly taken note of by the person responsible for Federal Elections. The person responsible for Federal Elections shall take a public note of this in their office thread, and open a vote on the initiative in question alongside the next federal election.

7. Any Initiatives introduced by the people of the Republic of Atlasia shall not exceed the ordinary powers of the Congress.

8. Initiatives introduced by the people of the Republic of Atlasia may not deal with the following subjects:
a) Constitutional Amendments of any kind
b) The Federal Budget
c) The raising and lowering of taxes; or any other bills for the purposes of appropiating money for the federal government

9. Any national referendums shall be considered to have passed if a simple majority of voters votes in favour of the bill, order, resolution or initiative in question.

10. Any national referendums shall be operated under the same rules as federal elections for the Presidency of the Republic of Atlasia

Section 3: Explanation
1. This amendment allows the people of the Republic of Atlasia to directly introduce legislation and submit it to a national referendum. This amendment also allows the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia to divert pieces of legislation to a national referendum if it finds it is in the national interest.
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« Reply #474 on: July 31, 2020, 05:21:42 AM »

Introducing this on behalf of the president

Mask Mandate Act

To mandate the usage of masks nationwide in response to the COVID 19 pandemic

1. Starting 3 days after the passage of this bill, Atlasian citizens shall wear masks on the following situations:
   a. In any means of public transport
   b. In any shops, commerces or other public enclosed spaces; except those dedicated to the consumption of food and drinks
   c. Inside cars, if the people in the car do not live in the same household
2. People who do not follow this rule shall be fined $200
3. This bill shall not apply to people under the age of 6, nor to anyone with health issues where a doctor has prescribed that the usage of a mask would be negative for the patient's health
4. This bill shall automatically sunset on December 31st, 2021; or when the WHO declares the COVID-19 pandemic officially over
5. States may be exempted from having the mask mandate apply within them if they provide a formal request for an exemption to the President and the President accepts this request within 7 days.
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