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« Reply #550 on: May 18, 2021, 07:57:35 PM »

I can sponsor on Sestak's behalf.
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« Reply #551 on: May 18, 2021, 10:33:14 PM »

I can sponsor on Sestak's behalf.

Are you sponsoring for the House side? If you so you might want to repost that into the House intro thread.
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« Reply #552 on: May 19, 2021, 04:44:00 PM »

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Combating Anti-Asian Hate Crimes.

This act hereby recognises and condemns the rise in anti-Asian bigotry, hate crimes and violence both in Atlasia and across the world.

1.) Commission.

A.) A commission is hereby created to coordinate state, regional and federal law enforcement bodies and other relevant public bodies to reduce anti-Asian hate crimes in Atlasia. This commission shall consist of individuals appointed by the Attorney General.

2.) Data.

A.) Federal Law Enforcement bodies shall collect data on the number of asian hate crimes, and be required to report these numbers on an annual basis.

B.) Local, state-wide and regional law enforcement shall hereby receive support from the department of Justice to establish online reporting of hate crimes or incidents, with said data available on a monthly and yearly basis.

C.) $50 million in training grants shall hereby be appropriated to improve the reporting of hate crimes and to expand co-operation and inter-agency working practices.

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« Reply #553 on: May 21, 2021, 12:56:18 PM »

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AN ACT
To open our arms to those in distress

Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled
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Section 1. Title

This legislation may be cited as the Lady Liberty Refugee Act.

Section 2. Legislation
F.L. 8-6: Refugee Act 2017 is amended as follows:
Title II--Providing for a temporary intake of refugees
1. In accordance with Schedule A of this act, the Secretary of State shall, upon the enactment of this act into law, provide for the resettlement of no more than fifty thousand (50,000) one-hundred-fifty thousand (150,000) refugees into the territory of the Republic of Atlasia.

2. It shall be the legal responsibility of the Department of State to provide for the successful transportation, settlement, and assimilation of the refugees as defined in Section 1.

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« Reply #554 on: May 25, 2021, 11:11:20 PM »
« Edited: May 25, 2021, 11:16:14 PM by President Sestak »

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AMENDMENT I
To the Fifth Constitution of Atlasia.

1. The Fifth Constitution of Atlasia - pending its ratification by the regions - is amended as follows:

Quote from: Article II§1.2(i)
The Northeastern Subregion shall consist of the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Atlasian Virgin Islands.

Quote from: Article II§4.2
In addition, no subregional senate election shall admit as eligible voters any person having resided in any other subregion within the fifty-six days prior to the commencement of the election.

Quote from: Article III§2.3(i)
Each subregion shall elect a Senator for a term of four months by popular election of the subregion’s residents administered by its constituent regional government in a manner prescribed by the legislature thereof. Subregional Senate elections shall be held in the months of April, August, and December.

Quote from: Article IV§2
The President shall have the power, except where limited elsewhere by this Constitution,

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to establish such executive departments as may be necessary for the execution of the laws, and to appoint their principle principal officers with the advice and consent of the Senate;

Quote from: Article VIII§3.1
The officers of the Republic of Atlasia, and of the several Regions, shall be bound by Oath of Affirmation to support this Constitution, but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the Republic of Atlasia.

2. Upon ratification of both the Fifth Constitution and this amendment, the text shall immediately be amended, and the amended text shall apply both when the Constitution takes full effect on the Second of July as well as to the Senate elections as held in June.



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Amendment explanation: This amendment makes fixes to errors in the intial text to the Fifth Constitution.
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« Reply #555 on: May 25, 2021, 11:13:07 PM »

Introducing this for the President
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« Reply #556 on: May 29, 2021, 05:53:30 PM »

Quote from: Federal Game Procedure Amendments Act of 2021
AN ACT
to bring federal law in line with the Fifth Constitution
Be it enacted by both houses of Congress assembled:

Section 1 (Title)
1. The title of this act shall be, the "Federal Game Procedure Amendments Act of 2021" It may be cited as the "FGPA Act 2021" or "FGPA 21".

Section 2 (Amendments to the Federal Electoral Act)
The Federal Electoral Act is hereby amended with the following substitutions:
Quote from: §2.2
Elections to the House of Representatives at-large Senate seats shall be held in the months...
Quote from: §2.2 (a)
Elections to the House for at-large Senate held in December shall be begin at...
Quote from: §2.3
Special elections to the House of Representatives at-large Senate seats, in accordance...
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All candidates elected in special elections to the House of Representatives at-large Senate seats shall be eligible...
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The declaration period for a special election for the House of Representatives at-large Senate shall begin...
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The declaration period for any regularly scheduled or special election for the House of Representatives at-large Senate shall terminate...
Quote from: §5.3 (d)
During Presidential elections, the candidate listing for Presidential tickets and House of Representatives at-large Senate should be clearly separated...
Quote from: §6.2
Elections to the House of Representatives at-large Senate seats shall be conducted...
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No write-in for the House of Representatives at-large Senate shall be considered...
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Special elections for a single at-large Senate seat in the House of Representatives shall be conducted...
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In elections for multiple at-large Senate seats in the House of Representatives, single transferable vote...
Quote from: §9.5
...with one ticket’s term of office coinciding with the Congress whose House of Representatives was Senate for which at-large seats were elected at the same election, and the other ticket’s term of office coinciding with the subsequent Congress Senate. ...
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If, in a runoff for a single at-large Senate seat in the House of Representatives, both candidates have...

2. Section 10 of the Federal Electoral Act is hereby amended as follows:

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1. Should a significant calamity in the operation of Atlasia occur, leaving the federal election authority portfolio unassigned, the Presidency vacant, and the Presidential line of succession completely empty, with too few members in either House of Congress the Senate to elect a presiding officer, then the moderators of the Atlas Fantasy Elections board and modadmins and administrators of the Atlas Forum are statutorily authorized to hold a special election(s) for the House of Representatives so that a Speaker to the Senate as necessary so that a presiding officer may be elected and elevated to the Presidency.

Section 3 (Other Amendments to Federal Law)

1. Section 4.2 of the Census Act is hereby repealed.

2. F.L. 7.1§1 (i), (iv) are hereby repealed and remaining subsections renumbered accordingly. All instances of "nor Speaker of the House of Representatives" are hereby stricken, as is the text "nor member of the House of Representatives" in subsection (v) [now renumbered subsection (iii)]. The text "nor member of Congress" in subsection (vi) [now renumbered subsection (iv)] is hereby amended to "nor Senator".

Section 4 (Addendum to the Common Market Agreement)

1. The following is added as an addendum to the Atlasia-UK Common Market Agreement:

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For the purposes of subregional allocation, citizens of Atlasia residing in England and Wales shall be considered to reside within the Upper South subregion, citizens of Atlasia residing in Scotland shall be considered to reside within the Great Lakes subregion, and citizens of Atlasia residing in Nortern Ireland and Gibraltar shall be considered to reside within the Mountain West subregion.

Section 5 (Effective Date)

1. This bill shall go into effect immediately upon passage into law.


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« Reply #557 on: May 30, 2021, 03:51:36 PM »

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Reproductive Health Expansion Act.

1.) Reproductive health procedures, including medical terminations shall hereby be included within 'Atlascare' health plans created through the 'Reforming and Regionalizing Public Healthcare Act of 2017

2.) The availability of these procedures shall depend on the laws and restrictions imposed by said region.

2B.) Atlascare health plans shall include expenses to enable patients to travel to receive treatments laid out within their plans, if they are unable to access this care within their region.
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« Reply #558 on: June 15, 2021, 11:19:40 PM »

Introducing This as Part of Operation Clear Everything

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A BILL
To ease restrictions during the Covid pandemic.



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

Section I. Title

1. This bill may be known as the "Repeal of the Mask Mandate Act".

Section II. Content

1. F.L. 26-05, the Mask Mandate Act, is repealed in its entirety.
2. Nothing in this Act shall be interpreted as to invalidate actions taken to enforce it prior to its repeal.

Passed 8-0-0-1 in the Atlasian House assembled


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« Reply #559 on: June 15, 2021, 11:21:14 PM »

Introducing This as Part of Operation Clear Everything

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AN ACT OF CONGRESS
To respect the results of the Atlasian Flag Referendum

Section I: Title
1. The title of this bill shall be called the "Atlasian Flag Act of 2021"

Section II: Flag
1. The national flag as set out by the Federal Symbology Act of 2016 is hereby decomissioned.

2. The following design shall henceforth be the flag of the Republic of Atlasia:




People's House of Representatives
Passed 5-2-0-2 in the House of Representatives

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« Reply #560 on: June 16, 2021, 08:43:07 AM »

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A BILL
To rescue the Atlasian economy

Be it enacted in both houses of Congress assembled,
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Section 1. Title
1. This legislation may be cited as the Third Emergency Economic Stimulus Act.

Section 2. Extension of Expiring Stimulus Measures
1. The universal income established under Section 2 of the Emergency Economic Stimulus Act of 2020 shall be extended from April 1, 2021 until October 1, 2021 pursuant to subsection 4.
2. From October 1, 2021, the universal income shall decrease by 25% on the first day of each month until it is eliminated.
3. A congressional vote shall begin 14 days before October 1, 2021 in both houses of Congress for Congress to decide whether or not to extend the universal income.
a) 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. The default shall be for the universal income to continue in full until January 1, 2022, in the event of an Aye vote-unless Congress legislates for an alternative end date.
4. Section 5 of the Emergency Economic Stimulus Act of 2020 shall be amended as follows:
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1a. Citizens, permanent residents and households in the Republic of Atlasia who do not have a source of income above the federal minimum wage between April 1, 2020 and October 1, 2020 April 1, 2021 October 1, 2021; may not be evicted from their house, nor their supply of water, electricity or internet cut off; for not paying the appropriate bills.
1b. Between October 2nd, 2020 and January 31st, 2021 April 2, 2021 and July 31, 2021 October 2nd, 2021 and January 31st, 2022; utilities may be cut for not paying their appropriate bills, but no tenants shall be evicted from their house for not paying the appropriate mortgage or rent bills.
1c. After January 31st, 2021 July 31, 2021 January 31st, 2022; companies and tenants may rise the appropriate bills by no more than 10% in order to recover the unpaid dues.
2. The earning of unemployment benefits between April 1st, 2020 and October 1st, 2020 April 1st, 2021 October 1st, 2021 shall not affect in any way the collection of future unemployment benefits.
3. The payments discussed in Sections 2.1 and 2.2 shall not be counted towards the federal minimum wage accounting discussed in Section 4.1.

Passed 8-1-0-0 in the Atlasian House assembled





Introducing this bill in the Senate.
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« Reply #561 on: June 22, 2021, 06:32:25 PM »

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A BILL
To bar the United Arab Emirates from getting military aid.



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

Section I. Title

1. This bill may be known as the No UAE Arms Sales Act.

Section II. Content

1. All Military Aid, including both lethal and non-lethal supplies to the United Arab Emirates shall be suspended. This ban shall only be lifted after a majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
2. Any arms, aerospace or other company providing Military equipment, logistical support or defense personnel to the United Arab Emirates will not be allowed to bid for future contracts with the Government of Atlasia.

Section III. Action

1. This bill shall take effect immediately after the President signs this.



Passed 4-3-2-0 in the Atlasian House assembled



Also introducing this bill in the Senate.
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« Reply #562 on: June 23, 2021, 03:34:45 PM »


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A RESOLUTION
Calling on the President and Secretary of State to enter negotiations with Canada regarding a possible Common Market Agreement



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

Section I. Title

1. This bill may be known as the Canadian Common Market Recommendation Resolution.

Section II. Content

1. The Congress of Atlasia recommends that the President and Secretary of State should enter talks with representatives of Canada.

2. The Congress of Atlasia recommends that the objective of these talks is to negotiate a "Common Market Agreement" between the Republic of Atlasia and Canada.



Passed 5-0-2-2 in the Atlasian House assembled




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« Reply #563 on: June 23, 2021, 03:37:21 PM »

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A BILL
To get Atlasians on our currency.



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

Section I. Title

1. This bill may be known as the Atlasians on Currency Act.

Section II. Content

1. The one dollar bill shall feature a painting of a Gopher Tortoise.
2. The five dollar bill shall feature a painting of a Northern Right Whale.
3. The ten dollar bill shall feature a painting of a Blue Jay.
4. The twenty dollar bill shall feature a painting of an Elk.
5. The fifty dollar bill shall feature a painting of an American Crocodile.
6. The penny shall feature a painting of an Arctic Wolf.
7. The nickel shall feature a painting of an Alligator Gar.
8. The dime shall feature a painting of an American Bison.
9. The quarter shall feature a painting of a Florida Manatee.
10. A 69-dollar bill shall enter into circulation bearing the mugshot of Harvey Updyke of Alabama.

Section III. Action

1. This bill shall take effect on June 1st, 2021.

Passed 5-2-1-1 in the Atlasian House assembled




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« Reply #564 on: July 01, 2021, 09:33:17 AM »
« Edited: July 01, 2021, 09:37:34 AM by Southern Senator Spark »

Compensation for Retired Educators Act of 2021

A bill to support our retired educators in the Republic.

Section 1. Establishment

Upon retirement from service, a retirement allowance shall consist of:

a) An annuity shall be the equivalent of his or her accumulated contributions at the time of his or her retirement

b) A pension which shall be equal to the annuity allowable at the age of retirement, but not to exceed an annuity allowable at age 65 computed on the basis of contributions made prior to the attainment.

Section 2.

With the provision the election of an option shall be effective on the effective date of retirement, any member may elect prior to retirement to receive, in lieu of his or her retirement allowance payable throughout life. The actuarial equivalent at that time of his or her retirement allowance also provides a provision to grant, in a reduced retirement, allowance payable to a beneficiary in the event of his or her death:

a) If the pensioner dies before he or she has received in annuity payments the present value of his or her annuity as it was at the time of his or her retirement, the balance shall be paid to his or her legal representatives or to the person as he or she shall nominate by written designation.

b) Upon his or her death, his or her reduced retirement allowance shall be continued throughout the life of and paid to the person as he or she shall nominate by written designation.

c) Upon his or her death, half of the reduced retirement allowance will be continued throughout the life of and paid to the person as he or she shall nominate by written designation.
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« Reply #565 on: July 02, 2021, 04:49:47 PM »
« Edited: July 02, 2021, 05:12:40 PM by Senator Scott🦋 »

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Senate Rules

Definitions

1.) Legislation is defined as any Bill, Amendment, or Resolution to a current Act, Procedural Resolution, or Constitutional Amendment.

2.) In all past, present and future instances of the terms, a Bill is defined as a piece of legislation that is awaiting or is presently in debate on the Senate floor. An Act is defined as a Bill that has achieved passage into Law.

3.) The Dean of the Senate is defined as the serving Senator, who is not the President pro Tempore, with the longest continuous service in the Senate in his or her present stint of service. For the purposes of this clause, continuous service begins at the moment of swearing-in in the first term of the stint of service. The Dean of the Senate may pass the title, powers and responsibilities of the Dean of the Senate, to the next longest serving Senator for any reason whatsoever.

4.) A quorum is defined as the minimum number of members of the Senate that must be present at any of its meetings to make the proceedings of that meeting valid, which is defined as a majority of the sitting Senate.

Article 1: Officers of the Senate

1) The Vice President shall be the President of the Senate.

a.) The President of the Senate shall keep a Senate Noticeboard’, where the PPT shall update this board with recent events on their respective chamber’s legislation.

b.) The President of the Senate shall also track the activity of legislation of the Senate by posting an ‘Activity Tracker’ detailing the Senate slots, Rejected and Passed Legislation, along with the current Senatorial queue.

2.) The most senior Senator (seniority shall be determined by length of continuous service) who isn't on Leave of Absence and who has been active on the forum in the preceding 168 hours, or the Senator chosen by the most senior Senator if they are on a leave of absence, shall convene the Senate to elect a President pro tempore on the first day of each legislative session and when the office of President pro Tempore is vacant. The Senate shall elect a President Pro Tempore from among its members by majority consent with the Vice President being the tiebreaker. The most senior Senator, who isn't on Leave of Absence and who has been active on the forum in the preceding 168 hours, or the Senator chosen by the most senior Senator if they are on a leave of absence shall retain the powers and prerogatives as President pro Tempore until the election of the President pro Tempore.

a) If there is a serving Deputy President pro tempore, appointed during the same session of the Senate, they shall instead maintain the powers and prerogatives of the President pro tempore and shall be responsible for administering the vote for President pro tempore.

b) If the official responsible for the vote falls behind by over 24 hours, the President of the Senate shall take over administration in their stead.

3.) The PPT, after taking his or her oath of office, must appoint a successor should he or she fall inactive. This successor shall be named the Deputy PPT, and will retain all of the powers of the PPT, if the PPT falls inactive for over 120 hours or is on an LOA. In case of the PPT resigning or being deposed, the Deputy PPT (or, should none currently exist, the Dean of the Senate) will serve as Acting PPT with full powers until a new PPT is elected.

4.) The President Pro Tempore will be subject to a Motion of No Confidence should his peers decide it, said proceeding being initiated if at least two Senators have sponsored a Motion of No Confidence, introduced in the Legislative Introduction Thread, against the PPT, citing the motives of why the PPT should be removed from his office.

5.) The Dean of the Senate shall open a thread and commence the debates. Debates shall last at least for 72 hours. After the debates have elapsed, the Dean of the Senate shall open a vote, which shall last for 72 hours. A two-third majority of the sitting Senators is needed for the motion to succeed, at which point the concerned Senator will immediately cease to be PPT. Only one Motion of No Confidence can be introduced against a given PPT per legislative session.

6.) The President Pro Tempore shall retain the powers and prerogatives as the President of the Senate under the following circumstances:

-A publicly announced absence by the President of the Senate from the Atlas Forum.

- If the President of the Senate has been inactive from the Atlas Forum for seven consecutive days.

- During any period of time when no person is presently holding the office of President of the Senate

-The President of the Senate should be absent by reason of exercising responsibility as Acting President under the Constitution.

-A publicly announced conferral of such powers by the President of the Senate.

Article 2: Introducing Legislation

1.) The President Pro Tempore shall keep a thread on the Fantasy Government board for introducing legislation. This thread shall be known as the Senate Legislation Introduction Thread. Sitting Senators may post in this thread. The President pro Tempore shall also keep a separate thread listing all sponsored legislation in the Legislation Introduction Thread.

2.) If the PPT determines that a piece of legislation is functionally impractical, frivolous, or is directly unconstitutional, he may, in a public post on the Legislation Introduction thread, remove said legislation from the Senate floor. The sponsoring Senator of the legislation shall have seventy-two (72) hours to challenge this action in a public post, and with the concurrence of one-third (1/3) of office-holding Senators in the affirmative (excluding the PPT), may override the actions of the PPT. (Nasolation clause)

3.) 20 threads about legislation may be open for voting and debate simultaneously.

a.) The first 15 open threads shall be open to all legislations initially regarding bills, resolutions or constitutional amendments. If the sponsor already has two or more pieces of legislation on the Senate floor, legislation from Senators who do not shall take priority until all such other legislation is completed. The PPT shall be the president officer for these open threads.

b.) The sixteenth slot shall be reserved for national emergencies.

c.) The seventeenth slot shall be reserved for budgetary legislation.

d.) The eighteenth and nineteenth slots shall be reserved for the President of the Republic of Atlasia.

e.) The twentieth slot shall be reserved for public submissions and shall be introduced by the President of the Senate.

4.) A legislation is no longer on the Senate Floor when it has been tabled, rejected, or passed by the members of the Senate.

5.) If at any time the original sponsor vacates his office as Senator, all legislation introduced in the Legislation Introduction Thread shall, within a week of the next session, be declared withdrawn by the PPT by public post, if no Senator sponsors the legislation. If a piece of legislation has been introduced on the Senate floor, any office-holding Senator may assume sponsorship.

6.) Co-sponsors of legislation under consideration shall have no power to withdraw legislation nor contest withdrawal of legislation by the original sponsor. Any office-holding Senator may assume sponsorship of the legislation within 72 hours after the original sponsor has motioned to withdraw. Once a motion to assume sponsorship has been filed by a Senator, Senators shall have 24 hours to object to this motion. If any Senator objects, the PPT shall open a vote on the motion lasting until a majority has voted for or against the motion, but not more than 72 hours. If the motion is rejected, the bill shall be removed from the floor.

8.) All resolutions seeking to amend the constitution must be introduced along with a passage detailing what is being changed in the Constitution and why, called the Amendment Explanation. All amendments to the resolution, must change the explanation if they change the resolution so as to be inconsistent with it. This shall not infringe on the presiding officers ability to correct for grammar and formatting issues, nor impede the presiding officer's ability to update and maintain a mission statement in the outer quote box of a given bill or resolution.

8.) All legislation on the Senate floor shall be given a distinct designation. The format of this designation shall denote in the following order "S" for the Senate chamber, followed by "B" for a bill or "R" for a Resolution. Immediately following the second letter will be number of the present senate at the time of introduction, followed by a colon and then a number displaying at least two digits beginning with "01" and increasing until the end of the session.

Article 3: Amendments

1.) During the course of debate on legislation, any sitting Senator may offer amendments to the legislation. The President Pro Tempore may remove amendments from consideration that are functionally impractical, frivolous, directly unconstitutional, or lack clear intent regarding the changes to be made. The amendment sponsor shall have 24 hours to object to the decision and may overturn the action with the concurrence of 1/3rd of his fellow Senators. Unless stated otherwise in the amendment, components of the underlying legislation not referenced in an amendment will remain unchanged.

2.) The legislation's primary sponsor shall judge the amendment(s) in relation to their intent with the legislation. If judged friendly by the sponsor, the PPT shall give twenty four hours for objections to the amendment, after which, with no objections having been entered the amendment shall be considered as passed.

3.) If judged hostile by the sponsor, or if a Senator has objected, a vote shall be started by the PPT once the amendment has been on the floor twenty four hours. The vote shall last for three days or until a majority has voted in favor or against the amendment, at which point Senators who have voted shall be prohibited from changing their votes and the vote shall be declared final.

4.) The PPT shall number and track all amendments offered during the course of each Senate session. The designated number shall begin an with S for the Senate Chamber followed by the number of the present Senate, followed by a colon and then a number displaying at least two digits beginning with "01" and increasing until the end of the session.

5.) The PPT shall have authority to correct grammar and formatting of legislation, provided that such technical changes do not alter the intended meaning of the legislation.

Article 4: Debate

1.) After a piece of legislation is introduced to the Senate floor, debate shall begin immediately. Debate on the legislation shall last for no less than 72 hours. The Senate may waive the 72-hour requirement on non-controversial legislation by unanimous consent. To waive the 72-hour requirement, the presiding officer must request unanimous consent to waive the minimum debate time requirement and provide 24 hours for a Senator to object to this request. If the 72-hour requirement is waived, the presiding officer shall immediately open a final vote.

2.) The sponsor of a piece of legislation may at any time withdraw his or her sponsorship. In addition, when the sponsor is no longer a Senator, his or her sponsorship shall be revoked automatically. If no member of the Senate moves to assume sponsorship of the legislation within 36 hours, the legislation shall be tabled automatically.

3.) Any Senators may file a motion to table a piece of legislation during debate. The presiding officer shall open a vote on the motion to table when at least an another Senator has seconded the motion. A two thirds majority is required for the approval of the motion to table.

4.) When debate on legislation has halted for longer than 24 hours and the legislation has been on the floor for more than 72 hours, any Senators may call for a vote on said legislation. The presiding officer shall open a vote if no other member of the Senate objects within 24 hours of the call for a vote. When the legislation has been on the floor for more than 72 hours, any Senators may motion for cloture. Upon the concurrence of two-thirds of the Senate, the Senate shall end debate, and proceed to a final vote. If the legislation has been on the floor for more than 336 hours, or debate has ceased for 24 hours, a simple majority is needed in order to end the debates. The presiding officer shall then open a final vote.

Article 5: Motions to Table

1.) Any Senator can, during a period of debate, with the support of one other Senator, introduce a motion to table the legislation.

2.) The PPT shall open a vote on the motion to table. This vote shall last for a maximum of two (2) days during which time the Senators must vote. Voting may be declared final at any time if the motion to table has been approved or rejected.

3.) For the motion to table to pass, two thirds of those voting (excluding abstentions) must support the motion.

4.) Tabled legislation shall be taken off the Senate floor by the President pro Tempore.

Article 6: Final Votes

1.) Final Votes and veto overrides votes shall last for a maximum of 3 days (i.e. 72 hours). A final vote may be ended earlier than 72 hours:

a. If the vote has a majority to pass or fail, then the Presiding officer may call 24 hours for Senators to vote or change their votes.
 
b. If all Senators have voted and the result is unanimous for or against, then the Presiding Officer may end the vote immediately.

2.) If a bill has been vetoed, a Senator has 24 hours to motion for a veto override. A two-thirds majority of the members of the Senate is needed in order to override a veto.

3.) If a redraft is presented, the original sponsor shall have 72 hours after it is offered to accept the redraft or reject it and request an override. If the redraft is rejected by the Senate, the sponsor may than either motion to resume debate on the bill or withdraw the bill from the floor. If the original sponsor shall have left the chamber, the Presiding Officer shall allow for someone to assume sponsorship as with a normal bill, with the 72 hours commencing after it is completed.

4.) Veto Override and Redraft proceedings shall not be conducted in a slot and thus not subjected to any limits on the amount of legislation on the floor, but shall be conducted in their original threads. If a redraft or override comes to the Senate from the House, it shall be administered in its original thread for that chamber with the same Presiding Officer.

Article 7: Confirmation Hearing

1.) Once a nomination is made by the President, it shall be brought to the floor immediately by the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall then open a confirmation hearing for presidential nominees immediately following the president's announcement of the nomination.

2.) Each hearing shall last for at least 3 days (i.e. 72 hours). The hearing may be abbreviated according to the unanimous consent rules outlined in Article III: Debate.

3.) The vote shall last for a maximum of three days (72 hours). No Senator shall be prohibited from voting until after the nominee has received enough votes to pass or fail confirmation, at which point vote changes shall be prohibited.

Article 8: Expulsion and Censure of a sitting Senator

1.) Senators can be subject to either Censure (formal statement of disapproval) or Expulsion by their peers, so long as reasonable justification exists in the form of unethical or corrupt behavior, inactivity, treason and such other offenses or behavior.

2.) Censure proceedings shall be initiated if at least three Senators have sponsored a motion of Censure, introduced in the Legislative Introduction Thread, against one of their Senate colleagues, citing the motives of why said Senator should be censored.

3.) The President Pro Tempore, or, if he is the subject of the motion, the Deputy President Pro Tempore shall open a thread and commence the debates. Debates shall last at least for 72 hours. After the debates have elapsed, the President Pro Tempore or Deputy President Pro Tempore shall open a vote, which shall last for 48 hours. The assent of two-thirds of the Senate is required for the Senator to be censored, in which case he will lose his seniority.

4.) Expulsion proceedings shall be initiated if:

a.) the Senator has not posted anything on the Atlas Fantasy Government board for 168 consecutive hours and hasn't posted a valid Leave of Absence (then the time covered by that LOA shall not count toward those 168 hours, but periods of inactivity before and after the LOA shall count as a continuous period, provided there are no interceding posts. In order to be valid, a Leave of Absence shall not be longer than 368 hours). And an article of expulsion has been introduced in the Senate Legislative Introduction Thread.

b.) 3 Senators have sponsored an article of expulsion, introduced in the Legislative Introduction Thread, against one of their Senate colleagues

5.) The President Pro Tempore shall open a thread and commence the debates. Debates shall last at least 72 hours. After the debates have elapsed, the President Pro Tempore shall open a vote, which shall last for a maximum of 3 days. When the articles of expulsion have enough votes to pass or fail, the President Pro Tempore shall announce that he or she will close the vote in 24 hours and that any Senator who wishes to change his or her vote must do so during that interval. In order to expel the Senator, a two-third majority of the sitting Senators is needed.

Article 9: Impeachment Trials

1.) After the Senate has passed an article of impeachment by three-fifths of the voting Senators, the Chief Justice shall convene the Senate to try the impeached official.

2.) A two-thirds majority of the members of the Senate is needed in order to convict any impeached executive or judicial officer of the federal government.

3.) If a Senator objects to the proceedings to a final vote, they may object and require a 3/4ths majority before moving to a Final Vote

Article 10: Rules Disputes

1.) The Senate may elect to suspend any section of these rules at any time with the consent of two-thirds of sitting Senators.

2.) The presiding officer may unilaterally suspend any section of these rules at any time, unless another Senator objects. If a Senator objects, suspending the rules shall require the consent of two-thirds of sitting Senators.

3.) If the Senate cannot resolve a rules dispute, the Supreme Court of Atlasia may issue a binding decision dictating the proper interpretation.

Article 11: Relationship within the Senate

1.) The President of the Senate shall be in charge of overseeing the Senate.

2.) When a bill passes the Senate, the PPT shall notify the President of the Senate of its passage.

3.) A bill shall be sent to the president after it has been approved by the Senate. The leader of the chamber it most recently passed shall notify the president.
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« Reply #566 on: July 02, 2021, 05:33:29 PM »

Introducing on behalf of former president Sestak:

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Senate Succession Rules

The nine at-large seats shall be numbered 1 through 9. Succession of these seats shall be determined by applying the following rules, one at a time, to assign seats both to parties and to individual Senators:

1. Any incumbent at-large Senator continuing to serve in that capacity in the subsequent Senate shall retain their seat.

2. Any political party holding seats in both the preceding and subsequent Senates shall retain the seats held in the precdeding Senate.
a) If a party holds fewer seats than in the preceding Senate, they shall retain the seats they have held continuously the longest.

3. Any elected at-large Senator who has previously served in an at-large seat, if they are eligble to serve in said seat after the evaluation of the previous rules, shall again hold that seat.
a)If an incoming Senator has held (and is eligible for) multiple available seats, preference shall be given to the seat most recently served in.
b)If multiple former members would be assigned to the same seat under this mechanism, preference shall be given to the Senator who most recently served in the seat.

4. Any party holding more seats in the subsequent Senate than in the preceding one shall be entitled to the party's most recently held seats which are still available after the evaluation of the previous rules, if such seats exist.
a) If multiple parties would be assigned the same seat under this mechanism, preference shall be given to the party that most recently served in the seat.

5. If, after evaluation of the previous rules, there is a clear ideological alignment between the outgoing Senator in an available seat and an unassigned incoming member - with no other unassigned member having a plausible ideological connection to said incumbent - the incoming member in question shall be assigned that incumbent's seat.

6. After evaluation of the previous rules, any further incoming at-large Senators shall be assigned to the lowest-numbered available seat for which they are eligible at the time when they post their swearing into office.


For the purposes of seat allocation for the inaugural Senate under the new Constitution (the 104th Senate), the history of the nine seats of the House of Representatives shall be substituted for the history of prior Senates in terms of the seats being held by both parties and individuals. For all following Senates, House history shall not be taken into account except when breaking ties under rule 2(a) if a party has held multiple seats since the start of the 104th Senate.
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