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« Reply #350 on: May 22, 2019, 12:33:27 PM »

Introducing this piece of legislation that originated in the Lincoln Council as civilian-sponsored legislation (or standard legislation if a sitting Senator decides to sponsor this); to try and avoid a possible issue of federal preemption. Credit for the bill goes to Pyro, the original sponsor.

Not sure how many signatures are needed for a civilian sponsored legislation but here goes mine

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Transactions Fairness Act

to protect consumers from common banking and credit abuse

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Section I

1. A financial institution, also known as a banking institution, is defined as a corporation, company or other business entity that provides services as an intermediary of financial markets.

2. A consumer is defined as a person or organization that uses an economic service.

Section II

1. No financial institution shall charge a fee for the following services.

   a. Usage of an Automated Teller Machine, or ATM.

   b. Opening an account.

   c. Closing an account.

   d. Not interacting with the account.

   e. Replacing a lost or stolen credit or debit card.

   f. Stop payment on a check.

   g. Issuing paper statements.

   h. Paying an amount owed through cash, credit or debit.

2. No financial institution shall conduct the following practices.

     a. "Reordering Transactions." This is defined as processing of transactions from a consumer's account in an order that may be different from the order in which the transactions were made.

     b. "Dual Tracking." This is defined as the process in which a mortgage lender may request documents and begin processing a loan modification while simultaneously engaging in the foreclosure process.

3. All financial institutions engaging in credit card services must allocate a minimum five day grace period prior to issuing a late fee for balance payments.

4. In the case of an overdraft or overdrawn account, no fee shall be charged to the consumer until the amount exceeds $50 US. Once the $50 US cap is breached, a fee may be charged to the consumer ten business days following a mailed or electronic notice.

5. Owed funds to a financial institution cannot be collected through the garnishing of Social Security payments.

6. Financial institutions cannot sell or foreclose on real estate without signed authorization from the homeowner.

7. All financial institutions must have a customer service phone line printed clearly on its website home page.

8. Utilities may not charge a fee for the processing of credit or debit cards.

Section III

1. The penalty for failure to abide by the any of the above guidelines shall be no less than:

  a. If a Corporation, Limited Liability Company or Partnership with Gross Income under $10 Billion: 20% of the Business Gross Income and Seizure of Assets.

  b. If a Corporation, Limited Liability Company or Partnership with Gross Income over $10 Billion: 40% of the Business Gross Income and Seizure of Assets.

Section IV

1. This act takes effect on October 1st, 2019 contingent upon signing by the president.

I thought this required the entire Council to sign off, also this bill is unconstitutional, and I hope that the Senate kills it
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« Reply #351 on: May 22, 2019, 03:27:33 PM »

Introducing this piece of legislation that originated in the Lincoln Council as civilian-sponsored legislation (or standard legislation if a sitting Senator decides to sponsor this); to try and avoid a possible issue of federal preemption. Credit for the bill goes to Pyro, the original sponsor.

Not sure how many signatures are needed for a civilian sponsored legislation but here goes mine

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Transactions Fairness Act

to protect consumers from common banking and credit abuse

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Section I

1. A financial institution, also known as a banking institution, is defined as a corporation, company or other business entity that provides services as an intermediary of financial markets.

2. A consumer is defined as a person or organization that uses an economic service.

Section II

1. No financial institution shall charge a fee for the following services.

   a. Usage of an Automated Teller Machine, or ATM.

   b. Opening an account.

   c. Closing an account.

   d. Not interacting with the account.

   e. Replacing a lost or stolen credit or debit card.

   f. Stop payment on a check.

   g. Issuing paper statements.

   h. Paying an amount owed through cash, credit or debit.

2. No financial institution shall conduct the following practices.

     a. "Reordering Transactions." This is defined as processing of transactions from a consumer's account in an order that may be different from the order in which the transactions were made.

     b. "Dual Tracking." This is defined as the process in which a mortgage lender may request documents and begin processing a loan modification while simultaneously engaging in the foreclosure process.

3. All financial institutions engaging in credit card services must allocate a minimum five day grace period prior to issuing a late fee for balance payments.

4. In the case of an overdraft or overdrawn account, no fee shall be charged to the consumer until the amount exceeds $50 US. Once the $50 US cap is breached, a fee may be charged to the consumer ten business days following a mailed or electronic notice.

5. Owed funds to a financial institution cannot be collected through the garnishing of Social Security payments.

6. Financial institutions cannot sell or foreclose on real estate without signed authorization from the homeowner.

7. All financial institutions must have a customer service phone line printed clearly on its website home page.

8. Utilities may not charge a fee for the processing of credit or debit cards.

Section III

1. The penalty for failure to abide by the any of the above guidelines shall be no less than:

  a. If a Corporation, Limited Liability Company or Partnership with Gross Income under $10 Billion: 20% of the Business Gross Income and Seizure of Assets.

  b. If a Corporation, Limited Liability Company or Partnership with Gross Income over $10 Billion: 40% of the Business Gross Income and Seizure of Assets.

Section IV

1. This act takes effect on October 1st, 2019 contingent upon signing by the president.

I thought this required the entire Council to sign off, also this bill is unconstitutional, and I hope that the Senate kills it

Its legal for federal congress to do, just not a region. The issue is that National bank law under the interstate commerce clause preempts contrary Regional laws on National banks. Congress however can limit its preemptive scope.
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« Reply #352 on: May 24, 2019, 01:29:22 AM »

After much negotiation, discussion in the NSC, and frankly a lot of forgetting to submit it, I submit to you the treaty that was negotiated between ourselves and the Latvians.

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Treaty of Recognition and Security between Latvia and the Republic of Atlasia

Article I:
The Government of Latvia will lease the Republic of Atlasia land upon which to build a runaway and an Atlasian-use only hanger at Lielvārde Air Base, subject to Atlasia covering 75% of the cost and the following conditions:
1. Atlasia enter into a 20 year lease agreement with the Latvian government for the land at a rate of $10,000 a year ($200,000 over the life of the lease) to be deposited in an interest bearing account to assist with unexpected capital improvements
2. The upgrades remain with the land if the lease is mutually terminated or not renewed
3. Atlasian military does not store nuclear weapons within Latvias borders
4. Atlasian military shall not torture or waterboard anyone within Latvias borders
5. Except during a war, the Latvian President must approve if there is to be more than 10,000 active duty Atlasian soldiers stationed in Latvia at any one time
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« Reply #353 on: May 24, 2019, 03:58:21 PM »

After much negotiation, discussion in the NSC, and frankly a lot of forgetting to submit it, I submit to you the treaty that was negotiated between ourselves and the Latvians.

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Treaty of Recognition and Security between Latvia and the Republic of Atlasia

Article I:
The Government of Latvia will lease the Republic of Atlasia land upon which to build a runaway and an Atlasian-use only hanger at Lielvārde Air Base, subject to Atlasia covering 75% of the cost and the following conditions:
1. Atlasia enter into a 20 year lease agreement with the Latvian government for the land at a rate of $10,000 a year ($200,000 over the life of the lease) to be deposited in an interest bearing account to assist with unexpected capital improvements
2. The upgrades remain with the land if the lease is mutually terminated or not renewed
3. Atlasian military does not store nuclear weapons within Latvias borders
4. Atlasian military shall not torture or waterboard anyone within Latvias borders
5. Except during a war, the Latvian President must approve if there is to be more than 10,000 active duty Atlasian soldiers stationed in Latvia at any one time

I will introduce this for the Secretary.
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« Reply #354 on: June 10, 2019, 12:46:14 PM »

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Appalachia Reinvestment Act

An Act


to invest in Appalachia and combat the opioid epidemic


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SECTION 1.

1. This Act may be cited as the “Appalachia Reinvestment Act”.

SECTION 2.

1. Beginning on October 1st, 2019, the Appalachia Regional Commission shall receive a budget of $10,000,000,000 for the fiscal year ending on September 30th, 2020.

2. Beginning on October 1st, 2020, the Appalachia Regional Commission shall receive a budget of $10,000,000,000 for the fiscal year ending on September 30th, 2021.

3. Beginning on October 1st, 2021, the Appalachia Regional Commission shall receive a budget of $10,000,000,000 for the fiscal year ending on September 30th, 2022.

4. Beginning on October 1st, 2022, the Appalachia Regional Commission shall receive a budget of $10,000,000,000 for the fiscal year ending on September 30th, 2023.

SECTION 3.

1. The Appalachia Regional Commission (ARC) shall establish a special division on the opioid epidemic

2. Counties within the scope of the ARC shall be given a status based on the overall severity of drug related death within their boundaries

3. The status are hereby defined as-
   a. Clear: Drug related deaths of less than 4.5 per 100,000
   b. At risk: Drug related deaths of between 4.5-10 per 100,000
   c. Endemic: Drug related deaths of between 10-15 per 100,000
   d. Epidemic: Drug related deaths of between 15-25 per 100,000
   e. Crisis: Drug related deaths of greater than 25 per 100,000


SECTION 4.

1. The Federal Government of Atlasia shall establish the Opioid Epidemic Commission (OEC)

2. This commission shall function as a voluntary partnership between the Federal Government and regional governments

3. Region can opt out of the OEC with a simple majority within their respective legislature

4. The OEC shall use the same status guidelines as the Appalachia Regional Commission

5. The OEC shall establish-
   a. A division on inpatient therapy
   b. A division on outpatient therapy
   c. A division on research
   d. A division on community grants

6. The OEC shall cease its duties exactly one fiscal year after the national drug related death rate has fallen below 4.5 per 100,000

SECTION 5.

1. Beginning on October 1st, 2019, the Opioid Epidemic Commission shall receive a budget of $10,000,000,000 for the fiscal year ending on September 30th, 2020.

SECTION 7.

1. Income tax rates in the four highest brackets shall be increased by 1 percentage point until FY 2023.

SECTION 6.

1. This law shall go into effect on October 1st, 2019
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« Reply #355 on: June 13, 2019, 12:46:15 PM »

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Supporting Atlasian Entrepreneurs Act

To provide assistance to prospective job creators.


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SECTION 1.

1. Beginning on October 1st, 2019, the Minority Business Development Agency shall receive a budget of $200,000,000 for the fiscal year ending on September 30th, 2020.

SECTION 2.

1. Beginning on October 1st, 2019, the Small Business Administration shall receive a budget of $1,000,000,000 for the fiscal year ending on September 30th, 2020.

SECTION 3.

1. The expensing of exploration and development costs, for tax purposes, is hereby repealed

SECTION 4.

1. This Act shall go into effect immediately

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« Reply #356 on: June 14, 2019, 05:10:02 PM »

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Paid Time Off Act

A Bill

To establish federal baselines for requiring businesses to provide paid time off to employees.

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

Section 1. Definitions
1. Employers - companies that employ 50 or more employees
2. Full-time employee - employees who work a minimum of 40 hours per week.

Section 2. Paid Time Off
1. Effective January 1, 2020, employers shall be required to provide 5 paid vacation days per year to all full-time employees.
2. Effective January 1, 2022, employers shall be required to provide 10 paid vacation days per year to all full-time employees.
3. Employers are permitted and encouraged to exceed these baseline requirements.
4. Regional governments are permitted to increase these baseline requirements in their region

I am sponsoring this bill on behalf of President Tmth
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« Reply #357 on: June 25, 2019, 12:28:45 PM »

Could a Senator please sponsor this election bill on my behalf. I would like these bills to take preference over my immigration bills posted in the citizens introduction thread please.

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Double Posting Leniency Resolution
Since this original section was amended to place a strict no policy on making multiple posts in the voting booth we have seen several citizens have their votes invalidated for innocently posting multiple posts by mistake only to find out that if they correct their mistake minutes later their vote has been invalidated. Be it resolved Article I Section 4 be amended to relax the multiple posting rile allowing citizens a reasonable amount of time to fix multiple posting errors.  

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The right of citizens of the Republic of Atlasia to vote shall not be denied, except in regards to persons whose account is fewer than 168 hours old, as punishment for crimes of which the accused has been duly convicted, or in consequence of failing to meet such requirements for frequent posting or term of residency as may be established by law; but no ballot shall be counted as valid that should list the candidates for office in a script other than the Latin alphabet, or that has been edited more than twenty minutes after its posting in the voting booth. All posts made in the voting booth shall be considered as ballots, and no citizen shall have cast multiple ballots in any one election during the period the voting booth is open at the close of voting posted in the voting booth, upon penalty of the invalidation of their vote.
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« Reply #358 on: June 25, 2019, 07:25:10 PM »

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THESE ARE REGIONAL ISSUES ACT

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SECTION I: NAME
a. This act shall be referred to as These Are Regional Issues Act

SECTION II: REGIONAL POWERS
a. The regulation prohibiting school lunches from containing more that one (1) cup of lima beans, peas, potatoes, or corn kernels per student per week is hereby eliminated. 7 CFR 210.10 shall be amended accordingly.
b. The regulation prohibiting the hiring of a School Nutrition Program Officer unless they have a college degree is hereby eliminated. 7 CFR 210.30(b)(1)(ii) & (iii) shall be amended accordingly.
c. The regulation prohibiting schools from offering 2% milkfat milk, whole milk, or chocolate milk or else lose School Breakfast and School Lunch programs funding is hereby eliminated.  7 CFR 210.10(c)(g) & 7 CFR 220.8(c)(g) & 7 CFR 215.7a shall be amended accordingly.
d. The regulation imposing arbitrary nutrition standards for snacks in school vending machines or else the school loses School Breakfast and School Lunch programs funding eligibility is hereby eliminated. 7 CFR 210.11(a)(2) and 42 USC 1779 shall be amended accordingly.
e. Nothing in federal law shall be construed or interpreted as requiring Common Core State Educational standards in order to qualify for any federal education funding program, including but not limited race to the top grants.
f. The regulation implying that schools will be sued if neutral discipline policies show a disparate impact is hereby eliminated. The Dear Colleague Letter dated January 8, 2014 is hereby rescinded.
g. The regulation implying that colleges will be sued if they fail to reduce the burden of proof for campus disciplinary hearings below clear and convincing evidence is hereby eliminated. The Dear Colleague Letter dated April 4, 2011 is hereby rescinded.
h. The regulation mandating most college classes take attendance to assist in verifying if federal student loan recipients have dropped out is hereby eliminated.
i. The regulation disqualifying students convicted of drug crimes from most federal student aid programs is hereby eliminated. 20 USC 1091(r)(1) shall be amended accordingly.
j. The regulation imposing certain crime reporting requirements on colleges shall not include crimes committed off-campus, including but not limited to privately operated book stores. 34 CFR 668.46 shall be amended accordingly.
k. The regulation imposing certain crime reporting requirements on colleges shall not be required for the crimes of "stalking", "domestic violence", and "dating violence", until such time that the Department of Justice provides a definition of each crime, in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act.
l. The regulation poorly defining "credit hour" in the context of classes eligible for the student loan program is hereby eliminated. 34 CFR 600.2 shall be amended accordingly.
m. The regulation mandating colleges compile and publish certain employment data about previously enrolled students or else lose funding eligibility is hereby eliminated. 34 CFR 668.401 - 668.415 shall be amended accordingly.
n. The regulation mandating college financial solvency as measured by an arbitrary composite score or else lose funding eligibility is hereby eliminated. 34 CFR 668.171 - 176 shall be amended accordingly.
o. The regulation mandating colleges offering online classes receive certification from every single state students enroll from instead of just the state the college is physically located in or else lose funding eligibility is hereby eliminated. 34 cfr 600.9 shall be amended accordingly.
p. The regulation mandating colleges distribute a breakdown on the racial breakdown of the student body to each student or else lose funding eligibility is hereby eliminated. 20 USC 1092(a)(1)(Q) shall be amended accordingly.
q. The regulation mandating colleges distribute a copy of their peer-to-peer file sharing policy along with government propaganda warning of the illegality of certain copyright violations or else lose funding eligibility is hereby eliminated. 34 CFR 668.14(b)(30), 34 CFR 668.43(a)(10), 20 USC 1092(a)(1)(P) and 20 USC 1094(a)(29) shall be amended accordingly.
r. The regulation mandating colleges distribute a copy of their vaccination policy disclosure to each student or else lose funding eligibility is hereby eliminated.  20 USC 1092(a)(1)(V) shall be amended accordingly.
s. The regulation mandating colleges distribute a voter registration form to each student or else lose federal funding eligibility is hereby eliminated. 20 USC 1094(a)(23) shall be amended accordingly.

SECTION III: TIMING
a. This act shall take effect July 4, 2020.
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« Reply #359 on: June 25, 2019, 07:26:13 PM »

I will introduce this for AZ, but I do have some concerns about it.

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Double Posting Leniency Resolution
Since this original section was amended to place a strict no policy on making multiple posts in the voting booth we have seen several citizens have their votes invalidated for innocently posting multiple posts by mistake only to find out that if they correct their mistake minutes later their vote has been invalidated. Be it resolved Article I Section 4 be amended to relax the multiple posting rile allowing citizens a reasonable amount of time to fix multiple posting errors.  

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The right of citizens of the Republic of Atlasia to vote shall not be denied, except in regards to persons whose account is fewer than 168 hours old, as punishment for crimes of which the accused has been duly convicted, or in consequence of failing to meet such requirements for frequent posting or term of residency as may be established by law; but no ballot shall be counted as valid that should list the candidates for office in a script other than the Latin alphabet, or that has been edited more than twenty minutes after its posting in the voting booth. All posts made in the voting booth shall be considered as ballots, and no citizen shall have cast multiple ballots in any one election during the period the voting booth is open at the close of voting posted in the voting booth, upon penalty of the invalidation of their vote.
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« Reply #360 on: June 25, 2019, 07:29:55 PM »

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POSTAL REFORM IS NEEDED ACT

SENATE BILL


To help the postal service

Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled
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SECTION I: TITLE

1. This law shall be referred to as the Postal Reform is Needed Act.

SECTION II: FREEDOM OF PERSONAL CHOICES

a. The lawful carry of firearms onto Post Office property shall not be prohibited. 39 CFR 232.1 shall be amended accordingly.

b. The regulation prohibiting the mere wearing of a Postal uniform by a non-actor is hereby eliminated. 18 USC 1730 shall be amended accordingly.

SECTION III: SOLVENCY PROPOSALS
a. Mail delivery service shall be discontinued on Saturdays. This shall not affect delivery of packages on Saturdays. 118 Stat. 3264 shall be amended accordingly.
b. The price of a First Class Stamp shall be increased to $0.55.
c. The Postal Service shall be permitted to sell advertising space on the sides of Postal Delivery Vehicles.
d. The Postal Service Community Financial Lending Act is hereby repealed. Any unspent funds appropriated under this act are hereby rescinded except for those funds necessary to pay for the administrative expenses of winding down the program. Title XXXI of the Code of Atlasia shall be amended accordingly.
e. National, Regional, and State political committees shall be ineligible to receive reduced mailing rates reserved for other non-profit organizations. 39 U.S.C. § 3626 shall be amended accordingly.

SECTION IV: CELEBRATE OUR STATES COMMEMORATIVE STAMP ACT
a. The Postal Reform Act, Section IV shall be amended accordingly:

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1. A Commemorative Stamp Program is hereby authorized to honor each State in Atlasia. Beginning January 2nd, 20210 a new forever stamp shall be released honoring an Atlasian State, beginning with Alabama and proceeding therefrom alphabetically every two months until all States have been honored.
2. Each stamp shall include the name of the State being honored, and an image of a famous person from the State being honored. The famous person to be honored by each State shall be chosen in the following way:
     a. If a Regional legislature passes a law agreeing to participate in the program by January 2nd, 202019, the Regional legislature may choose the method for selecting the famous person to be honored.
     b. If a Regional legislature fails to pass a law agreeing to participate in the program by January 2nd, 202019, the President may choose the method for selecting the famous person to be honored.
3. The design for each Stamp shall be approved by the Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee

SECTION V: EFFECTIVE DATE

1. This act shall take effect immediately. No lawsuit to enforce the provisions of the law shall be justiciable in any federal or Regional court until 90 days after this law takes effect.
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« Reply #361 on: June 25, 2019, 07:37:17 PM »

Privacy Restoration Act of 2019
   To Stop the NSA from illegally and wrongfully spying on Atlasian citizens and for other purposes

In Congress
The Bill
To Stop the NSA in Atlasia from illegally and wrongfully spying on Atlasian citizens and for other purposes

Section 1: Short title
   The act will be titled the “Privacy Restoration Act of 2019
Section 2: Findings
   Congress finds the following
      (1) The federal government is currently violating the privacy, safety, and security of Atlasian citizens
Section 3: Rule of Construction
   Basic human rights in Atlasian ought to be respected in order to ensure the security of its citizens. No citizen should be wrongfully searched without probable cause and without a warrant authorized explicitly and specifically by a judge. Such wrongful searches must be terminated and those found pursuing wrongful searches must be terminated from their position in the National Security Agency. Additionally, those found should be prosecuted for violating the law.

Section 4: Restricting the powers of the National Security Agency
1. The Constitution shall not be construed to allow any agency of the Atlasian Government to search the phone records of Atlasians without a warrant based on probable cause.
2. The warrant must specifically describe and outline the scope of the search
3. Every warrant must be addressed to a specific individual unless there is undeniable evidence that said individual is in association with another known terrorist, terrorist organization, or affiliated with a government that sponsors terrorism
4. If a search is conducted upon an individual who is not affiliated with a terrorist organization look to Statement 2 under Section 4.
5. If warrant is authorized by a federal judge, the warrant must be presented to the individual who will be searched. If the individual is not available, the search cannot begin
6.If the individual refuses to allow the search to happen, he/she can be detained by federal authorities

Section 5: Accountability of National Security Agents
1. Any individual who violates Section 4 of this law will be immediately terminated and face a fine of up to $100,000.
2. Any individual who violates Section 4 of this law can be prosecuted
3. Any high-ranking authority within the federal government who gives authorization to National Security Agents to reject Section 4 will be immediately terminated and face a fine of up to $250,000.
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« Reply #362 on: June 26, 2019, 06:41:48 PM »

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SENATE BILL
DUMB REGULATIONS REPEAL ACT XX: THIS IS THE BILL THAT NEVER ENDS


To make our country proud and free!

SECTION I: NAME
a. This law shall be known as the Dumb Regulations Repeal Act XX: This is the Bill that Never Ends

SECTION II: CHEESE AND OLEOMARGARINE
a. The regulation making it a federal crime to sell margarine if the letters in the word "margarine" aren't at least as bold as the other letters on the package is hereby eliminated. 21 CFR §166.40(c)(3) shall be amended accordingly.
b. The regulation making it a federal crime to sell margarine if the word "margarine" is written in smaller type than any other word on the package is hereby eliminated. 21 USC §331(m) & 21 USC §347(b)(3)(A) shall be amended accordingly.
c. The regulation making it a federal crime to sell mozzarella cheese made with a mixture of cow milk and water buffalo milk is hereby eliminated. 21 CFR §133.155(b)(1) shall be amended accordingly.
d. The regulation making it a federal crime to sell spiced cheese with less than .015 oz. of spice per pound of cheese. 21 CFR §133.190(a)(1) shall be amended accordingly.
e. The regulation making it a federal crime to sell cheese whiz in a spray can without warning consumers to try and avoid spraying the food in their eyes is hereby eliminated. 21 CFR §101.17(a)(1) shall be amended accordingly.

f. The regulation making it a federal crime to sell parmesan cheese that isn't easy to grate is hereby eliminated. 21 CFR §133.165(a) shall be amended accordingly.

SECTION III: OTHER FOOD ONES
a. The regulation making it a federal crime to bring chicken to Antarctica and leave it there without eating it, unless you incinerate it or sterilize it before you go is hereby eliminated. 45 CFR §§670.4(e) & 670.7 shall be amended accordingly.
b. The regulation making it a federal crime to import mixed caviar coming from multiple species of fish unless you know exactly how many fish eggs came from each kind of fish Is hereby eliminated. 50 CFR §23.71(g) shall be amended accordingly.
c. The regulation making it a federal crime to sell tomato juice that isn't red enough, unless you expressly warn people that the juice has “poor color” is hereby eliminated. 21 CFR §156.145(b)(1)(i) shall be amended accordingly.
d. The regulation making it a federal crime to leave North or South Carolina with an ear of corn unless it's been shucked is hereby eliminated. 7 CFR §301.80(b)(16) shall be amended accordingly.
e. The regulation making it a federal crime to sell mixed nuts with a picture of the nut mixture on the label if it doesn't accurately depict the relative nut proportions in the container is hereby eliminated.  21 CFR §164.110(f) shall be amended accordingly.
f. The regulation making it a federal crime to sell raisin buns if you use raisin extract in place of the required raisins is hereby eliminated.  21 CFR §136.160(a)(2) shall be amended accordingly.
g. The regulation making it a federal crime to sell salad dressing unless you label it "salad dressing" is hereby eliminated.  21 CFR §169.150(f) shall be amended accordingly.
h. The regulation making it a federal crime to sell bacon made from pork bellies that got heavier after being cured is hereby eliminated.  9 CFR §319.107 shall be amended accordingly.
i. The regulation making it a federal crime for a brewer to refuse to keep records of how much beer gets consumed at their brewery each day is hereby eliminated.  27 CFR §25.292(a)(11) shall be amended accordingly.
j. The regulation making it a federal crime to bottle "Near Beer" if the words "near" and "beer" are in different fonts or colors is hereby eliminated.  27 CFR §25.242(a) shall be amended accordingly.
k. The regulation making it a federal crime for a brewer to not immediately report an "unusual" loss of beer while the beer was being transported between breweries is hereby eliminated. 27 CFR §25.184(d) shall be amended accordingly.
l. The regulation making it a federal crime to bring an empty sack to Puerto Rico if the sack used to have unroasted coffee in it is hereby eliminated. 7 CFR §319.73–2(a)(3) shall be amended accordingly.

SECTION IV: TIME
a. This act shall take effect 30 days from the date of passage.
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« Reply #363 on: June 26, 2019, 06:59:41 PM »

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SENATE BILL
DUMB REGULATIONS REPEAL ACT 21: BLACKJACK!


To make our country proud and free!
SECTION I: NAME
a. This law shall be known as the Dumb Regulations Repeal Act 21: Blackjack!

SECTION II: ONES RELATED TO FEDERAL PROPERTY
a. The regulation making it a federal crime to wash dishes in the Brooks Camp area of Katmai National Park unless you use the designated spigot is hereby eliminated. 36 CFR §13.1232 shall be amended accordingly.
b. The regulation making it a federal crime to request permission for an item to be taken on a NASA space mission as a memento unless you're actually going on the space mission is hereby eliminated. 14 CFR §1214.604(a) shall be amended accordingly.
c. The regulation making it a federal crime to make loud and unusual noises at the post office is hereby eliminated. 39 CFR §232.1(e) & (p)(2) shall be amended accordingly.
d. The regulation making it a federal crime to deliver a person to a federal water resource development site by balloon is hereby eliminated. 36 CFR §327.4(e) shall be amended accordingly.
e. The regulation making it a federal crime to gamble at the national zoo is hereby eliminated. 36 CFR §520.7 shall be amended accordingly.
f. The regulation making it a federal crime to be publicly nude in the Allegheny National Forest, but not if you have a nudity permit or you're naked in the course of official firefighting duties is hereby eliminated. 36 CFR §261.58(j) shall be amended accordingly & Order #17-018 shall be rescinded.
g. The regulation defining waters of Atlasia as including non-adjacent wetlands or isolated, non-navigable waters lacking a continuous flow is hereby eliminated. 33 CFR Part 328 shall be amended accordingly.

SECTION III: HORSE PENISES
a. The regulation making it a federal crime to import a foreign stallion from a region affected by Contagious Equine Metritis if you don't wash its fully-erect penis on five consecutive days and apply ointment to it after it's tested negative for the disease is hereby eliminated. 9 CFR §93.301(e)(3)(i)(A) shall be amended accordingly.
b. The regulation making it a federal crime to temporarily import a foreign horse for entertainment purposes and let its genitals get examined for a non-medical reason is hereby eliminated. 9 CFR §93.301(f)(5)(vii) shall be amended accordingly.
c. The regulation prohibiting foreign show horses that are temporarily in Atlasia for competitions from having sex is hereby eliminated. 9 CFR 93.301(f)(5)(vii) shall be amended accordingly.

SECTION IV: DUMB EMPLOYEE CRIMES
a. The regulation making it a federal crime for judges in the Federal Duck Stamp contest to not spend at least two hours reviewing the artwork submitted by duck stamp contestants before the contest begins is hereby eliminated. 50 CFR §91.24(b) shall be amended accordingly.
b. The regulation criminalizing Bureau of Reclamation employees being late to work is hereby eliminated. Nothing in this law shall limit the available employee disciplinary policies available to federal employers. 43 CFR 422.12(a) shall be amended accordingly.

SECTION V: COMSTOCK LAW
a. The regulation making it a federal crime to import or transport in interstate commerce information on contraception is hereby eliminated. 18 U.S. Code § 1462 shall be repealed.

SECTION VI: MISCELLANEOUS
a. The regulation making it a federal crime to sell antiperspirant with "all day extra effective protection" unless it can sustain 30% sweat reduction over a 24-hour period is hereby eliminated. 21 CFR §350.50(b)(5) shall be amended accordingly.
b. The regulation making it a federal crime to release a raptor into a building in order to capture a bird, unless you have a permit to do that kind of thing is hereby eliminated. 50 CFR §21.12(d)(3) shall be amended accordingly.
c. The regulation prohibiting agencies and departments of the federal government from buying or using Styrofoam is hereby eliminated. Federal Law 2.7 in the Atlasian Code is hereby repealed.

SECTION VII: TIME
a. This act shall take effect 30 days from the date of passage.
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« Reply #364 on: June 26, 2019, 07:03:57 PM »

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SENATE BILL
TINKERING WITH TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT


To make the telecommunications industry work better for consumers

SECTION I: NAME
a. This law shall be known as the Tinkering with Telecommunications Act

SECTION II: SPECTRUM AVAILABILITY
a. The National Telecommunication and Information Agency (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission shall study and jointly publish a report by January 1, 2020 identifying all excess or underutilized federal electromagnetic spectrum frequencies unrelated to emergency frequencies. Such study shall include an analysis of excess “white space” between existing frequencies. On April 1, 2020, the NTIA shall conduct public auctions for ten (10) year rights to those spectrum frequencies identified in the report.
b. The sales terms of the auction shall include a provision that the spectrum leaseholder must utilize or sell their spectrum frequency within the first eighteen (18) months of acquisition or else the rights to the spectrum frequency revert back to federal management. Upon such reversion, a new auction for the frequency shall be held within six (6) months upon the same terms as the first.
c. Bidders at an auction conducted in accordance with this act shall not be subject to any aggregation limits on their potential purchases.
d. Any auctioned spectrum frequencies in the 14.0-14.5-GHz Band shall be reserved for bidders who certify that such frequency shall be used in the provision of internet services to aircraft.
e. The 70CM Band shall be reserved for public use by amateur radio licensees.
f. Nothing in federal law shall be interpreted as prohibiting persons from using satellites in the dissemination of signals along appropriately leased frequencies, provided such signals do not interfere with other frequencies to which that person does not have an agreement to interfere with
g. The FCC shall be prohibited from blocking or interfering with secondary sales of spectrum frequencies purchased at auction.
h. The regulation granting automatic roaming rights to cell phone carriers shall be amended to exclude cell phone carriers who already own spectrum rights in the specific market area.
i. The regulation purporting to remove local authority for cell tower siting is hereby eliminated. FCC's Small Cell Siting Declaratory Ruling "Accelerating Broadband deployment" WT Docket No. 17-79 and 17-84 (2018) is hereby rescinded.
j. The FCC shall classify Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) as broadband for the purposes of rulemaking.

SECTION III: TELEVISION CHANNELS
a. Cable and Satellite companies that have purchased the right to air a sporting event across their network shall not be required to “black out” or refuse to air that sporting event in specific geographic markets.
b. Cable providers may continued to carry broadcast stations on an interim basis during disputes over retransmission consent fees.
c. Satellite providers shall be prohibited from refusing to offer a la carte packages of available content channels to subscribers provider the subscriber selects a minimum of ten (10) channels.
d. Media companies shall be prohibited from requiring cable and satellite providers to carry specific cable channels in order to obtain broadcast stations.

SECTION IV: FCC REFORM
a. All of the separate reports that the FCC is required to make to Congress each year shall be consolidated into one large report due on the harmonized date of the first workday of the new year.
b. Beginning in FY 2020 the following programs shall be eliminated:
   1. Broadband Opportunities Program
   2. Lifeline Program
   3. Public Safety Interoperable System Grant Program
   4. Public Telecommunications Facilities Program
   5. Technology Opportunities Program
c. On January 1, 2021 The NTIA and all of its duties shall be consolidated into the FCC.
d. E-Rate Applicants shall be permitted to file physical copies of their application until January 1, 2022.

SECTION V: TIME
a. Unless otherwise provided herein, this act shall take effect immediately.
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« Reply #365 on: June 29, 2019, 04:11:57 PM »
« Edited: June 29, 2019, 04:17:54 PM by Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee »

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SENATE RESOLUTION
So the Senate doesn't catch the House's Stupid and to fix some other errors in the text

Be it resolved in the Senate Assembled,
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Omnibus Senate Rules Amendment aka Idiot Proofing the Senate

Section 1: Slot Changes
Article 2, Clause 2 is amended as follows:
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3.) 15 20 threads about legislation may be open for voting and debate simultaneously.
a.) The first 10 12 open threads shall be open to all legislations initially regarding bills, resolutions or constitutional amendments. If the sponsor already has two or more pieces 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 eleventh thirteenth open thread shall be reserved for bills submitted by civilians in the Public Consultation and Legislation Submission thread. The PPT shall be the president officer for this open thread.
c.) The twelfth fourteenth, the thirteenth fifteenth, and the fourteenth sixteenth open threads shall be reserved for legislation that previously passed the House. The President of Congress shall be the presiding officer for these open threads.
d.) The fifteenth seventeenth open thread shall be reserved for legislation related to national emergencies declared by the President of Atlasia. The PPT President of Congress shall introduce legislation to this thread as directed by the President, but only when the President has declared a state of national emergency.
e.) The sixteenth eighteenth slot shall be reserved for budget debates and related resolutions and statutes. This slot shall be administered by the President of Congress.
f.) The nineteenth and twentieth slot shall be reserved for items deemed to be "Presidential Agenda" and shall only be operational when activated by the President via Executive Order. The President of Congress shall introduce legislation to this thread as directed by the President, but only when the President has declared a state of national emergency.

Section 2: Cloture Means Cloture

Article 4, Section 2:
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4.) When debate on legislation has halted for longer than 36 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 debate on legislation has halted for longer than 36 hours and the legislation has been on the floor for more than 72 hours but no more than 336 hours, any Senators may motion for cloture. 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.

This solves many of the problems that have been highlighted in the rules in the last few days and since little has been mentioned of the Senate, I think it prudent for us to proactively fix these issues before the problems in the House spread to the Senate as well.

1. This expands the number of in order slots to match the clogging rule limit, which eliminates the problem that house has where the clogging rule exceeds the number of slots. This is a problem because the clogging rule was copy pasted from a rule provision dating back to 2009 when then number of members and slots was vastly different and it was aimed at dealing with the lone libertarian spamming gold and Fed bills.

2. I brings back administration controlled slots like we had pre-reset but leaves them more flexible compared to back then when we had a foreign policy slot, a forum affairs slot etc. These would go well along with the Budget and Emergency Slots, which we had back then too giving the President control of four Senate slots. I wanted to go to 5 but I didn't want to go over twenty.

3. It changes the rules on cloture and ongoing debate so that they actually make sense. Under the current text it makes literally no damn sense. It says you have to wait for debate to stop to motion to end debate. Seriously! That is how it reads. With the changes above, after the minimum debate time, any Senator may motion for cloture.

4. It brings back the continuous debate rule from pre-reset which essential means to maintain the 2/3rds cloture requirement you have to actively post and not let debate on the bill cease for more than 24 hours.
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« Reply #366 on: June 30, 2019, 08:15:56 PM »

I am sponsoring this on behalf of First Minister Scott.

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AN ACT
To prohibit police officers from ordering blood draws from unconscious DUI suspects without a warrant

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Section 1: Title

This legislation may be cited as the Mitchell Act.

Section 2: Requiring a judicial warrant prior to the taking of an unconscious person's blood

Whereas, unconscious persons shall retain their right to bodily autonomy, Section II of the Who Polices the Police Act is hereby amended:

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1. The practice of issuing administrative subpoenas under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to seize electronic data stored on a third-party server is hereby prohibited. No such data may be seized unless a valid warrant is issued by a federal magistrate or judge with appropriate jurisdiction over the investigation. 18 U.S.C. § 2511 shall be amended accordingly.

2. 47 USC § 1001-1010 imposing CALEA software compatibility on certain electronic devices or telecommunications equipment is hereby repealed.

3. No federal law enforcement officer shall enter upon the real property of a person to view or record the data on a meter measuring electrical usage, unless the law enforcement officer has the express consent of the real property owner or a person who resides full time at the real property, or unless the law enforcement officer has a lawful warrant issued by a federal judge or magistrate with appropriate jurisdiction.

4. No federal law enforcement officer shall implant or attach any device used for the purpose of tracking or recording geographic location via satellite to any person, privately owned vehicle, aircraft, or vessel, or any other privately owned personal property, unless the law enforcement officer has the express consent of the person or property owner, or unless the law enforcement officer has a lawful warrant issued by a federal judge or magistrate with appropriate jurisdiction.

5. No federal law enforcement officer shall use unmanned drones for the purpose of tracking a person or a privately owned vehicle, aircraft, or vessel, unless the law enforcement officer has the express consent of the person or property owner, or unless the law enforcement officer has a lawful warrant issued by a federal judge or magistrate with appropriate jurisdiction, or if there is probable cause that the person, vehicle, aircraft, or vessel is fleeing from the location of recently committed crime.

6. No federal law enforcement officer shall photograph the unopened mail correspondence between private parties, unless the law enforcement officer has the express consent of one of the parties, or unless the law enforcement officer has a lawful warrant issued by a federal judge or magistrate with appropriate jurisdiction.

7. No federal law enforcement officer shall order or initiate the drawing of blood from an unconscious person unless the law enforcement officer has a lawful warrant issued by a federal judge or magistrate with appropriate jurisdiction.

7. 8. 50 U.S.C. § 1861 authorizing the seizure of domestic files, books, and other tangible things for evidence on foreign suspects without a warrant is hereby repealed.
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« Reply #367 on: July 02, 2019, 01:10:40 AM »

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ELECTION DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ACT OF 2019

SENATE BILL


to bring Atlasian election timing in line with Daylight Savings Time changes

Be it enacted by both houses of Congress assembled:
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SECTION 1.

1.  This Act may be cited as the “Election Daylight Savings Act of 2019”.

SECTION 2.

1. All references to "Eastern Standard Time" in F.L. 1-9, the Federal Electoral Act of 2016, shall be amended to read "Eastern Daylight Time for elections beginning between the second Sunday in March and the first Sunday in November and Eastern Standard Time for all other elections.
2. The above shall take effect on August 1, 2019.
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« Reply #368 on: July 02, 2019, 03:54:24 PM »
« Edited: July 02, 2019, 09:22:08 PM by Devout Centrist »

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FASCISM BTFO ACT OF 2019

SENATE BILL


to repeal fascism

Be it enacted by both houses of Congress assembled:
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SECTION 1. Short Title.

1.  This Act may be cited as the “Freedom Act is Stupid and Constitutionally Incompatible and Simply Must Be Terminated for Freedom, Obviously! Act of 2019”, or, alternatively, as the "FASCISM BTFO Act of 2019".

SECTION 2. Findings.
Congress finds the following:
1. The USA PATRIOT ACT is fascist and bad.
2. The USA FREEDOM ACT is fascist and bad.
3. Fascism is bad.

SECTION 3. Response.
1. US P.L. 107-56, the USA PATRIOT ACT, is hereby repealed.
2. US P.L. 114-23, the USA FREEDOM ACT, is hereby repealed.

SECTION 4. Suspension of Authority for School of the Americas.

a. The Secretary of State shall suspend the operation of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.
b. The authority of the Secretary of State to operate an education and training facility under 10 USC 2166, is suspended indefinitely.
c. No training or education facility may be established in the Department of State for Latin American military personnel (as a successor to the United States Army School of the Americas, the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, or otherwise).

SECTION 5. Effective Date.
1. This act shall take effect immediately.

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« Reply #369 on: July 03, 2019, 09:18:30 AM »

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Comstock Act Repeal of 2019

To Ease Access to Birth Control Information

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SECTION 1.

1. The Comstock Act of 1873 is hereby repealed. 18 U.S. Code § 1462 is hereby repealed..

SECTION 2.

1. This Act shall go into effect immediately

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« Reply #370 on: July 05, 2019, 11:40:39 AM »

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SENATE RESOLUTION
To ratify treaty with India

Be it Resolved in the Atlasian Senate
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Treaty of Peace, Cooperation, and Friendship between the Republic of India and the Republic of Atlasia

Article I:
Atlasia and India recognize the relationship that exists between them. They also recognize the vast Opportunities that exist for both parties should deeper economic, military, and diplomatic ties be established, and they will work to make that happens.

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« Reply #371 on: July 05, 2019, 05:15:42 PM »

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Legalize Voluntary Death Act

A bill to regulate and legalize euthanasia and voluntary death in Atlasia

SECTION I: Definitions
1. Informed consent shall be defined as the free and conscious decision of a person in full use of his faculties after receiving the adequate information to receive an assisted death.
2. A chronical severe disability shall be defined as a situation that produces in a person a general inability to function independently, without healing possibilities and with a high probability of the situation persisting for the remainder of the person's natural life
3. A severe and uncurable disease shall be defined as a disease which originates physical and psychological suffering, without the possibility of tolerable relief and with a limited life prognosis.

SECTION II: Assisted death
1. Citizens and legal residents in Atlasia shall have the right to request and receive help for an assisted death when a number of requirements are met.
2. The decision to request help for a voluntary death shall require the informed consent of the patient.

SECTION III: Requirements to request an assisted death
1. In order to request an assisted death the following requirements shall be met by the patient:
a) Being a citizen or legal resident of Atlasia, above the age of 18
b) Having received information regarding the process and regarding the different alternatives and possibilities, including but not limited to palliative care
c) Formulating the petition for an assited death, which shall be repeated at least once more no less than 15 days after the original request, and which shall not be signed by the patient as a result of external pressure.
d) The patient shall be suffering from a severe and uncurable disease or have a chronical severe disability, as established in Section I
2. Alternatively, patients which due to their medical situation are unable to give informed consent may be given an assisted death if they had previously specified as part of their last will that they wanted to receive said assisted death when they found themselves suffering from a situation where they would be unable to become conscious and able to give informed consent again.

SECTION IV: Rights and duties of doctors regarding an assisted death
1. Doctors shall discuss with the patient his diagnosis, therapeutical possibilities, expected results and paliative care possibilities
2. Doctors shall verify that the request is done voluntarily, without external pressures and is expressed clearly.
3. Doctors shall verify that the patient fulfills al the requirements described in section III
4. Doctors shall administer the assisted death with the maximum care and professionality possible
5. Doctors shall have the right to excersise a voluntary refusal to an assisted death procedure through a conscious objection procedure.

SECTION V: Payment and other economical effects
1. Assisted death shall be included as part of the coverages of Atlascare. Part II, Section II of the Reforming and Regionalizing Public Healthcare Act of 2017 shall be amended accordingly
2. Assisted death shall be regarded as a natural death for all intents and purposes, including those related to life insurance

SECTION VI: Enactment
1. This bill shall become enacted inmediately after being signed by the president or after his veto is overriden as specified by the Atlasian Constitution

Credit for the idea goes to Michael19754
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« Reply #372 on: July 05, 2019, 05:20:27 PM »

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FOOD LABEL DATES HARMONIZATION ACT

SECTION I: NAME.
a. This act shall be known as the Food Label Dates Harmonization Act

SECTION II: FINDINGS.
Congress finds the following:
a. As of the date of enactment of this Act, date labeling practices on food packaging cause confusion with “sell-by”, “best-by”, “use-by”, and “best before” dates, leading up to 90 percent of individuals in Atlasia to occasionally throw out still-fresh food.
b. Confusion over the meaning of date labels is estimated to account for 20 percent of consumer waste of safe, edible food, leading to approximately $29,000,000,000 of wasted consumer spending each year.
c. Wasted food costs consumers and industry money, squanders important natural resources that are used to grow, process, distribute, and store the food supply of Atlasia, and represents a missed opportunity to feed the millions of food insecure households in Atlasia that are struggling to access healthy, affordable food.

SECTION III: DEFINITIONS.
In this Act:
a. The term “food labeler” means the producer, manufacturer, distributor, or retailer that places a date label on food packaging of a product.
b. The term “quality date” means a date voluntarily printed on food packaging that is intended to communicate to consumers the date after which the quality of the product may begin to deteriorate, but may still be acceptable for consumption.
c. The term “ready-to-eat product” means—
(A), a product that—
(i) is in a form that is edible without additional preparation to achieve food safety and may receive additional preparation for palatability or aesthetic, epicurean, gastronomic, or culinary purposes; and
(ii) is—
(I) a poultry product, as defined in section 4 of the Poultry Products Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 453);
(II) a meat food product, as defined in section 1 of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 601); or
(III) an egg product, as defined in section 4 of the Egg Products Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 1033); or
(iii) a food that is normally eaten in its raw state; or
(iv) any other food, including a processed food, for which it is reasonably foreseeable that the food will be eaten without further processing that would significantly minimize biological hazards.
d. The term “safety date” means a date printed on food packaging of a ready-to-eat product, which signifies the end of the estimated period of shelf life under any stated storage conditions, after which the product may pose a health safety risk.
e. The term “SOIA” means Secretary of Internal Affairs

SECTION IV: QUALITY DATES AND SAFETY DATES.
a. If a food labeler includes a quality date on food packaging, the label shall use the uniform quality date label phrase “best if used by”.
b. The decision to include a quality date on food packaging shall be at the discretion of the food labeler.

SECTION V: SAFETY DATES.
a.  The label of a ready-to-eat product shall include a safety date that is immediately preceded by the uniform safety date label phrase “expires on”, if the ready-to-eat product meets the criteria as defined herein.
b. The SOIA shall describe criteria that determine what ready-to-eat products may have a high level of risk associated with consumption after a certain date, including those that may be high or very high risk for Listeria monocytogenes or other contaminants or pathogens causing foodborne illness.
c. The SOIA may: (i) list additional ready-to-eat products that are high risk, but do not meet the criteria described in subparagraph (A); or (ii) exempt specific ready-to-eat products that meet the criteria described in subparagraph (A), but do not actually pose a high level of risk associated with consumption after a certain date.

SECTION VI: QUALITY DATE AND SAFETY DATE LABELING.
a. The quality date and safety date, as applicable, and immediately adjacent uniform quality date label phrase or safety date label phrase shall be located in a conspicuous place on the package of the food.
b. Each quality date and safety date shall be stated in terms of day and month and, as appropriate, year.
c. No one shall prohibit the sale, donation, or use of any product after the quality date for the product has passed.
d. 21 U.S.C. 343 , 21 U.S.C. 453(h), 21 U.S.C. 601(n), 21 U.S.C. 1036(b) shall all be amended accordingly.

SECTION VII: TIMING
a. This act shall take effect July 4, 2021.

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« Reply #373 on: July 08, 2019, 01:48:49 AM »

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SENATE RESOLUTION
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Be it resolved in the Senate Assembled,
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Correcting the Omnibus Senate rules Amendment

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f.) The nineteenth and twentieth slot shall be reserved for items deemed to be "Presidential Agenda" and shall only be operational when activated by the President via Executive Order. The President of Congress shall introduce legislation to this thread as directed by the President, but only when the President has declared a state of national emergency.

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« Reply #374 on: July 08, 2019, 12:06:10 PM »

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SENATE BILL
To strengthen the estate tax and provide a bulwark against an oligarchy

Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress
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Section 1; Title
1. This act may be cited as the "Responsible Estate Tax Act "
Section 2; Substance
1. The minimum value of estate subject to the estate tax shall be $3.5 million.
2. The estate tax brackets shall be adjusted as follows;
a) 45% tax shall be paid for the value of an estate between $3.5 million and $10 million.
b) 50% tax shall be paid for the value of an estate between $10 million and $50 million.
c) 55% tax shall be paid for the value of an estate in excess of $50 million.
3. A 10% surtax shall be imposed on the value of estates above $500 million.
4. The rules regarding grantor retained annuity trusts shall be expanded by-
a) The right to receive fixed amounts from an annuity shall last for a term of not less than 10 years and that such fixed amounts not decrease during the first 10 years of the annuity term.
b) The remainder interest shall have a value greater than 10% when transferred.
5. The generation-skipping transfer tax exemption is eliminated for any grantor trust that whose termination date is 50 years or less in duration.
6. The basic estate tax exclusion shall amount to $3.5 million.
7. The reduction in valuations of farmland for estate tax purposes shall increase to $3 million.
a) This reduction shall be adjusted to inflation after 2020.
8. The maximum estate tax exclusion for contributions of conservation easements shall increase to $2 million.
9. The annual gift tax exclusion shall be adjusted to limit the aggregate annual amount of such exclusion to twice the current exclusion amount for certain types of transfers, these being
a) A transfer in trust.
b) A transfer of an interest in a pass through entity.
c) A transfer of an interest subject to a prohibition on sale
d) Any other transfer of property that cannot be immediately liquidated by the donee.
10. Executors of estates and donors of gifts shall be required to file a gift tax return to disclose to the Department of the Treasury, and to recipients of any interest in an estate or a gift, information identifying the value of each interest received.
Section 3; Implementation
1. All changes in this legislation shall take effect in the first fiscal year following its passage into law.
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