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« Reply #375 on: July 08, 2019, 12:08:34 PM »

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Appropriations Freedom Resolution

To repeal the Paygo rule and allow more flexibility in the appropriation of funding in bills.

Be it resolved in the Atlasian Senate Assembled,
Section 1.

Article 2 shall be amended by striking section 7 with succeeding sections renumbered accordingly.
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« Reply #376 on: July 08, 2019, 07:43:08 PM »

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SCREWING AROUND WITH BORDERS AMENDMENT

SENATE RESOLUTION
Allows regional legislatures and Congress to change state boundaries

Be it resolved by two-thirds of each chamber that the Constitution be amended, as follows, upon ratification by the regions

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SECTION 1.

1. This Act may be cited as the "Screwing Around with Borders Amendment”.

SECTION 2.

Article VII, Section 2, of the Fourth Constitution, is amended to read as follows:

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1. New states may be admitted by the Congress into this Union, and apportioned among the several Regions as may be appropriate; but no new state shall be formed or erected within the jurisdiction of any other state; nor any state be formed by the junction of two or more states, or parts of states, without the consent of the legislatures of the Regions concerned as well as of the Congress.
2. The Congress shall have power to dispose of and make all needful rules and regulations respecting the territory or other property belonging to the Republic of Atlasia.
3. The Regional legislatures may alter the boundaries of states and counties located within their respective Region at will.
4. Congress may also alter the boundaries of states and counties.
Quote from: Amendment Explanation
This amendment allows regional legislatures and Congress to change state and county boundaries
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« Reply #377 on: July 13, 2019, 07:22:41 AM »

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SENATE RESOLUTION
To grant equality of rights to all citizens of the Republic

Be it resolved by 2/3 of the House and Senate Assembled,
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Equal Rights for Everyone Amendment

Article I of the Atlasian Constitution is amended by adding the following section:
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Section 14

1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the Republic of Atlasia or by any Region on account of sex, race, religion, ethnicity, place of birth, disability or any other personal or social characteristic. Congress shall have power to enforce this section by appropriate legislation.

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« Reply #378 on: July 15, 2019, 01:10:56 PM »

SKIING SAFETY ACT

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SECTION I: NAME
a. This act shall be known as the Skiing Safety Act.

SECTION II: PERMISSION TO CONSTRUCT AN ACCESS ROAD
a. The Wintergreen Ski Resort in Nelson County, Virginia shall be permitted to construct a secondary access road across National Park Service land to connect to the Blue Ridge Parkway, provided the following conditions are abided by:
     1. Wintergreen complies with NEPA
     2. Wintergreen designs and constructs the road in such a way as to minimize the effect on the landscape, including but not limited to the safe use of road curvature and the paving of the road with mulch.
     3. Wintergreen agrees to maintain the road as part of restrictive covenants accompanying the recorded easement.

SECTION III: TIMING
a. This act shall take effect immediately.
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« Reply #379 on: July 16, 2019, 06:29:00 PM »

Make Peebs Happy Again Act

A bill to make the life of the Registrar General easier

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1. Section 14, point 6 of F.L. 1-9: Federal Election Act shall be amended as follows:

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6. Any political party of three five or more members is considered to be an organized political party.

2. This bill shall become enacted immediately after passage
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« Reply #380 on: July 17, 2019, 06:38:03 PM »

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SENATE BILL
To protect consumers from usury
Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress
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Section 1; Title
1. This legislation may be cited as the "Loan Shark Prevention Act".
Section 2; Substance
1. Interest rates on credit cards shall be capped at a maximum of 15%.
a) If state or regional laws prescribe a lower cap, then nothing in this legislation shall prevent the lower cap applying instead of the 15% cap.
b) Any fees that are not considered finance charges shall not be used to evade the limitations of this paragraph, and the total sum of such fees shall not exceed the total amount of finance charges assessed.
2. The Federal Reserve shall have the authority to waive the prescribed 15% interest rate cap for a maximum of 18 months if-
a) A determination is made that prevailing interest rate levels seriously threaten the safety and soundness of individual lenders, as evidenced by meaningful adverse trends in liquidity, capital, earnings and growth.
b) This clause shall not affect the regulations regarding credit unions.
3. If a fee or interest rate greater than the cap prescribed in this legislation is knowingly charged to consumers, the entire interest shall be forfeited.
a) A usurious collection that is forbidden by this legislation shall be able to be entirely recovered from the lender provided that a legal action is brought no later than 2 years after the date on which the last usurious collection was made.
b) Nothing in this section shall be construed to pre-empt state or regional laws that provide greater consumer protection than in this legislation.
4. The Atlasian Postal Service shall be permitted to engage in banking services.
Section 3; Implementation
1. This legislation shall come into effect one year after its passage into law.
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« Reply #381 on: July 17, 2019, 06:38:58 PM »

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SENATE BILL
To combat the opioid epidemic
Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress
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Section 1; Title
1. This legislation may be cited as the "Help is On The Way Act."
Section 2; Comprehensive Government Response
1. $100 billion shall be appropriated over the next 10 years for the purposes of combatting the opioid epidemic.
2. The $100 billion, as $10 billion annual funding, shall be broken down annually as follows-
a) $4 billion shall be appropriated to fund regional, state, local and tribal government responses to the opioid epidemic.
b) $2.7 billion shall be appropriated to fund opioid epidemic responses in those cities or counties that are in the top 15% of cities in counties in Atlasia in terms of overdose deaths due to opioids as a proportion of the population.
c) $1.7 billion shall be appropriated for public health surveillance, research, and improved training for health professionals.
d) $1.1 billion shall be appropriated to fund public and nonprofit entities directly involved in combating and responding to the opioid epidemic, and in particular with the intention of supporting expanded and innovative service delivery of treatment, recovery, and harm reduction services.
i) The intention shall apply when said entities are directly involved in and have a realistic chance of delivering on the intended goals in this clause.
e) $500 million shall be appropriated to expand access to naloxone and to provide naloxone to first responders, public health departments, and the public to reduce opioid overdose deaths.
Section 3; Funding
1. This legislation shall be funded from the revenue raised by the Wealth Tax Act.
Section 4; Implementation
1. This legislation shall take effect immediately upon its passage into law.
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« Reply #382 on: July 20, 2019, 09:47:45 PM »

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DUMB REPEALING REPEAL ACT
To reinstate regulations previous Congresses have decided to waste its time meddling in
Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress

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SECTION I. TITLE
This law shall be referred to as the Dumb Repealing Repeal Act.

SECTION II. DUMB REGULATIONS REPEAL ACT
The following sections in the Dumb Regulations Repeal Act (F.L. 12-18) are repealed and their regulations reinstated:
Section II: Sub-sections 3-8, 11, 14-17, and 19-20,
Section III: Sub-sections 1, 7-9, and 11-19,
Section IV: Sub-sections 1-2, 5-8, 10, 12, and 14-20,
Section V: Sub-sections 3-7, 9, 11-16, and 18,
Section VI: Sub-sections 1-4, 6, 10, 12-14, 16, and 18,
Section VII: Sub-sections 1-3, 5-7, 9-10, 15-17, and 19-20, and
Section VIII: Sub-sections 1, 5-6, 8, 10-11, 13-14, 18, and 20.
The following sections in the Dumb Regulations Repeal Act 9: Nein! Nein! Nein! (F.L. 13-20) are repealed and their regulations reinstated:
Section II: Sub-sections 2, 4-5, 7-11, 13-14, 16-17, and 19-26.
The Dumb Regulations Repeal Act 12: Boom Boom Pow! (F.L. 13-33) is repealed.
The following sections in the Dumb Regulation Repeal Act XI: Food Glorious Food (F.L. 13-36) are repealed and their regulations reinstated:
Section II: Sub-sections 1, 3-4, 7-9, 12, 17-22, 25-26, 28-29, and 31-34.
The following sections in the Dumb Regulation Repeal Act X: This Land is Our Land (F.L. 13-40) are repealed and their regulations reinstated:
Section II: Sub-sections 15, 17, 18, 19b-21, 23, 34-39, 43, 45-47, and 50.
The following sections in the Dumb Regulations Repeal Act 15: Quinoa may be Food  (F.L. 16-06) are repealed and their regulations reinstated:
Section II.a: Sub-sections i.-vii.
The following sections in the Dumb Regulations Repeal Act 16-17 (F.L. 18-03) are repealed and their regulations reinstated:
Sections 1-2, 4-5, 7, 9, 13, 15-21, 26-29, 31-32, 41, 43-45, 47-68, 70-74, and 76-96.

Section III. IMPLEMENTATION
This legislation shall take effect immediately upon its passage into law.
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« Reply #383 on: July 24, 2019, 07:33:05 PM »

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AN ACT
To require companies that package meat and grocery stores to label all meat products treated with carbon monoxide.

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Section 1: Title

This legislation may be cited as the Red Meat Labeling Act.

Section 2: Findings

Parliament finds and declares that;

1.) Carbon monoxide (often referred to as CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, one measly oxygen molecule away from the carbon dioxide all humans exhale. However, this chemical can have detrimental effects on the human body at very low concentrations.

2.) The Canadian Meat Packers Council recommends that the internal meat temperatures not go above 4 degrees Celsius or 39 degrees Fahrenheit. That has also been defined by other international meat regulators as the optimum storage temperature of meat.

3.) In a carbon monoxide system, with low oxygen, the carbon monoxide will react with myoglobin and give aged meat a bright red color. The low oxygen mixture artificially limits the growth of spoilage organisms that are commonly caused by increased levels of heat in display cases.

4.) More than 70% of all beef and chicken in the United States, Canada and other countries is being treated with poisonous carbon monoxide gas to look fresh.

Section 3: Meat Labeling Requirement

1.) All meat treated with carbon monoxide must have a label that reads "TREATED WITH CARBON MONOXIDE" on their packages at a font size no smaller than 13 pt.

2.) Butchers/meat producers that sell meat that do not contain such labels will be warned on a first offense, and fined $35,000,000 per offense thereafter.

Section 4: Enactment

This legislation shall take effect on January 1, 2020.

I am sponsoring this on behalf of First Minister Scott
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« Reply #384 on: August 01, 2019, 02:39:37 PM »

Utilizing Slot 17:

Quote from: Space Exploration, Development, and Settlement Act
To further advance space exploration with an expedited Human mission to the moon, building a human inhabited moon research facility on the moon, and a Human mission to Mars.

Section 1. Short title; definitions

(a) Short tile.—

This Act shall be cited as the “Space Exploration, Development, and Settlement Act” or “SEDDA”.

(b) Definitions.—

(1) For purposes of this Act, the term “NASA” shall mean the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

(2) For purposes of this Act, the term “Administrator” shall mean the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Section 2. Goals

(a) In general.—

The Administrator shall set the following goals for NASA’s human space flight program—

(A) Within 5 years after the date of enactment of this Act, that there be developed a reusable space vehicle capable of carrying humans and necessary equipment for a research facility to the moon and back to Earth, and a successful lunar landing and return with said reusable space vehicle;

(B) Within 10 years after the date of enactment of this Act, that there be established a human inhabited research facility on the moon; and

(C) Within 15 years after the date of enactment of this Act, that there will be a successful Mars landing of a reusable space vehicle capable of carrying humans to Mars and back to Earth.

(b) Contracts.—

The Administrator shall have the full authority to terminate or renegotiate all ongoing contracts with private companies.

(c) Reports.—

The Administrator shall report to Congress and the President the progress made on achieving the goals put forward in subsection A at least once every 90 days.

Section 3. Appropriations

There shall be appropriated to NASA $154,000,000,000, as follows:

(1) Moon mission.—

There shall be $13,000,000,000 appropriated to NASA for research, development, and deployment for the purpose of an expedited Human mission to the moon.

(2) Moon research facility.—

There shall be $41,000,000,000 appropriated to NASA for research, development, and deployment for the purpose of building a human inhabited research facility on the moon.

(3) Mars mission.—

There shall be $100,000,000,000 appropriated to NASA for research, development, and deployment for the purpose of a Human mission to Mars.

Section 4. Implementation

This Act shall take effect immediately after passage.
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« Reply #385 on: August 08, 2019, 06:55:16 PM »


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ACT OF CONGRESS
To provide statehood referenda to the territories of the Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Atlasian Samoa

Be it Enacted in Both Houses of Congress Assembled,

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Section 1: Title
1. This act shall be titled the “Atlasia Territorial Statehood Act 2.0”

Section 2: Granting Statehood Referenda
1. The territories of the Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Atlasian Samoa shall be granted statehood referenda within 6 months of passage of this legislation.
2. For any individual territory, a simple majority must vote in favor of statehood for the referendum to pass.

Section 3: Referenda Passing Impact
1. If a referendum passes in any given territory, the impacts will be as follows:
a. All Atlasian nationals within those territories listed above that pass a referendum in favor of statehood shall be granted citizenship immediately upon their statehood.
b. the territory shall become a state, effective immediately
c. Any person born within the territories listed above shall be granted citizenship immediately upon statehood.

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« Reply #386 on: August 11, 2019, 05:07:24 PM »

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AN ACT
to limit copyright abuses

Section 1 (Title)
i. The long title of this Act shall be, the "Dave Leip Copyright Defendant Protection Act." It may be cited as the "Leip Act."

Section 2 (Protecting creators from frivolous lawsuits)
i. In all cases where a copyright holder (hereafter "the plaintiff") shall bring suit against an individual or other party (hereafter "the defendant") alleging a violation or violations of their copyright under the laws of the Republic of Atlasia, the plaintiff must demonstrate either
(a) the alleged violation placed a significant burden on their ability to profit financially from the copyrighted work; or
(b) that any profit incurred by the defendant as a direct result of the alleged violation is in excess of $25,000.
ii. Should a copyright suit be decided in favor of the defendant, the plaintiff shall bear full financial responsibility for any legal costs incurred by the former in the course of their defense.

Section 3 (Reducing copyright terms)
i. The maximum length of copyrights shall be of the lifetime of the author plus 50 years for works that follow copyright terms based upon the death of the author.
ii. The maximum length of copyrights shall be of 60 years after release in all other cases.

Section 4 (Resolution condemning copyright trolls)
i. RESOLVED, that it is the opinion of the Senate and House of Representatives that so-called "copyright trolls" are a species of imp distinguished by the total absence of grace or civilization even in comparison to their brother demons, and when they burn in Hell for eternity, it will be neither soon nor harsh enough.

Section 5 (Enactment)
i. Sections 1, 2 and 4 shall become enacted immediately after passage.
ii. Section 3 shall become enacted 1 year after passage.

Introducing this on behalf of Truman with some additions by myself
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« Reply #387 on: August 13, 2019, 07:28:51 PM »

Sponsoring on behalf of Vice President Jimmy:
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AN ACT

To require background checks for most gun sales and transfers.

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Section 1. Short title

This Act may be cited as the “Gun Sale and Transfer Safety Act of 2019”.

Section 2. Repealing old requirements

18 U.S.C. § 922 is amended by striking the existing contents of subsection (s) and inserting the following contents of Section 3 and Section 4 of this Act.

Section 3. New requirements

(a) In general.—

It shall be unlawful for any person who is not a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer to transfer a firearm to any other person who is not licensed, unless a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer has first taken possession of the firearm for the purpose of complying with subsection (t) of 18 U.S.C. § 922.

(b) Process.—

Upon taking possession of a firearm, a licensee shall comply with all requirements of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 (18 U.S.C. §§ 921-931) as if the licensee were transferring the firearm from the inventory of the licensee to the unlicensed transferee.

(c) Returns.—

If a transfer of a firearm will not be completed for any reason after a licensee takes possession of the firearm, the return of the firearm to the transferor by the licensee shall not constitute the transfer of a firearm for the purposes of this chapter.

Section 4. Exceptions

The requirements set in Section 3 shall not apply to—

(A) a transfer of a firearm that will be used for employment-related duties by a law enforcement officer, armed private security professional, or member of the armed forces;

(B) a temporary transfer of a firearm that is necessary to prevent harm to self, family, household members, or others from domestic violence, dating partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and domestic abuse; or

(C) a temporary transfer of a firearm if the transferee’s possession of the firearm is exclusively—
(i) at a shooting range or in a shooting gallery or other area designated for the purpose of target shooting; or
(ii) in the presence of the transferor, who shall be partially responsible for all acts committed by the transferee with such firearm.

Section 5. Implementation

This Act shall take effect 30 days after passage.
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« Reply #388 on: August 16, 2019, 03:35:28 AM »

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A SENATE BILL
To create a fairer Atlasia and maximize government revenue
Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress
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Section 1; Title
1. This legislation may be cited as the "Wealth Tax Act".
Section 2; Substance
1. Households of a net worth greater than $50 million shall have a 2% annual tax imposed on their net worth.
2. A 2% annual surcharge shall be imposed on net worth greater than $1 billion.
3. A 1% annual surcharge shall be imposed on net worth greater than $5 billion.
4. A 1% annual surcharge shall be imposed on net worth greater than $10 billion.
5. All household assets shall be included in the calculation of household net worth, regardless of whether those assets are held in Atlasia.
a) Household assets shall include-residences, closely held businesses, assets held in trust, retirement assets, assets held by minors, and personal property with a value of $50,000 or more.
b) 'Closely held business' shall be defined as any sole proprietorship or partnership that any individual in a household legally owns or co-owns.
b) Individuals shall be allowed a closely held business exemption of $10 million from the taxes levied in this act.
6. Illiquid assets shall be defined as-penny stocks or similar stocks, ownership in private firms, fine art, antiques, or any tangible good, partnership shares in hedge funds, alternative investments, long term options, futures, and forward contracts and long term bonds and other debt instruments.
a) 'Long term' shall be defined as a period greater than one fiscal year.
b) Households shall be allowed a total illiliquid asset exemption of $30 million from the taxes levied in this act.
7. Funded by the tax changes in this legislation, the IRS's enforcement budget shall be doubled.
8. Any Atlasian citizen with a net worth of greater than $50 million shall pay a 40% tax on their net worth if they renounce their citizenship.
9. Any Atlasian citizen with a net worth of greater than $1 billion shall pay a 45% tax on their net worth if they renounce their citizenship.
10. Any Atlasian citizen with a net worth of greater than $5 billion shall pay a 50% tax on their net worth if they renounce their citizenship.
11. Nothing in this legislation shall be construed to increase the tax burden on any Atlasian households with a net worth of less than $50 million.
Section 3; Implementation
1. All changes in this legislation shall take effect in the second full fiscal year following its passage into law.
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« Reply #389 on: August 17, 2019, 05:16:27 PM »

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Assistance to Rural Farm Stress Assistance Act

A BILL
To establish a farm and ranch stress assistance network
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. FINDINGS.
Congress finds the following
1. Agricultural work continues to be highly stressful, characterized by uncertainty, and subject to changing market conditions, the unpredictable nature of weather, and other factors beyond the control of agricultural producers
2. Individuals working in agriculture have the highest overall suicide rate among all occupations
3. Access to behavioral health care is often limited among individuals working in agriculture due to time and geographical constraints
4. Agricultural workers are in need of specialized behavioral health programs that are affordable, available as needed, and carried out with understanding of concerns specific to agricultural work

SECTION 2. FARM AND RANCH STRESS ASSISTANCE NETWORKS.

(a) State Networks.—
(1) Grants.—The Secretary of Internal Affairs shall establish a program providing competitive grants to State departments of agriculture, State cooperative extension services, and nonprofit organizations.
(2) Eligibility.—Eligibility for competitive grants provided under paragraph (1) shall only be provided in which the purpose of which is to establish a farm and ranch stress assistance network to provide stress assistance programs to affected individuals, including counseling and support through—
 (A) farm telephone helplines and internet websites
 (B) training for advocates for affected individuals and other individuals or entities that may assist affected individuals in crises
 (C) support groups
 (D) outreach services and activities
 (E) home delivery of assistance
(3) Use of Funds.—A competitive grant provided under this subsection may be used to enter into a contract with a community-based, direct-service organization to initiate, expand, or maintain an eligible cooperative program in the State.

(b) National Network.—
(1) Establishment.—The Secretary of Internal Affairs shall establish a National Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network to coordinate stress assistance programs on a national scale for affected individuals
(2) Director.—The Secretary of Internal Affairs shall appoint an individual in the Department of Agriculture to be the Director of the national network.

(c) Authorization Of Appropriations
1. There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of Internal Affairs, to carry out activities through the national network and State networks, $15,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2023.
 
SECTION 3. REPORTS TO CONGRESS.
(a) Report.—
(1) In General.—One year after the enactment of this act, a report describing the state of behavioral and mental health in farmers and ranchers shall be submitted to Congress, and made publicly available.
(2) Contents of Report.—The report under paragraph (1) shall include—
 (A) an assessment of efforts made to support the mental health of farmers and ranchers by the federal, state, entities of local government, and communities that are comprised of farmers and ranchers
 (B) a description of challenges faced by farmers and ranchers, including financial, medical, and other challenges, that may impact the mental health of farmers and ranchers
 (C) an evaluation of the impact of farmer and rancher suicides on the agricultural workforce, production, and rural families

Introducing this on behalf of Representative MB, as the Senate queue seems to be emptier and moving more quickly
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« Reply #390 on: August 30, 2019, 04:46:51 PM »

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Air Travel Bill of Rights
A bill to establish the rights of passengers in the cases of several flight incidents

SECTION 1. APPLICABILITY
1. This bill shall establish the rights of passengers and the duties of airlines in case of:
a) Flight delays
b) Flight cancellations
c) Overbooking and boarding denials
d) Unwillful class upgrades and downgrades
e) Lost, damaged or delayed luggage
2. The regulations established by this act shall apply:
a) All domestic flights within the Republic of Atlasia
b) All international flights departing from the Republic of Atlasia
c) All international flights arriving to the Republic of Atlasia and flown by an Atlasian airline
3. The regulations established by this act shall not apply to passengers who did not check in on time to their flight

SECTION II. FLIGHT RIGHTS
1. The right to assistance shall be defined as the right for passengers to be provided by airlines:
a) Adequate food and drink vouchers
b) A stay at a hotel and transportation to and from said hotel and the airport, if the flight won't depart until the following day
2. The right to economic compensation shall be defined as the right for passengers to demand, and the duty of airlines to pay within 7 days to passengers:
a) 250$ for flights shorter than 900 miles
b) 400$ for flights between 900 and 1900 miles
c) 600$ for flights longer than 1900 miles
3. The right to reimbursement or re-routing shall be defined as the right of passengers to demand to airlines a choice between:
a) Reimbursment of their flight tickets, and if applicable, a return flight to the airport of departure
b) Re-routing to their final destination at the earliest opportunity

SECTION III. FLIGHT DELAYS
1. Air passengers shall be granted the right to assistance as specified in Section II.1 by airlines if their flight is delayed by at least:
a) 2 hours, in cases of a flight distance shorter than 900 miles
b) 3 hours, in cases of a flight distance of between 900 miles and 1900 miles
c) 4 hours, in cases of a flight distance of at least 1901 miles
2. Passengers shall also receive the right to economic compensation as specified in Section II.2 if their arrival at their final destination at least 3 hours after their initial scheduled arrival time:
3. Section III.2 shall not apply if the delay is caused by extraordinary and unavoidable circumstances.
4. Passengers shall also be given the right to a full reimbursement of their flight costs instead if the delay is of at least 5 hours.

SECTION IV. FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS
1. A flight cancellation shall be defined as:
a) Whenever the original flight is abandoned and passengers are transferred to another scheduled flight
b) Whenever the aircraft takes off but was forced to return to the airport of departure and passengers are transferred to another flight
c) Whenever the flight arrives at an airport which is not the final destination indicated in the passenger's ticket, unless said airport also serves the same city
2. In the case of a flight cancellation, passengers shall be granted the right to reimbursement or re-routing as specified in Section II.3
3. Passengers shall also get the right to assistance as specified in Section II.1
4. Passengers shall also get the right to the compensation specified in Section II.2, unless they were informed at least 14 days before the departure of the flight or the flight was cancelled due to extraordinary and unavoidable circumstances

SECTION V. OVERBOOKING AND BOARDING DENIALS
1. Passengers who are denied boarding shall have the following rights:
a) Economic compensation as specified in Section II.3
b) The right to choose between reimbursement or re-routing as specified in Section II.2
c) The right to assistance as specified in Section II.1
2. Section V.1 shall not apply if passengers are denied boarding for the following reasons:
a) Safety, security or health reasons
b) Not having the correct travel documents

SECTION VI. UNWILLFUL CLASS UPGRADES AND DOWNGRADES
1. Passengers who are upgraded against their will can't be requested any additional payments by airlines
2. Passengers who are downgraded against their will shall have the right to reimbursement of a percentage of the price of their ticket as follows:
a) 30% for flights shorter than 900 miles
b) 50% for flights between 900 and 1900 miles
c) 75% for flights longer than 1900 miles
3. Passengers on connecting flights can only be reimbursed for the flight which was downgraded and not for the entire journey.

SECTION VII. LOST, DAMAGED OR DELAYED LUGAGE
1. If a passenger's checked-in luggage is lost, damaged or delayed, the airline is liable and the passenger shall be entitled to compensation up to 1300$.
2. If a passenger's flight is a departure flight starting at an airport closer to their home than their arrival airport, airlines may instead provide compensation of 50$ per day and per passenger whose luggage got lost; until:
a) Said luggage is returned to the passenger,
b) The airline gives up on finding the luggage, at which point passengers may apply to the right to luggage compensation specified in Section VII.1
c) 15 days from the departure of the flight have passed.

SECTION VIII. ENACTMENT
1. This bill shall become enacted immediately after passage
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« Reply #391 on: September 09, 2019, 03:59:15 PM »

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The ACE Act

A BILL

To encourage the growth of worker-owned enterprises

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

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Section I: Recognition

1. We, the elected representatives of Atlasia, recognize that the working class first and foremost generates the wealth that propels our society forward. We stand alongside all laborers in the pursuit of economic justice.

2. In recognition that worker-owned and cooperative enterprises constitute the best possible arrangement for the workers of Atlasia, we resolve to encourage the growth of these organizations above for-profit corporate enterprise.

Section II: Definitions

1. Cooperative: A cooperative, or co-op, is a type of business or organization that is both controlled and owned by its members, who may also utilize the goods and services of the cooperative.

2. Worker-Owned Enterprise: Also known as an employee-owned enterprise (EO), this is a company in which the workers have a stake in ownership and/or may be 100% owned and operated by said workers.

Section III: ACE

1. The Agency of Cooperative Enterprises, or ACE, is established.

  a. This shall be an agency of the Federal Government of Atlasia stationed with the task to assist in the economic viability, recovery and persistence of cooperative and worker-owned enterprises. It shall aid, counsel and protect, insofar as is possible, the interests of cooperative and worker-owned enterprise concerns.

  b. The agency shall be led by an Administrator and Deputy Administrator as appointed by the President.

    i. Administrative Associates shall be appointed by the Administrator.

2. The Administrator shall lead an agency-wide research effort within the first 120 days of this act's passage to

  a. Consider opportunities for relevant existing federal programs to support the growth of cooperative and employee-owned enterprises.

  b. Develop relationships with relevant existing federal agencies, included yet not limited to the Small Business Administration and Minority Business Development Agency, with the purpose to foster the development of cooperative and employee-owned enterprises.

  c. Publish an indexed report on its findings for public access.

3. ACE shall establish the EO Project.

   a. This shall be a directive, as led by the Administrator, to invest in the gradual process of transitioning existing small businesses to cooperative and employee-owned enterprises.

   b. ACE shall establish an EO Transition Promotion Program to offer educational resources, training, and assistance to qualified small businesses.

4. ACE shall be empowered to provide loans to cooperative and worker-owned enterprises.

  a. The Administrator shall have the authority to direct and conduct oversight for the methods by which lenders determine the details of the business loan.
   
    i. The Administrator may not guarantee a loan if the lender determines that the borrower

    ii. The Administrator must verify the applicant's criminal background, or lack thereof, through the best available means.

    iii. No loans shall be made if the total amount outstanding would exceed $5 million.

  b. The Administrator shall oversee a Loan Guarantee Program.

   i. The Loan Guarantee Program shall provide capital to cooperative and worker-owned enterprises to help start or expand their businesses.

   ii. Loans issues through this program shall not exceed $5 million.

  c. The Administrator shall oversee a Disaster Loan Program.

   i. The Disaster Loan Program shall provide zero-interest loans to cooperative and worker-owned enterprises to help repair or rebuild damaged property to its condition pre-disaster.

   ii. Loans issues through this program shall not exceed $5 million.

  d. The Administrator shall oversee a Microloan Program.

   i. The Microloan Program shall provide direct loans to cooperative and worker-owned enterprises with a total net worth below $5 million.

   ii. Loans issues through this program shall not exceed $50,000.

Section IV: Appropriations

1. The Agency of Cooperative Enterprises shall receive an annual fiscal budget of $1,000,000,000.

Section V: Enactment

1. This act takes effect on November 1st, 2020.
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Congressional Resolution On Brexit
To make an statement regarding the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union

WHEREAS, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is set to leave the European Union on October 31st, 2019 if no further extensions are given

WHEREAS, the Atlasian-United Kingdom Common Market Agreement has been extremely beneficial to both nations

WHEREAS, some parts of said agreement will not come into effect until the UK's withdrawal from the European Union

WHEREAS, most economists and experts predict that a disorderly withdrawal without a deal will be damaging to the UK, the EU and the entire world economy

RESOLVED, that the office of the Secretary of State shall analyze the possible consequences of a no deal Brexit for Atlasia, in order to adopt measures that will reduce the negative impacts of said disorderly exit

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republic of Atlasia formally recommends the European Union and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to reach a deal on an orderly Brexit procedure

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republic of Atlasia is fully commited to strengthening its relations with the United Kingdom and developing deeper ties between both nations, as specified by the Atlasian-United Kingdom Common Market Agreement
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Public Sector Union Endurance Act

SENATE BILL

To protect collective bargaining for public sector workers

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Section I.

1. This Act may be cited as the "Public Sector Union Endurance Act".

Section II.

1. In the Atlasian public sector, workers can be required to pay the documented costs of labor contract arbitration, handling and management.

  a. In the case that a worker objects to this requirement, a neutral negotiator shall be appointed to research the case and thereby deliver a conclusive, binding verdict as to the congruity of the assessed fees.

Section III.

1. This act takes effect on January 1st, 2020.
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« Reply #394 on: September 12, 2019, 05:51:08 PM »

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Section 1. Overview.
1. This bill shall be titled the “Federal Electoral Act of 2019”, or simply the “Federal Electoral Act”.
2. The following federal laws are hereby repealed:
a. F.L. 1-9: The Federal Electoral Act
b. F.L. 6-2: The Deputy Secretary of Federal Elections Act
c. F.L. 6-7: The Absentee Voting Act of 2017
d. F.L. 9-1: Act to establish a 72-hour Window between House Candidacy Declarations and Federal Elections
e. F.L. 15-05: The Party Organization Act
f. F.L. 19-26: The Election Daylight Savings Act of 2019
3. All subsequent federal electoral legislation that is passed shall be considered as amending this act, and shall be added accordingly on the wiki page for this act.

Section 2. Determination of Election Dates.
1. Presidential elections shall be held in the months of February, June, and October, beginning at midnight Eastern Daylight Time for elections beginning between the second Sunday in March and the first Sunday in November, and midnight Eastern Standard Time for all other elections, between the penultimate Friday of the month and the preceding Thursday and terminating exactly seventy-two hours after beginning.
2. Elections to the House of Representatives shall be held in the months of February, April, June, August, October, and December, beginning, in all months other than December, at midnight Eastern Daylight Time for elections beginning between the second Sunday in March and the first Sunday in November, and midnight Eastern Standard Time for all other elections, between the penultimate Friday of the month and the preceding Thursday and terminating exactly seventy-two hours after beginning.
a. Elections to the House held in December shall be begin at midnight Eastern Standard Time between the second Friday of the month and the preceding Thursday and terminating exactly seventy-two hours after beginning.
3. Special elections to the House of Representatives, in accordance with the conditions set within the Constitution, shall be held beginning at midnight between the first possible Friday and preceding Thursday such that the election begins at least a full 240 hours after the vacancy has been created, and terminating exactly seventy-two hours after beginning.
4. All candidates elected in any regular federal election as described within this section shall begin their term of office at noon Eastern Daylight Time for terms beginning between the second Sunday in March and the first Sunday in November, and noon Eastern Standard Time for all other terms, on the first Friday in the month after the scheduled month of election.
5. All candidates elected in special elections to the House of Representatives shall be eligible to swear in for the remainder of the term immediately upon certification of the result.

Section 3. Candidacy Declarations
1. All official declarations of candidacy for federal office must be made within the official “Candidate Declaration Thread”. This thread must be clearly indicated and pinned by a moderator and shall be managed by the federal election authority.
2. All candidacy declarations must clearly state the office being sought. A declaration which states or otherwise clearly indicates an election month shall be considered a declaration for the election for the relevant office in that month if such an election is scheduled and shall be invalid if there is no such election. If no date is given, the declaration shall be assumed to be for the next scheduled election for the office.
a. Should an incumbent officeholder holding one elected office merely state they are running for reelection, it should be assumed that they will seek their current office once again in the next scheduled election.
3. The declaration period for a special election for the House of Representatives shall begin when the vacancy is officially created, and no declaration from before this point shall be considered for the special election. All declarations for a special election must clearly state that the candidate seeks to run in the special election - any declaration that does not state this shall be evaluated in accordance with Clause 3.2.
4. The declaration period for any regularly scheduled or special election for the House of Representatives shall terminate seventy-two hours (three days) prior to the scheduled commencement of the election. No declaration made after this time shall be valid.
5. The declaration period for Presidential elections shall terminate one hundred and sixty-eight hours prior to the scheduled commencement of the election. No Presidential declaration made after this time shall be valid, but a Presidential candidate shall have until seventy-two hours prior to the scheduled commencement of the election to finalize their Vice Presidential running mate - any Presidential candidacies which are not part of a valid Presidential ticket, consisting of two distinct, constitutionally eligible citizens as candidates for President and Vice President, by this time shall be invalid.
6. For a Presidential ticket to be valid, both candidates on the ticket must clearly indicate their assent to being on the ticket in question in the Candidate Declaration Thread.
7. Any ticket or candidate satisfying the above requirements as well as all constitutional requirements to run for the office in question shall appear on the ballot for that office.

Section 4. Voter Eligibility.
1. A registered voter shall only be eligible to vote in a federal election if they have been registered continuously for at least one hundred and sixty-eight hours immediately prior to the commencement of the election.
2. A registered voter shall only be eligible to vote in a federal election if they have made at least ten posts from their account in the seventy days (ten weeks) immediately prior to the commencement of the election.

Section 5. Voting Booth and Ballot.
1. Whenever possible, the Cabinet member assigned the portfolio of federal election authority shall be the administrator of the voting booth. If they are absent or unable to administer the voting booth, then the President shall designate an executive officer to do so instead. The designated officer retains all powers and responsibilities of the federal election authority for the election in question.
a. If, in the scenario described in the above subsection, the President fails to designate an officer to fulfill the responsibilities of voting booth administrator more than twelve hours prior to commencement of the election, the Vice President shall take on the role.
2. The federal election authority is recommended to give registered voters seven days advance public notice in the Atlas Fantasy Elections board of the hours voting will take place in any federal election. The federal election authority shall post a sample ballot no later than 24 hours prior to the commencement of a federal election.
3. The federal election authority shall be free to design the ballot as they see fit, provided that they adhere to the requirements set out in Section 3 of this Act as well as the following:
a. All candidates must be listed by their permanent Atlas Forum username, unless they have requested otherwise. Such a request shall be granted, unless it would confuse them with another user.
b. All candidates must be listed with their state of registration.
c. All candidates must be listed with their registered political party, with the following exceptions:
i. A party may, at its discretion as determined by individual bylaws, prohibit any candidate from appearing on the ballot with it's official party name. This decision must be made and reported to the relevant election administrators at least 48 hours in advance of the start of the election. (Continuation of F.L. 15-05§2.3)
ii. If a candidate who is a member of a political party has been barred from appearing on the ballot with that party’s name in accordance with the above clause, but has been endorsed by another party in accordance with their bylaws, then the candidate may choose, with the assent of the chair of the endorsing party, to appear on the ballot under that party’s name with “(endorsed)” appended to the end of the name. Otherwise, their party shall be listed as “Unaffiliated”
iii. If an independent has been endorsed by a political party in accordance with their bylaws, then the candidate may choose, with the assent of the chair of the endorsing party, to appear on the ballot with their party listed as “Independent ([endorsing party name])
During Presidential elections, the candidate listing for Presidential tickets and House of Representatives should be clearly separated, with a clear indication of which is which.
e. The ballot must contain a link to the most recent version of this act.
f. All elements of the ballot must be clearly visible and accessible.

Section 6. Voting.
1. Presidential elections in Atlasia shall be conducted using instant-runoff voting as described in subsection 7.1 - voters shall list a preference order for some, none, or all of the candidates.
2. Elections to the House of Representatives shall be conducted using single transferable vote as described in subsection 7.3 - voters shall list a preference order for some, none, or all of the candidates.
3. In any election, other than a run-off election, a voter may choose to cast a write-in vote. Any vote for a candidate who does not appear on the ballot shall be considered a write-in vote for that candidate.
4. No write-in for the House of Representatives shall be considered valid unless the candidate in question has accepted write-ins for the office by either stating as such in the Candidate Declaration Thread or by casting a vote in the election that includes a write-in for themselves. Votes for an unaccepted write-in shall automatically skip to the next preference during evaluation.
5. No write-in for the Presidential election shall be considered valid unless it is cast for a complete ticket and both candidates in question have accepted write-ins for the specific ticket in question by either stating as such in the Candidate Declaration Thread or by casting a vote in the election that includes a write-in for that same ticket.  Votes for an unaccepted write-in shall automatically skip to the next preference during evaluation.
6. No voter may edit their ballot once twenty minutes have passed since its casting, nor may they delete their own ballot - either of these actions render the voter invalid for the election, and neither that ballot nor any other ballot cast by that voter in the same election shall be counted.
7. If, in any race, only one candidate or ticket has been marked or listed on a ballot, then that ballot shall be considered a first preference vote for that candidate with no other preferences in that race.
8. If a ballot lists a Presidential candidate with no vice presidential candidate, and that presidential candidate is listed on the official ballot exactly once, on a presidential ticket, then the vote shall be considered a vote for that ticket.
9. If a ballot uses multiple indistinguishable or insortable marks to list candidates being voted for, or orders candidates without placing a mark next to them in a manner that is clearly distinguishable from reposting the exact initial ballot without marking any candidate, then the order in which the candidates are listed on that ballot shall be considered the preference order of that ballot.

Section 7. Determination of the winner.
1. In Presidential elections, instant runoff voting shall be used to determine the winner, with the exact procedure used as follows:
a. Each vote shall be allocated to their highest validly preferenced ticket, and shall be exhausted if there are no valid preferences.
b. Should any ticket command an absolute majority of valid unexhausted votes, that ticket shall be the winner of the election.
c. If no ticket commands an absolute majority of valid unexhausted votes, then the candidate with the lowest vote total shall be eliminated, and their votes reallocated to their next validly preferenced uneliminated ticket, and shall be exhausted if there are no such preferences.
d. The process outlined in clause (c) shall be continuously applied until a ticket commands an absolute majority of valid unexhausted votes, at which point that ticket shall be the winner of the election.
e. Should there be a tie for the lowest vote total, and more than two tickets remain uneliminated, then the tied ticket with the least number of first-valid-preference votes shall be eliminated. Should this also be a tie, then the tickets in this tie shall be evaluated by second-valid-preference votes, then by third-valid-preference votes, and so on and so forth until a determination is reached on one ticket to eliminate.
f. If such a tie cannot be resolved by the above clause, and the question of which of the tickets that remain tied should be eliminated does not affect the final election winner, then the elections authority may choose one of the tickets to eliminate first. If it does affect the final result, then the determination shall be made by virtual coin toss or other probabilistic method with terms agreed to by the tickets, or, should no agreement be reached, with terms set by the federal election authority.
g. Should there be only two tickets remaining, tied with exactly half of the valid unexhausted vote each, then a runoff election between the two tickets shall be held.
h. If a ticket is involved in a tie which requires probabilistic methods or a runoff to resolve, then that ticket may instead choose to concede the election by a declaration of both members of the ticket in the Candidate Declaration Thread. Any ticket that chooses to concede shall be eliminated immediately, unless every uneliminated ticket is involved in a tie and all have chosen to concede, in which case no concession shall be taken into account. To be valid, any such concession must be made within 24 hours of certification.
2. Special elections for a single seat in the House of Representatives shall be conducted in the same manner as presidential elections as described above, with “candidate” replacing “ticket” where appropriate.
3. In elections for multiple seats in the House of Representatives, single transferable vote shall be used to determine the winner, with the exact procedure as follows:
a. The federal election authority shall calculate the quota for election based on the number of valid votes cast and the number of seats to fill using the Droop quota formula as follows: Quota =  ⌊valid votes cast/(seats to be elected +1)⌋ +1
b. Each vote shall be allocated to their highest validly preferenced ticket, and shall be exhausted if there are no valid preferences.
c. The election count shall be evaluated as follows, continuing through indefinitely until the evaluation is complete:
i. If the number of candidates elected by meeting or exceeding the quota is equal to the number of seats to elect, then the evaluation is complete.
ii. If the number of candidates elected plus the number of candidates-in-evaluation (candidates who have been neither elected nor eliminated) is equal to the number of seats to elect, then all such candidates are elected and the evaluation is complete.
iii. If neither of the above criteria are fulfilled, and one or more candidates have met or exceeded the quota, then those candidates are elected and any surplus over quota is redistributed proportionally according to the next valid preference for a candidate-in-evaluation of each of their votes.
iv. If none of the above criteria are fulfilled, then the candidate with the lowest vote total shall be eliminated, and their votes reallocated to their next validly preferenced candidate-in-evaluation.
d. Should there be a tie for the lowest vote total in an evaluation at stage (iv), then the tied candidate with the least number of first-valid-preference votes shall be eliminated. Should this also be a tie, then the tickets in this tie shall be evaluated by second-valid-preference votes, then by third-valid-preference votes, and so on and so forth until a determination is reached on one candidate to eliminate.
e. If such a tie cannot be resolved by the above clause, and the question of which of the candidates that remain tied should be eliminated does not affect the final list of elected candidates, then the elections authority may choose one of the candidates to eliminate first. f. If it does affect the final result, then the determination shall be made by virtual coin toss or other probabilistic method with terms agreed to by the tickets, or, should no agreement be reached, with terms set by the federal election authority.
g. If a candidate is involved in a tie which requires probabilistic methods to resolve, then that candidate may instead choose to concede the election by posting a declaration in the Candidate Declaration Thread. Any candidate that chooses to concede shall be eliminated immediately, unless eliminating all conceding candidates causes the sum of the number of elected candidates and candidates-in-evaluation to fall below the number of seats to elect, in which case no concession shall be taken into account. To be valid, any such concession must be made within 24 hours of certification.

Section 8. Election Certification.
1. When the voting period has expired, the administrator of the voting booth or a moderator of the Forum shall lock the thread containing the voting booth. The thread shall not be unlocked thereafter.
2. Certification of the election result shall be conducted as soon as reasonably possible after the voting booth is closed. The certification shall be carried out by the federal election authority, or, if they are unavailable, by an appointed surrogate. Should the federal election authority fail to name such a surrogate, the President may choose to do so instead.
3. The certification of a federal election must list all voters whose ballots the election authority has discounted as well as the reason for discounting them. Ballots may only discounted if they are invalid under the law or if the election administrator, in using the procedures in section 6 as well as their own judgment, cannot reasonably determine the intent of the ballot. Indeterminable intent of a ballot in the race for one office shall not affect the counting of the ballot for any other office, and if the ballot has determinable intent up until a certain preference, it shall be counted as a valid vote with all preceding preferences intact, exhausting once the indeterminable preference is reached.
4. Once the federal election authority is content that certification is complete, they shall post an official certification. This certification must clearly indicate its official status, and must be made in the department thread of the federal election authority. An official certification is completely final and may only be altered by order of the Supreme Court of Atlasia. Nothing in this clause shall be construed to prohibit the posting of unofficial preliminary certifications by the federal election authority provided that such certifications are not indicated as official.
5. Lawsuits challenging the validity of certified election results shall only be valid if filed within one hundred and sixty-eight hours (seven days) of certification, unless the certification results in a runoff election, in which case such lawsuits shall only be valid if filed prior to the scheduled commencement of the runoff.

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« Reply #395 on: September 12, 2019, 05:52:08 PM »

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1. Runoff elections shall commence exactly one hundred and sixty-eight hours after the commencement of the associated initial election, and terminate exactly seventy-two hours after beginning.
2. The tied candidates/tickets shall be entered on to the ballot, and no other candidates/tickets or options, including a write-in option, shall be included.
3. A vote may only be cast for one candidate/ticket. If a vote is cast with multiple preferences, only its first valid preference shall be counted.
4. At the close of voting, the candidate/ticket with more votes shall be the winner.
5. If, in a Presidential runoff, both tickets have the same number of votes, then the tickets may choose to concede by a declaration of both members of the ticket in the Candidate Declaration Thread. If one ticket chooses to concede, then the other shall be the winner. If neither ticket or both tickets choose to concede, then the election will result in a split presidential term, with one ticket’s term of office coinciding with the Congress whose House of Representatives was elected at the same election, and the other ticket’s term of office coinciding with the subsequent Congress. The order of the terms shall be determined as follows:
a. If both tickets reach an agreement on the order of their terms, then this agreement shall be abided by. Once both tickets have indicated their assent, such an agreement cannot be reversed.
b. If no agreement has been reached, and one of the tickets’ Presidential candidate is the incumbent President, then that ticket shall serve the earlier term of offiice
c. If neither of the above criteria are fulfilled, and the incumbent Vice President is on one of the tickets, then that ticket shall serve the earlier term of office.
d. If none of the above criteria are fulfilled, than the ticket whose Presidential candidate has a lower User ID number shall serve the earlier term of office.
6. If, in a runoff for a single seat in the House of Representatives, both candidates have the same number of votes, then the candidates may choose to concede by a declaration in the Candidate Declaration Thread. If one candidate chooses to concede, then the other shall be the winner. If neither candidate or both candidates choose to concede, the determination of the winner shall be made by virtual coin toss or other fair probabilistic method with terms agreed to by the tickets, or, should no agreement be reached, with terms set by the federal election authority.

Section 10. Emergency Election Authorization.
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 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 for the House of Representatives so that a Speaker may be elected and elevated to the Presidency.

Section 11. Absentee Voting. (Continuation of F.L. 6-7)
1. All voters shall have the right to cast absentee votes after the candidacy declaration period has expired.
2. Upon the candidacy declaration deadline occurring the Secretary of Federal Elections shall publicly post that absentee voting application has opened. In the event of runoff elections, once the need for a runoff election is known, the Secretary of Federal Elections shall publicly post that absentee voting application has opened.
3. Voters wishing to apply for an absentee vote shall notify this publicly in a manner specified by the Secretary of Federal Elections.
4. The Secretary of Federal Elections shall then grant the request to absentee vote publicly, at which point the voter may proceed to vote in the Absentee Voting Booth.
5. Absentee Voters shall post their votes in the same format as if it were a regular ballot, and they shall be subject to the same rules and regulations as regular ballots.
6. Should an Absentee Voter post more than 5 times anywhere on the Atlas Forum in the regular election period, their absentee vote shall be nullified and treated as non extant.
7. Any person who has their absentee vote nullified may vote again by regular ballot.
8. Any person who votes by regular ballot after voting by absentee ballot, shall have their absentee ballot treated as non-extant.
9. Persons who attempt to vote in the Absentee thread without prior notification of the Secretary of Federal Elections shall have that vote treated as non-extant.

Section 12. Effective Date.
1. This act shall take effect upon passage by both houses of Congress and signature of the President of Atlasia.
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« Reply #396 on: September 19, 2019, 10:59:32 AM »

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Continuing Resolution to Avoid Shutdown

1. Funding for Atlasia's government will be maintained at current levels through October 28, 2019 or until a Budget Resolution is adopted.
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« Reply #397 on: September 19, 2019, 04:57:43 PM »

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SENATE RESOLUTION
to support the Registrar General of Atlasia in her actions in office

Section 1. Title
1. This resolution shall be referred to as "Resolution to support Registrar General Peebs"

Section 2. The resolution

WHEREAS, the Registrar General of Atlasia, Peebs, has been sued in court over her impartiality in office

WHEREAS, Congress does not find the actions of Registrar General to have been done in an unjust way or under a double standard

It is therefore RESOLVED, that Congress formally recommends Registrar General Peebs to stay in her position and retained as Registrar General

FURTHER RESOLVED, that Congress finds petitioner Ben Kenobi formulated his request to the court in a deliberately mean and discriminatory way to annoy the Registrar General
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« Reply #398 on: September 19, 2019, 05:05:37 PM »

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SENATE RESOLUTION
to support the Registrar General of Atlasia in her actions in office

Section 1. Title
1. This resolution shall be referred to as "Resolution to support Registrar General Peebs"

Section 2. The resolution

WHEREAS, the Registrar General of Atlasia, Peebs, has been sued in court over her impartiality in office

WHEREAS, Congress does not find the actions of Registrar General to have been done in an unjust way or under a double standard

It is therefore RESOLVED, that Congress formally recommends Registrar General Peebs to stay in her position and retained as Registrar General

FURTHER RESOLVED, that Congress finds petitioner Ben Kenobi formulated his request to the court in a deliberately mean and discriminatory way to annoy the Registrar General
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« Reply #399 on: September 24, 2019, 01:57:13 AM »

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Section 1. Overview
1. This bill shall be titled the “Census Act of 2019”, or simply the “Census Act”.
2. The following federal laws are hereby repealed:
a. F.L. 13-51: The Fixing Deregistration Act
b. F.L. 17-01: The Close the Regional Change Loophole Act of 2019
c. F.L. 17-06: The Region Moving Grace Period Act
3. All subsequent federal census legislation that is passed shall be considered as amending this act, and shall be added accordingly on the wiki page for this act.

Section 2. The Census
1. The Cabinet member assigned the portfolio of Census Administrator shall maintain a census document listing all registered voters in Atlasia. For each voter, the census shall list:
a. Their permanent Atlas Forum username
b. The political party they are registered with
c. The state they are registered in
d. The region they reside in
e. Whether or not the voter voted or attempted to vote in each of the last three federal elections.
f. If, according to the provisions of this act, a voter is presently ineligible to move regions, the date by which they shall become eligible to move regions
2. The Census shall be made publicly available to view by all Atlasian citizens.
3. The Census Administrator shall publicly update the census regularly; they are recommended to do so once per week.
4. At least ninety-six hours prior to the start of any federal election, the Census Administrator shall post a public census update indicating the registered voter roll exactly as it stood one hundred and sixty-eight hours prior to the start of the election, so that all citizens shall have access to the accurate list of voters with eligible registrations for the election.
5. Following a federal election, the Census Administrator shall, with all appropriate haste, post an update in which they clearly indicate the voters who have been automatically deregistered according to the provisions of this act, as well as update the census document to reflect these deregistrations.

Section 3. Registration
1. The Census Administrator shall manage a thread on the Atlas Fantasy Elections board titled “New Register Thread”. All voluntary registrations and registration changes must be made in this thread.
2. To register, a poster must post in this thread indicating the state in which they wish to register and their party affiliation of choice.
3. To change their registration, a poster must indicate which state and/or political party they wish to change to.
4. In the event of a misspelling or a poster referring to their party or state of choice in an indirect manner, if the intent of the registration is clear, the Census Administrator shall act accordingly.
5. All valid new registrations or changes to registration shall be reflected on or prior to the first non-election census update occurring at least twelve hours after the registration, and on all subsequent census updates thereafter until the registration is modified or removed. A new registration shall only be reflected on an election census update if said registration was made in time to be eligible for the election in question.
7. Any registered voter may, subject to the provisions of this act, choose to deregister from Atlasia. If valid, the voter’s registration shall be removed on or prior to the first census update occurring at least twelve hours after the deregistration.
8. No voter may alter their state of registration or deregister during the “protected period”, which shall begin one hundred and sixty-eight hours prior to any regularly scheduled federal election and conclude upon the conclusion of the voting period. All attempts to do so during this period shall be invalid.
9. In order to be eligible to register, a poster’s Atlas Forum account must have been registered for at least one hundred and sixty-eight hours and must have accumulated at least fifteen posts.
10. If a poster attempts to register without having met one or more of the requirements, but is able to reach all requirements within one week of the registration attempt, then that poster’s registration shall take effect at that point. If a poster has not met all requirements within one week, then the registration attempt is void.
11. Changes to a voter's region of registration shall take effect twenty-four (24) hours after their posting in the New Register Thread; and the voter may reverse the change at any time before this period has elapsed. Having made such a reversal, no voter shall change their region of registration until three hundred sixty (360) hours have elapsed.


Section 4. Moving
1. For a voter to change their state of registration, the voter must request such a change outside of a protected period and must not have changed their state of registration within the last twenty-four hours.
2. If a voter has been registered in more than one region over the previous one hundred and eighty days, they cannot register outside the region they were most recently registered in.

Section 5. Deregistration.
1. A voter may be deregistered by the following methods:
a. If the voter voluntarily chooses to deregister in the New Register Thread outside of a protected period;
b. If the voter is deregistered through a duel or other method of mutually-agreed potential deregistration agreement as established by law;
c. If the voter is banned from the Atlas Forum, and this fact is confirmed by forum moderators; or
d. If the voter does not cast a ballot, valid or invalid, in three consecutive regularly scheduled federal elections.
2. If a voter deregisters voluntarily, they may not register again until three hundred and thirty-six hours have passed.

Section 6. Party Organization
1. If the membership of an organized political party, by vote of a quorum, which shall be a majority of all members of that party, decides that it wishes to change the name of that party, then the Registrar General shall, upon notification of the results by an officer of the party in question, change the official party membership of all members registered within that party to the new name approved by the party membership. (Continuation of F.L. 15-05§2.1)
2. No formal organized political party may use the registration "Independent", nor may any party change its name to one occupied by an existing party (Continuation of F.L. 15-05§2.2)
3. Two or more parties may, with the approval of each of their chairs, reach a merger agreement between them which clearly indicates the name, leadership, and (provisional or permanent) bylaws of the resultant party. If the membership of each of the parties within the agreement, by vote of a quorum, which shall be a majority of all members of that party, decides to approve the agreement within 30 days of each other, then the Registrar General shall, upon notification of the results by an officer of the party in question, change the official party membership of all remaining members registered within that party to the name of the resultant party specified within the agreement. (Continuation of F.L. 15-05§2.4)
4. The name of the resultant party must adhere to Clause 2 of this section, except that the resultant party may use the name of a party within the agreement.
5. A party may revoke its assent to the agreement, provided at least one of the parties within the agreement has not yet given it, by a declaration of the chair, a second vote by the quorum, which shall be a majority of all members of the party, or by any other method specified by the party bylaws.
6. Outside of the cases described in this section, the Census Administrator may not change a voter’s party registration unless the change is requested by the voter.
7. No provision of this section shall be construed to preclude any individual from choosing to revert to their previous registration if it is altered by one or more provisions of this Act. (Continuation of F.L. 15-05§2.5)
8. The majority of the party membership shall have the supreme power within a party, subject to federal law, and may remove or elect a chair or adopt, modify, or revoke party bylaws at any time. If no such majority action is taken, the governance of the party, subject to federal law, shall be dictated by the bylaws. In the absence of relevant bylaws, the party chair, subject to federal law and the supreme power of a majority, shall have absolute authority to govern the party.
9. Should a party not have bylaws detailing the procedure for selecting a party chair, any party member may declare themselves chair provided the chairmanship is vacant.
10. In the absence of an official chair, the party member with the longest continuous registration in said party shall be considered acting chair, however the chairmanship shall be considered vacant for the purposes of subsection 6.9.

Section 7. Instantaneity
1. All valid registrations, registration changes, and deregistrations shall be considered to take place as soon as the requisite conditions and/or requests are made, irrespective of when said changes are factored into the census document.

Section 8. Effective Date
1. All censuses conducted by the Census Administrator between June 9, 2016 and passage of this Act are retroactively granted legitimacy under this act.
2. This act shall take effect upon passage by both houses of Congress and signature of the President of Atlasia.
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