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« Reply #425 on: January 08, 2020, 10:28:59 PM »

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The Red-Green New Deal

SENATE BILL

To address climate change in Atlasia

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

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Section I: Title

1. This Act may be cited as the "Red-Green New Deal" or "RGND".

Section II: Resolution

1. We Recognize:

  a. The seriousness and urgency associated with climate change must be met with swift action in order to ensure the continued welfare and prosperity of all Atlasians.

  b. Those at fault must be held accountable, and the industries polluting our environment must be eliminated.

  c. We must aim for a total phase-out of fossil fuels by 2035.

  d. We can spark a green revolution in Atlasia and become a focal point in a new age of industry and technology.

Section III: Extraction

1. Offshore drilling within 25 miles of the Atlasian coastline is hereby prohibited.

2. The use of hydraulic fracking in Atlasia is hereby prohibited.

3. The placing of new oil pipeline, other than for the use of repair or renovation of existing lines, is hereby prohibited.

  a. Any update, repair, or alteration to existing pipeline must comply with existing regulation and be reviewed by appropriate local and federal agencies.

Section IV: Utility Ownership

1. The Office of the Secretary of Internal Affairs shall be instructed to create a Social Energy Fund.

  a. The Fund shall receive an amount equivalent to gaining public control over the top twenty five largest publicly traded energy companies.

    i. "Public Control" is defined as at least 51% of total shares.

  b. The Fund shall offer to voluntarily purchase up to 51% of the total shares in the companies described in IV.1.a.
 
    i. With each offer, the Department of Internal Affairs shall release a statement declaring its aim to compulsorily purchase the shares required to acquire a majority within sixteen months.

  c. The Fund shall be chartered to utilize its stake in the companies described in IV.1.a to achieve the following.

    i. Compliance with international de-carbonization objectives.
    
    ii. The transition to an energy sector led by publicly owned renewable energy companies.
  
    iii. The gradual phase-out of fossil fuel extraction.

Section V: Public Works

1. The Office of the Secretary of Internal Affairs shall be instructed to create a New Public Works Administration

  a. The NPWA shall develop, administrate, maintain and oversee public building projects.

  b. The NPWA shall be led by the Secretary of Internal Affairs.

    i. Shall the position of Secretary of Internal Affairs be vacant, these duties shall fall to the President of Atlasia.

2. The Office of the Secretary of Internal Affairs may appoint a board of NPCs to assist in the development of NPWA projects.

3. NPWA projects shall include

    a. Steel and Auto Manufacturing

    b. Construction and Enginering

    c. Renewable Energy Development and Energy Efficiency Retrofitting

    d. Coding, Server Farms and Technological Development

    e. Sustainable Agriculture

    f. Civil Corps
 
    g. Finance and Information

    h. Statistics and Social Research

4. All NPWA projects shall provide workers with the following.

  a. Pay equivalent to 10% above a "living wage" determined by residency.

  b. Full membership in a labor union.

  c. Employment benefits delegated per project.

5. The NPWA shall seek to employ twenty million workers over a ten-year period.

6. The NPWA shall operate with an annual budget of $250 billion.

Section VI: Effective Date

1. This act takes effect on June 1st, 2020.
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« Reply #426 on: January 30, 2020, 01:56:26 AM »

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Census Act of 2019
To Provide Guidelines and Procedures for the Federal Census
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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 federal and regional political parties they are registered with
c. The state they are registered in
d. The region they reside in
e. Whether or not the voter voted or attempted to vote in each of the last three federal elections.
f. If, according to the provisions of this act, a voter is presently ineligible to move regions, the date by which they shall become eligible to move regions
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.
6.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.
7. 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.
8.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.
9. 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.
10. 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 permanently 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[/b]  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.

People's Regional Senate
Passed 5-0 in the Atlasian Senate Assembled,

House of Representatives
Passed 7-0-0-2 in the Atlasian House Assembled


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« Reply #427 on: January 30, 2020, 02:03:31 AM »

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AN AMENDMENT
to the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia

Be it enacted by both houses of Congress, assembled:
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Section 1 (Title)
i. The title of this Amendment shall be, the "Democracy Is Not For Sale Amendment."

Section 2 (Amendment)
i. Article III§6(i) of the Fourth Constitution is amended to read as follows:
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The Congress shall have the power, except where limited elsewhere by this Constitution, [. . .]
xvi. To regulate independent expenditures for political communication.

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This amendment would overturn the ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission by allowing Congress to regulate third party spending in political campaigns.
House of Representatives:
Passed the House of Representatives 8-0-1-0
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« Reply #428 on: January 30, 2020, 02:20:44 AM »

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National Park Admission Act

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

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SECTION I: NAME

1. This may be cited as the National Park Admission Act.

SECTION II: CREATION OF NEW NATIONAL PARKS
The following jurisdictions are hereby designated as National Parks of the Republic of Atlasia:

1. Mount Hood National Park, from Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon
2. Mount Saint Helens National Park, from Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument in Washington

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« Reply #429 on: February 05, 2020, 11:30:24 AM »

Introducing the following on behalf of Speaker Thumb, so as to deal with them faster in light of the House-Senate queue.

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AN AMENDMENT
to the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia

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

Section 2 (Labor Rights Amendment)
i. The following shall be appended to Article I of the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia as the next section thereof:
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A full-enfranchised proletariat being necessary for the prosperity of a free people, the right of the working people to organize and bargain collectively shall not be infringed.

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This amendment to the Bill of Rights would protect the right of wage-earners to unionize free from the subversive influence of employers or the state.
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« Reply #430 on: February 05, 2020, 11:39:34 AM »

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AN AMENDMENT
to the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia

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

Section 2 (Right to Live Amendment)
i. The following shall be appended to Article I of the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia as the next section thereof:
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The right of citizens of the Republic of Atlasia to health care, including but not limited to care necessary to prevent and treat illness, shall not be denied.

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This amendment to the Bill of Rights would establish the right of all Atlasians to health care, including care necessary to prevent and treat illness.
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« Reply #431 on: February 13, 2020, 01:23:58 AM »

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Domestic Security Act

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

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1. Any chemical or biological agent currently prohibited for use in combat by the Armed Forces of the Republic of Atlasia is hereby prohibited for use by any law enforcement agency for the purpose of maintaining public order in area subject to the jurisdictional authority of the Republic of Atlasia.

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« Reply #432 on: February 13, 2020, 01:40:33 AM »

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Sticking it to the Man Act

SENATE BILL


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

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SECTION I
No school which receives federal funding from the government of Atlasia may suspend, expel, or otherwise punish a student for any of the following reasons:

1) wearing their hair in a certain style or having dyed or colored hair
2) expressing opinions or beliefs protected by the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia, or wearing clothing in order to express those opinions or beliefs
3) praying or otherwise practicing their religion at school
4) being absent from class
5) peacefully walking out of class
6) actions that occurred outside of school provided they were legal and non-threatening

SECTION II

1) No school which receives federal funding from the government of Atlasia may prevent a student from graduating or passing a class due to debts incurred, including but not limited to lunch debt and unreturned library books, provided they satisfy all other requirements.
2) No school which receives federal funding from the government of Atlasia may prevent a student from graduating or passing a class due to absences incurred, provided they receive a passing grade and satisfy all other requirements.

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« Reply #433 on: February 13, 2020, 01:44:29 AM »


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Snipping It a Little Less Act

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

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SECTION I

1. Males aged between the ages six and seventeen may not be circumcised without their expressed, written consent.

   1a. Persons found in violation of this act shall be fined no less than $50,000 per offense and a forfeiture of all relevant medical licenses for up to a year.
2. In cases of medical emergency where circumcision is deemed necessary and the patient is incapable of providing expressed, written consent, the procedure may be performed without penalty.

3. All males between the ages of six and seventeen must view a video describing the health risks and drawbacks of circumcision before providing their consent to the procedure.

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« Reply #434 on: February 13, 2020, 02:26:44 AM »

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Holiday Work Act

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

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SECTION I

1. All Atlasian businesses employing more than 50 people are required to pay their waged workers 1.5 times the normal amount for working on any Atlasian federal holiday, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day, on which they are required to pay workers double.

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« Reply #435 on: February 13, 2020, 03:19:07 AM »

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Troubled Teen Protection Act

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

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SECTION I

1. No teenager shall be forced to attend a troubled teen camp, against his or her will, except under recommendation by a doctor or other licensed health professional, or by a judge in consultation with such a health professional.
    a. The terms "teen" and "teenager" are defined to include minors between the ages of 13 and 17, inclusive. However, this definition shall not be construed to deny the right of any person to have their attendance in the troubled teen camp approved in the manner outlined in Section 1, Clause 1.
     b. The term "troubled teen camp" is defined as an overnight camp in which the "campers", or clients/participants of the camp, are attempted to be rehabilitated, for reasons including but not limited to substance abuse and criminal behavior.
2. No health professional nor judge may recommend a person to attend a troubled teen camp to rehabilitate one's race, gender, sexual orientation, or sexual self-identification. This shall not be construed to prevent a health professional or judge from recommending a person to a troubled teen camp for sexual, racial, or gender-motivated crimes.

SECTION II
1. All troubled teen camps are subject to random wellness checks by the Government, or the state or local authorities, in a manner convenient to the local authority.
2. Monitoring personal phone calls, and reading letters is prohibited, except by consent of the participant.
3. Provision of food, water, shelter, hygiene and/or medical care shall not be withheld from a participant as a punishment in any way that would fail to provide for the health and nutritional requirements of the participant. The camp shall not deny the appropriate dosages of medications to those who have a currently valid prescription to such medication, and shall allow a participant access to any item necessary to that participant's health.
4. No weapon or physical restraint may be used against a participant except where necessary to respond to an imminent threat to the safety of the participant and/or other individuals.
5. Any camp found in violation of clauses 2 of this section may be fined up to $500 per offense.  Any camp found in violation of clauses 3 or 4 of this section may be fined up to $50,000 per offense, and may face camp closure upon repeated offenses. These shall be in addition to any applicable restitution to a victim and/or other criminal penalty for resulting harm under existing laws.

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« Reply #436 on: February 24, 2020, 03:14:23 PM »

Introducing this bill into the administration slot:
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Federal Assault Weapon and Automatic Weapon Ban Act

SECTION I: Name and Intent

A.) This bill may be cited as the Federal Assault Weapon and Automatic Weapon Ban Act.

Section II: Criteria

1.) There shall be a nationwide ban on the purchasing, manufacturing, sale, or possession of assault weapons. The criteria laid out in Section 3A to shall be used to classify assault weapons.

2.) The prohibition does not apply to a firearm that is (1) manually operated by bolt, pump, lever, or slide action; (2) permanently inoperable; (3) an antique; or (4) a rifle or shotgun specifically identified by make and model.

3.) Any of the following features shall classify a firearm as an 'Assault Weapon'.

A.) Any semi automatic rifle which has a High Capacity Magazine (see Section III) which can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

B.) Any firearm which has a bayonet lug.

C.) Any firearm which has a threaded barrel.

D.) Any semi-automatic pistol with a detachable magazine in front, or outside of the pistol grip.

E.) Any semi-automatic pistol with a detachable magazine which can accept more than 15 rounds.

F.) Any semi-automatic shotgun with one or more of the following criteria; a pistol grip, a forward grip, a detachable magazine or a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds.

SECTION III: High Capacity Magazine Ban

A.) A large capacity ammunition feeding device is hereby classified as any device including a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, helical feeding device, or similar device, including any such device joined or coupled with another in any manner, that has an overall capacity of, or that can be readily restored, changed, or converted to accept rounds above the limits in Section 2 A, E and F.

C.) The above shall not apply to the possession of any large capacity ammunition feeding device otherwise lawfully possessed on or before the date of enactment of this Act.

Section IV

A.) This Act shall not apply to any firearm purchased, owned, manufactured or possessed before the enactment of this act.

B.) This Act shall not apply to any firearm purchased, owned, manufactured or possessed for law enforcement or Military purposes.

SECTION V: TIMING

1. This bill shall take effect 6 months after being enacted.
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« Reply #437 on: February 26, 2020, 04:39:21 PM »
« Edited: February 27, 2020, 01:05:34 PM by Senator tack50 (Lab-Lincoln) »

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Bob the House Builder Act

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SECTION I: Name
1. This bill may be cited as the Bob the House Builder Act

SECTION II: Bob
1. A new federal agency, called the Budget Organization for Buildings, or BOB for short, shall be created.
2. The purpose of this federal agency shall be the construction of affordable housing in the most expensive housing markets in the Republic of Atlasia
3. BOB shall cease to opperate if a housing oversupply happens, though it will still collect revenue from its tenants

SECTION III: Its mission
1. BOB shall construct mixed use appartment buildings with funds provided by the federal government. These appartment buildings shall have their ground floor dedicated for commercial use and any floors further up. These appartments shall follow relatively standardized blueprints and shall be designed to be cheap but of a livable standard.
2. No building built by BOB shall have less than 5 stories or housing for less than 16 families.
3. BOB shall construct its buildings in areas suitable for construction located in areas that are desirable by prospective dwellers.

SECTION IV: NIMBY destruction
1. Federal, state and local building regulations intended to discourage the building of affordable housing or other dense housing compositions shall not apply to buildings constructed by BOB. These include but are not limited to zoning regulations, maximum height regulations or parking minimums, among others.
2. Buildings constructed by BOB still shall follow local, state and federal safety and sanitation regulations, including but not limited to building codes, safety codes or requirements for public sanitation, water supplies or electricity
3. Local administrations that have building and zoning regulations determined as unnecessarily sparse or otherwise discouraging construction, as determined by the department of the federal government responsible for internal policy, shall have 20% of their federal funds withheld, and shall pay 3% of their yearly revenue to the federal government
4. Section IV.2 shall only apply to housing markets that have an average housing or rental price 150% above the national average.

SECTION V: Targets
1. 70% of buildings built by BOB shall be built on the top 15 most expensive housing markets, and a further 20% shall be built on the next 30 most expensive housing markets.
2. 35% of buildings built by BOB shall be destined to social housing as determined by the regions, and rented at a flat price of 100$ a month (adjusted for inflation). The remaining 65% shall be destined to affordable but general housing, and shall be rented at a price determined by the federal department responsible for internal policy, but this price shall be no higher than 66% of the average housing price in the relevant market; or no higher than 1000$ a month (adjusted for inflation)
3. 5% of buildings built by BOB shall be rented on a room by room basis. 95% of buildings shall be rented on a whole apartment basis.
4. People renting whole appartments from BOB shall have the option to buy them for 1$ once they have paid BOB 115% of the original construction costs of the building, divided by the number of appartments in the building (adjusted for inflation).

SECTION VI: Funding
1. BOB shall be treated like a public corporation. Therefore while profits will not be its objective, a majority of its revenue shall be reinvested into the company, unless the department responsible for internal policy declares the housing shortages over.
2. BOB's opperations shall be funded by a federal property tax of 0.1%
3. BOB shall be given an initial budget for construction of 1 billion dollars.

SECTION VII: Timing
1. This bill shall become enacted immediately after passage
2. BOB shall begin operations 3 months after the passage of this bill.


A bill I have written to try and get more housing built in order to combat the various housing crisis. I am not sure if it is particularly well written but oh well. Honestly I tried looking into what housing regulations harm the building of dense appartment complexes, to just build them to get housing prices to go down. I would have preferred specific regulations repeal but I guess this is the next best thing.

Oh well, I hope the bill gets debated in Congress and thoroughly revised if it isn't written good enough.

Edit: withdrawing the bill as I don't think it is good enough. I might repost a redrafted version at another time
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« Reply #438 on: March 05, 2020, 05:54:42 PM »

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Resolution for the Atlasian Congress to put more effort into fighting climate change

SENATE RESOLUTION


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

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SECTION 1: Recognizing the severity of climate change

WHEREAS, the continuous growth of maximum temperatures, heat waves, droughts and the rise in extreme weather events in general are undenyable evidence of the effects of climate change

WHEREAS, the IPCC confirms these findings and predicts a rise of up to 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2052 if greenhouse gas emissions remain at their current rate; not allowing for the global objective of a maximum rise of temperature of 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2100

WHEREAS, a temperature rise higher than 1.5 degrees Celsius increases the risks and effects of climate change exponencially and is associated with permanent and irreversible changes in the planet

WHEREAS, a fast and deep reaching transformation and transition is needed worldwide and in the Republic of Atlasia to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius

IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Atlasian federal government; including Congress, the president and the cabinet; shall have future ambitions and work towards reducing the public and private resistance towards measures to fight climate change; in particular climate change denialism

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Atlasian Congress regognizes the reality and severity of human caused global warming and will support such actions and manifestations directed to fighting the causes of climate change and against those actions and manifestations that deny the reality of climate change

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Atlasian Congress urges the President to work into implementing a climate change directive that will attempt to decarbonize the Atlasian economy by 2050 while still maintaining the current amount of jobs and ensuring a transition in vulnerable sectors

SECTION 2: Ratifying the Paris Agreement

WHEREAS, the Paris Agreement on climate change were signed by all nations of the world in April 2016

WHEREAS, President Blair signed the Paris Agreements on behalf of the Republic of Atlasia

IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Atlasian Congress formally ratifies the Paris Agreements on Climate Change; as it is empowered by Article IV; Section 2 of the Atlasian Constitution

FURTHER RESOLVED, that Executive order 40-008; referred to as Executive order 40-013 in the Atlasia Wiki; shall be given the same status for juridical purposes as any other bill or treaty passed and ratified by the Atlasian Congress


Notes for when this gets to the Senate floor:

This is based on a RL resolution here; the "Non law proposition relative to the compromise on the support against climate change. God I hate RL legalese Tongue

I know borrowing bills from RL is lazy and I have been very guilty of doing so lately though this one is simple enough that we should all understand it, it's not a super complicated resolution.

I also added a section to actually ratify the Paris Agreements and put them into statute. Blair signed the agreements all the way back when he was president, but I don't think that counts as a formal ratification. In any case this should do it as I do not think his executive order is getting rescinded by Pericles any time soon.
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« Reply #439 on: March 08, 2020, 03:05:50 AM »
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A BILL
To amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to restore the impaired credit of victims of predatory activities and unfair consumer reporting practices, to expand access to tools to protect vulnerable consumers from identity theft, fraud, or a related crime, and protect victims from further harm, and for other purposes.

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

This legislation may be cited as the Bad Credit Relief Act of 2020.

Section 2. Findings

(1) Many Atlasians across the country are faced with mounting medical debt, dealing with predatory lenders and fraudulent activity, and prevented from accessing credit due to their credit reports containing older debt, providing little to no insight of credit worthiness.

(2) Consumer reports play an increasingly important role in the lives of Atlasian consumers.  Most creditors, for example, review these reports to make decisions about whether to extend credit to consumers and what terms and conditions to offer them.  As such, information contained in these reports affects whether a person is able to get a private education loan to pay for college costs, to secure a mortgage loan to buy a home, or to obtain a credit card, as well as the terms and conditions under which consumer credit products or services are offered to them.

(3) Credit reports are also increasingly used for many noncredit decisions, including by landlords to determine whether to rent an apartment to a prospective tenant and by employers to decide whether to hire potential job applicants or to offer a promotion to existing employees.

TITLE I—Restoring the impaired credit of victims of predatory activities and unfair consumer reporting practices

Section 101. Shortening the time period that most adverse credit information stays on consumer reports

1.) Section 605 of the Fair Credit Reporting Act is hereby amended:

(1) in subsection (a)—

(A) by striking “Except as authorized under subsection (b), no” and inserting “No”;

(B) in paragraph (1), by striking “10 years” and inserting “7 years”;

(C) in paragraph (2), by striking “Civil suits, civil judgments, and records” and inserting “Records”;

(D) in paragraph (3), by striking “seven years” and inserting “4 years”;

(E) in paragraph (4), by striking “seven years” and inserting “4 years, except as provided in paragraph [8], (10), (11), (12), or (13), or as required by section 605C, 605D, 605E, or 605F”;

(F) in paragraph (5)—

(i) by striking “, other than records of convictions of crimes”; and

(ii) by striking “seven years” and inserting “4 years, except as required by section 605C, 605D, 605E, or 605F”; and

(G) by adding at the end the following new paragraphs:

“(9) Civil suits and civil judgments (except as provided in paragraph [8]) that, from date of entry, antedate the report by more than 4 years or until the governing statute of limitations has expired, whichever is the longer period.

“(10) A civil suit or civil judgment—

“(A) brought by a private education loan holder that, from the date of successful completion of credit restoration or rehabilitation in accordance with the requirements of section 605D or 605E, antedates the report by 45 calendar days; or

“(B) brought by a lender with respect to a covered residential mortgage loan that antedates the report by 45 calendar days.

“(11) Records of convictions of crimes which antedate the report by more than 7 years.

“(12) Any other adverse item of information relating to the collection of debt that did not arise from a contract or an agreement to pay by a consumer, including fines, tickets, and other assessments, as determined by the Bureau, excluding tax liability.”;

(2) by striking subsection (b) and redesignating subsections (c) through (h) as subsections (b) through (g), respectively; and

(3) in subsection (b) (as so redesignated), by striking “7-year period referred to in paragraphs (4) and (6)” and inserting “4-year period referred to in paragraphs (4) and (5)”.

(b) Conforming amendments.—The Fair Credit Reporting Act is amended—

(1) in section 616(d), by striking “section 605(g)” each place that term appears and inserting “section 605(f)”; and

(2) in section 625(b)(5)(A), by striking “section 605(g)” and inserting “section 605(f)”.

Section 102. Mandating the expedited removal of fully paid or settled debt from consumer reports

Section 605(a) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act , as amended by section 101(a)(1), is further amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(13) Any other adverse item of information related to a fully paid or settled debt that had been characterized as delinquent, charged off, or in collection which, from the date of payment or settlement, antedates the report by more than 45 calendar days.”.

Section 103. Imposing restrictions on the appearance of medical collections on consumer reports and requires the expedited removal of fully paid or settled medical collections from consumer reports

(a) Removal of fully paid or settled medical debt from consumer reports.—Section 605(a) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, as amended by section 102, is further amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(14) Any other adverse item of information related to a fully paid or settled debt arising from the receipt of medical services, products, or devices that had been characterized as delinquent, charged off, or in collection which, from the date of payment or settlement, antedates the report by more than 45 calendar days.”.

(b) Establishing an extended time period before certain medical debt information may be reported.—Section 605(a) of such Act is further amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(15) Any information related to a debt arising from the receipt of medical services, products, or devices, if the date on which such debt was placed for collection, charged to profit or loss, or subjected to any similar action antedates the report by less than 365 calendar days.”.

(c) Prohibition on reporting medically necessary procedures.—Section 605(a) of such Act is further amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(16) Any information related to a debt arising from a medically necessary procedure.”.

(d) Technical amendment.—Section 604(g)(1)(C) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act is further amended by striking “devises” and inserting “devices”.

Section 104. Providing credit restoration for victims of predatory mortgage lending and servicing

(a) In general.—The Fair Credit Reporting Act is amended by inserting after section 605B the following new section:

Section 105. Credit restoration for victims of predatory mortgage lending

“(a) In general.—A consumer reporting agency may not furnish any consumer report containing any adverse item of information relating to a covered residential mortgage loan (including the origination and servicing of such a loan, any loss mitigation activities related to such a loan, and any foreclosure, deed in lieu of foreclosure, or short sale related to such a loan), if the action or inaction to which the item of information relates—

“(1) resulted from an unfair, deceptive, or abusive act or practice, or a fraudulent, discriminatory, or illegal activity of a financial institution, as determined by the Bureau or a court of competent jurisdiction; or

“(2) is related to an unfair, deceptive, or abusive act, practice, or a fraudulent, discriminatory, or illegal activity of a financial institution that is the subject of a settlement agreement initiated on behalf of a consumer or consumers and that is between the financial institution and an agency or department of a local, State, or Federal Government, regardless of whether such settlement includes an admission of wrongdoing.

“(b) Covered residential mortgage loan defined.—In this section, the term ‘covered residential mortgage loan’ means any loan primarily for personal, family, or household use that is secured by a mortgage, deed of trust, or other equivalent consensual security interest on a dwelling (as defined in section 103(w) of the Truth in Lending Act), including a loan in which the proceeds will be used for—

“(1) a manufactured home (as defined in section 603 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974;

“(2) any installment sales contract, land contract, or contract for deed on a residential property; or

“(3) a reverse mortgage transaction (as defined in section 103 of the Truth in Lending Act).”.

(b) Table of contents amendment.—The table of contents of the Fair Credit Reporting Act is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 605B the following new item:

Section 106. Credit restoration for victims of predatory mortgage lending

“(a) In general.—A consumer reporting agency may not furnish any consumer report containing any adverse item of information relating to a covered residential mortgage loan (including the origination and servicing of such a loan, any loss mitigation activities related to such a loan, and any foreclosure, deed in lieu of foreclosure, or short sale related to such a loan), if the action or inaction to which the item of information relates—

“(1) resulted from an unfair, deceptive, or abusive act or practice, or a fraudulent, discriminatory, or illegal activity of a financial institution, as determined by the Bureau or a court of competent jurisdiction; or

“(2) is related to an unfair, deceptive, or abusive act, practice, or a fraudulent, discriminatory, or illegal activity of a financial institution that is the subject of a settlement agreement initiated on behalf of a consumer or consumers and that is between the financial institution and an agency or department of a local, State, or Federal Government, regardless of whether such settlement includes an admission of wrongdoing.

“(b) Covered residential mortgage loan defined.—In this section, the term ‘covered residential mortgage loan’ means any loan primarily for personal, family, or household use that is secured by a mortgage, deed of trust, or other equivalent consensual security interest on a dwelling (as defined in section 103(w) of the Truth in Lending Act), including a loan in which the proceeds will be used for—

“(1) a manufactured home (as defined in section 603 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974;

“(2) any installment sales contract, land contract, or contract for deed on a residential property; or

“(3) a reverse mortgage transaction (as defined in section 103 of the Truth in Lending Act).”.

(b) Table of contents amendment.—The table of contents of the Fair Credit Reporting Act is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 605B the following new item:

“605C. Credit restoration for victims of predatory mortgage lending.”.

(c) Effective date.—The amendments made by this section shall take effect at the end of the 18-month period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act.

Section 107. Providing credit relief for private education loans borrowers who were defrauded or mislead by proprietary education institution or career education programs

(a) In general.—The Fair Credit Reporting Act, as amended by section 104, is further amended by inserting after section 605C the following new section:

Ҥ 605D. Private education loan credit restoration for defrauded student borrowers who attend certain proprietary educational institution or career education programs

“(a) Process for certification as a qualifying private education loan borrower.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—A consumer may submit a request to the Bureau, along with a defraudment claim, to be certified as a qualifying private education loan borrower with respect to a private education loan.

“(2) CERTIFICATION.—The Bureau shall certify a consumer described in paragraph (1) as a qualifying private education loan borrower with respect to a private education loan if the Bureau or a court of competent jurisdiction determines that the consumer has a valid defraudment claim with respect to such loan.

“(b) Removal of adverse information.—Upon receipt of a notice described in subsection (d)(5), a consumer reporting agency shall remove any adverse information relating to any private education loan with respect to which a consumer is a qualifying private education loan borrower from any consumer report within 45 calendar days of receipt of such notification.

“(c) Disclosure.—The Bureau shall disclose the results of a certification determination in writing to the consumer that provides a clear and concise explanation of the basis for the determination of whether such consumer is a qualifying private education loan borrower with respect to a private education loan and, as applicable, an explanation of the consumer’s right to have adverse information relating to such loan removed from their consumer report by a consumer reporting agency.

“(d) Procedures.—The Bureau shall—

“(1) establish procedures for a consumer to submit a request described in subsection (a);

“(2) establish procedures to efficiently review, accept, and process such a request;

“(3) develop ongoing outreach initiatives and education programs to inform consumers of the circumstances under which such consumer may be eligible to be certified as a qualifying private education loan borrower with respect to a private education loan;

“(4) establish procedures, including the manner, form, and content of the notice informing a private educational loan holder of the prohibition on reporting any adverse information relating to a private education loan with respect to which a consumer is a qualifying private education loan borrower; and

“(5) establish procedures, including the manner, form, and content of the notice informing a consumer reporting agency of the obligation to remove any adverse information as described in subsection (c).

“(e) Standardized reporting codes.—A consumer reporting agency shall develop standardized reporting codes for use by private education loan holders to identify and report a qualifying private education loan borrower’s status of a request to remove any adverse information relating to any private education loan with respect to which such consumer is a qualifying private education loan borrower. A consumer report in which a person furnishes such codes shall be deemed to comply with the requirements for accuracy and completeness required under sections 623(a)(1) and 630. Such codes shall not appear on any report provided to a third party, and shall be removed from the consumer’s credit report upon the successful restoration of the consumer’s credit under this section.

“(f) Defraudment claim defined.—For purposes of this section, the term ‘defraudment claim’ means a claim made with respect to a consumer who is a borrower of a private education loan with respect to a proprietary educational institution or career education program in which the consumer alleges that—

“(1) the proprietary educational institution or career education program—

“(A) engaged in an unfair, deceptive, or abusive act or practice, or a fraudulent, discriminatory, or illegal activity—

“(i) as defined by Regional or State law of the Region or State in which the proprietary educational institution or career education program is headquartered or maintains or maintained significant operations; or

“(ii) under Federal law;

“(B) is the subject of an enforcement order, a settlement agreement, a memorandum of understanding, a suspension of tuition assistance, or any other action relating to an unfair, deceptive, or abusive act or practice that is between the proprietary educational institution or career education program and an agency or department of a local, Regional, State, or Federal Government; or

“(C) misrepresented facts to students or accrediting agencies or associations about graduation or gainful employment rates in recognized occupations or failed to provide the coursework necessary for students to successfully obtain a professional certification or degree from the proprietary educational institution or career education program; or

“(2) the consumer has submitted a valid defense to repayment claim with respect to such loan, as determined by the Secretary of Education.”.

(b) Table of contents amendment.—The table of contents of the Fair Credit Reporting Act is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 605C (as added by section 104) the following new item:

“605D. Private education loan credit restoration for defrauded student borrowers who attend certain proprietary educational institution or career education programs.”.

Section 108. Establishing the right for victims of financial abuse to have adverse information associated with an abuser’s fraudulent activity removed from their consumer reports

(a) In general.—The Fair Credit Reporting Act, as amended by section 105, is further amended by inserting after section 605D the following new section:

Ҥ 605E. Financial abuse prevention

“For a consumer who is the victim of intentionally abusive or harmful financial behavior, as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction including a family court, juvenile court, or other court with personal jurisdiction, that was conducted by a spouse, family or household member, caregiver, or person with whom such consumer had a dating relationship in a manner which resulted in the inclusion of an adverse item of information on the consumer report of the consumer, and the consumer did not participate in or consent to such behavior, the consumer may apply to a court of competent jurisdiction, including a family court, juvenile court, or other court with personal jurisdiction, for an order to require the removal of such adverse information from the consumer’s file maintained by any consumer reporting agency.”.

(b) Table of contents amendment.—The table of contents of the Fair Credit Reporting Act is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 605D the following new item:

“605E. Financial abuse prevention.”.

Section 109. Prohibiting treatment of credit restoration or rehabilitation as adverse information

The Fair Credit Reporting Act is amended—

(1) by adding at the end the following new section:

Ҥ 630. Prohibition of certain factors related to Federal credit restoration or rehabilitation

“(a) Restriction on credit scoring models.—A credit scoring model may not—

“(1) take into consideration, in a manner adverse to a consumer’s credit score or educational credit score, any information in a consumer report concerning the consumer’s participation in credit restoration or rehabilitation under section 605C, 605D, or 605E; or

“(2) treat negatively, in a manner adverse to a consumer’s credit score or educational credit score, the absence of payment history data for an existing account, whether the account is open or closed, where the absence of such information is the result of a consumer’s participation in credit restoration or rehabilitation under section 605C, 605D, or 605E.

“(b) Restriction on persons obtaining consumer reports.—A person who obtains a consumer report may not—

“(1) take into consideration, in a manner adverse to a consumer, any information in a consumer report concerning the consumer’s participation in credit restoration or rehabilitation under section 605C, 605D, or 605E; or

“(2) treat negatively the absence of payment history data for an existing account, whether the account is open or closed, where the absence of such information is the result of a consumer’s participation in credit restoration or rehabilitation under section 605C, 605D, or 605E.

“(c) Accuracy and completeness.—If a person who furnishes information to a consumer reporting agency requests the removal of information from a consumer report or a consumer reporting agency removes information from a consumer report in compliance with the requirements under section 605C, 605D, or 605E, or such information was removed pursuant at section 605(a)(11), such report shall be deemed to satisfy the requirements for accuracy and completeness with respect to such information.

“(d) Prohibition related to adverse actions and risk-Based pricing decisions.—No person shall use information related to a consumer’s participation in credit restoration or rehabilitation under section 605C, 605D, or 605E in connection with any determination of—

“(1) the consumer’s eligibility or continued eligibility for an extension of credit;

“(2) the terms and conditions offered to a consumer regarding an extension of credit; or

“(3) an adverse action made for employment purposes.”; and

(2) in the table of contents for such Act, by adding at the end the following new item:

“630. Prohibition of certain factors related to Federal credit restoration or rehabilitation.”.
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« Reply #440 on: March 08, 2020, 03:07:00 AM »
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TITLE II—Expanding access to tools to protect vulnerable consumers from identity theft, fraud, or a related crime, and protect victims from further harm

Section 201. Identity theft report definition

Paragraph (4) of section 603(q) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act is amended to read as follows:

“(4) IDENTITY THEFT REPORT.—The term ‘identity theft report’ has the meaning given that term by rule of the Bureau, and means, at a minimum, a report—

“(A) that is a standardized affidavit that alleges that a consumer has been a victim of identity theft, fraud, or a related crime, or has been harmed by the unauthorized disclosure of the consumer’s financial or personally identifiable information, that was developed and made available by the Bureau; or

“(B) (i) that alleges an identity theft, fraud, or a related crime, or alleges harm from the unauthorized disclosure of the consumer’s financial or personally identifiable information;

“(ii) that is a copy of an official, valid report filed by a consumer with an appropriate Federal, State, or local law enforcement agency, including the United States Postal Inspection Service, or such other government agency deemed appropriate by the Bureau; and

“(iii) the filing of which subjects the person filing the report to criminal penalties relating to the filing of false information if, in fact, the information in the report is false.”.

Section 202. Amendment to protection for files and credit records of protected consumers

(a) Amendment to definition of “file”.—Section 603(g) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act is amended by inserting “, except that such term excludes a record created pursuant to section 605A(j)” after “stored”.

(b) Amendment to protection for files and credit records.—Section 605A(j) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1)—

(A) in subparagraph (B)(ii), by striking “an incapacitated person or a protected person” and inserting “a person”; and

(B) by amending subparagraph (E) to read as follows:

“(E) The term ‘security freeze’—

“(i) has the meaning given in subsection (i)(1)(C); and

“(ii) with respect to a protected consumer for whom the consumer reporting agency does not have a file, means a record that is subject to a security freeze that a consumer reporting agency is prohibited from disclosing to any person requesting the consumer report for the purpose of opening a new account involving the extension of credit.”; and

(2) in paragraph (4)(D), by striking “a protected consumer or a protected consumer’s representative under subparagraph (A)(i)” and inserting “a protected consumer described under subparagraph (A)(ii) or a protected consumer’s representative”.

Section 203. Enhancing fraud alert protections

Section 605A of the Fair Credit Reporting Act is amended—

(1) in subsection (a)—

(A) in the subsection heading, by striking “One-Call” and inserting “One-Year”;

(B) in paragraph (1)—

(i) in the paragraph heading, by striking “Initial alerts” and inserting “In general”;

(ii) by inserting “or harmed by the unauthorized disclosure of the consumer’s financial or personally identifiable information,” after “identity theft,”;

(iii) in subparagraph (A), by striking “and” at the end;

(iv) in subparagraph (B)—

(I) by inserting “1-year” before “fraud alert”; and

(II) by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”; and

(v) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

“(C) upon the expiration of the 1-year period described in subparagraph (A) or a subsequent 1-year period, and in response to a direct request by the consumer or such representative, continue the fraud alert for a period of 1 additional year if the information asserted in this paragraph remains applicable.”; and

(C) in paragraph (2)—

(i) in the paragraph heading, by inserting “and credit or educational credit scores” after “reports”;

(ii) by inserting “1-year” before “fraud alert”;

(iii) in subparagraph (A), by inserting “and credit score or educational credit score” after “file”; and

(iv) in subparagraph (B), by striking “any request described in subparagraph (A)” and inserting “the consumer reporting agency includes the 1-year fraud alert in the file of a consumer”;

(2) in subsection (b)—

(A) in the subsection heading, by striking “Extended” and inserting “Seven-Year”;

(B) in paragraph (1)—

(i) in subparagraph (B)—

(I) by striking “5-year period beginning on the date of such request” and inserting “such 7-year period”; and

(II) by striking “and” at the end;

(ii) in subparagraph (C)—

(I) by striking “extended” and inserting “7-year”; and

(II) by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”; and

(iii) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

“(D) upon the expiration of such 7-year period or a subsequent 7-year period, and in response to a direct request by the consumer or such representative, continue the fraud alert for a period of 7 additional years if the consumer or such representative submits an updated identity theft report.”; and

(C) in paragraph (2)—

(i) in the paragraph heading, by inserting “and credit or educational credit scores” after “reports”; and

(ii) by amending subparagraph (A) to read as follows:

“(A) disclose to the consumer that the consumer may request a free copy of the file and credit score or educational credit score of the consumer pursuant to section 612(d) during each 12-month period beginning on the date on which the 7-year fraud alert was included in the file and ending on the date of the last day that the 7-year fraud alert applies to the consumer’s file; and”;

(3) in subsection (c)—

(A) in paragraph (1), by inserting “or educational credit score” after “credit score”;

(B) by redesignating paragraphs (1), (2), and (3), as subparagraphs (A), (B), and (C), respectively (and conforming the margins accordingly);

(C) by striking “Upon the direct request” and inserting:

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Upon the direct request”; and

(D) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(2) ACCESS TO FREE REPORTS AND CREDIT OR EDUCATIONAL CREDIT SCORES.—If a consumer reporting agency includes an active duty alert in the file of an active duty military consumer, the consumer reporting agency shall—

“(A) disclose to the active duty military consumer that the active duty military consumer may request a free copy of the file and credit score or educational credit score of the active duty military consumer pursuant to section 612(d), during each 12-month period beginning on the date that the activity duty military alert is requested and ending on the date of the last day the active duty alert applies to the file of the active duty military consumer; and

“(B) provide to the active duty military consumer all disclosures required to be made under section 609, without charge to the consumer, not later than 3 business days after any request described in subparagraph (A).”;

(4) by amending subsection (d) to read as follows:

“(d) Procedures.—Each consumer reporting agency described in section 603(p) shall include on the webpage required under subsection (i) policies and procedures to comply with this section, including policies and procedures—

“(1) that inform consumers of the availability of 1-year fraud alerts, 7-year fraud alerts, active duty alerts, and security freezes (as applicable);

“(2) that allow consumers to request 1-year fraud alerts, 7-year fraud alerts, and active duty alerts (as applicable) and to place, temporarily lift, or fully remove a security freeze in a simple and easy manner; and

“(3) for asserting in good faith a suspicion that the consumer has been or is about to become a victim of identity theft, fraud, or a related crime, or harmed by the unauthorized disclosure of the consumer’s financial or personally identifiable information, for a consumer seeking a 1-year fraud alert or security freeze.”;

(5) in subsection (e), by inserting “1-year or 7-year” before “fraud alert”;

(6) in subsection (f), by striking “or active duty alert” and inserting “active duty alert, or security freeze (as applicable)”;

(7) in subsection (g)—

(A) by inserting “or has been harmed by the unauthorized disclosure of the consumer’s financial or personally identifiable information, or to inform such agency of the consumer’s participation in credit restoration or rehabilitation under section 605C, 605D, or 605E,” after “identity theft,”; and

(B) by inserting “or security freezes” after “request alerts”;

[8] in subsection (h)—

(A) in paragraph (1)—

(i) in the paragraph heading, by striking “initial” and inserting “1-year”; and

(ii) by striking “initial” and inserting “1-year” each place such term appears; and

(B) in paragraph (2)—

(i) in the paragraph heading, by striking “extended” and inserting “7-year”; and

(ii) by striking “extended” and inserting “7-year” each place such term appears; and

(9) in subsection (i)(4)—

(A) by striking subparagraphs (E) and (I); and

(B) by redesignating subparagraphs (F), (G), (H), and (J) as subparagraphs (E), (F), (G), and (H), respectively.

Section 204. Amendment to security freezes for consumer reports

(a) In general.—Section 605A(i) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act is amended—

(1) by amending the subsection heading to read as follows: “Security freezes for consumer reports”;

(2) in paragraph (3)(E), by striking “Upon receiving” and all that follows through “subparagraph (C),” and inserting “Upon receiving a direct request from a consumer for a temporary removal of a security freeze, a consumer reporting agency shall”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

“(7) RELATION TO STATE LAW.—This subsection does not modify or supersede the laws of any State relating to security freezes or other similar actions, except to the extent those laws are inconsistent with any provision of this title, and then only to the extent of the inconsistency. For purposes of this subsection, a term or provision of a State law is not inconsistent with the provisions of this subsection if the term or provision affords greater protection to the consumer than the protection provided under this subsection as determined by the Bureau.”.

(b) Amendment to webpage requirements.—Section 605A(i)(6)(A) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act is amended—

(1) in clause (ii), by striking “initial fraud alert” and inserting “1-year fraud alert”;

(2) in clause (iii), by striking “extended fraud alert” and inserting “7-year fraud alert”; and

(3) in clause (iv), by striking “fraud”.

(c) Amendment to exceptions for certain persons.—Section 605A(i)(4)(A) of the Consumer Credit Protection Act is amended to read as follows:

“(A) A person, or the person’s subsidiary, affiliate, agent, subcontractor, or assignee with whom the consumer has, or prior to assignment had, an authorized account, contract, or debtor-creditor relationship for the purposes of reviewing the active account or collecting the financial obligation owed on the account, contract, or debt.”.

(e) Effective date.—The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act.

Section 205. Clarification of information to be included with agency disclosures

Section 609(c)(2) of such Act is amended—

(1) in subparagraph (B)—

(A) by striking “consumer reporting agency described in section 603(p)” and inserting “consumer reporting agency described in subsection (p) or (x) of section 603”;

(B) by striking “the agency” and inserting “such an agency”; and

(C) by inserting “and an Internet website address” after “hours”; and

(2) in subparagraph (E), by striking “outdated under section 605 or” and inserting “outdated, required to be removed, or”.

Section 206. Providing access to fraud records for victims

Section 609(e) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1)—

(A) by striking “resulting from identity theft”;

(B) by striking “claim of identity theft” and inserting “claim of fraudulent activity”; and

(C) by striking “any transaction alleged to be a result of identity theft” and inserting “any fraudulent transaction”;

(2) in paragraph (2)(B)—

(A) by striking “identity theft, at the election of the business entity” and inserting “fraudulent activity”;

(B) by amending clause (i) to read as follows:

“(i) a copy of an identity theft report; or”; and

(C) by amending clause (ii) to read as follows:

“(ii) an affidavit of fact that is acceptable to the business entity for that purpose.”;

(3) in paragraph (3)(C), by striking “identity theft” and inserting “fraudulent activity”;

(4) by striking paragraph [8] and redesignating paragraphs (9) through (13) as paragraphs [8] through (12), respectively; and

(5) in paragraph (10) (as so redesignated), by striking “or a similar crime” and inserting “, fraud, or a related crime”.

Section 207. Requiring Bureau to set procedures for reporting identity theft, fraud, and other related crime

Section 621(f)(2) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act is amended—

(1) in the paragraph heading, by striking “Model form” and inserting “Standardized affidavit”;

(2) by striking “The Commission” and inserting “The Bureau”;

(3) by striking “model form” and inserting “standardized affidavit”;

(4) by inserting after “identity theft” the following: “, fraud, or a related crime, or otherwise are harmed by the unauthorized disclosure of the consumer’s financial or personally identifiable information,”; and

(5) by striking “fraud.” and inserting “identity theft, fraud, or other related crime. Such standardized affidavit and procedures shall not include a requirement that a consumer obtain a police report.”.

Section 208. Establishing the right to free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services for certain consumers

(a) Enforcement of credit monitoring for servicemembers.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Subsection (k) of section 605A is amended by striking paragraph (4).

(2) EFFECTIVE DATE.—This subsection and the amendments made by this subsection shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act.

(b) Free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services for certain consumers.—Subsection (k) of section 605A, is amended to read as follows:

“(k) Credit monitoring and identity theft protection services.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Upon the direct request of a consumer, a consumer reporting agency described in section 603(p) that maintains a file on the consumer and has received appropriate proof of the identity of the requester (as described in section 1022.123 of title 12, Code of Federal Regulations) shall provide the consumer with credit monitoring and identity theft protection services not later than 1 business day after receiving such request sent by postal mail, toll-free telephone, or secure electronic means as established by the agency.

“(2) FEES.—

“(A) CLASSES OF CONSUMERS.—The Bureau may establish classes of consumers eligible to receive credit monitoring and identity theft protection services free of charge.

“(B) NO FEE.—A consumer reporting agency described in section 603(p) may not charge a consumer a fee to receive credit monitoring and identity theft protection services if the consumer or a representative of the consumer—

“(i) asserts in good faith a suspicion that the consumer has been or is about to become a victim of identity theft, fraud, or a related crime, or harmed by the unauthorized disclosure of the consumer’s financial or personally identifiable information;

“(ii) is unemployed and intends to apply for employment in the 60-day period beginning on the date on which the request is made;

“(iii) is a recipient of public welfare assistance;

“(iv) is an active duty military consumer or a member of the National Guard (as defined in section 101(c) of title 10, United States Code);

“(v) is 65 years of age or older; or

“(vi) is a member of a class established by the Bureau under subparagraph (A).

“(3) BUREAU RULEMAKING.—The Bureau shall issue regulations—

“(A) to define the scope of credit monitoring and identity theft protection services required under this subsection; and

“(B) to set a fair and reasonable fee that a consumer reporting agency may charge a consumer (other than a consumer described under paragraph (2)(B)) for such credit monitoring and identity theft protection services.

“(4) RELATION TO STATE LAW.—This subsection does not modify or supersede of the laws of any State relating to credit monitoring and identity theft protection services or other similar actions, except to the extent those laws are inconsistent with any provision of this title, and then only to the extent of the inconsistency. For purposes of this subsection, a term or provision of a State law is not inconsistent with the provisions of this subsection if the term or provision affords greater protection to the consumer than the protection provided under this subsection as determined by the Bureau.”.

Section 209. Ensuring removal of inquiries resulting from identity theft, fraud, or other related crime from consumer reports

Section 605(a) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, as amended by section 103, is further amended by adding at the end the following:

“(17) Information about inquiries made for a credit report based on requests that the consumer reporting agency verifies were initiated as the result of identity theft, fraud, or other related crime.”.

TITLE III—Miscellaneous

Section 301. Definitions

Section 603 of the Fair Credit Reporting Act is further amended by adding at the end the following:

“(bb) Definitions related to days.—

“(1) CALENDAR DAY; DAY.—The term ‘calendar day’ or ‘day’ means a calendar day, excluding any federally recognized holiday.

“(2) BUSINESS DAY.—The term ‘business day’ means a day between and including Monday to Friday, and excluding any federally recognized holiday.”.

Section 302. Technical correction related to risk-based pricing notices

Section 615(h)[8] of the Fair Credit Reporting Act is amended—

(1) in subparagraph (A), by striking “this section” and inserting “this subsection”; and

(2) in subparagraph (B), by striking “This section” and inserting “This subsection”.

Section 303. FCRA findings and purpose; voids certain contracts not in the public interest

(a) FCRA findings and purpose.—Section 602 of the Fair Credit Reporting Act is amended—

(1) in subsection (a)—

(A) by amending paragraph (1) to read as follows:

“(1) Many financial and non-financial decisions affecting consumers’ lives depend upon fair, complete, and accurate credit reporting. Inaccurate and incomplete credit reports directly impair the efficiency of the financial system and undermine the integrity of using credit reports in other circumstances, and unfair credit reporting and credit scoring methods undermine the public confidence which is essential to the continued functioning of the financial services system and the provision of many other consumer products and services.”; and

(B) in paragraph (4), by inserting after “agencies” the following: “, furnishers, and credit scoring developers”; and

(2) in subsection (b)—

(A) by striking “It is the purpose of this title to require” and inserting the following: “The purpose of this title is the following:

“(1) To require”; and

(B) by adding at the end the following:

“(2) To prohibit any practices and procedures with respect to credit reports and credit scores that are not in the public interest.”.

(b) Voiding of certain contracts not in the public interest.—

The Fair Credit Reporting Act, as amended by section 107, is further amended—

(1) by adding at the end the following new section:

Ҥ 631. Voiding of certain contracts not in the public interest

“(a) In general.—Any provision contained in a contract that requires a person to not follow a provision of this title, that is against the public interest, or that otherwise circumvents the purposes of this title shall be null and void.

“(b) Rule of construction.—Nothing in subsection (a) shall be construed as affecting other provisions of a contract that are not described under subsection (a).”; and

(2) in the table of contents for such Act, by adding at the end the following new item:

“631. Voiding of certain contracts not in the public interest.”.
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« Reply #441 on: March 11, 2020, 06:39:46 PM »

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AN AMENDMENT
to the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia

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

Section 2 (Kansas-Nebraska go together Amendment)
i. The state of Kansas is hereby removed from the jurisdiction of the Southern Region and incorporated as a state into the region of Frémont

ii. To that effect, Article II, Section 1 of the Atlasian Constitution shall be amended as follows:

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1. The several states of this Republic shall be apportioned among three contiguous, autonomous Regions.

2. The northern Region shall consist of the states of Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and Vermont.

3. The southern Region shall consist of the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

4. The western Region shall consist of the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

5. Each Region shall have the sole authority to designate its title, and the titles of the officers of its government, such as they will be recognized by the Republic of Atlasia in all official acts and processes.

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This amendment will fix the illogical placement of Kansas as part of the Southern Region and place it into the Fremont region for which it is a much better fit culturally and geographically

I actually wasn't planning on introducing this, but given how Thumb took my meme amendment guess I will actually introduce a serious version in order to fulfill Truman's big dream Tongue
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« Reply #442 on: March 11, 2020, 10:23:02 PM »
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A BILL
To make emergency supplemental appropriations for the 2020 fiscal year, and for other purposes

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

This legislation may be cited as the Coronavirus Containment and Emergency Response Act.

Section 2. Emergency Appropriations

(1.) $61,000,000 shall be available until expended, to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, domestically or internationally, including the development of necessary medical countermeasures and vaccines, advanced manufacturing for medical products, the monitoring of medical product supply chains.

(2.) $20,000,000 shall be available until expended, that such amounts may be transferred to the Small Business Administration for the cost of direct loans in any fiscal year may be used to make economic injury disaster loans.

(3a.) $2,200,000,000 shall be available, to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, until September 30, 2022, to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, domestically or internationally.

(3b.) No less than $950,000,000 of the amount provided shall be for grants to or cooperative agreements with Regions, States, localities, territories, tribes, tribal organizations, urban Indian health organizations, or health service providers to tribes, to carry out surveillance, epidemiology, laboratory capacity, infection control, mitigation, communications, and other preparedness and response activities.

(3c.) No less than $300,000,000 shall be for global disease detection and emergency response.

(3d.) Funds appropriated under this Act may be used for grants for the construction, alteration, or renovation of non-Federally owned facilities to improve preparedness and response capability at the Regional, State, and local level.

(3e.) Funds appropriated under this act may be used for purchase and insurance of official motor vehicles in foreign countries.

(4a.) $836,000,000 shall be available for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases until September 30, 2024, to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, domestically or internationally.

(4b.) $10,000,000 shall be transferred to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for worker-based training to prevent and reduce exposure of hospital employees, emergency first responders, and other workers who are at risk of exposure to coronavirus through their work duties.

(5a.) $3,100,000,000 shall be available to the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund until September 30, 2024, to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, domestically or internationally, including the development of necessary countermeasures and vaccines, prioritizing platform-based technologies with U.S.-based manufacturing capabilities, and the purchase of vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, necessary medical supplies, medical surge capacity, and related administrative activities.

(5b.) Of the amount provided under this heading in this Act, $100,000,000 shall be transferred to “Health Resources and Services Administration—Primary Health Care” for grants under the Health Centers Program to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.

(5c.) For the “Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund”, $300,000,000 shall be available until September 30, 2024, for products purchased as described in the first paragraph under this heading, including the purchase of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics.

(6.) For “Diplomatic Programs”, $264,000,000, shall be available until September 30, 2022, for necessary expenses to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, including for maintaining consular operations, reimbursement of evacuation expenses, and emergency preparedness.

(7.) For “Global Health Programs”, $435,000,000, shall be available until September 30, 2022, for necessary expenses to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.

(8.) For “International Disaster Assistance”, $300,000,000, shall be available until expended, for necessary expenses to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.

(9.) For the “Economic Support Fund”, $250,000,000 shall be available until September 30, 2022, for necessary expenses to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, including to address related economic, security, and stabilization requirements.

Section 3. Resolution in Support of Executive Authority to Temporarily Restrict Migration To and From the Republic of Atlasia

Be it resolved, that the President of the Republic of Atlasia may exercise, in times of pandemics and national crises, to unilaterally suspend migration to and from the Republic of Atlasia, for such time as might be necessary.
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« Reply #443 on: March 14, 2020, 02:22:37 PM »

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Permanent Punishment Abolition Act

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SECTION I: NAME

1. This may be cited as the Permanent Punishment Abolition Act

SECTION II: ABOLITION OF PERMANENT PUNISHMENTS
1. No federal crimes punishable according to federal laws may carry an indefinite or otherwise permanent sentence of prison
2. No federal crimes punishable according to federal laws may carry a prison sentence longer than 40 years in prison.
3. Judges may deny a prisoner's right to exit prison under parole if they find probable cause that the prisoner will make crimes again or will otherwise break his parole terms if released.
4. Prisoners over the age of 75 shall be given the option to finish the remainder of their sentence under home arrest instead of in prison. This shall not apply to prisoners convicted of terrorism or belonging to other illegal organizations; including but not limited to mafias and criminal gangs.

SECTION III: FURTHER ENCOURAGING BETTER USE OF PRISON SENTENCES
1. The Atlasian Congress herby encourages the regions to pass similar bills to this one for the reduction of prison sentences.
2. The Atlasian Congress hereby establishes that the main guiding principle of the justice system shall be rehabilitation and not punishment, and that all prisoners shall be given the support they need towards their reintegration in society after their prison sentences expire.

SECTION IV: ENACTMENT
1. This bill shall be enacted 1 week after passage

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« Reply #444 on: March 16, 2020, 06:53:45 PM »
« Edited: March 17, 2020, 01:46:08 AM by Senator Scott🤡🌏 »

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A BILL
To implement a temporary universal basic income program

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

This legislation may be cited as the COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Act.

Section 2. Temporary universal income for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic

(1.) Beginning April 1, 2020 and ending on August 1, 2020, every Atlasian citizen of 18 years of age or older, regardless of income or employment status, shall receive $2,000 on the first day of each month.

Section 3. Total cost

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« Reply #445 on: March 19, 2020, 08:57:24 PM »

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Videogames Ratings Restructuring Act

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SECTION I: NAME
1. This bill may be cited as the Video Game Ratings Restructuring Act

SECTION II: DEFINITIONS AND FINDINGS
1. Lootbox shall be defined as a consumable virtual item which can be redeemed to receive a randomized selection of further virtual items, usually found as part of certain video games
2. Digital video game purchase shall be defined as the purchasing of a video game or other downloadable content, or unlock or the purchase of virtual video game currency digitally through the internet.
3. The Atlasian Congress finds that loot boxes are the video game equivalent to gambling, and therefore should be regulated accordingly
4. The Atlasian Congress finds that digital video game purchases are usually not clearly marked and actively try to mislead consumers, which leads to children making large purchases they never intended to do if they knew the real value of what they were doing

SECTION III: REGULATING LOOTBOXES
1. Any video games that contain loot boxes that can be bought with real life currency shall be considered as gambling devices, and therefore shall follow the appropiate federal and regional regulations on gambling.
2. Any video games that contain loot boxes may not be sold to people under 18 years of age.
3. Any video games that contain loot boxes shall carry the highest ESRB rating, and shall carry a "gambling (loot boxes)" content descriptor
4. Any digital video game purchases with real life currency shall be clearly marked and shall require the manual introduction of a credit card number and a password for every instance an item is purchased.

SECTION IV: REORGANIZING ESRB RATINGS

The ratings from the Entertainment Software Rating Board shall be reorganized as follows:

1. The Rating Pending (RP), Everyone (E) Everyone 10+ (E10+) and Teen (T) ratings are kept as they exist presently
2. The Mature (M) and Adults Only (AO) ratings shall be abolished
3. A new rating called Grown-Up (G-Up) shall be created to be applied when the level of violence reaches a stage where it becomes a depiction of gross violence, apparently motiveless killing, or violence towards defenseless characters. The glamorization of the use of illegal drugs, explicit sexual activity and strong language should also fall into this age category.
4. The content descriptors as well as the ratings implementation shall be kept as they exist presently

SECTION V: ENACTMENT
1. This bill shall be enacted 2 weeks after passage
2. Physically distributed video games which have been already printed, manufactured and/or shipped as of the passage of this bill may still be legally sold under the previously standing regulations.
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« Reply #446 on: March 21, 2020, 12:25:36 AM »
« Edited: March 21, 2020, 12:28:37 AM by Senator Scott🤡🌏 »

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A BILL
To rescue the Atlasian economy

Be it enacted in both houses of Congress assembled
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Section 1. Title
1. This legislation may be cited as the Emergency Economic Stimulus Act of 2020.
Section 2. Temporary universal income
1. Every Atlasian adult citizen at 18 years of age or above, regardless of income or employment status, shall receive $3,000 on the first day of each month until October 1, 2020.
2. Every applicable household shall receive $1,500 per child on the first day of each month until October 1, 2020.
3. From October 1, 2020, the universal income shall decrease by 25% on the first day of each month until it is eliminated.
4. A congressional vote shall begin 14 days before October 1, 2020 in both houses of Congress for Congress to decide whether or not to extend the universal income.
a) The vote shall be a simple 'Aye' or 'Nay' on the extension. If Aye receives a majority in both houses of Congress then Congress shall be able to decide on the length of the extension. The default shall be for the universal income to continue in full until January 1, 2021, in the event of an Aye vote-unless Congress legislates for an alternative end date.
Section 3; Permanent Stimulus Measures
1. The income tax brackets are altered as follows-
a) 0-13K from 10% to 7%
b) 13k-50k from 15% to 12%
c) 50k-130k from 25% to 23%
d) 130k-210k from 29% to 28%
2. The corporate tax brackets are altered as follows-
a) 100k-1 M from 15% to 14%
Section 4; Financial Assistance for Affected Businesses
1. The following financial assistance shall be made available to provide liquidity to eligible businesses related to losses incurred as a direct result of coronavirus, the Department of the Treasury is authorized to make or guarantee loans to eligible businesses.
a) Loans and loan guarantees made pursuant to this section shall be made available to eligible businesses as follows-
i) Not more than $50 billion shall be available for businesses in the Air Transportation subsector.
ii) Not more than $80 billion shall be available for businesses in the Leisure and Hospitality supersector.
iii) Not more than $50 billion shall be available for businesses in the Construction sector.
iv) Not more than $60 billion shall be available for businesses in the Manufacturing sector.
v) Not more than $15 billion shall be available for businesses in the Natural Resources and Mining supersector.
vi) Not more than $15 billion shall be available for businesses in the Repair and Maintenance subsector.
vii) Not more than $20 billion shall be available for businesses in the Personal and Laundry Services subsector.
viii) Not more than $5 billion shall be available for businesses in the Rail Transportation subsector.
ix) Not more than $10 billion shall be available for businesses in the Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation subsector.
x) Not more than $0.5 billion shall be available for businesses in the Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation subsector.
xi) Not more than $5 billion shall be available for businesses in the Support Activities for Transportation subsector.
xii) Not more than $15 billion shall be available for businesses in the Warehousing and Storage subsector.
xiii) Not more than $100 billion shall be available for other eligible businesses.
b) As soon as practicable, but no later than 10 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Attorney General shall publish procedures for application and minimum requirements for the making of loans and loan guarantees under this section.
c) Amounts collected from businesses that received loans or loan guarantees under this section shall be deposited in the Treasury.
d) A business is eligible for the loans made available in this section if the business-
i) Is based in the Republic of Atlasia.
ii) Has incurred losses as a result of coronavirus such that the continued operations of the business are jeopardized, as determined by the Department of the Treasury.
e) The Attorney General may use $100 million of the funds made available under this section to pay costs and administrative expenses associated with the provision of direct loans or guarantees authorized under this section.
2. The following conditions are attached to the financial assistance for recipient corporations-
a) Recipient companies are forbidden for one year after receiving their assistance from taking actions that result in a net decrease in the number of individuals on their payroll or reduce employees hours without their consent, unless based solely on documented serious employee incompetence or bad faith actions (provided other remedies have proven infeasible).
b) Recipient companies are forbidden for five years after receiving their assistance from engaging in share repurchases.
c) Recipient companies are forbidden for all the time they are receiving their assistance and for three years thereafter from paying out dividends or executive bonuses.
d) Recipient companies must permanently set aside at least one seat on the board of directors for a representative elected by their workers.
e) Recipient companies shall have all their collective bargaining agreements remain in place and for one year after receiving assistance said agreements shall not be reopened or renegotiated.
f) CEOs of recipient companies shall personally certify their company is in compliance and face criminal penalty of up to 10 years in prison or a fine not exceeding $50 million for false certifications.
g) A Coronavirus Financial Assistance Oversight Panel shall be established to enforce these conditions, with $20 million appropriated for it and with the ability to issue subpoenas to the recipient companies and individuals involved.
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« Reply #447 on: March 24, 2020, 09:38:35 AM »

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A RESOLUTION
To clarify the name of this fictional Republic after the change in domain names

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1. This resolution may be cited as the "Name clarification Resolution of 2020"

2. Congress finds that the Atlas forum, which has hosted the Republic of Atlasia since 2004, has been renamed to the Talk Elections forum

3. IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that unless the moderators and administrators of the Talk Elections forum instruct otherwise, the Republic of Atlasia shall keep its current name and flag.

4. FURTHER RESOLVED, that if the moderators and administrators instruct the Republic of Atlasia to change its name, the president may nominate a new temporary name via executive order; that shall be legally equal to the current name of "Republic of Atlasia", and shall be the name used in all acts and resolutions until Congress passes legislation and the Constitution is amended in such a way as to remove the references to the old Atlas forum.

5. FURTHER RESOLVED, that the name "Republic of Atlasia" and any of its derivatives shall be considered equally valid from a legal standpoint to any future name of this Republic
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Here is a resolution to try and clarify that unless Virginia tells us otherwise, the name "Republic of Atlasia" is here to stay. Points 4 and 5 could use a bit more fine tuning but that is what Congressional debates are for
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« Reply #448 on: March 25, 2020, 01:06:55 AM »

As it is in accordance with the expressed will of the populace, the WNN endorses the Tack Resolution
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« Reply #449 on: March 29, 2020, 07:58:06 PM »

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A BILL
To get rid of small denominations in Atlasian currency

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Section 1. Title

This legislation may be cited as the Eliminating small Dollar denominations Act.

Section 2. Eliminating small dollar denominations

1. Beginning on January 1st, 2021; the Atlasian Mint shall not produce any more Pennies or coins that are worth 1 Atlasian cent (1% of one Atlasian Dollar); or any other sort of coin worth less than a Nickel (5 Atlasian cents, or 5% of an Atlasian Dollar).

2. Beginning on January 1st, 2021; the Bureau of Engraving and Printing may not print any bill that is worth less than 5 Atlasian dollars (500% of one Atlasian Dollar); including but not limited to 1 and 2$ bills.

3. Prices may still be displayed by stores and other sellers though 2 full decimal places.

4. If a consumer is paying with a credit card, cheque or other form of payment where the exact amount can be paid; the seller must deduct the exact amount the buyer owes. If the consumer is paying with cash, the transaction's final price shall be rounded to the nearest multiple of 5 cents.

Section 3. Amending old legislation

1. Section II.1 of the "The Currency of Atlasia Act" shall be amended as follows:

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  a. Penny - shall be worth 1¢ (or equivalent 1% of the $1 dollar bill).
        a. Nickel - shall be worth 5¢ (or equivalent 5% of $1 dollar).
        b. Dime - shall be worth 10¢ (or equivalent 10% of $1 dollar).
        c. Quarter - shall be worth 25¢ (or equivalent 25% of $1 dollar).
        d. Dollar - shall be worth 1$ (or equivalent 100% of 1$ dollar)
        e. Two Dollar - shall be worth 2$ (or equivalent 200% of 1$ dollar)

2. Section III.1 of the "The Currency of Atlasia Act" shall be amended as follows

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a. $1 bill
        a. $5 bill
        b. $10 bill
        c. $20 bill
        d. $50 bill
        e. $100 bill
        f. $200 bill

Section 4. Enactment

1. This bill shall go into effect immediately after passage
2. Old coins and bill shall remain legal tender until December 31st, 2023
3. After December 31st, 2023; all legal tender minted before said date shall be able to be exchanged for its equivalent legal tender minted after said date at bureaux de change. However, 1 cent coins must be exchanged in full multiples of 5 with no rounding.

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