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« Reply #650 on: October 02, 2020, 08:48:45 AM »

AN ACT

BE IT ENACTED

To provide an additional safeguard in protecting our workers from injury during this unprecedented time.

Be it ordained by the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

OCTOBER 2, 2020

SECTION 1. Title and Background

a) The title of this act shall be the Safeguarding our Essential Workers Act

Section 2. Eligibility

a) In the case of an employee, who is in an occupation deemed essential, as an essential critical infrastructure worker and the term "injury," as used in this section, includes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that develops or manifests itself during a period of the person's employment in the essential occupation or industry.

b. This section does not apply to any of the following persons:

i. Active firefighting members, whether volunteers, partly paid, or fully paid, of all of the following fire departments:

ii. A county forestry or firefighting department or unit.

iii. Peace officers, as defined in Section 830 of the Penal Code.

iv. Health care employees who provide direct patient care in an acute care hospital, as defined in subdivision (a) or (b) of Section 1250 of the Health and Safety Code.

v. The compensation awarded for an injury described in subdivision (a) shall include full hospital, surgical, medical treatment, disability indemnity, and death benefits, as provided by this division.

vi. The injury described in subdivision a) should be so developing or manifesting itself shall be conclusively presumed to arise out of and in the course of employment.
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« Reply #651 on: October 09, 2020, 10:50:12 PM »
« Edited: November 08, 2020, 12:19:30 AM by Rep Jessica »

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                                                     An Act
                           To repeal all federal gun laws and regulations

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Republic of Atlasia in Congress assembled,
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Section I. Title
i. The long title of this Act shall be the, "To repeal all federal gun laws and regulations"

Section 2: Repeal all federal gun laws and regulations

i. The federal government shall repeal all federal laws against gun ownership.
ia.This  includes the unconstitutional assault weapons ban.
ib. All these laws are unconstitutional and the federal government simply doesn't have the power to interfere in the peoples rights of its people to own firearms.
ii. The federal government shall repeal all presidential executive regulations and orders limiting guns within the borders of atlasia.
iia. This includes all back ground checks and illegal data bases.
iib. The executive branch has until January 1st 2022 to have struck and declared void all said orders and regulations throughout the executive branch.
iii. All regulations and laws shall be the preview of the regional, state and city governments.
iiia. The president or this congress shall never again interfere in the sale or right to own a gun within the boundaries of our nation.
 
This Act shall take effect immediately upon its passage.
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« Reply #652 on: October 18, 2020, 02:29:16 PM »

It came to our attention out that Congress was supposed to vote to extend the stimulus about a month ago, and instead it expired at the beginning of the month. I deeply apologise for forgetting this, though I am a bit disappointed in the congressional leadership too. Anyway, we are proposing to retroactively extend the stimulus (this goes in the administration slot), to provide people the support they need at this time-
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Section 1. Title
1. This legislation may be cited as the Second Emergency Economic Stimulus Act of 2020.
Section 2. Extension of Expiring Stimulus Measures
1. The universal income established under Section 2 of the Emergency Economic Stimulus Act of 2020 shall be extended from October 1, 2020 until April 1, 2021 persuant to subsection 4.
2. From April 1, 2021, the universal income shall decrease by 25% on the first day of each month until it is eliminated.
3. A congressional vote shall begin 14 days before April 1, 2021 in both houses of Congress for Congress to decide whether or not to extend the universal income.
a) The vote shall be a simple 'Aye' or 'Nay' on the extension. If Aye receives a majority in both houses of Congress then Congress shall be able to decide on the length of the extension. The default shall be for the universal income to continue in full until July 1, 2021, in the event of an Aye vote-unless Congress legislates for an alternative end date.
4. Section 5 of the _ shall be ammended as follows:
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1a. Citizens, permanent residents and households in the Republic of Atlasia who do not have a source of income above the federal minimum wage between April 1, 2020 and October 1, 2020 April 1, 2021; may not be evicted from their house, nor their supply of water, electricity or internet cut off; for not paying the appropiate bills.
1b. Between October 2nd, 2020 and January 31st, 2021 April 2, 2021 and July 31, 2021; utilities may be cut for not paying their appropiate bills, but no tenants shall be evicted from their house for not paying the appropiate mortgage or rent bills.
1c. After January 31st, 2021 July 31, 2021; companies and tenants may rise the appropiate bills by no more than 10% in order to recover the unpaid dues.
2. The earning of unemployment benefits between April 1st, 2020 and October 1st, 2020 April 1st, 2021 shall not affect in any way the collection of future unemployment benefits.
3. The payments discussed in Sections 2.1 and 2.2 shall not be counted towards the federal minimum wage accounting discussed in Section 4.1
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« Reply #653 on: November 08, 2020, 12:10:09 AM »

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                                            Immigration Reform Act of 2020
Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress Assembled,

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

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

Section 3: Family Reunification immigration
1. Family reunification visas may only be issued to the unmarried children, parents above the age of 65, unmarried siblings or to the spouse of an Atlasian citizen or permanent resident who has been living in the Republic of Atlasia for no less than 10 years.
2. During the application process for family reunification, priority shall be given to the foreign relatives of Atlasian citizens that have had no criminal records in the Republic of Atlasia for the past 12 years

Section 4: Job immigration
1a. Job immigration into the Republic of Atlasia shall be based on a points based system. All applicants who score 67 or more points shall be awarded a job immigration visa.
1b. Immigrants receiving a job visa may be able to bring with them to Atlasia as permanent residents their spouse as well as any children below 18 years of age.
1c. Job immigration visas may be revoked in the event of a failure to meet any continuing requirements as described in this Section for longer than 6 months consecutively.

2a. Up to 24 points may be awarded for proficiency in the English language; 6 each for Reading comprehension, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
2b. Immigrants scoring below an IELTS level of 5.5 (or equivalent) many not apply for a job immigration visa.
2c. Points shall be awarded for scoring 5.5 or above in each of the 4 categories described in section 3a; with 2 points for scoring between 5.5 and 5.99; 4 points for scoring between 6 and 6.99, 5 points for scoring between 7 and 7.99 and 6 points for scoring 8 or more points.

3. Up to 25 points may be awarded for education proficiency, according to the following equivalency list:
a) High School diploma: 5 points
b) 2 year apprenticeship after high school: 10 points
c) 3 year college degree after high school: 15 points
d) 4 year Bachelor's degree: 20 points
e) Double Bachelor: 22 points
f) Master's degree: 25 points
g) PHD: 28 points

4a. Up to 15 points may be awarded for prior job experience on an skilled job:
a) Less than 1 year of job experience: 0 points
b) Between 1 and 2 years of job experience: 9 points
c) Between 2 and 3 years of job experience: 11 points
d) Between 3 and 6 years of job experience: 13 points
e) 6 or more years of job experience: 15 points
4b. Skilled job shall be defined as a management job; a professional job that usually calls for a college degree (for example doctors or architects) or a technical job that usually calls for a college diploma or apprenticeship (for example plumbers or electricians)
4c. Part time jobs, defined as jobs comprising less than 30 hours per week of work; shall count as half for the purposes of counting the years from sections 4a.(a-e).
4d. a) Medical doctors who intend to work in an area, as determined by the Atlasian Census Bureau, to be rural or impoverished, shall be awarded an additional 7 points.
b) Any person who is awarded a job visa because of meeting the requirement in 5d. a) shall have 90 days to gain employment, or to regain employment after a job loss, in such area, or the job visa shall be revoked.

5a. Up to 12 points may be awarded for an applicant's age. Applicants between the ages of 18 and 35 shall be awarded the full 12 points. For each year after that, the number of points awarded shall be reduced by 1 per year, until reaching 0 at age 47.
5b. No persons under the age of 18 may apply for a job immigration visa to the Republic of Atlasia

6. Up to 25 extra points shall be awarded to any workers who attempt to immigrate to the Republic of Atlasia with a job offer for a job that is full time and skilled. These immigrants shall receive the full 25 points, everyone else shall receive 0 points

7. Up to 15 points may be awarded for extra requirements:
-The applicant having completed high school or a college degree in Atlasia shall award 5 points in this section
-Having any sort of legal job experience in Atlasia for at least one year shall award 10 points in this section
-10 points shall be awarded for having a relative living legally in the Republic of Atlasia. Relative shall be defined as the applicant's sibling, parent, grandparent, child or grandchild.

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

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

Section 6: Miscellaneous repeals
1. The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is hereby repealed.

Section 7: Numbers of visas
1. Family reunification visas shall be capped at no more than 75,000 per year.
2. The total number of immigrant visas issued per year by the Atlasian government may not be more than 1/1000th of the Atlasian population, as established in the last decennial census  available. This section shall refer to the census of NPCs made by the Atlasian Census bureau; and not to the census of active players in Atlasia done by the Registrar General.
3. At the discretion of the department responsible for internal policy, the total number of visas available may be reduced by 10% for every year the unemployment rate stays above 5%. Any reduction in the total number of visas shall be accompanied by a proportional reduction in the number of family reunification visas.
4. If the unemployment rate has stayed below 5% for at least 3 consecutive years, and wage growth has matched or surpassed the rate of inflation for the past 4 years; the Atlasian department for internal policy may increase the numbers in sections 7.1 and 7.2 by up to 10%, after a recommendation from the Immigration Analysis board
5. An Immigration Analysis board shall be established. This board shall have representatives from labor unions and small business associations and be in charge of making recommendations to the Atlasian department responsible for internal policy and to the Atlasian Congress with regards to the number of immigrants that should be allowed into Atlasia, as well as the requirements for said immigrants to fulfill.

Section 8: Money for border enforcement
1. Border enforcement shall be granted an added two hundred fifty million dollars starting in 2021 through 2030.
2. This money shall be used to hire an estimated 2,500 more agents and to provide training.
3. Another hundred million dollars for drones and other tools to enhance border security.

Section 8: Enactment
1. This bill shall become enacted 90 days after the passage of this Act
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« Reply #654 on: November 13, 2020, 11:28:36 PM »

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Sticking a Middle Finger to Big Brother Act

Section 1. Cur-phew
a. "Curfew laws" are defined as all laws prohibiting people of any age group, or in general, from being in public areas during a certain time (usually at night), outside of a state of emergency as declared by either the President or local authorities.
b. All existing curfew laws in Atlasia are hereby repealed.
c. No jurisdiction may implement curfew laws in the future.
d. All persons cited for violating curfew laws shall have their records expunged.

Section 2. Saving Face
a. A "facial recognition camera" is any camera which includes a feature to recognize a person's face.
b. All facial recognition cameras, with the following exceptions, are hereby banned in the Republic of Atlasia.
  i. Smartphones, tablets, and other personal, mobile devices not permanently mounted to a surface shall be exempt from this law.
c. Owners of such devices shall have until July 1, 2021 to dispose of them.
d. Manufacturers of such devices shall immediately cease production of all such devices.
e. Any person or entity found in violation of parts 2c and 2d may be fined an amount not to exceed $5,000, and shall have such device confiscated.
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« Reply #655 on: November 14, 2020, 02:25:06 AM »
« Edited: November 25, 2020, 05:19:44 PM by Rep Jessica »

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              Limits on taxes and abolishment of limitations on tobacco products act
Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress Assembled,
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Section 1: Name
1. This bill may be referred to as the, "Limits on taxes and abolishment of limitations on tobacco products act"
Section 2. End of bans
I. All federal, region and state tobacco limitations and bans shall be abolished.
Ia. Smoking will be allowed in public property, federal buildings, parks, bars and stores throughout our land.
Ib. Excluding k through 12 public schools.  
Section 3: Limit taxes on tobacco products
I. All federal, region and state taxes shall not be more then 10% of the listed price of the product.
Ia. All taxes that is above this percentage currently on the books shall be voided upon passage of this bill.
Section 4: Lowering the age to buy tobacco to 16
I. Lowering the age to buy tobacco products to 16 years of age within the confines of atlasia.
Section 5: Bill shall become law after signed by president
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« Reply #656 on: November 16, 2020, 09:40:50 PM »

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                                   Banning plastic bag and straw bans act
Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress Assembled,

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Section 1: Name
I. This bill may be referred to as the, "Banning plastic bag and straw bans act"
Section 2. Banning the bans on Plastics bags
I. All bag  and plastic straw bans at the federal, Regional, state and city level shall be repealed within the confines of the republic of Atlasia.
Ia. All fines and legal action put into place because of these bans shall be voided and reversed within the confines of Atlasia.
II. All bags and straws be they paper or plastic shall be completely legal within the boundaries of Atlasia.
Section 3. This bill shall become law upon the president signature.
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« Reply #657 on: November 17, 2020, 04:59:58 PM »

Amendment to the House of the Representatives Rules and Procedures for Operation

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Article 1 : Officers of the House of Representatives
1.) The Vice President shall be known as the President of the Congress

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

b.) The President of the Congress shall also track the activity of legislation of both chambers, by posting an ‘Activity Tracker’ detailing his/her own Congressional threads, along with Rejected and Passed Legislation.

2.) The most senior Representative, known as the Dean of Representatives, (seniority shall be determined by length of continuous service) who isn't on Leave of Absence, or the Representative chosen by the Dean, shall convene the House of Representative to elect a Speaker on the first day of each legislative session and when the office of Speaker is vacant. The House of Representatives shall elect a Speaker from among its members by majority consent within a 72-hour period. All votes cast following the 72-hour period shall be considered invalid. This period shall not be extended except if quorum has not been reached by the end of the voting period. In these cases, the Dean may extend the voting period for 24 hours. The Dean may terminate the voting period early if all Representatives have already cast their vote. If the Dean fails to start the election of the Speaker 72 hours after the start of the session, any Representative can proceed with the Speaker's election. In the event of a tie, the Vice President shall be the deciding vote in electing the speaker. The most senior Representative, who isn't on Leave of Absence, or the Representative chosen by the most senior Representative shall retain the powers and prerogatives as Speaker until the election of the Speaker.

3.) The Speaker, after taking his oath of office, must appoint a successor should he or she fall inactive. This successor shall be named the Deputy Speaker, and will retain all of the powers of the Speaker, if the Speaker falls inactive for over 120 hours or is on an LOA.

4.) If the Speaker falls inactive for a period of over 120 hours, without appointing a successor, the responsibilities of the Speaker will fall to the most senior Representative in the House. In the case of either an inactive Dean of Representatives, or multiple members having the highest seniority, the President of the Congress shall serve as acting Speaker.

5.) The Speaker will be subject to a Motion of No Confidence should his peers decide it, said proceeding being initiated if at least four Representatives have sponsored a Motion of No Confidence, introduced in the Legislative Introduction Thread, against the Speaker citing the motives of why the Speaker should be removed from his office.

6.) The Dean shall open a thread and commence the debates. Debates shall last at least for 72 hours. After the debates have elapsed, the Speaker shall open a vote, which shall last for 72 hours. In order to remove a Speaker, a two-thirds majority of the sitting representatives is needed.
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« Reply #658 on: November 22, 2020, 01:30:42 PM »

Looking for a sponsor.

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A RESOLUTION
To reduce gridlock and streamline Congressional rule changes

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives and Senate assembled:
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Section 1. Title

1. This legislation may be cited as the J.K. Sestak Congressional Reform Resolution.

Section 2. Recognizing the Need for Reform

WHEREAS, legislative debate under the bicameral system has slowed to a crawl;

WHEREAS, many bills go without comment by all but a handful of members in each House;

WHEREAS, the glacial pace of passing and debating legislation, as well as the difficulty of monitoring legislation that moves between two chambers, unnecessarily complicates the work of the Congress;

WHEREAS, the voices of both regional and federal interests in the policymaking process must be heard in the course of Congressional debate;

WHEREAS, procedural reforms should incorporate the unique interests both chambers have in the lawmaking process,

IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that Congress must move towards a model of debate in which both the Senate and the House of Representatives debate legislation in permanent joint session;

FURTHER RESOLVED, that such a model of debate must originate from a package of rules jointly debated and approved by both chambers;

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the best way to reach broad consensus on a new rules package is through a special joint session of Congress.

Section 3. Working Towards Real Procedural Change

1. The President of the Congress shall preside over a special joint session of Congress for the purpose of modifying the rules and procedures of both legislative houses, and unifying their procedural governance under a single set of revised rules.
a. The revised rules shall take effect upon their approval in the special joint session by both houses of Congress.

2. The special joint session shall deliberate for thirty (30) days, or until Congress approves the new set of rules.
a. Congress may further extend the special joint session for as long as it sees fit to do so.

2. The special joint session shall commence immediately upon passage of this resolution by both Houses.
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« Reply #659 on: November 22, 2020, 01:34:44 PM »

Looking for a sponsor.

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A RESOLUTION
To reduce gridlock and streamline Congressional rule changes

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives and Senate assembled:
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Section 1. Title

1. This legislation may be cited as the J.K. Sestak Congressional Reform Resolution.

Section 2. Recognizing the Need for Reform

WHEREAS, legislative debate under the bicameral system has slowed to a crawl;

WHEREAS, many bills go without comment by all but a handful of members in each House;

WHEREAS, the glacial pace of passing and debating legislation, as well as the difficulty of monitoring legislation that moves between two chambers, unnecessarily complicates the work of the Congress;

WHEREAS, the voices of both regional and federal interests in the policymaking process must be heard in the course of Congressional debate;

WHEREAS, procedural reforms should incorporate the unique interests both chambers have in the lawmaking process,

IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that Congress must move towards a model of debate in which both the Senate and the House of Representatives debate legislation in permanent joint session;

FURTHER RESOLVED, that such a model of debate must originate from a package of rules jointly debated and approved by both chambers;

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the best way to reach broad consensus on a new rules package is through a special joint session of Congress.

Section 3. Working Towards Real Procedural Change

1. The President of the Congress shall preside over a special joint session of Congress for the purpose of modifying the rules and procedures of both legislative houses, and unifying their procedural governance under a single set of revised rules.
a. The revised rules shall take effect upon their approval in the special joint session by both houses of Congress.

2. The special joint session shall deliberate for thirty (30) days, or until Congress approves the new set of rules.
a. Congress may further extend the special joint session for as long as it sees fit to do so.

2. The special joint session shall commence immediately upon passage of this resolution by both Houses.
I'll sponsor.
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« Reply #660 on: December 02, 2020, 12:45:15 AM »
« Edited: December 02, 2020, 12:48:35 AM by Rep Jessica »

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                                   An Resolution

      Voiding presidents Mb's executive order 8#

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Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress Assembled,
Section: 1: Overriding executive order #8
i. This congress  rejects mb's blanket asylum/amnesty layed out by his executive order 8# to the people of Hong Kong and votes to void the executive action.
ii.  This vote shall reconfirm that the power to grant asylum/amnesty shall be that of the congress.

 
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