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« on: January 29, 2021, 07:03:52 PM »
« edited: January 30, 2021, 02:24:38 PM by tmthforu94 »

Starting up a new thread...
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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2021, 07:04:32 PM »
« Edited: January 30, 2021, 02:20:31 PM by tmthforu94 »

Sponsoring these bills, which I co-authored with our Governor:

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Southern COVID-19 Vaccination Act

Section 1: Vaccination Infrastructure
1. $2 billion shall be allocated from regional reserves for the purchase of the Moderna vaccine approved by the FDA.
2. $500 million shall be allocated to secure physical infrastructure to securely hold and distribute the vaccines.
3. Training shall begin immediately to ensure healthcare worked at distribution and holding locations are trained and capable to properly store and administer all vaccines.
4. The Southern Government shall set up and maintain a website that will provide vaccination resources to residents, included, but not limited to: distribution locations, reasons to get the vaccine and tracking on what percentage of residents in each state have received the vaccine.

Section 2: Distribution Priorities
1. The distribution of the vaccine shall be divided into phases to ensure it is dispersed based on importance and need:
a. Phase 1 - Front-line healthcare workers, ambulance drivers, cleaners, first responders and all individuals working at distribution and storage locations.
b. Phase 2 - Those determined to have underlying conditions that put them at a significantly higher risk, those with two or more chronic conditions, those aged 65 and above living in group living facilities, all individuals age 80 and over.
c. Phase 3- Critical workers in high risk situations, including: teachers, child care workers, all remaining healthcare workers, those with underlying conditions that put them at a moderately higher risk.
d. Phase 4 - All individuals working in the service and other industries whose job requires working at a physical location and all people living in prisons, jails and detention centers.
e. Phase 5 - All remaining Southern residents who opt in to take the vaccine.

Section 3: Advertising Campaign
1. $50 million shall be allocated from regional reserves to launch a public advertising campaign encouraging Southern citizens to get vaccinated according to what phase they qualify for.


Section 4: Implementation
1. This act is effective immediately upon passage.


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Southern COVID-19 Regulations Act

Section 1: School Regulations
1. All Southern Schools may operate in-person learning with the following conditions:
a. Masks must be worn at all times by students and staff, except when eating or drinking.
b. Social distancing practices must be encouraged at all times, with a minimum 6 feet apart rule enforced. Students and staff must regularly undergo temperature checks and must be sent home and participate virtually if temperature is deemed too high or if they are exhibiting other COVID-19 related symptoms.
c. In the event of a positive test from a student or staff member on-site, all operations must immediately move to virtual learning until affected areas have been cleaned and it is determined safe to return.
2. Repeated failure to comply with Section 1 of this act may result in loss of government funding.

Section 2: Business Regulations
1. Regional offices shall operate at a 50% capacity limit.
2. All Southern businesses may operate at 50% capacity with the following conditions:
a. Masks must be worn at all times by staff and guests, except when eating or drinking.
b. Social distancing practices must be encouraged at all times, with a minimum 6 feet apart rule enforced for separate parties.
3. These capacity restrictions shall be baseline numbers - local governments may adjust to a higher capacity percentage as needed based on the risk in their area.

Section 3: Implementation
1. This legislation shall go into effect immediately and will expire on March 31st, 2021, at which time, reauthorization by the legislature shall be required.
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2021, 04:17:18 PM »

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Regional Election Posting Requirements Act

Section 1
Section 2 of the Comprehensive Southern Electoral Act is hereby amended to read:
1. A registered voter shall only be eligible to vote in a Southern regional election if they have been registered continuously for at least one hundred and sixty-eight hours immediately prior to the commencement of the election.
2. A registered voter shall only be eligible to vote in a Southern regional election if they have made at least eight posts from their account in the fifty six days (eight weeks) immediately prior to the commencement of the election.

Section 2
This bill shall go into effect on March 1, 2021.
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2021, 09:22:00 PM »

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Cherokee County Act

Section 1: Renaming Leinad County, GA
1. The Leinad Appreciation Act is hereby repealed.
2. Cherokee County, GA will receive $25,000 from the regional government to replace road signs.

Section 2: Implementation
1. This act is effective immediately upon passage.
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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2021, 02:00:52 PM »

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Supporting First-time Homeowners Act

Section 1 - Eligibility
1. Any individual in the Southern region may open an account with a financial institution and designate the account as a first-time home buyer savings account.
2. This account shall be used to cover eligible expenses for the purchase or construction of a primary residence located within the Southern region.
3. The designated beneficiary must be a first-time homeowner who has not been the primary owner of a residence previously.

Section 2 - Tax Benefit
1. The following limits shall apply:
a. The maximum contribution to an account in any tax year shall be $3,000 for an individual and $6,000 for a married couple filing a joint return.
b. the maximum amount of all contributions into an account in all tax years shall be $24,000 for an individual and $48,000 for a married couple filing a joint return.
c. the maximum total amount in an account shall be $50,000.
2. Individuals or married couples may claim a tax deduction for the total amount each year. The money may remain in the account for an unlimited duration.
3. Should the individual choose not to apply the funds of this account towards the purchase or construction of a home, the current income tax rate shall be applied to the account and a 10% penalty.

Section 3 - Implementation
1. The act shall go into effect beginning with the 2022 fiscal year.
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2021, 07:50:14 PM »

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Fines Fairness Act

Section 1
The title of this law is the "Fines Fairness Act" or FF Act for short.

Section 2
1. No person shall have a driver's license revoked or suspended as a result of not paying fines or penalties to a local, state, federal, or the Southern government.
2. Section 1 shall not apply to those who are charged with or convicted of vehicular crimes.
Major credit goes to the Governor for helping flesh out this bill.
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« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2021, 03:20:45 PM »

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Southern National Guard Act
1. The Adjutant General's office is hereby established to administer federal-regional relations, internal and external security and the Southern National Guard.
2. The Adjutant General shall be lead the office and shall be appointed by the Governor without legislative consent.
3. All current defense forces regionally operated in the South shall be combined to form the Southern National Guard, including, army, air, naval, space and other defense forces.
4. All components of this act shall be funded through the defense portion of the Southern Budget.
5. This act shall take effect immediately upon passage and signature by the Governor or other legislative process as outlined in the Southern constitution.
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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2021, 02:03:50 PM »

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Chamber Resolution Condemning the Virginia Governor's Statements
Be it resolved:
1. The Southern Chamber hereby condemns and repudiates the racist comment made by Virginia Governor Emily DeSantis during a Zoom call with educators two days ago.
2. Racism has no place in politics and society, and as a region, more must be done to educate citizens on the impact of such language.
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« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2021, 12:46:29 PM »

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Southern COVID-19 Regulations Act Part II

Section 1: School Regulations
1. All mask mandates and social distancing requirements are hereby removed.
2. All schools are allowed to return at 100% capacity.

Section 2: Business Regulations
1. All southern businesses and regional offices may operate at 100% capacity.
2. All mask mandates and social distancing requirements are removed.

Section 3: Implementation
1. This legislation shall go into effect on March 31st, 2021.
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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2021, 12:55:30 AM »
« Edited: March 22, 2021, 12:58:38 AM by KoopaDaQuick »

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A BILL FOR AN ACT
allowing Southern citizens, regardless of physical ability, to get around more freely

BE IT ENACTED BY THE SOUTHERN CHAMBER.

Section 1, TITLE.
1. The title of this Act shall be, the "Protect Handicapped Locomotion Act."

Section 2, TEXT.
1. No governing body under the authority of the Southern Region shall be permitted to establish a bikeway in a segment of public road right-of-way that results in the elimination or relocation of any vehicle parking spaces intended for the exclusive usage of handicapped persons.
2. No car within the Southern Region shall be permitted to park their car on a pedestrian walkway or sidewalk.
3. All public buses that operate within the Southern Region shall be fitted with at least one (1) seat and one (1) door that allows for passengers in wheelchairs to get on, ride, and get off the vehicle.
4. All buildings operated by the Southern Government with more than one (1) story are required to be fitted with an elevator system that can access all floors.

Section 3, CLAUSES.
1. This legislation shall take effect immediately after passage by the Southern Legislature.
2. §2.1 shall not apply for bike lanes that began construction before this bill passes the Southern Legislature.
3. Violation of §2.2 shall result in a $5 fine (per violation) inflicted upon the person the car is licensed to, given by the municipality’s police department.
4. Currently existing buses that do not abide by §2.3 shall be retrofitted to include a door and seat, with all expenses paid for by the Southern Government.
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« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2021, 01:54:33 PM »
« Edited: April 04, 2021, 05:02:16 PM by Southern Governor LouisvilleThunder »

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AN ACT
To ban divisive race theory within local and the Southern Government and its affiliates



Be it enacted by the Southern Chamber of Delegates

Section I. Title

i. This bill may be known as the Southern Discriminatory Training Ban.

Section II. Substance
i. Any Southern regional, state, or local agency may not use diversity training which promotes racist concepts during training such as but not limited to that an “individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously” and that “any individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race or sex.”
ii. Section II-i shall apply to any businesses and corporations that hold contracts to provide goods or services to the Southern regional government. Any contract that remains in affect with a business that does not comply with this Act when it goes into effect will be terminated.
iii. This Act shall also apply to any educational institution which receives funding from any regional, state, or local government.

Section III. Enforcement
i. Any worker who is in a department with one of these trainings can whistleblower to an appropriate department for an official reprimand of whoever ordered said training.
ii. Said whistleblower can be granted a reward of up to $10,000 and any workers who experienced discomfort during the training can be granted compensation of up to $50 per hour of the training.
iii. All fines must come from any diversity sub department funding within the department that has stated racist training.
iv. This Act shall go into effect one week following the signing of this legislation by the Governor.
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« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2021, 12:21:08 AM »

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A BILL FOR AN ACT
protecting Southern pets in animal shelters from nonanesthetic

BE IT ENACTED BY THE SOUTHERN CHAMBER.

Section 1, TITLE AND DEFINITIONS.
1. The title of this Act shall be, the "Banning Euthanization that’s Non-Saintly Or Nonanesthetic Act."
2. The abbreviated title of this Act shall be, the "B.E.N.S.O.N. Act."
3. A “nonanesthetic” is any drug or gas used in a euthanasia process that does not have anesthetic effects.
4. A “pet housing facility” is any establishment or organization (public or private) that houses animals and operates within the Southern Region.

Section 2, TEXT.
1. No person or pet housing facility under the authority of the Southern Region shall knowingly euthanize or authorize the euthanasia of any animal within a pet housing facility using any form of a nonanesthetic.
2. A violation of this Act shall be classified as a misdemeanor.
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« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2021, 01:16:17 PM »

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AN ACT
To give a right to repair products you own



Be it enacted by the Southern Chamber of Delegates

Section I. Title and Definitions
I. This bill may be known as the Right to Repair Act.
II. "Consumer electronic device" shall be defined as any item that uses active devices to control electron flow by amplification and rectification and is intended for everyday use.

Section II. Substance
I. Any person in the Southern region shall be allowed to repair or modify any electronic device in their ownership.
II. No business that offers repair services shall be barred from accepting a client with a consumer electronic device to be repaired.
III. All current regulations that only permit a means to repair a device or obtain repair parts through one of their authorized vendors or original equipment manufacturers (OEM) shall be considered null and unenforceable under Southern law.
IV. Nothing in this Act shall prevent authorized vendors or OEMs from providing repair services of their own.
V. This Act shall go into effect one week following the signing of this legislation by the Governor.
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« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2021, 02:48:00 PM »
« Edited: April 05, 2021, 02:51:26 PM by Southern Governor LouisvilleThunder »

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AN ACT
To Make Autmobiles Vroom on Autobahns



Be it enacted by the Southern Chamber of Delegates

1.)  This Act shall be referred to as the Make Automobiles Vroom on Autobahns Act or Southern MAVA Act.

2.) There shall be no maximum speed limit on Interstate Highways and other divided highways with four or more lanes in counties with average population densities of 200 persons or fewer per square mile. A recommended speed shall be posted of 90 Miles per Hour.

3.) The maximum speed limit that may be posted on two lane rural highways shall be 75 Miles per Hour.

4.) Individual States, localities, and the Governor are authorized to place lower speed limits on specific roads it deems necessary to protect public safety.

5.) Any State or Local ban on possessing or operating radar detector technology in private cars is hereby repealed.

6.)  During a declared state of emergency, the Southern, state, local law enforcement and the Governor may authorize Southern roads to:

A) open the shoulders of the road to evacuating vehicles, as well as

B) reverse traffic patterns to create contraflow lanes for evacuating vehicles.

7.) This Act shall take effect on May 1, 2021.
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« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2021, 11:48:23 PM »

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AN ACT
To Build a Dam on the Meramec River for Purposes of Generating Hydroelectric Power and Controlling Flooding



Be it enacted by the Southern Chamber of Delegates

1.)  This Act shall be referred to as the Make Every River A Malleable Electricity Creator Act or MERAMEC Act

2.) An earth embankment hydroelectric dam will be created on the Meramec River near the town of Sullivan, Missouri according to the plan proposed by the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1960s.

3.) All land owned by the Southern Region that borders the newly created reservoir shall be sold to residential developers.

4.) Ameren Missouri shall be placed in charge of operating the hydroelectric dam upon completion. 50% of net profits from the dam will be dispersed to the Southern Government.

5.) The Southern Government will issue $600,000,000 in regional bonds to fund the construction of the dam over a 10 year period.
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« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2021, 04:12:26 PM »

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Southern Budget Act
Section 1: This bill will hereby be known as the Southern Budget Act of 2021

Section 2: Spending and Appropriations
A: for the fiscal period beginning in March of 2021, the following departments will be funded at the following levels

* Pensions
Base: $68.00 Billion
Total: $68.00 Billion (100.00%)

* Healthcare
Base: $190.17 Billion
Jeb Stuart Act: $500,000
Raccoon Resistance Act: $20 Million
Doctors and Hospitals Act: $149 Million
Generic Spending: $190.00 Billion
Total: $190.17 Billion (100.00%)

* Education
Base: $105.83 Billion
Development of Foreign Language Programs in Schools Act: $10 Million
Young Athletes Act: $5 Million
School is Cool Act: $5 Million
Opidate Overdose Prevention Act: $2 Million
Teaching Incentives Act: $76 Million
Go South Young Man Act: $735 Million
Generic Spending: $105.00 Billion
STEM in School Supply Enhancement Act: $1.08 Billion
Appreciate Our Teachers Act: $7.68 Billion
Total: $114.59 Billion (108.28%)

* Defense
Base: $0.50 Billion
Total: $0.50 Billion (100.00%)

* Welfare
Base: $30.76 Billion
Prison Reform Act: $170 Million
Inmate Resources: $165 Million
Obsolete Crimes Deletion: $30 Million
Generic Spending: $30.39 Billion
Total: $30.76 Billion (100.00%)

* Protection/Security
Base: $30.00 Billion
Total: $30.00 Billion (100.00%)

* Transportation
Base: $48.01 Billion
Naval Infrastructure Spending Act: $8 Billion
Everglades Protection: $10 Million
Fast Act Amendments: $3 Million
Fast Act Amendments Act: $3 Million
Generic Spending: $40.00 Billion
Total: $48.01 Billion (100.00%)

* General Government
Base: $11.16 Billion
Rough Bulldog Act: $8,000
Sales Tax Exemption: $7.45 Million
Southern Tax Relief Credit: $860 Million
Tax-Exempt HSAs Act: $19 Million
Asset Seizure: $311 Million
Southern Infrastructure Act Act: $10 Billion
Construction of Telescope: $500 Million
Asian Carp Suck Act: $1 Million
Gambling Immorality Tax Act: $57.35 Million
Southern Environmental Act: $2 Million
Promoting Patriotic Purchasing: $1 Million
Generic Spending: $9.96 Billion

2020 Total: $21.72 Billion (195.62%)

*New Spending from 2020:
Christmas Cheer Act: $125,000
Efficient Products Credit Act: x
Earn While You Learn Act: $5 Million
Access to Early Childhood Education Act: $6 Billion
Improved Public Transit Act: $2 Billion
Southern Small Business Administration Act: $7 Billion
Confederate Statues Removal Act: $25 Million
GARRISON Act: $15 Million
Justice in Policing Act: $120 Million
Family Opportunity Fund: $150 Billion
Sport Stadium Reopening Fund: $10 Million
Southern COVID-19 Vaccination Act: $2.55 Billion

New Spending from 2020 Legislation Total: $167,725,125,000

* Discretionary
Base: $50.00 Billion
Disaster Relief Fund Act: $10 Billion (allocated to come out of discretionary budget for previous year, included for completeness)
Southern Infrastructure Act Act: $5 Billion (allocated to come out of discretionary budget for previous year, included for completeness)
Total: $50.00 Billion (100.00%)

Total Regional Spending from 2020 Budget: $590.41 Billion
Total Regional Spending from 2021 Budget: $758.14 Billion

Section 3: Taxes and Revenue
A: For the fiscal period beginning in March 2020, taxes and revenues collected shall be the following:

* Income Tax
Base: $114.75 Billion (*Where did this number come from???)
Corporate (5% Tax): $22.28 Billion
Ho's Gotta Grind Act: $300 Million

Income Tax Rates (Added from Family Opportunity Fund):
[$0-$75,000] 0%
[$75,001-$125,000] 3.5%
[$125,001-$1,000,000] 7%
[$1,000,001+] 9.5%


Total: $137.33 Billion

* Social Security
Base: $76.93 Billion
Total: $76.93 Billion (0% tax)

* Additional/Ad Valorem
Base: $227.11 Billion
Excise/Marijuana: $3.76 Billion per year (20% Tax)
Prison Reform Act: $ 22.3 Million per year
Animal Welfare Act Tokens: $370,000
Celebrating Southern Region Act: $3.2 Million
Opiate Overdose Prevention Act: $841.4 Million per year
Abortion-related Taxes: $13.2 Million per year
Online Lottery Act: $314.7 Million per year
Gambling Taxes: $1.32 Billion per year
Southern Energy Act: $2.06 Billion

Gas Tax: $18 Billion per year (30 cents per gallon)
2020 Total: $235.45 Billion
2021 Total: $253.45 Billion

* Fees and Charges
Base: $96.95 Billion
Real ID Compliance: $20.3 Million
Gambling Act: $513.1 Million per year
Better Skools Act: $18.3 Million
Ban Ban Ban Act: $21.8 Million
One More Year Act: $8.1 Million
Total: $97.53 Billion

* Business and Other Revenue
Base: $58.71 Billion
Total: $58.71 Billion (0% Tax)

2020 Total regional revenue: $605.94 Billion
2020 Reserves: $22.00 Billion
2020 Balance: +$15.53 Billion
2020 Reserves + Balance: $37.53 Billion

2021 Total regional revenue: x
2021 Reserves $37.53 Billion
2021 Balance: x
2021 Reserves + Balance: x


Section 4: Implementation
This bill will take effect immediately upon becoming law
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« Reply #16 on: May 01, 2021, 02:30:20 PM »

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AN ACT
To Make Automobiles Vroom on Autobahns



Be it enacted by the Southern Chamber of Delegates
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1.)  This Act shall be referred to as the Make Automobiles Vroom on Autobahns Act or Southern MAVA Act.

2.) There shall be no maximum speed limit on Interstate Highways and other divided highways with four or more lanes in counties with average population densities of 200 persons or fewer per square mile. A recommended speed shall be posted of 90 Miles per Hour.

3.) The maximum speed limit that may be posted on two lane rural highways shall be 75 Miles per Hour.

4.) Individual States, localities, and the Governor are authorized to place lower speed limits on specific roads it deems necessary to protect public safety.

5.) Any State or Local ban on possessing or operating radar detector technology in private cars is hereby repealed.

6. To obtain a drivers license in the South, one must complete a first aid course.

7. Vehicles driving on Southern roads with speed limits above 100 mph are required to keep first aid kits in their vehicle.

8. It shall be illegal to talk on the phone while operating a vehicle on roads with speed limits above 100 mph

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.)  During a declared state of emergency, the Southern, state, local law enforcement and the Governor may authorize Southern roads to:

A) open the shoulders of the road to evacuating vehicles, as well as

B) reverse traffic patterns to create contraflow lanes for evacuating vehicles.

10.) This Act shall take effect on June 1, 2021.

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« Reply #17 on: May 01, 2021, 02:31:14 PM »

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Southern Budget Act
Section 1: This bill will hereby be known as the Southern Budget Act of 2021

Section 2: Spending and Appropriations
A: for the fiscal period beginning in March of 2021, the following departments will be funded at the following levels

* Pensions
Base: $68.00 Billion
Total: $68.00 Billion (100.00%)

* Healthcare
Base: $190.17 Billion
Jeb Stuart Act: $500,000
Raccoon Resistance Act: $20 Million
Doctors and Hospitals Act: $149 Million
Generic Spending: $190.00 Billion
Total: $190.17 Billion (100.00%)

* Education
Base: $105.83 Billion
Development of Foreign Language Programs in Schools Act: $10 Million
Young Athletes Act: $5 Million
School is Cool Act: $5 Million
Opidate Overdose Prevention Act: $2 Million
Teaching Incentives Act: $76 Million
Go South Young Man Act: $735 Million
Generic Spending: $105.00 Billion
STEM in School Supply Enhancement Act: $1.08 Billion
Appreciate Our Teachers Act: $7.68 Billion
Total: $114.59 Billion (108.28%)

* Defense
Base: $0.50 Billion
Total: $0.50 Billion (100.00%)

* Welfare
Base: $30.76 Billion
Prison Reform Act: $170 Million
Inmate Resources: $165 Million
Obsolete Crimes Deletion: $30 Million
Generic Spending: $30.39 Billion
Total: $30.76 Billion (100.00%)

* Protection/Security
Base: $30.00 Billion
Total: $30.00 Billion (100.00%)

* Transportation
Base: $48.01 Billion
Naval Infrastructure Spending Act: $8 Billion
Everglades Protection: $10 Million
Fast Act Amendments: $3 Million
Fast Act Amendments Act: $3 Million
Generic Spending: $40.00 Billion
Total: $48.01 Billion (100.00%)

* General Government
Base: $11.16 Billion
Rough Bulldog Act: $8,000
Sales Tax Exemption: $7.45 Million
Southern Tax Relief Credit: $860 Million
Tax-Exempt HSAs Act: $19 Million
Asset Seizure: $311 Million
Southern Infrastructure Act Act: $10 Billion
Construction of Telescope: $500 Million
Asian Carp Suck Act: $1 Million
Gambling Immorality Tax Act: $57.35 Million
Southern Environmental Act: $2 Million
Promoting Patriotic Purchasing: $1 Million
Generic Spending: $9.96 Billion

2020 Total: $21.72 Billion (195.62%)

*New Spending from 2020:
Christmas Cheer Act: $125,000
Efficient Products Credit Act: x
Earn While You Learn Act: $5 Million
Access to Early Childhood Education Act: $6 Billion
Improved Public Transit Act: $2 Billion
Southern Small Business Administration Act: $7 Billion
Confederate Statues Removal Act: $25 Million
GARRISON Act: $15 Million
Justice in Policing Act: $120 Million
Family Opportunity Fund: $150 Billion
Sport Stadium Reopening Fund: $10 Million
Southern COVID-19 Vaccination Act: $2.55 Billion

New Spending from 2020 Legislation Total: $167,725,125,000

* Discretionary
Base: $50.00 Billion
Disaster Relief Fund Act: $10 Billion (allocated to come out of discretionary budget for previous year, included for completeness)
Southern Infrastructure Act Act: $5 Billion (allocated to come out of discretionary budget for previous year, included for completeness)
Total: $50.00 Billion (100.00%)

Total Regional Spending from 2020 Budget: $590.41 Billion
Total Regional Spending from 2021 Budget: $758.14 Billion

Section 3: Taxes and Revenue
A: For the fiscal period beginning in March 2020, taxes and revenues collected shall be the following:

* Income Tax
Base: $114.75 Billion (*Where did this number come from???)
Corporate (5% Tax): $22.28 Billion
Ho's Gotta Grind Act: $300 Million

Income Tax Rates (Added from Family Opportunity Fund):
[$0-$75,000] 0%
[$75,001-$125,000] 3.5%
[$125,001-$1,000,000] 7%
[$1,000,001+] 9.5%


Total: $137.33 Billion

* Social Security
Base: $76.93 Billion
Total: $76.93 Billion (0% tax)

* Additional/Ad Valorem
Base: $227.11 Billion
Excise/Marijuana: $3.76 Billion per year (20% Tax)
Prison Reform Act: $ 22.3 Million per year
Animal Welfare Act Tokens: $370,000
Celebrating Southern Region Act: $3.2 Million
Opiate Overdose Prevention Act: $841.4 Million per year
Abortion-related Taxes: $13.2 Million per year
Online Lottery Act: $314.7 Million per year
Gambling Taxes: $1.32 Billion per year
Southern Energy Act: $2.06 Billion

Gas Tax: $18 Billion per year (30 cents per gallon)
2020 Total: $235.45 Billion
2021 Total: $253.45 Billion

* Fees and Charges
Base: $96.95 Billion
Real ID Compliance: $20.3 Million
Gambling Act: $513.1 Million per year
Better Skools Act: $18.3 Million
Ban Ban Ban Act: $21.8 Million
One More Year Act: $8.1 Million
Total: $97.53 Billion

* Business and Other Revenue
Base: $58.71 Billion
Total: $58.71 Billion (0% Tax)

2020 Total regional revenue: $605.94 Billion
2020 Reserves: $22.00 Billion
2020 Balance: +$15.53 Billion
2020 Reserves + Balance: $37.53 Billion

2021 Total regional revenue: x
2021 Reserves $37.53 Billion
2021 Balance: x
2021 Reserves + Balance: x


Section 4: Implementation
This bill will take effect immediately upon becoming law

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Amendment to the Standing Rules of the Southern Chamber of Delegates-Adding Gubernatorial Powers

Rules and Procedure of the Southern Legislature:

Definitions:

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

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

3.) The Dean of the Chamber is defined as the serving Delegate, who is not the Speaker, with the longest continuous service in the Delegate in his or her present stint of service. For the purposes of this clause, continuous service begins at the moment of swearing-in in the first term of the stint of service. The Chamber may, by a two-thirds majority vote on an ordinary resolution, pass the title, powers and responsibilities of the Dean of the Chamber, to the next longest serving Delegate (not having been removed from the position by the Chamber previously), for any reason whatsoever.

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

5.) The Southern Legislature is defined as the ‘Chamber of Delegates’.

6.) Upon a motion of any Delegate, a vote of no confidence in the Speaker of the Chamber shall be entertained. Debate shall last no more than 72 hours, unless a majority of Delegates vote to extend the time. No Speaker shall be removed at-will, except upon the vote of 2/3rds of the Delegates. No Speaker shall be removed for-cause, except upon the vote of a majority of the Delegates. Upon a successful vote, the Dean of the Chamber, shall become acting Speaker, unless the Dean is also the Speaker, in which case the next most-senior Delegate shall by acting speaker. A new election for Speaker shall commence within 24 hours using the same process for electing a Speaker at the beginning of the Session. A Successful no-confidence vote shall not result in the expulsion of a Speaker who is also an elected Delegate, merely the forfeiture of the office of Speaker.

7.) The Chamber shall entrust the position of coordinating legislative debate and expediting floor motions to a majority leader and a minority leader, each of who shall serve at the will of the respective majority and minority factions. Any sitting member of the Southern Chamber of Delegates shall be eligible to serve as either majority leader or minority leader, but not both.

8.) At any time during which the Chamber of Delegates is in session, the members of a ruling coalition and the members of the opposition coalition may elect a majority leader or a minority leader respectively. An election for either majority leader or minority leader shall occur upon the initiation of any 2 members of the majority or minority caucus respectively, and shall being with a 24-hour nominating period for either Majority Leader or Minority Leader, followed by a 48-hour vote on these positions. The Speaker shall be ineligible to serve as either majority leader or minority leader. No Delegate shall vote for both majority leader and minority leader during a single session, unless a change in Chamber membership results in a new ruling coalition. There shall be no rule mandating the discounting of ballots cast before the end of the voting period on account of post-facto edits to those ballots, invalid preferences, or other trivial irregularities; but no ballot cast in a script other than the Latin alphabet shall be counted as valid.


Section I: Officers of the Chamber of Delegates

1.) The Chamber shall entrust the position of enforcing these rules with a Speaker who shall defend and protect both our constitution and these rules to the best of his or her ability. Any citizen of the Southern Region shall be eligible to serve as Speaker.

2.) On the first Monday after the Friday after a legislative election, the Dean of the Chamber shall start a 24-hour nominating period for Speaker, followed by a 48-hour vote on these positions. In the event of a tie, the Governor shall appoint an Acting Speaker to serve until the tie is resolved, or until a new Chamber is elected.

3.) The Speaker shall be tasked with upholding Chamber procedures, organizing the functions of the Chamber, including opening and closing votes, allowing for debate and amendments, and other functions as deemed necessary by the Speaker, all solely given the parameters and requirements provided in Section IV, V, VI, and VII.

4.) All sitting members of the Chamber of Delegates shall be eligible to vote in elections for the Speakership. There shall be no rule mandating the discounting of ballots cast before the end of the voting period on account of post-facto edits to those ballots, invalid preferences, or other trivial irregularities; but no ballot cast in a script other than the Latin alphabet shall be counted as valid.

5.) The Speaker’s term shall end upon the Friday after the regularly scheduled Chamber election. Until the next Speaker shall swear in, the Dean of the Chamber shall act as Speaker.


Section II: The Southern Legislation Introduction Thread and Chamber Noticeboard

1. The "Southern Chamber Introduction” thread shall be used for the following purposes: a. The introduction of bills, resolutions, and constitutional amendments. b. The posting of any updates to the schedule, calendar, recesses, or other procedural details of the Legislature. c. Any motions involving the procedure or hierarchy of the Legislature, including a motion for Speaker of the Legislature as well as votes on such a motion. d. General discussion among members that is pertinent to the Southern Legislature but not related to debate on a bill, resolution, or constitutional amendment. E. The Speaker of the Chamber, or a person of his or her choosing shall be the manager of this thread

2. The Chamber Noticeboard will be a thread managed by the Governor, or a person of his or her choosing, to update this board with recent events on the Southern Chamber’s legislation, and amendments, along with Rejected and Passed Legislation.


Section III: Legislative Threads


1. The Speaker of the Legislature shall create a new thread for each piece of legislation introduced; however, such a thread shall only be created when the Legislature is debating said legislation, "legislation" means any bill, resolution, or constitutional amendment introduced in the Southern Legislature Thread, with the exception of resolutions on the procedure or hierarchy of the Legislature.

2. The following shall be performed in the legislation thread: a. All debate on the piece of legislation. b. The introduction of any amendments to the piece of legislation. c. Any votes on the piece of legislation, including amendments to it.

3. Included in the thread title should be the current state of the piece of legislation followed by the title in parenthesis: a. "Debating" - the piece of legislation is actively being debated by the Legislature. b. "Voting on Amendment" - the Legislature is in the process of voting on an amendment to the proposed legislation. c. "Final vote" - the Legislature is in the process of taking a final vote. d. "Passed" - the Legislature voted in favor of the piece of legislation; however, the Governor has not yet signed it. e. "Failed" - the Legislature voted against the the piece of legislation. f. "Statute" - the Legislature voted in favor of the piece of legislation, and the Governor signed it into law. g. "Vetoed" - the Legislature voted in favor of the piece of legislation; however, the Governor vetoed the legislation. h. "Vote to Override" - the Legislature voted in favor of the piece of legislation; however, the Governor vetoed the legislation, and the Legislature is in a vote to override the veto. i. "Tabled" - the Legislature voted to table the piece of legislation until a further time.


Section IV: Introducing and Managing Legislation

1.) If the Speaker determines that a piece of legislation is functionally impractical, frivolous, or is directly unconstitutional, they may, in a public post on the Legislation Introduction thread, remove said legislation from the Chamber queue. Delegates shall have seventy-two hours to challenge the decision(s), or until the end of the legislative session, whichever is earlier. If there is a challenge, the Speaker shall call a seventy-two hour vote on the challenge, offering an individual vote for each challenged decision, in the Southern Legislature Thread. If three Delegates vote in the affirmative (in favor of the challenge), the legislation shall be re-introduced at the same position in the queue. If the legislation's position in the queue was already passed, it shall be re-introduced at the beginning of the queue.

2.) 12 threads about legislation may be open for voting and debate simultaneously. a) The first 10 open threads shall be open to all legislations initially regarding bills, resolutions or constitutional amendments. If the sponsor already has 4 or more pieces legislation on the Chamber floor, legislation from Delegates who do not shall take priority until all such other legislation is completed. The Speaker shall be the presiding officer for these open threads. b) The eleventh open thread shall be reserved for bills submitted by civilians in the Public Consultation and Legislation Submission thread. The Speaker shall be the presiding officer for this open thread. c) The twelfth open thread shall be reserved for legislation related to regional emergencies declared by the Governor of the South. The Speaker shall introduce legislation to this thread as directed by the Governor, but only when the Governor has declared a state of regional emergency.

3.) A piece of legislation is no longer on the Chamber Floor when it has been withdrawn, tabled, rejected, or passed by the members of the Chamber of Delegates.

4.) All legislative activity and legislation introduced shall be dropped at the end of the legislative session, thereby clearing the queue. Delegates-elect and re-elected Delegates may pre-file legislation and re-sponsor failed legislation, including legislation never brought to the floor, from previous sessions, after the certification of their elections; to be added immediately to the new queue in the order of pre-filing. Legislation on the floor at the end of a legislative session shall remain on the floor at the start of the new session. The sponsor shall continue to hold sponsorship if he or she remains a Delegate or the Governor for the new session. If the piece of legislation was sponsored by an outgoing Delegate or Governor, the legislation shall be open for 48 hours for claiming by a new sponsor. If the legislation is left unclaimed, it shall be automatically tabled.

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


Section V: Debate

1.) After a piece of legislation is introduced to the Chamber of Delegates floor, debate shall begin immediately. Debate on the legislation shall last for no less than 48 hours. The Chamber of Delegates may waive the 48-hour requirement on any legislation by passing cloture by unanimous consent. To waive the 48-hour requirement, the presiding officer must request unanimous consent to waive the minimum debate time requirement and provide 24 hours for a Delegate to object to this request. The Chamber of Delegates may also waive the 48-hour requirement upon the public affirmation of the Speaker, the Majority Leader, and the Minority Leader. If the 48-hour requirement is waived, the presiding officer shall immediately open a final vote.

2.) The sponsor of a piece of legislation may at any time withdraw his or her sponsorship. In addition, when the sponsor is no longer a Delegate or Governor, his or her sponsorship shall be revoked automatically. If no member of the Chamber of Delegates moves to assume sponsorship of the legislation within 48 hours, the legislation shall be tabled automatically. The sponsor of a piece of legislation may be any Delegate or the Governor. Legislation posted by private citizens must have a Delegate or the Governor claim sponsorship for them.

3.) At any time during debate on a piece of legislation, a Delegate or the Governor may propose an amendment to that legislation. The presiding officer may ignore amendments that he or she deems frivolous, functionally impractical, or unconstitutional at his or her discretion, but the Chamber may compel the presiding officer to consider the amendment by majority consent.

4.) The presiding officer shall allow 24 hours for objections to an amendment following its introduction. If no objections are filed, the amendment shall pass. If any objections are filed, a vote shall be held. This vote shall last until a majority of sitting Delegates have voted to either approve or reject the amendment or until 3 days, i.e. 72 hours, have elapsed. No Delegate may change his or her vote once the voting period has concluded.

5.) Any Delegate may file a motion to table a piece of legislation during debate. The presiding officer shall open a vote on the motion to table when at least two other Delegates have seconded the motion. A two thirds simple majority of Delegates present is required for the approval of the motion to table.

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

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


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

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

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

4.) The Speaker Whoever is selected to do so in accordance with Section II-2 shall number and track all amendments offered during the course of each Chamber session. These shall be tracked in the “Chamber Noticeboard” thread.


Section VII: Voting

1.) Votes on legislation shall last for a maximum of 3 days (i.e. 72 hours).

2.) When a piece of legislation has enough votes to pass or fail, the office in control of the legislative slot shall announce that he or she will close the vote in 24 hours and that any Delegate who wishes to change his or her vote must do so during that interval.

3.) If a piece of legislation is vetoed by the Governor, the bill's sponsor may request an override of the veto within 3 days, i.e. 72 hours, of the veto taking place. The Speaker may extend this period if the bill's sponsor is on a publicly-declared leave of absence.

4.) For the purposes of overriding vetoes, any Delegate who abstains from voting shall be counted as a vote against overriding the veto.


Article VIII: Rules Disputes

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

2.) The presiding officer may unilaterally suspend any section of these rules at any time, unless another Delegate objects. If two Delegates object, suspending the rules shall require the consent of a majority of sitting Delegates.

3.) If the Chamber of Delegates cannot resolve a rules dispute, within 168 hours of the start of the dispute, the Supreme Court of The South may issue a binding decision dictating the proper interpretation of these rules, bound by the Constitution.

4.)Any Delegate or the Governor may enforce the rules of this chamber.
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« Reply #19 on: May 18, 2021, 09:33:47 AM »

signing on as co-sponsor
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« Reply #20 on: May 21, 2021, 10:29:47 AM »

Considering our presumed large budget surplus, I thought this bill would be a good idea (I made campaign promises and am obligated to fulfill them). The Southern region has long lagged in internet access when compared to the other parts of the country, and I think that a little more investment in this sector can help improve these indicators, maybe even boosting them above Lincoln's and Frémont's. In fact, some counties in Mississippi and Alabama reported having less than 50% of their population with broadband internet access in 2018.

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Universal Broadband Access Act

1.) Authorizes $32 Billion ($7 Billion each year from FY 2022 - FY 2025 and $4 Billion in FY 2026) to be spent in five years that shall be used to deploy secure and resilient broadband infrastructure for communities of all types (rural, suburban, or urban) throughout the Southern region which currently are underserved in terms of infrastructure, focusing on areas with poverty rates above the regional average. The funds are to be used efficiently and effectively and will be directed to the Governor's office. There the governor shall establish a commission that shall work in tandem with and coordinate with other regional agencies in order to ensure efficient usage of funds.

2.) Requires internet service providers whose networks are built with the new financial support appropriated in the bill to offer an affordable (to be defined by algorithms) service plan to every consumer.

3.) Guarantees the right of local governments, public-private partnerships, and cooperatives to deliver broadband service, which has lowered prices in many communities by providing competition to traditional broadband providers.

4.) Directs the Federal Communications Commission to collect data on prices charged for broadband service throughout the country and make that data widely available to other Federal agencies, researchers, and public interest groups, with appropriate privacy protections.

5.) Gives preference in the funds provided under the bill to certain broadband projects that will provide open access for additional providers to use taxpayer-funded infrastructure on fair terms to provide more options to consumers.

6.) Creates a new “dig once” provision to ensure better coordination of transportation and broadband infrastructure projects, while ensuring State flexibility and preventing unfunded mandates.

7.) Authorizes $500 Million to be spent in FY 2022 establish two new grant programs: the State Digital Equity Capacity Program, an annual grant program for states to create and implement comprehensive digital equity plans to help close gaps in broadband adoption and digital skills, and the Digital Equity Competitive Grant Program, which will further support these efforts through digital inclusion projects undertaken by individual organizations and local communities.

8.) Authorizes an additional $1 Billion to be spent over five years for the recently enacted Emergency Connectivity Fund through E-Rate to promote student connectivity, including funding for Wi-Fi on school buses so that students can be connected, which emphasis on rural areas.

9.) This bill is effective June 01, 2021

It has strong basis in HR 1783 (in fact some parts are directly taken from the bill), currently being pushed by James Clyburn (not exactly a far-left guy).

What do you all think?
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« Reply #21 on: June 01, 2021, 08:56:58 AM »

Idea's a little radical IG but if you don't like it you can vote against it.

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Southern Referendum Act

1. In the case of any bill there is taken a vote on in the Southern Chamber of Delegates in which no majority is reached (either "Yes" votes or "No" votes do not reach a majority due to abstentions or non-votes), the bill is passed or denied instead as a part of a referendum. If an absolute majority of participating voters in that referendum votes either in favor or against that bill, then it gets sent directly to the governor's office.
2. The referendum would take place at the same time as the regional elections directly following the original vote inside the chamber, and sponsors and supporters, or opponents of the bill are encouraged to share their arguments as to why they think the bill is a good or bad idea.
3. This bill is effective August 01, 2021.

I think it'd increase voter involvement in the Southern region greatly by allowing voters to directly weigh in on the status of each individual bill where the Chamber can't reach a majority itself and maybe it'll reinvigorate the game a little bit. Also, for people worried about incessant region switching in order to gain an electoral advantage, maybe we could add a clause in there somewhere to set that back a bit so that voters have to be registered for at least a month before being able to participate in these referendums (I think though that the new constitution federally has enough provisions against that).
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« Reply #22 on: June 09, 2021, 09:15:14 PM »

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DamN it! Act

1. Planning for construction then construction are to begin immediately on the following three projects listed:
  1A. Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, Unit 3 - Somervell County, TX - 1700 MW - Price estimate $7.5 Billion
  1B. Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, Unit 4 - Somervell County, TX - 1700 MW - Price estimate $7.5 Billion
  1C. Clinch River Four Units of SMR - Oak Ridge, TN - Price estimate $900 Million each ($3.6 Billion total) - 180 MW each (720 total)
  1D. LouisvilleThunder Gravity Dam and Reservoir - Jefferson County, KY - Ohio River - Price estimate $24 Billion - 4800 MW
  1E. TimTurner Gravity Dam and Reservoir - Wichita County, TX - Red River - Price estimate $24 Billion - 4800 MW
2. Funds Allocated will be $1 Billion in FY 2020. After FY 2020, 20% of the remaining budget surplus (if there is a budget surplus, if there is no budget surplus nothing goes) will be allocated for these projects above every year indefinitely.
3. A commission will be made by the governor to ensure efficient usage of funds. [This clause needs a lot more work]

Dam + Nuclear  Angry  Angry  Angry

Maybe a little ambitious but even if we overproduce that'd mean that the South could be a net energy exporter, also it'd drive prices down. Just look at the comparison between Germany (where they're phasing out nuclear power plants)'s energy prices and France (where ~70% of electricity is derived from nuclear)'s. Also hydel's another consistent strong source of energy. This bill also could create at least a few hundred jobs of different types (possibly thousands or tens of thousands, I'll have to do some more research).

The three nuclear power plants are already planned and can be found on the NRC.GOV website and the dams are just made up but our experts will figure that out.

Also you might be thinking gravity dams can't exist on flat areas but that's not necessarily true first of all and secondly I allocated $10 Billion to each dam more than necessary to ensure smooth production (and perhaps this is too much, maybe we end up with some back). The original price and energy estimates are derived from the Diamer-Bhasha Dam and Reservoir in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Important to remember this money won't be used all in one year, but likely over a decade or two decades, which is about how long these megaprojects take to build. Literally $4 Billion a year for 17 years and we have them all done. With our massive surplus, it won't be a problem. To top it off if we don't have a surplus no money goes to these projects so that's taken care of.
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« Reply #23 on: June 13, 2021, 03:49:25 AM »
« Edited: June 13, 2021, 05:00:25 AM by reagente »

Introducing eleven bills...

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Fairness in Academic Admissions Act

Section I. Title
i. This bill may be known as the “Fairness in Academic Admissions Act.”

Section II. Substance
i. This act applies to any University, College, Graduate School, or other post-secondary institution (hereafter “post-secondary institutions”) that accepts money from the Southern Regional Government or any local government in the South
ii. Post-Secondary Institutions that accept money from the Southern Regional Government or any local government in the South may not use race, ethnicity, religion, income, sex, gender, political ideology, or “legacy status” as a factor in admissions.

Section III. Enforcement
i. Post-Secondary Institutions found to violate this act by the Southern Attorney General shall be required to forfeit all government funds received in years where the institution violated this statute and shall additionally be fined the larger of $1,000,000 or 1% of the institution’s endowment.
ii. Residents of the Southern Region shall retain a private right of action against post-secondary institutions that violate this statute

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Banning Discriminatory Hiring Act

Section I. Title
i. This bill may be known as the “Banning Discriminatory Hiring Act.”

Section II. Enforcement
i. This act applies to any corporate entity that conducts business in the Southern Region or is incorporated in the Southern Region
ii. Any corporate entity that conducts business in the Southern Region or is incorporated in the Southern region may not use race, ethnicity, religion, income, sex, gender, political ideology, or past incarceration status as a factor in hiring.
iii. This bill shall not apply to non-profits or charities

Section III. Enforcement
i. Corporate entities found to violate this act by the Southern Attorney General shall be fined the larger of $1,000,000 or 1% of yearly revenues.
ii. Residents of the Southern Region shall retain a private right of action against corporate entities that violate this statute

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Promoting Domestic Minds Act

Section I. Title and Definitions
i. This bill may be known as the “Promoting Domestic Minds Act”
ii. “Non-permanent resident” refers to all individuals who are not citizens or permanent residents of Atlasia

Section II. Substance
i.  This act applies to any University, College, Graduate School, or other post-secondary institution (hereafter “post-secondary institutions”) that accepts money from the Southern Regional Government or any local government in the South
ii. Post-Secondary Institutions that accept money from the Southern Regional Government or any local government in the South are prohibited from charging non-permanent residents “in-state” or otherwise reduced or preferential tuition rates.  
iii. Post-Secondary Institutions that accept money from the Southern Regional Government or any local government in the South are prohibited from offering any financial aid or scholarships to individuals who are not citizens or permanent residents of Atlasia.


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Defending Homeownership Act

Section I. Title
i. This bill may be known as the “Defending Homeownership Act”

Section II. Substance
i.  It shall be illegal for investment management companies, private equity firms, banks, or any other Investment company to purchase single-family houses for the purpose of turning those homes into rental properties.
ii. It shall be illegal for non-citizens to own or rent more than one property in the Southern Region

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The Southern Open Shop Act

Section I. Title
i. This bill may be known as the “The Southern Open Shot Act.”

Section II. Substance
i. The LABORER Act (S.19.4-2) is repealed, effective immediately.

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It is okay to use Plastic Utensils and Styrofoam Containers Act

Section I. Title
i. This bill may be known as the “It is okay to use Plastic Utensils and Styrofoam Containers Act”

Section II. Substance
i. Article III of the The Southern Environmental Act (S.19.4-3) is repealed, effective immediately.

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Liberalize Rental Markets Act

Section I. Title
i. This bill may be known as the “Liberalize Rental Markets Act”

Section II. Substance
i. The Tenant Protection Act (S.20.1-12) is repealed, effective immediately.

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End Rotten Boroughs Act

Section I. Title and Definitions
i. This bill may be known as the “End Rotten Boroughs Act”
ii. “Voter Eligible Population” (VEP) is defined as the citizen population over the age of eighteen that is not barred from voting on account of incarceration or mental incompetence.

Section II. Substance
i. All legislative districts in the Southern Region shall be drawn to have equal Voter Eligible Populations – allowing for up to a ten percent total deviation.
ii. The Southern Attorney General’s Office shall compile VEP data utilizing federal census data and Southern administrative records. This VEP data shall be compiled at least yearly and produced at the census block level.
iii.  Upon the production of the first set of VEP data, all governments within the Southern regional shall immediately redraw legislative boundaries to comply with this act. Thereafter, legislative boundaries must be redrawn at least once every decade.

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Combatting Prostitution Act

Section I. Title
i. This bill may be known as the “Combatting Prostitution Act”

Section II. Substance
i. The Ho's Gotta Grind Act (S.19.1-26) is repealed, effective immediately.

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Banning Racist Curriculum Act

Section I. Title
i. This bill may be known as the “Banning Racist Curriculum Act”

Section II. Substance
i. No teacher, administrator, or other employee in any state agency, school district, campus, open-enrollment charter school, or school administration in the Southern Region shall require, or make part of a course the following concepts:
     1. one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex;
     2. an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously;
     3. an individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of his or her race or sex;
     4. members of one race or sex cannot and should not attempt to treat others without respect to race or sex;
     5. an individual's moral character is necessarily determined by his or her race or sex;
     6. an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex;
     7. any individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race or sex;
     8. meritocracy or traits such as a hard work ethic are racist or sexist, or were created by a members of a particular race to oppress members of another race.

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Official Language of the South Act

Section I. Title
i. This bill may be known as the “Official Language of the South Act”

Section II. Substance
i. English shall be the official language of the Southern Region
ii. Nothing in this act shall be construed to infringe upon the right of sub-regional jurisdictions to adopt additional official languages beyond English
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« Reply #24 on: June 21, 2021, 12:39:30 PM »
« Edited: June 21, 2021, 12:43:08 PM by UNBEATABLE TITAN WAYNE MESSAM »

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CalamityBlue's Anti-Gambling Act

1. All card games making use of the number "twenty-one"(21) shall be deemed illegal and each instance of the playing, provision, and/or quartering of such games with any of the following: (i) a house edge of greater than one and one-half (1.5) percentage points as established through rigorous statisical analysis; (ii) play resulting in outcomes less optimal than basic strategy; or (iii) payouts of less than 3:2 for blackjacks, shall be punishable by a fine of no less than $5000, as well as a federal supermax prison sentence of no less than seventeen(17) minutes, but no more than thirty-one(31) minutes.

2. Two (2) weeks in 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Math shall be dedicated to teaching children the probabilities of winning in different card games, and demonstrate how the house has a greater chance of winning in most of the card games. This teaching shall cover basic blackjack strategy, the effect of various rulesets on the house edge, and is not required to, but is encouraged to provide a basic understanding of advantage play and card counting.

3. The song "Hoedown Throwdown" by Hannah Montana shall be designated as an officially proscribed musical performance within the Southern region, and any instance of its playing or listening shall be punishable by a fine of eight and one-half (8.5) cents and one (1) slap on the wrist.
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