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« Reply #575 on: March 02, 2023, 03:51:40 PM »

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ABCMA Unamendment Act
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1. SB 113-21, also known as "ABCMA Amendment Act," is hereby repealed in its entirety and the treaty is restored to its previous state.
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« Reply #576 on: March 02, 2023, 08:31:41 PM »
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Senate Resolution
To End Selective Service

Be It Resolved in the Atlasian Senate Assembled, that upon ratification by 2/3rds of the Regions, the Fifth Constitution of Atlasia shall be amended as follows:

Quote from: Article I
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Section 6
Neither slavery, nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crimes of which the accused has been duly convicted, shall exist within the Republic of Atlasia, nor in any place under its jurisdiction, nor may any conscription into the armed forces or selective draft or other form of compulsory service be instituted. , unless approved by a public referendum in which at least three-fifths of the votes in each of the three regions are in the affirmative. The President shall have the sole authority to authorize the draft referendum.

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This Constitutional Amendment prohibits selective service. Military conscription, or as it more commonly known, "the draft," is the forced enlistment of Atlasian citizens into the armed forces. Legislation had been passed some years ago to eliminate this practice, however integrating this with the First Article of the Constitution shall represent a permanent end to conscription in the Republic and reinforce our commitment to peace.
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« Reply #577 on: March 03, 2023, 08:36:25 AM »
« Edited: March 17, 2023, 07:04:24 AM by West_Midlander »

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SAVE THE CHILDREN ACT

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1. As used in this act, lawful obscenity means any overtly pornographic content that lacks any serious artistic or educational value.

2. It shall be unlawful for any person who is owner of a website, or entities running such websites, to primarily publish or broadcast any lawful obscenity over the internet, unless the root domain identifier of the website hosting the lawful obscenity terminates with .xxx. ICANN shall reserve the terminating root domain identifier .xxx for websites hosting lawful obscenity.

3. Owners of said websites may apply to the Atlasian government for reimbursement of costs relating to the domain change through an online form. $10,000,000 will be allocated to a fund to this end. This amount shall be funded by a one-time surtax of 1% on any income resulting from the manufacture, distribution, participation in, or sale of lawful obscenity in tax year 2023.

4. It shall be unlawful for any person to ship or mail any lawful obscenity through the Atlasian Postal Service, or through any interstate parcel transportation or parcel delivery service operating in interstate commerce unless such lawful obscenity is concealed from public view.

5. Any computer, smart phone, tablet, or similar device that can access the internet and is owned, leased, or funded by the federal government, including but not limited to work devices, devices provided to members of the military, devices accessible to prisoners, and devices provided to colleges, schools, libraries, and museums shall be required to contain software that automatically blocks websites with a root domain address terminating with .xxx. This provision shall not apply to devices used by the Department of Justice pursuant to an investigation.

6. Any computer, smart phone, tablet, or similar device that can access the internet and is owned or leased by a contractor of the federal government for the purpose of fulfilling a federal contract, including but not limited to contractors under the Stopping Sino-Espionage Act, shall be required to contain software that automatically blocks websites with a root domain address terminating with .xxx.

7. No federal funds may be expended for the purpose of or in furtherance of the sale, distribution, conducting, broadcasting, or displaying of lawful obscenity, including but not limited to in any military exchange, prison store, college, school, library, or museum.

8. No public correctional facility, college, school, library, or museum that receives federal funds shall sell, distribute, conduct, broadcast, or display lawful obscenity unless minors are prohibited from viewing or accessing such lawful obscenity. Verification must include the presentation by any person seeking to view or access the lawful obscenity of a valid government-issued ID that includes such person's age thereon.

9. A violation of this act shall be a misdemeanor punishable by disgorgement of any profits, imprisonment for no more than 4 years, and a fine of $40,000 per violation. Any record or information collected, retained, or disclosed in violation of this act shall be subject to forfeiture and disposition.

10. A person whose privacy was unlawfully violated pursuant to this act may maintain a civil action to recover actual damages, punitive damages of up to $10,000, reasonable legal costs, and any equitable relief necessary to enforce this act.

11. This act shall take effect 30 days after the date of passage
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Re-introducing this, or alternatively, if it passes over Cao's veto, amending the law to remove section 4 from the final bill on the Senate floor now since I believe section 4 is irrelevant with the troubling original section 3 removed.

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Authorship Statement: This bill was not written with the assistance of ChatGPT or other A.I.
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« Reply #578 on: March 03, 2023, 10:45:53 AM »
« Edited: March 03, 2023, 10:52:02 AM by Pyro »

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Senate Resolution
To Prevent Unethical Repeals Without Limitations To One Session

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Section I: Title

1. This resolution may be known as the Reasonable Consideration For All Resolution.

Section II: Rules

1. Article VI of the Official Senate Rules and Procedures shall be amended as follows:

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5. ) Any bill that seeks to repeal four (4) two (2) or more federal laws adopted after June 1, 2016 in the same bill shall not be able to be brought to a final vote without a two-thirds vote of the whole Senate. Any bill that seeks to amend four (4) two (2) or more federal laws adopted after June 1, 2016 in the same bill shall not be able to be brought to a final vote without a two-thirds vote of the whole Senate. This rule shall expire ninety (90) days after the date of enactment.

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« Reply #579 on: March 03, 2023, 03:50:51 PM »

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Senate Bill
to Respect a woman's Right to Choose and to codify legal precedent
Be it enacted in the Senate of Atlasia

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Section 1; Title
1. This Act may be cited as the 'Right to Choose Act'.
Section 2; Findings
1. The Senate of the Republic of Atlasia finds that-
a) Access to reproductive care is a fundamental right for all citizens of the Republic of Atlasia
b) That the termination of a pregnancy constitutes reproductive care
c) That the termination of a pregnancy is a substantially private and personal decision
d) That this procedure ought to be made with proper physical and psychiatric healthcare considerations
e) That any procedure directly or tangentially related to pregnancy termination ought to be regulated, standardized, and protected
f) That the regions of Atlasia ought to be able to enact laws past a certain point in pregnancy that regulate the practice and administration of pregnancy termination
g) That reproductive care be provided to mothers who opt to carry a pregnancy to term, including all medically necessary pre and postpartum care
Section 3; Statutory right to choose
1. It shall be unlawful for any regional, local, or national subdivision thereof, to ban pregnancy termination procedures prior to twenty (20) gestational weeks of a pregnancy.
2. Any regional, local, or national subdivision thereof, may enact statute that regulates access to pregnancy termination services prior to twenty (20) gestational weeks of a pregnancy, so long as access to reproductive care, including pregnancy termination, is not substantially impeded or infringed.
3. Any regional, local, or national subdivision thereof, may enact statute that restricts, bans, or otherwise regulates access to pregnancy termination services on or past twenty (20) gestational weeks of a pregnancy.
Section 4; Implementation
1. This law shall go into effect immediately upon passage.

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« Reply #580 on: March 03, 2023, 04:13:59 PM »

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SENATE BILL
To repeal laws that do not represent the values of our great nation
Be it enacted in the Senate of Atlasia
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Section 1; Title
1. This Act may be cited as the 'Reactionary Laws Repeal Act, Number One'
Section 2; Substance
1. The Embassy Neutrality Act is hereby repealed in its entirety.
2. The Driving For Two Act is hereby repealed in its entirety.
Section 3; Implementation
1. All provisions of this legislation shall come into effect immediately upon passage into law.
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« Reply #581 on: March 03, 2023, 04:19:02 PM »

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Senate Bill
to Respect a woman's Right to Choose and to codify legal precedent
Be it enacted in the Senate of Atlasia

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Section 1; Title
1. This Act may be cited as the 'Right to Choose Act'.
Section 2; Findings
1. The Senate of the Republic of Atlasia finds that-
a) Access to reproductive care is a fundamental right for all citizens of the Republic of Atlasia
b) That the termination of a pregnancy constitutes reproductive care
c) That the termination of a pregnancy is a substantially private and personal decision
d) That this procedure ought to be made with proper physical and psychiatric healthcare considerations
e) That any procedure directly or tangentially related to pregnancy termination ought to be regulated, standardized, and protected
f) That the regions of Atlasia ought to be able to enact laws past a certain point in pregnancy that regulate the practice and administration of pregnancy termination
g) That reproductive care be provided to mothers who opt to carry a pregnancy to term, including all medically necessary pre and postpartum care
Section 3; Statutory right to choose
1. It shall be unlawful for any regional, local, or national subdivision thereof, to ban pregnancy termination procedures prior to twenty (20) gestational weeks of a pregnancy.
2. Any regional, local, or national subdivision thereof, may enact statute that regulates access to pregnancy termination services prior to twenty (20) gestational weeks of a pregnancy, so long as access to reproductive care, including pregnancy termination, is not substantially impeded or infringed.
3. Any regional, local, or national subdivision thereof, may enact statute that restricts, bans, or otherwise regulates access to pregnancy termination services on or past twenty (20) gestational weeks of a pregnancy.
Section 4; Implementation
1. This law shall go into effect immediately upon passage.

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« Reply #582 on: March 09, 2023, 05:18:50 PM »

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SENATE BILL
To protect the employment and wellbeing of hard-working Atlasians
Be it enacted in the Senate of Atlasia
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Section 1; Title
1. This Act may be cited as the 'Jobs Are Good Act'
Section 2; Substance
1. The Ron Paul Act is repealed in its entirely, and shall be considered to have had no effect on the mandates applying to the Federal Reserve.
Section 3; Implementation
1. This legislation shall come into effect immediately upon passage into law.
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« Reply #583 on: March 10, 2023, 07:35:48 PM »
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Drug Regulations Amendments Act

SENATE BILL

To amend the DPIRA

Be it enacted,

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Section I: Amendment

F.L. 39-08 / SB 112-11: Drug Price Inflation Reduction Act is hereby amended as follows.

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PHARMACEUTICAL AND DRUG REGULATION ACT DRUG PRICE INFLATION REDUCTION ACT
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TITLE I: COMPOUNDING PHARMACIES

1. For the purposes of this title:

A. chronically ill patient means a patient whose physician has diagnosed the patient as having a long-term disease or condition that if left untreated may cause major irreversible morbidity and who might benefit from individualized or specialized medication that is not commercially available.

B. compounding pharmacy means a pharmacy that is classified as a 503a pharmacy by the Atlasian Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

C. monographs means quality standards for prescription medicines and dietary supplements that articulate the quality expectations for a medicine or dietary supplement, including its identity, strength, purity and performance.

D. terminally ill patient means a patient whose physician has diagnosed the patient with a disease that, taking into account the patient’s medical circumstances, will cause the patient’s death in a reasonably foreseeable time.

2. Chronically-ill patients and terminally ill patients have the right to determine, with the assistance and guidance of their health care providers, individual courses of treatment through the use of medications and treatments obtained from a compounding pharmacy when the labeling of compounded prescriptions offered to patients is reviewed by a licensed pharmacist to avoid dosing errors..

3. Compounding pharmacies shall have access to Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients for use in compounding that meet Atlasia Pharmacopeia Monographs, if the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient is:

A. prepared for use by an FDA-registered Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient manufacturer or packager; and

B. Lawfully shipped to the compounding pharmacy and arrives with a certificate of analysis detailing quality specifications, including any medications, dietary supplements, and amino acids that are already in use by compounding pharmacies, in order to provide chronically ill patients and terminally ill patients with the prescribed individual course of treatment.

4. Compounding pharmacies specified in Section (2) and (3) of this Title must be reviewed on a yearly basis by the FDA to ensure compliance with all federal regulations.

5. 4. Section (3) of this Title does not apply if the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient is deemed unsafe for compounding by the FDA or is placed on the Interim 503a Category II Bulk Drug Substance List. Compounding pharmacies may use substances placed on the Interim 503a Category III Bulk Drug Substance List only if the substance meets the requirements of this act.

6. 5. This act does not allow any treatment or use of medication that is intended to cause the death of the patient.


TITLE II: OTC DRUG DONATIONS

1. For the purposes of this title:

A. Donate means to give without requiring anything or significant monetary value from the recipient.  The term shall include giving by a nonprofit organization to another nonprofit organization where the donor organization has charged a nominal fee to the donee organization, and distribution by a nonprofit organization to an ultimate recipient who has been required to pay a nominal fee to the nonprofit organization.

B. OTC Drug means:

i. any article recognized in the official Atlasian Pharmacopoeia, or the official National Formulary, or any supplement to them that does not require a prescription for purchase; or

ii. any article intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in humans that does not require a prescription for purchase; or

iii.  any article other than food intended to affect the structure or any function of the human body; but does not mean medical supply as defined in this title.

C. Gross negligence means conduct by a person with knowledge, at the time of the conduct, that the conduct is harmful to the health or well-being of another person.

D. Intentional misconduct means conduct by a person with knowledge, at the time of the conduct, that the conduct is harmful to the health or well-being of another person.

E.  Medical supply means any instrument, apparatus, implement, contrivance, implant, in vitro reagent, or other similar or related article including any component, part, or accessory, which is:

i.   recognized in the official National Formulary, or the official Atlasian Pharmacopoeia, or any supplement to them; or

ii.   intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in humans; or

iii.  intended to affect the structure of any function of the human body, and which does not achieve any of its principal intended purposes through chemical action within or on the human body and which is not dependent upon being metabolized for the achievement of any of its principal intended purposes.

F.   Nonprofit organization means an incorporated or unincorporated entity that:

i.  is operating for religious, charitable, or educational purposes; and

ii. does not provide net earnings to, or operate in any other manner that insures to the benefit of, any office employee, or shareholder of the entity.  As used in this paragraph, earning shall not include employee compensation.

G. Person means an individual, corporation, partnership, organization, association, or governmental entity including but not limited to a drug manufacturer, medical supply manufacturer, retail pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, wholesaler, clinic, physician, nurse, hospital, dentist, outpatient health facility nursing home, home health care entity, or nonprofit drug or medical supply distributor. In the case of a corporation, partnership, organization, association or government entity, the term includes as officer, director, partner, deacon, elder, priest, pastor, rabbi, imam, trustee, council member, or other elected or appointed individual responsible for the governance of the entity. In the case of an individual, the term includes heirs, executors, and administrators of an estate who donate unused drugs or medical supplies belonging to a deceased person.

2. A person shall not be subject to any civil or criminal liability arising from the nature, age, packaging, or condition of OTC drugs or medical supplies that the person donates in good faith to a nonprofit organization for ultimate distribution to needy individuals, except that this paragraph shall not apply to an injury to or death or an ultimate user or recipient of the drug or medical supply that results from an act or omission of the donor constituting gross negligence or intentional misconduct.

3. If some or all of the donated OTC drugs or medical supplies do not meet all quality and labeling standards imposed by federal law, the person who donates the drug or medical supply shall not be subject to civil or criminal liability in accordance with this title if the donor:

A. is informed by the doctor of the distressed or defective condition of the donated drug or medical supply; and

B. agrees to take necessary measures to comply with all relevant quality standards imposed by federal law prior to distribution of the donated drug or medical supply; and

C.  is made knowledgeable as to the quality standards applicable to the donated drug or medical supply under federal law.

4. This title shall not be construed to create any liability.

5. The government of Atlasia memorializes the Regions to work with the federal government in establishing recycling and redistribution programs for narcotics in health care facilities and other established drug repositories.


TITLE III: OVERDOSE PREVENTION

1. For the purposes of this title:

A.  Opioid antagonist means a drug, such as naloxone, that satisfies all of the following:

i.The drug binds to the opioid receptors and competes with or displaces opioid agonists at the opioid receptor site but does not activate the receptors, effectively blocking the receptor and preventing or reversing the effect of an opioid agonist; and

ii.The drug is not a controlled substance.

B. Standing order means an order transmitted electronically or in writing by a practitioner for a drug or device for multiple patients or for one or more groups of patients.

2. It shall be lawful for emergency medical technicians or service providers, certified first responders, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, or pharmacists to administer naloxone or another opioid antagonist to individuals who are undergoing or who are believed to be undergoing an opioid-related drug overdose.

3. Any emergency medical technicians or service providers, certified first responders, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, or pharmacists shall undergo any training necessary to safely and properly administer naloxone or another opioid antagonist.

4. Every ambulance service provider shall do all of the following:

A. Ensure that every emergency medical technicians or service providers and certified first responders under the ambulance service provider’s supervision who has obtained the training necessary to safely and properly administer naloxone or another opioid antagonist has a supply of naloxone or the other opioid antagonist available for administration when he or she is performing his or her duties as an emergency medical technician, to the extent that naloxone or the other opioid antagonist is available to the ambulance service provider.

B. Require each emergency medical technicians or service providers and certified first responders under the supervision of the ambulance service provider to keep a record of each instance in which naloxone or another opioid antagonist is administered to an individual who is undergoing or who is believed to be undergoing an opioid-related drug overdose.

C. Submit such records to the State in which the administration occurs annually.

5.  A law enforcement agency or fire department may enter into a written agreement to affiliate with an ambulance service provider or a physician for all of the following purposes:

A. Obtaining a supply of naloxone or another opioid antagonist; and

B. Allowing law enforcement officers and fire fighters to obtain the training necessary to safely and properly administer naloxone or another opioid antagonist to individuals who are undergoing or who are believed to be undergoing an opioid-related drug overdose.

6. An emergency medical technician or service provider, certified first responder, law enforcement officer, fire fighter, physician, physician assistant, advanced practice nurse, or pharmacist who, reasonably believing another person to be undergoing an opioid-related drug overdose, administers naloxone or another opioid antagonist to that person shall be immune from civil or criminal liability for any outcomes resulting from the administration of the opioid antagonist to that person, if the person so administering is acting pursuant to any training required by this title.

7. A pharmacist authorized to issue prescription orders may do any of the following:

A. Prescribe an opioid antagonist to a person in a position to assist an individual at risk of undergoing an opioid-related drug overdose and may deliver the opioid antagonist to that person. A prescription order under this subdivision need not specify the name and address of the individual to whom the opioid antagonist will be administered, but shall instead specify the name of the person to whom the opioid antagonist is prescribed.

B. Issue a standing order to one (1) or more persons authorizing the dispensing of an opioid antagonist.

8.  A physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse who prescribes or delivers an opioid antagonist shall ensure that the person to whom the opioid antagonist is prescribed has or has the capacity to provide the knowledge and training necessary to safely administer the opioid antagonist to an individual undergoing an opioid-related overdose and that the person demonstrates the capacity to ensure that any individual to whom the person further delivers the opioid antagonist has or receives that knowledge and training.

9. A physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse who, acting in good faith, prescribes or delivers an opioid antagonist in accordance with this title or who, acting in good faith, otherwise lawfully prescribes or dispenses an opioid antagonist, shall be immune from criminal or civil liability and may not be subject to professional discipline for any outcomes resulting from prescribing, delivering, or dispensing the opioid antagonist.

10.  A pharmacist may, upon and in accordance with the prescription order of a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse authorized to issue prescription orders that complies with law, deliver an opioid antagonist to a person specified in the prescription order and may, upon and in accordance with the standing order of a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse that complies with the law, deliver an opioid antagonist to an individual in accordance with the order.  The pharmacist shall provide a consultation in accordance with law.

12. A pharmacist who, acting in good faith, delivers an opioid antagonist in accordance with this title, or who, acting in good faith, otherwise lawfully dispenses an opioid antagonist, shall be immune from criminal or civil liability and may not be subject to professional discipline under for any outcomes resulting from delivering or dispensing the opioid antagonist.

13.  Any person may possess an opioid antagonist. Any person may deliver or dispense an opioid antagonist. Subject to law, any person who, acting in good faith, delivers or dispenses an opioid antagonist to another person, or who, reasonably believing another person to be undergoing an opioid-related drug overdose, administers an opioid antagonist to that person shall be immune from civil or criminal liability for any outcomes resulting from delivering, dispensing, or administering the opioid antagonist.


TITLE IV: LIABILITY SHIELD

1. Any licensed pharmacist shall be immune from federal criminal prosecution and civil liability for dispensing to a patient with a valid prescription, a prescription drug that has been approved as safe by the FDA, regardless of if the patient prescribed the drug is taking the drug for an off-label treatment. This shall include, but not be limited to, Hydroxychloriquine and Ivermectin.

2. Nothing in this title shall prohibit Regions from imposing additional requirements for the dispensing of drugs under their own Regional laws.


1. 3. The regulation permitting Pharmacy Benefit Companies and Pharmacists to enter into contracts containing gag orders prohibiting pharmacists from informing customers when the cash price for a prescription drug is lower than the customer's insurance price is hereby eliminated. 42 USC 300gg-11 et seq. and 42 USC 1395w-104 et seq. shall be amended accordingly.


TITLE V: WARNINGS AND LIMITS ON DANGEROUS DRUGS

1. No Leuproelin, SSRI, SNRI, SMS, SARI, NRI, TCA, TeCA, MAOI, or other prescription antidepressant medication, steroid, hormone, or abortion drug shall be prescribed to or dispensed to an unemancipated minor without the express written consent from of each of the minor's parents or legal guardians.

2. Any Leuproelin dispensed pursuant to federal law shall include a warning insert listing all common and rare side effects. that such drug increases the risk of osteoporosis, sterility, depression, and suicide in minors.

3. Any SSRI, SNRI, SMS, SARI, NRI, TCA, TeCA, MAOI, or other prescription antidepressant medication, steroid, hormone, or abortion drug dispensed pursuant to federal law shall include a warning insert listing all common and rare side effects. that such drug increases the risk of sterility, depression, and suicide in minors.

4. Any prescription drug that contains pig products or is otherwise not kosher or halal dispensed pursuant to federal law shall include a warning that such drug contains pig products or is not kosher or halal.


TITLE VI: ENACTMENT

1. This act shall take effect thirty (30) days after passage.


Section II: Implementation

1. This act shall take effect immediately.
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« Reply #584 on: March 12, 2023, 01:21:15 PM »
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AN ACT
To protect religious freedom as pertained to alcohol consumption

Be it enacted by the Senate of the Republic of Atlasia assembled;

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Section 1. Title

This legislation may be cited as the Sacramental Rights Act

Section 2. Freedom to drink alcohol per religious rites and ceremonies

In accordance with the constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of speech, no citizen in the Republic of Atlasia who, if legally restricted from consuming alcohol, shall be prohibited from consuming alcohol as part of a religious sacrament, rite, or ceremony, provided that the individual is not intoxicated or incapable of demonstrating sobriety.

Section 3. Effective Date

This Bill shall take effect immediately upon passage.
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« Reply #585 on: March 16, 2023, 01:53:57 PM »

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Senate Resolution
To amend the Constitution to disallow secession referendums and other attempts to dissolve the Union.

Be It Resolved in the Atlasian Senate Assembled, that upon ratification by 2/3rds of the Regions, the Constitution shall be amended as follows:

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STOP OUR SECESSIONISTS (S.O.S.) AMENDMENT

The following Section is to be amended under Article II of the Fifth Constitution:

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No region shall secede from this Republic but by a 3/4 vote of the citizens thereof, nor shall any Region, state, or other entity declare itself outside the jurisdiction of this Constitution so long as it remains party to this Union.

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This Constitutional Amendment removes the possibility of secession referendums seeking to dissolve Atlasia. This aims to ensure stability and continuity of the nation and game.
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« Reply #586 on: March 16, 2023, 10:48:26 PM »
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AN ACT
To enhance railway safety standards

Be it enacted by the Senate of the Republic of Atlasia assembled;

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Section 1. Title

This legislation may be cited as the Railway Safety Act

Section 2. Notification of transportation of hazardous materials

(a.) Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Internal Affairs shall issue regulations, or modify existing regulations, establishing safety requirements, in accordance with subsection (b), with which a shipper or rail carrier operating a train transporting hazardous materials that is not subject to the requirements for a high-hazard flammable train under section 174.310 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, shall comply with respect to the operation of each such train and the maintenance of specification tank cars.

(b.) The regulations issued pursuant to subsection (a) shall require shippers and rail carriers—
(1) to provide advance notification and information regarding the transportation of hazardous materials described in subsection (a) to each Regional emergency response commissioner, the tribal emergency response commission, or any other Regional, State, or tribal agency responsible for receiving the information notification for emergency response planning information;
(2) to include, in the notification provided pursuant to paragraph (1), a written gas discharge plan with respect to the applicable hazardous materials being transported; and
(3) to reduce or eliminate blocked crossings resulting from delays in train movements.

Section 3. Additional Requirements

(c) ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS.—In developing the regulations required under subsection (a), the Secretary shall include requirements regarding—
(1.) train length and weight;
(2.) train consist;
(3.) route analysis and selection;
(4.) speed restrictions;
(5.) track standards;
(6.) track, bridge, and rail car maintenance;
(7.) signaling and train control;
(8.) response plans; and
(9.) any other requirements that the Secretary determines are necessary.

Section 4. High-Hazard Flammable Trains

The Secretary may modify the safety requirements for trains subject to section 174.310 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, to satisfy, in whole or in part, the rulemaking required under subsection (a).

Section 5. Rail Car Inspections

(a) RULEMAKING.—
(1) INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS.—Not later than 1 year after date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall review and update, as necessary, applicable regulations under chapters I and II of subtitle B of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations—
(A) to create minimum time requirements that a qualified mechanical inspector must spend when inspecting a rail car or locomotive; and
(B) to ensure that all rail cars and locomotives in train consists that carry hazardous materials are inspected by a qualified mechanical inspector at intervals determined by the Secretary.

(2) ABBREVIATED PRE-DEPARTURE INSPECTION.—The Secretary shall immediately amend section 215.13(c) of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations (permitting an abbreviated pre-departure inspection procedure) with respect to rail cars in train consists carrying hazardous materials.

(b) AUDITS.—
(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall initiate audits of Federal rail car inspection programs, subject to the requirements under part 215 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, which—
(A) consider whether such programs are in compliance with such part 215;
(B) assess the type and content of training and performance metrics that such programs provide rail car inspectors;
(C) determine whether such programs provide inspectors with adequate time to inspect rail cars;
(D) determine whether such programs reflect the current operating practices of the railroad carrier; and
(E) ensure that inspection programs are not overly reliant on train crews.

(2) AUDIT SCHEDULING.—The Secretary shall—
(A) schedule the audits required under paragraph (1) to ensure that—
(i) each Class I railroad is audited not less frequently than once every 5 years; and
(ii) a select number, as determined by the Secretary, of Class II and Class III railroads are audited annually; and
(B) conduct the audits described in subparagraph (A)(ii) in accordance with—
(i) the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (5 U.S.C.
11 601 note); and (ii) appendix C of part 209 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations.

(3) UPDATES TO INSPECTION PROGRAM.—If, during an audit required under this subsection, the auditor identifies a deficiency in a railroad’s inspection program, the railroad shall update the program to eliminate such deficiency.

(4) CONSULTATION AND COOPERATION.—
(A) CONSULTATION.—In conducting any audit required under this subsection, the Secretary shall consult with the railroad being audited and its employees, including any nonprofit employee labor organization representing the mechanical employees of the railroad.
(B) COOPERATION.—The railroad being audited and its employees, including any nonprofit employee labor organization representing mechanical employees, shall fully cooperate with any audit conducted pursuant to this subsection—
(i) by providing any relevant documents requested; and
(ii) by making available any employees for interview without undue delay or obstruction.
(C) FAILURE TO COOPERATE.—If the Secretary determines that a railroad or any of its employees, including any nonprofit employee labor organization representing mechanical employees of the railroad is not fully cooperating with an audit conducted pursuant to this subsection, the Secretary shall electronically notify the Senate of such non-cooperation.
(c) REVIEW OF REGULATIONS.—The Secretary shall triennially determine whether any update to part 215 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, is necessary to ensure the safety of rail cars transported by rail carriers.
(d) ANNUAL REPORT.—The Secretary shall publish an annual report on the public website of the Federal Rail road Administration that—
(1) summarizes the findings of the prior year’s audits;
(2) summarizes any updates made pursuant to this section; and
(3) excludes any confidential business information or sensitive security information.
(e) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.—Nothing in this section may be construed—
(1) to limit the deployment of pilot programs for the installation, test, verification, and review of automated rail and train inspection technologies; or
(2) to direct the Secretary to waive any existing inspection requirements under chapter I or II of subtitle B of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, as part of pilot programs.

Section 6. Defect Detectors

(a) RULEMAKING.—Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall issue regulations establishing requirements for the installation, repair, testing, maintenance, and operation of wayside defect detectors for each rail carrier operating a train carrying hazardous materials.
(b) REQUIREMENTS.—The regulations issued pursuant to subsection (a) shall include requirements regarding—
(1) the frequency of the placement of wayside defect detectors, including a requirement that all Class I railroads install a hotbox detector along every 10-mile segment of rail track over which trains carrying hazardous materials operate;
(2) performance standards for such detectors;
(3) the maintenance and repair requirements for such detectors;
(4) reporting data and maintenance records of such detectors;
(5) appropriate steps the rail carrier must take when receiving an alert of a defect or failure from or regarding a wayside defect detector; and
(6) the use of hotbox detectors to prevent derailments from wheel bearing failures, including—
(A) the temperatures, to be specified by the Secretary, at which an alert from a hotbox detector is triggered to warn of a potential wheel bearing failure; and
(B) any actions that shall be taken by a rail carrier upon receiving an alert from a hot box detector of a potential wheel bearing failure.
(c) DEFECT AND FAILURE IDENTIFICATION.—The Secretary shall specify the categories of defects and failures that wayside defect detectors covered by regulations issued pursuant to subsection (a) shall address, including—
(1) axles;
(2) wheel bearings;
(3) brakes;
(4) signals;
(5) wheel impacts; and
(6) other defects or failures specified by the Secretary.

Section 7. Freight Train Safety Requirements

(a) FREIGHT TRAIN CREW SIZE.—Subchapter II of chapter 201 of title 49, Atlasia Code, is amended by inserting after section 20153 the following:
‘‘§ 20154. Freight train crew size safety standards
(b) MINIMUM CREW SIZE.—No freight train may be operated without a 2-person crew consisting of at least 1 appropriately qualified and certified conductor and 1 appropriately qualified and certified locomotive engineer.
(c) EXCEPTIONS.—Except as provided in subsection (d), the requirement under subsection (a) shall not apply with respect to—
(1) train operations on track that is not a main line track;
‘‘(2) a freight train operated—
‘‘(A) by a railroad carrier that has fewer than 400,000 total employee work hours annually and less than $40,000,000 annual revenue (adjusted for inflation, as calculated by the Surface Transportation Board Railroad Inflation Adjusted Index and Deflator Factor Table);
‘‘(B) at a speed of not more than 25 miles per hour; and
‘‘(C) on a track with an average track grade of less than 2 percent for any segment of track that is at least 2 continuous miles;
‘‘(3) locomotives performing assistance to a train that has incurred mechanical failure or lacks the power to traverse difficult terrain, including traveling to or from the location where assistance is provided;
‘‘(4) locomotives that—
‘‘(A) are not attached to any equipment or are attached only to a caboose; and
‘‘(B) do not travel father than 30 miles from the point of origin of such locomotive; and
5 ‘‘(5) train operations staffed with fewer than a 2-person crew at least 1 year before the date of enactment of this section, if the Secretary determines that such operations achieve an equivalent level of safety as would result from compliance with the re10 quirement under subsection (a).
‘‘(c) TRAINS INELIGIBLE FOR EXCEPTION.—The ex12 ceptions under subsection (b) may not be applied to—
‘‘(1) a train transporting 1 or more loaded cars carrying material toxic by inhalation (as defined in section 171.8 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations);
‘‘(2) a train transporting—
‘‘(A) 20 or more loaded tank cars of a Class 2 material or a Class 3 flammable liquid in a continuous block; or
‘‘(B) 35 or more loaded tank cars of a Class 2 material or a Class 3 flammable liquid throughout the train consist; or
‘‘(3) a train with a total length of at least 7,500 feet.
‘‘(d) WAIVER.—A railroad carrier may seek a waiver of the requirements under this section in accordance with section 20103(d).’’.
(c) CLERICAL AMENDMENT.—The analysis for subchapter II of chapter 201 of title 49, Atlasia Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 20153 the following:
‘‘20154. Freight train crew size.’’.

Section 8. Increasing Maximum Civil Penalties For Violations Of Rail Safety Regulations

(a) CIVIL PENALTIES RELATED TO TRANSPORTING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS.—Section 5123(a) of title 49, Atlasia Code, is amended—
(1) in paragraph (1), in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking ‘‘$75,000’’ and inserting ‘‘the greater of 0.5 percent of the person’s annual income or annual operating income or $750,000’’; and
(2) in paragraph (2), by striking ‘‘$175,000’’ and inserting ‘‘the greater of 1 percent of the person’s annual income or annual operating income or $1,750,000’’.
(b) GENERAL VIOLATIONS OF CHAPTER 201.—Section 21301(a)(2) of title 49, Atlasia Code, is amended—
(1) by striking ‘‘$25,000.’’ and inserting ‘‘the greater of 0.5 percent of the person’s annual income or annual operating income or $250,000’’; and
(2) by striking ‘‘$100,000.’’ and inserting ‘‘the greater of 1 percent of the person’s annual income or annual operating income or $1,000,000’’.
(c) ACCIDENT AND INCIDENT VIOLATIONS OF CHAPTER 201; VIOLATIONS OF CHAPTERS 203 THROUGH 209.—Section 21302(a) is amended—
(1) in paragraph (1), by striking ‘‘203–209’’ each place it appears and inserting ‘‘203 though 209’’; and
(2) in paragraph (2)—
(A) by striking ‘‘$25,000’’ and inserting ‘‘the greater of 0.5 percent of the person’s annual income or annual operating income or $250,000’’; and
(B) by striking ‘‘$100,000’’ and inserting ‘‘the greater of 1 percent of the person’s annual income or annual operating income or "$1,000,000’’.
(d) VIOLATIONS OF CHAPTER 211.—Section 21303(a)(2) is amended—
(1) by striking ‘‘$25,000.’’ and inserting ‘‘the greater of 0.5 percent of the person’s annual income or annual operating income or $250,000’’; and (2) by striking ‘‘$100,000.’’ and inserting ‘‘the greater of 1 percent of the person’s annual income or annual operating income or $1,000,000’’.

Section 9. Safer Tank Cars

(a) PHASE-OUT SCHEDULE.—Beginning on May 1, 2025, a rail carrier may not use DOT–111 specification railroad tank cars that do not comply with DOT–117, DOT–117P, or DOT–117R specification requirements, as in effect on the date of enactment of this Act, to transport Class 3 flammable liquids regardless of the composition of the train consist.
(b) CONFORMING REGULATORY AMENDMENTS.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary—
(A) shall immediately remove or revise the date-specific deadlines in any applicable regulations or orders to the extent necessary to conform with the requirement under subsection (a); and (B) may not enforce any date-specific deadlines or requirements that are inconsistent with the requirement under subsection (a).

(2) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.—Except as re2 quired under paragraph (1), nothing in this section may be construed to require the Secretary to issue regulations to implement this section.

Section 10. Hazardous Materials Training For First Responders

(a) ANNUAL REGISTRATION FEE.—Section 5108(g) of title 49, Atlasia Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
‘‘(4) ADDITIONAL FEE FOR CLASS I RAIL CAR11 RIERS.—In addition to the fees collected pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2), the Secretary shall establish and annually impose and collect from each Class I rail carrier a fee in an amount equal to $1,000,000.’’.

(b) ASSISTANCE FOR LOCAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING.—Section 5116(j)(1)(A) of title 49, Atlasia Code, is amended—
(1) by striking ‘‘liquids’’ and inserting ‘‘materials’’; and
(2) in paragraph (3), by amending subparagraph (A) to read as follows:
‘‘(A) IN GENERAL.—To carry out the grant program established pursuant to paragraph (1), the Secretary may expend, during each fiscal year—
'‘(i) the amounts collected pursuant to section 5108(g)(4); and
‘‘(ii) any amounts recovered during such fiscal year from grants awarded under this section during a prior fiscal year.’’.
(c) SUPPLEMENTAL TRAINING GRANTS.—Section 5128(b)(4) of title 49, Atlasia Code is amended by striking ‘‘$2,000,000’’ and inserting ‘‘$4,000,000’’.

Section 11. Rail Safety Infrastructure Research and Development Grants

(a) RESEARCH REQUIREMENT.—The Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration shall award grants, in accordance with section 22907 of title 49, Atlasia Code, and the restrictions and limitations on eligibility for Class I railroads under such section, for research and development of wayside defect detectors to better prevent the derailment of trains transporting hazardous materials.

(b) FUNDING.—
(1) APPROPRIATION.—There is appropriated to the Federal Railroad Administration, out of any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, $22,000,000, which shall be used for the grants authorized under subsection (a) for the improvement and research of wayside defect defectors and the prevention of derailments of trains containing hazardous materials.
(2) AVAILABILITY OF FUNDING.—Amounts appropriated under this subsection shall remain available until expended

Section 12. Appropriations for Tank Car Research and Development

There is appropriated to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, out of any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, $5,000,000, which shall be used for expenses related to the development of —
(1) stronger, safer tank cars and valves for 16 tank cars; and (2) other tank car safety features.
Text of this act is copied from the proposed Railway Safety Act of 2023
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« Reply #587 on: March 19, 2023, 03:49:56 PM »

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The Land Act

An act to implement land value taxation
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I. Federal Land Value Tax
1. For each fiscal year, a tax shall be levied on the value of all land held by private individuals and entities. The appraised value of land shall be taxed at a rate of 1% for the first $1,000,000 and 2% for all value above $1,000,000.
2. Land held by non-profit non-governmental organizations shall be exempt from this tax.
3. The market value of land shall be fairly appraised by the Internal Revenue Service every five years. The IRS may stagger appraisal dates by region.
II. Other Tax Adjustments
1. The federal government, nor any region or state, shall not pass any law which restricts the ability of lower levels of government to levy a tax on the value of land. All such laws which currently exist shall be voided.
2. The rate of corporate tax shall be reduced to 23%.
3. The lowest five income tax brackets shall be reduced by 1%.
III. Timing
1. This act shall take effect at the start of the next fiscal year.
2. The IRS shall begin appraising the value of land immediately after the passage of this act.
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« Reply #588 on: March 21, 2023, 12:42:52 PM »

I will be assuming the sponsorship of Classic Liminal's Legislation, both on the Senate floor, and that has yet to be introduced before the Senate.
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« Reply #589 on: March 23, 2023, 09:06:21 PM »

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AN AMENDMENT
To recognize Indigenous Atlasian Tribes

Be it enacted by two-thirds of the Senate of the Republic of Atlasia assembled, and at least two-thirds of the Regions henceforth;

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Section 1. Title

This legislation may be cited as the Native Atlasian Tribes Amendment

Section 2. Constitutional recognition and Senate power to authorize Tribal relations

Section 3 of the Fifth Constitution is hereby amended;

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The Senate shall have the power, except where limited elsewhere by this Constitution,
to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises, and to distribute the revenue thus collected;
to regulate foreign trade and inter-regional commerce, as well as the Native Tribes;
to establish uniform laws of naturalization;
to regulate the value and coinage of the national currency;
to establish a uniform system of weights and measures;
to establish post offices and post roads;
to define and punish crimes committed on the high seas;
to declare war, issue letters of marque and reprisal, and make laws governing the capture of land and water;
to raise, support, and regulate the national armed forces;
to admit new states and territories to the Union;
to make laws governing borrowing, lending, and the selling of stocks and bonds;
to confirm or reject nominations for the Supreme Court and the officers of executive departments;
to establish a central national bank;
to make laws necessary for the enforcement of the Constitution and federal law;
to regulate voter registration and federal elections;
to regulate independent expenditures for political communication;
to impeach the President, Vice President, Justices and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, and other officers of this government for high crimes and gross negligence.;
to establish, consolidate, alter, or terminate independent agencies led by non-playable officials, leaving it to the discretion of the President to control department structure and the existence of any playable principal officers, if any at all, which the President may appoint to roles in the agency, with the advice and consent of the Senate;
to make uniform rules for bankruptcies;
to temporarily grant inventors, authors, and artists exclusive patents or copyrights for their creations; and
to constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court of Atlasia.

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This Amendment formally enshrines Native Tribes in the Constitution, affirming current real-life relations thereof to be legal as well as to enable Senate power for the advancement of Indigenous rights.
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« Reply #590 on: March 24, 2023, 01:02:47 AM »

Re-introducing the above proposal and requesting priority, courtesy of ReallySuper:

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AN AMENDMENT
To recognize the Indigenous Nations of Atlasia

Be it enacted by two-thirds of the Senate of the Republic of Atlasia assembled, and at least two-thirds of the Regions henceforth;

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Section 1. Title

This legislation may be cited as the Indigenous Nations Relations Amendment

Section 2. Constitutional recognition of and Senate power to authorize relations with Indigenous Nations

Section 3 of the Fifth Constitution is hereby amended;

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The Senate shall have the power, except where limited elsewhere by this Constitution,
to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises, and to distribute the revenue thus collected;
to regulate foreign trade and inter-regional commerce;
to establish and maintain relations with the Indigenous Nations of Atlasia;
to establish uniform laws of naturalization;
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This Amendment formally enshrines Atlasian recognition of Indigenous Nations in the Constitution, affirming current relations with them to be legal, and enables the Senate to advance Indigenous rights and sovereignty.
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« Reply #591 on: March 29, 2023, 11:52:31 AM »

Sponsored on behalf of WB:

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DUMB REGULATIONS REPEAL ACT 22: Really, Everyone Actually Consider These Idiotic, Onerous Nonsense culture wAR issues dead, finallY  (DRRA22: REACTIONARY)

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Title I: MAD SCIENCE CAN BE GOOD, ACTUALLY
1. Title II, Sections 1 through 3, and 6 through 9, of SB 113-4 are hereby repealed.
2. Title I, Section 10 of SB 113-4 shall be amended to include the phrase “unless through rigorous testing it is shown to have no ill effect or “kill-switch” in humans, and is designed for a positive purpose including but not limited to gene therapy.”

Title II: I AM A PROUD DEGENERATE
1.Title I, Section 1 of SB 113-8 is hereby repealed.
2.Title II, Section 1, Subsection B of SB 113-8 is hereby repealed.
3.Title I, Section 2, Subsection E of SB 113-8 is hereby amended to replace “non-human animal” with “non-sapient, non-human animal”
4.Title I, Section 4 of SB 113-8 is hereby amended by striking all instances of “adoption” from the section and its subsections.
5. Title II of SB 113-8 is amended by adding the following Section: “5. All mentions of "non-consensually" or "by force, threat, or intimidation" shall not apply to situations where said force, threat, intimidation, or lack of consent is consensually simulated for the purposes of roleplay throughout the sexual act. This subsection shall, however, not be construed to mean illegal consensual acts such as incest are legal.”

Title III: BOW DOWN TO YOUR ROBOT OVERLORDS
1. Section 5 of SB 113-56 is hereby repealed.

Title IV: THE FUTURE IS NOW
1. Changes made by this act will be effective immediately.
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« Reply #592 on: April 09, 2023, 05:28:43 PM »
« Edited: April 09, 2023, 07:31:51 PM by Dammit, Janet! »

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A RESOLUTION
To allow proxy voting in the Senate under limited circumstances

Be it enacted by the Senate of the Republic of Atlasia assembled;

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Section 1. Title

This legislation may be cited as the Proxy Vote Resolution.

Section 2. Proxy voting

Section 6 of the Official Senate Procedures and Rules for Operation (OSPR) is amended;

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1.) Final Votes and veto overrides votes shall last for a maximum of 4 days (i.e. 96 hours). A final vote may be ended earlier than 96 hours:

a. If the vote has a majority to pass or fail, then the Presiding officer may call 24 hours for Senators to vote or change their votes.

b. If all Senators have voted and the result is unanimous for or against, then the Presiding Officer may end the vote immediately.

2.) If a bill has been vetoed, a Senator has 96 hours to motion for a veto override. A two-thirds majority of the members of the Senate is needed in order to override a veto.

3.) If a redraft is presented, the original sponsor shall have 96 hours after it is offered to accept the redraft or reject it and request an override. If the redraft is rejected by the Senate, the sponsor may then either motion to resume debate on the bill or withdraw the bill from the floor. If the original sponsor shall have left the chamber, the presiding officer shall allow for someone to assume sponsorship as with a normal bill, with the 96 hours commencing after it is completed.

4.) Veto Override and Redraft proceedings shall not be conducted in a slot and thus not subjected to any limits on the amount of legislation on the floor, but shall be conducted in their original threads.

5.) Proxy Votes shall be allowed under circumstances in which a senator has posted a Leave of Absence or similar message of absence and their support for an amendment or bill is implied.
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« Reply #593 on: April 12, 2023, 06:02:49 PM »

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An Amendment

To allow more citizens to participate in governing.


Be it enacted by two-thirds of the Senate of the Republic of Atlasia assembled, and at least two-thirds of the Regions henceforth;
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Section 1. Title
1. This amendment may be referred to as the Expanding Public Service Amendment
Section 2. Amendments
1. Article III, Section 1 of the constitution is amended as follows,
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4. No person shall be a Senator who has not attained two hundred fifty or more posts, nor whose account is fewer than fourteen hundred and forty seven hundred and twenty hours old, nor shall any person be a regional or subregional senator who is not a citizen of the region or subregion they are chosen to represent

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This amendment reduces the post and account age requirements to hold the office of senator, in order to allow a greater number of citizens to hold public office in Atlasia, especially newer citizens.

I request priority as this amendment addresses a current issue.
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« Reply #594 on: April 14, 2023, 03:45:05 PM »

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TURN OFF THE LIGHTS ACT

Preamble:

An act to reduce energy consumption and light pollution caused by public roadways, and to promote environmental conservation and energy efficiency.

Section 1: Purpose and Scope

This act aims to conserve energy and reduce light pollution by mandating the automatic shutdown of street lights during off-peak hours, specifically from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am.

Section 2: Definitions

For the purpose of this act, the following definitions apply:

a) "Public roadway" refers to any road, street, or highway that is owned and maintained by the Republic of Atlasia or its local government units;

b) "Street light" refers to any artificial light that is installed along a public roadway to illuminate it;

c) "Off-peak hours" refers to the period from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am, during which the demand for street lighting is typically lower.

Section 3: Mandatory Shutdown of Street Lights During Off-Peak Hours

All street lights installed along public roadways shall be programmed to automatically turn off during off-peak hours, specifically from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am. The shutdown shall be implemented in a gradual and controlled manner, so as not to cause sudden darkness that may pose risks to motorists and pedestrians.

Section 4: Exceptions

The following are exempted from the mandatory shutdown of street lights:

a) Streets with high pedestrian or vehicular traffic that require illumination for safety reasons;

b) Streets that are designated as high-crime areas by the local government units;

c) Streets that are located in areas with insufficient ambient lighting, such as rural roads or mountainous areas;

d) Streets that are used for emergency purposes, such as hospital access roads or fire lanes.

Section 5: Penalties for Non-Compliance

Any government agency or local government unit that fails to comply with the provisions of this act shall be penalized in accordance with the Republic of Atlasia's environmental laws and regulations.

Section 6: Effectivity

This act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after the date of enactment

Reintroducing
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« Reply #595 on: April 14, 2023, 03:46:24 PM »

https://talkelections.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=453602.msg8977263#msg8977263

Former version, see link

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The Iliamna Volcano Drilling Act

Preamble:

Whereas volcanoes play a critical role in shaping the Earth's geology and provide important insights into Earth's history and geology, and whereas Iliamna Volcano in Alaska contains one of the world's most interesting and potentially accessible magma chambers, and is relatively remote and not located near any major population centers, with no major communities within about 30 miles of the volcano, the following act is proposed to fund research to drill into the magma chamber of Iliamna Volcano.

Section 1: Purpose
1.1 The purpose of this act is to authorize the Atlasian Geological Survey (AGS) to conduct research on the Iliamna Volcano by drilling into its magma chamber.

Section 2: Funding
2.1 An amount of $2 billion is appropriated to fund the research described in this act.
2.2 The funds will be used for the design, construction, and operation of a drilling platform capable of drilling into the magma chamber.

Section 3: Research Plan
3.1 The AGS will be responsible for the planning, preparation, and execution of the research.
3.2 The AGS will develop a detailed research plan, including a timeline, milestones, and contingencies.
3.3 The research plan will be subject to review and approval by the relevant government agencies and scientific experts.
3.4 The research will be conducted in accordance with all relevant laws, regulations, and ethical standards.

Section 4: Reporting Requirements
4.1 The AGS will provide regular reports to the relevant congressional committees on the status of the research.
4.2 The reports will include information on progress, challenges, and any adjustments to the research plan.
4.3 The reports will also include the results of scientific analyses of the data obtained from the research.

Section 5: Sunset Provision
5.1 This act will remain in effect until the research is completed.
5.2 Upon the completion of the research, the AGS will submit a final report to the relevant congressional committees summarizing the results of the research.

Conclusion:
The act described above proposes funding and enabling research to drill into the magma chamber of Iliamna Volcano in Alaska, one of the world's most interesting and potentially accessible magma chambers, which would provide valuable insights into the Earth's geology, history, and volcanic activity. Iliamna Volcano is relatively remote and not located near any major population centers, with no major communities within about 30 miles of the volcano. The relatively shallow depth of the magma chamber, which recent studies suggest may be only 5-6 km below the surface, would also reduce the cost and complexity of drilling. Additionally, there are no extensive hydrothermal systems associated with the volcano, which could make it less risky for drilling or other scientific exploration.

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Map of the location



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Authorship Statement: This bill was written with minimal assistance of ChatGPT

Edited draft to change location.

With further consideration, Yellowstone is not the right place to drill into, so I changed location to Iliamna Volcano.

Reintroducing

Cosponsoring with Scott
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« Reply #596 on: April 22, 2023, 01:32:48 PM »
« Edited: April 24, 2023, 05:09:58 PM by Senator Laki »

OBSOLETE, UPDATED VERSION INTRODUCED

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3.) 40 25 threads about legislation may be open for voting and debate simultaneously.

a.) The first 36 20 open threads shall be open to all legislation initially regarding bills, resolutions or constitutional amendments. If the sponsor already has two or more pieces of legislation on the Senate floor, legislation from Senators who do not shall take priority until all such other legislation is completed. Each senator has the right for maximum two bills simultaneously on the floor. If a senator doesn't have two acts on the floor, their slots shall be void. The PPT shall be the Presiding Officer for these open threads.

b.) The twenty-first thirty-seventh slot shall be reserved for national emergencies and administered by either the President of the Senate or the PPT

c.) The twenty-second thirty-eighth slot shall be reserved for budgetary legislation and administered by either the President of the Senate or the PPT.

d.) The twenty-third and twenty-fourth thirty-ninth slots shall be reserved for the President of the Republic of Atlasia and administered by either the President of the Senate or the PPT or

e.) The twenty-fifth fourthieth slot shall be reserved for public submissions and shall be introduced by the President of the Senate.

(...)

ADDENDUM: This change to the senate rules aims to ensure that everyone who wants to introduce the bills shall have their bills heard, and not be impacted by queue packing. The increase in slots will for the most part in practice not be used given typically not every senator introduces legislation. Everyone has the right to have 2 bills on the floor at every time possible
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« Reply #597 on: April 22, 2023, 03:44:13 PM »

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3.) 40 25 threads about legislation may be open for voting and debate simultaneously.

a.) The first 36 20 open threads shall be open to all legislation initially regarding bills, resolutions or constitutional amendments. If the sponsor already has two or more pieces of legislation on the Senate floor, legislation from Senators who do not shall take priority until all such other legislation is completed. Each senator has the right for maximum two bills simultaneously on the floor. If a senator doesn't have two acts on the floor, their slots shall be void. The PPT shall be the Presiding Officer for these open threads.

b.) The twenty-first thirty-seventh slot shall be reserved for national emergencies and administered by either the President of the Senate or the PPT

c.) The twenty-second thirty-eighth slot shall be reserved for budgetary legislation and administered by either the President of the Senate or the PPT.

d.) The twenty-third and twenty-fourth thirty-ninth slots shall be reserved for the President of the Republic of Atlasia and administered by either the President of the Senate or the PPT or

e.) The twenty-fifth fourthieth slot shall be reserved for public submissions and shall be introduced by the President of the Senate.

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ADDENDUM: This change to the senate rules aims to ensure that everyone who wants to introduce the bills shall have their bills heard, and not be impacted by queue packing. The increase in slots will for the most part in practice not be used given typically not every senator introduces legislation. Everyone has the right to have 2 bills on
the floor at every time possible
Laki, are you sure it's not going to deteriorate the quality of the debate ?
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« Reply #598 on: April 22, 2023, 03:46:05 PM »

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Amendment to the senate rules

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3.) 40 25 threads about legislation may be open for voting and debate simultaneously.

a.) The first 36 20 open threads shall be open to all legislation initially regarding bills, resolutions or constitutional amendments. If the sponsor already has two or more pieces of legislation on the Senate floor, legislation from Senators who do not shall take priority until all such other legislation is completed. Each senator has the right for maximum two bills simultaneously on the floor. If a senator doesn't have two acts on the floor, their slots shall be void. The PPT shall be the Presiding Officer for these open threads.

b.) The twenty-first thirty-seventh slot shall be reserved for national emergencies and administered by either the President of the Senate or the PPT

c.) The twenty-second thirty-eighth slot shall be reserved for budgetary legislation and administered by either the President of the Senate or the PPT.

d.) The twenty-third and twenty-fourth thirty-ninth slots shall be reserved for the President of the Republic of Atlasia and administered by either the President of the Senate or the PPT or

e.) The twenty-fifth fourthieth slot shall be reserved for public submissions and shall be introduced by the President of the Senate.

(...)

ADDENDUM: This change to the senate rules aims to ensure that everyone who wants to introduce the bills shall have their bills heard, and not be impacted by queue packing. The increase in slots will for the most part in practice not be used given typically not every senator introduces legislation. Everyone has the right to have 2 bills on
the floor at every time possible
Laki, are you sure it's not going to deteriorate the quality of the debate ?
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Hi

An alternate solution can be twenty and only 1 bill any time for each senator. Whenever a bill is closed (debate ended, passed, tabled), another bill from that senator can enter the floor. That would allow everyone to have their proposed legislations to be introduced on the floor, at least once. Even in an unproductive senate.

If people think 40 is too much, we can half it. I'm thinking of ways to make it fair and equal.
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« Reply #599 on: April 23, 2023, 05:05:06 PM »

Introducing this as the current text on the Senate floor does not have the support to override the President's veto.

Quote from: Amendment
GROW DEMOCRACY ACT

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1. The Federal Electoral Act of 2019 shall be amended as follows:


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Section 4. Voter Eligibility

1. A registered voter shall only be eligible to vote in a federal election if they have been registered continuously for at least one hundred and sixty-eight hours immediately prior to the commencement of the election.

2. A registered voter shall only be eligible to vote in a federal election if they have made at least six posts from their account in the fifty six days (eight weeks) immediately prior to the commencement of the election.

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2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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