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« Reply #600 on: April 24, 2023, 05:08:59 PM »
« edited: April 24, 2023, 05:13:25 PM by Senator Laki »


Editing and prefiling for next session

Amendment to the senate rules

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3.) 20 25 threads about legislation may be open for voting and debate simultaneously.

a.) The first 18 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 one bill simultaneously on the floor. If a senator doesn't have an act in the queue, their slots shall be taken by the next act in the queue by a random senator, however senators with less pieces of legislation on the Senate floor shall always take priority. The PPT shall be the Presiding Officer for these open threads.

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

c.) The twenty-second slot shall be reserved for budgetary legislation and administered by either the President of the Senate or the PPT.[/color][/s]

d.) c.) The twenty-third and twenty-fourth twentieth 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 for public submissions that shall be introduced by the President of the Senate.

e.) The twenty-fifth 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 one bill on the floor at every time possible

This would deal with perhaps the too many acts on the floor, while still ensuring that the senate process would be fair and equally divided according to senate representation.

In case some people don't have an introduced act in the queue on the floor, we would just move on to the next one in line in the queue, but if multiple people have a second act in the queue, we would not move to a third proposed act of a certain senator. The grammar and vocabulary might be a bit off but that's the intention.

It ensures that everyone has at all times at least 1 act on the floor, if they have introduced one.
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« Reply #601 on: April 25, 2023, 05:59:37 AM »

Prefiling and reintroducing

https://talkelections.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=453602.msg8977265#msg8977265

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Clean Up The Oceans Act

Section 1: Establishment of Oceanic Clean-Up Programs

1.1 The Atlasian government shall establish and fund oceanic clean-up programs to remove debris, plastics, and other pollutants from the ocean.

1.2 These programs shall be carried out by the Atlasian Oceanic Clean-Up Agency, hereafter referred to as the AOCA.

1.3 The AOCA shall have the authority to hire personnel, purchase equipment, and enter into contracts for the purposes of carrying out its duties.

Section 2: Objectives of the Oceanic Clean-Up Programs

2.1 The primary objectives of the oceanic clean-up programs shall be to:

(a) Remove debris, plastics, and other pollutants from the ocean.

(b) Reduce the impact of these pollutants on marine life, ecosystems, and the health of the ocean.

(c) Raise public awareness of the importance of ocean conservation and the impacts of pollution.

Section 3: Actions of the Oceanic Clean-Up Programs

3.1 The oceanic clean-up programs shall undertake a range of actions, including but not limited to:

(a) Conducting regular clean-up operations to remove debris, plastics, and other pollutants from the ocean.

(b) Developing and implementing new technologies and methods for removing pollutants from the ocean.

(c) Working with other organizations and governments to promote and coordinate oceanic clean-up efforts.

(d) Educating the public on the dangers of ocean pollution and the importance of conservation efforts.

Section 4: Funding for the Oceanic Clean-Up Programs

4.1 The Atlasian government shall provide annual funding to the AOCA for the purposes of carrying out the oceanic clean-up programs.

4.2 The amount of funding provided by the Atlasian government to the AOCA shall be $10 billion each year

4.3 The AOCA shall be required to submit an annual report to the Atlasian Senate detailing its activities and the use of funding provided.

4.4 The amount of funding shall be re-evaluated every each year.

Section 5: Coordination with Other Agencies

5.1 The AOCA shall work closely with other government agencies, including the AGS and the Department of Marine Affairs, to coordinate oceanic clean-up efforts.

5.2 The AOCA shall also work with other organizations, including non-governmental organizations and private industry, to promote and coordinate oceanic clean-up efforts.

5.3 The AOCA shall also cooperate with foreign governments and their agencies, in particular those that are friendly, give permission and are open to working with the AOCA in our clean-up effort.

5.4 Additionally, the AOCA shall cooperate with international organizations to coordinate clean-up efforts.

Section 6: Operating Jurisdiction of the AOCA

6.1 The AOCA shall operate in both territorial waters and international waters, in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

6.2 In territorial waters, the AOCA shall be subject to the laws and regulations of the Atlasian government, and shall work closely with other government agencies to coordinate clean-up efforts.

6.3 In international waters, the AOCA shall operate in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and shall work closely with international organizations and other countries to coordinate clean-up efforts.

6.4 The AOCA shall adhere to all applicable international laws and regulations regarding oceanic clean-up efforts, and shall maintain accurate records of its activities in both territorial and international waters.

Section 7: Effective Date

7.1 This act shall take effect immediately upon its passage by the Atlasian Senate.

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« Reply #602 on: April 25, 2023, 07:45:28 AM »

Prefiling and reintroducing

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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
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« Reply #603 on: April 26, 2023, 06:08:14 AM »

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

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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.

Withdrawing this.
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« Reply #604 on: April 26, 2023, 06:10:57 AM »

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

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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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« Reply #605 on: April 26, 2023, 08:21:33 AM »

I hereby co-sponsor any (2 bills I believe) legislation not introduced yet that was introduced by Senator Yankee since he is leaving office soon.
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« Reply #606 on: April 26, 2023, 08:44:28 AM »

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AN ACT
To nationalize the steel industry

Be it enacted by the Senate of the Republic of Atlasia

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Section 1. Title

This legislation may be cited as the Atlasian Steel Act.

Section 2. Nationalization

1. All steel manufacturers are brought into public ownership immediately upon passage of this act and shall be placed under the control of an Atlasian Steel Authority.

2. To complete the undertaking as outlined above, the Republic of Atlasia shall establish an Atlasian Steel Authority (hereafter ASA) which shall be comprised of all former privately-held steel companies and shall hold a legal monopoly in these sectors.

3. The purpose of the aforementioned ASA shall be the economization of operations and the modernization of production methods to raise safety and efficiency standards across the country, as well as provide steel at a low cost, prevent competitive waste, and co-ordinate research and development in those sectors.

4. The government of the ASA shall be federal and cooperative. In each region will be established a regional steel authority under a board of directors composed of representatives of labor, the consumers, security, and the environment. The number of labor directors shall be four, and the number of directors for all other constituencies shall be two. Each regional authority will elect five representatives to the national board of directors. Two of the national directors elected by each regional authority shall represent labor, and one each shall represent the consumers, security, and the environment.
 
5. The labor directors shall be chosen by a vote of the steel workers; the consumer directors by a vote of the regional legislature, the security and environment directors by the regional executive at the regional level and by the president at the federal level.

6. The term of a Board director shall be four years.

7. The President shall appoint a Chair of the ASA Board of Directors who shall have no vote unless they are equally divided. The Chair shall serve a four year term.

8. All persons owning any of the aforementioned industry brought into public ownership shall be fairly compensated for the sale of said industries to the Republic of Atlasia.


Requesting a sponsor

Prefiling and will take sponsorship in case/whenever Pyro leaves the senate.
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« Reply #607 on: April 26, 2023, 08:45:55 AM »

I hereby co-sponsor any (2 bills I believe) legislation not introduced yet that was introduced by Senator Yankee since he is leaving office soon.

Should be these 2

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LAND LAW, LIMITATIONS, AND LIABILITY ACT

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1. The statute of limitations for a claim brought under the Quiet Title Act is hereby declared to be jurisdictional rather than procedural. No federal court may hear any case under the Quiet Title Act if the statute of limitations for filing such claim has been exceeded.

2. The Bullmoose Act shall be amended as follows:

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8. It shall be considered an illegal antitrust violation for any foreign country or any investment firm or financial management service, other than a financial institution, to own or hold an ownership stake exceeding 10% in more than 50,000 residential rental properties or in more than 50,000 acres of commercial farmland, or for any foreign country or subordinate entity thereof to own or hold an ownership stake exceeding 10% in more than 10,000 residential rental properties or in more than 10,000 acres of commercial farmland. The Attorney General may prosecute such violations which shall be punishable by a fine of $10,000.00 per day. A court of competent jurisdiction shall also order any appropriate equitable relief, including but not limited to the divestment of residential rental properties or commercial farmland exceeding the cap.

3. The Secretary of State and Secretary of Internal Affairs shall be permitted to sell federally-owned superfund sites to entities agreeing to remediate and assume liability for the property on an expedited timeframe.

4. This act shall take effect thirty (30) days from the date of passage.

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FEDERAL PENSION PROTECTION ACT

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1. The Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) shall be prohibited from investing in cryptocurrencies, cryptocurrency exchanges, and crypto hedge funds.

2. All existing investments in cryptocurrencies, cryptocurrency exchanges, and crypto hedge funds shall be divested following the passage of this act.

3. This Act shall take effect immediately sixty (60) days following the passage of this act.
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« Reply #608 on: April 26, 2023, 08:47:57 AM »

CAGE THE BIG BAD WOLF ACT

1. Any broker licensed by Atlasia to buy, sell, and trade in stocks, securities, commodities, futures, and other financial instruments on behalf of others shall be prohibited from charging a commission fee exceeding 5% of any transaction.

2. Any carried interest shall be taxed the same as income rather than as capital gains.

3. Any gain from the sale of fractional shares in investment art shall be taxed the same as income rather than as capital gains.

4. Any gain from the sale of futures, forwards, options, swaps, and other financial derivative contracts shall be taxed the same as income rather than as capital gains.

5. The financial trading in Short Position instruments is hereby prohibited.

6. For purposes of this act carried intetest means any gained value of a share in the holdings of a pension or investment fund when such share is compensation paid to an investor, broker, or financial or fund manager in consideration of advising, managing, or making investments on behalf of such pension or investment fund.

7. This act shall take effect January 1, 2024.

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CAGE THE BIG BAD WOLF ACT

1. Any broker licensed by Atlasia to buy, sell, and trade in stocks, securities, commodities, futures, and other financial instruments on behalf of others shall be prohibited from charging a commission fee exceeding 5% of any transaction.

2. Any carried interest shall be taxed the same as income rather than as capital gains.

3. Any gain from the sale of fractional shares in investment art shall be taxed the same as income rather than as capital gains.

4. Any gain from the sale of futures, forwards, options, swaps, and other financial derivative contracts shall be taxed the same as income rather than as capital gains.

5. The financial trading in Short Position instruments is hereby prohibited.

6. For purposes of this act carried intetest means any gained value of a share in the holdings of a pension or investment fund when such share is compensation paid to an investor, broker, or financial or fund manager in consideration of advising, managing, or making investments on behalf of such pension or investment fund.

7. This act shall take effect January 1, 2024.

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« Reply #609 on: April 26, 2023, 08:48:19 AM »
« Edited: April 26, 2023, 09:05:18 AM by Senator Laki »

ARBITRATION FAIRNESS ACT

1. Any person who sells a product or service in interregional commerce pursuant to a contract or licensing agreement requiring end-use consumers to arbitrate legal claims in a State other than the State in which the product or service was purchased, then such person shall be required to pre-fund $10,000 per claim filed with the arbitration panel within 30 days of filing. The failure to timely pay an arbitration fee shall result in a waiver of the person’s right to require arbitration.

2. No arbitration agreement authorized by the Federal Arbitration Act shall be permitted that requires only one (1) party to arbitrate claims.

3. No arbitration agreement authorized by the Federal Arbitration Act shall be permitted that imposes any added costs or fees on a consumer that would not have applied in litigation.

4. This act shall take effect ninety (90) days from the date of passage.

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ARBITRATION FAIRNESS ACT

1. Any person who sells a product or service in interregional commerce pursuant to a contract or licensing agreement requiring end-use consumers to arbitrate legal claims in a State other than the State in which the product or service was purchased, then such person shall be required to pre-fund $10,000 per claim filed with the arbitration panel within 30 days of filing. The failure to timely pay an arbitration fee shall result in a waiver of the person’s right to require arbitration.

2. No arbitration agreement authorized by the Federal Arbitration Act shall be permitted that requires only one (1) party to arbitrate claims.

3. No arbitration agreement authorized by the Federal Arbitration Act shall be permitted that imposes any added costs or fees on a consumer that would not have applied in litigation.

4. This act shall take effect ninety (90) days from the date of passage.

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« Reply #610 on: April 26, 2023, 08:48:50 AM »
« Edited: April 26, 2023, 09:05:25 AM by Senator Laki »

SENATE DRESS CODE RESOLUTION

1. There shall be no formal dress code requirement for Senators or members of the public present in the Capitol, other than the expectation that all clothing be business casual.

2. No Senate rule shall require women to cover their arms in any formal or casual setting in the Capitol.

3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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SENATE DRESS CODE RESOLUTION

1. There shall be no formal dress code requirement for Senators or members of the public present in the Capitol, other than the expectation that all clothing be business casual.

2. No Senate rule shall require women to cover their arms in any formal or casual setting in the Capitol.

3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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« Reply #611 on: April 26, 2023, 08:50:36 AM »

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The GM Team Creation Act

Section 1: Title & definitions
i. The title of this Act shall be The Game Engine Restructuring and GM Team Creation Act. It may also be cited as "The GM Team Creation Act".

ii. As it appears in this legislation, “non-playable entity” shall refer to all parties, including but not limited to foreign governments and non-state actors, minor agencies, state and municipal officers, and public interest groups, which may be presumed to exist within the context of Atlasia, the functions of which are not performed by any person registered with the Census Bureau.

Section 2: Separation of powers
i. All powers and prerogatives which shall by grant of Congress in the game engine reside, shall be divided among the several officers of the same, that is between the members of the game moderation team.

Section 3: Game Moderation Team
i. The president shall appoint three (3) members of the game moderation team (henceforth referred to as "the GM team") with the advice and consent of the Senate.

ii. The GM team shall have power, except where limited elsewhere by this legislation: (a) to simulate the effect of domestic and foreign legislation of the government of Atlasia and of the several regions;

(b) to simulate the actions of non-playable entities;

(c) to simulate domestic and global events;

(d) to be the final arbiter in all questions of the reality of events which occur during their tenure;

(e) to be the final arbiter on the reality of the status quo with respect domestic and global conditions.

(f) Assistance from an AI language model, such as ChatGPT, may be permitted in game moderation as an advisory role to the GM team, with the understanding that any decisions made by ChatGPT are subject to review and approval by the GM team.

iii. The word of the GM team, once spoken, is Canon, and may not be revoked by their successor.

iv. Members of the GM team may be removed from office according to the same provisions set in place for the impeachment of executive officers.

v. A majority of members of the GM team may not hold any other elected or appointed office in the Federal Government.

Section 4: Internal Deliberations of the GM team and Public Updates
a) Any major decision by the GM team regarding information given to government officials in but not limited to the National Security Council, shall be put to an internal vote if any member of the team objects. A majority of votes shall be required to pass a major decision. Should a vote come to a tie either due to vacancy or absence, the most senior sitting member of the GM team who is not an elected official shall break the tie. No major decision's vote may come to an end with less than 2 members of the GM team voting. The GM team may internally delegate certain topics to certain members by internal vote. Should the member of the team who is delegated to a topic leave the team, a new member my have the topic designated to them, or the team may choose to split responsibility for the topic amongst themselves.

b) Any public update as a whole shall be voted on by the GM team with the same rules described in Section 4.a with the internal vote count being made public at the end of the update. A majority of members of the GM team must provide confirmation within the Game Engine publication thread that the vote count is valid.

c) Should any member of the GM team, or any advisory AI language model, such as ChatGPT, post a public update without a vote count or without verification from a majority the other members of the team, it shall be considered an impeachable offence

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« Reply #612 on: April 26, 2023, 08:54:08 AM »

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Public Housing Sustainability Act

SENATE BILL

To keep federal housing programs funded and expand availability of affordable homes.

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Section I: Purpose

1. Atlasia must sufficiently maintain and fund its public housing programs and ensure that -
a. Homelessness is minimized in all regions to the eventual point of non-existence.
b. Affordable, safe, and permanent housing is available to all residents regardless of class or credit status.
c. Youth-centered care programs are accessible to all in need of such services.
d. Renters are guaranteed a stable cost of rent and cost-of-living assistance.
e. Prospective home buyers have access to low-interest mortgage loans and cost assistance options.

Section II: Support

1. The Subdepartment of Housing and Urban Development shall be directed to -
a. Increase funding for the following federal projects by a minimum of 5%.
i. Real Estate Revivification Program (RERP)
ii. Hubert H. Humphrey Helping Hand to the Homeless Grant Program
iii. National Housing Construction Program
iv. National Hostel Program

b. Review the cost-effectiveness and sustainability of the following projects.
i. Loan programs structured under the Urban Investment and Redevelopment Act.
ii. The Home Buyer Assistance Fund structured under the Home Buyer Assistance Stabilization Act.

c. Submit to the President a detailed report concerning the efficacy of all active housing programs.
i. At the discretion of the President, any federal housing assistance program described by the Subdepartment of Housing and Urban Development as underfunded or understaffed may receive an additional budget increase pursuant to the Federal Budget.

Section III: Implementation

1. This act shall take effect on November 1st, 2023.

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« Reply #613 on: April 26, 2023, 08:54:35 AM »
« Edited: April 26, 2023, 09:04:57 AM by Senator Laki »

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Support Worker Co-Ops Act

SENATE BILL

To facilitate the creation of worker co-operatives, including upon transfer of ownership

Be it enacted,


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Section I: Definitions

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

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

3. Micro-Business: A business with ten or fewer full-time or full-time equivalent employees.

Section II: SBA & ACE

1. The Small Business Administration and the Agency of Cooperative Enterprises shall be authorized to provide financing via loans, loan guarantees, federal grants, and other funding programs to facilitate -
a. The creation of a worker co-operative or worker-owned enterprise that promotes continuation of an existing micro-business.
b. The transition of an existing micro-business to a worker co-operative or worker-owned enterprise.
c. The sale or transfer of an existing micro-business to a worker co-operative or worker-owned enterprise.
d. The conversation of an abandoned or closed worksite to a worker co-operative or worker-owned enterprise.
e. The creation of new worker co-operatives or worker-owned enterprise, pending approval by the ACE Administrator.

2. The Subdepartment of Labor shall be authorized to create the Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative to perform -
a. Outreach and education pertaining to the benefits of worker co-operatives and worker-owned enterprises.
b. Data collection and analysis pertaining to regional and state employee ownership programs.

Section III: Classifications

1. Worker-owned co-operatives and employee-owned enterprises shall not be subject to federal corporate income tax or capital gains tax.
a. Eligibility for this tax classification shall necessitate -
i. Open and voluntary membership for all employees.
ii. Democratic control by members or employees pursuant to §1.1 and §1.2.
b. Private enterprises offering an employee stock-ownership plan shall not be eligible for this classification.

Section IV: Budgets

1. The total annual fiscal budget for business loan and loan guarantee programs, low-interest and zero-interest loan programs, disaster loan programs, microloan program, federal grant programs, and other funding programs administered by the Agency of Cooperative Enterprises shall be increased to $8 billion.

Section V: Implementation

1. This act takes effect immediately.

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« Reply #614 on: April 26, 2023, 08:58:38 AM »

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Technology Replacement and Fraud Prevention Act

Section 1: Definitions

1.1 "Personal device" refers to any technological device including, but not limited to, computers, smartphones, and tablets, that is owned by an individual for personal use.

1.2 "Authorized repair center" refers to a repair center approved and authorized by the manufacturer of the personal device.

Section 2: Free Replacement of Personal Devices

2.1 In the event that a personal device is broken and the user has no replacement model, the manufacturer of the personal device shall provide a free replacement device of the same or similar model.

2.2 The user must submit a claim to the manufacturer within 30 days of the device breaking, providing proof of purchase, proof of the device being broken beyond repair, and proof that they do not have a replacement model.

2.3 The manufacturer must replace the personal device within 14 days of receiving the claim.

2.4 If the manufacturer is unable to replace the personal device due to inventory or production issues, the user will be provided with a loaner device until the replacement device is available.

2.5 The user is responsible for returning the loaner device to the authorized repair center within 30 days of receiving the replacement device.

Section 3: Fraud Prevention

3.1 Any individual who submits a false claim for a free replacement personal device shall be subject to legal action and may be required to pay for any costs associated with the fraudulent claim.

3.2 The manufacturer may request additional documentation or information from the user to verify the claim before providing a replacement device.

Section 4: Implementation

4.1 This act shall go into effect six months after the date of its enactment.

4.2 The manufacturer shall be responsible for providing notice of this act to all individuals who have purchased a personal device from them within the last year.

4.3 The Atlasia Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs shall be responsible for enforcing this act and ensuring that manufacturers are in compliance with its provisions.

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« Reply #615 on: April 26, 2023, 08:59:09 AM »

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Pandemic Protocol Act

Section 1: Declaration of Policy

1.1 The Republic of Atlasia recognizes the importance of protecting public health during pandemics and epidemics, while upholding the basic human right to freedom of movement.

1.2 In accordance with the Constitution of Atlasia, restrictions on mobility and public assembly, including but not exclusive to lockdowns and curfews, shall not be allowed, as they may infringe upon individual rights and freedoms.

1.3 The Republic of Atlasia acknowledges the importance of public health measures that promote physical distancing, mask-wearing, and other preventive practices that minimize the spread of infectious diseases.

Section 2: Early Detection and Preparedness

2.1. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shall establish and maintain a national early detection and preparedness system for infectious disease outbreaks.

2.2. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shall work with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international organizations to enhance global surveillance and reporting of emerging infectious diseases.

2.3. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) shall allocate funding for research and development of vaccines and therapies for emerging infectious diseases.

2.4. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shall ensure that the country's ports of entry and transportation systems have the necessary equipment, personnel, and protocols in place to detect and respond to potential pandemics.

Section 3: Mental Health Support

3.1 The Republic of Atlasia recognizes that social isolation can have a detrimental impact on mental health during pandemics.

3.2 Therefore, the government shall provide access to mental health support and resources to individuals and communities affected by pandemics and epidemics.

3.3 Mental health support may include, but is not limited to, counseling services, online support groups, and other resources to promote mental health and well-being during times of crisis.

Section 4: Surveillance and Reporting

4.1 The Republic of Atlasia shall establish a surveillance system to monitor the spread of infectious diseases during pandemics.

4.2 The surveillance system shall collect and analyze data on the incidence, prevalence, and mortality of infectious diseases, as well as on the effectiveness of public health interventions.

4.3 The Republic of Atlasia shall establish a reporting system to provide regular updates to the public on the status of infectious disease outbreaks and the government's response.

Section 5: Public Health Interventions

5.1 The Republic of Atlasia shall implement evidence-based public health interventions to prevent and control the spread of infectious diseases during pandemics.

5.2 These interventions may include, but are not limited to, promoting physical distancing, encouraging mask-wearing, and increasing access to hand hygiene resources.

5.3 The government shall collaborate with public health experts, healthcare providers, and community organizations to ensure the effective implementation of public health interventions.

Section 6: Emergency Funding

6.1 The Republic of Atlasia shall establish emergency funding to support the implementation of public health interventions during pandemics.

6.2 The emergency funding may be used to procure medical supplies, increase healthcare capacity, and provide support to individuals and communities affected by pandemics and epidemics.

6.3 The government shall ensure that emergency funding is allocated in a transparent and accountable manner.

Section 7: Evaluation and Revision

7.1 The Republic of Atlasia shall regularly evaluate the effectiveness of its pandemic response and public health interventions.

7.2 The government shall revise the pandemic protocol as needed, based on the best available evidence and the evolving nature of pandemics and infectious diseases.

7.3 The government shall engage in open and transparent communication with the public, stakeholders, and international partners regarding its pandemic response and public health interventions.

7.4 The Atlasian government will also review the restrictions on mobility and public assembly implemented during the pandemic to ensure that they were of limited duration and respected the human dignity of all persons, in accordance with the constitution.

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« Reply #616 on: April 26, 2023, 08:59:32 AM »

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An Act to Increase Support for Individuals with Eating Disorders

Section 1: Short Title
This act may be cited as the "Eating Disorder Support Act."

Section 2: Purpose
The purpose of this act is to provide increased support for individuals suffering from eating disorders through the allocation of funding, resources, and infrastructure for the development and implementation of effective prevention, diagnosis, and treatment methods.

Section 3: Funding and Resources
(a) The government shall allocate additional funds and resources to increase the accessibility of psychologists for individuals suffering from eating disorders. These funds shall also be used to provide affordable psychological support for students and minors, and to increase the number of psychologists available in eating disorder clinics.
(b) The government shall allocate funds for the establishment of additional eating disorder clinics, the employment of healthcare professionals specializing in eating disorders, and the provision of training and resources for these professionals to ensure they meet the required standard of care.
(c) The government shall also provide funding for the development and implementation of outreach programs and public awareness campaigns to increase the understanding of eating disorders and promote early detection and treatment.

Section 4: Implementation and Management
(a) The government shall appoint a designated agency responsible for overseeing the implementation and management of the provisions of this act.
(b) The agency shall be responsible for the allocation of funds, resources, and infrastructure for the purposes outlined in Section 3.
(c) The agency shall also establish standards of care for healthcare professionals providing support to individuals suffering from eating disorders and ensure that they are met.

Section 5: Reporting Requirements
(a) The designated agency shall provide an annual report to the government and the public on the implementation and effectiveness of this act.
(b) The report shall include, but not be limited to, the number of eating disorder clinics established, the number of healthcare professionals employed, the number of patients served, the number of outreach programs and public awareness campaigns implemented, and the effectiveness of these programs and campaigns.

Section 6: Budget
(a) The government shall allocate a budget for the implementation of this act.
(b) The designated agency shall provide regular reports on the allocation and expenditure of funds.

Section 7: Effective Date
This act shall take effect upon passage.

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« Reply #617 on: April 26, 2023, 09:02:24 AM »

ok all the acts that i care about should be reintroduced by now. Feel free to consponsor some of them to allocate slots more efficiently (read as: if you don't want to introduce something, than consponsor some).
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« Reply #618 on: April 26, 2023, 12:35:30 PM »

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Pandemic Protocol Act

Section 1: Declaration of Policy

1.1 The Republic of Atlasia recognizes the importance of protecting public health during pandemics and epidemics, while upholding the basic human right to freedom of movement.

1.2 In accordance with the Constitution of Atlasia, restrictions on mobility and public assembly, including but not exclusive to lockdowns and curfews, shall not be allowed, as they may infringe upon individual rights and freedoms.

1.3 The Republic of Atlasia acknowledges the importance of public health measures that promote physical distancing, mask-wearing, and other preventive practices that minimize the spread of infectious diseases.

Section 2: Early Detection and Preparedness

2.1. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shall establish and maintain a national early detection and preparedness system for infectious disease outbreaks.

2.2. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shall work with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international organizations to enhance global surveillance and reporting of emerging infectious diseases.

2.3. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) shall allocate funding for research and development of vaccines and therapies for emerging infectious diseases.

2.4. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shall ensure that the country's ports of entry and transportation systems have the necessary equipment, personnel, and protocols in place to detect and respond to potential pandemics.

Section 3: Mental Health Support

3.1 The Republic of Atlasia recognizes that social isolation can have a detrimental impact on mental health during pandemics.

3.2 Therefore, the government shall provide access to mental health support and resources to individuals and communities affected by pandemics and epidemics.

3.3 Mental health support may include, but is not limited to, counseling services, online support groups, and other resources to promote mental health and well-being during times of crisis.

Section 4: Surveillance and Reporting

4.1 The Republic of Atlasia shall establish a surveillance system to monitor the spread of infectious diseases during pandemics.

4.2 The surveillance system shall collect and analyze data on the incidence, prevalence, and mortality of infectious diseases, as well as on the effectiveness of public health interventions.

4.3 The Republic of Atlasia shall establish a reporting system to provide regular updates to the public on the status of infectious disease outbreaks and the government's response.

Section 5: Public Health Interventions

5.1 The Republic of Atlasia shall implement evidence-based public health interventions to prevent and control the spread of infectious diseases during pandemics.

5.2 These interventions may include, but are not limited to, promoting physical distancing, encouraging mask-wearing, and increasing access to hand hygiene resources.

5.3 The government shall collaborate with public health experts, healthcare providers, and community organizations to ensure the effective implementation of public health interventions.

Section 6: Emergency Funding

6.1 The Republic of Atlasia shall establish emergency funding to support the implementation of public health interventions during pandemics.

6.2 The emergency funding may be used to procure medical supplies, increase healthcare capacity, and provide support to individuals and communities affected by pandemics and epidemics.

6.3 The government shall ensure that emergency funding is allocated in a transparent and accountable manner.

Section 7: Evaluation and Revision

7.1 The Republic of Atlasia shall regularly evaluate the effectiveness of its pandemic response and public health interventions.

7.2 The government shall revise the pandemic protocol as needed, based on the best available evidence and the evolving nature of pandemics and infectious diseases.

7.3 The government shall engage in open and transparent communication with the public, stakeholders, and international partners regarding its pandemic response and public health interventions.

7.4 The Atlasian government will also review the restrictions on mobility and public assembly implemented during the pandemic to ensure that they were of limited duration and respected the human dignity of all persons, in accordance with the constitution.

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« Reply #619 on: April 28, 2023, 07:23:47 AM »

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30 Hour Work Week Act

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Section 1: Short Title and Purpose

1.1 This Act shall be known as the "30 Hour Work Week Act."

1.2 The purpose of this Act is to provide a framework for the implementation of a 30 hour work week with wage retention in order to promote a better work-life balance for employees, improve overall employee well-being, and support a more efficient and productive economy.

Section 2: Definitions

2.1 For the purposes of this Act, "employee" shall be defined as any individual who is hired, employed or contracted to perform work for a business, organization, or government entity.

2.2 "Employer" shall be defined as any business, organization, or government entity that employs or contracts individuals to perform work.

2.3 "Work week" shall be defined as a consecutive period of 7 days during which an employee works for an employer.

Section 3: Implementation of a 30 Hour Work Week

3.1 Beginning six months after the passage of this Act, all employers shall implement a 30 hour work week for all employees, unless otherwise agreed upon by the employer and employee in writing.

3.2 The 30 hour work week shall be considered full-time employment and shall provide all benefits and protections afforded to full-time employees.

3.3 Employers shall be required to offer a minimum of 30 working hours per week to their employees. The wage for employees working 30 hours per week shall not be less than the wage for employees working 40 hours per week in the same position. Employers shall not reduce benefits or bonuses for employees who work 30 hours per week.

Section 4: Defining the Work Schedule

4.1 The classical work week shall be defined as five days of 6 working hours per day.

4.2 Flexible work weeks of 30 hours are possible in which:

a. A working day has a minimum of 3 hours and a maximum of 8 hours.

b. A guaranteed minimum of 14 hours between two work performances shall be provided.

c. Timetables shall be communicated at least one month in advance.

d. Every hour in addition to a normal working hour shall be seen as overtime. Employees will then receive 50% extra wages. Employees may recuperate their overtime hours within three months on a day of their choice.

e. Overtime can only be done on a voluntary basis.

f. The right to disconnect from work outside of the work schedule will be guaranteed. Employees will not be required to have access or be online outside of their work schedule or be required to be available via their phone.

Section 5: Enforcement and Penalties

5.1 Employers who violate the provisions of this Act shall be subject to fines and penalties determined by the appropriate regulatory agency.

5.2 Employees who are subject to violations of this Act may bring a cause of action against their employer in a court of law.

5.3 Any employee who experiences retaliation or discrimination for exercising their rights under this Act shall be entitled to legal and equitable remedies.

Section 6: Effective Date

6.1 This Act shall become effective six months after its passage into law.

Prefiling and re-introducing. It's a shame this one narrowly failed last time, but I think it's a good act and I want to try it again.

Feel free to consponsor some of my acts given quite a lot have been introduced/prefiled, this is the last one i'll introduce for next session/quite a while.
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« Reply #620 on: April 28, 2023, 08:15:40 AM »

Will legislation not yet considered by the Senate and already having been introduced in this session by a still-sitting Senator be considered by the new Congress?
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« Reply #621 on: April 28, 2023, 11:01:08 AM »

Will legislation not yet considered by the Senate and already having been introduced in this session by a still-sitting Senator be considered by the new Congress?

Thats typically how weve done it.
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« Reply #622 on: April 28, 2023, 11:18:33 AM »

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Human Citizens Should Vote Act
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Section 1: Definitions
1. Furries are people who reject their own personhood and the idea of them being human.
2. Human are people that can only be citizens.

Section 2: Provisions
1. Humans are the only people who can be citizens of the Republic of Atlasia and therefore are entitled to said constitutional rights.
2. Furries are animals, and under this legislation shall be referred to as animals and have the same rights as animals.
3. Furries shall hereby forfeit all rights pertaining to human citizens.
4. Un-claimed furries who do not have a registered owner or home they reside in shall be referred to animal control.
5. This legislation recognizes that only human citizens, as outlined by the constitution, can be recognized as having constitutional rights and privileges.

Section 3: Implementation
1. This legislation shall become law upon signature.

This likely needs to go in the citizen leg introduction thread or else to be sponsored by a senator.
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« Reply #623 on: April 28, 2023, 07:44:41 PM »

I don't think this has been sponsored or considered by the Senate. Pre-filing/sponsoring this.

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A RESOLUTION
Honoring the life and career of broadcaster Vin Scully.


WHEREAS, Vincent Edward Scully was born on November 29 1927, and died on August 2, 2022;

WHEREAS, Scully’s voice was a part of radio and television sports telecasts for sixty-seven years;

WHEREAS, his memorable calls have become ingrained as part of not only the history of Major League Baseball and the National Football League, but of culture in general;

WHEREAS, Scully’s loyalty to the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, as well as his outstanding work ethic, are qualities to be admired and celebrated;

WHEREAS, Scully was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 22, 2016;

WHEREAS, Scully honorably served his country in the United States Navy;

WHEREAS, Scully was devoted to his family and his faith; and

WHEREAS, the signature introduction of Scully will reverberate for years to come (“it’s time for Dodger baseball! A very pleasant good afternoon to you, wherever you may be”);



RESOLVED, That the Senate of the Republic of Atlasia –

  (1) hereby honors the life and career of Vincent Edward Scully;

  (2) mourns the loss of a great American and Atlasian; and


  (3) respectfully directs the Senate Clerk to transmit an enrolled copy of this resolution to –

    (a) the family and next of kin of Mr. Scully;

    (b) the Chairman and principal ownership partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Mr. Mark Walter;

    (c ) the General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Mr. Brandon Gomes; and

    (d) the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown NY.

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SOURCE:

 1. “Vin Scully.” Wikipedia, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin_Scully. Accessed 3 Aug. 2022.

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« Reply #624 on: May 01, 2023, 11:23:12 AM »

Introducing this. I unfortunately did not have time to revisit the bill on the floor relating to this until I now once a final vote was already opened, all according to procedure, of course. I now notice that I had qualms with the original reform to the law and had the opportunity to remedy those which I am seeking to do now with this legislation.

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Section I: Title

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


Section II: Resolution

1. We Recognize:

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

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

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

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


Section III: Extraction

1. Offshore drilling within 25 miles of the Atlasian coastline shall be prohibited from January 1st, 2024.

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

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



Section IV III: Hydraulic Fracking

1. No new leases shall be granted by any federal agency for new hydraulic fracturing operations, new pipelines, new liquefied natural gas or oil export terminals, new natural gas storage, new ethane cracker plants, new natural gas power generation plants, or other infrastructure intended to extract, transport, or burn natural gas or oil.

2. 1. A tax of 10% shall be applied on the profits of any firm which operates any existing lease for hydraulic fracturing operations from the 1st January 2022.

 a. This tax shall increase to 15% from the 1st January 2022.

 b. This tax shall increase to 20% on the 1st January 2023.

 c. Beginning on July 1, 2022, the practice of hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas is prohibited within 2,500 feet of a home, school, or other inhabited structure in Atlasia.


 2. Beginning on January 1,  2025, the practice of hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas is prohibited on all onshore and offshore land in Atlasia.

3. The President may suspend this section during a declared state of emergency.


Section IV: Public Works

1. The Department Internal Affairs shall be instructed to create a New Public Works Administration

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

  b. The NPWA shall be led by the ranking officer for the Department of Internal Affairs.

    i. Shall there be no ranking officer for the Department Internal Affairs be vacant, these duties shall fall to the President of Atlasia.

2. The ranking officer for the Department Internal Affairs may appoint a board of NPCs to assist in the development of NPWA projects.

3. NPWA projects shall include

    a. Construction and Engineering

    b. Renewable Energy Development and Energy Efficiency Retrofitting

    c. Coding, Server Farms and Technological Development

    d. Sustainable Agriculture

    e. Civil Corps
 
4. All NPWA projects shall provide workers with the following.

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

  b. Employment benefits delegated per project.

5. The NPWA shall operate with an annual budget of $100 billion.

Section VII: Effective Date

1. This act takes effect on January 1st, 2021.

2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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