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« on: July 02, 2021, 09:31:50 PM »

This will be the new thread for introducing Legislation in to the new Senate.

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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2021, 09:33:33 PM »

Doing this the easy way.

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Senate Rules

Definitions

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

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

3.) The Dean of the Senate is defined as the serving Senator, who is not the President pro Tempore, with the longest continuous service in the Senate in his or her present stint of service. For the purposes of this clause, continuous service begins at the moment of swearing-in in the first term of the stint of service. The Dean of the Senate may pass the title, powers and responsibilities of the Dean of the Senate, to the next longest serving Senator for any reason whatsoever.

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

Article 1: Officers of the Senate

1) The Vice President shall be the President of the Senate.

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

b.) The President of the Senate shall also track the activity of legislation of the Senate by posting an ‘Activity Tracker’ detailing the Senate slots, Rejected and Passed Legislation, along with the current Senatorial queue.

2.) The most senior Senator (seniority shall be determined by length of continuous service) who isn't on Leave of Absence and who has been active on the forum in the preceding 168 hours, or the Senator chosen by the most senior Senator if they are on a leave of absence, shall convene the Senate to elect a President pro tempore on the first day of each legislative session and when the office of President pro Tempore is vacant. The Senate shall elect a President Pro Tempore from among its members by majority consent with the Vice President being the tiebreaker. The most senior Senator, who isn't on Leave of Absence and who has been active on the forum in the preceding 168 hours, or the Senator chosen by the most senior Senator if they are on a leave of absence shall retain the powers and prerogatives as President pro Tempore until the election of the President pro Tempore.

a) If there is a serving Deputy President pro tempore, appointed during the same session of the Senate, they shall instead maintain the powers and prerogatives of the President pro tempore and shall be responsible for administering the vote for President pro tempore.

b) If the official responsible for the vote falls behind by over 24 hours, the President of the Senate shall take over administration in their stead.

3.) The PPT, after taking his or her oath of office, must appoint a successor should he or she fall inactive. This successor shall be named the Deputy PPT, and will retain all of the powers of the PPT, if the PPT falls inactive for over 120 hours or is on an LOA. In case of the PPT resigning or being deposed, the Deputy PPT (or, should none currently exist, the Dean of the Senate) will serve as Acting PPT with full powers until a new PPT is elected.

4.) The President Pro Tempore will be subject to a Motion of No Confidence should his peers decide it, said proceeding being initiated if at least two Senators have sponsored a Motion of No Confidence, introduced in the Legislative Introduction Thread, against the PPT, citing the motives of why the PPT should be removed from his office.

5.) The Dean of the Senate shall open a thread and commence the debates. Debates shall last at least for 72 hours. After the debates have elapsed, the Dean of the Senate shall open a vote, which shall last for 72 hours. A two-third majority of the sitting Senators is needed for the motion to succeed, at which point the concerned Senator will immediately cease to be PPT. Only one Motion of No Confidence can be introduced against a given PPT per legislative session.

6.) The President Pro Tempore shall retain the powers and prerogatives as the President of the Senate under the following circumstances:

-A publicly announced absence by the President of the Senate from the Atlas Forum.

- If the President of the Senate has been inactive from the Atlas Forum for seven consecutive days.

- During any period of time when no person is presently holding the office of President of the Senate

-The President of the Senate should be absent by reason of exercising responsibility as Acting President under the Constitution.

-A publicly announced conferral of such powers by the President of the Senate.

Article 2: Introducing Legislation

1.) The President Pro Tempore shall keep a thread on the Fantasy Government board for introducing legislation. This thread shall be known as the Senate Legislation Introduction Thread. Sitting Senators may post in this thread. The President pro Tempore shall also keep a separate thread listing all sponsored legislation in the Legislation Introduction Thread.

2.) If the PPT determines that a piece of legislation is functionally impractical, frivolous, or is directly unconstitutional, he may, in a public post on the Legislation Introduction thread, remove said legislation from the Senate floor. The sponsoring Senator of the legislation shall have seventy-two (72) hours to challenge this action in a public post, and with the concurrence of one-third (1/3) of office-holding Senators in the affirmative (excluding the PPT), may override the actions of the PPT. (Nasolation clause)

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

a.) The first 15 open threads shall be open to all legislations 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. The PPT shall be the president officer for these open threads.

b.) The sixteenth slot shall be reserved for national emergencies.

c.) The seventeenth slot shall be reserved for budgetary legislation.

d.) The eighteenth and nineteenth slots shall be reserved for the President of the Republic of Atlasia.

e.) The twentieth slot shall be reserved for public submissions and shall be introduced by the President of the Senate.

4.) A legislation is no longer on the Senate Floor when it has been tabled, rejected, or passed by the members of the Senate.

5.) If at any time the original sponsor vacates his office as Senator, all legislation introduced in the Legislation Introduction Thread shall, within a week of the next session, be declared withdrawn by the PPT by public post, if no Senator sponsors the legislation. If a piece of legislation has been introduced on the Senate floor, any office-holding Senator may assume sponsorship.

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

8.) All resolutions seeking to amend the constitution must be introduced along with a passage detailing what is being changed in the Constitution and why, called the Amendment Explanation. All amendments to the resolution, must change the explanation if they change the resolution so as to be inconsistent with it. This shall not infringe on the presiding officers ability to correct for grammar and formatting issues, nor impede the presiding officer's ability to update and maintain a mission statement in the outer quote box of a given bill or resolution.

8.) All legislation on the Senate floor shall be given a distinct designation. The format of this designation shall denote in the following order "S" for the Senate chamber, followed by "B" for a bill or "R" for a Resolution. Immediately following the second letter will be number of the present senate at the time of introduction, followed by a colon and then a number displaying at least two digits beginning with "01" and increasing until the end of the session.

Article 3: Amendments

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

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

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

4.) The PPT shall number and track all amendments offered during the course of each Senate session. The designated number shall begin an with S for the Senate Chamber followed by the number of the present Senate, followed by a colon and then a number displaying at least two digits beginning with "01" and increasing until the end of the session.

5.) The PPT shall have authority to correct grammar and formatting of legislation, provided that such technical changes do not alter the intended meaning of the legislation.

Article 4: Debate

1.) After a piece of legislation is introduced to the Senate floor, debate shall begin immediately. Debate on the legislation shall last for no less than 72 hours. The Senate may waive the 72-hour requirement on non-controversial legislation by unanimous consent. To waive the 72-hour requirement, the presiding officer must request unanimous consent to waive the minimum debate time requirement and provide 24 hours for a Senator to object to this request. If the 72-hour requirement is waived, the presiding officer shall immediately open a final vote.

2.) The sponsor of a piece of legislation may at any time withdraw his or her sponsorship. In addition, when the sponsor is no longer a Senator, his or her sponsorship shall be revoked automatically. If no member of the Senate moves to assume sponsorship of the legislation within 36 hours, the legislation shall be tabled automatically.

3.) Any Senators may file a motion to table a piece of legislation during debate. The presiding officer shall open a vote on the motion to table when at least an another Senator has seconded the motion. A two thirds majority is required for the approval of the motion to table.

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

Article 5: Motions to Table

1.) Any Senator can, during a period of debate, with the support of one other Senator, introduce a motion to table the legislation.

2.) The PPT shall open a vote on the motion to table. This vote shall last for a maximum of two (2) days during which time the Senators must vote. Voting may be declared final at any time if the motion to table has been approved or rejected.

3.) For the motion to table to pass, two thirds of those voting (excluding abstentions) must support the motion.

4.) Tabled legislation shall be taken off the Senate floor by the President pro Tempore.

Article 6: Final Votes

1.) Final Votes and veto overrides votes shall last for a maximum of 3 days (i.e. 72 hours). A final vote may be ended earlier than 72 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 24 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 72 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 than 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 72 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. If a redraft or override comes to the Senate from the House, it shall be administered in its original thread for that chamber with the same Presiding Officer.

Article 7: Confirmation Hearing

1.) Once a nomination is made by the President, it shall be brought to the floor immediately by the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall then open a confirmation hearing for presidential nominees immediately following the president's announcement of the nomination.

2.) Each hearing shall last for at least 3 days (i.e. 72 hours). The hearing may be abbreviated according to the unanimous consent rules outlined in Article III: Debate.

3.) The vote shall last for a maximum of three days (72 hours). No Senator shall be prohibited from voting until after the nominee has received enough votes to pass or fail confirmation, at which point vote changes shall be prohibited.

Article 8: Expulsion and Censure of a sitting Senator

1.) Senators can be subject to either Censure (formal statement of disapproval) or Expulsion by their peers, so long as reasonable justification exists in the form of unethical or corrupt behavior, inactivity, treason and such other offenses or behavior.

2.) Censure proceedings shall be initiated if at least three Senators have sponsored a motion of Censure, introduced in the Legislative Introduction Thread, against one of their Senate colleagues, citing the motives of why said Senator should be censored.

3.) The President Pro Tempore, or, if he is the subject of the motion, the Deputy President Pro Tempore shall open a thread and commence the debates. Debates shall last at least for 72 hours. After the debates have elapsed, the President Pro Tempore or Deputy President Pro Tempore shall open a vote, which shall last for 48 hours. The assent of two-thirds of the Senate is required for the Senator to be censored, in which case he will lose his seniority.

4.) Expulsion proceedings shall be initiated if:

a.) the Senator has not posted anything on the Atlas Fantasy Government board for 168 consecutive hours and hasn't posted a valid Leave of Absence (then the time covered by that LOA shall not count toward those 168 hours, but periods of inactivity before and after the LOA shall count as a continuous period, provided there are no interceding posts. In order to be valid, a Leave of Absence shall not be longer than 368 hours). And an article of expulsion has been introduced in the Senate Legislative Introduction Thread.

b.) 3 Senators have sponsored an article of expulsion, introduced in the Legislative Introduction Thread, against one of their Senate colleagues

5.) The President Pro Tempore shall open a thread and commence the debates. Debates shall last at least 72 hours. After the debates have elapsed, the President Pro Tempore shall open a vote, which shall last for a maximum of 3 days. When the articles of expulsion have enough votes to pass or fail, the President Pro Tempore shall announce that he or she will close the vote in 24 hours and that any Senator who wishes to change his or her vote must do so during that interval. In order to expel the Senator, a two-third majority of the sitting Senators is needed.

Article 9: Impeachment Trials

1.) After the Senate has passed an article of impeachment by three-fifths of the voting Senators, the Chief Justice shall convene the Senate to try the impeached official.

2.) A two-thirds majority of the members of the Senate is needed in order to convict any impeached executive or judicial officer of the federal government.

3.) If a Senator objects to the proceedings to a final vote, they may object and require a 3/4ths majority before moving to a Final Vote

Article 10: Rules Disputes

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

2.) The presiding officer may unilaterally suspend any section of these rules at any time, unless another Senator objects. If a Senator objects, suspending the rules shall require the consent of two-thirds of sitting Senators.

3.) If the Senate cannot resolve a rules dispute, the Supreme Court of Atlasia may issue a binding decision dictating the proper interpretation.

Article 11: Relationship within the Senate

1.) The President of the Senate shall be in charge of overseeing the Senate.

2.) When a bill passes the Senate, the PPT shall notify the President of the Senate of its passage.

3.) A bill shall be sent to the president after it has been approved by the Senate. The leader of the chamber it most recently passed shall notify the president.
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2021, 09:34:00 PM »

Introducing on behalf of former president Sestak:

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Senate Succession Rules

The nine at-large seats shall be numbered 1 through 9. Succession of these seats shall be determined by applying the following rules, one at a time, to assign seats both to parties and to individual Senators:

1. Any incumbent at-large Senator continuing to serve in that capacity in the subsequent Senate shall retain their seat.

2. Any political party holding seats in both the preceding and subsequent Senates shall retain the seats held in the precdeding Senate.
a) If a party holds fewer seats than in the preceding Senate, they shall retain the seats they have held continuously the longest.

3. Any elected at-large Senator who has previously served in an at-large seat, if they are eligble to serve in said seat after the evaluation of the previous rules, shall again hold that seat.
a)If an incoming Senator has held (and is eligible for) multiple available seats, preference shall be given to the seat most recently served in.
b)If multiple former members would be assigned to the same seat under this mechanism, preference shall be given to the Senator who most recently served in the seat.

4. Any party holding more seats in the subsequent Senate than in the preceding one shall be entitled to the party's most recently held seats which are still available after the evaluation of the previous rules, if such seats exist.
a) If multiple parties would be assigned the same seat under this mechanism, preference shall be given to the party that most recently served in the seat.

5. If, after evaluation of the previous rules, there is a clear ideological alignment between the outgoing Senator in an available seat and an unassigned incoming member - with no other unassigned member having a plausible ideological connection to said incumbent - the incoming member in question shall be assigned that incumbent's seat.

6. After evaluation of the previous rules, any further incoming at-large Senators shall be assigned to the lowest-numbered available seat for which they are eligible at the time when they post their swearing into office.


For the purposes of seat allocation for the inaugural Senate under the new Constitution (the 104th Senate), the history of the nine seats of the House of Representatives shall be substituted for the history of prior Senates in terms of the seats being held by both parties and individuals. For all following Senates, House history shall not be taken into account except when breaking ties under rule 2(a) if a party has held multiple seats since the start of the 104th Senate.
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2021, 01:50:02 AM »
« Edited: July 09, 2021, 07:45:31 PM by Senator Scott, PPT »

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AN AMENDMENT
To extend term lengths of At-Large Senators and modify the calendar for the elections of Regional Senators.


Be it enacted by two-thirds of the Senate and of the Regions concurrently


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Section 1. Title

This legislation may be cited as the Senate Terms Amendment or the Nebraska Amendment.

Section 2. Amendment to the Fifth Constitution

1. Section 2 of the Constitution is hereby amended:

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Section 2. Elections to the Senate.

1. The manner of election for at-large Senators shall be as follows:

i. The nine at-large Senators shall be elected for a term of two four months by the eligible voters of the Republic according to a method of proportional representation prescribed by the Senate. Elections for the seats shall be held in the months of February, April, June, August, and October, and December.
ii. If no other method of proportional representation is prescribed by law, at-large Senate elections shall operate on single transferable vote.
iii. At-large Senate vacancies shall be filled through appointment by the executive of the former Senator’s Party; but should a vacancy occur as the result of the death, expulsion, or resignation of an at-large Senator not being a member of a major Party, then a special election shall be held within twenty days of the vacancy to choose a replacement to serve the remainder of the existing term.

2. The manner of election for Regional Senators shall be as follows:

i. Each region shall elect a Senator for a term of four months by popular election of the region’s residents administered by the regional government in a manner prescribed by the legislature thereof. Regional Senate elections shall be held in the months of February, June, and October April, August, and December.
ii. Regional Senate vacancies occurring more than thirty days prior to the end of the term shall be filled by special election of the region’s residents administered by the regional government within twenty days of the vacancy.
iii. Regional Senate vacancies occurring within thirty days of the end of the term, as well as the interim between a vacancy and a prescribed special election, may be filled in accordance with the laws of the region in question; should no such law exist then the region’s executive shall have the power to make such an appointment.

3. The manner of election for Subregional Senators shall be as follows:
i. Each subregion shall elect a Senator for a term of four months by popular election of the subregion’s residents administered by its constituent regional government in a manner prescribed by the legislature thereof. Subegional Senate elections shall be held in the months of April, August, and December.
ii. Subregional Senate vacancies occurring more than thirty days prior to the end of the term shall be filled by a special election of the subregion’s residents administered by its constituent regional government within twenty days of the vacancy.
iii. Subregional Senate vacancies occurring within thirty days of the end of the term shall be filled by the subregional Senator elected for the following term immediately upon conclusion of their election.

Section 3. Referendum Date

1. Each region shall vote on this change concurrently with the elections of August 2021.
Amendment Explanation: This amendment extends at-large terms by two months and changes the calendar for the election of regional senators to coincide with those of subregional senators.
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2021, 04:12:51 AM »

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AN ACT
To provide for the treatment of core seasonal industries affected by antidumping or countervailing duty investigations


Be it enacted by the Senate of the Republic of Atlasia asssembled


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Section 1. Title

This legislation may be cited as the Defending Domestic Produce Production Act.

Section 2. Definitions

(a) Core Seasonal Industry.—Section 771 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1677) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(37) CORE SEASONAL INDUSTRY.—The term ‘core seasonal industry’ means the producers—

“(A) of a domestic like product that is a raw agricultural product,

“(B) whose collective output of the domestic like product constitutes a majority of the total production of the domestic like product in any State or group of States that accounts for a major portion of the total production of the domestic like product during any discrete season or cyclical period of time that concludes not later than 8 weeks after the date in which the product is harvested, and

“(C) that make substantially all of their sales of the domestic like product during the season or cyclical period of time described in subparagraph (B).”.

(b) Dumping.—The term ‘dumping’ refers to the illegal practice of when a country or company exports a product at a price that is lower in the foreign importing market than the price in the exporter's domestic market.

Section 3. Improvements to Countervailing Duty Procedures for Core Seasonal Industries

1. A core seasonal industry, if the domestic producers or workers who support the petition account for at least 50 percent of the total production of the domestic like product in any State or group of States that accounts for at least 50 percent of total production of the domestic like product during the season or cyclical period of time specified in the petition, determined by averaging production over the 3 seasons or cyclical periods of time preceding the filing of the petition, may report suspected instances of dumping to the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS).

2. The Tariff Act of 1930 is hereby amended.—

(1) by redesignating subparagraph (C) as subparagraph (D);

(2) in subparagraph (B)(ii), by striking “, and” and inserting a comma; and

(3) by inserting after subparagraph (B) the following:


“(C) in cases involving dumping that affects a core seasonal industry solely during a specific season or cyclical period of time, the administering authority shall limit the application of any rate determined under subparagraph (B) to that season or cyclical period of time, and”.
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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2021, 06:38:04 AM »
« Edited: July 07, 2021, 08:45:36 AM by Senator Scott🦋 »

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AN ACT
To tax large multinational organizations and to promote a global tax overhaul


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 Global Corporate Taxation Act.

Section 2. Definitions

(a) Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income (GILTI).—The term 'Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income' (GILTI) is a category of income (from intangible assets such as patents, trademarks, and copyrights) that is held abroad by Atlasia-controlled international corporations.

(b) International Company.—The term 'International Company' is a corporate organization that owns or controls the production of goods or services in at least one country other than its home country.

Section 3. Global Minimum Tax

(a) A global minimum tax of 21% shall be levied on international companies, whose annual global revenue (GILTI) meets or exceeds $20 billion, for goods and services sold abroad.

Section 4. Support for G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Communiqué

(a) The Republic of Atlasia officially endorses the framework outlined by the June 2021 G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Communiqué to address "the tax challenges arising from globalisation and the digitalisation of the economy and to adopt a global minimum tax."
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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2021, 12:59:57 AM »


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AN ACT
To ensure people aren't put in jail for stupid reasons

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 Self-Immunity Act.

Section 1. Protection from Prosecution

1. No person may be charged with a crime for possession or distribution of a nude or otherwise obscene image taken solely of themselves, regardless of the age it was taken at.
2. All persons previously charged with such an offense which falls under the circumstances described shall have the conviction wiped from their record.
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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2021, 07:27:08 AM »

Compensation for Retired Educators Act of 2021

A bill to support our retired educators in the Republic.

Section 1. Establishment

Upon retirement from service, a retirement allowance shall consist of:

a) An annuity shall be the equivalent of his or her accumulated contributions at the time of his or her retirement

b) A pension which shall be equal to the annuity allowable at the age of retirement, but not to exceed an annuity allowable at age 65 computed on the basis of contributions made prior to the attainment.

Section 2.

With the provision the election of an option shall be effective on the effective date of retirement, any member may elect prior to retirement to receive, in lieu of his or her retirement allowance payable throughout life. The actuarial equivalent at that time of his or her retirement allowance also provides a provision to grant, in a reduced retirement, allowance payable to a beneficiary in the event of his or her death:

a) If the pensioner dies before he or she has received in annuity payments the present value of his or her annuity as it was at the time of his or her retirement, the balance shall be paid to his or her legal representatives or to the person as he or she shall nominate by written designation.

b) Upon his or her death, his or her reduced retirement allowance shall be continued throughout the life of and paid to the person as he or she shall nominate by written designation.

c) Upon his or her death, half of the reduced retirement allowance will be continued throughout the life of and paid to the person as he or she shall nominate by written designation.

Proud to sponsor this bill to support our educators!
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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2021, 04:52:58 PM »

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AN ACT
To promote COVID-19 vaccination efforts by recruiting volunteers for house visits


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 Direct COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Act.

Section 2. At-home vaccinations for COVID-19

1. The Atlasian Department of Health and Human Services shall be tasked with collaborating with regional, state, and local governments in recruiting volunteers to administer at-home vaccinations for COVID-19.

2. Regional, state, and local governments shall be in charge of collaborating with hospitals, pharmacies, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations in recruiting volunteers to administer COVID-19 vaccines.

3. All volunteers must either be a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or higher in order to volunteer, or a student in the nursing field under the supervision of a teacher or mentor.
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« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2021, 01:11:03 PM »
« Edited: July 18, 2021, 05:40:41 PM by Senator Scott, PPT »

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AN ACT
To establish a Universal Basic Income pilot program for parents with children


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 Children's Universal Basic Income Act.

Section 2. Monthly Universal Basic Income for Families with Children

1. Beginning in January of 2022, parents or legal guardians of persons under the age of 18 and have a disposable income of less than $150,000 ​shall be entitled to $1,000 monthly checks.

2. The income received shall not be taxed or counted toward existing benefits.

3. This program shall run until 2026, but may be extended by Congress.
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« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2021, 04:48:50 PM »
« Edited: July 15, 2021, 10:59:10 PM by Senator Scott, PPT »

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AN ACT
To ban the trade of Chinese imports produced by forced labor


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 Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.

Section 2. Findings

The Senate finds the following:

1.) In the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China, the Government of the People’s Republic of China has, since April 2017, arbitrarily detained more than 1,000,000 Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Tibetans, and members of other persecuted groups in a system of extrajudicial mass internment camps, and has subjected detainees to forced labor, torture, political indoctrination, and other severe human rights abuses.

2.) Forced labor, a severe form of human trafficking, exists within the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region’s system of mass internment camps, and throughout the region, and is confirmed by the testimony of former camp detainees, satellite imagery, and official leaked documents from the Government of the People’s Republic of China as part of a targeted campaign of repression of Muslim ethnic minorities.

3.) Researchers and civil society groups have issued reports documenting evidence that many factories and other suppliers in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region are exploiting forced labor, on July 22, 2020, the Bureau of Industry and Security of the Department of Commerce added 11 entities to the Entity List set forth in Supplement No. 4 to part 744 of title 15, Code of Federal Regulations, after determining the entities had been “implicated in human rights violations and abuses in the implementation of China’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, forced labor and high-technology surveillance against Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Tibetans, and members of other persecuted groups in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region”.

4.) Since October 2019, the Bureau of Industry and Security of the Department of Commerce has added a total of 48 entities of the Government of the People's Republic of China to the Entity List set forth in Supplement No. 4 to part 744 of title 15, Code of Federal Regulations, in connection with their implication in human rights abuses in the implementation of China’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, forced labor, and high-technology surveillance against Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. As a consequence of their addition to the Entity List, comprehensive restrictions apply to the export, reexport, and in-country transfer of most Atlasia-origin items to those 48 entities. Audits and traditional due diligence efforts to vet goods and supply chains in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region are unreliable for identifying the absence of forced labor in the production of goods because of interference by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, including through intimidation of potential witnesses and concealment of relevant information.

5.) Reports cited by the Department of Labor estimate that hundreds of thousands of ex-detainees who are Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Tibetans, or members of other persecuted groups in the People’s Republic of China may be working in conditions of forced labor following detention in re-education camps. Moreover, nongovernmental organizations estimate that more than 80,000 Uyghurs were transferred out of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to work in factories across the People’s Republic of China between 2017 and 2019, and some of them were sent directly from detention camps.

6.) The Department of State’s June 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report found, “Authorities offer subsidies incentivizing Chinese companies to open factories in close proximity to the internment camps and to receive transferred detainees at satellite manufacturing sites in other provinces. Local governments receive additional funds for each inmate forced to work in these sites at a fraction of minimum wage or without any compensation. The government has transported tens of thousands of these individuals to other areas within Xinjiang and to other provinces for forced labor under the guise of poverty alleviation and industrial aid programs.”.

7.) Atlasian Customs and Border Protection has issued 11 withhold release orders on goods suspected to be produced with forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Goods subject to the withhold release orders include all cotton, cotton products, tomatoes, and tomato products, as well as certain garments, hair products, apparel, computer parts, and other goods.

8.) Under section 1091(a) of title 18, Atlasian Code, a person commits genocide if the person “whether in time of peace or in time of war and with the specific intent to destroy, in whole or in substantial part, a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group as such—

“(1) kills members of that group;

“(2) causes serious bodily injury to members of that group;

“(3) causes the permanent impairment of the mental faculties of members of the group through drugs, torture, or similar techniques;

“(4) subjects the group to conditions of life that are intended to cause the physical destruction of the group in whole or in part;

“(5) imposes measures intended to prevent births within the group; or

“(6) transfers by force children of the group to another group.”.

9.) As a direct result of the campaign of targeted and coercive population control of the Government of the People’s Republic of China’s against Uyghurs, the birthrate of the Uyghur population in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region plummeted by 24 percent from 2017 to 2018, with birthrates in the Uyghur majority regions of Hotan and Kashgar decreasing by more than 60 percent from 2015 to 2018.

10.) The policies of the Government of the People’s Republic of China are in contravention of its human rights commitments and obligations, including under—

(A) the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

(B) the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which the People’s Republic of China has signed but not yet ratified; and

(C) the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children (commonly known as the “Palermo Protocol”), to which the People’s Republic of China has been a state party since February 2010.

Section 3. Definitions

1.) FORCED LABOR.—The term “forced labor”—

(A) has the meaning given that term in section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1307); and

(B) includes convict labor and indentured labor under penal sanctions.

3.) FOREIGN PERSON.—The term “foreign person” means a person that is not a Republic of Atlasia person.

4.) PERSON.—The term “person” means an individual or entity.

5.) REPUBLIC OF ATLASIA PERSON.—The term “Republic of Atlasia person” means—

(A) An Atlasian citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence to the Republic of Atlasia; or

(B) an entity organized under the laws of the Republic of Atlasia or any jurisdiction within the Republic of Atlasia, including a foreign branch of such an entity.

Section 4. Statement Of Policy.

It is the policy of the Republic of Atlasia—

1.) to strengthen the prohibition against the importation of goods made with forced labor, including by ensuring that the Government of the People’s Republic of China does not undermine the effective enforcement of section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1307), which prohibits the importation of all “goods, wares, articles, and merchandise mined, produced or manufactured wholly or in part in any foreign country by … forced labor”;

2.) to lead the international community in ending forced labor practices wherever such practices occur through all means available to the Atlasian Government, including by stopping the importation of any goods made with forced labor, including those goods mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region;

3.) to actively work to prevent, publicly denounce, and end human trafficking, including with respect to forced labor, whether sponsored by the government of a foreign country or not, and to restore the lives of those affected by human trafficking, a modern form of slavery;

4.) to regard the prevention of atrocities as a priority in the national interests of the Republic of Atlasia; and

5.) to address gross violations of human rights in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region—

(A) through bilateral diplomatic channels and multilateral institutions in which both the Republic of Atlasia and the People’s Republic of China are members; and

(B) using all the authorities available to the Atlasian Government, including visa and financial sanctions, export restrictions, and import controls.

Section 5. Rebuttal Presumption That Import Prohibition Applies To Goods Mined, Produced, Or Manufactured In The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Or By Certain Entities.

(a) In General.—The Commissioner of Atlasian Customs and Border Protection shall, except as provided by subsection (b), apply a presumption that, with respect to any goods, wares, articles, and merchandise mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China or produced by an entity on a list required by clause (i), (iii), or (iv) of section 4(d)(2)(B)—

1.) the importation of such goods, wares, articles, and merchandise is prohibited under section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1307); and

2.) such goods, wares, articles, and merchandise are not entitled to entry at any of the ports of the Republic of Atlasia.

(b) Exceptions.—The Commissioner shall apply the presumption under subsection (a) unless the Commissioner determines that—

1.) the importer of record has—

(A) fully complied with the guidance described in section 4(d)(5) and any regulations issued to implement that guidance; and

(B) completely and substantively responded to all inquiries for information submitted by the Commissioner to ascertain whether the goods were mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part with forced labor; and

2.) the good was not mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part by forced labor.

(c) Report Required.—Not less frequently than every 180 days, the Commissioner shall submit to the Senate and make available to the public a report that lists all instances in which the Commissioner declined to apply the presumption under subsection (a) during the preceding 180-day period.

(d) Regulations.—The Commissioner may prescribe regulations—

1.) to implement paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (b); or

2.) to amend any other regulations relating to withhold release orders in order to implement this section.

(e) Effective Date.—This section takes effect on the date that is 300 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.

Section 6. Diplomatic Strategy To Address Forced Labor In The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

(a) In General.—Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State's Office, in coordination with the heads of other appropriate Federal agencies, shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a report that includes an Atlasian strategy to promote initiatives to enhance international awareness of and to address forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China.

(b) Matters To Be Included.—The Secretary shall include in the report required by subsection (a) the following:

1.) A plan—

(A) to coordinate and collaborate with appropriate nongovernmental organizations and private sector entities to raise awareness about goods mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part with forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region; and

(B) to provide humanitarian assistance, including with respect to resettlement and advocacy for imprisoned family members, to Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Tibetans, and members of other persecuted groups, including members of such groups formerly detained in mass internment camps in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

(c) Additional Matters To Be Included.—The Secretary shall include in the report required by subsection (a), based on consultations with the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Secretary of the Treasury, the following:

1.) To the extent practicable, a list of—

(A) entities in the People’s Republic of China or affiliates of such entities that use or benefit from forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region; and

(B) foreign persons that act as agents of the entities or affiliates described in subparagraph (A) to import goods into the Republic of Atlasia.

2.) A plan for working with private sector entities seeking to conduct supply chain due diligence to prevent the importation of goods mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part with forced labor into the Republic of Atlasia.

3.) A description of actions taken by the Republic of Atlasia Government to address forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region under existing authorities, including—

(A) the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (22 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.); and

(B) the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (subtitle F of title XII of Public Law 114–328; 22 U.S.C. 2656 note).

(d) Form.—The report required by subsection (a) shall be submitted in unclassified form, but may include a classified annex, if necessary.

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« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2021, 11:25:22 AM »

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A RESOLUTION
To call for the audit to finally be finished



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

Section I. Title

1. This bill may be known as the Finish the Damn Audit Resolution.

Section II. Background

1. The Congress of Atlasia, on July 28, 2018, passed HB 1283, the Audit the Federal Government Act. The federal audit described in HB 1283 has still yet to conclude.

Section III. Content
1. The Senate of Atlasia calls for the federal audit described in HB 1283 to be completed as soon as reasonably possible, and for the completion of the audit to be a priority of the current administration.

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« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2021, 10:49:15 PM »

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AN ACT
To make sure that schools have educational devices for their students and high speed internet in schools


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Section 1. Title

This legislation may be cited as the School Technology Grants Act of 2021.

Section 2. Content

1. $75 billion shall be appropriated to school districts across Atlasia for purchasing devices that may include buying laptops/tablets/desktop computers/iPads/iMacs/Macbooks/ for educational use towards students.
2. $5 billion shall be appropriated towards making sure that every school in Atlasia has access to high speed WiFi.
3. The Government of the Republic of Atlasia shall have full responsibility for funding everything in this Act.

Section 3. Taking Effect
1. This Act shall take effect immediately following the passage of this bill.


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« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2021, 11:35:13 PM »

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AN AMENDMENT
To restore special elections

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Section 1. Title

This legislation may be cited as the Senate Special Elections Amendment.

Section 2. Content

1. Section 2, Part 3 of the Fifth Constitution of Atlasia shall be amended to be
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iii. At-large Senate vacancies shall be filled through appointment by the executive of the former Senator’s Party; but should a vacancy occur as the result of the death, expulsion, or resignation of an at-large Senator not being a member of a major Party, then a special election that shall be held within twenty days of the vacancy to choose a replacement to serve the remainder of the existing term.




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« Reply #14 on: July 19, 2021, 10:44:08 PM »

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A BILL FOR AN ACT
improving on the inhumane conditions of Atlasian prisons,

BE IT ENACTED BY THE SENATE RESOLVED.

Section 1, TITLE AND DEFINITIONS.
1. The official title of this Act shall be, the “Treating Incarcerated Persons Humanely Act.”
2. This Act may also be officially referred to by its acronym, “TIPHA.”
3. Using the International Phonetic Alphabet, the acronym mentioned in §1.2 of this Act shall be pronounced as /’taɪ fʌ/ (TYE-fuh).
4. The laws and terms enacted by this Act shall apply to all prisons under the authority of the Republic of Atlasia, regardless of whether or not it operates on a local, state, regional, federal, or miscellaneous level.

Section 2, AIR CONDITIONING AND TEMPERATURE CONTROL.
1. All prisons are mandated to install air conditioning systems within their prisons that shall adequately reach all rooms and cells within the housing and dining areas of a prison.
2. It is the responsibility of the prison in question to ensure that no cell or room rises above eighty-five degrees Fahrenheit.
3. No prison in Atlasia shall operate a fan within the vicinity of an incarcerated individual’s cell should the heat index of the prison exceed ninety-five degrees Fahrenheit.
4. If an inmate experiences any symptoms of heatstroke mentioned in §2.4a-h of this Act, they shall be entitled to a temperature check via rectal thermometer, should they request it.
    a. High body temperature.
    b. Altered mental state or behavior (including confusion, agitation, slurred speech, irritability, delirium, seizures and/or coma).
    c. Alteration in sweating.
    d. Nausea and/or vomiting.
    e. Flushed skin.
    f. Rapid breathing.
    g. Racing heart rate.
    h. Headache.
5. Should an inmate receive a temperature rating exceeding one-hundred-and-four degrees Fahrenheit via a rectal thermometer reading requested via the means of §2.4 of this Act, prison officials or staff must immediately contact local emergency medical services to treat a potential heatstroke.
6. All medication prescribed to inmates shall be kept in a location between the temperatures of fifty-nine degrees Fahrenheit and seventy-seven degrees Fahrenheit.
    a. Should a specific medication be prescribed and/or instructed by a medical official to be stored in a location outside of this temperature range, it is exempt from this Act and advised to be stored in a manner as prescribed.

Section 3, TIPHA AIR CONDITIONING MAINTENANCE AND INSTALLATION FUND.
1. This act shall establish the TIPHA Air Conditioning Maintenance and Installation Fund, or TACMIF.
    a. TACMIF shall allocate the money given to it every fiscal year to prisons in order to cover the installation of air conditioning units in Atlasian prisons to ensure they satisfy §2.1 and §2.2 of this Act.
    b. Any prison in Atlasia shall apply on or before September 5 before the start of a new fiscal year to receive TACMIF funding.
    c. TACMIF shall allocate its funds proportionally to each Atlasian prison based on their prison populations on the date of application.
    d. $X shall be allocated from Atlasia’s Budget for FY2022 in order to accommodate for TACMIF during that fiscal year.
    e. $Y shall be allocated from Atlasia’s Budget for FY2023 and beyond in order to cover all expenses after September 30, 2022.
    f. Anyone who is better at writing fiscal policy than I am is invited to elaborate on and fix this messy, incomplete section. Tongue

Section 4, WAGES AND GOODS.
1. No prison inmate shall be required to perform manual labor without being paid a wage higher than or equal to 75% (seventy-five per cent) of the federal minimum wage.
2. No prison shall charge inmates for the usage of toiletries or personal hygiene products.

Section 4, THE RAINBOW CONNECTION(S BETWEEN INMATES AND THE OUTSIDE WORLD).
1. No entity that facilitates financial transactions shall charge transaction fees any higher than 6% (six per cent) for transactions between inmates and non-incarcerated friends, loved ones, or relatives.
2. No telecommunications service or prison, whether in-person or virtual, shall charge inmates to communicate with a friend, loved one, or relative for up to one hour per day.
3. No telecommunications service or prison, whether in-person or virtual, shall charge inmates any more than ten cents per minute to communicate with a friend, loved one, or relative for any visit extending over one hour.
4. No telecommunications service shall mandate the removal of in-person visitation at a prison within a contract with the prison in question.
5. No telecommunication service or prison shall insert any sound effect into the middle of a phone call that does not voluntarily come from the inmate or their guest.

Section 5, MISCELLANEOUS REGULATION.
1. No prison or government entity shall spend any more than 5% (five per cent) of a given inmate welfare fund on anything that does not directly benefit the wellbeing of prison inmates.
2. Except as provided in §5.3 of this Act, beginning on the date on which pregnancy is confirmed by a healthcare professional, and ending at the conclusion of postpartum recovery, a prisoner in the custody of a prison under the authority of the Republic of Atlasia, shall not be placed in restraints.
3. The prohibition under §5.2 of this Act shall not apply if—
    a. an appropriate corrections official, or a United States marshal, as applicable, makes a determination that the prisoner—
        i. is an immediate and credible flight risk that cannot reasonably be prevented by other means; or
        ii. poses an immediate and serious threat of harm to herself or others that cannot reasonably be prevented by other means; or
    b. a healthcare professional responsible for the health and safety of the prisoner determines that the use of restraints is appropriate for the medical safety of the prisoner.

Section 6, FINES.
1. Any responsible party caught disobeying the terms of this Act shall be fined $10,000 per discovered violation.
2. If a given violation is repeated at the same facility either (a) 365 calendar days after the initial fine, or (b) by a party or parties different from the initial offence, the Justice Department of the Republic of Atlasia shall conduct a formal investigation on the behalf of the Attorney-General of Atlasia into the facility’s compliance with federal law.

Section 7, ENACTMENT CLAUSE.
1. With the exceptions of Section 2 and Section 3, all of the Sections in this Act shall take effect immediately after its passage.
2. Section 2 and Section 3 of this Act shall take effect starting on October 1, 2021.

On the campaign trail, I made a promise to introduce a prison reform bill. Well, fellow Senators, here is that bill. Some of this bill is incomplete, or would benefit from being expanded upon, but this is what I want to start with.
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« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2021, 10:04:59 AM »
« Edited: July 20, 2021, 06:29:46 PM by Senator Scott, PPT »

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AN ACT
To federally outlaw diploma mills


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Section 1. Title

This legislation may be cited as the Diploma Mill Ban Act.

Section 2. Freedom of information for students

All individuals must have access to any and all information about the accreditation of any college, university, or institute of higher learning.

Section 3. Ban on misrepresentation of diploma authenticity or value

A person or group who is guilty of the following shall be guilty of fraud: "Any individual or group which distributes diplomas, and are not accredited or in the process of accreditation, without the student knowing that the diploma comes from a university that is not accredited or recognized as an institution of higher learning."
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« Reply #16 on: July 23, 2021, 03:12:25 PM »

Be it enacted in the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia:

To upgrade our transportation system

Atlasian Transportation Modernization Act

Section 1. Purpose

(a) That this bill shall establish federal infrastructure sub-accounts for each region of Atlasia.

(1) In accordance with the federal government, regions shall establish operate a regional state infrastructure account for mixed-use transit-oriented development projects. This infrastructure account will be part of the federal transportation registry.

(b). Each regional state infrastructure sub-account shall consist of the following sources of revenue:

(1) Monies received by the corporation from counties for the repayment of the loan principal and the payment of simple interest from various assessments or fees from special improvement districts, improvement districts, tax increment financing districts, community facilities districts, and other areas where property value increases are captured over periods of time for the purposes of infrastructure financing;

(2) Appropriations from the legislature;

(3) Federal grants and subsidies to the State or counties;

(4) Private investments; and

(5) Voluntary contributions.

(c) The corporation shall expend revenues in the sub-accounts to make grants and loans to state agencies, and loans to counties or private developers, for the costs, in whole or in part, of infrastructure improvements that would increase the capacity of the infrastructure facilities, including regional sewer systems, water systems, drainage systems, roads, and telecommunications and broadband.

(d) Whenever the corporation undertakes, or causes to be undertaken, a regional infrastructure improvement project, the cost of providing regional infrastructure improvements may be assessed against transit-oriented development projects specially benefiting from the improvements, and the corporation shall take into consideration previous contributions by project owners to infrastructure improvements; provided that:

(A) According to the area of real property for transit-oriented development projects;

(B) According to the area of real property within an assessment area;

(C) Any other assessment method that assesses the real property according to the special benefit conferred;

(E) Grants and loans shall be made only for capital improvement projects approved by the respective county council and mayor, or state agency, as applicable, with a view towards planned growth rather than upkeep and maintenance. The sub-accounts shall house funds related to transit-oriented development projects.
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« Reply #17 on: July 26, 2021, 01:12:01 AM »
« Edited: July 26, 2021, 03:08:18 AM by Senator wxtransit »

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AN ACT
Establishing greater visibility for NPC elections.


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Section I. Title.

This legislation may be cited as the NPC Elections Visibility Act of 2021.

Section II. National news updates.
1. The Game Moderator shall post updates on actions taken by state governors and state legislatures as a part of the national news cycle.
2. Each state should have at least one feature in each four-month national election cycle (October to February, February to June, and June to October).

Section III. Determining state-based actions.
1. In order to determine the actions of specific legislators, groups of legislators, or governors, the Game Moderator should consult the chairman of the national party (or a publicly announced designated official by the party chairman) that the officeholder is a member of to determine said officeholder's actions. If a group of officeholders consists of officials from multiple parties, the Game Moderator should consult the leaders or designated officials from each party involved.
2. If no party chairman or designated party official is available for such an officeholder (if, for example, said officeholder is an Independent), then the Game Moderator shall determine the actions such officeholders take.

Section IV. Effects on current actions taken by the Game Moderator.
1. State-based actions, on the advice of partisan officials or on the decision of the GM (as determined in Section III), may affect or be affected by national news stories.
2. State-based actions have the potential to affect regional unemployment rates.
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« Reply #18 on: July 27, 2021, 11:05:26 PM »
« Edited: July 27, 2021, 11:14:58 PM by Senator Ishan of the Northeast »

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AN ACT
To withdraw from Guantanamo Bay

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 Guantanamo Bay Withdrawal Act.

Section 2. Content

1. The Republic of Atlasia revokes its claim on the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base following the completion of Section 2, Part 2.
2. The Republic of Atlasia shall extract all personnel and assets from Guantanamo Bay following this Act within a month.
3. The sovereignty of Cuba over Guantanamo Bay is hereby recognized by the Republic of Atlasia.

Section 3. Taking Effect
1. This Act shall take effect immediately following the passage of this bill.



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« Reply #19 on: July 30, 2021, 08:11:33 PM »

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A RESOLUTION
To ensure a treasure of a restaurant is honored by all Atlasian citizens
Be it enacted in the Senate of the Republic of Atlasia assembled
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1. The long title of this bill will be the "Resolution Honoring Fast-Food Burger Restaurants"
2. The nation of Atlasia commends McDonalds and other fast-food burger restaurants and small businesses on their nutritious meals provided to both vegetarian and vegan Atlasian citizens as well as meat eaters.
3. This resolution shall take effect immediately upon passage into law.
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« Reply #20 on: July 31, 2021, 10:54:19 AM »

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A RESOLUTION
to Denounce the Moral Scourge of Wulfricism

Section I. Title
i. This Act may be cited as the Wulfric Resolution.

Section II. Denouncing Wulfricism
i. The Government of Atlasia hereby denounces the pervasive and pernicious influence of the ideology known as Wulfricism, and seeks to eliminate it from all aspects of Atlasian life.

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« Reply #21 on: July 31, 2021, 02:20:08 PM »

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1. The long title of this bill will be the "Resolution Honoring Fast-Food Burger Restaurants"
2. The nation of Atlasia commends McDonalds and other fast-food burger restaurants and small businesses on their nutritious meals provided to both vegetarian and vegan Atlasian citizens as well as meat eaters.
3. This resolution shall take effect immediately upon passage into law.

This is ridiculous - McDonalds in the main 50 states of Atlasia provide very few vegetarian and vegan items. This might be relevant if you were doing this in a game based in some other country where McDonalds serves veggie burgers, but McDonalds in the US do not.
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« Reply #22 on: July 31, 2021, 06:43:32 PM »

In accordance with Senate rules, I am obligated to make the following announcement in this thread:

Both the Resolution Honoring Fast-Food Burger Restaurants and the Wulfric Resolution are frivolous and as such will not be brought to the Senate floor.

We're not wasting time on stupid memes. Use Discord for that.

Also in accordance with the rules: "the sponsoring Senator of the legislation shall have ninety-six (96) hours to challenge this action in a public post, and with the concurrence of one-third (1/3) of office-holding Senators in the affirmative, may override the actions of the PPT. (Nasolation clause)"
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« Reply #23 on: July 31, 2021, 07:43:54 PM »

In accordance with Senate rules, I am obligated to make the following announcement in this thread:

Both the Resolution Honoring Fast-Food Burger Restaurants and the Wulfric Resolution are frivolous and as such will not be brought to the Senate floor.

We're not wasting time on stupid memes. Use Discord for that.

Also in accordance with the rules: "the sponsoring Senator of the legislation shall have ninety-six (96) hours to challenge this action in a public post, and with the concurrence of one-third (1/3) of office-holding Senators in the affirmative, may override the actions of the PPT. (Nasolation clause)"
Seeing as I will soon be traveling abroad and that an equally acceptable resolution has now been introduced in Lincoln, I will not object to this PPT action. Nevertheless, Viva McDonalds!
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« Reply #24 on: August 01, 2021, 05:32:14 PM »

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1. The state of the Virgin Islands shall be independent from Atlasia.
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