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« Reply #350 on: October 02, 2022, 10:52:53 PM »
« edited: October 03, 2022, 06:39:52 AM by Infraction 94 »

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AN ACT
To provide direct humanitarian aid to the people of Iran

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 Support Iranian Civilians Act.

Section 2. Funding for direct aid to the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Whereas,

(i) under an illegitimate and illegal government, thousands of Iranian civilians have been killed or wounded
(ii) tens of thousands of Iranian dissenters and protestors have been imprisoned,

1. $2.5 billion shall be reserved for providing direct aid to Iranian people in need, including but not limited to food, shelter, and healthcare.

2. The Office of Foreign Assistance shall authorize a strategic plan to provide basic necessities to the Iranian people through work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) including charities and faith-based institutions. The Office shall be required to report to the Department of State records of how every dollar for the aforementioned aid fund is used.

Section 3. Bar on aid via cash payments

1. No funds, from public or private resources, shall be used for the purpose of providing cash sums to beneficiaries of the aid program established under this act.

Section 4. Enactment

The establishment of the aid fund and network authorized under this act shall be applied upon passage of this act.
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« Reply #351 on: October 03, 2022, 05:13:08 AM »

Sponsor please!

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AN ACT
To provide direct humanitarian aid to the people of Iran

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

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Section 1. Title

This legislation may be cited as the Support Iranian Civilians Act.

Section 2. Funding for direct aid to the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Whereas,

(i) under an illegitimate and illegal government, thousands of Iranian civilians have been killed or wounded
(ii) tens of thousands of Iranian dissenters and protestors have been imprisoned,

1. $2.5 billion shall be reserved for providing direct aid to Iranian people in need, including but not limited to food, shelter, and healthcare

2. The Office of Foreign Assistance shall authorize a strategic plan to provide basic necessities to the Iranian people through work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) including charities and faith-based institutions. The Office shall be required to report to the Department of State records of how every dollar for the aforementioned aid fund is used.

Section 3. Bar on aid via cash payments

1. No cash, from public or private resources, shall be used for the purpose of providing cash sums to beneficiaries of the aid program established under this act.

Section 4. Enactment

The establishment of the aid fund and network authorized under this act shall be applied upon passage of this act.

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« Reply #352 on: October 06, 2022, 08:29:30 PM »

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AN ACT
To provide direct humanitarian aid to the people of Iran

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 Support Iranian Civilians Act.

Section 2. Funding for direct aid to the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Whereas,

(i) under an illegitimate and illegal government, thousands of Iranian civilians have been killed or wounded
(ii) tens of thousands of Iranian dissenters and protestors have been imprisoned,

1. $2.5 billion shall be reserved for providing direct aid to Iranian people in need, including but not limited to food, shelter, and healthcare.

2. The Office of Foreign Assistance shall authorize a strategic plan to provide basic necessities to the Iranian people through work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) including charities and faith-based institutions. The Office shall be required to report to the Department of State records of how every dollar for the aforementioned aid fund is used.

Section 3. Bar on aid via cash payments

1. No funds, from public or private resources, shall be used for the purpose of providing cash sums to beneficiaries of the aid program established under this act.

Section 4. Enactment

The establishment of the aid fund and network authorized under this act shall be applied upon passage of this act.


If WD is reading this I highly encourage that this be brought to the floor quickly so we can fold this into the budget within schedule.
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« Reply #353 on: October 18, 2022, 05:39:00 PM »

Ethanol Subsidization Act of 2022

To subsidize ethanol production across the Republic.

Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia as follows:

Section 1. Purpose and definitions

A. For the purposes of this section, the following terms shall mean:

(1) "Department", the Congress

(2) "Higher ethanol blend", a fuel capable of being dispensed directly into motor vehicle fuel tanks for consumption that is comprised of at least fifteen percent but not more than eighty-five percent ethanol;

(3) "Retail dealer", a person that owns or operates a retail service station in this state;

(4) "Retail service station", a location from which higher ethanol blends are sold to the general public and are dispensed directly into motor vehicle fuel tanks for consumption.

Section 2. Amounts

2. For all tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2023, a retail dealer that sells higher ethanol blends at such a retail dealer's retail service station shall be allowed a total tax credit of $5,000 to be taken against the retail dealer's state income tax liability.
The amount of the credit shall equal five cents per gallon of higher ethanol blend sold by the retail dealer and dispensed through metered pumps at the retail dealer's retail service station during the tax year in which the tax credit is claimed.
Tax credits authorized pursuant to this section shall not be transferred, sold, or assigned.
 If the amount of the tax credit exceeds the taxpayer's state tax liability, the difference shall not be refundable but may be carried forward to any of the five subsequent tax years. The total amount of tax credits authorized pursuant to this section for any given fiscal year shall not exceed five million dollars.
Farmers that produce the higher ethanol blend shall receive part of the proceeds not to exceed $2,000.


Section 3. Implementation

3. In the event the total amount of tax credits claimed under this section exceeds the amount of available tax credits, the tax credits shall be apportioned among all eligible retail dealers claiming a tax credit by April fifteenth, or as directed by section 143.851, of the fiscal year in which the tax credit is claimed.

4. The tax credit allowed by this section shall be claimed by such taxpayer at the time such taxpayer files a return and shall be applied against the income tax liability imposed excluding the withholding tax imposed after reduction for all other credits allowed thereon. The department may require any documentation it deems necessary to implement the provisions of this section.
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« Reply #354 on: October 18, 2022, 05:40:03 PM »

Childcare Opportunity Act

An act to provide affordable and effective childcare options to all Atlasians -

This Act may be cited as the “Child Care for Working Families Act”.

Section 1. Purposes

a. To ensure that no low- to moderate-income family pays more than 7 percent of its household income on child care.

b. To support working parents in making their own decisions regarding the child care services that best suit their family’s needs.

c. To support productive, high-quality, and inclusive childcare for all children and those with disabilities.

d. To provide before- and after-school and summer care services for school-age children.

e. To help child care programs meet evidence-based or national standards to improve the quality of child care.

f. To support regionwide systems to support the needs of infants and toddlers with disabilities, better coordinate child care and other services, and assist regions in increasing the number of child care providers that provide high-quality and inclusive care to families of infants or toddlers with disabilities and families of children with disabilities.

Section 2. Eligibility.

1. Application for Appropriations
Plan Requirement

i. SUPPORTING WORKING PARENTS.—Support working parents by providing assurances that the government supports their needs to provide their children with the best opportunities possible.


ii. to enroll such child with a child care provider who has received a child care certificate from such parent or parents;”;


iii. the region’s tiered and transparent system for measuring the quality of child care providers.

iv. to establish a description of the national standards or other equally rigorous and evidence-based standards tied to child outcomes that the regions use.

v. to establish the payment rates referred for providers at each tier of such system; and

vi the number and percentage of eligible providers at each tier of such system, in total and disaggregated by geographic location.

vii. information on opportunities for staff of child care providers to improve their skills and credentials, including information about training opportunities and professional organizations that provide such training.”;

2. TIERED AND TRANSPARENT SYSTEM FOR MEASURING THE QUALITY OF CHILD CARE PROVIDERS.—The regional plan shall describe how the region will develop or revise with input from child care providers, from families, and from organizations representing child care directors, teachers, and other staff, within 3 years after the date of submission of the regional application, systems for measuring the quality of eligible child care providers who provide services for which assistance is made available under this subchapter, that consist of—
a tiered and transparent system for measuring the quality of eligible child care providers who serve eligible children, that—
applies to eligible child care providers (except providers of family, friend, or neighbor care that elect to be covered under clause (ii));
includes a set of standards, for determining the tier of quality of a child care provider, that—
uses other equally rigorous and evidence-based standards that are tied to child outcomes;
includes indicators that are appropriate for different types of providers, including child care centers and family child care providers, and are appropriate for providers serving different age groups (including mixed age groups) of children, while maintaining a high level of quality child care by all of the different types of providers and for all of the different age groups (including mixed age groups);
includes a different set of standards that includes different indicators, to be applied, when appropriate, for care during nontraditional hours of operation; and
in conjunction with the increasing payment rates under paragraph (4) (increasing due to factors specified in paragraph (4) such as the cost estimation model and quality basis for payment rates), provides for sufficient resources to enable standards at the entry tier for such system to increase in rigor over time; and
a separate system of quality standards for providers concerning developmentally appropriate and age-appropriate care that—
 applies to eligible child care providers of family, friend, or neighbor care (except such providers that elect to be covered.
3. PROHIBITION ON CHARGING MORE THAN COPAYMENT.—The regional plan shall provide that, after the systems described are in effect, child care providers receiving financial assistance under this subchapter may not charge the family of an eligible child more than the total of—
a. the financial assistance provided to the family under this subchapter; and
B. any applicable copayment
4. POLICIES TO SUPPORT CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES AND INFANTS AND TODDLERS WITH DISABILITIES.—The regional plan shall provide a description of—
how the region will ensure that eligible child care providers, except for providers of family, friend, or neighbor care that elect to be covered will prioritize children with disabilities and infants and toddlers with disabilities for slots in programs carried out by the providers; and
 
3. PAYMENT RATES.—
IN GENERAL.—The regional plan shall—
I. certify that payment rates for the provision of child care services for which assistance is provided in accordance with this subchapter—
Ii. will be based on a cost estimation model that is described.
III. will correspond to differences in quality based on the region’s tiered and transparent system for measuring the quality of child care providers.
 
5. COST ESTIMATION MODEL.—The regional plan shall—
a. demonstrate that the region has, after consulting with the entities and individuals described, developed and used a statistically valid and reliable cost estimation model for the rates of such child care services in the State—
b. for providers at each of the tiers of the State's tiered and transparent system for measuring the quality of child care providers described in paragraph (which rates reflect variations in the cost of child care services by geographic area, type of provider, and age of child, and the additional costs associated with providing high-quality and inclusive child care services for children with disabilities and infants and toddlers with disabilities); and
c. demonstrate that the region prepared a detailed report containing the child care costs estimated with the region cost estimation model pursuant to clause (i), and made the estimated costs widely available (not later than 30 days after the completion of the estimation) through periodic means, including posting the estimated costs on the Internet;
d. describe how the region will set payment rates for child care services, for which assistance is provided in accordance with this subchapter—
e. in accordance with the most recent estimates from the most recent cost estimation model used pursuant to clause
(i), so that providers at each tier of the tiered and transparent system for measuring program quality receive payment that is not less than the cost of meeting the requirements of such tier; and
Ii. that maintain an effective and diverse workforce by ensuring wages for staff of child care providers that—
III. are comparable to wages for elementary educators with similar credentials and experience in the State; and
IV. at a minimum, provide a living wage for all staff of child care providers;
V. describe how the State will provide for timely payment for child care services provided under this subchapter.
6. PAYMENT PRACTICES.—The regional plan shall include—
a. a certification that the payment practices of child care providers in the State that serve children who receive assistance under this subchapter reflect generally accepted payment practices of child care providers in the State that serve children who do not receive assistance under this subchapter, including the practice of paying the providers the payment rate described based on the number of children enrolled and not the number of children in daily attendance, so as to provide stability of funding and encourage more child care providers to serve children who receive assistance under this subchapter; and
b. an assurance that the region will implement enrollment and eligibility policies that support the fixed costs of providing child care services by delinking provider payment rates from an eligible child’s occasional absences due to holidays or unforeseen circumstances such as illness.
 
7. SLIDING SCALE FOR COPAYMENTS.—
a. IN GENERAL.—The regional plan shall provide an assurance that the region will require—
(i) a family receiving assistance under this subchapter to pay the copayment.
(ii) another entity to pay the copayment on behalf of the family, voluntarily or in accordance with Federal law.
SLIDING SCALE.—Such copayment shall be based on a sliding scale that provides that, for a family with a family income—
“(i) of not more than 75 percent of regional median income, the family shall not pay a copayment, toward the cost of the child care involved for all eligible children in the family;
“(ii) of more than 75 percent but not more than 100 percent of regional median income, the copayment shall be more than 0 but not more than 2 percent of that family income, toward such cost for all such children;
iii. of more than 100 percent but not more than 125 percent of regional median income, the copayment shall be more than 2 but not more than 4 percent of that family income, toward such cost for all such children; and
iv. of more than 125 percent but not more than 150 percent of regional median income, the copayment shall be more than 4 but not more than 7 percent of that family income, toward such cost for all such children.


Section 3. Compensation and Appropriations

1. Compensation.—The plan shall provide a description of the State’s wage ladder for staff of eligible child care providers, and an assurance that wages for such staff.

2. Stakeholders.—The plan shall demonstrate how the regions will facilitate participation of staff of eligible child care providers in organizations that foster the professional development and stakeholder engagement of the child care workforce.

3. Appropriations - Congress authorizes the following amounts to be appropriated as block grants to the regions and there are appropriated to carry out an amount of $20,000,000,000 for fiscal year 2022, $30,000,000,000 for fiscal year 2023, $40,000,000,000 for fiscal year 2024, and such sums as may be necessary for fiscal year 2024 and each subsequent fiscal year.
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« Reply #355 on: October 22, 2022, 01:12:20 PM »

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RETCON NPC ELECTIONS ACT

An act to ratify recommended changes from the GM Department under the RETCON Again Act relating to NPC Elections.

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(a)As per the terms of the RETCON Again Act:

(1)All NPC elected officials, and NPC elections are hereby declared non-canon.

(2)All Federal and Regional legislation authorizing said elections are hereby repealed.

(b)This act shall take effect immediately and apply retroactively pursuant to law.
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« Reply #356 on: October 30, 2022, 12:26:23 PM »

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DOMESTIC SEMICONDUCTOR CHIP PROMOTION ACT

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1. There is hereby created a Semiconductor Promotion Trust Fund (SPTF). The SPTF shall hold those funds dedicated herein in an interest bearing account and allocate such funds pursuant to law.

2. Over the next five (5) years, $60 billion is hereby authorized to be appropriated to assist in the development of semiconductor manufacturing production in Atlasia. Such funds shall serve as financial assistance for building or modernizing semiconductor manufacturing capabilities in Atlasia.

3. The funds authorized to be expended under this title shall be expended as follows:

A. $30 Billion from the SSTF is hereby authorized to be expended over the next five (5) years to finance, guarantee, or subsidize site acquistion, development, and facilities construction for commercial semiconductor manufacturing. $18 Billion of this amount shall be in the form of direct loans or loan guatantees. Grant and loan determinations for this purpose shall consider all relevant factors in making such determination. All recovered loan repayments shall be deposited in the SPTF.

B. $21 Billion from the SPTF is hereby authorized to be expended over the next five (5) years to finance, guarantee, or subsidize machinery, equipment, tools, and process acquistion, development, and installation for commercial semiconductor manufacturing. $15 Billion of this amount shall be in the form of direct loans or loan guatantees. Grant and loan determinations for this purpose shall consider all relevant factors in making such determination. All recovered loan repayments shall be deposited in the SPTF.

C. $9 Billion from the SPTF is hereby authorized to be expended over the next five (5) years to subsidize workforce training, development, and recruitment for commercial semiconductor manufacturing. This amount shall be in the form of grants. Grant determinations for this purpose shall consider all relevant factors in making such determination.

4. Funding awarded under this act shall be divided as equally as is practicable between each of the three (3) Regions.

5. Any recipient of funds under this Title shall adopt and implement a Cybersecurity Plan approved by the President that is capable of adequately protecting the facility funded by this act as well as any other property owned, controlled, or managed by the recipient.

6. Any recipient of funds under this act shall be considered contractors for purposes of the No Chinese Spyware Act.

7. This act shall take effect immediately.
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« Reply #357 on: October 30, 2022, 12:56:30 PM »
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BABY FORMULA INFLATION REDUCTION ACT

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1. The FDA shall be required to classify any baby formula as generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for importation purposes if such baby formula is approved as safe by the governments of Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the United Kingdom, Norway, or any member country of the European Union, notwithstanding any lack of compliance with Atlasian labeling and nutrition standards.

2. The FDA shall make a determination as to the safety of any branded baby formula sought for importation from a country not identified in section 1 within 45 days of an application therefor.

3. Customs and Border Patrol shall remove baby formula manufactured by HiPP and Holle from its mandatory seize list, notwithstanding any lack of compliance with Atlasian labeling and nutrition standards.

4. All tariff rate quotas on baby formula imported from a country identified in section 1 of this act are hereby eliminated.

5. The WIC program shall not impose any size limits or maximum monthly allowances on baby formula purchases. 7 CFR 246.10 shall be amended accordingly.

6. When awarding a sourcing contract for baby formula under the WIC program, each State shall permit the three (3) suppliers with the lowest wholesale price to participate in the program. No State shall give an exclusive, sole-source contract to a single supplier unless only one (1) supplier seeks to participate therein.

7. Income eligibility to participate in the WIC program shall be expanded to include otherwise eligible persons making up to 200% of the federal poverty limit.

8. This act shall take effect thirty (30) days from the date of passage.
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« Reply #358 on: October 30, 2022, 03:51:08 PM »

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FUEL INFLATION REDUCTION ACT


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1. The Red-Green New Deal Act shall be amended as follows:


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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% 15% shall be applied on the profits of any firm which operates any existing lease for hydraulic fracturing operations from the 1st January 2021 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.


 d. 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 V: Utility Ownership

1. The Department of Internal Affairs shall be instructed to create a Social Energy Fund.

  a. The Fund shall receive an amount equivalent to gaining public control over the top twenty five largest publicly traded energy companies headquartered in Atlasia.

    i. "Public Control" is defined as at least 51% of total shares.

  b. The Fund shall offer to voluntarily purchase up to 51% of the total shares in the companies described in IV.1.a.
 
    i. With each offer, the Department of Internal Affairs shall release a statement declaring its aim to compulsorily purchase the shares required to acquire a majority within sixteen months.

  c. The Fund shall be chartered to utilize its stake in the companies described in IV.1.a to achieve the following.

    i. Compliance with international de-carbonization objectives.
   
    ii. The transition to an energy sector led by publicly owned renewable energy companies.
 
    iii. The gradual phase-out of fossil fuel extraction.



Section VI 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. Full membership in a labor union.

  c 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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« Reply #359 on: October 30, 2022, 06:54:49 PM »

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JUNETEENTH ACT

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1. In celebration of the end of slavery in Atlasia, the 19th of June of every year is hereby proclaimed to be Freedom Day.

2. Freedom Day shall be a federal holiday.

3. This provision shall take effect immediately.
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« Reply #360 on: October 30, 2022, 06:55:19 PM »

Affordable Energy Act

Section 1. Purpose

1. This bill is to provide for a less costly energy grid because many areas of Atlasia precluded from benefiting from earlier efforts made by the federal government to invest in rural electrification throughout regions.

a) This bill will provide for interconnection of regional electrical grids are not interconnected to those in other states or territories, and many communities in the state have isolated microgrids.

b) This bill will fix the isolation of many electric systems throughout the regions. This means that consumers in communities served by those systems cannot benefit from a reduction in energy bills by utilizing lower-cost power from other areas of the state;

c) This bill is intended to lower the average retail price of electricity where in rural communities this is the highest. The average cost of electricity per capita is $3,891.

d) The bill, through the energy authority, will reduce high energy costs for heating, electricity, and transportation that have a multiplying effect, which increases the cost of all goods and services in rural communities.

e) Many residents in communities with the highest power costs are unable to shoulder the financial burden of developing large-scale power infrastructure without significant government investment;

d) The bill will establish for lower carbon emissions through the development of economically feasible renewable energy projects and investment in an electric vehicle charging network.

Section 2. Implementation

a. BE IT RESOLVED that the Congress of the Republic mandates a creation of a national Energy Authority, in coordination with utility providers throughout the regions and with statewide power and electrical organizations.

b. This energy authority will develop a comprehensive 10-year infrastructure plan to reduce power costs by 25% in areas of the regions that endure extremely high electric and heating costs.

c. Be it FURTHER RESOLVED that Congress requests that the Energy Authority deliver a plan for the reduction of power costs in the region to the Senate by May 31, 2023, and notify the legislature that the plan is available.

d. The Congress hereby establishes a energy sustainability fund, this fund will be appropriated by  taxation on electric vehicles and tolls from federal highways to the amount of $50,000,000.

Section 3. Grant criteria

a. A "grant" shall be defined as a sum of money awarded for an energy related project in any of Atlasia's regions.

b. These grants shall be categorical in nature by funding upgrades to Atlasia's regional energy grids, for projects to reduce carbon emissions, increase electrical grid inter-connectivity.

b. Grants can only be made available for energy-related projects that will have substantial impact or effect upon the electrical grid in each region.

c. Eligible entities: Grants can be allotted for subsidies or incentives to regional energy companies, nonprofits, or independent contractors

Section 4. Funding

a. The Congress of the Republic of Atlasia will appropriate $25,000,000 in grants to each region for the establishment of a regional energy authority; these grants shall be up for renewal every 5 years.

b. Hereafter, the Congress shall appropriate monies to the amount of an additional $20,000,000 to establish electrical vehicle charging stations across Atlasia's regions.


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« Reply #361 on: October 30, 2022, 07:35:42 PM »

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TIGER KING ACT

1. As used in this act:

A. Public zoo means a park, institution, or other place in which living animals are kept, housed, cared for, and exhibited to the public. This shall not include any property used in connection with agriculture or scientic research.

B. Wildcat Rescue means an organization that keeps, houses, cares for, or exhibits to the public listed endangered species of the animal family felidae.

 2. No public zoo or wildcat rescue shall keep or house any animal in a cage or pen unless such cage or pen provides adequate space for the animal to stand upright, lie down fully, stretch, or walk at least 10 paces in any direction from the center of the cage or pen.

3. No public zoo or wildcat rescue shall pay or compensate any employee, contractor, agent, or volunteer with expired meat or meat that was unfit for sale for human consumption when acquired by the zoo.

4. If any volunteer at a public zoo or wildcat rescue volunteers more than 20 hours in a 2 week period, such volunteer shall be classified as an employee for all relevant employment laws.

5. No public zoo or wildcat rescue shall euthanize any listed endangered species in its care, custody, or control, except to prevent prolonged suffering from an injury or illness if the animal is unlikely to recover. This shall not affect the right to self-defense or defense of others.

6. No person shall transport any animal of the animal family felidae for a commercial purpose in interregion commerce if the animal is aged less than 6 months and is a listed endangered species. For purposes of this provision, selling photographs of a customer with such an animal or renting the animal for a designated play time shall constitute a commercial purpose. For purposes of this provision, the general exhibition of such an animal in a public zoo shall not be considered a commercial purpose if such public zoo has the capacity to keep, house, care, or exhibit to the public such animal for the entire span of such animal's natural life.

7. The Attorney General of Atlasia is hereby authorized the to investigate the August 18, 1997 disappearance of Don Lewis, including whether Carole Baskin is responsible.

8. A violation of any provision of this act shall be a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for no more than two and a half years, a fine of no more than $75,000 and disgorgement of any profits.
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« Reply #362 on: October 30, 2022, 07:53:14 PM »
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SECTION I: NAME
a. This act shall be referred to as the Ron Paul Act

SECTION II: FEDERAL RESERVE MANDATES
a. The mandates imposed upon the Federal Reserve, when in conflict shall prioritize the minimization of inflation.  92 Stat. 1887 shall be amended accordingly.

SECTION III: TIMING
a. This act shall take effect July 4, 2023.
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« Reply #363 on: October 30, 2022, 07:55:05 PM »

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SECTION I: NAME
a. This act shall be referred to as Competing Currencies Act

SECTION II: Competing Currencies
a. Gold and silver shall be considered forms of legal tender.

b. Cryptocurrencies, with a value that is purely economic, used in transactions, and for storing money, shall be considered an alternative form of currency.

c. Any regulations prohibiting Atlasians from using gold, silver, cryptocurrency and any other alternative currencies developed in the future in financial transactions if a seller accepts the payment in alternative currency or legal tender are hereby eliminated.

d. Any regulations prohibiting an employer from paying an employee in legal tender or cryptocurrency if the employee accepts wages in an alternative currency or legal tender are hereby eliminated.

e. All federal taxes on gold and silver are hereby eliminated.

f. Any regulations prohibiting the operation of private mints for alternative currencies are hereby eliminated.

g. Nothing in this act shall modify, amend, or supersede the No Foolish Tokens Act.

SECTION III: TIME
a. This act shall take effect July 4, 2023.
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« Reply #364 on: October 30, 2022, 07:55:41 PM »

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a. No commercial enterprise in Atlasia with twenty-five (25) or more employees that conducts business in Atlasia may use race, ethnicity, religion, income, sex, gender, or political ideology as a factor in hiring, tenure, or promotion. No such enterprise shall require or inquire of any applicants or employees about commitments to or affirmations of the dismantling of oppressive systems, promotion of social equity, or advancement of diversity. This provision shall also apply to any educational institution, including student applicants seeking admission to a school or program, which receives federal funding, however religious non-profits shall be exempt.

b. No federal agency, nor any entity, school, college, university, or contractor receiving federal funding, may use diversity training or employee questionnaires which which promote racist concepts including but not limited to that:

1. one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex;

2. an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, biased, oppressive, or responsible whether consciously or unconsciously;

3. an individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of his or her race or sex;

4. members of one race or sex cannot and should not attempt to treat others without respect to race or sex;

5. an individual's moral character is necessarily determined by his or her race or sex;

6. an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex;

7. any individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race or sex;

8. meritocracy, market-based economics, or traits such as a hard work ethic or timeliness are racist or sexist, or were created by members of a particular race to oppress members of another race;

9. Atlasia, its constitution and bill of rights, its government, its Regions, or its history is fundamentally racist or sexist.

c. Any worker who is subject to a prohibited questionnaire or training may report such to an appropriate official without facing retaliation for such report. This whistleblower shall be entitled to a reward of up to $1,000 and any worker who experienced discomfort during such a prohibited questionnaire or training can be granted compensation of up to $100. All such fines must come from the diversity budget within the department or organization that conducts such prohibited questionnaire or training.

d. Any diversity administrator hired by a department of the federal government shall have a salary cap equivalent to the annual average human resources administrator salary.

e. This Act shall go into effect ten (10) days from the date of passage.

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« Reply #365 on: November 04, 2022, 07:37:01 PM »

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1. As used in this act, insect-based dye means artificial dye derived from the cochineal insect, commonly identified as carmine, carminic acid, cochineal, cochineal extract, E120, Natural Red 4, crimson lake, or carmine lake.

2. It shall be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of no more than $10,000.00 and disgorgement of profits for any person in interregional commerce to sell, manufacture for sale, import for sale, or advertise for sale, any food product or drug intended for human consumption that contains insect-based dye.

3. It shall be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of no more than $10,000.00 and disgorgement of profits for any person in interregional commerce to sell, manufacture for sale, import for sale, or advertise for sale, any cosmetic intended for human use that contains insect-based dye, unless such cosmetic contains upon its exterior packaging a warning label informing purchasers that such cosmetic "contains an insect-based dye that may cause severe allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock.".

4. This act shall take effect 120 days after the date of passage.
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« Reply #366 on: November 04, 2022, 08:47:32 PM »

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1. Any publicly owned or operated Internet Server Rental Service (ISRS) in Atlasia and any ISRS that is a federal contractor therein shall adopt a content neutrality policy, provided each such policy shall include a certification that the ISRS:

A. Shall not refuse to rent internet servers or provide internet server services to a person or website due to lawful content, applications, services, or nonharmful devices, subject to reasonable network management that is disclosed to the consumer;

B. Shall not throttle, impair, or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of Internet content, application, or service or use of a nonharmful device, subject to reasonable internet server management that is disclosed to the consumer;

C. Shall not engage in paid prioritization, or accept any consideration to manage its internet servers in a way that benefits particular content, applications, services or devices; and

D. Shall publicly disclose accurate information regarding the internet server management practices, performance, and commercial terms of its internet server rental services sufficient for consumers to make informed choices regarding the use of such services.

E. Shall not collude with other ISRSs to deplatform or ban a specific person or website from obtaining server rental services unless such services are being used to actively facilitate a crime.

2. Nothing in this act shall be interpreted as amending, modifying, or repealing any existing federal, Regional, State, or local law or regulation applying to the provision, operation, management, marketing, or sale of internet servers unless such law or regulation expressly prohibits internet server neutrality policies.

3. This act shall take effect thirty (30) days from the date of passage.
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« Reply #367 on: November 04, 2022, 08:48:39 PM »

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TITLE I: HARMONIZED SUICIDE PREVENTION NUMBER

1. Any telecommunications provider in Atlasia that contracts for the provision of telephone, fax, or pager service shall not when assigning phone, fax, or pager numbers assign the area code 988 or assign a phone, fax, or pager number beginning with 988. 988 shall be exclusively reserved for assignment to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and any affiliates, contractors, agents, or volunteers thereof.

2. It shall be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 per call, fax, or page for any telecommunications provider to assign any phone call, fax, or page including the prefatory area code 988 or the first three (3) digits 988 in violation of this act.


TITLE II: ANTI-SPOOFING

1. As used in this title:

A. Caller identification information means data that identifies the identity of the caller or the caller's telephone number to the recipient of a telephone call or to the recipient's telephone network.

B. False caller identification information means data that misrepresents the identity of the caller or the caller's telephone number to the recipient of a telephone call or to the recipient's telephone network.

2. It shall be a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for no more than six (6) months and a fine of no more than $10,000.00 for any person who, with the intent to defraud, intimidate, or harass, causes a telephone in another region to ring and engages in conduct that results in the display of false caller identification information on the called party's telephone.

3. This title shall not apply to:

A. The blocking of caller identification information;

B. Any law-enforcement agencies or any law-enforcement officer while he is engaged in the performance of his official duties;

C. Any telecommunications, broadband, or Voice-over-Internet protocol (VOIP) service provider that is acting in its capacity as an intermediary for the transmission of telephone service between the caller and the recipient, providing or configuring a service or service feature as requested by a customer, acting in a manner that is authorized or required by law, or engaging in other conduct that is a necessary incident to the provision of service.


TITLE III: ANTI-HARASSMENT

1. Any person who, with or without intent to communicate but with intent to annoy any other person, causes any telephone or digital pager, not his or her own, located in another region to ring or to otherwise signal, and any person who permits or condones the use of any telephone under his control for such purpose, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000.00. A second or subsequent conviction under this provision is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 if such prior conviction occurred before the date of the offense charged.

2. Any person who, with or without intent to converse, but with intent to annoy, harass, hinder, or delay emergency personnel in the performance of their duties as such, causes a telephone in another region to ring, which is owned or leased for the purpose of receiving emergency calls by a public or private entity providing fire, police, or emergency medical services, and any person who knowingly permits the use of a telephone under his control for such purpose, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than sixty (60) days and a fine of not more than $5,000.00. A second or subsequent conviction under this provision is punishable by imprisonment for not less than ten (10) days and not more than ninety (90) days and a fine of not less than $2,000.00 and not more than $10,000.00 if such prior conviction occurred before the date of the offense charged.


TITLE IV: ANTI-TRAFFIC PUMPING

1. For the purposes of this title, the term access stimulation charge means any switched access charge assessed by a local exchange carrier for delivery of interstate telecommunications to an entity that:

A. Provides a free or below cost service, discount, credit, or other product offering to any person calling a telephone number assigned by the local exchange carrier to an entity's service; and

B. Purchases no end user services for the provision of the free service and has a financial or contractual interest, which is either direct or indirect, in the intercarrier compensation revenue received by a telecommunications carrier, including access charges or reciprocal compensation for delivering calls to the telephone numbers assigned to any entity providing the free or below cost service.

2. No local exchange carrier (LEC) may assess an access stimulation charge. No access stimulation charge may be applied to any intrastate intraMTA telecommunications service which is originated by a commercial mobile radio service provider and terminated by an LEC.

3. An LEC is not engaged in the provisions of local exchange service if the carrier delivers calls to an entity that has a financial or contractual interest, which is either direct or indirect, in the intercarrier compensation revenue received by the local exchange carrier for processing any telephone traffic that is subject to an access stimulation charge as defined in herein.

4. An entity that has a financial or contractual interest, which is either direct or indirect, in the intercarrier compensation revenue received by an LEC for delivering calls to the telephone numbers assigned to the entity is not an end user of or subscriber of the LEC's telecommunications services.

5. No adult entertainer may enter into a fee sharing agreement with a Local Exchange Carrier (LEC) for the purpose of routing bulk phone calls through an LEC to pump traffic.

6. Any interstate telecommunications provider that contracts with a licensed adult entertainer, licensed prostitute, or licensed brothel for the provision of telephone, fax, or pager service related to the provision of prostitution adult entertainment shall assign such phone, fax, or pager number with the prefatory area code 666.

 7. Any person who violates this title is subject to a civil penalty to be imposed by the Attorney General after notice and opportunity for hearing. The civil penalty may not exceed twenty thousand dollars ($20,000.00) for each day there is a violation of this title. In determining the amount of the penalty upon finding a violation, or the amount of the compromise settlement, the Attorney General shall consider the appropriateness of the penalty to the size of the business of the person charged, prior offenses and compliance history, the good faith efforts of the person charged in attempting to achieve compliance, and such other matters as justice may require. All penalties collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the federal treasury. In addition to assessing a civil penalty for a violation of this Act, the Attorney General may revoke or suspend a telecommunications company's license to operate in interstate commerce for repeated offenses.

TITLE V: ANTI-LOCATION TRACKING

1. Any data broker as defined by law who collects data in Atlasian commerce, or who acquires data on residents of Atlasia is hereby prohibited from selling location data acquired from cellphone or internet applications or usage, regardless of if the data is anonymized or masked.

A. A violation of this paragraph shall be a misdemeanor punishable by disgorgement of any profits, imprisonment for no more than one (1) year, and a fine of $10,000.00 per individual person whose data was sold. Any data collected in violation of this paragraph shall be subject to forfeiture.

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

TITLE VI: PARENTAL PROTECTIONS

1. The follow words or terms shall be defined as such in this title:

A. Activate means the process of powering on a device and associating it with a new user account.

B. Device means a tablet or a smart phone sold in Atlasia and manufactured on or after the date this bill takes effect.

C. Filter means software installed on a device that is capable of preventing the device from accessing or displaying material that is obscene as to minors through the Internet or any applications owned and controlled by the manufacturer and installed on the device.

D. Obscene as to minors means the same as that term is defined by the region in which such device is located.

E. Manufacturer means a person that is engaged in the business of manufacturing a device and conducts business with persons in Atlasia.

F. Smart phone means an electronic device that combines a cell phone with a hand-held computer, typically offering Internet access, data storage, and text and email capabilities.

G. Tablet means a mobile device that is equipped with a mobile operating system, touchscreen display, and rechargeable battery; and has the ability to support access to a cellular network.

2. No manufacturer shall manufacture or sell a device in Atlasia, unless when activated, such device automatically enables a filter that:

A. when enabled, prevents the user from accessing or downloading material that is obscene as to minors on mobile data networks, applications owned and controlled by the manufacturer, wired Internet networks, and wireless Internet networks;

B. notifies the user of the device when the filter blocks the device from downloading an application or accessing a website;

C. gives a user with a passcode the opportunity to unblock a filtered application or website; and

D. reasonably precludes a user other than a user with a passcode the opportunity to deactivate, modify, or uninstall the filter.

3. A violation of this act shall be a misdemeanor punishable by disgorgement of any profits, imprisonment for no more than one (1) year, and a fine of $10,000.00 per device sold that lacks a filter.

4. This provision does not apply to a manufacturer that makes a good faith effort to provide a device that, upon activation of the device, automatically enables a generally accepted and commercially reasonable method of filtration in accordance with this act and industry standards.

5. A minor may maintain a civil action to recover actual damages, punitive damages of up to $10,000, reasonable legal costs, and any equitable relief necessary to enforce this act against a manufacturer of a device if the device is activated in Atlasia, the device does not, upon activation therein, enable a filter that complies with the requirements described in this act, and the minor accesses material that is obscene as to minors on the device.

TITLE VII: EFFECTIVE DATE

9. This act shall take effect forty-five (45) days from the date of passage.
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« Reply #368 on: November 04, 2022, 08:51:30 PM »

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1. 49 CFR 390.19 shall be amended to only require motor carriers to only complete a "Motor Carrier Identification Report" (form MCS-150) at the following times:

A. Before the carrier begins operation; and

B. Every 24 months thereafter, in accordance with the schedule in 49 CFR 390.19.

2. 49 CFR part 385 shall be amended to allow safety investigations to be conducted in compliance with the Regional law of the region in which such vehicle is registered.

3. 49 CFR part 387, subpart A, 387.7 and 387.9 shall be amended to exempt from the minimum level of financial responsibility for for-hire motor carriers motor carriers transporting hazardous material.

4. 49 CFR 382 shall be amended to exempt marijuana and cannabis from the list of prohibited controlled substances.

5. 49 C.F.R §§ 390-399 shall be amended to permit Regions to opt out of such regulations.
 
6. This act shall take effect April 1, 2023.
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« Reply #369 on: November 04, 2022, 08:52:08 PM »

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TITLE I: DEFINITIONS.

1. "Affirmative authorization" means an action that demonstrates an intentional decision by a consumer.

2. "Biological sample" means any material part of the human, discharge therefrom, or derivative thereof, such as tissue, blood, urine, or saliva, known to contain deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).

3. "Consumer" means a natural person who is a resident of Atlasia.

4. "Dark pattern" means a user interface designed or manipulated with the substantial effect of subverting or impairing user autonomy, decision-making, or choice.

5. "Deidentified data" means data that cannot be used to infer information about, or otherwise be linked to, a particular individual, provided that the direct-to-consumer genetic testing company (i) takes reasonable measures to ensure that such information cannot be associated with a consumer or household; (ii) publicly commits to maintain and use such information only in deidentified form and not to attempt to reidentify the information, except that the direct-to-consumer genetic testing company may attempt to reidentify the information solely for the purpose of determining whether its deidentification processes satisfy the requirements of this clause, provided that the direct-to-consumer genetic testing company does not use or disclose any information reidentified in this process and destroys the reidentified information upon completion of that assessment; and (iii) contractually obligates any recipients of the information to take reasonable measures to ensure that the information cannot be associated with a consumer or household and to commit to maintaining and using the information only in deidentified form and not to reidentify the information.

6. "Direct-to-consumer genetic testing company" means an entity that (i) sells, markets, interprets, or otherwise offers consumer-initiated genetic testing products or services directly to consumers; (ii) analyzes genetic data obtained from a consumer, except to the extent that the analysis is performed by a person licensed in the healing arts for diagnosis or treatment of a medical condition; or (iii) collects, uses, maintains, or discloses genetic data that is collected or derived from a direct-to-consumer genetic testing product or service or is directly provided by a consumer.

7. "Express consent" means a consumer's affirmative authorization to grant permission in response to a clear, meaningful, and prominent notice regarding the collection, use, maintenance, or disclosure of genetic data for a specific purpose.

8. "Genetic data" means any data, regardless of its format, that results from the analysis of a biological sample from a consumer, or from another element enabling equivalent information to be obtained, and concerns genetic material. Genetic material includes deoxyribonucleic acids (DNA), ribonucleic acids (RNA), genes, chromosomes, alleles, genomes, alterations or modifications to DNA or RNA, and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). "Genetic data" includes uninterpreted data that results from the analysis of the biological sample and any information extrapolated, derived, or inferred therefrom. "Genetic data" does not include (i) deidentified data or (ii) data or a biological sample to the extent that data or a biological sample is collected, used, maintained, and disclosed exclusively for scientific research conducted by an investigator with an institution that holds an assurance with the federal government, in compliance with all applicable federal, regional, and State laws and regulations for the protection of human subjects in research.

9. "Genetic testing" means any laboratory test of a biological sample from a consumer for the purpose of determining information concerning genetic material contained within the biological sample, or any information extrapolated, derived, or inferred therefrom.

10. "Service provider" means a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, corporation, association, or other legal entity that is organized or operated for the profit or financial benefit of its shareholders or other owners that is involved in (i) the collection, transportation, and analysis of the consumer's biological sample or extracted genetic material (a) on behalf of the direct-to-consumer genetic testing company or (b) on behalf of any other company that collects, uses, maintains, or discloses genetic data collected or derived from a direct-to-consumer genetic testing product or service or directly provided by a consumer or (ii) the delivery of the results of the analysis of the biological sample or genetic material.


TITLE II: EXCLUSIONS


1. This act shall not apply to any of the following:

A. Protected health information that is collected, maintained, used, or disclosed by a covered entity or business associate governed by the privacy, security, and breach notification rules issued by the Atlasian government, established pursuant to the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and the federal Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act;

B. A covered entity governed by the privacy, security, and breach notification rules issued by the Atlasian government, established pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, , and the federal Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, to the extent that the covered entity maintains, uses, and discloses genetic information in the same manner as protected health information;

C. A business associate of a covered entity governed by the privacy, security, and data breach notification rules issued by the Atlasian government, established pursuant to the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and the federal Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, to the extent that the business associate maintains, uses, and discloses genetic information in the same manner as protected health information;

D. Scientific research or educational activities conducted by a public or private nonprofit institution of higher education that holds an assurance with the Atlasian government, to the extent that such scientific research and educational activities comply with all applicable federal, regional, and State laws and regulations for the protection of human subjects in research;

E. Any newborn screening program established pursuant to law;

F. Tests conducted exclusively to diagnose whether an individual has a specific disease, to the extent that all persons involved in the conduct of the test maintain, use, and disclose genetic information in the same manner as protected health information; or

G. Genetic data used or maintained by an employer, or disclosed by an employee to an employer, to the extent that the use, maintenance, or disclosure of such data is necessary to comply with a local, State, regional, or federal workplace health and safety ordinance, law, or regulation.


TITLE III: CONSUMER INFORMATION


1. Every direct-to-consumer genetic testing company shall provide to consumers:

A. A summary of the company's (i) policies and procedures related to the collection, use, maintenance, retention, disclosure, transfer, deletion, and security of and access to genetic data and (ii) privacy practices;

B. Information regarding the requirement for consent for the collection, use, and disclosure of genetic data and the process for revoking consent;

C. Notice that a consumer's deidentified genetic or phenotypic data may be shared with or disclosed to third parties for research purposes in accordance with federal law; and

D. Information about the process by which a consumer may file a complaint alleging a violation of this act.

2. Information required to be made available pursuant to this title shall be written in plain language and shall be provided to consumers together with any genetic testing product provided to consumers. Such information shall also be included on any website maintained by the direct-to-consumer genetic testing company in a manner that is easily accessible by the public.


TITLE IV: CONSENT


1. Express consent required pursuant to this act requires a statement of the nature of the data collection, use, maintenance, or disclosure for which consent is sought in plain and prominent language that an ordinary consumer would notice and understand and an affirmative authorization by the consumer granting permission in response to such statement. Express consent shall not be inferred from inaction. Agreement obtained through dark patterns does not constitute express consent.

2. Every direct-to-consumer genetic testing company shall obtain a consumer's express consent for the collection, use, and disclosure of the consumer's genetic data, including, at a minimum, separate and express consent for each of the following:

A. The use of genetic data collected through the genetic testing product or service offered to the consumer. Express consent for such use of genetic data shall include a statement describing who will receive access to the genetic data, how such genetic data will be shared, and the purposes for which such data shall be collected, used, and disclosed;

B. The storage of a consumer's biological sample after the initial testing required by the consumer has been completed;

C. Each use of genetic data or the biological sample beyond the primary purpose of the genetic testing or service and inherent contextual uses;

D. Each transfer or disclosure of the consumer's genetic data or biological sample to a third party other than a service provider, including the name of the third party to which the consumer's genetic data or biological sample will be transferred or disclosed; and

E. Any marketing or facilitation of marketing to a consumer based on the consumer's genetic data or marketing or facilitation of marketing by a third party based on the consumer's having ordered, purchased, received, or used a genetic testing product or service, except that a direct-to-consumer genetic testing company shall not be required to obtain a consumer's express consent to marketing to the consumer on the company's own website or mobile application based on the consumer having ordered, purchased, received, or used a genetic testing product or service from that company if (i) the advertisement does not depend on any information specific to that consumer other than information regarding the product or service that the consumer ordered, purchased, received, or used; (ii) the placement of the advertisement does not result in disparate exposure to advertising content on the basis of a protected class under the Southern Constitution; and (iii) the advertisement of a third-party product or service is clearly labeled as advertising content, is accompanied by the name of the third party that has contributed to the placement of the advertisement, and, if applicable, indicates that the advertised product or service and claims regarding the product or service have not been vetted or endorsed by the direct-to-consumer genetic testing company.

3. Every direct-to-consumer genetic testing company shall provide a mechanism by which a consumer may revoke express consent, which shall include an option for revocation of consent through the primary medium through which the company communicates with consumers.

4. Revocation of express consent by a consumer shall comply with the requirements of federal law. Upon revocation of express consent required herein by a consumer, a direct-to-consumer genetic testing company shall (i) honor such revocation of express consent as soon as is practicable but in all cases within 30 days of receipt of such revocation and (ii) destroy the consumer's biological sample within 30 days of receipt of revocation of the consumer's express consent to store such sample.


TITLE V: OTHER REQUIREMENTS


1. Every direct-to-consumer genetic testing company shall:

A. Implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices to protect a consumer's genetic data against unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure; and

B. Develop procedures and practices to allow a consumer to easily (i) access the consumer's genetic data; (ii) delete the consumer's genetic data, except any data required by state or federal law to be retained by the direct-to-consumer genetic testing company and any account the consumer may have created with the direct-to-consumer genetic testing company; and (iii) revoke consent to storage of the consumer's biological sample and request destruction of such biological sample.

2. Every direct-to-consumer genetic testing company that enters into a contract with a service provider shall prohibit the service provider from retaining, using, or disclosing the biological sample, extracted genetic material, genetic data, or any information regarding the identity of the consumer, including whether the consumer has solicited or received genetic testing, as applicable, for any purpose other than for the specific purpose of performing the services specified in the contract with the service provider for the business.

3. Every contract between a direct-to-consumer genetic testing company and a service provider shall include:

A. A provision prohibiting the service provider from retaining, using, or disclosing the biological sample, extracted genetic material, genetic data, or any information regarding the identity of the consumer, including whether the consumer has solicited or received genetic testing, as applicable, for a commercial purpose other than providing the services specified in the contract with the service provider with the business; and

B. A provision prohibiting the service provider from associating or combining the biological sample, extracted genetic material, genetic data, or any information regarding the identity of the consumer, including whether the consumer has solicited or received genetic testing, as applicable, with information the service provider has received from or on behalf of another person or has collected from its own interaction with consumers or as required by law.


TITLE VI: OTHER PROHIBITED DISCLOSURES AND ACTS


1. Except as provided herein, no direct-to-consumer genetic testing company shall disclose a consumer's genetic data to any entity that is responsible for administering or making decisions regarding health insurance, life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability insurance, or employment or any entity that provides advice to such an entity.

2. A direct-to consumer genetic testing company may disclosure a consumer's genetic data or biological sample to an entity described above if:

A. The entity is not primarily engaged in administering health insurance, life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability insurance, or employment;

B. The consumer's genetic data or biological sample is not disclosed to the entity in that entity's capacity as a party that is responsible for administering, advising, or making decisions regarding health insurance, life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability insurance, or employment; and

C. Any agent or division of the entity that is involved in administering, advising, or making decisions regarding health insurance, life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability insurance, or employment is prohibited from accessing the consumer's genetic data or biological sample.

3. No person or public entity shall discriminate against a consumer on the grounds that the consumer has exercised any of the rights granted by this act with regard to:

A. Providing or denying any good, service, or benefit to the consumer;

B. Charging any different price or rate for any good or service provided to the consumer, including through the use of discounts or other incentives or imposition of penalties;

C. Providing a different level or quality of goods, services, or benefits to the consumer;

D. Suggesting that the consumer will receive a different price or rate for goods, services, or benefits or a different level or quality of goods, services, or benefits; or

E. Considering the consumer's exercise of rights pursuant to this chapter as a basis or suspicion of criminal wrongdoing or unlawful conduct.


TITLE VII: ENFORCEMENT AND ENACTMENT


1. The Attorney General or his designee shall have exclusive authority to enforce the provisions of this act.

2. Any person who negligently violates the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed $1,000 plus court costs, as determined by the court. Any person who willfully violates the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a civil penalty in an amount not less than $1,000 and not more than $10,000 plus court costs, as determined by the court.

3. Each violation of this act is a separate and actionable violation.

4. The provisions of this act shall not reduce a direct-to-consumer genetic testing company's duties, obligations, requirements, or standards under any applicable federal law for the protection of privacy and security.

5. In the event of a conflict between the provisions of this chapter and any other provision of law, the provisions of the law that afford the greatest protection for the right of privacy for consumers shall control.

6. Nothing in this act shall be construed to affect access to information made available to the public by the consumer.

7. This act shall take effect sixty (60) days from the date of passage.
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« Reply #370 on: November 05, 2022, 12:58:37 AM »

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SENATE BILL
To regulate the Mobile Apps and ensure fairness in their operations


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MOBILE APPS FAIRNESS ACT


TITLE I: ONLINE PAYMENT PROCESSING

1. Unless otherwise modified by federal anti-terrorism or criminal law, no person or entity providing banking, credit, debit or other financial services, payment processing services, currency conversion services, stock or financial instrument brokerage services, utility or common carrier services, or hotel services in Atlasia or to a resident of Atlasia shall deny such services or cancel any contract to perform such services to any customer on the basis of such customer's membership in a class protected by law, or on the basis of constitutionally protected speech made or associations conducted by such customer, or to benefit a particular political party, policy, or viewpoint; nor shall any stock or financial instrument brokerage services refuse to complete a transaction due to a reason other than that which a prudent investor would make

A. A violation of this paragraph shall be a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for no more than one (1) year, and a fine of $10,000.00 per individual customer who was denied service.

B. A customer who was unlawfully denied service pursuant to this paragraph may maintain a civil action to recover actual damages, punitive damages of up to $10,000, reasonable legal costs, and any equitable relief necessary to enforce this act.


TITLE II: ONLINE CROWDFUNDING

1. Unless otherwise modified by federal anti-terrorism or criminal law, no donation-based crowdfunding platform operating in Atlasia that permits users to solicit for and donate to charitable causes for which there is no reward or consideration offered in exchange for a donation shall unfairly interfere with such donations. Unfair interference shall include the impoundment, seizure, forfeiture, and misappropriation of funds donated to a non-fraudulent charitable cause. Any such funds shall be promptly transferred to the intended donee, or if such transfer is not possible promptly refunded to the donors with an accompanying communication of such refund and the reason why the fund transfer did not occur. Unfair interference shall also include the refusal to host lawful charitable causes based on the race, sex, disability, or political affiliation of the solicitor or the intended recipients, or the granting of preferential advertising, fee rates, or fund delivery priority for such reasons.

2. No donation-based crowdfunding platform operating in Atlasia that permits users to solicit for and donate to charitable causes for which there is no reward or consideration offered in exchange for a donation shall authorize or complete a transfer of funds from a donor to a donee without first disclosing of all fees charged to the donor and donee by the crowdfunding platform, including the amounts and purposes of such fees.

3. No person in Atlasia may have their bank accounts frozen or seized merely for having donated to a charitable cause on a donation-based crowdfunding platform. The Attorney General is hereby authorized to prosecute violations of this act.


TITLE III: MOBILE RIDE SHARING APPS

1. As used in this title ride share service means any business who provides prearranged rides using a digital platform that connects passengers with drivers or who contracts or enters into an agreement, or arrangement, with a customer and who, in accordance with such contract, agreement, or arrangement, arranges any transportation or negotiates for or holds itself out by solicitation, advertisement, or otherwise as one who arranges for such transportation but does not control the manner in which such transportation is provided.

2. No ride share service may operate in interregional commerce in Atlasia, unless it has obtained consent from every region in which the ride share service seeks to operate.

3. Regions, as a condition of consent may require background checks of all drivers, a review of driving history of all drivers, zero tolerance for the use of illegal drugs or alcohol by any drivers while driving, and a suspension pending investigation of any driver accused of violating the zero tolerance policy, age restrictions on drivers, vehicle capacity limits, vehicle safety inspections, insurance, manifests, price transparency, privacy, anti-discrimination, and similar requirements to promote safety and good order.

4. Any ride share service that operates in violation of this law shall be fined $10,000.00 per day of illegal operation per region and be disgorged of all profits.


TITLE IV: FOOD DELIVERY APPS

1. No food delivery platform operating in Atlasia shall submit an order on behalf of a consumer to a restaurant or arrange for the delivery of an order from a restaurant without first obtaining an agreement with the restaurant expressly authorizing the food delivery platform to submit orders to and deliver food prepared by the restaurant. Such agreement shall require disclosure of all fees charged by the food delivery platform, including commissions, delivery fees, promotional fees, and the baseline cost of the food order, to the restaurant.

2. Prior to the confirmation of any online order by a food delivery platform, the food delivery platform shall clearly display through its online ordering system the baseline cost of the food order and any additional fees associated with the order, including the amounts and purposes of such fees.

3. If a restaurant uses an independent online ordering system to facilitate orders of food for sale to consumers that includes with the order the option of delivery by a specific food delivery platform, then the restaurant may elect to display a single total cost of the order rather than clearly listing each fee associated with the order.

4. No food delivery platform shall give any restaurant preferential advertising on its platform, rate, or delivery priority on the basis of the race, color, ethnicity, or other protected status of the owner of the restaurant.


TITLE V: MOBILE FREEMIUM GAME APPS

1. As used in this title:

A. Lootbox means a consumable virtual item which can be redeemed to receive a randomized selection of further virtual items, found as part of certain video games and that can be purchased through the use of real world money or cryptocurrency.

B. Digital video game purchase means the purchasing of a video game or other downloadable content, or unlock or the purchase of virtual video game currency digitally through the internet.

2. The sale, advertising, or distribution in Atlasia of any digital video game purchase that contains a lootbox is hereby prohibited, except for games rated "Mature (M)", "Adult (A)", or "Likely Mature 17+". Except as just specified herein, all such digital video game purchases in the Atlasia shall be free from any prohibited lootbox and any existing game containing a prohibited lootbox shall have functionality and access to such lootbox disabled by the game licensee or distributor.

3. No digital video game purchase in Atlasia that contains a lootbox shall permit the lootbox to be redeemable or usable within a general store for products, benefits, merchandise, or any other thing of value unrelated to the game containing the lootbox. This includes but is not limited to company products, discounts on company products, gift cards, tangible prizes, and cash.

4. A violation of this act shall constitute a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of no more than $10,000.00 per transaction and disgorgement of any profits.


TITLE VI: DOORBELL CAMERA APPS

1. No federal law enforcement may seize, copy, or view private security camera recordings without consent or a court order or warrant.

2. No operator of a private security camera application may sell the recordings of such camera to a third party.

3. A violation of this act shall constitute a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of no more than $10,000.00 per transaction and disgorgement of any profits.


TITLE VII: PERSONAL ASSISTANT APPS

1. No person in Atlasia shall violate the privacy of another by using or permitting audio recording technology to record or capture the voice or speech of another in a private home or dwelling, nor shall any such technology be used to collect data on any other person in a private home or dwelling,  nor shall any data obtained from such technology in a private home or dwelling, be sold or transferred to another.

A. This shall not apply if the person subject to the technology affirmatively consents to the recording, collection, sale, or transfer. Requiring consent as a condition of an end-use customer to fully use or interface with a cellphone, computer, appliance, or product sold to such customer shall not be considered affirmative consent.

B. A violation of this paragraph shall be a misdemeanor punishable by disgorgement of any profits, imprisonment for no more than one (1) year, and a fine of $10,000.00 per individual person whose privacy was violated. Any technology used to facilitate a crime under this paragraph shall be subject to forfeiture. Any data collected in violation of this paragraph shall be subject to forfeiture.

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


TITLE VIII: ENACTMENT

1. This act shall take effect forty-five (45) days from the date of enactment.
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« Reply #371 on: November 05, 2022, 07:48:20 AM »

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A. A consumer may invoke the consumer rights authorized pursuant to this act at any time by submitting a request to a controller specifying the consumer rights the consumer wishes to invoke. A known child's parent or legal guardian may invoke such consumer rights on behalf of the child regarding processing personal data belonging to the known child. A controller shall comply with an authenticated consumer request to exercise the right:

1. To confirm whether or not a controller is processing the consumer's personal data and to access such personal data;

2. To correct inaccuracies in the consumer's personal data, taking into account the nature of the personal data and the purposes of the processing of the consumer's personal data;

3. To delete personal data provided by or obtained about the consumer;

4. To obtain a copy of the consumer's personal data that the consumer previously provided to the controller in a portable and, to the extent technically feasible, readily usable format that allows the consumer to transmit the data to another controller without hindrance, where the processing is carried out by automated means; and

5. To opt out of the processing of the personal data for purposes of (i) targeted advertising, (ii) the sale of personal data, or (iii) profiling in furtherance of decisions that produce legal or similarly significant effects concerning the consumer.

B. Except as otherwise provided in this act, a controller shall comply with a request by a consumer to exercise the consumer rights authorized pursuant to section A as follows:

1. A controller shall respond to the consumer without undue delay, but in all cases within 45 days of receipt of the request submitted pursuant to the methods described in section A. The response period may be extended once by 45 additional days when reasonably necessary, taking into account the complexity and number of the consumer's requests, so long as the controller informs the consumer of any such extension within the initial 45-day response period, together with the reason for the extension.

2. If a controller declines to take action regarding the consumer's request, the controller shall inform the consumer without undue delay, but in all cases and at the latest within 45 days of receipt of the request, of the justification for declining to take action and instructions for how to appeal the decision pursuant to section C.

3. Information provided in response to a consumer request shall be provided by a controller free of charge, up to twice annually per consumer. If requests from a consumer are manifestly unfounded, excessive, or repetitive, the controller may charge the consumer a reasonable fee to cover the administrative costs of complying with the request or decline to act on the request. The controller bears the burden of demonstrating the manifestly unfounded, excessive, or repetitive nature of the request.

4. If a controller is unable to authenticate the request using commercially reasonable efforts, the controller shall not be required to comply with a request to initiate an action under subsection A and may request that the consumer provide additional information reasonably necessary to authenticate the consumer and the consumer's request.

5. A controller that has obtained personal data about a consumer from a source other than the consumer shall be deemed in compliance with a consumer's request to delete such data pursuant to subsection A 3 by opting the consumer out of the processing of that data for targeted advertising, sale, or profiling pursuant to subsection A 5.

C. A controller shall establish a process for a consumer to appeal the controller's refusal to take action on a request within a reasonable period of time after the consumer's receipt of the decision pursuant to subsection B 2. The appeal process shall be conspicuously available and similar to the process for submitting requests to initiate action pursuant to section A. Within 60 days of receipt of an appeal, a controller shall inform the consumer in writing of any action taken or not taken in response to the appeal, including a written explanation of the reasons for the decisions. If the appeal is denied, the controller shall also provide the consumer with an online mechanism, if available, or other method through which the consumer may contact the Attorney General to submit a complaint.

D. As used in this act:

1. Consumer means a natural person who is a resident of Atlasia acting only in an individual or household context. It does not include a natural person acting in a commercial or employment context.

2. Controller means the natural or legal person that, alone or jointly with others, determines the purpose and means of processing personal data obtained in interregional commerce.

E. This act shall take effect forty-five (45) days from the date of passage.
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« Reply #372 on: November 05, 2022, 11:10:15 AM »

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FERTILIZER INFLATION REDUCTION ACT

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A SENATE BILL
To reduce supply shocks to the fertilizer mark and fight price inflation for fertilizer and food.
Be it enacted


1. All tariff rate quotas, countervailing duties, and import duties on phosphate fertilizer and ammonium nitrate fertilizer imported from any foreign country are hereby suspended until July 1, 2024.

2. 42 U.S.C. 9601 is amended by adding the following new section at the end
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SECTION 312. EXCEPTION FOR MANURE


a. Upon the date of enactment of this section, manure shall not be included in the meaning of `hazardous substance' under section 101(14) of this Act or `pollutant or contaminant' under section 101(33) of this Act.

b. The enactment of this section shall not be construed to impose any liability or paperwork requirements under provisions of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 for manure.

c. Nothing in this section shall affect the applicability of any other environmental
statute as it relates to the definition of manure, or the responsibilities or liabilities of any person regarding, the treatment, storage, or disposal of manure.

d. 100 Stat. 1655 is amended by adding the following at the end thereof:
The notification requirements under this subsection shall not apply to releases associated with manure (as defined in section 312 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act.

e. Definition - For the purposes of this section, the term `manure' mean:
     1. digestive emissions, feces, urine, urea and other excrement from livestock (as defined by 7 C.F.R. 205.2);
     2. any associated bedding, compost, raw materials or other materials commingled with such excrement from livestock (as defined by 7 C.F.R. 205.2);
     3. any process water associated with the items referred to in paragraph (1) or (2); and
     4. any byproducts, constituents, or substances contained in, originating from, or emissions relating to the items described in paragraph (1), (2), or (3).''.


3. This act shall take effect January 1, 2023.
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« Reply #373 on: November 05, 2022, 11:10:55 AM »

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REGULATORY PROCESS REFORM ACT

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A SENATE BILL
To reform the process of regulations being implemented by executive agencies
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Section I: Title

1. This bill shall be called the Regulatory Process Reform Act.

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

Section II: Process Changes

1. A cost benefit analysis shall be required to be done of any regulations proposed by an executive agency before the regulation gets implemented.

2. Any regulation deemed to have a higher cost than a benefit, shall not be implemented unless that regulation is approved by statute.

3. Future Regulations which are implemented are required to periodically have a cost benefit analysis every five (5) years after implementation to see if the benefits of the regulation outweigh the costs.  Any such regulation that has a higher cost than a benefit shall be unenforceable unless that regulation is approved or reapproved by statute.
 
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« Reply #374 on: November 05, 2022, 11:11:35 AM »

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SURPLUS LAND SALES ACT

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To direct the Secretary of the Internal Affairs to sell certain Federal lands in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming, previously identified as suitable for disposal.

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Section 1: Title

1. This Act may be cited as the Surplus Land Sales Act.

Section 2: Sale of Certain Federal Lands Previously Identified as Suitable for Disposal

1. Competitive Sale of Lands
The Secretary of Internal Affairs (SoIA) shall offer the identified Federal lands for disposal by competitive sale for not less than fair market value as determined by an independent appraiser.

2. Existing Rights
The sale of identified Federal lands under this section shall be subject to valid existing rights.

3. Proceeds of Sale of Lands
All net proceeds from the sale of identified Federal lands under this section shall be deposited directly into the Treasury for reduction of the public debt.

4. Report
Not later than one (1) year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the SoIA shall submit —

   a. A list of any identified Federal lands that have not been sold under subsection (b) and the reasons such lands were not sold; and

   b. An update of the report submitted on May 27, 1997, pursuant to section 390(g) of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (Public Law 104–127; 110 Stat. 1024), including a current inventory of the Federal lands under the administrative jurisdiction of the SoIA that are suitable for disposal.

5. Definitions
The term "identified Federal lands" means the parcels of Federal land under the administrative jurisdiction of the SoIA that were identified as suitable for disposal in the report submitted on May 27, 1997, pursuant to section 390(g) of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (Public Law 104–127; 110 Stat. 1024), except the following:
   A. Lands not identified for disposal in the applicable land use plan.
   B. Lands subject to a Recreation and Public Purpose conveyance application.
   C. Lands identified for Regional selection.
   D. Lands identified for Indian tribe allotments.
   E. Lands identified for local government use.

Section 3: Enactment

1. Nothing in this Act shall affect the implementation of Regional laws, including Regional enabling Acts.

2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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