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« Reply #75 on: November 20, 2022, 02:45:40 PM »


My mind isn't made up yet, so inherently neither 0% nor 100%. I fully intend to tell the Atlasian people as soon as I have and the appropriate time comes.
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« Reply #76 on: November 20, 2022, 02:46:01 PM »

Signing statement

I've talked to many folks across this nation, and while foreign policy is an area that attracts as many nuts as any other, it serves the interests of Atlasians best when we practice a restrained policy that doesn't just reduce to talking about how great our values are while doing nothing to back them up. Under this administration we're putting our money where our mouths are, in the little things as well as the big things. I'm happy to sign this bill and help run a tighter ship in the one area where the federal government can flex its muscles fully.

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Senate Bill
To restrict embassy's displaying of flags and other purposes

Be it enacted in the Atlasian Senate Assembled,

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EMBASSY NEUTRALITY ACT

1. No flag shall be displayed by the government of Atlasia, or any officer or employee thereof upon the exterior property of any Atlasian embassy or consulate other than the Atlasian flag, the flag of any Region, the NATO flag, or the POW-MIA Flag, nor shall any federal funding be expended for the purchase, acquisition, or display of any such prohibited flag upon such embassy or consulate.

2. This act shall take effect immediately.

Passed 9-5-0-4 in the Atlasian Senate assembled,

- R, PPT


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« Reply #77 on: November 21, 2022, 01:46:04 AM »

Signing statement

As someone from the best region in Atlasia and a citizen of Illinois and a resident and longtime rep of that same central Illinois which Lincoln represented, I am very pleased that the Senate has chosen a name that honors the work he carried out, for which neither the dead of the Civil War nor those who kept up the movement in the intervening years have struggled in vain. We continue that struggle no matter our party or the color of our skin, and in recognition of its past and present we set aside this day to maintain Atlasia's official commemoration of this history and the legacy that we build on and examine every day of the year.

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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 National Emancipation Day.

2. National Emancipation Day shall be a federal holiday.

3. National Emancipation Day shall be colloquially known as 'Juneteenth'.

4. This provision shall take effect immediately.

Passed 11-0-0-7 in the Atlasian Senate assembled,

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« Reply #78 on: November 24, 2022, 03:08:03 AM »

Signing statement

Well, I’ll tell you, it is remarkably humbling to be here with some of the most consequential legislation I have yet to sign as president. There are many problems for which the buck stops with me and the rest of our government. But, in particular, it's essential that this nation's leaders address the problems that confront Atlasians whenever we buy food and necessities or feed the kids or fuel up. We have a duty to keep as many Atlasians able to fulfil their needs and duties as possible in the midst of these choppy economic times across the world.

The Senate has now passed a big brace of bills that will lower prices for each and every Atlasian by doing three principal things. First, we are safeguarding the supply chains that administer the production of our food and drugs, as we just did for the semiconductor industry. We are also providing further space for the workers at each stage of those supply lines to innovate and operate in the best interests of the ordinary Atlasians which most need to be taken into account. And thirdly, we in government are doing our part by eliminating ineffective programs and freeing up more space for the foods and drugs and baby formula and fertilizer to get to those who need it; they are currently doing no harm where they are but can do a word of good closer to the people, where they belong.

In service of safeguarding the livelihoods of all Atlasians and keeping our nation safe, it is a great honor and privilege to sign the good work done by the Senate to address all of this. Enjoy the time with your families and your communities, everyone. Happy Thanksgiving.

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FOOD PRICE INFLATION REDUCTION ACT

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1. All tariff rate quotas, countervailing duties, and import duties on meat, produce, and food products imported from any foreign country are hereby suspended until July 1, 2024.

2. The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) are hereby eliminated. Any pre-existing covenant by a farmer not to engage in agriculture as a result of participating in the CRP or CSP are hereby null and void.

3. The Market Access Program is hereby eliminated.

4. The Dairy Forward Pricing Program, Supplemental Revenue Assistance, Payments Program, the ACRE Subsidy Program, and the Counter-Cyclical Subsidy Program are hereby eliminated.

5. All herd size limits imposed on ranchers utilizing federal grazing land are hereby suspended until July 1, 2024. Nothing in this section shall waive the requirement of ranchers to pay for any grass consumed pursuant to law.

6. Any person who willfully and knowingly damages or destroys any product or food process development that is known by the person to be the subject of testing or a product development program being conducted by, or in conjunction or cooperation with a public university or college, university system, or any other federal, Regional, State, or local government agency, shall be liable for treble the value of the product damaged or destroyed. For the purposes of this title, in conjunction or cooperation with means having a contract with a government agency, entity, or subdivision involving testing or a product development program relating to that product.

7. Any person who willingly or knowingly damages or destroys any product or food process development undertaken by any private sector corporation or business entity that is known by the person to be the subject of testing or product development shall be liable for treble the value of the product damaged or destroyed.

8. Any person or group who willfully or knowingly damages, destroys, or contaminates food or liquid intended for human consumption or use in interregional commerce shall be liable for treble the value of the item damaged, destroyed, or contaminated.

9. Any person or group who willfully or knowingly damages, destroys, or contaminates any field crop or food product grown or produced without consent shall be liable for treble the value of the item damaged, destroyed, or contaminated.

10. The rights and remedies available under this title are in addition to any other rights or remedies otherwise available in law. In addition to civil liability, any violation of Sections (6) - (9) of this title shall be guilty of a crime punishable as follows:

A. If the violation results in $500 or less in physical damage or destruction of property the violator shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 and restitution.

B. If the violation results in more than $500 in physical damage or destruction of property the violator shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than five (5) years, a fine of not more than $50,000.00, or both, and restitution.

C. If the violation results in the intentional or negligent bodily harm to any individual the violator shall be guilty of a separate felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than ten (10) years, a fine of not more than $50,000.00, or both.

11. An animal, food, or ecological terrorist organization or any person acting on its behalf or at its request or for its benefit is prohibited from:

A. Depriving the owner of an animal, food product, or natural resource from participating in an animal, food, or natural resource activity by:

i. obstructing the lawful use of an animal, food product, or natural resource, or other property from the owner permanently or for such a period of time that a significant portion of the value or enjoyment of the animal, natural resource, or property is lost to the owner by way of coercion, fear, intimidation, or property damage.

ii. disposing of an animal, food product, natural resource, or other property or to so alter its condition or usefulness that the value of the animal, food product, natural resource, or other property is substantially reduced.

B. Obstructing or impeding the use of an animal facility or the use of a food product or natural resource without the effective consent of the owner by:

i. damaging or destroying an animal facility, research facility, or facility involved in construction, mining, foresting, farming, harvesting, gathering, processing natural resources, or producing, processing, transporting, storing, selling, or distributing of food or food products, or other property in or on the premises;

ii. breaking and entering an animal facility, research facility, or facility involved in construction, mining, foresting, farming, harvesting, gathering, processing natural resources, or producing, processing, transporting, storing, selling, or distributing of food or food products, that is at the time closed to the public;

iii. remaining concealed in an animal facility, research facility, or facility involved in construction, mining, foresting, farming, harvesting, gathering, processing natural resources, or producing, processing, transporting, storing, selling, or distributing of food or food products, with the intent to commit an act prohibited by this act;

iv. breaking and entering an animal facility, research facility, or facility involved in construction, mining, foresting, farming, harvesting, gathering, processing natural resources, or producing, processing, transporting, storing, selling, or distributing of food or food products, and committing or attempting to commit an act prohibited by this act;

v. entering or remaining on the premises of an animal facility, research facility, or facility involved in construction, mining, foresting, farming, harvesting, gathering, processing natural resources, or producing, processing, transporting, storing, selling, or distributing of food or food products, if the person or organization had notice that the entry was forbidden or received notice to depart but failed to do so.

vi. obstructing or interfering with the transportation of animals, food or food products, natural resources, construction materials, or equipment necessary to produce, process, transport, store, sell, or distribute animals, food or food products, or natural resources.

C. Participating in or supporting animal, food, or ecological terrorism to include raising, soliciting, collecting or providing any person with material, financial support or other resources such as lodging, training, safe houses, false documentation or identification, communications, equipment or transportation that will be used in whole or in part, to encourage, plan, prepare, carry out, publicize, promote or aid an act of animal, food, or ecological terrorism, the concealment of, or an escape from, an act of animal, food, or ecological terrorism.

12. The provisions of this title do not apply to activities of a:

A. Government agency or its employees who are carrying out their responsibilities under law or to lawful activities of a financial institution or other secured party; and

B. Humane animal treatment shelter or its employees whose primary purpose is the bona fide control or humane care of animals when acting within the scope of their employment.

13. A person that violates this act and that results in $500 or less in physical damage or destruction of property shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 and restitution.

A person that violates this act and and that results in more than $500 in physical damage or destruction of property shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than five (5) years, a fine of not more than $50,000.00, or both, and restitution.

Any person that violates this act and results in the intentional or negligent bodily harm to any individual shall be guilty of a separate felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than ten (10) years, a fine of not more than $50,000.00, or both.

14. A person who has been damaged by a violation of this act may bring against the person who caused the damage an action in an appropriate court to recover an amount equal to three (3) times all economic damages to include the cost of lost or damaged property, records, the cost of repeating an interrupted or invalidated experiment, loss of profits or other special or consequential damages and reasonable legal fees.

15. There is hereby created the registry of animal, food, and ecological terrorists. A person who is convicted of or pleads guilty to an act that violates any provision of this title shall be registered with the Attorney General. The registry shall contain the name, a current residence address, a recent photograph, and signature of the offender. The offender is required to provide written notice to the Attorney General regarding any change in name or residence address within thirty (30) days of making the change. The Attorney General shall create a website containing the information set forth in this paragraph for each person who is convicted or pleads guilty to a violation of this Act. Information regarding an offender shall remain on the website for no less than three (3) years at which time the registrant may apply to the Attorney General for removal after a hearing on the application for removal.

16. For the purposes of this act:

A. Animal means any warm-blooded or cold-blooded animal lawfully confined for food, fur, or fiber production, agriculture and its related activities, research, testing, education, or wildlife.

B. Animal activities means any activity involving the use of animals or animal parts to include hunting, fishing, trapping, traveling, camping, production, preparation or processing of food or food products, clothing or garment manufacturing, medical or other research, entertainment, recreation, retail, agriculture, biotechnology, or any other services involving the use of animals, including the sale of any products therein.

C. Animal facility includes a vehicle, building, structure, research facility, nature preserve, or other premises where an animal is lawfully kept, handled, housed, exhibited, bred, or offered for sale, to include a zoo, rodeo, circus, amusement park, hunting preserve, kennel, feedlot, farm, slaughter house, tannery, processing facility, farmer's market, and horse and dog event.

D. Animal, food, or ecological terrorist organization means any association, organization, entity, coalition, or combination of two (2) or more persons with the primary or incidental purpose of supporting any activity through intimidation, coercion, force, or fear that is intended to obstruct, impede, or deter any person from participating in a lawful animal activity, animal facility, research facility, or the lawful activity of construction, mining, foresting, farming, harvesting, gathering, processing natural resources, or producing, processing, transporting, storing, selling, or distributing of food or food products.

E. Consent means agreement in fact, whether express or apparent. Absence of either verbal or nonverbal communication shall not be construed to fall under this definition.

F. Ecological means the relationship between organisms and their environment.

G. Effective consent means consent by the owner or by a person legally authorized to act for the owner. Absence of either verbal or nonverbal communication shall not be construed fall under this definition. Consent is not effective if it is:

i. induced by force or threat;

ii. given by a person that the offender knows or reasonable should have known is not an agent for the owner; or

iii. given by a person who by reason of youth, mental disease or defect, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol is known by the offender to be unable to make reasonable decisions.

H. Notice means: oral or written communication by the owner or someone with apparent authority to act for the owner; fencing or other enclosure obviously designed to exclude intruders or to contain animals; or a sign or signs posted on the property or at the entrance to a building that are reasonably likely to come to the attention of intruders and that indicate that entry is forbidden.

I. Product means field crops, forests, livestock including poultry and aquaculture, and any other animal products.

J. Research facility means a place, laboratory, institution, medical care facility, government facility, elementary school, high school, college, university, or nature preserve at which a scientific test, experiment, or investigation involving the use of animals or other ecological organisms is lawfully carried out, conducted, or attempted.

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

Passed 8-4-0-6 in the Atlasian Senate assembled,

- R, PPT



Joseph Cao, President of the Republic of Atlasia



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FERTILIZER PRICE 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.

Passed 10-4-0-4 in the Atlasian Senate assembled,

- R, PPT



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« Reply #79 on: November 24, 2022, 03:08:41 AM »

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DRUG PRICE INFLATION REDUCTION ACT

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TITLE I: COMPOUNDING PHARMACIES

1. For the purposes of this title:

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

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

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

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

2. Chronically-ill patients and terminally ill patients have the right to determine, with the assistance and guidance of their health care providers, individual courses of treatment through the use of medications and treatments obtained from a compounding pharmacy.

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

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

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

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

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


TITLE II: DRUG DONATIONS

1. For the purposes of this title:

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

B. Drug means:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


TITLE III: OVERDOSE PREVENTION

1. For the purposes of this title:

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

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

ii.The drug is not a controlled substance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


TITLE IV: LIABILITY SHIELD

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

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

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


TITLE V: WARNINGS AND LIMITS ON DANGEROUS DRUGS

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

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

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

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


TITLE VI: ENACTMENT

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

Passed 10-0-0-8 in the Atlasian Senate assembled,

- R, PPT



Joseph Cao, President of the Republic of Atlasia



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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.

Passed 11-0-0-7 in the Atlasian Senate assembled,

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« Reply #80 on: November 24, 2022, 03:09:14 AM »

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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.

Passed 9-5-0-4 in the Atlasian Senate assembled,

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« Reply #81 on: November 29, 2022, 12:08:36 AM »

Whoof, okay. I'll get to the meatier bills in a bit.

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All right!

I’ve written a fair few bills but this is potentially the piece of legislation I’ve spent the most time and energy on in my two years in the game. And I am by no means the only one here. My sincere thanks must go first of all to Scott and Battista, without whose work we would not have had the comprehensive base of information that was so useful in compiling everything here. To the Senate as well, for its substantial input toward the goal of balancing this budget – and it is more than balanced, folks, something we haven't seen since the first post-reset budget – and certainly to Mr. R and everyone else who helped to check and recheck the arithmetic in time for this to pass.

There’ve been elements of the game that treat the budget as something to get over with quickly without doing due diligence. I’m happy to say that this budget trims a tremendous amount of costly accounting errors, expired appropriations, and program bloat, and does all that while raising our revenue through systems that have enjoyed bipartisan support. We have nevertheless not cut a single program that continues to help people. We’re going to space again, we’re continuing to target our schools and homes with the funds they need. With this budget our administration still upholds our commitment to the ordinary Atlasian citizen and their families and communities to get them on their own two feet, from which position they will be able to run to greater heights that this nation of ours can and will attain, by the grace of Dave. And although I know from my years of work not to inflate the importance of the little number at the bottom row – if our unprecedented and historic surplus helps our country on its way upward, I will rest well and more than easy.

It goes without saying – I am very happy to sign this. Thank you, and you're all welcome as well, for the math.

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FEDERAL BUDGET: FY2023

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Section 1: Revenues

Income Taxes:  $ 2,134,417,552,750.00  ($ 2,134.42 billion)
 by tax bracket (all revenue from each taxpayer is counted next to the bracket where their total income falls, including that from the parts of their income subject to lower rates)
 0-13K          10%    $ 12,700,800,000.00 ($ 12.70 billion)
 13K-50k      15%    $ 297,239,775,000.00 ($ 297.24 billion)
 50K-130K   25%    $ 812,899,937,500.00 ($ 812.90 billion)
 130K-210K  31%  $452,282,000,000.00 ($ 452.28 Billion)   
 210K-413K  38%  $317,099,000,000.00 ($ 317.10 Billion)
 413K-441K  45%   $ 68,463,281,250.00 ($ 68.46 billion)
 441K+       50%  $ 173,732,759,000.00 ($ 173.73 billion)

Corporate Taxes: 25% – $ 440,476,190,000.00 ($ 440.48 billion)

Global Minimum Tax: $ 34.68 billion

Payroll Taxes – $ 1,325,575,422,184.86 ($ 1,325.58 billion)
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 OASDI: 12.4% (6.2% on employees, 6.2% on employers) – $ 912,456,391,044.15 ($ 912.46 billion)
 RRPH: 5.0% (2.5% on employees, 2.5% on employers) – $ 367,925,964,130.71 ($ 367.93 billion)
 FUTA: 6.0% on first $7,000 – $ 45,193,067,010.00 ($ 45.19 billion)

Estate Tax (45% of amount above $ 3.5 million, 50% above $ 10 million, 55% above $ 50 million) – $ 34,500,000,000.00 ($ 34.50 billion)
$16.00 billion.... Amendment by the Responsible Estate Tax Act
Total: $50.50 billion

New 2020 Wealth Tax
$1,578.898 billion

Healthcare Taxes:
 40% Cadillac Tax – $ 0.00 billion
 3.8% on Net Investment Income – $ 27.50 billion

Excise Taxes/customs duties:
Carbon Tax (2018) – $ 81.75 billion
Gasoline Tax (2018) – $ 50.00 billion
Tobacco and Alcohol Taxes (2018) – $ 24.20 billion
Excise taxes on health insurance providers, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices (2018) – $ 9.90 billion
Revenue Enhancement Act – $ 63.19 billion
LIFO Repeal Offset – $ 13.00 billion
Buffett Rule Act of 2019 – $46.70 billion
We Should Help Workers Act tariff revenue – $11.025 billion

Other Revenue: $ 30.21 billion

Additional tax credits: $ -39.40 billion

Capital Gains Inflation Deduction: $ -15.00 billion
Indexing CTC to Inflation Act: $ -1.90 billion
Financial Transaction Tax – $220.00 billion
Pandemic Wealth Tax: $233.61 billion

TOTAL Revenue: $ 6,319,332,164,930.00 ($ 6,319.33 billion)

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Section 2: Spending

Military Spending ($341.00 Billion)             
$100.00 Billion... Military personnel             
$150.00 Billion... Operation and maintenance             
$75.00 Billion... Procurement             
$25.00 Billion ... Research, development, test and evaluation             
$15.00 Billion..... Military Construction, Family Housing and Other             
$6.00 Billion.... Atomic Energy Defense Activities             
$0.00 Billion..... Fiscal Responsibility in our Military Act
$-30.00 Billion… F-35 Procurement Halt
                           
Military Retirement ($230.00 Billion)                           
$100.00 Billion.... Income security for veterans             
$20.00 Billion.... Veterans education, training, and rehabilitation                           
$100.00 Billion.... Hospital and medical care for veterans and retired military (added in from Healthcare below)             
$10.00 Billion..... Housing and other veterans benefits and services               
                       
International affairs ($33.37 Billion)             
$18.00 Billion.... International development and humanitarian assistance             
$8.55 Billion..... International military aid             
$11.96 Billion.... Conduct of foreign affairs             
$1.15 Billion..... Foreign information and exchange activities 
$-8.79 Billion.... International Financial Programs
$2.50 Billion.... Support Iranian Civilians Act (one-time)
             
General science, space, and technology ($339.00 Billion)
$11.08 Billion.... National Science Foundation programs           
$4.55 Billion..... Department of Energy general science programs             
$169.37 Billion.... Space flight, research, and supporting activities
$154.00 Billion.... Space Exploration, Development, and Settlement Act
             
Non-Defense Energy Spending ($47.00 Billion)             
$3.15 Billion..... Energy supply             
$1.00 Billion..... Energy conservation and preparedness     
$0.35 Billion..... Energy information, preparedness, & regulation
$10.00 Billion.... Energy Rebate and Subsidy Act   
$32.50 Billion.... Gas Tax Act   
           
Natural resources and environment ($34.00 Billion)             
$4.89 Billion..... Water resources             
$11.00 Billion.... Conservation and land management         
$4.40 Billion..... Recreational & Park resources     
$7.16 Billion..... Pollution control and abatement   
$6.55 Billion..... Other natural resources
             
Agriculture ($18.00 Billion)       
$15.95 Billion.... Farm income stabilization & crop insurance       
$4.00 Billion..... Agricultural research and services
$0.03 Billion..... No More Going Hungry in Atlasia Act
-$1.98 Billion.... Food Price Inflation Act
             
Commerce and Housing Loan Programs ($0.00 Billion)             
$-22.33 Billion... Federal Housing Loan Programs             
$2.40 Billion..... Postal service             
$2.40 Billion..... Deposit insurance             
$12.00 Billion.... Domestic Semiconductor Chip Promotion Act
$5.70 Billion..... Other advancement of commerce
$-0.17 Billion…. Eliminated Capital Construction Grants 
             
Transportation ($185.00 Billion)               
$67.4865 Billion.... Ground Transportation           
$16.20 Billion.... Air Transportation             
$8.4015 Billion..... Water transportation             
$0.38 Billion..... Other transportation
$0.032 Billion... Emergency funding appropriated from the New Great Society Act to help states and regions improve the commercial driving license process and bolster the number of truckers to alleviate the supply chain crisis.
$92.50 Billion…. New Great Society Act (highway, rail, and airport spending)
       
Community and regional development ($1,028.00 Billion)             
$3.605 Billion….… Community development           
$2.00 Billion….… Area and regional development             
$4.02 Billion….… Disaster relief and insurance             
$2.23 Billion….… Homeless Shelter Emergency Housing             
$4.32 Billion……. Small Business Association
$0.77 Billion……. Flint Reinvestment Act
$0.08 Billion……. Refugee act         
$2.00 Billion……. Buy-Atlasian Contracting Rules
$10.00 Billion….. Appalachia Reinvestment Act
$15.00 Billion….. Reservation Reinvestment Act (phases out after FY2023)
$30.00 Billion………. Let's Get Wired Act amended by New Great Society Act
$0.05 Billion……. Combating Asian Hate Crimes Act (one-time)
$1.375 Billion….. Southwestern Water Conservation Act (one-time)
$0.05 Billion….. HHH Helping Hand to the Homeless Act (one-time)
$7.50 Billion….. National Hostel Program Act
$945.00 Billion…. New Great Society CUBI

Education ($159.2275 Billion)
$39.03 Billion.... Elementary, Secondary & Vocational education
$31.45 Billion.... Higher education             
$3.26 Billion..... Research and general education           
$0.00 Billion..... Orlando Act
$-0.0125 Billion…. Cap on certain student loans
$55.00 Billion….. School Improvement and Jobs Act (one-time)
$20.00 Billion….. Creating Opportunities for More Ed Tech Act
$10.50 Billion….. School Facilities Improvement Act (one-time)
             
Training, labor and unemployment ($19.00 Billion)             
$7.58 Billion..... Training and employment             
$1.22 Billion..... Labor law, statistics, and other administration'
$9.20 Billion...... Public Service Act         
$1.00 Billion.... Agency of Cooperative Enterprises (see Act to encourage the growth of worker owned enterprises)

Atlasian Healthcare ($1,216.50 Billion)             
$423.77 Billion... Senior Healthcare
$12.90 Billion.... Federal employees' and retired employees' health benefits 
$425.42 Billion... Medical Services
$338.81 Billion... Sliding Scale Subsidies
$15.60 Billion.... Healthcare Subsidy Office (HSO) and AtlasCare Office (ACO) Administration

Non-ANH Health Spending ($67.00 Billion)             
$24.25 Billion.... Disease control, public health and bioterrorism
$28.45 Billion.... Health research and training       
$4.00 Billion..... Consumer and occupational health and safety   
$10.00 Billion…. Opioid Epidemic Commission
$0.3 Billion.... Comprehensive Opioid Response Act (phases out after FY2023)
             
Civilian Retirement (Social Security excluded) ($138.16 Billion)             
$8.23 Billion..... Civilian retirement and disability insurance             
$129.93 Billion... Federal employee retirement and disability             

Social Security ($903.00 Billion)
$868.63 Billion... Social Security Outlays
$34.37 Billion.... Social Security Administration

Aid to Low-Income Families ($366.00 Billion)
$40.30 Billion.... Unemployment             
$39.75 Billion.... Housing assistance             
$99.44 Billion.... Food and Nutrition Assistance (Food Stamps + WIC)       
$169.01 Billion... Other aid to low-income families             
$17.50 Billion.... Social Services       
             
Administration of justice ($34.99675 Billion)             
$10.00 Billion.... Federal law enforcement
$13.80 Billion.... Federal litigation and judicial activities             
$6.2687 Billion..... Federal prison system
$0.38 Billion….. Treating Incarcerated Prisoners Humanely Act (one-time)     
$0.00005 Billion….. TACMIF allocation for the above
$4.24 Billion..... Criminal justice assistance 
$0.74 Billion..... Federal Penitentiary Reform Act Provisions     
$-0.432 Billion…. General Criminal Justice Savings
             
General government administration ($2.80 Billion)             
$3.00 Billion..... Legislative functions             
$0.45 Billion..... Executive office programs             
$11.00 Billion.... IRS & other fiscal operations       
$1.55 Billion..... Other general government           
$-13.20 Billion…. Government Efficiency Act
$0.002 Billion…. Mandatory Tampons in Restrooms
-$0.002 Billion.... Toilet Paper Equity Act
             
Interest on debt ($295.40 Billion)             
$295.40 Billion... Net Interest


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Section 3: Balance

BASE REVENUE: $ 6319.33 Billion
Inflation Accounting: *1.012
TOTAL REVENUE: $ 6395.16 Billion

Fixed Expenditures: $ 36.05 Billion
Variable Expenditures:  $ 4760.00425 Billion
Interest on Debt: $ 295.40 Billion
BASE EXPENDITURES: $ 5091.45425 Billion
Inflation Accounting: *1.012
TOTAL EXPENDITURES: $ 5152.55 Billion

BALANCE: $1242.61 Billion

Section 4: Miscellaneous regulations

1. This budget shall become enacted immediately upon passage.
2. This budget shall ordinarily remain in effect until FY2024.
3. All previous bills that modify the existing tax rates are hereby amended, so that their tax rates match those from this budget.

Passed 13-1-0-4 in the Atlasian Senate assembled.

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« Reply #82 on: November 29, 2022, 12:10:02 AM »

In unrelated news I have just been down to the White House kitchens where they've managed to balance a full dozen eggs upright. Apparently it's a new record. Something in the air today!
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« Reply #83 on: December 02, 2022, 01:26:08 AM »

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Our regional legislatures have recognized in the past that maybe we shouldn't let murder-suicide be commercialized. It's good to see the Senate following in their footsteps and cracking down hard on the ne'er-do-wells who think it should be.

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1. As used in this act:

A. Suicide Drug means any drug or chemical that is designed or intended to kill a human being upon ingestion or injection thereof. Suicide drug shall not include any drug used to carry out lawful and humane capital punishment as a penalty for a crime.

B. Suicide headset means any device that when worn by a human being is designed or intended to kill that human being under certain circumstances. This includes but is not limited to variants of the Oculus.

C. Suicide Pod means any pod, booth, or enclosure, whether or not coin-operated, that is designed or intended to kill a human being inside such pod, booth, or enclosure, including but not limited to by methods of suffocation such as the Swiss Sarco.

2. It shall be a felony punishable by imprisonment for no less than three (3) years and no more than twenty (20) years and a fine of no less than $10,000.00 and no more than $250,000.00 for any person in Atlasia to knowingly import, sell or transfer, advertise for sale or transfer, manufacture for sale or transfer, transport for the purpose of selling or transferring, or finance the sale or transfer, of any suicide pod, suicide headset, or suicide drug. For purposes of this act, uploading or transmitting a program or code that enables a 3D printer to manufacture a suicide pod, suicide headset, or the components thereof constitutes a transfer in violation of this provision.

3. This act shall take effect immediately.

Passed 10-2-0-6 in the Atlasian Senate assembled.

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« Reply #84 on: December 02, 2022, 01:26:47 AM »

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Our nation's zoos have made great strides, much needed in many places, in creating better and more humane environments for their animals. It doesn't detract from what they do; in fact it strengthens their core purpose of providing a safe and natural place where Atlasians can see the wildlife with which we share this earth. Zoos provide a great public service and this bill is only the most recent step forward to ensure we treat our fellow inhabitants with the respect they deserve.

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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 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.

Passed 14-1-0-3 in the Atlasian Senate Assembled.

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« Reply #85 on: December 02, 2022, 01:27:20 AM »

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I talked some days ago about the current economic situation, which we are continuing to tackle with all the tools at our disposal. As the Senate has mentioned during debate over the latest such tool we need the Federal Reserve to act clearly in the interest of the Atlasian people when we work together to curb inflation, and with this bill it is now receiving explicit guidance from the first branch of government to prioritize the people when doing so. A win for the people and for the branch of government which has a duty to voice their concerns.

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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.

Passed 8-5-1-4 in the Atlasian Senate assembled.

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« Reply #86 on: December 02, 2022, 01:27:51 AM »

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Both Frémont and the South have stood up for net neutrality and policies that apply specifically to safeguarding its implementation. I am happy to follow in their footsteps and reaffirm our federal government's commitment to an Internet that is free and fair for all its users with service providers willing to commit to providing that experience to the fullest extent possible.

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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. No internet server rental service shall hold more than a 15% market share of its respective industry for greater than one (1) year. A violation of this provision shall constitute an anti-trust violation.

4. The Attorney General and the FTC may enforce violations of these rules as unfair or deceptive acts prescribed under section 18(a)(1)(B) of the Federal Trade Commission Act.

5. Regional and State Attorneys General may bring a civil action on behalf of their residents if they have reason to believe that their residents will be adversely affected by a violation of this act.

6. Any person wronged by a violation of this act may bring a civil lawsuit for an injunction or damages and may recover from such person damages for such injury plus $1,000 for each violation for up to five (5) years from any violation.

7. This law shall not preempt or supersede any Regional regulation that is stricter than this act.

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

Passed 12-0-1-5 in the Atlasian Senate Assembled.

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« Reply #87 on: December 02, 2022, 01:28:23 AM »

Signing statement

One of the first bills I worked on as a freshman representative was to regulate lootboxing and protect people from gambling with their money when they don't want to. Throughout my time in Congress the legislative branch has consistently done right by the Atlasian people in standing up for consumer protection, so it's welcome to see that they continue to stick up for the little guy and have strengthened several of our previous consumer protection bills, including that old lootboxing bill, which will bring legislative coverage of this proliferation of digital applications further up to date.

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


Be it enacted in the Senate Assembled,
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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.

Passed 11-1-0-6 in the Atlasian Senate Assembled.

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« Reply #88 on: December 02, 2022, 01:28:52 AM »

Signing statement

This bill complements several that have been passed by my illustrious predecessors in giving teeth to the crackdown against spam calls and location tracking and other scourges of the telephone age, matching regional action on the issue. We are also leveling the suicide assistance hotline to help coordinate efforts to protect our fellow Atlasians' lives, and providing parents with the tools they need to keep the worst excesses of the Internet out of their kids' digital backyards. Many of our prior bills regarding phone services have hewed to the basic principle that legislation must materially improve the average Atlasian's experience and this is no exception.

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PHONE SERVICE IMPROVEMENT ACT


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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 or 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.

Passed 15-0-0-3 in the Atlasian Senate Assembled.

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« Reply #89 on: December 02, 2022, 01:29:28 AM »

Signing statement

My view in the case of the federal government's leadership of regional initiatives is generally that whenever such leadership is necessary, it's best to give the regions as much room as possible to work out the best possible plan within a given framework that outlines the aims and approximate parameters that need to be hit. Childcare is an area where their proximity to the ground is essential to create a workable and beneficial bill for Atlasian parents and this bill does what it needs to do in that regard. With this signing I continue to look forward to the implementation of past and future regional efforts to provide the best possible care for our kids.

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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”.

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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 Region

b. for providers at each of the tiers of the Region'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 2023.

Passed 9-2-1-6 in the Atlasian Senate Assembled.

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« Reply #90 on: December 02, 2022, 02:32:17 PM »

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We're not going to let any huge sudden increases in electricity prices be thrust all the way down to people who have to pay the bills. The Atlasian people and everyone struggling to make ends meet deserve protection from stuff like this. Certainly the producers partially responsible for price increases in the vast majority of such cases can stand to absorb some of the shock in their stead.

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ELECTRICITY PRICE INFLATION REDUCTION ACT

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1. FERC is hereby prohibited from approving any Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) request to increase transmission costs by more than four percent (4%) in any year or by more than ten percent (10%) in any five (5) year period.

2. This act shall take effect immediately.

Passed 12-1-0-5 in the Atlasian Senate Assembled.

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« Reply #91 on: December 02, 2022, 02:32:42 PM »

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There have been several regional and federal bills tackling the vital issue of digital data handling, though this one establishes new best practices for a particular type of transaction that has flown under the radar or been federally addressed in the broadest of terms. So it is good to see a bill that fleshes out that much-needed detail to prevent our data from being sold off without our consent and protects the Atlasian people's privacy online.

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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.

Passed 11-0-0-7 in the Atlasian Senate Assembled.

- R, PPT



Joseph Cao, President of the Republic of Atlasia
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