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2/20/2013 5:25:19 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
This thread is being created to keep track of all legal actions taken by the United States of DDO congress, located here: http://www.debate.org...

Do not post in this thread. It is for viewing purposes only.

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1.
2/19/2013
Imabench was elected first president
A majority of 6 votes out of 11.
3 voted for AlwaysMoreThanYou
1 voted for Lannan13
1 did not vote.

2.
2/19/2013
Property Rights and Prohibition of Involuntary Servitude Bill was passed.
Proposed by: FREEDO
Co-proposed by: Buddamoose
A 2/3 majority of 8 out of 12 voted yea.
1 voting nay.
3 did not vote.

Text:

Clause 1: That All men and women are to be able to own and keep property. Property being defined as that which is acquired through free trade and labor or purchased by fair and honest means.

Clause 2: That no man, woman, or child shall be deemed as property. As each individual has the inalienable right to live their lives free from the oppressions of slavery and servitude.

3.
2/19/2013
Removal of Congressman and Changing of the Size of Congress has been passed
Co-proposed by: Lannan13, Imabench, buddamoose
A 2/3 majority of 13 out of 19 voted yea.
0 voted nay.
6 did not vote.

Text:

Clause 1: That a Senator will automatically be removed from office if senator does not give a vote on a single bill during a presidential term, If the senator is not even online for more then a week, or if a 2/3rds majority of Congress agrees to remove said Senator.from office for whatever reason

Clause 2: That a vote to remove an active Senator can be held if the senator either displays horrendous conduct such as:

- excessively proposing nonsensical bills
- spamming
- or anything else that the Senate decides is gross misconduct. (Congress needs 2/3rds majority to decree anything new that is considered gross misconduct)

Clause 3: That a Senator who no longer wishes to be a senator shall explicitly say that he or she is removing himself from the game and by bolding that he or she is leaving

Clause 4: That if Congress is in a deadlock over what is considered bad behavior, the president shall be the deciding vote.

Clause 5: That if Congress reaches a tie vote on whether or not a Senator should be removed from office, the President shall be the deciding vote

Clause 6: That the president has no power to override Congress's decision to remove a Senator from office.

Clause 7: A cap limit will be implemented so that when this bill is passed the maximum size of Congress will be its size at the time the bill is passed. This number can be raised or lowered subsequently, with a 2/3rds majority needed to authorize said change.

Clause 8: That the President cannot veto a change to the size of Congress.

Clause 9: That a reserved list of people willing to be Senators shall be kept in the event that Congress is at its maximum size

Clause 10: For any proceeding of an impeachment of a Congressmen to begin, it must initially be supported by means of a petition, from 1/4 of the members of congress.. That the petition itself not be treated as an initiative. Only upon obtaining 1/4 of the members of congress' support, shall an initiative be made in regards to an impeachment, or matters of misconduct.
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2/20/2013 6:16:26 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
*****CORRECTION*****

3.
2/19/2013
Removal of Congressman and Changing of the Size of Congress has been passed
Co-proposed by: Lannan13, Imabench, buddamoose
A 2/3 majority of 13 out of 19 voted yea.
1 voted nay.
5 did not vote.
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2/23/2013 11:54:46 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
4.
2/23/2013
The Creation, Formation, and Maintenance of the Supreme Court of The United States of DDO
Proposed by: Buddamoose
Co-Sponsored by: Lannan13, Antidoter, Imabench

Clause 1: That the government of the United States of DDO needs a group of "judges" to determine the legality and constitutionality of Initiatives that are passed.

Clause 2: That this group of Judges shall be three members in total.

Clause 3: That the judges shall not rule on the legality and constitutionality of an initiative unless a group of sufficient size has petitioned for it to be judged. A sufficient group being deemed as a group that compromises 1/4 of the members of the congress of DDO.

Clause 4: That the judges shall be nominated by the president of the U.S. of DDO. These nominess shall then be voted upon for acceptance by the congress, and will become official supreme court justices upon obtaining a 2/3 majority of votes from said congress.

Clause 5: That these judges upon being appointed, shall not lose their ability to vote on initiatives in congress.

Clause 6: That these judges shall be appointed for a term of 4 presidential terms.

Clause 7: That these judges may, upon completion of their first term, be selected to serve as a judge agai. With no limit upon the number of terms a single judge may serve. If a judge is nominated to serve again, they must still obtain congressional approval.

Clause 8: That no judge may be removed from office by means of impeachment unless a 2/3 majority from congress is obtained. That the process to impeach a judge be the same as a senator, with 1/4 of congress required to petition for an initiative for impeachment to be made.

Clause 9: That the President is able to be a signing member of a petition, and is able to vote, on the impeachment proceedings of Supreme Court Judges.

Clause 10: That judges cannot vote in impeachment proceedings or participate in petitions to impeach either themselves, or their fellow Supreme Court judges. These judges do not count toward the 2/3rd's majority required to impeach themselves.

Clause 11: Supreme Court Judges cannot use their Senate vote to call the legality of a bill into question or sign any possible petition to have a bill's legality submitted to the Supreme COurt for further review.
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2/24/2013 3:14:15 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
NOTE

Removal of Congressman and Changing of the Size of Congress

Clause 7 states:
A cap limit will be implemented so that when this bill is passed the maximum size of Congress will be its size at the time the bill is passed. This number can be raised or lowered subsequently, with a 2/3rds majority needed to authorize said change.

At the time this was passed, there were 21 senators. That means 21 is the current limit, subject to change.
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2/26/2013 11:09:05 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
5
2/24/2013
Bill for The Establishment of Committees

Bill fails.

2 votes yay.
7 voted nay.
11 didn't vote.
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2/26/2013 11:13:46 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
6
2/26/2013

Title: Bill of Rights

Proposed by: Imabench

12 voted yay
2 voted nay
3 didn't vote

Text:

Clause 1. Freedom of speech. Those have the right to say as they wish and not have it censored by the government as long as their speech does not lead to unwarranted panic, such as yelling fire in a crowded movie theater. People shall also have the right to peacefully assemble, so that they may petition and/or peacefully demonstrate their grievances to the government.

Clause 2. Freedom of Religion. Members of the USDDO shall have the right to worship whoever they wish and however they want. People cannot enforce their religion onto others though, and the government shall not pass any laws that forces a religion onto others either.

Clause 3. Gun rights. Citizens or our great nation have the right to conceal and carry their weapons except near schools. These weapons shall not be taken away from citizens if they do not have a criminal record, are not mentally insane or mentally crippled, or are weapons that are unnecessarily deadly, such as tanks and nuclear devices.

Clause 4. Fiscal Spending. The USDDO may create and adjust any tax they feel is necessary in order to maintain the operation of the nation and the government at a substantial level.

Clause 5. Right to Fair Trial and Punishment- Citizens are guaranteed to know the crimes they are being accused of committing, have a right to an attorney and will be provided one if they cannot afford one, have a fair and impartial trial by a jury of their peers, that the punishment should fit the crime and not be cruel or unusual, and that no one shall be tried twice for the same crime if found not guilty.

Clause 6. All people who are at least 16 years old, not former felons nor illegal immigrants, have the right to vote and their right to vote shall not be abridged due to sex, skin color, or social status.

Clause 7. Searches and seizures. No one may be deprived of their property or subject to invasion of privacy unless presented with a warrant issued by court order upon evidence of probable cause.

Clause 8. The rights of a citizen cannot be taken away merely because it is not listed here. All citizens have the right to do what they want as long as the government does not explicitly state that such a right is not a right.

Clause 9. A 'right' shall be defined as any action of a person where that action does not initiate aggression against or violate the life, liberty, or property of another person.
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2/28/2013 2:40:54 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Current List of Players

1. FREEDO
2. TheAntidoter
3. TheDebateKid
4. Skepsikyama
5. Citrakayah
6. AlwaysMoreThanYou
7. Lannan13
8. Maxx233
9. Buddamoose
10. Muzebreak
11. Imabench
12. Hawkings
13. Contra
14. TV
15. OreEle
16. Viperking
17. Nur-al-Sal
18. Agent_Orange
19. Virus
20. Noumena
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2/28/2013 8:56:48 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
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2/28/2013

Title: Overriding a Presidential Veto

13 voted yay
0 voted nay
7 did not vote.

Text:

Clause 1: If a president veto's a bill, Congress can overrule the veto if they can get 75% of Congress to support the bill

Clause 2: The President cannot push Congress to vote on another bill if a Congressmen wishes to try to override a veto on a previous bill.

Clause 3: Congress cannot try to override a veto on a bill if two or more bills have already been voted on by Congress since the veto was given.

Clause 4: Congress does have the right to override a veto from a previous administration or a previous president if two or more bills have not been voted on by Congress yet.
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3/3/2013 5:47:53 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
8
3/3/2013
Imabench was reelected to a second term as president
A majority of 12 votes out of 22
1 voted for Lannan13
1 voted for (everyone else)
8 did not vote.
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3/14/2013 7:57:58 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
9.
3/12/2013
Title: Prohibition of Discrimination Based Upon Age, Race, Sex, Religion, and Sexual Orientation

13 voted yay
3 voted nay
3 did not vote

Text:

Clause 1: That the citizens of the United States of Debate.Org deserve to live among each other as equals.

Clause 2: That living among each other as equals does not necessitate that everyone be given, or afforded the same resources, money, or property.

Clause 3: That living among each other as equals means that opportunities will not be denied a person based upon their:

- Race
- Religion
- Sex
- Sexual Orientation
- Age

Opportunities are to include, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

- Government employment
- Wages accrued in that state of employment
- Any and all other benefits levied to individuals by the government

Clause 4: That the right to non-discrimination exists solely in relation to actions taken either by the government or a government institution or by an institution, business, etc. who obtains a sizable portion of it's funds from the State.

Clause 5: Private institutions are not required to abide by these guidelines unless a failure to do so would directly endanger a person's life.

Clause 6: That a person has the right to voice "discriminatory" opinions upon these things due to Clause 1 of the U.S. lf DDO Bill of Rights, but acting upon these opinions in a violent, or prejudicial manner is prohibited.

To clarify, to deny someone something, or to act violently towards another based off of any of the aformentioned things, is prohibited.

Clause 7: That congress nor states shall levy no taxes that are based upon any of the aformentioned things in Clause 3.
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3/24/2013 10:09:12 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
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3/15/2013
Title: Creation of the USDDO States Bill

13 voted yay
1 voted nay
6 people did not vote.

Text:

Clause 1: The DDO Forums will be organized into separate DDO States, with states that do NOT yet have over 10,000 posts being merged with neighboring forums. The list of proposed states would be:
- 1 - The State of DDO
- 2 - The State of Arts and Economics
- 3 - The State of Education
- 4 - The State of Entertainment and Funny
- 5 - The State of Games
- 6 - The State of Health and History
- 7 - The State of Misc
- 8 - The State of News
- 9 - The State of Personal
- 10 - The State of Philosophy
- 11 - The State of Politics
- 12 - The State of Religion
- 13 - The State of Science
- 14 - The State of Society
- 15 - The State of Sports and Technology

Some states are merged together because some forums are very small. Forums with less than 10,000 posts will be paired with a neighboring forum and act as one state (The forum either above or below another forum on the list of forums counts as a neighboring forum)

Clause 2: The population of these states will be the number of posts in those forums multiplied by 100.

Clause 3: Senators and Supreme Court Justices of DDO will be able to act as Governors of any state they prefer. If two or more Congressmen wish to be Governor of the same state, then whoever has more influence in that state (more influence = theyve posted more in that thread then those he is running against) shall be Governor of the state being contested. If two people cannot meet agreement on who should rightfully be governor of a forum, then the Supreme Court will decide who it should be, and the Supreme Court is the only one that can choose who should be governor.

Clause 4: These governors will act as the top representatives of their states. These governors reserve the right to tax the population of their own state, and these state taxes will not be accessible to Federal hands or be used for federal spending programs. These State taxes will be used only to carry out the functioning of that particular state.

Clause 5: The Federal government may grant or loan federal money to State governments for them to spend on maintaining their state. The Federal government can also have requirements that States must meet in order to have access to federal funds.

Clause 6: Any rights and powers not immediately allocated to the Federal government go to the State governments.

Clause 7: Any law passed by the Federal government must be enforced by State governments, for the Federal government is supreme to the state governments

Clause 8: State governments can challenge the legality of federal laws to the Supreme Court and not enforce Federal laws if they have reason to believe that they are illegal. Once the Supreme Court makes a decision on the legality of a federal law that has been challenged, only the Supreme Court can decide otherwise.

Clause 9: The federal government also reserves the right to challenge the legality of a state law to the Supreme Court if they have reason to believe that such a law isnt legal. Once the Supreme Court makes a decision on the legality of a state law that has been challenged, only the Supreme Court can decide otherwise.

Clause 10: Once a state reaches 10,000 forum posts, the State governor can decide if this forum should become its own state, or stay united with its larger sister forum under one state.

Clause 11: Once the smaller of the two forums in a state reaches 12,000, that forum will automatically be reorganized into its own state.

Clause 12: These states reserve the right to decide where to construct schools, hospitals, housing zones, business zones, agricultural zones, heavy industry zones, etc.

Clause 13: These states shall retain the right to decide for themselves what the penalties of crimes should be (as long as they are not overly abusive) unless the government explicitly states what the punishment should be and what should be legal. (Example: States can illegalize marijuana use if they want unless the government passes a law that states that Marijuana isnt illegal to use)

Clause 14: Any governor seats of states that are not claimed will be assumed to be occupied by non-congressmen.
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3/24/2013 10:19:55 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Note:

Creation of the USDDO States Bill was proposed by Imabench

Prohibition of Discrimination Based Upon Age, Race, Sex, Religion, and Sexual Orientation was proposed by Buddamoose
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3/24/2013 10:24:32 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
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3/24/2013
Title: Tax Bill
Proposed by: Imabench

13 voted yay
4 voted nay
4 did not vote

Text:

Clause 1) Income Tax

The federal government will tax a person's income at different rates based on how high their incomes are compared to the rest of the country. This rate shall follow the rule Tax Rate Paid = 0.46X + .0087, where X is equal to the respective income percentage of each individual. It shall follow the following general form:
- People who earn <5% pay a tax rate of 0%
- People who earn more then 5-10% of the country pay a tax rate between 0% to 5%
- People who earn more then 10-20% of the country pay a tax rate between 5% to 7%
- People who earn more then 20-30% of the country pay a tax rate between 7% to 12%
- People who earn more then 30-40% of the country pay a tax rate between 12% to 17%
- People who earn more then 40-50% of the country pay a tax rate between 17% to 22%
- People who earn more then 50-60% of the country pay a tax rate between 22% to 27%
- People who earn more then 60-70% of the country pay a tax rate between 27% to 32%
- People who earn more then 70-80% of the country pay a tax rate between 32% and 35%
- People who earn more then 80-90% of the country pay a tax rate between 35% and 40%
- People who earn more then 90-99% of the country pay a tax rate between 40% and 45%
- The top 1% of the country will pay an income tax rate of 48%

- The rates for each percentage can be adjusted at any later date if Congress approves of the changes

- Congress cannot impose an income tax rate of more then 59% on any group of people

- If people donate more than 5% of their income to charity, then the percentage which they donated will be deducted from the income tax that they pay. However, the rate paid shall not drop below 5%. (If someone who pays 40% in income tax donates 35% of their income to charity, then they only have to pay 5% in income taxes since 35+5=40)

- A charity is any legitimate organization that collects donations which are used to fund a specific altruistic cause. A legitimate charity donates at least 70% of donations it receives to the cause it is funding.

Clause 2) Corporate Tax

- Any business/corporation that makes less then $1 Million a year shall pay a corporate tax of 2%
- Any business/corporation that makes between $1 Million and $10 million a year shall pay a corporate tax rate of 10%
- Any business/corporation that makes more then $10 Million a year shall pay a corporate tax rate of 20%

- The rates for each bracket can be adjusted at any given time in the future if Congress approves of the changes

- Congress cannot impose a corporate tax rate of more then 30% on any group of businesses or corporations

Clause 3) Tariffs

- The government shall install a 10% tax on any good imported from foreign/overseas countries in order to promote industry within the country.

- The tariff rate can be adjusted by a later date at any time if Congress agrees with the change

- Congress cannot impose a tariff of more then 25% on any imported good.

Clause 4) Fees

- The government can instill a fee on any service that the government provides directly to the people as long as that fee does not exceed 10%.

(Examples of government services for the people include processing Immigration requests, filing for a passport, applying for citizenship, etc)

Clause 5) Lottery Tax

- The government shall levy a tax rate of 5% on lottery winnings if the amount won in the lottery exceeds $250,000

- The amount of winnings required to qualify for the lottery tax and the rate at which the lottery tax is applied can be changed at a later date as long as Congress agrees to the change

- Congress cannot impose a lotto tax rate of more then 11%

Clause 6) National Sales Tax

- The government shall levy a sales tax of anywhere from 2% to 5% on all goods sold within the country. When times are good the sales tax will be 5%, but the national sales tax rate shall be lowered automatically if the economy slides into a recession or a depression, to lessen the impact the hard times have on the middle and lower class. The national sales tax will not apply on the sale/purchase of water or food.
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4/25/2013 1:59:59 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
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4/14/2013
Title: The USDDO National Currency Bill
Proposed by: daytonanerd
10 voted yay
0 voted nay
7 did not vote

Text:

Clause 1: This bill establishes a national currency to be used by all states in the United States of DDO.

Clause 2: The name of this currency shall be called the Crinack. For denominations less than One Crinack, they will be called Imas.

Clause 3: The states of the United States of DDO can not print their own currency.

Clause 4: The only parties authorized to print this currency are National Mints.

Clause 5: These National Mints shall be printed in the following states.

Mint A: The State of Misc.
Mint B: The State of News
Mint C: The State of Education
Mint D: The State of Sports and Technology
Mint E: The State of Games

(These states actually had info submitted about them in the Governor"s Thread before Imabench mentioned that states that had already posted info should have a mint.)

Clause 6: This bill establishes the United States of DDO Monetary Committee. The Committee shall be in charge of the mints and how often money is printed/taken out of circulation. However, congress shall manage the creation of New National Mints.

Clause 7: These will be the denominations of National Currency Bills/Coins. Any Denomination under One Crinack will be a coin. One Crinack and above will be Currency Bills.

100 Crinacks
50 Crinacks
20 Crinacks
10 Crinacks
5 Crinacks
1 Crinack
50 Imas
25 Imas
10 Imas
5 Imas
2 Imas

Clause 8: The Standard of the currency will be based on the population of the United States of DDO. Whenever money is printed, the total amount in circulation must be equivalent to USDDO Population(All forum posts in all categories * 100) multiplied by 30,000.
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4/25/2013 2:06:46 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
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4/22/2013
Title: Worker's Rights Act
Proposed by: Imabench
10 voted yay
1 voted nay
5 didn't vote

Text:

Article 1: Creates a government ran organization known as the Workstation Safety and Health Organization (WSHA), whose job is to make sure jobs areas across the nation have an adequate work environment.

a. WSHA has the authority to do the following: inspect workplaces at random, investigate written employee complaints, worker deaths and disasters, protect employees from being fired for filling out a complaint, and the WSHA can levee fines for rule violations.

b. This organization can also force a company to maintain safe working conditions (rather then just penalize them for unsafe ones) By levying fines for safety violations that increase in severity over time for every additional safety violation

Article 2: Employee Rights can be divided into 4 areas: right to health and safety protections, right to fair wages, right to privacy, right to equal opportunity.

a.Employees have the right to equal pay if two different people are working the exact same job, unless one of employee clearly gives a better performance at their job then someone else of the same position.

b. Employees have the right to unionize and strike, and employers can"t fire a worker based on their enrollment in a union. Employers CAN fire employees in a union if said workers choose to strike though.

c.Employers must continue to pay workers full pay of their worker"s in case of injury on the job.

d. The Statute of Limitations for minor injury benefits is up to two months depending on the injury, meaning injury compensation expires after one year if the injury is minor. If the injury results in the loss of limbs, brain damage, death, or other serious afflictions though, then the statue of limitations for injury benefits an employee could receive is 10 years.

e. There can be no discrimination of pay in the work space based on sexual orientation, color of skin, religious affiliation, whether they are male or female, political affiliation, or other personality traits similar to these that are not listed that otherwise dont affect job performance.

f. Employers CAN discriminate against the pay or hiring of an employee if they are members of a hate group such as the Neo-Nazi's or the KKK

G. Business's that employ more then 10 people must establish benefits for workers like vacation days, sick days, and some maternity leave. Businesses that employ more then 30 people must establish retirement benefits for people who have been with the company for 10 years or more

Article 3: Employers have the right to intrude on some aspects of the workers right to privacy inorder to see if they are qualified for a job and are legally applicable for one.

a.Employers have the right to go through an applying employee"s background inorder to check for criminal record. This information cannot be released publicly

b. Employers have a right to have an employee submit to a drug test. This information from the test can"t be realeased to the public, and must be kept between the Employer and the Employee.
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4/27/2013 7:08:11 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
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4/24/2013
Imabench was reelected to a third term as president.
A majority of 8 out of 15.
1 voted for Lannan13
6 did not vote.
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4/27/2013 7:27:39 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
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4/27/2013
Title: The Overhaul of the Removal of Inactive Congressmen Bill (TORIC)
Proposed by: Imabench
11 voted yay
0 voted nay
4 did not vote

Text:

Article 1) The number of days that an inactive congressmen's account must be offline in order to be kicked from Congress shall be lowered from 7 days to 4 days.

Article 2) If A congressmen causes 3 bills to be held up due to his/her inactive voting, meaning the president or others have to go after them and tell them to come into the game and vote 3 different times, then they will be kicked from inactivity. (Does not apply retroactively, meaning that this bill only takes into account inactivity from senators starting right now and ignores past inactivity)

Article 3) The number of votes needed for Congress to pass a bill shall be lowered from its original requirement of 2/3rds majority (67%) down to 3/5ths majority (60%)

With 16 people, 15 votes are available, meaning that 10 yay's are needed to pass the bill and 6 are needed to kill it
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5/3/2013 3:37:58 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
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5/3/2013
Title: Authorization of Executive Protocol
Proposed by: FREEDO
10 voted yay
2 voted nay
5 did not vote

Text:

Clause 1: All executive functions in the federal government for the enforcement of law is designated to the president.

Clause 2: The president may issue executive orders to take specific bureaucratic actions within the boundaries allowed and explicitly set out by law.

Clause 3: The general fund, being the federal government's revenue before being spent, is under the control of the president to be spent by his/her orders.

Clause 4: The president must spend according to the commitments laid out for government in law. The president cannot manipulate the general fund to the point that it makes these commitments unsustainable.

Clause 5: The president cannot use executive orders to increase revenue. Only decide how non-obligated revenue can be spent. Non-obligated will have a contextually changing definition but will not be accepted as over 20% of the general fund unless the president officially declares a state of emergency.

Clause 6: The Supreme Court can vote to invalidate a presidentially claimed state of emergency.

Clause 7: The president can establish any departments and hire any people necessary to carry out executive functions. The president can delegate his/her executive control to people in these departments.

Clause 8: The president may never make an executive order in secret. All federal actions are auditable.
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5/3/2013 3:43:31 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
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5/3/2013
Title: Executive Order 1
Initiated by: Imabench

Declaration:

Under the powers recently endowed on the position of the presidency by the Authorization of Executive Protocol Act, I am authorizing the spending of $20 Billion out of the general fund to cover the costs of moving in relief and supplies to the State of Politics, with anything not being spent to cover the cost of repairing the damage this hurricane brings about. I am also authorizing $15 Billion out of the general fund to other surrounding states who will also be afflicted and damaged by the landfall of Hurricane Crinack.
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5/3/2013 11:36:04 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
**Note: This was passed earlier and I missed it**

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4/28/2013
Title: USDDO Infrastructure Bill
Proposed by: daytonanerd
9 voted yay
1 voted nay
3 did not vote

Text:

Article 1) The federal government is to provide funding for the construction of the following:

- Airports
- Bridges
- Canals
- City Parks
- City Ports
- Dams
- Desalination Plants
- Fire Departments
- Hospitals
- Interstate Highways
- Levees
- Pipelines for natural gas, oil, petroleum, etc.
- Power Plants
- Police stations, police precincts and prisons
- Public Schools
- Public Universities
- Railroads
- Rainwater collection utilities
- Sewers and Sewage Treatment Facilities
- Water Wells and Water Utilities
- Trash collection facilities such as landfills
- Tunnels for highways

Article 2) The federal government is to fund the construction of all of such infrastructure listed above in the nation, while the individual states shall maintain the infrastructure that falls within their own state boundaries. The Federal government though retains the power to also request that state governments fund for the construction of such structures as well.

Article 3) State governments are allowed to implement tolls or fees on highways and canals and such to help fund the maintenance of the infrastructure within their state, as long as such taxes do not excessively infringe on the rights of individuals (For example: You cannot charge someone $500 to cross a 12 foot bridge)

Article 4) State governments may also levy fees on people based on how much water and electricity they consume in order to fund the maintenence of utilities, as long as such fees are not excessive

Article 5) The State governments are only allowed to privatize Hospitals, Schools, Power Plants, and Sewage and Water treatment plants. All other utilities listed above are to remain public property/belong to the state.

Article 6) The USoDDO Department of Infrastructure shall be created and funded by the national government. This department shall:

- Oversee the construction of any and all public utilities and city infrastructure not designated to other departments

- Establish and/or enforce the federal and state building codes during construction of city or state infrastructure to ensure safety

- Inspect all public utilities, private utilities, and the city infrastructure of skyscrapers, stadiums, etc. on a quarterly basis (Once every 3 months)

- Compile data on the safety and strength of all utilities and city infrastructure

- Report which utilities and which parts of a cities infrastructure is either not up to code, in danger of failing, and report how much funding will be needed to fix the problem

- Work with private contractors to oversee the maintenance and repair of utilities and other city infrastructure that is in danger of failing.

Article 7) The states may request federal funding for the maintenance of utilities or major works if such utilities or major works are in danger of failing, collapsing, or otherwise when the states cannot immediately cover the expenses

Article 8) If a utility or city infrastructure still in control of the state or national government fails and results in immense damage or the loss of life (Nuclear Plant exploding, Damn Failing, Skyscraper collapse), then the state or the federal government can be sued for damages by the people affected by the disaster.

Article 9) The USoDDO Department of Energy will be created to

- Oversee the construction of power plants and power lines

- Establish and/or enforce National and State building codes to maintain safety

- Inspect power plants on a quarterly basis (once every 3 months)

- Order the shutdown or limit the output of a publicly or privately owned power plant if it is concluded that the power plant is in danger of failing or melting down

- Assess the capacity of power such power plants can produce on an annual basis

- Assess whether or not a state should construct additional power plants if existing power plants cannot meet the energy demands placed on them without being in danger of overloading or melting down

- Levy fines against privatized energy corporations or private power plants for failing to uphold safety regulations and building codes

- Report which power plants are not up to code or in danger of failing and outline how much funding will be needed to fix the problem

- Solicit private companies or corporations to oversee and maintain the repair of power plants in danger of failing

Article 10) The USoDDO Department of Transportation is established to

- Oversee the construction and maintenance of all airports, highways, bridges, roads, railroads, canals and tunnels used for transportation

- Establish and enforce National and State building codes to maintain safety

- Inspect the safety and maintenance of all airports, highways, bridges, roads, railroads, canals and tunnels used for transportation

- Report which airports, highways, bridges, roads, railroads, and canals and tunnels used for transportation are in danger of failing and outline how much funding will be needed to repair such infrastructure

- Solicit private sector companies and corporations to carry out the repairs and maintenance of the utilities and infrastructure that are within their own department

Article 11) The building codes of each state must take into account any natural disasters that pose a threat to infrastructure, meaning that states that are prone to hurricanes or earthquakes must establish building codes for all buildings, utilities, etc. to abide by that would resist being damaged from earthquakes or hurricanes.

Article 12) The USoDDO Department of Education is established to

- Assess how many schools, how large school capacities will have to be, and how many teachers will be needed to handle/hold the amount of students in a region

- Establish criteria for how well students should perform

- Assess the performance of the schools academically and report which schools are succeeding and which schools are failing

- Authorize the creation, expansion, closing of schools, or laying off of teachers based on need or performance on a local level
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5/13/2013 10:57:24 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
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5/9/2013
Title: Creation of Impeachment Bill
Proposed by: daytonanerd
11 voted yay
5 voted nay
3 did not vote

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Article One: All members of the USDDO Congress, the President of the USDDO, and governors of states in the USDDO can potentially be impeached.

Article Two: To impeach a governor or congressman, a motion must be placed through congress, where it must reach a simple majority of votes in order to move the motion to the Supreme Court. The other way of an impeachment motion being passed on to the Supreme Court is if the President of the USDDO makes a motion to impeach a congressman or governor. The motion by the president automatically gets passed on to the Supreme Court

Article Three: To impeach the President of the USDDO, a motion must be placed through congress, where it must reach a simple majority of votes in order to move the motion to the Supreme Court.

Article Four: There will be an impeachment trial in the Supreme Court if an impeachment motion passes on to the Supreme Court. It will work like a normal Supreme Court trial. If the justices rule in favor of the prosecution, then the intended impeachee will be impeached.

Article Five: If a person is impeached, they will lose the position they were impeached for, and the ban will be lifelong.

Article Six: If the President of the USDDO is successfully impeached, then an emergency election will follow to elect a new president. Standard election procedures will apply. The winner of the election gets a new, full term as president.
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5/13/2013 11:04:30 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
21
5/11/2013
Congress voted to impeach Lannan13 from as governor of the State of News.
10 voted yay
2 voted nay
7 did not vote
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5/13/2013 11:07:58 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
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5/13/2013
Title: Criminalization Of Certain Acts Bill: (C.O.C.A. for short)
Proposed by: Daytonanerd
11 voted yay
0 voted nay
8 did not vote

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Article 1: The following acts listed below are criminal, illegal, and banned, with people who commit such acts being subjected to penalties which can be any or several of the following: A monetary fine, prison time, loss of property, forfeiture of privileges such as being able to vote or own a gun, seizure of personal belongings, assets, and funds; and the death penalty if the crime is serious enough.

Animal Abuse: Maltreatment of animals to the point that those animals would perish prematurely if left in the care of the person/entity treating them badly
Arson: Torching, lighting on fire, or burning down someone elses property
Assault: Seriously injuring another person who must be hospitalized in order to recover
Attempted Murder: Trying to end one persons life illegally
Blackmail: Threatening to reveal damaging information (true or false) as a method of coercion
Bribery: Offering money or some other form of payment with the intention of influencing/compromising the conduct of the recipient
Bomb threats: Threatening to blow up a building or event as a form of blackmail
Burglary: Breaking into the home or personal property of someone else for the things inside that property
Child/Elderly Abuse/Neglect: Neglecting the care of or physically abusing of a child by ones own parents or primary caretakers
Conspiracy to commit a crime: Conspiring to commit a crime against a person/entity with evidence to suggest that the conspiring party fully intended to go through with their plans
Dangerous Driving: Driving a vehicle dangerously either intentionally or because one has been impaired such that it poses a grave threat to the safety of other drivers
Disorderly Conduct: Conduct that disrupts the peace or safety of others whose lives are NOT put in danger to the disorderly conduct, but still pose to be a nuisance
Embezzlement: Witholding or stealing someone elses money that they were trusted with for unapproved reasons
Endangerment: An act committed by a person that seriously jeopardizes the life/safety of another person
Falsifying documents: Giving false information for documents to illegally obtain goods, money, or services
Fraud: Posing as someone/something or using other such tactics in an attempt to swindle money or some other good from someone
Harassment: Constant severe harassing of an individual that could cause said person to become psychologically unstable or suicidal
Hate Crime: A crime committed against a person simply because of one of their personal traits, their skin color, or religious orientation
Lying to the police or an investigator: Lying to the police or an investigator to prevent them from finding a criminal or from discovering a crime that has been committed.
Late term abortion: Abortion/killing of a fetus that has been in the womb for no less then 32 weeks (Average length of pregnancy is 40)
Murder: The killing of one or more people through any means
Perjury: Lying under oath when sworn to tell the truth
Police impersonation: Pretending to be a police officer in an attempt to use the power associated with policemen for ones own personal gain.
Possession of stolen property: Owning property that the owner knows was stolen from somebody else
Rape: A sexual act/assault committed by one person against another person who has not consented to those sexual acts
Resisting Arrest: Forcibly resisting being arrested by a police officer
Sex with a minor: Having sex with someone who is under the age of 16 even if they have given consent
Stalking: The excessive following of a person against that persons will
Stealing: The act of committing theft against a store, bank, business, person, etc by taking goods or money
Tax Evasion/Tax Fraud: Using illegal means to avoid paying taxes to the state or national governments through deception, falsifying documents, flat out refusing to pay taxes, etc,
Terrorism: The act of committing crimes primarily to terrorize the people of the USoDDO and destabalize the security and stability of either the state or national government
Treason: Giving vital national information to other governments, attempting to betray or sell out the USoDDO or parts of it to other nations, and other acts that endanger the safety of the nation
Trespassing: The act of violating the privacy of ones own property, such as forcibly entering ones house but not to steal anything
Vandalism: Destroying or causing monetary damage to a business or ones property without receiving consent to do so
Violation of a legal agreement or document: Committing an act after agreeing to not do so and after signing a contract stating you would not do so.
Voter fraud: Using deceptive means to vote more then once
Witness Tampering or Intimidation: Trying to intimidate or tamper with the witness to a crime as a means of stopping them from reporting the crime.

Article 2: Only the national government can decide to criminalize any other acts not listed here. States may only criminalize acts listed above and those listed in Article 7

Article 3: The punishments for these crimes are up to the states to set, and the states dont have to agree on the punishments for crimes, unless the national government defines what the punishment for a particular crime is.

Article 4: The penalties that states impose for crimes that were committed cannot be cruel or unusual in terms of length and/or severity. For example, a state cannot issue the death penalty on someone for stealing a $20 bike.

Article 5: If crimes are committed more then once by the same person or if a person has committed numerous crimes in the past and then convicted of another crime, the states have the right to issue a lengthier or costlier penalty on the offender then they otherwise would have issued to a first-time offender, as long as such punishments do not conflict with article 3

Article 6: The following are illegal/banned acts that the state and national governments of the USoDDO itself cannot carry out against its own people through legislation, orders, or any other means

Forced Disappearance: Forcing someone to disappear from the public as a means of censorship
Illegal seizure of assests or property: Taking ones assets or property when they have done nothing wrong
Genocide: the mass killing of the USoDDO's own citizens or people within the country when those people have done nothing wrong or illegal
False arrest/imprisonment: Wrongly arresting/jailing a person or people for an act that is not illegal or for a crime they did not commit
Obstruction of Justice: Using the power of office for nefarious purposes or refusing to not use the power of office to for personal reasons

Article 7: The following are acts that states have the freedom to decide for themselves if they should be criminalized. States maintain the right to only criminalize these acts to a certain extent (such as criminalizing drug possesion except for Marijuana)

Abortion, Drug manufacturing and sale, Drug possession, Prostitution, Polygamy, Public Nudity
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5/15/2013 2:17:55 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
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5/14/2013

Daytonanerd is elected to a first term as the second president of USDDO.

10 voted for him.
0 votes for anyone else.
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5/23/2013 11:03:12 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
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5/22/2013
Title: Establishment of the USoDDO Dating System
Proposed by: daytonanerd
8 voted yay
0 voted nay
6 did not vote

Text:

Preamble) In order to establish USoDDO as a nation with a history consistent with modern day real nation-states, it is considered necessary to apply a dating scheme to give the impression of several hundred years of existence. In the same manner that the number of posts is multiplied by a factor to calculate the population of that state, the time stamps of posts prior to the establishment of USoDDO will be multiplied by a factor to calculate the history of DDO.

Article I) The founding of will be recorded as 2/19/2013.

Article II) Real world time will be abbreviated R.W.; USoDDO time will be abbreviated DDO.

Article III) As an ongoing, real-time game, R.W. and DDO dates and times post-founding will be considered equivalent. For example, 5/20/2013 R.W. is equivalent to 5/20/2013 DDO.

Article IV) This post (http://www.debate.org...) will be considered the beginning of USoDDO recorded history, dated 9/30/2008 R.W.

Article V) All R.W. units of time (seconds, minutes, days, years, etc.) pre-founding will be multipled by a factor of 45 to establish the DDO unit of time. This grants USoDDO approximately 200 years worth of history pre-founding.

Article VI) The date founding or admission of a DDO State will be consistent with the DDO time corresponding to the earliest post in that forum.
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5/23/2013 11:06:01 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
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5/22/2013
Title: Finishing The Foundations
Proposed by: FREEDO
8 voted yay
0 voted nay
6 did not vote

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Article I: A National Banking Service

Clause 1: The National Banking Service of USDDO is to be established.

Clause 2: This is a fully federal and non-profit program run by a board of supervisors appointed by the president and confirmed by congress. Within the context of the game, no once actually needs to be appointed to this unless we decide to.

Clause 3: It is subject to full audit at any time by request of either congress or the president.

Clause 4: A Central Bank will be constructed to hold the wealth of the federal government before it has been allocated.

Clause 5: Other banks will be built all around the country for public use.

Clause 6: Individuals below the poverty line will not be compelled to pay interest on their loans, nor will average individuals during times of economic hardship. No one will be denied loans unless they have already demonstrated an unreasonable failure to repay. No one will be compelled to pay any other fees besides interest.

Article II: Social Security

Clause 1: The Social Security Service of USDDO is to be established.

Clause 2: Once a person turns 25 years old and while they are employed, 10% of their income will be collected for Social Security.

Clause 3: Once a person turns 60 years old, they will be payed 20% of their average income in monthly payments until death.

Clause 4: If a person dies before being payed back all they put in, the remaining part will go to their heir(s).

Clause 5: A person may choose to tap into their social security during times of unemployment. The amount they use will be subtracted from their average income calculation.

Article III: Fair Hours and Compensation

Clause 1: A minimum wage of $10.00 shall be established.

Clause 2: A work day of 8 hours and a work week of 40 hours shall be established. Anyone working overtime must be compensated an additional 50% of their usual pay.

Article IV: Financial Assistance

Clause 1: Food stamps are to be established and made available for a period of 6 months to anyone unemployed or a period of 4 months to anyone making below living wage. These stamps will be equal to $50 per month and may only be spent on food or non-alcoholic drink. If their time is up, they must wait at least 12 months before applying again.

Clause 2: People who are disabled and unable to work may apply to receive $500 per month. This drops if their condition becomes healthy. They must reapply every 6 months unless their condition is recognized as obviously never improving.

Clause 3: If a person is unemployed or making below living wage, they may apply to have 50% of their rent or mortgage payed for up to 12 months. If their time is up, they must wait at least 6 months before applying again.
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5/23/2013 11:18:27 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I forgot to post this one when it passed.

23.5
5/20/2013
Title: The Establishment of a National Military Bill (E.N.M.)
Proposed by: Imabench
6 voted yay
1 voted nay
4 abstained
3 did not vote

Text:

Article 1) The Federal government shall fund the establishment and maintenance of an Army, a Navy, an Air Force, A Special Operations Unit, and a National Reserve as the military.

Article 2) State governments shall maintain the right to establish national guards that they will have control over where the national government will not. The national government cannot force state national guards to serve in war.

Article 3) The size of each branch of the military for the nation shall be agreed upon between the President and Congress, and shall be set at the following defaults:

- (Total population size of the nation is about 115,000,000)
- Army: 600,000
- Navy: 400,000
- Air Force: 250,000
- Special Ops Units: 50,000

Article 4) The branches of the military shall be organized into the following:

- The Army is to consist of tanks and ground soldiers
- The Navy is to consist of sailors who will operate Submarines, Aircraft Carriers, Battleships, Destroyers, and other naval ships designed and built for national defense.
- The Airforce is to consist of pilots who will operate either fighters or bombers designed and built for national defense
- Special Ops is to consist of soldiers who will carry out missions that the other three branches are not immediately capable of completing. (Hostage retrieval for example)

Article 5) Only Congress can issue a declaration of war on another nation, and a vote of war needs 2/3rds majority to be enacted rather then a simply majority or 3/5ths vote. The president cannot veto a declaration of war by Congress. Congress however can only declare war if

- In response to a declaration of war from that nation-state;
- In response to a violent action against USoDDO people, property or land, that sanctioned, endorsed, or sponsored by the government of that nation-state (actions committed by members of government are automatically considered to be sanctioned, endorsed, or sponsored by the government of that nation-state)
- If acting preemptively, only in such a case where there is a likely and imminent threat of such magnitude as to leave USoDDO unable to sustain itself or respond meaningfully should it be realized; and
- If after sincere attempts at diplomatic resolutions have failed.

Article 6) Wars declared by Congress shall remain valid as long as justification to remain at war persists and until the USoDDO accepts terms of surrender offered by the opponent nation-state(s)

Article 7) The president can only use executive orders to move or station troops overseas, and may not move more then 20,000 troops to any one nation. If the president uses an executive order to engage in a foreign conflict without Congressional approval, then that is an impeachable offence.

Article 8) Soldiers who enlist in the military can choose to enlist as either on-duty, off-duty, or as a reserve

- On-duty soldiers are to spend half of the year stationed in a base either within national borders or overseas, and the other half of the year may stay in their own homes. On duty soldiers are the first to be called to fight in the event of war.

- Off-duty soldiers are to spend 1/4th of the year stationed in a base either within national borders or overseas, and the other 3/4ths of the year may stay in their own homes. Off-duty soldiers are the second to be called to fight in the event of war, but wont receive the same benefits that on-duty soldiers receive.

- Reserves do not spend any time in a base or a fort and stay in their own homes throughout the year. Reserves are the third to be called to fight in the event of war should both on-duty and off-duty troops be fully utilized, but reserves receive even less benefits then on-duty or off-duty soldiers receive.

Article 9) Soldier benefits

- On duty soldiers will be granted free healthcare, will be exempted from 60% of all taxes, and granted an income of $60,000 a year

- Off duty soldiers will be exempted from 50% of healthcare expenses, will be exempted from 40% of all taxes, and granted an income of $50,000 a year

- Reserves are exempted from 10% of healthcare expenses, will be exempted from 10% of all taxes, and will be granted $5,000 a year (meaning that reserves will still have to get a job for their salary and wont be living off the government)

Article 10) A Central Intelligence Agency is to be established whose job is to collect and store any and all information they receive or gather that includes:
- Troop movements and current locations
- Buildings or structures that may be housing people of interest, weapons, etc
- Suspected spies, their locations, nationalities, aliases, etc
- Notable international criminals, their locations, nationalities, aliases, etc
- Suspected terrorists, their locations, nationalities, aliases, etc
- Weapons being developed, tested, and/or utilized by foreign militaries
- Any other information that relates to a direct threat to national safety and/or security, 'direct' meaning lives are at stake.

Article 11) The Central Intelligence Agency is required to share information with other federal agencies if those agencies believe the info is relevant to helping them carry out their jobs of domestic security and safety. The CIA is also required to give up any information to Congress should they request it, and the CIA must report any and all activity up the chain of command to the President of the USoDDO

Article 12) The CIA, nor any other government agency, shall pay for or make deals with other groups to do the work that we do not allow ourselves to do. For example, if we illegalize torture, we cannot hire an outside person, group, or country to torture individuals for our behalf.

Article 13) Troops have the lawful right to disobey an order that goes against the rules of warfare. Instances include, but are not limited to:

- Massacre/rape of civilians
- Mutilation/torture
- Wanton destruction of property, especially where the property is culturally/religiously important or essential to the survival and/or general well-being of the people
- Killing civilians intentionally
- Gross negligence that will lead to many civilian deaths

Article 14 Troops actually shall be punished, dishonerably discharged, or maybe even jailed if they do NOT disobey orders if those orders causes any of the instances listed in Article 12. Those who are caught in the act of carrying out such atrocities and continue to carry out such atrocities shall be treated the same as enemy soldiers and may be fired upon by the USoDDO's own forces.
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