The purpose of this is to debate a Bill before it is added. Debate can center on whether the Bill should be passed or not, or it can center over which lobbyists care about the Bill in question. Some Bills are unconstitutional or simply redundant, so if this Bill is one of those, it won't be added in the first place, so feel free to debate that, too. Have fun.
January 18, 2010

Statehood Act of 2010

(submitted on behalf of John Berlec)

Whereas 3 American Regions are not considered states

Part I: Washington DC

Creating a new Federal district consisting of Congress, the White House, etc. The rest of DC becomes the territory of New Columbia (the part where people live), which is then admitted into the union.

A new Federal District shall be created consisting of Federal government buildings where nobody lives shall be created. This Federal District's southern boundary shall be Independence Avenue extending east from Ohio Drive to Second Street Southeast; its westernmost boundary shall be the Potomac River. The Federal District�s northern boundary shall be defined by Constitution Avenue extending from the intersection of Constitution Avenue and Ohio Drive east to Second Street Southeast. The small segment of Pennsylvania Avenue which bisects Constitution Avenue shall be considered part of the northern boundary of the Federal District. This parcel of land shall be further demarcated by what shall be known as the Executive Allotment. This Allotment�s northernmost boundary shall be established at Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest extending from Seventeenth Street Northwest to Fifteenth Street Northwest. The area between these streets extending south to Constitution Avenue shall also be a portion of the Federal District.

The remainder of the former District of Columbia shall become the territory of New Columbia.

Section II: Peurto Rico

The island of Peurto Rico shall now be admitted to the Union.

Section III: American Samoa

The island of American Samoa shall now be admitted to the Union

Section IV: States

The regions of DC listed above, Peuro Rico, and American Samoa shall now be admitted to the Union. All taxes, laws, and policies shall be put upon these regions. The states are just like every state, and shall have no differant rules or regulations.

The sections of New Colombia listed above shall become the 51rst state of the United States.

Peurto Rico shall become the 52nd state of the United States.

American Samoa shall become the 53rd state of the United States.

Section V: Governments

Each state listed above shall have its own government. These governments will vary, due to the functioning of the game.

Process I: Each Senate Leader from the Democratic and GOP party shall choose 1 senator and 1 House Representative for each state. This will give each new state 2 Senators and 2 Representatives.

Process II: The Majority Senate Leader shall pick 1 governor for each new state.

-Both processes listed above shall occur every three months

NOTE: A member may have 2 political parts (1 for their state and one for the appointment of the new position)

Section VI: Presidential Elections

Each new state will have 5 electoral votes: 1 for each senator, 1 for each representative, and 1 for the governor.

NOTE: The appointed members will have 2 votes in the general election

Section VII: Rules

- The senate leaders may not appoint themselves nor any of their alts to the positions

- The senate leaders may not appoint the President nor the Vice President to the positions. They may, however, appoint their alts

Section VIII: Passage

This bill will become effective immediatly upon passage.

Respectfully Submitted,
John Berlac

Submitted 6:00 PM by Pileup
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pick senator, rep, and gov from where?

i would like it but i think that with the game not functioning, this would just be too difficult.
Posted By Jason Elam on 1/19/10 at 11:17 AM | Reply
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This would be a peice of cake.
Posted By John Berlac on 1/19/10 at 3:53 PM | Reply
Where though?
Governor Elam brings up a very good point.

Where would you get the candidates to be able to fill these positions?

If you explain that, then maybe I'll support this bill.
Posted By McCain-Palin on 1/19/10 at 10:58 PM | Reply
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Glad we can be civil McCain.

The people will ber appointed by the Leaders. It will be equal: 1 Dem and 1 Rep for both the Senate and the House. This means you, me, Buchanan, Carli, Rocka or anyone may be appointed. This will be decided by the Leaders.
Posted By John Berlac on 1/20/10 at 8:42 PM | Reply
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Posted By McCain-Palin on 1/21/10 at 1:05 AM | Reply
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There is absolutely no reason why this bill should be passed. What would this possibly add to the game?
Posted By Nebula1 on 1/21/10 at 2:41 PM | Reply
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why do you insist on making senate leaders all powerful just like nebula said there is no way this should be passed and there is no way this is going to be passed
Posted By Reggie Rocka on 1/21/10 at 7:05 PM | Reply
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Nebula is 100% correct: what is this going to add to the game? A couple pointless positions that will be permanently occupied by four people who already play the game as it is?

Puerto Rico, as far as I know, doesn't even want to become a state. How do you plan to factor in these other 'countries' (IDK what else to call them), that have to have their own vote on the matter?
Posted By Tony Carli on 1/21/10 at 9:55 PM | Reply
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This bill increases revenue, further decreaqsing our federal budget.
Posted By John Berlac on 1/22/10 at 7:07 PM | Reply
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That's a stupidly drastic measure to pull us out of debt. There are many other things you can do rather than this. Not to mention that the costs will probably equal each other. 4 more government officials to support, plus changing paperwork and all the other bureaucrap.

Also, there are, what, 11 American colonies? Why did you only single out Puerto Rico and American Samoa?
Posted By Tony Carli on 1/23/10 at 12:14 AM | Reply
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I will vote PRESENT on this bill.
Posted By McCain-Palin on 1/23/10 at 1:12 AM | Reply
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How will it cost more money? This isnt a drastic measure to reduce our debt, but a smart way to reduce our debt.

Posted By John Berlac on 1/23/10 at 11:43 AM | Reply
it would cost more. Puerto Ricans, for example, do not pay US taxes. With statehood, they would. However, these territories are not too well developed. We would have to invest alot in territories that probably enjoy their autonomy. I'm all about self-determination.
Posted By Tony.Blair on 1/24/10 at 5:40 PM | Reply
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You mean developed in what ways. If you talk tochnologically undeveloped, their is no problem with this. If you talk educationally undeveloped, they are as smart as us.

When you say "developed" what do you mean by that?

Posted By John Berlac on 1/25/10 at 8:19 AM | Reply
when it comes to infrastructure and even technology, obviously
Posted By Micheal D. Huckabee on 1/28/10 at 9:33 PM | Reply
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The United States is a republic not an empire!
Posted By Stanley Marsh on 1/29/10 at 8:58 PM | Reply
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Truth be told, no bill whatsoever we pass will do anything for the game. We shouldn't pick and choose which legislation to pass just based on that, or we wouldn't be passing anything at all.

I have researched this issue, and found that the people of DC and Puerto Rico do pay US Federal taxes but have no voting representation in their national government. Puerto Rican citizens are born Americans, can serve in the army, but since Puerto Rico is only a territory they are not fully protected under the constitution.

I don't agree to all the terms in this bill, but I am willing to co-author new legislation with the author of this one after I do more research
Posted By Kristah Evans on 2/1/10 at 7:25 PM | Reply
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Kristah is right. They have taxation without representation. That's why my aunt hates it. But, this will be difficult. You can't take people out of seats they are holding. You would have to take unseated candidates. And in the presidential elections, you most likely won't win these states unless someone switches sides.
Posted By Jason Elam on 2/2/10 at 11:45 AM | Reply
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on behalf of CT Gov. CTSav he urges congress to kill this bill
Posted By Jason Tyson on 2/3/10 at 8:47 PM | Reply
What I like
I agree that D.C. and Puerto Rico should become states, but none of the others.
Posted By John Ames on 10/25/10 at 8:30 PM | Reply
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I support self-determination, and therefore such an Act is contrary to my belief system. It should be opposed.
Posted By justinbarbour1 on 6/9/11 at 3:43 AM | Reply
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Puerto Rico should have a fair referendum giving the island varies options since I believe the puertorican people must have saying in this.
Posted By sergiovalle9 on 5/10/12 at 6:42 PM | Reply

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