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    Izzy Rodríguez (D-MI)

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  2. Izzy Rodriguez for herself and the State of Michigan designates A Bill To redesignate the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes in Michigan as a Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Park 1.Short title This Act may be cited as the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Park Act of 2017. 2.Redesignation of Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes Park as Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Park (a)Redesignation In recognition of its nationally significant natural, cultural, and historical resources, and important recreational opportunities, Sleeping Bear Dunes in the State of Michigan Michigan established by the Act of September 27, 1890 (26 Stat. 492), is redesignated as Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes Park. (b)Conforming amendments Title 40, United States Code, is amended— (1)in section 8104(b), by striking Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes and inserting Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Park; and (2)in section 8501(a)(3)(B), by striking Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes Park and inserting Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Park. (c)References Any reference in any law, map, regulation, document, paper, or other record of the United States to Sleeping Bear Dunes in the State of Michigan is deemed to be a reference to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park.
  3. Izzy Rodriguez for herself and all others who depend on the Great Lakes for Water introduces A BILL To impose additional requirements on portions of petroleum pipelines that cross the waters of the Great Lakes, and for other purposes. 1. Short title This Act may be cited as the Great Lakes Oil Spill Prevention Act. 2.Additional requirements for Great Lakes pipelines Chapter 601 of title 49, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: 60142. Standards for Great Lakes pipelines (a)Additional oversight (1)Biannual PHMSA report Not later than 12 months after the date of enactment of this section, and every 6 months thereafter, the Administrator of PHMSA shall provide a status report on all Great Lakes pipelines to the Secretary. (2)Annual PHMSA report Not later than 12 months after the date of enactment of this section, and on an annual basis thereafter, the Administrator of PHMSA shall make available to the public a status report on all Great Lakes pipelines. (3)Annual Department of Transportation report Not later than 12 months after the date of enactment of this section, and on an annual basis thereafter, the Secretary shall provide to Congress a status report on all Great Lakes pipelines, including recommendations on additional standards that may be necessary to improve the safety of such pipelines. (4)Availability of materials to State and local agencies (A)In general Notwithstanding any other provision of law and subject to subparagraph (B), the Administrator of PHMSA shall provide access to the Governor of the State with jurisdiction over the relevant portion of such pipeline and any additional entities of such State designated by such Governor to receive such a notification all information in the possession of PHMSA concerning such portion. (B)Exception for sensitive information Pursuant to subparagraph (A), the Administrator may not provide access to security-sensitive information, including information described in section 1520.5(a) of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations. (b)Additional standards (1)Maintenance requirements The owner and operator of a Great Lakes pipeline shall adhere to the following requirements with respect to a Great Lakes pipeline: (A)Maintain a functional anchor every 75 feet, at minimum, for every section of such pipeline that is at least 30 feet below the surface of the water. (B)Maintain at least 1 functional computational pipeline monitoring system in every 1,500-foot section of such pipeline that is at least 10 feet below the surface of the water. (C)Install cathodic wrapping on such pipeline. (D)No holiday in cathodic wrapping may exceed 3 square inches. (E)Install enamel coating on such pipeline. (F)No holiday in enamel coating may exceed 3 square inches. (G)Maintain such pipeline without any corrosion. (H)Install and maintain the functional ability to shut off the pressure of such pipeline in case of an emergency. (2) Testing requirements An operator of a Great Lakes pipeline shall, at least once every 12 months, perform the following actions with respect to a Great Lakes pipeline: (A)Conduct at least one in-line test, also known as a smart pig, to determine the integrity of the interior of such pipeline. (B)Conduct at least one Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) inspection to determine the structural integrity of the exterior of such pipeline. (C)Conduct at least one hydrostatic test to determine the integrity and ability of such pipeline to sustain pressure. (3)Company reporting requirements The operator and owner of a Great Lakes pipeline shall— (A)Immediately, but in no event more than 1 business day, after the date of discovery of a violation of paragraph (1) report any such known violation to— (i)the Administrator of PHMSA; and (ii) the Governor of the State with jurisdiction over the relevant portion of such pipeline and any additional entities of such State designated by such Governor to receive such a notification; and (B)provide notification of any tests conducted pursuant to paragraph (2) to— (i)the Administrator of PHMSA; and (ii)the Governor of the State with jurisdiction over the relevant portion of such pipeline and any additional entities of such State designated by such Governor to receive such a notification. (4)Corrective action timelines The Administrator of PHMSA shall issue to the owner or operator of a Great Lakes pipeline a corrective action timeline for each violation of paragraph (1), during which such violation shall be remedied, as follows: (A)A corrective action timeline for a violation of subparagraphs (A), (B), (G), or (H) of paragraph (1) may be for a period of not more than 365 days. (B)A corrective action timeline for a violation of subparagraph (C) or (E) of paragraph (1) may be for a period of not more than 180 days. (C)A corrective action timeline for a violation of subparagraph (D) or (F) of paragraph (1) may be for a period of not more than 90 days. (5) (6)Special rule for corrosion (A)In general An owner or operator of a Great Lakes pipeline who learns of corrosion in such pipeline shall immediately pursue steps to ensure such pipeline ceases to transmit petroleum until such corrosion is repaired. (B)Option to restart transmission The Administrator of PHMSA may inspect a pipeline described in subparagraph (A) and permit such pipeline to resume transmission if the Administrator makes a determination that such pipeline can operate safely. (7) Special rule for aging pipelines (A)In general The owner or operator of a Great Lakes pipeline may not operate such a pipeline (and may replace such a pipeline with a new pipeline in accordance with this chapter) after the conclusion of the time period described in subparagraph (B). (B)Time period The time period described in this subparagraph is— (i)for a Great Lakes pipeline that first transported petroleum or a petroleum product earlier than the date that is 50 years before the date of enactment of this section, the 5-year period commencing on the date of enactment of this section; and (ii)for any other Great Lakes pipeline, the 52-year period commencing on the date such pipeline first transported petroleum or a petroleum product. (c)Additional penalties (1)In general Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an owner or operator of a Great Lakes pipeline shall be liable for a civil penalty for each day during which a repair has not been completed following the conclusion of the applicable period of the corrective action timeline issued pursuant to subsection (b)(4) as follows: (A)A penalty for a violation of subsection (b)(1)(A) may not be less than $2,000 and not more than $20,000 a day. (B)A penalty for a violation of subsection (b)(1)(B) may not be less than $1,000 and not more than $10,000 a day. (C)A penalty for a violation of subsection (b)(1)(C) may not be less than $1,000 and not more than $10,000 a day. (D)A penalty for a violation of subsection (b)(1)(D) may not be less than $100 and not more than $1,000 a day. (E)A penalty for a violation of subsection (b)(1)(E) may not be less than $1,000 and not more than $10,000. (F)A penalty for a violation of subsection (b)(1)(F) may not be less than $100 and not more than $1,000. (G)A penalty for a violation of subsection (b)(1)(G) may not be less than $5,000 and not more than $30,000 a day. (H)A penalty for a violation of subsection (b)(1)(H) may not be less than $500 and not more than $1,000 a day.An owner or operator of a Great Lakes pipeline that knowingly violates subsection (b)(3)(A) shall be liable for a civil penalty of not less than $50,000 and not more than $500,000. (3)Continued operation of aging pipeline A civil penalty for a violation of subsection (b)(7) may not be less than $100,000 and not more than $500,000 a day after the conclusion of the applicable period described in such subsection. (4)Treatment of penalties Amounts collected under this section shall be deposited in the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund established under section 9509 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. 9509). (d) Regulations; effective date(1) Regulations The Secretary shall issue regulations to implement the requirements of this section not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this section. (2) Effective date The requirements of paragraphs (1) through (6) of subsection (b) shall be effective on the day that is 1 year after the date of enactment of this section. . 3. Additional liability for spills (a) Definitions Section 1001 of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C. 2701) is amended— (1) by redesignating paragraphs (9), (10), (11), (12) through (15), (16) through (24), (25), (26), (27), (28), (29), (30), (31), (32), (33), (34) through (37), (38), (39), (40), (41), (42), (43), and (44) as paragraphs (10), (13), (14), (17) through (20), (22) through (30), (32), (33), (36), (35), (37), (39), (38), (40), (41), (43) through (46), (34), (9), (11), (12), (21), (31), and (42), respectively; and (2) by inserting after paragraph (14) (as redesignated) the following: (15) Great Lakes pipeline has the meaning given such term in section 60101(a) of title 49, United States Code; (16) Great Lakes system has the meaning given such term in section 60101(a) of title 49, United States Code; . (b) Liability for Great Lakes pipelines Section 1004(a) of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C. 2704(a)) is amended— (1) in paragraph (3), by striking and at the end; (2) in paragraph (4), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and (3) by adding at the end the following: (5) for a Great Lakes pipeline, the total of all removal costs plus $75,000,000. . (c) Financial responsibility requirement for Great Lakes pipelines Section 1016(c) of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C. 2716(c)) is amended— (1) in the subsection heading, by inserting and Great Lakes pipelines after facilities; and (2) by adding at the end the following: (3) Great Lakes pipelines A responsible party with respect to a Great Lakes pipeline shall establish and maintain evidence of financial responsibility in the same manner as described in paragraph (1). . PES: Sets new safety requirements for pipelines in the Great Lakes and new inspections. Additionally sets penalties for being in violation of the new saftey regulation
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  5. Michael

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  6. Izzy Rodriguez D-Mi First Latina Senator from Michigan
  7. Izzy Rodriguez D-MI Character Name: Isabell (Izzy) Rodríguez Character Type: Senator Party: Democrat Date of Birth: 07-19-1975 (42) Place of Birth: Chicago, Place of Residence: Detroit Race/Ethnicity: Latino Sex/Gender: Female Religion: Catholic Family Information Father: Miguel Rodríguez Mother: Sierra Rodríguez Husband: Ricardo Rodríguez Daughter: Sandra Educational History: Georgetown University Degree in International Relations: Graduated 1997 MA in Foreign Service: Graduated 1999 Occupational History: Habitat for Humanity 1999-2001 Foreign Service Officer 2001-2008 Colombia 2001-2003 Mexico 2003-2007 Michigan’s 1st State Senate District 2007-2011 Michigan 13th Congressional District 2011-2015 Senator from Michigan 2015-Present
  8. Michael

    FREED Act

    Mr. Shah and Mr. Paterson with Thanks to MR DELANY for themselves and others, introduced the following bill Section 1 Short Title: The fighting for Rights and Ensuring Existing Democracy act or FREED act Section 2 Table of contents Title I—General Requirements Sec. 101. Limit on Congressional redistricting after an apportionment. Sec. 102. Requiring Congressional redistricting to be conducted through plan of independent State commission. Title II—Independent Redistricting Commissions Sec. 201. Independent redistricting commission. Sec. 202. Establishment of selection pool of individuals eligible to serve as members of commission. Sec. 203. Criteria for redistricting plan by independent commission; public notice and input. Title 3—Role of Courts in Development of Redistricting Plans Sec. 301 Enactment of plan developed by 3-judge court. Sec. 302. Special rule for redistricting conducted under order of Federal court. TITLE A General Requirements 101. Limit on Congressional redistricting after an apportionment A State which has been redistricted in the manner provided by law after an apportionment under section 22(a) of the Act entitled An Act to provide for the fifteenth and subsequent decennial censuses and to provide for an apportionment of Representatives in Congress, approved June 18, 1929 (2 U.S.C. 2a), may not be redistricted again until after the next apportionment of Representatives under such section, unless a court requires the State to conduct such subsequent redistricting to comply with the Constitution, to enforce the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. 10301 et seq.), to comply with this Act, or to comply with any other applicable Federal law. 102. Requiring Congressional redistricting to be conducted through plan of independent State commission Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any Congressional redistricting conducted by a State shall be conducted in accordance with— (1) the redistricting plan developed and enacted into law by the independent redistricting commission established in the State, in accordance with subtitle B; or (2) if a plan developed by such commission is not enacted into law, the redistricting plan developed and enacted into law by a 3-judge court of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, in accordance with section 301. TITLE II Independent Redistricting Commissions 201 Independent redistricting commission (a)Appointment of members (1) In generalThe nonpartisan agency established or designated by a State under section 314(a) shall establish an independent redistricting commission for the State, which shall consist of 12 members appointed by the agency as follows: (A) The agency shall appoint 4 members on a random basis from the majority category of the approved selection pool (as described in section 312(b)(1)(A)). (B)The agency shall appoint 4 members on a random basis from the minority category of the approved selection pool (as described in section 312(b)(1)(B)). (C)The agency shall appoint 4 members on a random basis from the independent category of the approved selection pool (as described in section 312(b)(1)(C)). (2) Appointment of alternates to serve in case of vacancies At the time the agency appoints the members of the independent redistricting commission under paragraph (1) from each of the categories referred to in such paragraph, the agency shall, on a random basis, designate 2 other individuals from such category to serve as alternate members who may be appointed to fill vacancies in the commission in accordance with paragraph (3) Vacancy If a vacancy occurs in the commission with respect to a member who was appointed from one of the categories referred to in paragraph (1), the nonpartisan agency shall fill the vacancy by appointing, on a random basis, one of the 2 alternates from such category who was designated under paragraph (2). At the time the agency appoints an alternate to fill a vacancy under the previous sentence, the agency shall designate, on a random basis, another individual from the same category to serve as an alternate member, in accordance with paragraph (2). (b)Procedures for Conducting Commission Business (1) Chair Members of an independent redistricting commission established under this section shall select by majority vote one member who was appointed from the independent category of the approved selection pool described in section 312(b)(1)(C) to serve as chair of the commission. The commission may not take any action to develop a redistricting plan for the State under section 313 until the appointment of the commission’s chair. (2) Requiring majority approval for actions The independent redistricting commission of a State may not publish and disseminate any draft or final redistricting plan, or take any other action, without the approval of at least— (A) a majority of the whole membership of the commission; and (B) at least one member of the commission appointed from each of the categories of the approved selection pool described in section 312(b)(1). (3)Quorum A majority of the members of the commission shall constitute a quorum. (c)Staff; Contractors (1) Staff the independent redistricting commission of a State may appoint and set the pay of such staff as it considers appropriate, subject to State law. (2)Contractors The independent redistricting commission of a State may enter into such contracts with vendors as it considers appropriate, subject to State law, except that any such contract shall be valid only if approved by the vote of a majority of the members of the commission, including at least one member appointed from each of the categories of the approved selection pool described in section 312(b)(1). (3)Goal of impartiality The commission shall take such steps as it considers appropriate to ensure that any staff appointed under this subsection, and any vendor with whom the commission enters into a contract under this subsection, will work in an impartial manner, and may require any person who applies for an appointment to a staff position or for a vendor’s contract with the commission to provide information on the person’s history of political activity (including donations to candidates, political committees, and political parties) as a condition of the appointment or the contract. (d)Termination (1)In general The independent redistricting commission of a State shall terminate on the earlier of— (A) June 14 of the following the passage of this act and years ending in the numeral zero; or (B) the day on which the nonpartisan agency established or designated by a State under section 314(a) has, in accordance with section 312(b)(1), submitted a selection pool to the Select Committee on Redistricting for the State established under section 314(b). (2)Preservation of records The State shall ensure that the records of the independent redistricting commission are retained in the appropriate State archive in such manner as may be necessary to enable the State to respond to any civil action brought with respect to Congressional redistricting in the State. 202. Establishment of selection pool of individuals eligible to serve as members of commission (a) Criteria for Eligibility (1) In general An individual is eligible to serve as a member of an independent redistricting commission if the individual meets each of the following criteria: (A )As of the date of appointment, the individual is registered to vote in elections for Federal office held in the State. (B) During the 3-year period ending on the date of the individual’s appointment, the individual has been continuously registered to vote with the same political party, or has not been registered to vote with any political party. (C) The individual submits to the nonpartisan agency established or designated by a State under section 313, at such time and in such form as the agency may require, an application for inclusion in the selection pool under this section, and includes with the application a written statement containing the following information and assurances: (i)A statement of the political party with which the individual is affiliated, if any. (ii)An assurance that the individual shall commit to carrying out the individual’s duties under this title in an honest, independent, and impartial fashion, and to upholding public confidence in the integrity of the redistricting process. (iii)An assurance that, during the covered periods described in paragraph (3), the individual has not taken and will not take any action which would disqualify the individual from serving as a member of the commission under paragraph (2). (2)Disqualifications An individual is not eligible to serve as a member of the commission if any of the following applies during any of the covered periods described in paragraph (3): (A)The individual or (in the case of the covered periods described in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of paragraph (3)) an immediate family member of the individual holds public office or is a candidate for election for public office. (B)The individual or (in the case of the covered periods described in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of paragraph (3)) an immediate family member of the individual serves as an officer of a political party or as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a campaign committee of a candidate for public office. (C) The individual or (in the case of the covered periods described in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of paragraph (3)) an immediate family member of the individual holds a position as a registered lobbyist under the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) or an equivalent State or local law. (D) The individual or (in the case of the covered periods described in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of paragraph (3)) an immediate family member of the individual is an employee of an elected public official, a contractor with the legislature of the State, or a donor to the campaign of any candidate for public office (other than a donor who, during any of such covered periods, gives an aggregate amount of $20,000 or less to the campaigns of all candidates for all public offices). Immediate family member defined In this subsection, the term immediate family member means, with respect to an individual, a father, stepfather, mother, stepmother, son, stepson, daughter, stepdaughter, brother, stepbrother, sister, stepsister, husband, wife, father-in-law, or mother-in-law. 203.Criteria for redistricting plan by independent commission; public notice and input (a)Development of redistricting plan (1) Criteria In addition to the criteria set forth in section 201(b), the independent redistricting commission of a State shall develop a redistricting plan for the State in accordance with the following criteria, prioritized according to the following order: (A) To the extent practicable, districts shall be contiguous (except to the extent necessary to include any area which is surrounded by a body of water). (B) Districts shall be established in a manner consistent with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. 10301 et seq.) and other Federal law. (C) To the extent practicable, districts shall reflect the diversity of political opinion in the State (D)To the greatest extent practicable the State shall minimize the number of districts electing 4 Representatives. (E)To the greatest extent practicable the State shall maximize the number of districts electing 5 Representatives. (F)To the extent practicable, district boundaries shall minimize the division of any community of interest, municipality, county, or neighborhood. For purposes of this subparagraph, a community of interest is a contiguous population which shares common social or economic interests that should be included within a single district for purposes of its effective and fair representation. Examples of such shared interests are those common to an urban area, a rural area, an industrial area, or an agricultural area, and those common to areas in which the people share similar living standards, use the same transportation facilities, have similar work opportunities, or have access to the same media of communication relevant to the election process. Communities of interest shall not include relationships with political parties, incumbent officeholders, or political candidates. (G)To the extent practicable, districts shall be geographically compact such that nearby areas of population are not bypassed for more distant areas of population. (2) Prohibiting consideration of residence of Member or other candidate In developing the redistricting plan for the State, the independent redistricting commission may not take into consideration the residence of any Member of the House of Representatives or candidate. (b) Public notice and input (1) Use of open and transparent process the independent redistricting commission of a State shall hold each of its meetings in public, shall solicit and take into consideration comments from the public throughout the process of developing the redistricting plan for the State, and shall carry out its duties in an open and transparent manner which provides for the widest public dissemination reasonably possible of its proposed and final redistricting plans. (2) Website The commission shall maintain a public Internet site which is not affiliated with or maintained by the office of any elected official and which includes the following features: (A) General information on the commission and its members, including contact information. (B) An updated schedule of commission hearings and activities, including deadlines for the submission of comments. (C)All draft redistricting plans developed by the commission under subsection (c) and the final redistricting plan developed under subsection (d). (D)Live streaming of commission hearings and an archive of previous meetings and other commission records. (E) method by which members of the public may submit comments directly to the commission. (F)Access to the demographic data used by the commission to develop the proposed redistricting plans, together with any software used to draw maps of proposed districts. (3)Public comment period The commission shall solicit, accept, and consider comments from the public with respect to its duties, activities, and procedures at any time during the period— (A)which begins on January 1 the year following the passage of this act and years ending in the numeral one; and (B)which ends 7 days before the date of the meeting at which the commission shall vote on approving the final redistricting plan for enactment into law under subsection (d)(2). (4)Meetings and hearings in various geographic locations To the greatest extent practicable, the commission shall hold its meetings and hearings in various geographic regions and locations throughout the State. (c) Development and Publication of Preliminary Redistricting Plan (1) In general Prior to developing and publishing a final redistricting plan under subsection (d), the independent redistricting commission of a State shall develop and publish a preliminary redistricting plan. (2) Minimum public hearings prior to development (A) 3 hearings required Prior to developing a preliminary redistricting plan under this subsection, the commission shall hold not fewer than 3 public hearings at which members of the public may provide input and comments regarding the potential contents of redistricting plans for the State and the process by which the commission will develop the preliminary plan under this subsection. (B) Minimum period for notice prior to hearings The commission shall notify the public through the website maintained under subsection (b)(2), as well as through publication of notice in newspapers of general circulation throughout the State, of the date, time, and location of each of the hearings held under this paragraph not fewer than 14 days prior to the date of the hearing. (3) Publication of preliminary plan (A) In general The commission shall post the preliminary redistricting plan developed under this subsection, together with a report that includes the commission’s responses to any public comments received under subsection (b)(3), on the website maintained under subsection (b)(2), and shall provide for the publication of each such plan in newspapers of general circulation throughout the State. (B) Minimum period for notice prior to publication Not fewer than 14 days prior to the date on which the commission posts and publishes the preliminary plan under this paragraph, the commission shall notify the public through the website maintained under subsection (b)(2), as well as through publication of notice in newspapers of general circulation throughout the State, of the pending publication of the plan. (4) Minimum period for public comment after publication of plan The commission shall accept and consider comments from the public with respect to the preliminary redistricting plan published under paragraph (3) for not fewer than 30 days after the date on which the plan is published. (5) Post-publication hearings (A) 3 hearings required After posting and publishing the preliminary redistricting plan under paragraph (3), the commission shall hold not fewer than 3 public hearings at which members of the public may provide input and comments regarding the preliminary plan. (B) Minimum period for notice prior to hearings The commission shall notify the public through the website maintained under subsection (b)(2), as well as through publication of notice in newspapers of general circulation throughout the State, of the date, time, and location of each of the hearings held under this paragraph not fewer than 14 days prior to the date of the hearing. (6) Permitting multiple preliminary plans At the option of the commission, after developing and publishing the preliminary redistricting plan under this subsection, the commission may develop and publish subsequent preliminary redistricting plans, so long as the process for the development and publication of each such subsequent plan meets the requirements set forth in this subsection for the development and publication of the first preliminary redistricting plan. (d) Process for Enactment of Final Redistricting Plan (1) In general, After taking into consideration comments from the public on any preliminary redistricting plan developed and published under subsection (c), the independent redistricting commission of a State shall develop and publish a final redistricting plan for the State. (2) Meeting; final vote Not later than August 15 two years after the passage of this act and each year ending in the numeral one, the commission shall hold a public hearing at which the members of the commission shall vote on approving the final plan for enactment into law. (3) Publication of plan and accompanying materials Not fewer than 14 days before the date of the meeting under paragraph (2), the commission shall provide the following information to the public through the website maintained under subsection (b)(2), as well as through newspapers of general circulation throughout the State: (A) The final redistricting plan, including all relevant maps. (B)A report by the commission to accompany the plan which provides the background for the plan and the commission’s reasons for selecting the plan as the final redistricting plan, including responses to the public comments received on any preliminary redistricting plan developed and published under subsection (c). (C)Any dissenting or additional views with respect to the plan of individual members of the commission. (4) Enactment The final redistricting plan developed and published under this subsection shall be deemed to be enacted into law if— (A) the plan is approved by a majority of the whole membership of the commission; and (B) at least one member of the commission appointed from each of the categories of the approved selection pool described in section 312(b)(1) approves the plan. (e)Deadline The independent redistricting commission of a State shall approve a final redistricting plan for the State not later than August 15 two year after this act passes and each year ending in the numeral one. Title III-Role of Courts in Development of Redistricting Plans 301. Enactment of plan developed by 3-judge court (a) Development of Plan If any of the triggering events described in subsection (c) occur with respect to a State— (1)not later than December 15 of the year in which the triggering event occurs, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, acting through a 3-judge court convened pursuant tosection 2284 of title 28, United States Code, shall develop and publish the congressional redistricting plan for the State; and (2) the plan developed and published by the Court under this subsection shall be deemed to be enacted on the date on which the Court publishes the plan. (b) Procedures for Development of Plan (1) Criteria It is the sense of Congress that, in developing a redistricting plan for a State under this section, the Court should adhere to the same terms and conditions that applied (or that would have applied, as the case may be) to the development of a plan by the independent redistricting commission of the State under section 313(a). (2 )Access to information and records of commission The Court shall have access to any information, data, software, or other records and material that was used (or that would have been used, as the case may be) by the independent redistricting commission of the State in carrying out its duties under this title. (c) Triggering Events Described The triggering events described in this subsection are as follows: (1) The failure of the State to establish or designate a nonpartisan agency of the State legislature under section 314(a) prior to the expiration of the deadline set forth in section 314(a)(5). (2) The failure of the State to appoint a Select Committee on Redistricting under section 314(b) prior to the expiration of the deadline set forth in section 314(b)(4). (3) The failure of the Select Committee on Redistricting to approve any selection pool under section 312 prior to the expiration of the deadline set forth for the approval of the second replacement selection pool in section 312(d)(2). (4) The failure of the independent redistricting commission of the State to approve a final redistricting plan for the State prior to the expiration of the deadline set forth in section 313(e). 302. Special rule for redistricting conducted under order of Federal court If a Federal court requires a State to conduct redistricting subsequent to an apportionment of Representatives in the State in order to comply with the Constitution or to enforce the Voting Rights Act of 1965, section 313 shall apply with respect to the redistricting, except that the court may revise any of the deadlines set forth in such section if the court determines that a revision is appropriate in order to provide for a timely enactment of a new redistricting plan for the State.
  9. Michael

    DEBATE: Balanced Budget Amendment

    The goal of a balanced budget is an aim I agree with. Year after year it is shameful that we continue to pass on a growing debt to our children, but to sacrifice fundamental service that help the most destitute Americans would be a crime against our nation itself. We have a duty to our children and a duty to help impoverished Americans but we need not turn a blind eye to one of these groups to help another. I second the motion to table this bill not in opposition to a balanced budget but in the hopes for a better bill one with clear steps towards a balanced budget. A balanced budget amendment would back us into a corner forcing congress to abandon programs such a Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, and social security. These programs must endure because if we take away funds from these programs we will not only be taking numbers off a spreadsheet but we will be taking away hope from the Americans who are struggling just to put food on the table. If we govern for the people at the expense of the people what is the point of having government at all. I want a balanced budget but I will not deprive a single American of programs that allow them to get by. So, for this reason, I will be introducing a bill in the coming days which aims to substantially reduce the deficit without compromising fundamental government programs. So if my colleges are truly interested in reducing the deficit I call on them to work with me to work towards a bipartisan Solution opposed to more partisan rhetoric. Mr President, I yield the floor
  10. Character Name: Dr. Omar Shah Character Type: Senator Party: Democrat Date of Birth: 07-19-1973 (39) Place of Birth: Dearborn Michigan Race/Ethnicity: Half Chaldean Sex/Gender: Male Religion: Christian Family Information Father Hakim Shah Born 1950 Emigrated to the US in 1970 Mother Rebeca Shah (Simone) Born 1951 Wife: Sarah Bryan Educational History University of Michigan Valedictorian Graduated 1995 BA in International Relations PHD Harvard School Graduated 1999 PHD in Public Policy Occupational History: Assistant Professor Harvard Kennedy School 1999-2005 Senior Advisor Granholm for Michigan Campaign for Re-Elect 2006 Legislative Director Granholm Administration 2006-2008 US Congress D-MI-12 2008-2012 US Senate 2012- Present Books Published: Redlining in the Modern Day: The Cost of Segregation in the Modern Day (2001) Health Care is a Right: The Need for a Universal Health Care System (2004) Detroit: How Racism Lead to The Downfall of a Once Great City and How it Can be Great Again (2008)
  11. Possible characters thoughts? Name: Thomas Roosevelt Jr. State: New York Party: Democrats Date of Birth: 06/09/1970 (age 44) Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois Religion: Anglican Family: Father: Thomas Roosevelt (b. 1944) Mother: Alexandra Roosevelt (b. 1946) Wife: Laura Roosevelt (b. 1970 m. 1992) Children: Edward Roosevelt (b. 1995) Tyler Roosevelt B. 2000 *Not closely related to either of the former presidents* Educational History: Harvard University BA in International Relations Graduated 1992 Occupational History: Intern US delegation to the UN 1992-1994 Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff 1994-1995 Legislative Affairs Director for Daniel Patrick Moynihan 1995-2000 Deputy Chairman to Elect Hillary Clinton for New York 2000 Deputy Chief of Staff for Senator Hillary Clinton 2000-2004 Congressman New York 6th District 2004-2010 Senator New York 2010- Present Name: Tom Connery State: Georgia Party: Republican Date of Birth: 04/20/1970 (age 44) Place of Birth: Nashville, Tennessee Religion: Baptist Family: Father: Theodore Connery (b. 1944) Mother: Rebecca Connery (b. 1946) Brother: Alexander Connery (b. 1976) Wife: Clara Connery (b. 1970 m. 1992) Children: Edward Connery (b. 1995) Sandra Connery B. 2000 Educational History: Liberty University BA in Religious Studies Graduated 1992 Occupational History: Pastor New Birth Missionary Baptist Church 1992-2006 Radio Show Host: A moral American 2002-2006 The 700 Club: 2004-2006 Representative 2007-2011 Georgia 9th Congressional District Senator GA 2011-Present
  12. Michael

    Oval Office Address

    Good Evening, Two days ago, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured marking the end of the manhunt for the Boston Bombers. This heinous attack shook our nation to its core, but in this hour of darkness extraordinary sympathy bound our nation together. We now know that the Tsarnaev brothers were lone wolves radicalized online, and we have no evidence that they were contacted by Islamic terrorist groups. We also know that local, state, and federal law enforcement came together and succeeded in bringing these terrorists to justice. Federal forces were quickly and effectively deployed to the Boston region, and we were able to use those resources to get Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in custody. He will be tried and he will be held responsible for his act of terror. I would like to thank the emergency first responders in the Greater Boston area for their excellent response at the scene of this tragedy. They moved quickly and swiftly to make sure that the people of Boston would be safe from further attacks, and we, as a nation, cannot thank them enough for their bravery. In light of the recent tragedy, nothing has been made clearer to me than the truth that these terrorists will never win. In the face of unspeakable tragedy, America does not succumb to fear, we do not turn, brother against brother, but we unite, hand in hand, and come back stronger than ever. Acts of cowardice like these will never break the spirit of the American people. This country has stood at crossroads many times before, in the face of what seemed to be unsolvable challenges, and we grit our teeth to solve these problems. We have done this by sticking together and uniting to solve our problems, and this one will be no different. We will win this war, and the American people will overcome Thank you all and God Bless the United States of America.
  13. Michael

    Press Briefings

    Following the committee vote on Mr Perez's nomination, it has been considered.
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  15. Michael

    Executive Orders

    Executive Order #2 - Fracking Chemical Disclosure on Federal Lands By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including 40 U.S.C. 121, and in order to promote transparency and ensure safety of our water supply it is hereby ordered as follows: SECTION 1. REQUIRED DISCLOSURE OF CHEMICALS USED ON FRACKING ON FEDERAL LANDS 1. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shall require the disclosure of all chemical composition, quantities, and worst-case health impacts for exposure used in any hydraulic fracturing operation on federal land with impact to water sources covered under the Safe Drinking Water Act 2. In considering worst-case health impact, the EPA shall require the anticipated worst-case health impact to estimate the adverse impact to human and environmental health resulting from exposure to chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing recognizing potential failures in mechanical isolation systems and plausible failures in geological barriers. 3. The EPA shall ensure that all information provided under Section 3 of this Act is publicly available and accessible online. This information must be made available prior to the commencement of any hydraulic fracturing activities covered under this Act.
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