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Essay:Needed Constitutional Amendments (Avenger)

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Amendment the thirty-second[edit]

A well recreated people being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to grow and take drugs shall not be infringed

Freedom of movement amendment[edit]

  1. All citizens of the United States have the right to freely move about all states and across the several states, unless deprived of that right by due process of law by a jury of their piers
  2. The lack of possession of a motor vehicle or ability to operate such a vehicle shall not diminish this right
  3. Congress and the several states shall provide for adequate infrastructure to ensure this right
  4. Congress shall have all powers necessary to enforce this amendment

War powers amendment[edit]

  1. No armed person in employment of the United States nor any person armed in behalf of the United States shall set foot into another country without a declaration of war or a treaty ratified by the Senate
  2. The President may in cause of emergency deviate from this amendment for a period not exceeding thirty (30) days, after which Congress shall vote on a formal declaration of war or a treaty with the country the armed persons shall enter
  3. The Supreme Court and the Congress shall have all powers to enforce this amendment
  4. Violation of this amendment shall be grounds for impeachment

[Treaty section added after debate on the talk page]

Presidential succession amendment[edit]

  1. In the case of a permanent vacancy of the office of President, new elections shall be held no later than ninety (90) days of the occurrence of said vacancy
  2. A temporary vacancy exceeding a duration of fifty (50) days shall be considered a permanent vacancy
  3. No Presidential election shall be held more than one hundred (100) days after the person elected to that office has become unfit to exercise the office of the Presidency
  4. Congress and the Supreme Court shall have the power to enforce this law

[this amendment has been edited after talk page discussion; please see the fossil record for the original wording]

Supreme Court tenure amendment[edit]

  1. No Justice of the Supreme Court shall remain in office after reaching the age of ninety-five (95) or a total duration in office exceeding twenty (20) years
  2. A Justice of the Supreme Court may be removed on grounds of mental defect, obvious senility or insanity
  3. For such a removal an affirmative vote of eight out of nine Justices of the Supreme Court and an affirmative vote of two thirds of the members of the Congress shall be required
  4. Congress shall not override a presidential veto to such a removal

[added fourth clause]

Territories amendment[edit]

  1. All territories currently held in possession of the United States not part of any state shall be entitled to all rights the states posses.
  2. This provision shall not apply to territories with a permanent population not exceeding one hundred thousand (100 000) inhabitants
  3. Territories with a permanent population not exceeding 100 000 may petition to become part of one of the states or another territory
  4. For elections to the Congress and the Presidency all territories with a permanent population exceeding 100 000 shall be treated as if they were states.
  5. Territories with a permanent population not exceeding 100 000 people may petition to be considered part of any of the states for purposes of elections to the Presidency and the Congress

Presidential election amendment[edit]

  1. The election to the Presidency shall occur on a Sunday or public holiday
  2. Nobody shall be required to work more than five (5) hours on the day of any election; double pay shall be provided to all persons working on the day of any election
  3. In the event that one candidate reaches more than half the valid votes for the Presidency nationwide, this candidate is elected President
  4. In the event that the provision of (3) does not apply, the three (3) candidates with the highest total number of votes shall proceed to a second round of voting held no more than 30 days after the first round.
  5. The candidate with the highest total number of votes in the second round shall be elected President
  6. Nobody shall be deprived of the right to vote on account of race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, previous spent criminal conviction, the failure to pay any tax or duty, or their current residency

Congressional apportionment amendment[edit]

  1. One member of the House of Representatives shall be added to the total for every one hundred thousand (100 000) votes in the most recent election
  2. No member of the House of Representatives shall represent a number of less than 100 000 people residing in his district
  3. All members of the House of Representatives shall be voted for in a manner prescribed by Congress
  4. The election shall either be a two round election in single member constituencies or a single round proportional election
  5. Congress shall have power to regulate the details by law or delegate such regulation to the several states
  6. All changes to electoral law take effect no earlier than ten (10) years after their passage

Minimum wage and congressional salary amendment[edit]

  1. Congress shall have power to enact a minimum compensation for all work done in one of the several states or the other territories administered by the United States or part thereof
  2. The several states shall have power to enforce minimum compensation for work at a higher level than the national minimum wage or defer such power to other bodies
  3. The compensation due to the Representatives or Senators for any work in Congress shall not exceed fifty thousand (50 000) times the minimum compensation for one hour of work
  4. The President shall receive a salary no greater than a hundred (100) times that of a member of Congress
  5. All reimbursements and benefits equal to money shall not exceed a monetary value of five per cent of the salary of any member of the Congress
  6. No person employed in the United States shall receive more than the President of the United States after all taxes are duly paid

Holiday and vacation amendment[edit]

  1. Congress shall have power to define any day as a holiday free of any work in all of the several states
  2. The total number of holidays shall never be lower than ten in any one year
  3. The several states shall have power to declare holidays for their territory or parts of their territory
  4. Congress shall have power to set a minimum amount of paid vacation no lower than two weeks to be mandatory for any contract of employment
  5. Any person shall be entitled to paid leave upon the birth of any child of theirs