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Patroklus Murakami
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Commerce Commission Bill

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Commerce Commission Bill

1. This Act establishes a Commerce Commission (CC) in accordance with NL 5-12, the Citizen Involvement Act.

2. The CC will be chaired by __________. The CC is charged with gathering input with the aim of revitalising the shopping areas of our sims and making the CDS a vibrant centre of commerce in Second Life with a reputation for innovation and quality.

3. The CC will
a) consider how to empower a public servant (or group of citizens) to promote commerce in the CDS —

  • Supporting the existing shop owners (by having the CDS launch promotional events and do some advertising);
    Attracting new content creators willing to open a shop in the CDS; sponsoring events to attract customers;
    Financing a promotional campaign grid-wide to let the SL residents know that the CDS is a shopping destination for high quality products (and services).

b) consider how non-functioning or empty offices and shops in commercial areas can be prevented from continually occupying space where new commercial initiatives could prosper instead (Pursuant of the existing NFS covenant zone P rule (2) ).

4. The CC Chair will seek input via forum discussions and at least two inworld meetings (preferably at times convenient for CDS residents in different RL time zones).

5. The CC will run from 11 February to the end of March.

6. The CC Chair will summarise the results of the Commission into a report to the RA and prepare any proposals for legislation (if needed) to enact the recommendations by 15 April.

7. The RA will consider the recommendations of the CC, including any proposals for legislation, by the end of April.

8. For purpose of keeping the CDS code of law organized and cleaned up: After the RA has considered the Commission's work or at the end of the RA's term, this act can be considered a finished historical event and marked appropriately.

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Re: Commerce Commission Bill

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Patroklus, in principle I think this is a good idea.

Do we know of people who would like to serve in such a Commission :?:

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Re: Commerce Commission Bill

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Pat,

I also like this proposal -- but I am increasingly having second thoughts on setting fixed timelimits for commissions. Sometimes commissions are not able to complete their tasks within the time allotted, for no fault of the commissioners. However, these accidental and excusable failures have been manipulated for political effect in the past.

Thus, I would change 5 to "The Chair of the Commission shall report to the RA on March 9 and shall inform the RA of the status of the commission's work, make recommendations based on that work, and provide, if possible, a draft final report of conclusions the commission has reached. At that time, the RA shall either accept the final report and dissolve the commission; send the report back to the commission with recommendations and set a time at which the final report shall be submitted or resubmitted; or extend the term of service for the commission and set a time at which the final report shall be submitted."

I would also add an additional charge to section 3. "Determine the cost of activities recommended by the commission and provide budget recommendations to the RA and budget priorities to the RA for use in implementing the commission's recommendations."

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Re: Commerce Commission Bill

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Yes, I like this proposal too, with the included comments. I would be happy to serve on this commission, but NOT as chair.

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Re: Commerce Commission Bill

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This bill was passed, as amended by the RA on 10 Feb 08. The vote was unanimous in favour. The text of the bill is on the wiki here.

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