Beginning to Draft Legislation

Project Overview/Background:

As freshmen members of the Legislature, you play an integral role in lawmaking and forming the narrative of Boys State. As a member of the House or Senate you can propose, debate and pass pieces of legislation, or bills, which influences all citizens of Boys State. Legislation can cover a wide variety of issues, from schooling to healthcare, commerce to transportation, etc.

Bills can be very specific in nature, or cover issues spanning the state. Boys State is a blank slate, with immense flexibility and potential. Committing your time, energy and passion will bring positive change to Boys State, and moreover, it will bring positive change all the way down to your county and city. You have a golden opportunity. But you must seek out and seize the opportunity.

Your Task/Requirements:

• Review the Boys State and United States Constitutions and other information.

• Review Parliamentary Procedure.

• Elect Legislature leadership.

• Organize joint committees.

• Understand guidelines for bill proposal, debate and passage.

• Identify the goals and needs of Boys State.

• Prepare statement for citizens of Boys State.