The Legislative section involves participants identifying issues for legislation, bill writing, debating, bill presentation, and participation in a legislative body. Participants prepare legislation (bills, or sometimes joint resolutions) in their clubs for consideration, debate, and action at the District and State Conferences. At the District Conference, Hearing Committees consider each bill and take appropriate action. At the State Conference, all bills are heard first in a committee, and some bills then advance to be heard again by a larger audience in the House and/or Senate chambers. Bills that pass both chambers are sent to the Youth Governor for his or her consideration.
Our goal for our Legislative participants is acquisition of valuable experience writing, researching, and debating mock-legislation in a process that closely mirrors the process of our Texas Legislature. This experience increases awareness both of how our state government works and pertinent current events.
The Bill Template and other supporting materials can be found underneath the toggle below.
Please note that all of the documents and procedures serve as a reference for an in-person conference. District and State Conferences will be virtual for the 2020-2021 program year. As a result, the following documents and procedures may be modified for a virtual conference.