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Kansas Youth and Government 2014
Agenda Welcome and Introductions Overview Committee Work Leadership Elections of officers Media section of YIG Wrap up and Announcements
2014 YIG Officers Governor Doug DeBose– SM Northwest Lt. Governor Connick Roe– Kingman High Speaker of the House Samantha Rohlman– SM South President of the Senate Matt Connell– SM West
YMCA Youth and Government Coordinator and SMSD Sponsors Nick Fleeman Christin Lamourie Sheryl Maguire Steve Laird Tony Budetti Deb Brown, District advisor
Kansas Legislature House committees Senate committees
Bill Rule #1 Make sure your bill topic is attempting to create, modify or delete a Kansas State law. If your bill idea deals with an issue in which the Federal government has jurisdiction or is a state resolution (example: changing the state bird, creating a state card game, etc), you should find a different topic. Your sponsors can explain a bit more about jurisdiction.
Bill Rule #2 You may not submit a bill that is substantially similar to a bill that was passed in the previous program year. If you submit a resolution, a bill for a Federal law or one that is too similar to a passed bill from the previous year, you will be asked to start over.
Your bill will be placed in one of the YAG committees Education Children, Family, Aging and Animal Welfare Health, Safety and Social Welfare Transportation and Commerce Environment, Energy, Natural Resources and Agriculture Miscellaneous
Education This is pretty obvious committee. If it happens in education, in a school, is an education program it typically lands here.
Can be a bit ambiguous Think well-being of children, the elderly and animals Marriage laws or amendments would fall here Children, family, aging and animal welfare
Health, Safety and Social Welfare Examples: Health care Safety issues (non transportation) Community care Parks Housing for low income State assistance Employment Pensions for state employees
Transportation and Commerce Highways and Roads Laws (i.e. speed limits) Trade Transportation safety
Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Can also include agriculture
Miscellaneous Things that do not fit into any of the previous categories.
Some bills could easily be placed in more than one of the committees. Take a minute and self determine where you think your bill might best be represented and “make it out of committee.”
Committee Assignments Are based on what your bill is about. Take into account Balance of committee membership Leadership chosen for committee Strength of your bill
The Committee This is where most of the work of law making takes place.
What happens in committee? You have the opportunity to present your bill for committee consideration Discuss the pros and cons of key issues Amend and draft a bill on each issues as a group through debate and make each piece of proposed legislation ready for presentation in the Legislative session.
Be prepared Have evidence to support your bill… Use argumentation over persuasion Argumentation based on fact with evidence to support it. Persuasion has emotional appeal
Think like your opponent What defense will you have? Be prepared with answers to potential questions. Anticipate what others might refute
Most bills die in committee Those that pass will then be prioritized and go to the calendar committee.
Make alliances Who on your committee and contingency can speak in favor of your bill? Find supporters in other contingencies
Basic breakdown of Committee work in Topeka Rules of Debate for a Bill 1.Reading of the bill 2.Authorship speech (2 minutes). This is where you convince your committee of the importance of your bill. Do your research!
3.Questions of the author (90 seconds - - read the bills before committee) 4.Negative Speech (1 minute max) 5.Affirmative Speech (1 minute max) 6.Final Author summary 7.Vote (called for by the committee chair) Yeas v. Nays
Bills to the House or the Senate Most bills will die in committee Some will be amended Bills will be prioritized and then sent to the calendar committee for presentation to the Committee of the Whole
Committee Leadership Chairman – Should have prior YIG experience. Interest and recommendation of sponsors. Vice Chairman – Should be a Jr. Interest and recommendation of sponsors. Clerk Sgt. Of Arms
Committees Committee Chairman There will be a committee chairman and a co- chairman. Both need to be familiar with the committee process. Oversee all committee hearing activity Serve on calendar committee
Committee Clerk Assist with the reading of bills, filling in appropriate forms Assists chairman with procedure Is selected in Topeka by the committee members
Sgt. At Arms Assist Chairman in maintaining order and decorum Keep time Remove any member of the committee as sanctioned by the Chairman Is selected in Topeka by the Committee
Type into the template and SAVE Type into each section and then hit return. Be sure you number each section:Section I, Section II, Section III, etc. The last section should be WHEN the bill should go into effect.
Youth in Government Bills Your bill must be submitted electronically in final form prior to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 7 th No exceptions. You will receive a confirmation that your bill has been received. You can send your bill in sooner. Bill template can be obtained at
Youth in Government Bills Bill template can be obtained at
Check over your work and ask for feedback. You will have an additional opportunity to make adjustments to your bill before the bill due date. Other participants will provide you with feedback during tonight’s pre- legislative meetings.
Committee work tonight Small groups Read through bill explain briefly. Entertain questions that will help you refine your bill. Listeners – provide good feedback to help make the bill better. This is NOT the time to tear the bill down…. Build it up.
Depending on the number in your group Split into groups of 3 or 4 for the reading, explanation and feedback period.
Review the committee procedures Packets Veteran YIG will lead the mock committee
Mock Committee exercise Use the Committee guidelines to “walk through” a bill from 1.Reading 2.Procedures 3.Voting
Procedure in committee
Amending in Committee
Simulated Committee meeting Transportation and Commerce (251) Education (111) Public Health and Social Welfare (A) Natural Resources, Environment, Energy and Agriculture (106) Children, Families and Aging (108) Miscellaneous (114)
Sample Committee Report
Madam or Mister – Mister Speaker – Madam President “My worthy fellow Senator” “My esteemed House colleague” “I yield my remaining time to Representative…” “I move that we……adjourn for lunch” “Call for the Question” “the Question has been called” Yea or Nay
YAG Leadership Committee Chairs Elected officials – Schools elect a nominee from each of their buildings Appointed positions (made by YAG Director and by Governor, Lt. Governor, Speaker and President for 2014). Leadership packet and application Application due to YMCA by November 7th
Primary Election done in buildings Governor (must be a SR. next year) Lt. Governor Speaker of the House President of the Senate Must be serious candidates! Juniors this year. Short speeches at the next meeting. One from each school. Speeches one minute.
YAG media section
Youth and Government Bills Your bill must be submitted to the YMCA electronically in final form prior to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 7 th No exceptions. You will receive a confirmation that your bill has been received. You can send your bill in sooner. Bill template can be obtained at