Legislative (Middle School & High School)
The Legislative section involves participants identifying issues for legislation, bill writing, debating, bill presentation, and participation in a legislative body, exactly the same as a real member of Congress! 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 actual Texas Capitol House and/or Senate chambers. Bills that pass both chambers are sent to the Youth Governor for his or her consideration.
Governor’s Cabinet and Lobbyists
The Governor’s Cabinet section works directly with the Youth Governor. The Youth Governor sets a legislative agenda for the State Conference. He or she then works with the Cabinet to lobby in the Legislative chambers for his or her agenda, which is comprised of specific bills or issues he or she would like to see debated and acted upon. The Lobbyists make reasoned arguments against the Youth Governor’s agenda. Our goal for our Governor’s Cabinet and Lobbyists section is for participants to engage professionally with one another in discussing legislation about which the Youth Governor is passionate and to persuade Legislative delegates to feel similarly or differently. Participants will be able to attempt to accomplish their own goals respectfully while assisting our Youth Governor. They will also develop debate and technical skills related to lobbying or working in the state government.
(Youth Governor is voted through elections held at the District and State conferences. Applications for Gov Cab and Lobbying open shortly before the District conference, and applications for the State conference open shortly after the District conference.)