It’s only a couple more weeks until everyone hops on their respective buses to travel to Springfield – are you ready?
You can now download an electronic copy of the 2014 Bill Book(Right-click and “Save As…” – Opening within the browser may not work). You will receive a bound copy when you arrive in Springfield. The file is password protected – please ask your advisor for the password if you have not already received it.
Attorneys, Lobbyists and Legislative Assistants will begin training for their roles in the program at Pre-Leg 1.
Candidates for major offices should come prepared to give a one to three minute speech and campaign for their position. Candidates for Presiding Officer will not give a speech, but will instead conduct a short role play, so come prepared with a good understanding of parliamentary procedure.
Those that are interested in filing for an Administrative Office can still do so up until Pre-Leg 1 begins. If you plan on filing there, make sure you have all of the required paperwork (ask your advisor) and come prepared to give a short speech.
Many of you have questions about the new Legislative Assistant program and Forum that will replace the Page role this year. You can find detailed info at the LA & Forum page. Feel free to direct your students there if they have questions.
Information for Advisors
The most important difference for advisors to know prior to Pre-Leg I is that LAs should be assigned to a bill group. This will allow these students to participate in the writing of legislation and the research that goes into preparing for Pre-Legs and Springfield. The distinction between LAs and lobbyists will be hard to see at this point, it will be more clear in Springfield.
In addition to students that would have served in the Page program, the LA program has opportunity for students that in recent years have been used as lobbyists. This created a problem where there were sometimes 3 or 4 lobbyists assigned to a single bill. Refer to the advisor handbook for minimums and maximums in these roles but lobbyists and LAs should be around a 1:1 ratio for each delegation. Sargeants-at-Arms, Clerks/Secretaries, and Bill Flow Clerks will also come from this pool of delegates so advisors should keep in mind students to nominate for these roles. For thes roles, we suggest nominating students that are in a bill group with more than one LA.
Keep in mind that the forum is a pilot program for 2013. Some bugs may exist. Advisors are encouraged to attend and get feedback from their delegates.
Congratulations to all of the delegates, advisors and volunteers for completing another successful year in Youth & Government. An extra congratulations goes to all of the student and delegation award winners listed below as well as to all of the bill groups that were able to have their bill signed by Gov. Lampros. The final edition of The Observer will be posted on this web site when it is available.