Legislative Program

Take a stand on the issues that matter to you.The Legislative Branch of Youth In Government’s State Assembly is made up of a number of delegates who serve as one of the many Senators, Representatives, Supporting Officers, Pages, or Presiding Officers.

Legislative Delegates who wish to be a Representative or a Senator will serve in one of three Chamber Levels.

Your Chamber Level assignment will be based on your grade and the number of years you have participated in Youth In Government:

1st Year 2nd Year+ 3rd Year+ 4th Year+
Freshman Bowen Sullivan    
Sophomore Bowen Sullivan Sullivan or Williams* Sullivan or Williams*
Junior Sullivan Sullivan Williams Williams*
Senior Sullivan Sullivan Williams Williams*

 

Delegates who qualify for the Williams and Sullivan chambers may be “bumped” up or down to a higher/lower chamber level based on their local performance and preparation, in combination with the quality of the submitted legislation.

Participants of the Jr. YIG program who attend a Jr. Assembly will be able to enter as a second, third, or fourth year delegate.

*3rd or 4th year Sophomores may be considered for a bump to the Williams Chambers based on the quality of their legislation and space available.

 

Bowen:
All Freshman and any Sophomores who have not previously attended the Youth In Government State Assembly.

  • All delegates are required to write legislation, as a primary author or co-author, and present it to their assigned chamber.
  • Legislation may have no more than one (1) primary author and two (2) co-authors.
  • The legislation and Authors’ names must appear in the BillBook. Delegates will not be allowed to assume legislation for their own without published sponsorship.

 

Sullivan:
Any 2nd year+ Sophomore participant, any 1st year Junior, and any 1st or 2nd year Senior participant.  Delegates of the Jr. YIG program who attend a Jr. Assembly will be able to enter into the Sullivan chamber as well.

  • All delegates are required to write legislation, as a primary author or co-author, and present it to their assigned chamber.
  • Legislation may have no more than one (1) primary author and one (1) co-author.
  • The legislation and Authors’ names must appear in the BillBook. Delegates will not be allowed to assume legislation for their own without published sponsorship.

 

Williams: 
Any 3rd year+ Junior participant and any 3rd or 4th year+ Senior participant.

  • All delegates are required to write legislation without co-authorship, and present it to their assigned chamber.
  • Delegates will have to seek co-sponsorship at the State Assembly.  Delegates may not co-sponsor more than three (3) House bills or one (1) Senate bill.
  • The legislation and Author’s name must appear in the BillBook.  Delegates will not be allowed to assume a piece of legislation for their own without published sponsorship.