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Winter Congress Agenda 2013
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  • 1. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 *Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 2. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 *Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 3. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 * Letter from the GovernorDear Fellow Junior Statesmen and Stateswomen,Welcome to 2013 Winter Congress! Whether this is your first or tenth JSA convention, this weekend promisesto be one of the most engaging conventions yet!The beauty of Winter Congress is that it can create real change. Rather than holding debates, we will bediscussing pieces of legislation that your fellow Junior Statesmen created. The bills, resolutions, and amendmentsthat pass in both the Full House and Full Senate on Sunday will end up on the desks of California legislators andmay make an impact in the real world of politics. We have 24 heated topics and I cannot wait to watch you battleout the law-making process in this exciting Congress simulation.We have had some huge successes this year in the Southern California Junior State – from over 20 new chapters onhigh school campuses to all-time high convention attendance to engaging regional and chapter events toinnovations in our programs and technology, it is incredibly rewarding to see that more teenagers than ever wantto be engaged and think critically about the world around them. Your attendance at Winter Congress shows thatyou want to be the people that play an active role in society.So as you go through this weekend, my advice is do not wait. Just as Junior Statesmen do not wait until they are18 to be engaged citizens, do not wait to combat the issues that are affecting you, do not wait to take the necessaryactions to become an integral part of society. Do not wait to speak up, challenge the most engrained viewpoints,or even just make a new friend this weekend.Lastly, my cabinet and I want to ensure that your JSA experience is as incredible as possible. If you would like toprovide feedback on this convention, have suggestions for improvement, or want to share anything you enjoyed ordid not enjoy, please do not be afraid to contact me at anytime. We are here to serve you.I cannot wait to witness the dynamic discussion and all the wonderful happenings of this weekend. I look forwardto seeing you all in action. Here’s to an amazing couple of days!All the Best,Julianna JossSouthern California Governorjjoss@jsa.orgUse the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 4. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 * Agenda At A Glance Saturday, February 16th, 2013*Rooms That Stay Constant Throughout Winter Congress* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4Registration 9:00 AM – 10:00 AMRegistration LobbyLuggage Storage ElementsOpening Session 10:00 AM – 11:00 AMGovernor’s Address Salons D & EKeynote Speaker’s AddressProgram Director’s AddressActivity Block 11:05 AM – 11:50 AM□ Moderating Workshop Salon D□ Candidates Meeting Salon B□ Debate: The Arab Spring’s Success Salon C□ Debate: Effectiveness of Countrywide Gun Control Salon F□ Thought Talk: Media and Video Games Promoting Negative Behavior Salon G□ Thought Talk: Emphasis of Sports in American Society Salon H□ Mandatory Teacher Advisor & Chaperone Meeting Suites 2 & 4Party Caucus 11:55 AM – 12:25 PM□ Democratic Party Salon D□ Republican Party Salon E□ Libertarian Party Salon A□ Socialist Party Salon B□ Green Party Salon CCommittee Hearings I 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM□ Committee 1 House: Salon A Senate: Suite 3□ Committee 2 House: Salon B Senate: Suite 5□ Committee 3 House: Salon C Senate: Suite 7□ Committee 4 House: Salon F Senate: Suite 9□ Mandatory Assembly Meeting Salon GLunch 1:25 PM – 2:30 PMUse the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 5. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 *Committee Hearings II 2:35 PM – 3:25 PM□ Committee 1 House: Salon A Senate: Suite 3□ Committee 2 House: Salon B Senate: Suite 5□ Committee 3 House: Salon C Senate: Suite 7□ Committee 4 House: Salon F Senate: Suite 9□ Summer School Information Meeting Salon G□ Senate Meeting Salon H Artivism: Theory of Communism vs. Capitalism 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM Salons D & ECommittee Hearings III 4:20 PM – 5:10 PM□ Committee 1 House: Salon A Senate: Suite 3□ Committee 2 House: Salon B Senate: Suite 5□ Committee 3 House: Salon C Senate: Suite 7□ Committee 4 House: Salon F Senate: Suite 9□ Mandatory AR Regional Cabinet Meeting Salon G□ Teacher Advisor Reception Suites 2 & 4Key Distribution 5:15 PM – 5:25 PMDinner 5:30 PM – 7:00 PMRegional Caucus 7:15 PM – 7:45 PM□ Angeles Region Salon D□ Southern Empire Region Salon E□ Channel Islands Region Salons F - HNight Activities 8:00 PM – 11:30 PM□ Talent Show 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM Salon D□ Game/Chill Out Room 8:00 PM – 11:30 PM Salon A□ Movie Showing (Skyfall) 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM Salon B□ Karaoke 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM Salons F - H□ JSA Ninja 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM Salon CDance 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM ElementsCurfew 12:15 AMUse the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 6. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 * Sunday, February 17th, 2013Breakfast & Luggage Storage 7:30 AM – 9:00 AMLuggage Storage ElementsParty Caucus 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM□ Democratic Party Salon D□ Republican Party Salon E□ Libertarian Party Salon A□ Socialist Party Salon B□ Green Party Salon C□ Mandatory Council of Chapter Presidents Meeting Salon G Full Session I 9:35 AM – 11:20 AM□ Full Senate Session Salon D□ Full House Session Salon ELunch 11:25 AM – 12:20 PMFull Session II 12:25 PM – 1:30 PM□ Full Senate Session Salon D□ Full House Session Salon E Closing Session 1:35 PM – 2:30 PM Salons D & EUse the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 7. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 * Full Agenda Saturday, February 16th, 20139:00 AM – 10:00 AM: RegistrationRegistration LobbyAll Chapter Presidents and Teacher/Advisors please check in at the Registration Desk and sign up your chapter!Also, pick up your nametags and agendas at the Registration Desk.Luggage Storage ElementsDrop all luggage and bags off at the storage room! Be sure to take everything you need for the day,because you will not be able to access your luggage until after dinner!10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Opening Session & Keynote Speaker Welcome to Winter Congress 2013!We will begin with a few words from our lovely Governor, Julianna Joss, who will go over the details of WinterCongress including the new QR codes, Artivism: Communism vs. Capitalism, and more! In addition, our Speakerof the Assembly, Nicole Michelson, will address the new advocacy department, with the Youth Advisory Boardsand the Assembly Planks! Our Convention Coordinator, Jessica Shin will go over a few details about theconvention and highlight new initiatives we are taking this year! Then our Program Director, Tracy Thomas, willgive a few words regarding standard procedure at Winter Congress!11:05 AM – 11:50 AM: Activity BlockModerating Workshop Salon DLed By: Valerie Edwards (Rosary)Want a brief recap of the skills necessary to become a good moderator? Remember that a good debate depends notonly on good speakers, but also on a good moderator that can keep everything under control! All committee chairsand clerks must attend this meeting and anyone else who wishes to become a future moderator!Candidates Meeting Salon BLed By: Grant Crater (John Burroughs)If youre running for elected office (or serving as a campaign official) on either the regional orstate level, this meeting is MANDATORY, as we will be collecting declaration of candidacyforms, and discussing the announcement/election process for Winter Congress and beyond!Be sure to use the QR code to be linked to the Fair Elections Commission Bylaw, which providessolid guidelines for anyone interested in running for office.Debate: The Arab Spring’s Success Salon CModerator: Byung Choi (Santiago)Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 8. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 * Main Pro Timothy Kang (Van Nuys) Main Con Jessica Shin (University High School)Resolved, that the Arab Spring has ultimately proven to be unsuccessful. As Egyptians continue their violent protests in Tahrir Square and meet retaliation from armed riot police,they unofficially celebrate the second tumultuous year of the Arab Spring, a series of revolutions throughout theMiddle East. During the last two years, the Arab people have accomplished much: they have expelled corruptleaders, executed others, and established new, more democratic governments. Yet, even though they havesucceeded in some of their goals, many Egyptians wonder: “Two years since the revolution, where is the socialjustice?” Indeed, Egyptians find themselves struggling to earn more democratic rights, Tunisians do not have theeconomic prosperity that their new government promised them, and Mali is still entrenched in a civil war.Although the revolutionaries of the Arab Spring had many good intentions, it seems like very few of them havebeen fully accomplished. Have the last two years of the Arab Spring truly been successful? Or has it done little tonothing to help the Arab people?Debate: Effectiveness of Countrywide Gun Control Salon FModerator: Zac Watson-Field (John Burroughs) Main Pro Daniel Hamidi (Valencia) Main Con Kevin Gu (University High School)Resolved, that the countrywide debate regarding gun control is unnecessary and unproductive. With the recent tragedies at Newtown High School and Sandy Hook Elementary, citizens throughout thecountry have found themselves vehemently arguing with friends and neighbors over the issue of gun control.Nearly every major news outlet (CNN, Fox, NBC, etc.) dedicates a portion of their broadcast time to bring up thematter and present their contentions. As a result of this debate, school districts and legislatures across the countryhave passed or attempted to pass gun related laws and bills that would protect the lives of the American people,namely students. However, is this argument truly necessary? Individuals against the widespread debate note thatdebates regarding gun control exacerbate the issue and seemingly glorify it. One man, under the guise of MorganFreeman, contended that the prevalent nature of the gun control debate might foster new mass murderers byproviding them a demented outlet for fame and fortune. Likewise, little has been done in Washington besidesdelay other, more pertinent matters. Nevertheless, because of the increased attention dedicated to gun control,people have taken the prerogative to prevent such disasters if history should repeat itself. Ultimately, it is up forthe people to decide: how necessary and effective has the gun control debate been?Thought Talk: Media and Video Games Promoting Negative Behavior Salon GModerator: Sabrina Lieberman (Marlborough)Do the media and video games promote negative behavior? Turn on your television or computer and what do you expect to see? Gossip about the latest celebrityscandal? Commercials for the newest Modern Warfare game? Or, more tragically, information pertaining to themost recent shooting? Today’s media outlets are riddled with references and allusions to what many considerviolent and detrimental to a child’s development. Indeed, many concerned parental and child developmentalfigures express their qualms with the state of media and entertainment, for it seems that the increased amount ofviolence in both may produce similarly violent, uncontrollable children. Especially with the amount of crime andviolent games targeted at high school students, their concerns are validated. Yet, are the media and video games toblame for the increasing trend in violence that is ever so prevalent in modern society? Or are there other, morelatent factors that must be considered?Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 9. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 *Thought Talk: Emphasis of Sports in American Society Salon HModerator: Jennifer Kodia (University High School)Is there too much emphasis placed on sports in American society? With the conclusion of the Super Bowl just one week ago, football and sports aficionados grudgingly hangup their football jerseys and await the NBA playoffs. What with the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, etc., Americans havean alphabet soup of sports to choose from for their daily indulging. Yet, do we as a society put too much of anemphasis on sports and promote it over other aspects of society such as academics or the arts? Many schooladministrators often allocate the second largest portion of their budget for sports teams, namely football. GivenAmerica’s decline on the global math and science rankings and an ever-increasing number of college graduatesfrom foreign countries, is it right for us to consider sports in the manner that we do now? However, athletics,specifically football, basketball, and baseball, have been American pastimes for countless decades. Perhaps theyhave earned their spots as some of America’s important traditions and deserve their “prestige.”Mandatory Teacher Advisor & Chaperone Meeting Suites 2 & 4Led By: Tracy Thomas (Program Director)Teachers and advisors, please attend this mandatory meeting. These sessions ensure that all chapters are aware ofwhat is going on during the day. This is the time for teachers/advisors to ask questions and receive answers.11:55 AM – 12:25 PM: Party CaucusAre you a liberal, moderate, or conservative? Undecided on what political party most suits you? Attend the Party Caucus ofyour choice to learn more about each Party’s Platform on the bills and amendments you will be debating in the House orSenate today! Flip to the Back of the agenda for a link to more information on each party’s platform!Use the QR code to be linked to the official Party’s Platform!Democratic Party Salon DParty Chairs: Matthew Cohen (Tarbut V-Torah) & Alexis Kallen (Adolfo Camarillo) As Democrats, we believe that, regardless of where one is born, everyone should have an equal opportunity to achieve success. We firmly believe that no citizen should be discriminated against based on their ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender or economic status. We place emphasis upon ensuring that women receive equal pay for equal work, supporting the idea that people may be with whomever they love and their love should be treated as equal, and making sure Main Street and Wall Street play by the same set of rules. In these tough economic times, we believe that it is necessary to build a 21st Centuryeconomy by investing in clean energy jobs, education, and infrastructure. It is prudent that we do not return tothe Republican policies that destined the United States for our current economic position; we are not going todouble down on trickle down. This country was not built by an individual; it was built through empoweredcitizens working together with the well-being of the people at the forefront of their minds. The Democratic Partybelieves that as long as we remain steadfast to this truth the state of our union will always be strong.Republican Party Salon EParty Chairs: Zac Watson-Field (John Burroughs) & Kevin Gu (University)The pursuit of opportunity has defined America from our very beginning. This is a land ofopportunity. The American Dream is a dream of equal opportunity for all. And theUse the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 10. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 *Republican Party is the party of opportunity. We are the party of maximum economic freedom and the prosperityfreedom makes possible. Prosperity is the product of self-discipline, work, savings, and investment by individualAmericans, but it is not an end in itself. Prosperity provides the means by which individuals and families canmaintain their independence from government, raise their children by their own values, practice their faith, andbuild communities of self-reliant neighbors. It is also the means by which the United States is able to assert globalleadershipLibertarian Party Salon AParty Chairs: Bob Knee (Marywood-Palm Valley) & Chris Van Dam (John Burroughs) The Libertarian Party is the only party that stands for complete, unhindered freedom. Our national motto is "maximum freedom, minimum government." Our party stands for both economic and social liberty. We believe that adhering to free market principles is a sure- fire way to ensure economic prosperity. We believe that the government has grown too large. We must force our government to live within its Constitutional means. If you believe in freedom, the choice is obvious.Socialist Party Salon BParty Chairs: Kinsey Lynaugh & Byung Choi (Santiago) Socialism. It isnt Communism; it does not advocate the absence of personal property nor does it advocatecomplete equality in pay or distribution of goods. In fact, Merriam Webster dictionarycharacterizes it as "distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to workdone." The socialist party is an advocate of public systems for the public good. Socialism isthe ideal that the government provides goods and services to the American people. These arenot new to America; the public school millions attend, the public roads so many have drivenon, the public fire stations people rely on, the public lights that we use to see at night, andeven the public libraries we study in. The Socialist party is merely an advocate for theexpansion of such ideals: public health care, public electricity, public water, and so forth so that everyone in thenation has access to what they need.Green Party Salon CParty Chairs: Ian Hewitt (Orange County School of the Arts) & Tooba Ali (Palisades) When you hear about the Green Party, it conjures up images of dread-headed, Whole Foods-shopping, Birkenstock-wearing hippies trying to save the rainforest. But really, we just believe in government that is consistent with science, which, apparently, is pretty relevant nowadays. Yes, this means ecological-wisdom: ideally, our children shouldn’t be thirsty from draughts, we should realize that oil is an unhealthy addiction and that there are alternatives, and our food should be treated with a little more respect than factory farming and corporate grocery stores can give. Moreover, as science affirms universal equality, webelieve in universal civil rights and economic justice for all. Oh, and we’ll be totally transparent and won’t bebought out by special interests. That is all.12:30 PM – 1:20 PM: Committee Hearings ICommittee 1 House : Salon A Senate : Suite 3Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 11. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 *House Committee Chair: Lynn Ta (Segerstrom) Committee Clerk: John Abughattas (Santiago)Senate Committee Chair: Jennifer Kodia (University) Committee Clerk: Analise Spensieri (Xavier College Prep)A Bill to Eliminate Teacher TenureHouse Sponsor: Derek Nguyen (Corona del Mar)Senate Sponsor: Kevin Conde (Corona del Mar)A Bill to Increase Efficiency and Affordability to California Public CollegesHouse Sponsor: Jenny Conde (Corona del Mar)Senate Sponsor: Kevin Conde (Corona del Mar)Committee 2 House : Salon B Senate : Suite 5House Committee Chair: Simran Chadha (Valencia) Committee Clerk: Sarah Michelle Jagger (Bell Gardens)Senate Committee Chair: Valerie Edwards (Rosary) Committee Clerk: Sabrina Lieberman (Marlborough)A Bill to Improve Voter Turn Out in the United StatesHouse Sponsor: Alex Fatykhov (Buckley)Senate Sponsor: Andrew Friedman (Buckley)A Bill to Ensure Safe Gun ControlHouse Sponsor: Dylan McNeely (John Burroughs)Senate Sponsor: Brian Kaplun (John Burroughs)Committee 3 House : Salon C Senate : Suite 7House Committee Chair: Juan Jose Vega (Bell Gardens) Committee Clerk: Jameela Simmonds (King Drew)Senate Committee Chair: Melissa Monroy (Bell Gardens) Committee Clerk: Lindsay Wilson (Buckley)An Amendment to Shrink and Balance the Federal BudgetHouse Sponsor: David Wang (Whitney)Senate Sponsor: Kevin Chon (Whitney)A Bill to Revise the Federal Reserve SystemHouse Sponsor: Jack Romine (Crespi Carmelite)Senate Sponsor: Thomas Yaeger (Crespi Carmelite)Committee 4 House : Salon F Senate : Suite 9House Committee Chair: Daniel Hamidi (Valencia) Committee Clerk: Amanat Kular (Van Nuys)Senate Committee Chair: Samantha Garfield (Harvard-Westlake) Committee Clerk: Amrita Kular (Harvard-Westlake)A Bill to Legalize Polygamy in the United StatesHouse Sponsor: Daniel Hamidi (Valencia)Senate Sponsor: Tooba Ali (Palisades)A Bill to Repeal the National Defense Authorization ActHouse Sponsor: Thomas Yaeger (Crespi Carmelite)Senate Sponsor: Greg Burr (Crespi Carmelite)Mandatory Assembly Meeting Salon GLed By: Nicole Michelson (University)Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 12. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 *This meeting is mandatory for all assembly members from each chapter. We will be discussing the submittedplanks, which will ultimately form the platform endorsed by the SoCal Junior State. Whoever wishes to come andparticipate is welcome to join as well!1:25 PM – 2:30 PM: LunchGrab a quick bite to eat! Be sure to you calculate how much time it takes to eat and commute to and fro! Checkthe back of the agenda to find a few places to eat. Remember JSA’ers, it is your responsibility to get back toCommittee Hearings II on time!2:35 PM – 3:25 PM: Committee Hearings IICommittee 1 House : Salon A Senate : Suite 3House Committee Chair: Lynn Ta (Segerstrom) Committee Clerk: John Abughattas (Santiago)Senate Committee Chair: Jennifer Kodia (University) Committee Clerk: Analise Spensieri (Xavier College Prep)An Amendment to Legally Recognize Gay MarriageHouse Sponsor: Matthew Cohen (Tarbut V-Torah)Senate Sponsor: Payten Kirby (Orange County School of the Arts)A Bill to Reduce EnergyHouse Sponsor: Samantha Colvin (Corona del Mar)Senate Sponsor: Jeremy Chen (Corona del Mar)Committee 2 House : Salon B Senate : Suite 5House Committee Chair: Simran Chadha (Valencia) Committee Clerk: Sarah Michelle Jagger (Bell Gardens)Senate Committee Chair: Valerie Edwards (Rosary) Committee Clerk: Sabrina Lieberman (Marlborough)A Bill to Legalize Voluntary EuthanasiaHouse Sponsor: Ryan Bergman (Brentwood)Senate Sponsor: Aaron Marks (Brentwood)A Bill to Transfer the Cost of Treating Preventable Chronic Diseases from the US Government toIndividualsHouse Sponsor: Andrew Lindeborg (Dana Hills)Senate Sponsor: Mitchell Heimbach (Dana Hills)Committee 3 House : Salon C Senate : Suite 7House Committee Chair: Juan Jose Vega (Bell Gardens) Committee Clerk: Jameela Simmonds (King Drew)Senate Committee Chair: Melissa Monroy (Bell Gardens) Committee Clerk: Lindsay Wilson (Buckley)A Bill to Limit Access to Private Facebook InformationHouse Sponsor: Jessica Shin (University)Senate Sponsor: Kevin Gu (University)A Bill to Allow Homosexual Blood DonationsHouse Sponsor: Danny Robertson (Corona del Mar)Senate Sponsor: Sean Farhat (Corona del Mar)Committee 4 House : Salon F Senate : Suite 9Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 13. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 *House Committee Chair: Daniel Hamidi (Valencia) Committee Clerk: Amanat Kular (Van Nuys)Senate Committee Chair: Samantha Garfield (Harvard-Westlake) Committee Clerk: Amrita Kular (Harvard-Westlake)A Bill to Rehabilitate Those Convicted of Non-Violent Felonies and MisdemeanorsHouse Sponsor: Derek Schinke (Marywood-Palm Valley)Senate Sponsor: Conor Morley (Marywood-Palm Valley)A Bill to Lower the Drinking Age to 18House Sponsor: Hayden Sand (Crespi Carmelite)Senate Sponsor: Jack Romine (Crespi Carmelite)Summer School Information Meeting Salon GLed By: Juliette Myers (Orange County School of the Arts) & Tracy Thomas (Program Director)Come to the Summer School meeting in order to learn more about JSA’s amazing opportunities to study APcertified courses at top universities, such as Stanford and Georgetown! We will be discussing fundraisingopportunities and scholarships for those interested, but concerned about the money.Senate Meeting Salon HLed By: Grant Crater (John Burroughs)A mandatory meeting for all senators, we will be discussing FEC Bylaws and Candidacy Guidelines.3:30 PM – 4:15 PM: Artivism: Theory of Communism vs. CapitalismModerator: Nicole Michelson (University) Salons D & E Communism Capitalism Julianna Joss Grant Crater (Orange County School of the Arts) (John Burroughs) Satya Fuentes Mark Koening (Orange County School of the Arts) (Santa Barbara) John Abughattas Ky Jones (Santiago) (Louisville)After a successful debut at Fall State, ARTivism returns to make history once again as Winter Congresss firstARTivism debate! The topic at hand is Communism vs. Capitalism; ARTivists, who have used a wide variety ofmedia, have prepared for weeks to creatively argue in favor of an economic system.If you are unsure what artivism is all about, it is a new part of JSA that encourages our JSAers to use creative artforms to express political concerns, values, or beliefs. In our Artvism blocks, our speakers are referred to as"artists", and rather than preparing a speech, they prepare an original art piece of any form (music, film, visualarts, dance, poetry, et cetera) to act as their argument. If this isnt enough to encourage you to come to our blockthis weekend, then we would like to have you know that our main artists for Winter Congress are our very ownJulianna Joss and Grant Crater! Drop by and revel in the talent of your fellow JSAers, who have stepped up to beWinter Congresss first ever ARTivists!4:20 PM – 5:10 PM: Committee Hearings IIICommittee 1 House : Salon A Senate : Suite 3Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 14. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 *House Committee Chair: Lynn Ta (Segerstrom) Committee Clerk: John Abughattas (Santiago)Senate Committee Chair: Jennifer Kodia (University) Committee Clerk: Analise Spensieri (Xavier College Prep)A Bill to Make Taxes Legal Under LawHouse Sponsor: Clay Thabit (Corona del Mar)Senate Sponsor: Griffin Peacock (Corona del Mar)A Bill to Abolish Minimum WageHouse Sponsor: Vighnesh Iyer (Whitney)Senate Sponsor: David Wang (Whitney)Committee 2 House : Salon B Senate : Suite 5House Committee Chair: Simran Chadha (Valencia) Committee Clerk: Sarah Michelle Jagger (Bell Gardens)Senate Committee Chair: Valerie Edwards (Rosary) Committee Clerk: Sabrina Lieberman (Marlborough)A Bill to Cut the Time for Newly Licensed Teens to be Able to Drive Others and Increase DrivingTrainingHouse Sponsor: Dominiaue Pardino (Corona del Mar)Senate Sponsor: Natalie Queathem (Corona del Mar)A Bill to Abolish the Age Limit for Purchasing Plan B ContraceptivesHouse Sponsor: Simran Chadha (Valencia)Senate Sponsor: Anna Nguyen (Valencia)Committee 3 House : Salon C Senate : Suite 7House Committee Chair: Juan Jose Vega (Bell Gardens) Committee Clerk: Jameela Simmonds (King Drew)Senate Committee Chair: Melissa Monroy (Bell Gardens) Committee Clerk: Lindsay Wilson (Buckley)A Bill to Legalize MarijuanaHouse Sponsor: Diamond McKay (King Drew)Senate Sponsor: Haja Sesay (King Drew)A Resolution to Add Picketing at Funerals to the Legal Definition of HarassmentHouse Sponsor: Kira Woods (Corona del Mar)Senate Sponsor: Mckenzie Purcifull (Corona del Mar)Committee 4 House : Salon F Senate : Suite 9House Committee Chair: Daniel Hamidi (Valencia) Committee Clerk: Amanat Kular (Van Nuys)Senate Committee Chair: Samantha Garfield (Harvard-Westlake) Committee Clerk: Amrita Kular (Harvard-Westlake)A Bill to Facilitate Citizenship and Ease the Process of ImmigrationHouse Sponsor: Gerrard Mulato (Palisades)Senate Sponsor: Aidan Perricone (Palisades)A Bill to Improve School Safety by Use of FirearmsHouse Sponsor: Dallas Thompson (Marywood-Palm Valley)Senate Sponsor: Bob Knee (Marywood-Palm Valley)Mandatory AR Regional Cabinet Meeting Salon GLed By: Sabrina Lieberman (Marlborough)We will be discussing what is in store for the AR region! Anyone who is a part of the Angeles Region is welcometo join and offer input!Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 15. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 *Teacher Advisor Reception Suites 2 & 4Led By: Tracy Thomas (Program Director)All Teacher Advisors are required to go and attend the reception, where we will be talking about more detailsabout Winter Congress.5:15 PM – 5:25 PM: Key DistributionMeet with your teacher advisors to receive your room keys!5:25 PM – 7:00 PM: DinnerAfter a long day of debating, spend the night eating dinner with old and new friends! Be sure to come back byMandatory regional caucus!7:15 PM – 7:45 PM: Regional CaucusAngeles Region Salon DLed By: Sabrina Lieberman (Marlborough)Southern Empire Region Salon ELed By: Monica Barry (Rosary)Channel Islands Region Salons F - HLed By: Forbes Bainou (Dos Pueblos)8:00 PM – 11:30 PM: Night ActivitiesTalent Show 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM Salon DLed By: Jessica Shin (University High School)Game/Chill Out Room 8:00 PM – 11:30 PM Salon AMovie Showing (Skyfall) 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM Salon BKaraoke 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM Salons F - HLed By: Jessica Shin (University High School)JSA Ninja 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM Salon CLed By: Jennifer Kodia (University High School)9:00 PM – 12:00 AM: Dance ElementsCome down and dance the night away! Remember, keep it classy.12:15 AM: CurfewUse the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 16. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 * Sunday, February 17th, 20137:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Breakfast & Luggage Storage ElementsEarly bird gets the worm! Grab some breakfast! It is the most important meal of the day!Be sure to pack up and clear out of your rooms and bring down your luggage to Elements and get ready to start offthe day!9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Party CaucusDemocratic Party Salon DParty Chairs: Matthew Cohen (Tarbut V-Torah) & Alexis Kallen (Adolfo Camarillo)Republican Party Salon EParty Chairs: Zac Watson-Field (John Burroughs) & Kevin Gu (University)Libertarian Party Salon AParty Chairs: Bob Knee (Marywood-Palm Valley) & Chris Van Dam (John Burroughs)Socialist Party Salon BParty Chairs: Kinsey Lynaugh & Byung Choi (Santiago)Green Party Salon CParty Chairs: Ian Hewitt (Orange County School of the Arts) & Tooba Ali (Palisades)Mandatory Council of Chapter Presidents Meeting Salon GLed By: Samantha Garfield (Harvard-Westlake) & Neema Korouri (Corona Del Mar)All Chapter Presidents must attend this meeting! We will be gaining insight on how the convention has gone thusfar, and also any other concerns/ideas you would like to address.9:35 AM – 11:20 AM: Full House Session IFull Senate SessionSenate President: Grant Crater (John Burroughs) Salon DFull Senate Clerk: Jessica Shin (University)Full House SessionSpeaker of the House: Julianna Joss (Orange County School of the Arts) Salons EFull House Clerk: Sabrina Lieberman (Marlborough)11:25 AM – 12:20 PM: LunchLunch Time! Get Some Grub! Be sure to check the back of the agenda for a list of places to eat. Be sure to keep track oftime and make it back in time for Session II.Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 17. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 *12:25 PM – 1:30 PM: Full House Session IIFull Senate SessionSenate President: Grant Crater (John Burroughs) Salon DFull Senate Clerk: Jessica Shin (University)Full House SessionSpeaker of the House: Julianna Joss (Orange County School of the Arts) Salon EFull House Clerk: Sabrina Lieberman (Marlborough)1:35 PM – 2:30 PM: Closing SessionAfter a great weekend full of workshops, special activities, thought talks, and debates, our Governor Julianna Josswill wrap up Winter Congress 2013 with a few closing remarks. And to end a great convention, we will be listingoff the name of the Best Speaker Gavel winners from the weekend – so stick around, because you never know ifyour name will be called!Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 18. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 * Legislative Index Winter Congress 2013Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 19. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 * Legislative Table of ContentsCommittee Hearings ICommittee 1A Bill to Eliminate Teacher TenureA Bill to Increase Efficiency and Affordability of California Public CollegesCommittee 2A Bill to Improve Voter Turn Out in the United StatesA Bill to Ensure Safe Gun ControlCommittee 3An Amendment to Shrink and Balance the Federal BudgetA Bill to Revise the Federal Reserve SystemCommittee 4A Bill to Legalize Polygamy in the United StatesA Bill to Repeal the National Defense Authorization ActCommittee Hearings IICommittee 1An Amendment to Legally Recognize Gay MarriageA Bill to Reduce EnergyCommittee 2A Bill to Legalize Voluntary EuthanasiaA Bill to Transfer the Cost of Treating Preventable Chronic Diseases From the US Government to IndividualsCommittee 3A Bill to Limit Access to Private Facebook InformationA Bill to Allow Homosexual Blood DonationsCommittee 4A Bill to Rehabilitate Those Convicted of Non-Violent Felonies and MisdemeanorsA Bill to Lower the Drinking Age to 18Committee Hearings IIICommittee 1A Bill to Make Taxes Legal Under LawA Bill to Abolish Minimum WageCommittee 2A Bill to Cut the Time for Newly Licensed Teens to be Able to Drive Others & Increase Driving TrainingA Bill to Abolish the Age Limit for Purchasing Plan B ContraceptivesCommittee 3A Bill to Legalize MarijuanaA Resolution to Add Picketing at Funerals to the Legal Definition of HarassmentCommittee 4A Bill to Facilitate Citizenship and Ease the Process of ImmigrationA Bill to Improve School Safety by Use of FirearmsUse the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 20. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 * Full Legislative IndexCommittee Hearings ICommittee 1 A Bill to Eliminate Teacher Tenure in CaliforniaSponsored by: Representative Derek Nguyen of Corona del Mar High School Senator Kevin Conde of Corona del Mar High School Currently our educational system is plagued by a tenure system that has stagnated educational improvement and has brought an attitude of complacency to an issue critical to the success of California. In addition, tenure has prevented the termination of underperforming teachers. In order to improve our educational system, it is necessary to remove teacher tenure and make our classrooms more competitive with those worldwide. Whereas the California educational system will become more efficient.Whereas the teachers will be more competitive and thus more motivated to do their jobs to the best of their abilities.Whereas our posterity will have a greater opportunity to have a globally competitive education and better job prospects.BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America inCongress assembled, that:Section 1. Teacher tenure is to be eliminated among the schools of California pursuant to the following: A. Any currently tenured teacher will receive 3 years tenure, at the end of which 3 year period, his or her tenure will expire. B. All untenured teachers and all new teacher are ineligible for tenure privileges. C. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any criminal conviction will result in immediate revocation of tenure privileges possessed by the individual. D. Teacher dismissal will be recommended by school administrators and approved/ disapproved by district officials.Section 2. The changes prescribed herein shall take effect immediately upon the passage of the bill. A Bill to Increase the Efficiency and Affordability of California Public Colleges The Fair and Affordable College ActSponsored by: Representative Jenny Conde of Corona del Mar High School Senator Kevin Conde of Corona del Mar High SchoolCurrently our public college system is plagued by inefficiencies and is quickly becomingtoo expensive for the state’s most talented youth. Upon entering college, students arefaced with long waiting lists, increasing class sizes, and higher tuition costs. The tuitioncost of attending a UC school for the 2012-2013 year is $13,200 for California residentsand $36,078 for non-residents. This cost is far above what college should cost and whatstudents can afford. In order to improve the efficiency and affordability of college, it isnecessary to offer online classes, lower the cost of preferred classes, limit teacherUse the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 21. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 *research, and tie the increase in college tuition to the cost of living increase.Whereas the cost and efficiency of college must be improved for future generations of students to be successful,Whereas students will graduate in a timely manner and will more easily be able to afford college.BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America inCongress assembled, that:Section 1. California public colleges shall offer introductory/ general education classes online for half the cost of regular classes. A. This will reduce the waiting time for classes, allow students to complete general education requirements more quickly, and improve efficiency. B. Will be required 1 year after the passage of this bill.Section 2. Reduce the costs for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) classes by half, to encourage 21st century professions. A. The goal is to increase government funding for degrees that will be productive and successful in the future, and encourage students to enroll in majors that will lead to productive careers. B. Will be required immediately upon the passage of this bill.Section 4. Limit annual college tuition increases to the cost of living increases. A. Utilize the Consumer Price Index (CPI) as the standard gauge for measuring the increase in the cost of living. B. Will be required immediately upon the passage of this bill.Committee 2 Weekend Voting Rights Act: A Bill to Improve Voter Turn Out in the United StatesSponsored by: Representative Alex Fatykhov of The Buckley School Senator Andrew Friedman of The Buckley School Voter turnout is in part suppressed by having Tuesday named as our national Election Day. The system of voting on the first Tuesday of November is outdated and inhibits many Americans’ ability to cast their vote; in fact, Americans vote on Tuesday because of an obscure law from before California, Texas, and Florida even joined the union. Increased voter participation would be the result with the passage of the Weekend Voting Rights Act (WVRA), which would adjust the national voting day(s) to the first full weekend of November. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America that:Section 1. The national voting day under the law shall be held on the first full weekend of November. National polls would open at 7am on Saturday and close at 8pm on Sunday. A Bill To Ensure Effective Gun Control in The United States of AmericaSponsored by: Representative Dylan McNeely of John Burroughs High School Senator Brian Kaplun of John Burroughs High SchoolUse the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 22. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 *Due to the prevalence of recent mass shootings, notably the Newtown and Aurora shootings, a conversation aboutgun control has become necessary. There are currently 283 million civilian owned guns owned in the UnitedStates. Approximately 30,000 people die each year as a result of a gun or gun violence. $2.3 billion, 49% of whichis paid by the taxpayer, is spent in hospitals as a result. In addition, up to 90% of all gun crimes are committed bythose with a criminal record. Enacting more stringent gun control to prevent the mentally defective and criminalsfrom accessing guns will drastically reduce innocent deaths, as well as save taxpayer money. Gun traffickingbetween states is another issue that needs to be addressed. For example, California has some of the strongest guncontrol laws in the nation. However, since neighboring states Arizona and Nevada have almost no gun control,gun trafficking across state lines is all too common. Federal gun control is only as strong as that of the weakeststate, making standardized legislation imperative.Whereas standardized gun laws will lead to a more successful gun control program,Whereas more effective regulation of firearms will lead to a reduction in unnecessary bloodshed,Whereas mental health is a primary factor in gun violence and needs to be addressed,BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States ofAmerica in Congress assembled, that:Section. 1. Military grade weapons shall be prohibited for civilian purchase. A. The sale and transfer of all assault weapons shall be banned. B. The sale and transfer of high capacity magazines in excess of ten (10) rounds shall be banned. C. Current owners of assault weapons and high capacity magazines will be required to register their weapons with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms on or before December 31st, 2013 or be subject to confiscation.Section. 2. A permit shall be required to own or publicly or privately purchase a firearm. A. A gun safety test, mental health screen, and background check through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms shall be required for application for a permit to ensure the safety of the gun owner and those around him/her. B. Each firearms permit shall be renewed every three (3) years to account for any changes in mental health or additional risk factors of violence. C. Each permit shall be approved or denied within four (4) weeks of the date of submission. D. There shall be a mandatory waiting period of three (3) to ten (10) days for any firearms purchase to prevent “heat of passion” violence. E. All guns sold are to be recorded in a national database accessible to law enforcement officials for the purpose of crime prevention.Section. 3. Mental health shall be identified as a primary risk factor in gun violence. A. 250 million dollars shall be appropriated for a national mental health evaluation and treatment program targeting minors.Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 23. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 * B. To fund the implementation and application of this program, a onetime tax of twenty (20) dollars shall be enacted on an initial application for a firearms permit.Section. 4. This law shall become effective immediately upon its passage.Committee 3 An Amendment to Shrink and Balance the Federal BudgetSponsored By: Representative David Wang of Whitney High School Senator Kevin Chon of Whitney High School Resolved by the Senate and Houe of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirdsof each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of theUnited States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by thelegislatures of three-fourths of the several States:Article Section 1. Total outlays for any fiscal year shall not exceed total receipts for that fiscal year. Section 2. Workers, younger than 30 at the time of the passage of this resolution, are to be given the option to opt out of participating in Social Security and Medicare. Section 3. Federal-state social welfare programs such as Medicaid are to be shifted from the mandatory section of the budget to the discretionary section of the budget, so that Congress would need to approve funding allocations each year. Section 4. The Department of Defense budget may be cut by a minimum of 15%, in the elimination of all foreign war funding not approved with a declaration of war by Congress. Section 5. The annual salaries of Members of Congress as well as the president and vice-president will be cut to match the median personal income of the American worker of the previous following year. Section 6. Any bill to levy a new tax or increase the rate of any tax shall not become law unless approved by a two-thirds majority of the whole number of each House of Congress by a roll call vote. Section 7. The limit on the debt of the United States held by the public shall not be increased, unless two-thirds of the whole number of each House of Congress shall provide for such an increase by a roll call vote. Section 8. Marginal income tax rates will be lowered at the minimum of 5% from existing marginal income tax rates. The corporate tax rate will be cut a minimum of 5% from existing corporate tax rates. Corporations will pay no additional taxation to repatriate capital with the lowering of at the minimum of 5% from existing capital gains, dividends, estate, gift, and personal savings tax rates. Section 9. No court of the United States or of any State shall order any increase in revenue to enforce this article. Section 10. The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 24. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 * Section 11. This article shall become effective beginning with the second fiscal year commencing after its ratification by the legislatures of three-fourths of the States, as defined in the Constitution. A Bill to Revise the Federal Reserve SystemSponsors: Representative Jack Romine of Crespi Carmelite High School Senator Thomas Yaeger of Crespi Carmelite High School Forward. It is the American idea of progress, the idea of improvement, and the prosperity; however since its conception in 1913 the Federal Reserve System has been an unchecked hazard to this American idea of forward. In 1930, it transformed a simple recession into the largest depression in American history, by rapidly and without caution shrinking the money supply. This act weakened our economy beyond comparison it quickly halted the Roaring Twenties. This interference and melding, unlike the Great Depression, has not ended and it continues to weaken our economy. In 2003-2005 and 2008 through the present the FederalReserve has kept interest rates at near zero levels. This new lower interest rate has caused international capitalflow. The international capital flow enables a larger flow of funds abroad pushes foreign countries exchange rateup which causes their central banks to interfere in major 3 ways. First they limit their firms’ oversea borrowingand on foreigners investment in their country, however many people go around these restriction because of higheryields. Next central banks buy dollar asserts to prevent their local currency from appreciating against the dollar.This creates a foreign government bubble in U.S. securities market. In order to prevent foreign investors in theircountry the lower interest rates below the ideal amount for stable economic growth. This led to disastrous resultsboth foreign and domestic. It can be understood that this was not the only cause of the recession, but the fact remains that it haddestructive effects. In order to protect the American people and our economy restrictions must be placed on Federal Reserve.Whereas the United States economy can continue to grow without interferenceWhereas it makes the Federal Reserve checked by the Congress and SenateBE IT ENACTED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States ofAmerica in Congress assembled, that:Section 1: The Federal Reserve System will be limited by a great deal and must have the approval of Congressand Senate to continue any policies beyond a set period of time. - Governors are appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate for staggered 8-year terms - The Federal Reserve must have any policies lasting longer than five month to be approved in the same manner a bill is passed through Congress Senate, and the Executive branches.Section 2: This law will take effect in the beginning of the fiscal year of 2015Committee 4 A Bill to Legalize Polygamy in the United StatesSponsored by: Representative Daniel Hamidi of Valencia High School Senator Tooba Ali of Palisades Charter High SchoolUse the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 25. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 *Currently, polygamy is illegal in the United States because of the Morril Anti-Bigamy Act of1862 and many state laws. Many assert that polygamy is vile and unethical. However, one’sperson personal and religious beliefs should not determine the lives of someone else withdifferent personal and religious beliefs. If all members of the marriage consent to apolygamist relationship, then how is it justified to impose mainstream societal beliefs onothers?Whereas the Federal Government should protect the rights and freedoms of individuals,BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America inCongress assembled, that:Section. 1. The Morril Anti-Bigamy Act of 1862 and all state laws banning polygamist marriages shall be overturned.Section. 2. Marriages involving more than more than two partners shall be legalized in all states, with written consent from all parties involved. A. Any polygamist marriage license issued without written consent from all parties will result in charges of a misdemeanor to the government employee issuing the license and to the person requesting the license.Section. 3. This bill shall take effect immediately upon passage. A Bill to Repeal the National Defense Authorization ActSponsored by: Representative Thomas Yaeger of Crespi Carmelite High School Senator Greg Burr of Crespi Carmelite High School As of December 31, 2011, The National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, is an American law. However since this law allows for indefinite detention of anyone, including U.S. citizens, without trial so long as the president declares them to be a terrorist or have aided terrorists, it is in direct violation of the fifth, sixth, and seventh amendments of the constitution, and it is thus our duty not just as congressmen but as American Citizens to repeal it. Also, since the indefinite detention clause allows the detention of anyone the president declares having participated in acts of terrorism, it allows for the detention offoreign individuals showing complete lack of respect for others’ sovereignty. The definition of terrorism has beenstated in hundreds of different ways and is still under debate. It is thus subject to hundreds of interpretations. As aresult someone merely speaking out against the government could be interpreted as terrorism. In this way, it ispossible for this law to indirectly restrict our freedom of speech and of the press. In addition, according to theU.S. National Debt Clock, our current national debt $16,443,000,000,000, yet the NDAA authorized an extra$662,000,000,000 in defense spending. So what has happened is that the U.S. government has spent$662,000,000,000 eliminating your rights as American Citizens in the name of national security.Whereas the United States will reduce government spending, reducing the debt, andWhereas the United States Constitution will be preserved.Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 26. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 *BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of Americaassembled, that:Section 1. That the National Defense Authorization Act be repealed as it is in direct violation with the Supremacy Clause (Article VI clause II) of the United States Constitution.Section 2. The money no longer spent on defense be used to pay back some of the debts of the United States.Committee Hearings IICommittee 1 An Amendment to Legally Recognize Same-Sex MarriageSponsored by: Representative Matthew Cohen of Tarbut V-Torah High School Senator Payten Kirby of Orange County School of the ArtsSame-sex marriage should be legally recognized by the United States and its States as a matterof equality. Same-sex couples should have the freedom to marry and build their lives togetherwithout government interference. Every citizen of the United States of America is entitledto life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This amendment will not change how religionsdefine marriage. Be it amended by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, andupon approval of three fourths (3/4) of the States, that:Section 1. In the United States and in any State, marriage is the legally recognized union of two people.Gender-specific terms relating to the marital relationship or familial relationships must be construed to be gender-neutral and applicable to spouses of the same sex for all purposes throughout the law.Section 2. No religious institution is required to solemnize or recognize any marriage.Section 3. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. A Bill To Reduce EnergySponsored by: Representative Samantha Colvin of Corona del Mar High School Senator Jeremy Chen of Corona del Mar High School The United States is experiencing energy shortage. It relies on, among other resources, oil imports from the Middle East and electricity generated from nuclear power plants located throughout the United States. However, in recent years, the oil supplies from the Middle East have become unreliable and its prices have skyrocketed. In addition, in light of the recent nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan, the safety of nuclear energy has been questioned. Therefore, it has become imperative that the United States public conserve energy and become less dependent on oil imports from the Middle East countries and electricity generated by nuclear power plants.Whereas the United States needs to conserve the amount of energy it spends;Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 27. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 *Whereas reduction of the use of electricity is one critical component of that conservation strategy;Whereas it is necessary to incentivize the public to conserve the use of electricity,BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Sates of America inCongress assembled, that:Section. 1. By year 2013, every household must reduce its use of electricity by 10% in terms of kilowatt usage from its usage in 2011.Section. 2. A household that fails to meet such conservation goals shall be penalized by paying a higher charge of at least 50% from the rate in 2011.Section. 3. A household that achieves the conservation goal shall have its charge reduced by 50% from the rate in 2011.Section. 4. Those states that achieve this conservation goal by 2013 shall receive federal funding equal to the 25% of its energy budget.Section. 5. This bill shall become effective immediately upon its passageCommittee 2 A Bill to Legalize Voluntary EuthanasiaSponsored by: Representative Ryan Bergman of Brentwood High school Senator Aaron Marks of Brentwood High schoolCurrently, voluntary euthanasia is illegal in the United States of America. This Bill isdesigned to give United States citizens the right to choose if they want to continue living ifunder circumstances of excruciating pain with few or no viable options for treatment, cure,or remission. This action would be doctor assisted and only available if said patient was in alucid state and enduring extreme pain. Doctor assisted suicide is already legal in Washington,Oregon, and Montana.Whereas this gives citizens their right choose between life and deathWhereas death is inevitable and people have the right choose the time and circumstancesBE IT ENACTED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congressassembled, that:Section. 1. The United States Legislature legalize voluntary euthanasia through doctor assisted suicide. A. Doctors cannot be prosecuted in neither criminal nor civil law for engaging in doctor- assisted suicide. B. Companies are allowed to produce and distribute euthanasia drugs to any and all practicing and licensed physicians requesting them. C. The decision for doctor-assisted suicide can only be made by a lucid patient and if said patient is not lucid then a decision for doctor assisted suicide cannot be made.Section. 2. This bill shall take effect immediately upon its passage.Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 28. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 * A Bill to Transfer the Cost of Treating Preventable Chronic Diseases From the US Government to IndividualsSponsored By: Representative Andrew Lindeborg of Dana Hills Senator Mitchell Heimbach of Dana Hills The increasing cost of health care paid by the United States government has become a major issue. Currently, the US spends more on health care than any other industrialized nation in the world; however, its citizens are not the healthiest. According to a 2012 report in US News, healthcare spending in the US has doubled in the last 10 years, from $1.3 trillion to $2.6 trillion a year. A typical person will spend approximately $225,000 in health care over their lifetime. Furthermore, preventable diseases make up about 80% of all illnesses and 90% of all healthcare costs, accounting for eight of the nine leading causes of death.The leading causes of preventable illnesses and death are related to physical inactivity, alcohol consumption,smoking and excessive eating. If citizens are required to shoulder the financial burden for poor personal healthdecisions, there will be an incentive for individuals to make better lifestyle decisions that will improve theirhealth. This shift in attitude by the population will ultimately lead to a dramatic drop in preventable illnesses,deaths and costs.Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congressassembled, that:Section 1: Anyone who does not get vaccinated and contracts the disease is responsible for all their own healthcare costs regardless of insurance coverageSection 2: Anyone who gets an illness or disease related to smoking will pay for all their own medical costsrelated to smoking regardless of insurance.Section 3: Anyone who gets a disease related to obesity will have one year to decrease their weight by 20% and4 years to get there weight within 20% of IBW (ideal body weight) or they will have to pay for any medical careneeded due to their obesity and related diseases.Section 4: Anyone who gets a disease related to overuse of alcohol or illicit drugs will pay for all their ownmedical expenses no matter what their insurance coverageCommittee 3 A Bill to Limit Access to Private Facebook InformationSponsored By: Representative Jessica Shin of University High School Senator Kevin Gu of University High SchoolCurrently, both prospective employers and schools are allowed to view the Facebook profilesof students or employees that they are considering for admission or employment.Although Facebook does offer privacy options, they are oftentimes not comprehensive, andinformation does get out to potential employers or schools that is damaging to the student orUse the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 29. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 *employee. What is posted to Facebook should be allowed to remain private, like a journal or a diary, not used tojudge the merits of an application. As a result, we should endeavor to prevent employers and schools from usingFacebook as a method of evaluation, allowing information posted to Facebook to remain private, and to preventemployers/schools from using said information to determine the quality of a candidate.Whereas private information will be kept private,BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States ofAmerica in Congress assembled, that:Section. 1. Employers and schools will not be allowed to use Facebook as an evaluation tool. A. Facebook activity shall cease to be legitimate grounds for rejection of a student or employee B. Facebook activity shall not be reviewed or monitored before the acceptance of a student or employeeSection. 2. The regulations shall not take effect for two (2) years. A. In two (2) years after the passage of this bill, the employers and schools of all 50 states of the United States of America shall be in compliance will this bill. A Bill to Allow Blood Donations by Homosexual MenSponsored by: Representative Danny Robertson of Corona del Mar High School Senator Sean Farhat of Corona del Mar High SchoolCurrently in the United States, there is a ban that prevents any man who has had sexualrelations with another man from donating blood. This law was enacted in 1977 when it waswidely believed that HIV/AIDS could only be transmitted amongst the homosexualpopulation. Since then, scientific advancements have led to the discovery that HIV can betransmitted to anyone via sexual contact, regardless of their sexual orientation. The currentban is outdated and discriminatory against homosexuals. Currently, blood supply is at thelowest it’s been in fifteen years. Today, with every blood donation being screened for diseaseand the ability for each pint of blood donated to save three lives, it is crucial that blood donations be open to all,regardless of sexual orientation.BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America inCongress assembled, that:Section. 1. It be allowed that anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, be permitted to donate blood.Committee 4 A Bill to Rehabilitate Those Convicted of Non-Violent Felonies and MisdemeanorsSponsored by: Representative Derek Schinke of Marywood-Palm Valley School Senator Conor Morley of Marywood-Palm Valley School The United States Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics recognizes five categories of crimes as violent crimes: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault. Those found guilty of a violent crime are typically required to serve a jailUse the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 30. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 *sentence. All other crimes, whether felonies or misdemeanors, are regarded as non-violent, and although manyfound guilty of non-violent crimes are sentenced to fines, others must face jail time. Most notably, these includeusers of illicit drugs. Instead of spending time passively in jail, these persons could be reintegrated into societythrough rehabilitation centers. Decreasing the amount of incarcerated persons and instead placing them throughshorter rehabilitation courses would both save tax-payer money, and allow for low-risk criminals to becomeproductive members of society.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States ofAmerica in Congress assembled, that:Section 1. Persons found guilty of non-violent felonies and misdemeanors, as defined by the United StatesDepartment of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, may not be sentenced to jail time.Section 2. Those found guilty of non-violent felonies and misdemeanors not sentenced to fines must insteadattend rehabilitation courses, and in more severe cases, remain at rehabilitation facilities until they have completedthe course.Section 3. Those wishing to not attend rehabilitation courses, unable to complete the courses, or who are non-compliant, will be instead sentenced to incarceration.Section 4. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation, including theestablishment of committees in order to determine the exact nature of the rehabilitation programs. A Bill to Lower the Drinking Age to 18 The 18 Proof BillSponsored by: Representative Hayden Sand of Crespi Carmelite Senator Jack Romine of Crespi Carmelite As an American, my countrymen and I tend to hold the belief that one comes of age ateighteen. The age eighteen ushers frightened adolescents into the terrifying reality ofadulthood; however, we do not despair as the age of eighteen comes with its own rewards:when you are eighteen, you are legally sanctioned to fight and die for your country, when youare eighteen, you are sprung from the nest of high school into the workforce or highereducation, each option near-guaranteeing a heightened level of autonomy, you can pick yourcountry’s leader and involve yourself in the democratic process, you can choose to marry another person of yourchoosing, you can pick up a few packs of camels and smoke to your heart’s content, or rather your lungs’ limit,you can even go to big-boy jail for the crimes you commit; however, God forbid you be permitted to legallypurchase and drink alcohol when you have passed the age threshold for nearly every other duty, bar public service. So you can take a bullet for Uncle Sam, take part in the election of America’s highest office poisonyourself with cigarettes (which you have every right to), yet you still cannot nuzzle into the warm embrace of thesoothing nectar of alcohol. The taboo nature of alcohol is part of its allure for those under twenty-one, as they arenot permitted to make that choice themselves, and as such, participate in illicit drinking to rebel against perceivedauthority figures, and often due to their naivety, to excess. Many other countries, such as Italy, France, and China,do not have this obtuse and frankly arbitrary age limit of twenty-one as the age of drinking. The United States ofAmerica is a nation that let’s its adult citizens choose and make their own decisions, and damn it, that’s whatmakes America great, so adults of the age of eighteen should be able to make their own choice and be allowed topurchase and consume alcohol on a national level.Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 31. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 *Whereas the dangers of underage drinking shall be lessened,Whereas common sense dictates that the age should be eighteen,BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States ofAmerica in Congress assembled, that:Section. 1. The drinking age on a national level be lowered to eighteen under federal law.Section. 2. This bill shall take effect immediately upon its passage.Committee Hearings IIICommittee 1 A Bill to Make Taxes Legal Under LawSponsored by: Representative Clay Thabit of Corona del Mar High School Senator Griffin Peacock of Corona del Mar High School A progressive income tax creates an environment where economic production shifts to consumption goods from capital investments, slowing the rise of the standard of living. Progressive income taxes also violate the great American principle of equality under the law, create a less attractive environment for the upper class and foreign capital, which is needed to spur both the economy and technological growth, and above all else a progressive income tax is inefficient and takes to much time and money to enforce it, as is evident by the great IRS and the sad day of April 15. This needs to be replaced by aconsumption tax. Consumption taxes can be regressive, but by excluding basic goods and necessities this problemwill be fixed.BE IT ENACTED by the senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congressassembled, that:Section 1. The income tax be abolished and a flat consumption tax be put into law, excluding basic goods and necessities. A. All income taxes and related taxes be abolished B. The income tax be replaced by a 20% consumption tax C. All basic goods and necessities will be excluded from this taxSection 2. The replacement of the income taxes by a consumption tax shall take effect the First of January 2014. A Bill to Abolish Minimum Wage More Jobs for All ActSponsored by: Representative Vighnesh Iyer of Whitney High School Senator David Wang of Whitney High SchoolWhereas, minimum wage laws knock out the rungs on the very bottom of the labor ladder,and contributes to youth unemployment.Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 32. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 *BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America inCongress assembled, that:Section 1. All federal minimum wage laws are eliminatedSection 2. This bill shall take effect in the fiscal year 2016Committee 2 A Bill to Cut the Time for Newly Licensed Teens to be Able to Drive Others and Increase Driving TrainingSponsored by: Representative Dominic Pardini of Corona Del Mar High School Senator Natalie Queathem of Corona del Mar High School Currently drivers who are minors are prohibited from transporting anyone under the age of 20 for a whole year. Unless accompanied by an adult over the age of 20 who has a license, minors must drive alone. All minors must complete at least 50 hours of driving practice in addition to 6 hours of training with a professional driving instructor. Before taking their license test, all minors must wait at least six months. They can use this time to practice and be more comfortable at driving.Whereas minors receive enough training during the six months before they take the driving test.Whereas minors who fail to practice during the six months will pay by continuously failing the license test andlearn that they must learn to drive before getting their license.BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congressassembled, that:Section. 1 The time period of not being able to transport other minors for newly licensed minor drivers be cut by75%. 1. The test proctors of the DMVs are to be instructed to be stricter during exams. 2. Driver’s education programs (for a minor’s driving permit) are to be judged on a less lenient scale (for more challenging tests to ensure better drivers). 3. The number of hours required for behind the wheel training with a professional driving instructor be increased by 50%. 4. The number of months required to wait after finishing drivers education and 6 hours of behind the wheel training with a professional driving instructor be increased to 8 months.Section. 2 The lessened hiatus and intensified driving training shall take place in 2 segments 1. Driving schools are allowed 1 year to change with curriculum with more challenging criteria and a longer behind the wheel program.Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 33. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 * 2. In 1 year after the passage of this bill, all DMVs in the United States of America are required to train their behind the wheel proctors to make the license test passable to only those who have confidence and mastery in the skill of driving safely. 3. Finally, when all DMVs have changed their test requirements, then will the time before a new minor driver can be able to drive people under the age of 20 be lessened to 25% of its original value. A Bill to Abolish the Age Limit for Purchasing Plan B ContraceptivesSponsored by: Representative Simran Chadha of Valencia High School Senator Anna Nguyen of Valencia High SchoolThe current age limit of seventeen years on the purchase of Plan B “morning after pills” isdetrimental, since an age limit on sexual encounters does not exist. In addition, thisprovides options in the case of unplanned sexual encounters, such as rape, an occurrencein which age is not a factor. Contrary to common belief, this would limit accidentalpregnancies and, in lieu, abortions by providing a source of extra precaution in suchcases. Providing girls of all ages with such contraception would empower women with the right to have completecontrol of their own bodies regardless of age.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,that: Section 1: This act repeals any legislation that dictates an age limit in the purchase of Plan B contraceptive pills. Section 2: Pharmaceutical companies and legislatures that do not comply with this bill will be subject to fines of $30,000 for each infraction.Committee 3 A Bill to Legalize MarijuanaSponsored By: Representative Diamond McKay of King Drew Senator Haja Sesay of King Drew The current drug policy restricts the freedom of American citizens to utilize a substance that has many beneficial uses. It has been proven to be much safer than other drugs that are currently legal, such as cigarettes and alcohol, so there is no reason to criminalize it. Criminalizing marijuana users is much too costly and unnecessary. People should have the freedom to educate themselves about marijuana so they can make a choice on whether or not they wish to use it for themselves, instead of having the government make that choice for them. Legalizing marijuana would also be beneficial because it could then generaterevenue through taxes.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, that:Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 34. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 *Section 1. Marijuana is legal to possess and use if one is 21 years of age or olderSection 2. Marijuana may be grown with proper licensingSection 3. Marijuana may be sold and used to manufacture products in a corporation provided one has proper licensingSection 4. Marijuana may be taxed by the statesSection 5. Marijuana and anything containing marijuana may not be distributed to or used by anyone under the age of 21, those in violation may be subjected to a fine up to $100,000 and up to a year of incarcerationSection 6. Marijuana may not be resoldSection 7. One may not operate any vehicle, heavy machinery, or any dangerous tools while under the influence of marijuanaSection 8. One may not use or be under the influence of marijuana in a public locationSection 9. Employers, including ones receiving government assistance, may regulate the smoking of marijuana among their employees A Resolution to Add Picketing at Funerals to the Legal Definition of HarassmentSponsored by: Representative Kira Woods of Corona del Mar High School Senator Mckenzie Purcifull of Corona del Mar High SchoolThe United States endorses freedom of speech and consequently allows protesting. However,there are certain instances where protesting is inappropriate. Such an instance is at a funeral.Picketing at a funeral can cause emotional stress on those attending and thus should bedefined as a form of harassment and be treated as such. The people of the Unites Statesshould have the right to mourn the loss of their loved ones without being interrupted ormenaced by hostile protesters. The Sanctity of Eternal Rest for Veterans Act already protectsthe funerals of veterans but is at risk of being taken away. The rest of country should beprotected from such harassment as well.Whereas the people of the Unites States will not be caused any more emotional pain or suffering by those picketing at a funeral,BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America inCongress assembled, that:Section. 1. Picketing at funerals be included in the definition of harassment. A. The definition of harassment be expanded to include committing any act that may be legally defined as picketing while within 300 feet of a funeral service while that funeral service is in session. B. Such actions be treated as harassment. C. The punishment will be decided by the judge who oversees the case based on the severity of the harassment.Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 35. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 *Section. 2. This resolution shall take effect immediately upon its passage.Committee 4 A Bill to Facilitate Citizenship and Ease the Process of ImmigrationBill Sponsored By: Representative Gerardo Mulato of Palisades Charter High School Senator Aidan Perricone of Palisades Charter High School The more Americans, the better. Immigrants founded America, and it continued to get a steady stream of them throughout history. The current immigration system is terrible, as it can cost upwards of $2000 per citizen to go from living in a foreign country to becoming a citizen of the United States of America. We have extremely stringent immigration laws, preventing many immigrants from achieving permanent resident status at all, let alone citizenship. This hurts America by depriving us of potential tax dollars, skilled workers, and national power. It’s also prejudiced. This bill, if enacted, would also halt illegalimmigration as we know it, curtailing many of the problems experienced on the borders of southwestern states.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, that:Section 1. Foreigners who want a green card to enter the US as a permanent resident must apply to a consulateor a local USCIS HQ and be judged “not a threat to the American People”, as well as having never been convictedof a non-political crime in their home country.Section 2. They will also have to give their probable address. These are the only requirements. They are thenlegally able to enter the United States with their Green Card in hand. They must keep their Green Card on theirperson at all times until they become a citizen if they are 18 years of age or older. First infractions will result in afine of $100. Second Infractions will result in deportation.Section 3. Green Card Holders must register with the IRS to pay their taxes within 6 months of getting theirGreen Card or they will be subject to fines of $200 on their first offense. If Green Carders haven’t paid any taxesfor the next two months, they will be regarded as a tax-dodging American Citizen in the eyes of the law.Section 4. Green Card Holders who have been a resident of the United States for 3 years can apply forcitizenship. there is no cost. the Green Card Holder must have no criminal record and must have a reference thatsays he is a good American. He must also swear allegiance to the Flag of the United States and score a passinggrade on a test on US history and Government, as well as pass a Basic English test.Section 5. Any current resident of the United States can get a green card in order to become a citizen. Allimmigrants who have crossed the border illegally before this bill goes into action are no longer considered illegalaliens and are encouraged to become a citizen after getting a green card. Any residents who are still not citizens orlegal residents 6 months after this bill has gone into effect will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 36. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 * Safe Schools Act: A Bill to Improve School Safety by Use of FirearmsSponsored By: Representative Dallas Thompson of Marywood-Palm Valley School Senator Bob Knee of Marywood-Palm ValleyResolved by the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions of the JSA Senate,that the following article is proposed as law under the jurisdiction of the United States,enforceable by executive action.Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the JSA Winter congressassembled, that;Section One: Every school shall be obligated by law to have at least one high-powered firearm capable of firing armor-piercing rounds on campus for the purpose of protection.Section Two: Depending on the number of firearms the school chooses to have, they shall commit a previously-employed member of the school faculty to attend mandatory firearm training provided those members do not already have valid licenses to carry guns in their state. The amount of firearms to trained administrators must equate to a 1:1 ratio.Section Three: Schools shall be obligated to recognize the rights of teachers with concealed carry permits.Section Four: No school shall have the right to deny resource officers provided by the local police department.Section Five: All school administrators who seek to pass training classes must undergo a psychiatric evaluation and be approved by a state-approved criminal psychiatrist. Before allowing the administrators to obtain guns, whether or not the administrators already have licenses to carry, the school must present a note signed by the psychiatric evaluator to the Department of Education.Section Six: This Act shall be enforced immediately upon passage.Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 37. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 * Debater’s Guide Procedure Time Main Proponent – Opening 6 minutes Main Opponent – Opening 6 minutes Subsequent Proponent 3 minutes Subsequent Opponent 3 minutes Move to Previous Question Main Opponent – Closing 3 minutes Main Proponent – Closing 3 minutes Vote on ResolutionDebating Tips: 1. Organize your ideas in an easy-to-understand format. a. State your point. b. Explain your reasoning. c. Back up your claim with an example. 2. Body language is just as important as speaking during a debate. Stand up straight, make eye contact, and emphasize your points with hand movements. 3. Do not chew gum. You would be surprised how distracting it is. 4. Before you volunteer to speak subsequent, be sure of what each side stands for – the wording of resolutions can be tricky. 5. Be passionate about your argument. If you’re not convinced, who will be? 6. Speak loudly and clearly. If the audience cannot hear what you’re saying, your argument probably will not have much of an effect. 7. Prepare notes. It may not be school, but a little research could not hurt. 8. As a subsequent speaker, bring up a new part of the debate that has not yet been addressed. 9. Pay close attention to what a question is asking; some are meant to support your claims, while others are asked to refute your argument. 10. Your closing argument should not merely be a restatement of your thoughts. Instead, consider what points have been raised throughout the debate on both sides.Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 38. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 * All Things Convention1. All rules for school field trips prevail. If it’s illegal outside of JSA, it’s illegal inside of JSA. Use of illegal drugs oralcohol is not permitted. Students also will be punished if they are in a room where drugs or alcohol are present. The use oftobacco products is not allowed. To ensure these rules are obeyed, the Teacher/Advisor and The Junior StatesmenFoundation must approve the attendance of each delegate. We reserve the right to deny any student the privilege ofattending the event.2. At 9 PM, students will meet with their Teacher/Advisor for roll call and may not leave the hotel thereafter. At curfew,Teacher/Advisors will check delegates at their rooms. Delegates must remain quietly in their own rooms after curfew. Pizzadeliveries and room service deliveries are not permitted after curfew. Delegates also are required to meet with theTeacher/Advisor at other designated times.3. Delegates must attend all conference activities.4. At no time may young men and women be in each other’s rooms.5. Delegates may not leave the convention hotel without the permission of their teacher advisor. During meal times, withtheir Teacher/Advisors permission, delegates may leave the hotel to eat in designated areas. Under no circumstances aredelegates to leave the hotel after 8:00 p.m.6. Delegates must wear their nametags above the waist in a visible location at all times.7. All students assigned to a room are responsible for any charges made to the room. All students assigned to a room are alsoresponsible for the condition of the room. No outside phone calls can be made from student hotel rooms. Room service andother items may not be charged to a student’s room. No delegate may change rooms without the permission of The JuniorStatesmen staff members at the event.8. No student may drive a car to the convention or ride in a student driven car during the convention.9. Visitors are not allowed in the convention hotel. Delegates are not allowed to associate with any visitor who is not anofficial guest of the Junior State program.10. Students are expected to dress appropriately. Delegates should respect the rights of other hotel guests and not doanything to damage the reputation of the Junior Statesmen program. Students must not open or throw anything out ofwindows. Students must stay off balconies.11. Students should not bring expensive items to the convention. Valuable items must be stored in the hotel safe or with thebellmen. The Junior State/The Junior Statesmen Foundation are not responsible for items stored in a luggage storage area.No large radios or portable stereos are allowed.12. Delegates or delegations that are sent home for conduct problems will not receive a refund.Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 39. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 * Moderator’s GuideModerating Tips: 1. Make sure you have everything in advance: the agenda, best speaker ballots, and moderator packet. 2. Introduce yourself to the main speakers, know how to pronounce their names 3. Be assertive during the debate: get everyone’s attention when the debate starts, call the debate to order whenever people get a little loud, and make sure people are respectful of the speaker. Remember, you’re the boss. 4. Familiarize yourself beforehand with Parliamentary Procedure and the various motions. 5. Mix it up when picking people to ask questions or make a subsequent speech. This opens the debate to an array of opinions. 6. Even if you are moderating an exciting debate, you should finish on time. This allows the logistics of the convention to run more smoothly. 7. If you’re running a Thought Talk, try to get as many people to speak as you can, otherwise it can turn into a one sided voice of opinion. 8. There are no follow ups, and remember you choose who asks the questions 9. Have some enthusiasm! People will not be motivated if you are not! 10. “Point of clarification” does not exist. Do not let anyone fool you. 11. Always hand out the best speaker ballots after the resolution vote, and after the speakers have announced their names. After the block, hand the ballots to the registration desk to be counted. 12. If the debate room gets too out of hand, do not be afraid to ask a cabinet member for help in restoring order.Moderating Procedures: 1. Call the debate to order 2. Read the Resolution 3. Introduce the main speakers 4. Appoint a timekeeper 5. Affirmative (pro) opening speech [6 minutes] 6. Negative (con) opening speech [6 minutes] 7. Select subsequent speakers (alternating pro and con) [3 minutes each] 8. Motion to Previous Question 9. Negative (con) closing speech [3 minutes] 10. Affirmative (pro) closing speech [3 minutes] 11. Read the resolution again 12. Vote on the resolution 13. Announce the results 14. Pass out and collect Best Speaker BallotsUse the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 40. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 * Places to Eat Name Location & Contact Information Walking Time (One-Way) Denny’s 21270 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505 3 Minutes 1 (310) 543-1044 3556 Torrance Blvd,Chicken Dijon Torrance, CA 90505 4 Minutes 1 (310) 540-1499 3556 Torrance Blvd,Wahoo’s Fish Torrance, CA 90503 5 Minutes Taco 1 (310) 540-7725Del Amo AMC Del Amo Center 6 MinutesFashion Center Torrance, CA 90503 (Depending on Food Court Restaurant) Subway 3535 Torrance Blvd, 6 Minutes Torrance, CA 90503Lazy Dog Cafe 3525 W Carson St. 9 Minutes Torrance, CA 90503 1 (310) 921-6080 P.F. Chang’s 3525 W Carson St. 9 Minutes Torrance, CA 90503 1 (310) 793-0590Thai Food To- 1 (310) 316-5388 Delivery Go http://www.thaifoodtogo.biz/ Dominos 1 (310) 316-8199 Delivery http://pizza.dominos.com/california/torrance/90503/21028- hawthorne-blvd/ • Remember to calculate the amount of time it takes to commute back and forth. • It is everyone’s responsibility to make it back in time! Use the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills! * Research Room Suite 6 * Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 41. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 * Write for the ProVoice!The Pro Voice is SoCal Junior State of America State newspaper. It features editorial and opinion pieces written by JSA’ers on topics asvaried as the sanctity of words to gun control to reviews of debates to chapter updates. Writing for The Pro Voice is a great way to getmore involved in JSA. If youre interested in learning more, contact Dana Siegel (the Editor-in-Chief) at dsiegel@socal.jsa.org. Want to be More Involved? All Things JSA Julianna Joss Grant Crater Governor Lieutenant Governor jjoss@jsa.org gcrater@socal.jsa.org Activism and Advocacy Nicole Michelson Speaker of the Assembly nmichelson@socal.jsa.org Convention Department Jessica Shin Convention Coordinator jshin@socal.jsa.org Debate Department Timothy Kang Director of Debate tkang@socal.jsa.org Chapter Department Samantha Garfield Neema Korouri Director of Chapter Affairs Director of Chapter Affairs sgarfield@socal.jsa.org nkorouri@socal.jsa.org Expansion Department Matthew Cohen Sahand Saberi Director of Expansion Director of Expansion mcohen@socal.jsa.org ssaberi@socal.jsa.org Technology Department Jane Chen Vinnie Magro Poghos (Paul) Iskajyan Director of Technology Director of Technology Director of Livestream jchen@socal.jsa.org vmagro@socal.jsa.org piskajyan@socal.jsa.org Senate Department Liam Nuebling Secretary of the Senate lnuebling@socal.jsa.org Regions Monica Barry Sabrina Lieberman Forbes Bainou SER Mayor AR Mayor CIR Mayor mbarry@socal.jsa.org slieberman@socal.jsa.org fbainou@socal.jsa.org More Involvement Bijal Patel Juliette Myers Director of Involvement Director of Summer School bpatel@socal.jsa.org jmyers@socal.jsa.orgUse the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4
  • 42. * Southern California Junior State of America * * Winter Congress - 2013 * Hotel MapUse the QR Codes to be linked to more information/facts about the bills!* Research Room Suite 6* Teacher Advisor Lounge Suites 2 & 4

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