Topic areas for Student Congress legislation at the 2019 FGCCFL Grand Finals have been announced. These topic areas are intended to focus your attention on particular issues and to allow you to do some background research before the docket is released in February.
Please DOWNLOAD AND READ this document BEFORE you start drafting. Topic areas are generally broad in scope, but your legislation must address the topic objectives directly; furthermore, some topic areas have exclusions intended to keep debate focused.
These are the broad topic areas for Grand Finals (read the descriptions in the PDF for details):
- Housing (Domestic Affairs)
- Labor and the Workforce (Domestic or Economic Affairs)
- India and China (Foreign Affairs)
- U.S. Public Debt (Economic Affairs)
- Defending Democracy (Domestic or Foreign Affairs)
Legislation for the November 17 FGCCFL All Events at Riverview has been posted to Tabroom and is also available here.
NOTE: I approved eight items for this tournament—and rejected six. Four of those six items were rejected because of serious drafting problems that would have required a total rewrite but also would have been correctable had they been submitted for review.
I approved 12 items for the October tournament and rejected 7. The most common problem was failure to use the template as directed.
If you turn in legislation made with some other league’s template, you’re doing it wrong.
If you turn in legislation written with an outdated FGCCFL template, you’re doing it wrong.
If you turn in legislation that resembles the template but didn’t start with the approved template document, you’re doing it wrong.Josh Schneider, Sept. 14, 2018
The docket for the October 13 All Events tournament at Dixie Hollins has been posted to Tabroom and is available for download here.
This docket consists of 12 Primary Agenda items and 6 supplemental items (special thanks to the students of Newsome High School for their contributions).
Schools that did not submit legislation, or that had all their legislation rejected, will be assigned supplemental legislation for optional sponsorship. These assignments will be posted with the calendar.
Continue reading “A Reminder about Repeated Legislation”
Students may present the same B/R more than once but may not present an item they presented in any prior year. A B/R may be informed by the work of other legislators and may address similar subject matter, but it must not bear striking similarity to the earlier work.
All legislation presented at Grand Finals must be new to FGCCFL.FGCCFL Student Congress Manual § 16(c).
I’ll be brief: When you write the effective date in your bills, please write January 1, 2020, NOT January 1st, 2020. Dates in standard American English are written with cardinal numbers. For more information, consult this Grammar Girl post or your favorite style manual.