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The Legislative Branch and E-Congress

TimeJan. 07, 2013

from:Bidell, Barbara

to:Am. Government

Students will be embarking on a unit detailing the Legislative Branch of the United States Government. At the end of this unit students should be able to do the following: identify components of the Legislative Branch, understand to process of how a bill becomesĀ a law, write meaningful legislation, evaluate legislation and its potential impact on society, and work cooperatively to achieve that above objectives.

Over the next few months, students will be participating in a national program called "E-Congerss." In E-Congress students will be researching and writing their own legislation, debating its urgency, constitutionality and necessity with students from around the country via the Internet, and will be voting on bills presented by other students from around the nation. E-Congress is a student led government that is overseen by the Youth Leadership Initiative out of the University of Virginia. Please feel free to check it out at www.youthleadership.net.

Homework for this week will revolve around coming up with a proposal for a bill. Students should think about what federal law they would like to see passed. They should write down and send the following information to me via e-mail:

1) What is the bill (one or two sentences)?

2) Why is it needed?

3) Is it Constitutional?

4) How will it be enforced?

5) How much money will it cost to implement and enforce (estimate)?

As usual, if you have any questions regarding the upcoming unit, E-Congress, or anything else regarding American Government class, please feel free to e-mail me at bidellb@nhalv.org.