October 15, 2011
(These bills & resolutions will be debated in the order they appear. There will be 2 bills per round.)
A Bill to Ban Toys at Fast Food Restaurants (inspired by SCU Tournament)
WHEREAS there is an epidemic of obesity in our youth, and
WHEREAS fast food consumption may contribute to obesity,
BE IT ENACTED that the US ban free toy giveaways and promotions at fast food restaurants.
A Resolution to Better the Lives of Drug Users through Higher Education
Introduced by Jake Hellen, Chaminade
WHEREAS a law passed in 1998 states that anyone convicted of a drug crime is banned from
receiving financial aid for college, and
WHEREAS blocking access to education does not solve the problem of illegal drug use, and
WHEREAS students should not be penalized twice for their mistakes, and
WHEREAS withholding financial aid does nothing to help students with drug abuse problems,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Student Congress here assembled to eliminate all prohibitions on
federal financial aid for persons convicted of nonviolent drug offenses.
A Resolution to Increase Natural Gas Production
Introduced by Adam Morton, Chaminade
WHEREAS US demand for oil continues to grow, and
WHEREAS the United States furnishes just two percent of its supply from native sources, and much
of the oil in the rest of the world exists in conflict areas, and
WHEREAS the price of oil will likely rise as the finite global supply dwindles further, and
WHEREAS the United States economy could be bankrupted by attempts to purchase this
unsustainable resource from hostile foreign powers,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Student Congress here assembled that significant monies be
spent to increase research and development of Hydraulic Fracturing or “Fracking,” a process which
releases and captures underground reserves of natural gas. Our estimated 2587 trillion cubic feet of
natural gas would produce enough energy for US consumption for years to come, during which time
more sustainable resources can be developed to replace fossil fuels entirely.
A Bill To Legalize Marijuana
BE IT ENACTED that
People age 21 years or older may legally possess, cultivate or transport marijuana for personal use.
Local governments may regulate and tax production, distribution and sale of marijuana to people 21
years of age or older.
SECTION1: This act does not repeal current laws preventing marijuana possession and use on school
grounds or in the public presence of minors.
SECTION 2: This act does not limit an employer’s ability to preclude marijuana use on the job.
A Bill To Modernize Food Safety
WHEREAS an estimated 5,000 Americans die each year due to food-borne illnesses, many of them
young children lacking mature immune systems to fight off infection, and
WHEREAS the Centers for Disease Control reports that 76 million Americans each year fall ill after
eating tainted food, 325,000 of them sick enough to require hospitalization, and
WHEREAS the recent nationwide illness outbreak caused by eating salmonella-tainted eggs
demonstrates that the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently lacks sufficient
authority and is ill-equipped to inspect food facilities to the extent necessary to prevent pathogens
from entering the nation’s food supply;
BE IT ENACTED BY THE STUDENT CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT
The power of the FDA to inspect all food manufacturers and processors is expanded to:
a. test for dangerous pathogens;
b. trace outbreaks back to their sources and hold the responsible parties accountable;
c. issue mandatory recalls of product;
d. suspend a food facility’s operation if found incompliant;
e. subject foods from overseas to the same standards as those for foods produced in the US.
A Bill To Extend Tax Cuts For the Economic Stimulus of America
Co-sponsors: John Morgan and Michael Dewey of West Ranch HS, and Amay Gupta, Chaminade
WHEREAS the Bush administration tax cuts were implemented to stimulate the economy, and
WHEREAS during the first nine months of the fiscal year after the 2003 tax cuts were implemented,
federal revenues rose 13%,
BE IT ENACTED BY THE STUDENT CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:
SECTION 1: The former Bush administration tax cuts to U.S. taxpayers be extended based on the
following income brackets and time restrictions:
A. The tax rate cuts for those with an annual income of $250,000 or more shall be extended for
three years through December 31, 2013.
SECTION 2: The “Bush administration tax cuts” refers to two tax packages passed during the
former Bush administration:
A. The 2001 tax rate cut reduced individual income tax rates by 3% and repealed estate taxes for
B. The 2003 tax cut refers to the 5 percent reduction in the taxation rates of long-term capital gains
SECTION 3: The Internal Revenue Service shall oversee that the provisions of this legislation are
SECTION 4: This bill shall be enacted on December 31, 2010.