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Bills and Resolutions for TCFL Student Congress Tournament
January 22, 2011
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SESSION ONE
A RESOLUTION TO INCREASE GOVERNMENTAL FUNDING FOR NASA
Sponsors: Long Beach State Forensics and Cal Lutheran

WHEREAS NASA does not currently have the funding necessary for the current projects requested by the federal government, and

WHEREAS the space shuttle is being retired, and funding needs to be increased in order to pay for the new fleet of space craft, and

WHEREAS U.S. interest, and world interest revolves around space exploration for an alternative place for human expansion,

Be it resolved by this student congress here assembled that government spending for NASA be increased for the 2011-2016 period to re-assess the need of permanent funding increases.


A RESOLUTION TO  LIFT RESTRICTIONS ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE
Sponsors: Long Beach State Forensics and Cal Lutheran

WHEREAS the U.S. is based on equal protection of rights, and

WHEREAS marriage is now restricted to non-same-sex couples,

Be it resolved that the U.S. federal government should ban states from preventing same-sex marriages.



SESSION TWO
A Bill to Mandate Installation of Ignition Interlocks For Every Drunk Driving Conviction
Submitted by: K. Graber, Monroe

Whereas drunk driving will kill over 10,000 people nationwide this year and injure 500,000 more; and

Whereas there are 2 million three-time or more repeat offenders on our nation's roads and highways, with over 300,00 in California alone; and

Whereas nearly 1/3 of all traffic fatalities in California are DUI related; and

Whereas alcohol ignition interlocks prevent a vehicle from being driven by a drunk driver and decrease repeat offenses by as much as 90%, and

Whereas this technology, proven to be one of the most effective tools to reduce the likelihood that a convicted drunk driver will re-offend, is widely underutilized and generally mandated for repeat offenders only; and

Whereas only four California counties currently require require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers, including first time offenders; therefore

Be it enacted by the student congress here assembled that

I. Mandatory installation of ignition interlocks be required for every convicted drunk driving offender in the state of California, including first time offenders.

II. Interlocks must be installed for a minimum of one year for first-time convicted offenders, and a minimum of five years for repeat offenders,

III. Installation costs and administrative fees are to be borne by the offender, unless the court determines the offender to be indigent; a percentage of the fees collected shall go towards paying the DMV’s costs to administer the interlock program and a percentage of the fees shall go towards the Ignition Interlock Device Fund.

IV. An Ignition Interlock Device Fund is created, so that all money in the Fund shall be used to install the interlock devices of persons deemed by the court as indigent.

V. Persons who tamper with an interlock device or assist with circumventing an interlock device shall be charged with a Class B misdemeanor at minimum.


A BILL TO COMPLETE THE PASSAGE OF SENATE FILIBUSTER REFORM
Submitted by: David Coombs, Campbell Hall

Article 1: The Senate hereby accepts the Supreme Court ruling of United States v Ballin (1892) that Senate rules may be changed by a simple majority thus allowing this bill to be voted on without a filibuster.

Article 2: Senate rule XX11 (22), cloture and the 1975 amendment should be expunged and the US Senate should have the same standing as the US House of Representatives  with  permanent rules limiting the duration of debate.

Article 3: The President Pro-Tem of the Senate will uphold these rules of debate here passed.

Article 4:  The provisions of this bill will take effect immediately upon passage.

Article 5: All laws and portions of laws in conflict with this bill shall be null and void.


SESSION THREE
A RESOLUTION TO END BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP FOR CHILDREN BORN TO ILLEGAL ALIENS
Submitted by: K. Graber, Monroe

Whereas thousands of illegal aliens cross U.S. borders to give birth and exploit their offspring as a means to obtain residency, access taxpayer-funded benefits and take American jobs for themselves and for their families; and

Whereas during an 1866 Congressional debate, U.S. Representative John Bingham of Ohio, considered one of the fathers of the 14th Amendment, said “Every human being born within the jurisdiction of the United States of parents not owing allegiance to any foreign sovereignty is, in the language of [the] Constitution itself, a natural born citizen;” and

Whereas birthright citizenship has created a perverse incentive for foreign nationals to break U.S. law and has proven to be a policy disaster for our nation, costing American taxpayers $113 billion annually, or nearly $1,117 yearly per individual taxpayer;

Be it resolved by the student congress here assembled to acknowledge that birthright citizenship was never originally intended by the 14th Amendment, and introduce legislation that will clarify the 14th Amendment by denying the reward of citizenship to children born to parents who are not legal U.S. citizens.

A RESOLUTION TO PASS THE DREAM ACT
Sponsors: Long Beach State Forensics and Cal Lutheran

WHEREAS children of illegal immigrants came here because of their parents, and

WHEREAS the U.S. has always allowed special exceptions to the normal citizenship procedure,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the U.S. should adopt the “Dream Act” allowing for children of illegal immigrants to become citizens by either graduating college with a Bachelors degree or serving two years of active military service.

 

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