This afternoon, members of the Boy’s State Unicameral met in Burnett 115 to address a number of bills presented by towns and PACs. Before they began, Legislative Assistant David Slabotski trained the delegates in the use of the new “clicker” voting system:
With the technical details reviewed, Chaplain Isaiah Bockelman (Manilla Bay) lead the representatives in a brief prayer:
Speaker of the House Nick Schreiner (Yorktown) took over with a call for bills to be debated:
Clerk Cody Fischer (Manilla Bay) read some of the prospective legislation to the representatives, before Chairman Schreiner divided the legislative body into committees to review and discuss the bills:
Each committee carefully considered each bill in their care with extensive discussion and debate:
It is clear that no detail of these bills will be left undiscussed and un-debated by these meticulous lawmakers.
Elected this afternoon were four leadership positions in the Boys’ State Unicameral:
Speaker: Nick Schreiner
Clerk: Cody Fischer
Sergeant-at-Arms: Alex Wessels
Chaplain: Isaiah Bockelman
There is little doubt that their leadership will guide the Unicameral through a productive week.
Tonight, members of the Nationalist Party met on the second floor lounge of Schramm Hall. Guided by the expertise of Redcoat Marcus Donner and the insights of Governor Bryce Cain, the delegates set about establishing their key beliefs and stances. Their first order of business, however, was to elect a Chairman and Secretary to lead their meeting. Chosen for the esteemed position of Chairman was Adam Stolzer of Bataan.
Filling the equally prestigious position of Secretary was Nicholas Pease of Bunker Hill.
Their officers having taken command, the delegates began tossing about general ideas on what they wished to stand for and accomplish as a party this week. Among the ideas they discussed were education, healthcare, gun rights, alternative energy, cleaner environment, agricultural subsidies and tax breaks, balancing the budget, legalization of gambling, bringing-in and keeping jobs in Nebraska, supporting the armed forces, international trade, web technologies, life issues, and public safety. Fierce debate ensued between the delegates as each member vied to state his case for the best platform.
In the end, the leadership of Stolzer and Pease, coupled with the guidance of Counselor Donner and Governor Cain, helped the party to overcome many of its members’ differences and construct a solid groundwork. Tomorrow afternoon, the parties will meet in full force to lay the planks atop the foundation laid tonight.
This afternoon, delegates interested in Advocacy Groups and Political Action Committees (PACs) met and began organizing themselves. Using one of six suggested PACs as a starting point, the boys first established their group’s views and positions before moving into the nuts and bolts of leadership responsibilities, membership and recruitment, and campaign finance. From these humble beginnings, powerful organizations, capable of making or breaking some of this week’s major elections, promise to emerge. Photo collage below.
Taking the race off the athletic field and onto the campaign trail, this year’s delegates swiftly started their fight for the offices of mayor, councilmen, and legislators, among others. The candidates can only hope that their strength and confidence will be enough to overcome the hurdles created by their peers’ tough questioning.