The second session of the Legislature involved many heated debates in order to priorities the most pressing issues by each committee. Committee Chairmen were elected to head each of the five committees and the Committee Secretary was in charge of reading aloud each bill on the table and amending any necessary changes to the bill if the committee chose to do so. Each committee had the responsibility of prioritizing their top three bills to move on to General File, where debate will take place regarding all of the priority bills.
Senator Nick Koehler is deep in discussion with his Committee regarding a bill to enhance the state education platform.
The second session ended by moving in to General File and debating our first two bills. Our Legislative session has the privilege of having 2016 Boys Nation Vice President, Choteau Kammel, to assist in showing our current Boys Staters the proper way each bill will be debated. There were some very heated debates and opinions expressed in our first two, but ultimately both of those bills were turned down, and for the time being, tabled indefinitely.
Senator Peter Owens debates the Internet Sales Tax bill in which he authored.
Our Senators are very excited to spend an entire afternoon debating the rest of the priority bills in General File at this time!
Senators in the Cornhusker Boys’ State Unicameral are working hard to craft and debate legislation .
Lt. Governor Mike Foley was the keynote speaker at the Wednesday joint session of Boys’ and Girls State. Lt. Governor Foley addressed the students and answered their questions. Prior to the keynote address, the band and chorus performed for the 800 students in attendance. University of Nebraska coaches Amy Williams, Bob Diaco, and John Cook shared words of encouragement.
After a morning session including an explanation of the opportunities in a legal career, the judicial candidates finally got down to brass tacks, or in this case, white powder. The group was divided into four sections, and each was given a primary briefing of the case on which they would participate. The basic facts of the crime presented were that three criminals conspired in an attempt to sell a kilogram of cocaine. After being arrested, they faced time in prison ranging from six to thirty years depending on their previous crimes, misdemeanors, and felonies. The mock defense attorneys’ job was to negotiate a plea deal that would result in the least amount of jail time as possible. The prosecuting attorneys’ job, however, was the exact opposite; their goal was to get the most amount of jail time for the criminals as possible. After a description of the goals, one mock attorney from each of the four groups joined into a trail group to negotiate sentences. The final sentences ranged from no time served to thirty years in prison, a true representation of the actual ranges of real-life crimes.
By: Ezekeial Aleo
Tuesday morning was the beginning of the Nationalist Party convention. Topics ranging from GMOs to education reform were discussed. The most heated topics were GMOs and the Second Amendment. In the end, out of the five topics discussed, three remained the same, one was amended, and the other was completely removed.
After the platform was discussed, possible party candidates gave their speeches on the execution of the platform. The position of Lt. Governor was sought after by six candidates who all gave amazing speeches, but, in the end, Kevin Downs won. For the position of Secretary of State there were eight potential candidates, but only Jose Vazquez won. The race for Attorney General consisted of seven Candidates–all who showed great promise. Issac Buitron ultimately rose to the top to take the position. There were three potential Auditors with Nathan Weidner taking the position. Out of eight candidates the position of Treasurer went to Kaleb Kindler. While Public Service Commissioner may have been the last position, it was by no means unimportant with six candidates running, and Jarred Baumert, Issac Stallbaumer, Jacob French, Paxton Myers, and Garett Savick all winning.