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Mock Legislature


January 16, 2020

Photo of Mock Legislature, caption: Sean Negus, Thomas Nelson, Darien Keith, Tate Johnson, and Anthony Sells discuss a bill in their committee.

By Abrahm Rohwer, Caden Hale, Jake Anderson

Students in government class recently took part in a 4-week legislature simulation activity. Government teacher Kiley Yates designed the mock legislature activity to teach the students how legislature works. "I wanted to give students a hands on experience of how the legislative process works." 

Government students wrote "mock" bills about topics they were passionate about. They then submitted the bill during class where it was discussed and voted on in a committee. If the bill is passed in the committee, it was then exchanged with the other section of government and was voted on in their class committee. Afterwards, any bills that passed through both sections went through a total class vote. Finally, the bill reached the "president," Mr. Yates, who made the final decision on whether or not the bill would become a law.

One of the bills submitted allowed 16 year olds to drive ATVs on the road. The students who submitted the bill claimed correct licenses, flags, and tests would prove if a 16 year old is road ready for an ATV. It was passed by both classes and approved by Mr. Yates. 

Students seemed to enjoy the mock legislature experience. Senior Jillian Heemstra said, "The mock legislature has helped me better understand how the government works. It makes me appreciate the effort put into our democratic process."

Yates explained, "Through the activity students gained a deeper understanding of how difficult it is for a bill to become a law and more insight on current issues."


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