Session Bills

Please look at previous year’s legislative bills to help generate ideas and get an understanding of formatting. Each bill should be one page in length and roughly 200-550 words. 2018 bills will be roughly formatted in the style of previous years. You are welcome to cut and paste the framework of a previous bill as long as you present an original concept or idea-with original definitions, penalties and effective dates. All bills must be submitted online through the registration portal.

Keep in mind there are 5 major components to a legislative bill:

1.Topic - The main sentence to help the reader understand your intent

2. Definitions to help ensure subjective terms are understood

3. Action - the actual addition/deletion/change to current law affecting a program, policy, criminal act, etc.

4. Penalty or consequence for failing to do/not do required law

5. Effective Date - at what point the law will change to affect everyone equally

Example Bills

2014 Boys' State House Bills 2014 Boys' State Senate Files
2015 Boys' State House Bills 2015 Boys' State Senate Files

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