Bill Ranking


The committees of the state conference, will rank the bills, therefore deciding the order of the docket. Due to the volume of Bills being introduced similar to our State Legislature only the top Bills may be heard at the conference.  All delegates will have an opportunity to present their Bill in committee where ranking becomes integral with the committee resolving which issues they want to advance as key issues.

Again, similar to actual government the committee along with lobbyists advocate for their Bills working as a state wide team as opposed to an individual delegate or state district.  From a National perspective 10,000 Bills are introduced in Washington each year but only 100 become signed law.  In addition student officers (with guidance from their State Advisor) will do their best to divide Bills by similar topic, district distribution, officer candidacy, committee chair sponsorship.

We do encourage the leadership teens to strive in affording all members of their chamber with the opportunity of presenting their bill.

After all committee bills have been presented, committee members will rank their bills with advisors tabulating out the score (to the fourth decimal rounding up the fifth) where committee chairs put their bills into sequential order top to bottom.  This ranking sheet and bills will be returned to the hotel state office by both the advisor(s) and committee chair.  Here the State Docket Advisor will apply a rubric modifier (approved by teens and advisors at the September Steering Meeting) to more fairly determine a bill’s rank on the chamber docket.  Continuing this year the top ranked Assembly bills will be presented on Friday evening in two separate chambers that will include a balanced distribution of Senate chamber delegates who will also debate and vote on the passage of these bills.  The Assembly Presiding Officers will preside at these two Legislative sessions.

 Other Bill Ranking information

  1. Bill Sponsors may not vote on their own bill.
  2. An envelope for each bill will be prepared in advance.
  3. Bills will be ranked based on the criteria listed on the ranking sheet. Committee members must give each criterion a score and then add all scores together for the total.  The total score number must be placed in the total box.
  4. Once all members have completed ranking the bill, the Committee Chairperson or designated clerk will collect all of the sheets and return them to their envelope. The completed ranking sheets on the particular bill will then be given to the adult advisor in the room for tabulation.
  5. The adult advisor will add all of the total scores from the ranking sheets in the envelope. An average will be taken to determine the bills average-final score. (tabulated out to 4 places rounding up the fifth place)
  6. Once the average-final rank is tabulated, that score will be place on the front of the envelope. The adult advisor will help the committee chair define the committee’s bill ranking.
  7. Committee ranking sheets and the applied modifier will be used to determine the Chamber docket.
  8. The committee chair committee advisor(s) will return all forms, bills and ranking sheet to the college advisors in the Hotel State Office room 115.
  9. Any bills that are moved to the Senate for Sunday morning presentation will be announced Saturday evening.

Each bill is to be ranked at the conclusion of the author’s presentation.  The bill presented will be ranked on the following criteria; see “Criteria for rubric system of ranking bills” in the Bill Book (after all TR Resolutions):

Ranked by Committee Chair

  1. Committee Chair bill folder ranking (0-3) will be completed prior to bill presentation.

Ranked by Committee Delegates

  1. How well the bill is written
  2. Author’s presentation/knowledge of topic
  3. Memorandum of support, have the authors given thoughtful consideration to the implications of their bill?
  4. Importance to the state/youth
  5. Feasibility
  6. Debatability (score 0-2)

Ranking is on scale from 1 to 5 (1=Poor; 3=Good/Average; 5=Excellent).  The scores for each criteria area must be added together to form the final rank for the bill.

Note debatability is ranked on a scale of 0-2.

  • This is a one-bill/one vote process. Each bill that is within a committee has one vote.  Sponsors on that bill will have an equal portion of that vote, e.g. 3 sponsors on a bill; each sponsor has 1/3 of a vote.  When placing their vote, the bill sponsors on a bill must come to consensus as to what their score will be.  Or they must take an average of all of their individual scores.  When ranking on the bill is complete, all sheets shall be returned to the Committee Chairperson.
  • Bill Sponsors will not rank their own bill.