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
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
Ranked by Committee Delegates
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.