By Joshua P. Huber, 8th Grade. The Middle School is taking part in a legislative exercise called Randolph Hill, whereby students can propose bills to write Middle School laws. Joshua is a journalist covering the action on Randolph Hill.
The most recent passed bill by the House of Representatives on Randolph Hill is the “Collaboration of Talents Act” brought to the House floor by the core group of Representative Estopinal, and Senator Laue. This bill, after being beaten down by opposition, was at first deemed completely unreasonable due to the changes that it made to the way our talent show system works. In effect, this bill will take the restrictions placed upon us that limit our partners in the talent show to the people in our house, but then again forces us to choose a partner to do our acts with.
When this bill was originally introduced in late December it was honest misunderstanding that caused it to fail. There was one key difference between the first and the second launch that I believed caused it to succeed in the end. I believe that it was the simple message that your partner’s involvement in the talent show can happen many different ways. Most people think that this is fantastic; however, I believe that this could cause some obvious confusion between the number of house points rewarded to contestants for participating in the talent show.
For instance, I am in Ote Watu and my partner is in Diskobre. We do our act and complete it, but, when it is time for my partner and I to collect house points, how many do I, who did all of the work, receive, and how many do my partner, who only flipped the pages, receive? This is an obvious issue that was not brought before the House at the time and will be a necessary amendment to the bill in the next weeks nearing the talent show.
This also sheds light on the apparent difficulties of understanding and learning the meaning of bills before voting on them.
It is exceedingly apparent that there are still issues with this bill even after its passing and yet none of them were brought before the house, meaning that there must be a change in the manner by which we explain our bills, delving deeper into the fine print that defines them and realizing the obvious flaws in them before passing them. This duty lies not only on the shoulders of the creators of the bill, but also on the members of the House of Representatives who should feel obligated to familiarize themselves with the current bills that are being created before voting on them.
What do you think?