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SATURDAY EDITION 26 FEB 2011

Prostitution bill passed in House and Senate BY MICHAELA MYERS & SYDNEY MITCHELL

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Williams Senator Apurv Suman had his bill, number 3112, passed in the Williams House yesterday afternoon. Suman’s bill addresses the legalization of prostitution. One delegate who spoke in favor of the bill brought up an issue with illegal prostitution: if a person is violated or abused by a client, he or she cannot go to the police because of the fear of being prosecuted for prostitution. The delegate pointed out that if prostitution was legal, these victims of abuse could go to the police to receive help. B y m a k i n g prostitution a business, Senator Suman argues

that his bill could improve the economy. He proposes a 25% income tax on prostitution: 20% would go to the county and 5% to the State Department of Health. Senator Suman supported his argument with information from Clark County, Nevada, where prostitution is legal. Senator Suman has proposed certain regulations. Every brothel must have a state issued license, both clients and prostitutes must be at least 21 years of age to give or receive services, and every prostitute must be evaluated on a weekly basis for STDs by a licensed physician. Not only do the prostitutes have to be tested, but the clients

Apurv Suman in the Williams Senate. Photo courtesy of Eric Pait.

that request their services must also be tested a week prior to their appointment. A delegate asked about where the money would be coming from for these tests, but time was called before the author could answer. With a simple majority (50% of the votes, plus one), counties can decide

whether or not to approve licensed brothels to operate in specified areas for a period of eight years. At any time during this eight year period a county may revoke its choice with a simple majority. Counties must renew their appeal for brothels every eight years.

What makes a bill the best? Meet the Best Bill Committee BY KALEY WITECK

Staff At the closing of each State Assembly, different honors are given out in each program area. The legislative branch includes first and second place for “Best Bill” in each chamber. So who are these decision-makers and

what are they exactly looking for in a bill? There are three members of the “Best Bill Committee,” all who are advisors of the Suncoast delegation. Scott Applebaum, Scott Kaplan, and Mike Klapka work diligently to read through every bill in Sullivan and Williams to come up with those that fit the

title of “Best Bill”. The Bowen chamber’s awards are decided by their graduate advisors. “We volunteered about six years ago and have been doing it ever since,” Applebaum said. The committee looks for four main criteria to help determine their decisions: originality, quality (including the concept of the bill),

technicality, and effort (how much research was put into it). So, if you’re looking for some helpful hints on how to win this title for your bill, or to be considered, take those mai n p oi n t s i n to thought before writing your bill for the 2012 State Assembly.


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Introduction to the Page Program BY HALEY OBERHOFER

Staff You may recognize them by their tennis shoes and handfuls of notes, but the pages are more than just that. They are the lifeline of State Assembly. Connecting the program areas, the pages keep del egates informed during session. “Pages help relay messages between lobbyists, b i l l sponsors, JORDAN WHITE and all program areas. These messages help prepare [the bill sponsor] for their presentation,” said Jordan White, an eighth grade page. White is from the West Central Florida Delegation. “The program would not run without the help of the pages,” s a i d Joshua JOSHUA HARRISON Harrison, an eighth grade page. Harrison is from the Central Florida Delegation. The pages spend

their time running around the Capitol. Last year, Connor Black from Pullum YMCA recorded his strides. Black walked 8088 steps in a mere six hours. Both Harrison and White agree that their experiences in the program this year will prepare them for State Assemblies to come. In four years, Harrison would like to see himself becoming one of the most known debaters in YIG, like his brother. White would like to become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. One of the most memorable experiences for White so far has been going into chambers and meeting o n e o f t h e Representatives. But, both agreed that they loved reading silly page notes. Harrison’s favorite page note has been “I think you’re cute:)” and the infamous phrase “can I have your number?” If you enjoy these funny page notes, check out the Page Note Hall of Fame thepagenote. blogspot.com.

Special guest meets with Press BY HALLIE HAHN

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Dara Kam, a correspondent for the Palm Beach Post, visited the Press Corps to share knowledge and tips. A l o n g w i t h numerous front page articles, Kam is now using many internet sources to report news. Twitter, a daily part of Kam’s life, has allowed her to keep readers informed 24/7. “Some sort of terrible wonderful,” said Kam regarding the widespread use of blogging to report information. “I love online because I can go on and on and on and make it as long as I want,” said Kam. K am menti on ed downsides to blogging including the risk of a computer crash and the difficulty in determining the legitimacy of any given blog. “The proliferation of blogs has undermined my credibility as a news reporter,” said Kam. Kam, a highly respected reporter, did not acquire this position overnight. She began

as a researcher for the New York Times and moved on to write daily stories for newspapers in Ocala and Lakeland. She then went on to work for the Associated Press in Tallahassee two months before the 2000 election. Her work during the infamous recount required Kam to work eight 80-hour weeks. The strenuous work paid off, and this became her “big break” said Kam. Kam currently works in Tallahassee as a reporter for the Palm Beach Post, and she has for the past eight years. At the Palm Beach Post, Kam reports on variety of topics including civil rights and prescription drug abuse. “Find someone with a voice and let them tell their story,” is Kam’s best advice when writing about what you don’t know. A few more tips that Kam mentioned were to find an expert and do research, but the most important tip of all is to make the story personal to the reader.

Supreme Court Highlight on Jinkins v. State of Florida BY MUMTU LALLA

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Firm K of Palm Harbor University High School and Firm E of Oak Hall High School both argued in the case of Jinkins v. State of Florida.

Jinkins v. State of Florida is a criminal case about a patient, Jay Zeen, telling a psychologisat, Dr. Amy Jinkins, about his plan to rob a bank to avenge them for not giving him

a loan. Mr. Zeen believed that the loan could have Christian Carvajal, Nick Gobes, Jonathan Im, Juno Lee. possibly saved Photo couresy of Mumtu Lalla. his nine-year old The rest of this story can son who died due to an be found @ thepagenote. untreated illness.

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