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Debate Kicks Off Strong in Legislative Chambers BY KAYLIE HOROWITZ Staff Finally, the debates have begun and the delegates have hit the ground running. As the Sullivan House and Williams Senate present and debate the bills on their dockets, the Cabinet has already looked at the list of bills from both legislative groups to determine which ones they would like to debate by the end of State Assembly. No matter the placement of a bill on the docket, it still has a chance of impacting Youth In Government and the state of Florida tremendously. One of the bills that was discussed in Sullivan House this m o r n i n g wa s Re p r e s e n t a t i ve Gardner’s bill on unregulated tapping of the Florida Aquifer by large companies. Companies like

Paging the Pages BY ALI RENCKENS Staff Amid a crowd of delegates, some reclining lazily and some sitting alertly, are kids weaving in between the desks. They are a little shorter than the normal delegate and though professionally dressed, they are wearing white sneakers, which are more comfortable for their job. These are pages. They pass notes between the House, Senate, and lobbyists, which requires much walking. One page recorded taking 6,000-7,000 steps. These delegates are essential to debate. Legislators use them to rally other delegates or pass along research. Without

Nestle, Coke, or Pepsi would have to pay a tax of one penny per gallon of water they pump out from the ground in Florida. Revenue will go to the state of Florida to use however they choose. Arguing against the b i l l , Re p r e s e n t a t i v e Legel said, “It makes sure companies are monitored…so they Delegate Gardner presents her bill in the House don’t suck out gallons of chamber. Photo courtesy of Rich Schellhase. water.” Representative economy,” Representative Huang Reynolds reputed, “All this bill will said. do is take away jobs…water The Cabinet has high companies will go to other states.” e x p e c t a t i o n s f o r t h i s y e a r ’s “This bill preserves the wildlife legislation. Delegates must keep and ecosystem and is good for the debate heated and no abstentions!

the pages, the lobbyists couldn't connect with clients. "Without pages, nobody in chambers could communicate," said Clark Devore, Page coordinator. "There are times when I think we couldn't get on without pages," said Chelsea Jordan, also a Page coordinator. "Everything would come to a screeching halt." Tyler Belyeu, Central Florida Delegation likes that paging "gives [him] a chance to learn what going on...and wear sneakers." He dislikes notes that don't pertain to debate, but the funniest note he received was one that (paraphrasing) read, "You're hot". He wants to be in Legislative, and someday be a Presiding Officer.

Yo u t h G o v e r n o r G l o r y McClure, in her opening speech mentioned the pages. "[they] won't know they're appreciated until you tell [them]." Jordan was a page when she was in middleschool. "It gave me a better appreciation for the's a great way to be involved."

inthisissue Moving Up from JYIG to Sr. YIG 2 Secrets of the Supreme Court 2 Problems of the Press 3 Samantha Lane: Ten Years of Dedication 4

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Moving Up from Jr. YIG to Sr. YIG

BY KRISTA REINHARDT Staff Have you ever wanted your voice heard on a subject but do not like public speaking? Then your characteristics are similar to mine. I love writing, and public speaking is not my strong suit. That is one of the reasons why I decided to write articles for the Press Corps., both at Junior Assembly and at State Assembly. I am so thankful that I chose to write articles at Junior Assembly last year. Even though I was in the midst of preparing for my bill, I eagerly found time

to write a quality article for The Daily Aardvark. Seeing them printed in The Daily Aardvark was amazing; it felt as though I had impacted everyone who was given a copy without saying one word. I also had the honor of receiving the “Outstanding Member of the Press Corps.” award. This encouraged me even more in the area of writing, and helped me to decide to be a part of the Press Corps. program at State Assembly. G o i n g i n t o t h e P re s s program this year I was definitely nervous. Not only was it my first time at the Capitol, but it was also my first time in the Press program. I knew it would be much different than my experience at Junior Assembly because I could completely focus on my article-writing and not have to worry about a bill. This was a new and exciting thought to me. After I met all the people

in press, I knew I would be wellsupported and encouraged. As a first year delegate having no Senior High Press Corps. experience, this was very beneficial to me. I would highly encourage anyone considering Press Corps to join or contribute an article through open submissions. Press at Junior Assembly and Press at State Assembly are extremely different, yet alike in some ways. It is a neat experience to be able to compare the two. In Junior Assembly, the articles I wrote were an option, as an addition to debating bills. I n S t a t e A s s e m b l y, I a m completely devoted to writing because I do not have a bill. I really enjoyed and am enjoying both Junior Assembly and State Assembly Press Corps. and would highly suggest both.

Secrets of the Supreme Court BY WILL THAMES Staff Judicial delegates never receive the proper credit they deserve, because delegates in other program areas do not know what they do. Judicial delegates have two types of delegates: Attorneys and Supreme Court Justices. Supreme Court Justices are the Supporting Officer delegates, who must apply for their position. Justices run cases, and are very similar to the chair in the legislative program. They run the clock and allow deferring motions, and ask case-destroying legal questions. The Judicial p r o g ra m h a s t w o P r e s i d i n g Officers: Chief Justice and Senior Justice. This year’s Chief Justice is Alex Whiteside, and Senior Justice

is Sarah Iacomini. Alex Whiteside, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court said, “The hardest part of being Chief Justice is organizing everyone and getting them in the k n o w . ” Attorneys are delegates speaking in favor of their client. These delegates have roughly ten minutes to present their case. Attorneys research their cases heavily prior to State Assembly, with the help of Florida Statues and case l a w . “The hardest part of [my] job is interrupting attorneys, for fear of messing up their entire case,” said Senior Justice Iacomini. From the Supreme Court to Attorneys, each facet of the

judicial branch is unique in its own way. This branch is not widely known about from delegates of other program areas, as most delegates never take part in this unique program.

Above: Judicial delegates congratulate each other after a job well done.

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Problems of the Press BY CAT SMITH Editorial Board When children learn about the government in school, they are taught about the three branches and the system of checks and balances, which centers around the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. However, they do not learn about another check of power: the press. Within the government, the Press Corps. serves as a “watch dog”, surveying actions of politicians, as well as serving as a means of communication between the people and their government, but the extent of the rights that the press is given has been disputed since the moment the Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791. As a veteran member of the Press Corps, I have seen firsthand the importance of having freedom of press. Journalists have a duty and a right to be liaisons between the government and the governed. Freedom of the press is essential to a fair and just governmental! As fantastic as

Google may be, it cannot always tell us whether what Senator A said about Policy B is true, or even plausible. Sites like PolitiFact have revolutionized this “watch dog” system and are able to provide instant feedback on the truthfulness during debates and candidate’s statements. Before that, viewers had little choice but to believe all that was said. Suppressing the press is the first step on the path to suppressing the people. Journalists write to express the world and themselves to their readers. If the Press were to be censored, the public would receive little information about government candidates, proposed bills and policies, or local and world events. A censoring of journalist would cause the average Joe to be hopeless of acquiring any facts. Newspapers, blogs, news shows; all exist to inform regular people about the wide world they live in. Without the freedom to report and inform about everything, not just what governments want released, we may as well not report at all.

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Samantha Lane: Ten Years of Dedication BY AUDREY GUERRA


Editorial Board Every year we gather to experience the joys of debating, arguing, writing, and lobbying in a magical conference we call State Assembly; however, who adds the magic to this grand event? Is it Santa Claus? The Easter Bunny? The Tooth Fairy? No, it is someone much better than these fictional characters. Our lovely and fairytale-like leader ’s name is Samantha Lane, and this State Assembly marks her 10th year as Executive Director of Youth In Government. Samantha Lane is a vital aspect to the Florida Youth in Government program. Her capabilities allow her to create s o l u t i o n s s p o n t a n e o u s l y, b e flexible, and overall extremely resourceful. These skills are all great, but what makes Sam unique to the program is her extreme dedication and desire to do whatever it takes in order to accomplish anything for YIG. Rich Schellhase stated that “Samantha Lane is so passionate about her job. She loves everything about the program and everything the p r o g r a m r e p r e s e n t s .” T h i s e n t h u s i a s m f o r Yo u t h i n Government has influenced YIG delegates and participating adults alike. The people of YIG take the zeal Sam has for the club and translate it to their own YIG experiences by becoming Presiding Officers, Graduate Advisors, or program coordinators.

Contrary to popular belief, Sam h a s n ’ t o n l y b e e n E xe c u t i v e Director of YIG for 10 years; she has also participated in several other facets of the program making for a grand total of 19 years in YIG. “The program is a sense of pride.” Samantha stated “It’s a sense of family. It means something very different to me than it means to anyone else. I can’t imagine my life without it.” Samantha expresses what the club means to her with all the hard work she does. Not many delegates realize the true commitment one has to take in order to lead such a large program. As I observed Sam partake in a little part of her YIG day, I watched her be constantly interrupted by various GAs, visitors to State Assembly, Program Coordinators, and chaperones while she simultaneously received papers and memos from her assistants. If I were Sam, I’d probably lose my mind dealing with such a massive workload, but Sam calmly and gladly dealt with all the issues given to her; to my surprise, she even smiled despite the fact that she was being bombarded with duties and tasks. Jamy Dirkins, a GA and an acquaintance of Sam’s, says “She has the ability to respond to all sorts of situations, because of that she has been able to hold a position that is a really difficult one which requires a whole lot of work.” The things Samantha Lane does for YIG on a daily basis are

Above: Delegate Lane attends the Conference on National Affairs. remarkable, and allow the program to thrive. A simple “thank you” could not possibly express the gratitude everyone in YIG has for Sam, so in order to show Sam your own appreciation you should do your best during State Assembly. Try your best in every aspect you participate in, and show Sam how much you love the program. As Jamy Dinkins plainly put “She is someone we really appreciate and who has really done a great job with the program”. Samantha Lane, thank you for all you have done for the program, we are truly glad that you have dedicated 10 years to this program as Executive Director and we hope to enjoy your company for years to come.

Editor-in-Chief Haley Oberhofer • Assistant Editor Alexia M’Bark Editorial Board Audrey Guerra, Cat Smith • Joanna Beazley • Madison Blake Kaylie Horowitz • Spencer Locke • Devin Patel • Ali Renckens • Krista Reinhardt • Will Thames Program Coordinator Erika Amaya

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