HOW TO WRITE A BILL

The first step in writing any good bill is to do a research on the agenda items as well as reading the Study Guides.  Once you've done the necessary research and debated about the issue in the committee, the next step is actually getting your bill ready for discussion in the Congress. A MCI'19 Bill should have three parts...

PREAMBLE

This section should provide your rationale for enacting the bill. Why is your Bill something that should be addressed by the government? This section's clauses should always begin with a "Whereas..."

BODY

This section should be separated into sections and subsections. Each proposed idea for the implementation of the bill should be a section. Subsections should be used to provide further detail and clarification (definitions, etc.) for their appropriate bill sections.

ENACTMENT CLAUSE

This is the final section of the bill (and can be labeled as a section as normal). EACH BILL MUST HAVE AN ENACTMENT CLAUSE! The enactment clause tells your fellow congressmen when your bill will take effect if passed. It may specify a future date (i.e., January 30, 2019) or a certain number of days following the passage of the bill (i.e., 60 days after passage). Enactment dates within 30 days of passage are used for EMERGENCY legislation only. Enactment dates more than 90 days after passage are used for most legislation and is the enactment period for normal bills. It is worth noting that bills with an enactment clause of 91 days after passage or more require a simple majority to pass, whereas emergency legislation requires a 2/3 majority. So unless you have a compelling reason for a shorter timetable, it's generally in your best interest to make the enactment date 91 days after passage.

SAMPLE BILLS AND TEMPLATE

Having consistent standards for bill submissions is of the utmost importance to MCI'19. If you are not already familiar with the process, please take a moment to look over the sample bill below, and download the bill template as a starting point for your own bill.

THINGS YOU CAN WRITE A BILL ABOUT

Lucky for you, you don't have any restrictions limiting you from writing about anything at all basically. You can write about NASA's luxury space hotel, Trump's Wall, Abortion Rights, Intelligence in Middle East, Building an Underwater City in Miami (basically anything you can think about) etc. 

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