2017 Mabank Fall UIL Tournament
Dates: 10/21/2017

Awards will be given for 1-6 plus Top Presiding Officer

Items 1-5 will be for the morning session. Items 6-10 are for afternoon session. Docket is not set.



Item 1. A Resolution for the United States to Withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Iran Nuclear Agreement)

 

WHEREAS, The United States negotiated a treaty with Iran to decrease that nation’s nuclear capabilities; and

WHEREAS, The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (to be referred to as the Iran Nuclear Agreement) merely slows the growth of Iran’s nuclear capabilities; and

WHEREAS, Iran and North Korea share a common goal of possessing and threatening to use nuclear weapons against the United States and our allies; and

WHEREAS, The United States Senate did not ratify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Congress here assembled will withdraw the United States from all of the provisions of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action immediately upon passage of this resolution.

 







Item 2. A Resolution to Mediate the Nagorno-Karabakh Dispute to Prevent Further Conflict

 

WHEREAS, Armenia and Azerbaijan are currently on the brink of fighting over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, which has a large Armenian majority yet is under Azerbaijani control; and

WHEREAS, This conflict could potentially lead to the deaths and displacements of millions of citizens living within the region; and

WHEREAS, A conflict in the region will disrupt regional stability, create a new refugee crisis, and give Russia an opportunity to expand its influence in the Caucasus; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Congress here assembled recommend that the State Department mediate the growing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan; and

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the United States provide monetary and humanitarian aid to the two governments to increase the stability of the region.







 

Item 3. A Resolution to Increase Deployment of a Missile Defense System in the Yellow Sea

 

 

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WHEREAS, North Korea is developing nuclear weapons; and

WHEREAS, North Korea has aggressively pursued the capability to launch a nuclear strike on other nations and has threatened said nations multiple times; and

WHEREAS, This has led to regional tensions and uncertainty and increased the risk of nuclear war; and

WHEREAS, US allies are threatened by this state of affairs, and the US has an obligation to protect them; and

WHEREAS, The US has the capability to protect the region with a Missile Defense System placed in the Yellow Sea; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Congress here assembled make the following recommendation that the US military ought to increase the deployment of missile defense system in the Yellow Sea.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Item 4. A Resolution to Establish a Safe Zone in Syria

 

WHEREAS, Conflict between varying parties in the Syrian Civil War has caused the loss of lives and a refugee crisis; and

WHEREAS, Operations by Bashar al-Assad, Kurdish forces, Syrian rebel forces, and ISIS have made Syria a war zone in which no one is safe, and action must be taken to protect the people of Syria; and

WHEREAS, Current policy by the United States government needs to take a clear stance against human rights abuses and the use of weapons of mass destruction; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the President of the United States be urged by this Congress to establish a safe zone and no-fly zone in northern Syria; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the US Department of State, in conjunction with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), distribute $400 million of humanitarian aid per year for 5 years for medical aid, water sanitation capabilities, shelter, and other necessities to the established safe zone; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the United States deploy 10,000 soldiers, request an additional 10,000 soldiers from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO), and deploy intelligence and electronic warfare support to enforce the safe zone and no-fly zone.

 


 

 

 


 

 

Item 5. A Bill to Fund Private Space Corporations for Asteroid Mining to Extract Resources from Interplanetary Asteroids for Deep Space Operations

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:

SECTION 1. NASA will provide contracts to private space corporations for the specific purpose of asteroid mining.

SECTION 2. Asteroid Mining is the exploitation of raw materials from asteroids and other minor planets, including near-Earth objects. Foreign Bodies are unearthly bodies in outer space. Deep Space Operations refer to exploration and mining operations conducted in outer space. Interplanetary Asteroids are small rocky bodies that orbit our Sun.

SECTION 3. NASA will oversee the enforcement of this bill by controlling funding for promising private corporations under their discretion.

SECTION 4. Implementation will be effective in June of 2018.

SECTION 5. All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.

 

 


 

 

 

Item 6. The Immigration Security Reform Act of 2017

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:

SECTION 1. A. The United States shall provide an additional $250 million annually to the Department of Homeland Security to expand and enhance both physical and virtual border security infrastructure.

B. The Department of State shall be given $100 million to provide a visa screening program to background check all visa applicants for international criminal behavior.

C. The Executive Office for Immigration Review shall receive an additional $50 million annually to prevent court backlog.

SECTION 2. A. “Physical border security” shall be defined as more secure fencing and physical barriers to the border to prevent illegal crossings.

B. “Virtual Border Security” shall be defined as cameras, drones, sensors, and other surveillance technologies to better detect and respond to illegal crossings.

C. “International criminal behavior” shall be defined as involvement in foreign drug cartels, terrorist organizations, or similar illegal organizations.

SECTION 3. The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice shall oversee the enforcement of this legislation.

Any local government in noncompliance with federal immigration standards under this legislation or previous statutes shall no longer be eligible to receive federal block grants.

SECTION 4. This bill will take effect at the beginning of Fiscal Year 2019.

SECTION 5. All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.

 

 


 

 

 

Item 7. A Resolution to Increase Charter School  

Accountability

WHEREAS, The charter school concept was created to utilize innovative practices in order to maximize student achievement and to provide an alternative to failing public schools for underserved populations; and

WHEREAS, A lack of consistent regulation has allowed the development of a charter school private industry that puts profit above student achievement; and

WHEREAS, Charter schools often divert public education funds to schools run by private industry with little transparency or accountability; and

WHEREAS, Fraud in the charter school industry has been widespread across the country; and

WHEREAS, Many of these publicly funded schools have failed to improve academic performance; and

WHEREAS, Many of these schools fail to address the needs of special needs populations and/or refuse admission for these students; and

WHEREAS, Changes in federal education policy are expected to substantially expand the use of charter schools across the nation; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, By the Congress here assembled that federal guidelines should be established for the regulation of charter schools which include standards for academic performance, equal opportunity, non-discrimination, student safety, financial transparency, and financial solvency.

 


 

 

Item 8. Foreign Assistance Reform Act of 2017

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:

SECTION 1. Congress finds that foreign assistance to nations engaged in systematic corruption is antithetical to the goals outlined in the Foreign Assistance Act Section 101.3(A) and therefore directs the Secretary of State (hereinafter Secretary) to reform foreign assistance as outlined in Sections 2 and 3 of this act.  

SECTION 2. By January 1st of each year, the Secretary shall submit a report to the President certifying which nations demonstrably engage in systematic corruption. In compiling this report the Secretary shall take into account multiple factors, including Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, the World Bank’s Worldwide Governance Indicators, and Global Integrity’s Global Integrity Index, and other measures deemed necessary by the Secretary.

SECTION 3. Nations identified by the Secretary under Section 2 of this Act are ineligible to receive foreign assistance from the United States. The President shall direct the heads of each cabinet level agency to end all foreign assistance to nations identified by the Secretary under Section 2 of this Act. Exceptions shall only be given to:

Nations Identified by the Secretary as exiting conflict.

Nations identified by the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance as eligible for foreign aid to assist with disaster relief.

SECTION 4. This bill will go into effect January 1, 2019.

SECTION 5. All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.

 

 


 

 

 

Item 9. A Bill to Limit the Speed of High

Frequency Trades

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:

SECTION 1. All High-Frequency Traders shall be prohibited from connecting to U.S. Stock Exchange servers in order to prevent the spoofing of supply and demand.

SECTION 2. A. High-frequency Trading (HFT) is a program trading platform that uses powerful computers to transact a large number of orders at speeds faster than a second. It uses complex algorithms to analyze multiple markets and execute orders based on stock market conditions.

B. Spoofing under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act is defined as "the illegal practice of bidding or offering with intent to cancel before execution."

SECTION 3. Securities and Exchange Commission will oversee the enforcement of this legislation by fining all companies that fail to comply with these standards by claiming 5% of profits earned for the next 5 years.

If a company then fails to pay their fees, the fees will then be increased by a further 5%.

On a company’s third offense that company’s broker license will be revoked.

SECTION 4. Legislation will be implemented and enforced by October 1st 2019.

SECTION 5. All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.

 


 

Item 10. A Resolution to Increase Nuclear Energy Cooperation with the Peoples Republic of China

 

WHEREAS, The Peoples Republic of China lacks central and constructive nuclear safety regulations; and

WHEREAS, The Peoples Republic of China is facing increased terrorist threats from Uighur separatists; and

WHEREAS, The Peoples Republic of China lacks the proper safety needs to protect against well-armed, well-funded, and well-organized terrorist groups; and

WHEREAS, The Peoples Republic of China plans to increase its reliance on nuclear energy; and

WHEREAS, The Peoples Republic of China plans to float nuclear energy reactors into the South China Sea; and

WHEREAS, Meltdowns of nuclear reactors in the South China Sea could cause collapse of fisheries and kills at least 100 million people; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, By the Congress here assembled that it should commit to increasing its cooperation on nuclear energy facilities with The Peoples Republic of China including but not limited to increasing its investments on research into nuclear technology, providing a regulatory framework to manage nuclear energy facilities, and sending nuclear energy experts to the Peoples Republic of China.

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