2019 WBFL Congress State Qualifier
Dates: 3/23/2019

RESOLUTION A
A Resolution to Recognize Catalonian Independence

1 WHEREAS,     Spain has forcefully repressed Catalonia during a referendum for independence; and

2 WHEREAS,     The area of Catalonia has proven to be one of Spain’s richest and most industrialized

3                           regions. Additionally, the people of Catalonia have their own distinct language, history,

4                           culture and flag as well as their own parliament and police force; and

5 WHEREAS,      The United States should support democratic institutions of government and therefore

6                           support the rights of Catalonia; now, therefore, be it

7 RESOLVED     That the Student Congress here assembled recommend that the United States recognize

8                           Catalonia as an independent nation; and, be it further

9 RESOLVED    That sanctions will be placed on Spain until human rights violations against Catalonians

                             are stopped.

 

BILL B
A Bill to Fund Planned Parenthood

BE IT ENACTED BY THE CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:

  1. 1  SECTION 1.    The United States Federal Government will fully fund Planned Parenthood.

  2. 2  SECTION 2.    Planned Parenthood is an organization that provides high quality, affordable health

  3. 3                           care for women, men, and young people and is the nation’s largest provider of sex

  4. 4                           education. Their services include, but are not limited to birth control, pregnancy

  5. 5                           tests, cancer screenings, STD testing and teaching, and other vital women's and

  6. 6                           men’s health services. 

  1. 7  SECTION 3.    This bill will be overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services.

  2. 8  SECTION 4.    This bill will be enacted on or before January 1, 2019.

  3. 9  SECTION 5.    All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.



RESOLUTION C
A Resolution to Hold Churches Accountable for Nonprofit Status

1 WHEREAS,      The United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) classifies churches as 501(c)(3)

2                            nonprofit charitable organizations, which are exempt from federal income tax and are

3                            able to accept tax-deductible donations; and

4 WHEREAS,       Although under the Johnson Amendment, churches and other nonprofits are “absolutely

5                            prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political

6                            campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office,

7                            both clergy and churches often directly speak out on both candidates and policies; and

8 WHEREAS,      The constitutional mandate of separation of church and state does not include a mandate

9                            that churches be exempt from income taxes or property taxes; now, therefore be it

10 RESOLVED    By the Student Congress here assembled that churches be required to notify the IRS of

11                          their attempt to claim nonprofit status, pay the filing fees and submit the annual 990

12                          form, and report income and expenses like all other 501(c)(3) groups.

 

BILL D
A Bill to Ban the Use of Privately Owned Drones

BE IT ENACTED BY THE CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:

  1. 1  SECTION 1.     The use of privately owned drones shall be banned within the United States.

  2. 2  SECTION 2.     Privately owned drones shall be defined as any drone owned by a

  3. 3                            nongovernmental actor.

    4 SECTION 3.     Enforcement shall be carried out through the Federal Aviation Administration and
  4.  
  5. 5                           the Department of Justice.
  1. 6  SECTION 4.     Implementation shall begin on January 1, 2020.

  2. 7  SECTION 5.     All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.


BILL E

A Bill to End the Use of Polygraph Testing

BE IT ENACTED BY THE CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:

1 SECTION 1.      The United States criminal justice system and its intelligence agencies will cease the

2                            use of polygraph tests for all potential job applicants and for other law enforcement

3                            purposes. 

4 SECTION 2.      A polygraph is defined as a machine that monitors the body’s physiological 

5                            functions during testing such as pulse, blood pressure, and breathing.

6 SECTION 3.     The Department of Justice (DOJ) will oversee the removal of polygraph testing by

7                            governmental agencies and other agencies within the criminal justice system.

8  SECTION 4.     This legislation will take effect immediately upon passage.

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

 

RESOLUTION F
A Resolution to Support Safe Injection Sites

1 WHEREAS,     The current opioid epidemic is a public health and safety risk that particularly affects 

2                           public areas, including schools, playgrounds and shopping centers; and

3 WHEREAS,      Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, with over

4                           50,000 lethal drug overdoses in 2015; and 

5 WHEREAS,      Opioid addiction is a primary, chronic and relapsing brain disease characterized by an 

6                            individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other

7                            behaviors; and

8 WHEREAS,       In 2015, over 250,000 adolescents were current nonmedical users of pain relievers, with

9                            over 100,000 having an addiction to prescription pain relievers; and

10 WHEREAS,    Supervised consumption sites provide a place where people can use drugs with trained 

11                          staff ready to intervene in case something goes wrong; and

12 WHEREAS,    Access to care for mental health and substance abuse are currently limited in capacity 

13                          and are crucial to recovery; now, therefore, be it

14 RESOLVED    By the Student Congress here assembled that, by the year 2019, every state be required 

15                         to plan and create safe injection sites to combat the heroin epidemic in the U.S. 

 


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