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

BILL A

A BILL TO REBUILD PUERTO RICO’S POWER GRID

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THIS STUDENT CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:

 

1 Section 1.   The United States shall appropriate $17.6 billion to fund the PREPA Plan to redesign and

2                    rebuild the electrical grid of Puerto Rico as recommended by the Puerto Rico Energy

3                    Resiliency Working Group.

4 Section 2.    A.   PREPA stands for Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.

5                     B.   Rebuilding includes short-term, mid-term and longer-term actions to implement

6                            resiliency and hardening measures designed to increase the capability of Puerto Rico’s    

7                            electric power grid to withstand future storms.

8 Section 3.    The Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Defense (DOD) will oversee and

9                     enforce the contracting, expenditure, and accounting for this project.

10 Section 4.  Funds will be made available to the DOD within six (6) months after passage of this bill.

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

 

 

RESOLUTION B

A RESOLUTION TO HALT AG-GAG BILLS AND

REQUIRE HUMANE TREATMENT OF FACTORY FARM LIVESTOCK

 

1 WHEREAS,    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the primary federal agency  

2                          charged with regulating animal food production and slaughter industries, there are no

3                          federal laws that set humane care standards for animals in factory farms; and

4 WHEREAS,     The mission of the USDA is to protect and promote food, agriculture, natural  

5                           resources, rural development and nutrition; and

6 WHEREAS,     Factory farms often place animals in dangerously unsanitary conditions, use gestation

7                          crates, and engage in other practices that result in extreme animal cruelty; and

8 WHEREAS,     So-called “ag-gag” bills not only seek to silence whistle-blowers who document and

9                          expose the rampant food safety and animal welfare abuses that take place on factory

10                        farms, but also punish investigators, employees, or other onlookers for recording

11                        images or sounds at industrialized farming operations; now, therefore, be it

12 RESOLVED   By the Student Congress here assembled that Congress pass legislation nullifying

13                         all ag-gag laws in those states that have enacted such laws and that Congress not pass

14                         HR 4879; and, be it further

15 RESOLVED   That the USDA enact stricter regulations to ensure that factory farms are required to

16                         provide humane care for all farm animals and ensure that sanitary conditions be

17                         maintained for the safety and well-being of both humans and livestock.

 

 

BILL C

A BILL TO ELIMINATE JUNK HEALTH PLANS

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THIS STUDENT CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:

 

1 Section 1.   A health insurer shall not issue, amend, sell, renew or offer a policy of short-term limited

2                    duration health insurance in the United States. Furthermore, health insurers must include

3                    coverage for prescription drug premiums, orthotic and prosthetic devices and services,

4                    mammography and other cancer screenings, maternity services, and mental health services,

5                    and may not deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

6 Section 2.    A.  “Short-term limited duration health insurance” means health insurance coverage

7                          provided pursuant to a health insurance policy that has an expiration date specified in

8                          the policy that is less than 12 months after the original effective date of the coverage.

9                     B.  “Maternity services” include prenatal care, ambulatory care maternity services,

10                        involuntary complications of pregnancy, neonatal care, and inpatient hospital maternity

11                        care, including labor and delivery and postpartum care.

12                   C. This bill shall not apply to specialized health insurance (such as dental care), Medicare

13                        supplement insurance or other supplemental insurance, or to hospital indemnity,

14                        accident-only, or specified disease insurance.

15 Section 3.   The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shall be responsible for the

16                     oversight and enforcement of this bill.

17 Section 4.    This bill will take effect immediately upon passage.

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

 

 

RESOLUTION D

A RESOLUTION TO RETURN TO PAPER BALLOTS

 

1 WHEREAS,     The 2016 presidential election was a watershed moment in the history of elections—  

2                          one that exposed new challenges and vulnerabilities that require the immediate

3                          attention of state and local governments, the federal government, researchers and the

4                          American public; and

5 WHEREAS,     The extraordinary threat from foreign actors has profound implications for the future of

6                          voting and obliges our nation to examine, re-examine seriously, both the conduct of

7                          elections in the United States and the role of federal and state governments in securing

8                          our elections; and

9 WHEREAS,     As of 2018, several states were still using at least some direct-recording electronic

10                        voting machines that lack a paper trail as their primary polling place equipment; now,

11                         therefore, be it

12 RESOLVED   By this Student Congress here assembled that all local, state, and federal elections in

13                         the United States be conducted using human-readable paper ballots by the 2020

14                         presidential election.

 

 

 

RESOLUTION E

A RESOLUTION TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION

TO ESTABLISH RIGHTS OF NATURE

 

1 RESOLVED,  By two-thirds of the Student Congress here assembled, that the following article is

2                         proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be

3                         valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the

4                         legislatures of three-fourths of the several states within seven years from the date of its

5                         submission by the Congress:

6                                                                     ARTICLE –

7                         SECTION 1:  Ecosystems, natural communities, and species possess inherent,

8                                                fundamental, and inalienable rights to naturally exist, flourish, regenerate

9                                                and evolve such as the right to maintain, recover, and preserve their life

10                                              cycles, structures and functions, rights to a healthy climate system free

11                                              from human-caused global warming emissions, rights to the defense,

12                                              protection, and enforcement of their rights and other such rights.

13                       SECTION 2:  The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate

14                                              legislation.

 

 

BILL F

A BILL TO PRIVATIZE PRISONS

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THIS STUDENT CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:

 

1 Section 1.   Prisons in the United States shall hereby be completely moved to the private sector.

2 Section 2.   “Private sector” shall be defined as the part of the economy owned by private individuals or

3                    groups, rather than the state.

4 Section 3.   A.  All United States prisons, federal or privately owned, shall be put under the ownership

5                          of CoreCivic.

6                    B. The Department of Justice will oversee the practices of these prisons.

7 Section 4.   This process shall be completed within five (5) years after the passage of this bill.

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

 

 


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