All full-text legislation must be emailed as a Microsoft Word attachment in the proper format to Paul Gaba and Traci Lowe no later than 3 p.m. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5. Paul's email is email@example.com, and Traci's is firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: All legislation must be Federal in nature. No State legislation is allowed.
NOTE: Good legislation has good arguments on BOTH SIDES. For example, “increasing the penalty on drunk drivers” is heavily weighted towards the affirmative. “Confiscating the cars of drunk drivers” has room for negative arguments.
THE FOLLOWING TOPICS ARE PROHIBITED DUE TO HAVING BEEN DONE WAY TOO MANY TIMES IN THE PAST!
- Legalize Prostitution
- Legalize Marijuana
- Legalize Euthanasia
- Require Drivers over 65 Retest for Driver’s License
- Raise or Lower the Voting Age
- Lower the Drinking Age
- Institute Stem Cell Research
- Ban Animal Testing
- Ban the Death Penalty
- Ban Abortion
- ANYTHING relating to the current Public Forum Debate topic
- ANYTHING relating to the current Lincoln Douglas Debate topic
You may send one piece of legislation for this tournament. It is imperative that you designate your legislation clearly. The best way to do so is as follows:
Save your legislation with the following designation:
Legislation should be up and running through the PBCFL web site (www.pbcfl.net) by WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13.
You will be notified via e-mail when the legislation is active.
When on the website, click the appropriate link to find and download the correct legislation for the appropriate level.
NOTE: Senates will set agendas on the day of the tournament.
Legislative templates are available for use on http://www.pbcfl.net; they can be accessed through the "PBCFL Curriculum Guide" link, in the "Classroom Files - Student Congress" folder.
Improperly formatted legislation can be rejected at the discretion of league officers.
All schools with Congressional Debate entries are required to designate at least one student legislator as a presiding officer in advance of the tournament (by the time registration closes Tuesday). If schools do not do this, the league will designate a PO candidate from that schools.
The following is required of all Presiding Officer candidates:
- Coaches must register presiding officer candidates in advance of the tournament. At least one PO candidate must be registered for each school with Congressional Debate entries.
- The PO candidate MUST be trained properly in advance by his/her coach.
- All presiding officers MUST be able to adequately control the chamber. They MUST be VERY familiar with parliamentary procedure. They MUST use a FAIR system of RECENCY. They MUST understand how to document a speaking system on a seating chart. They MUST know all rules of Student Congress. Do NOT put new students in this position that are unfamiliar with the event.
- The PBCFL does not allow tabeling of legislation; the only consideration for tabeling would be if there is debate taking place at the end of the morning session, which can be tabled and resumed at the start of the afternoon session.
- There are no congressional recesses allowed at PBCFL tournaments.
- Extending the questioning period is not allowed, nor are two-part questions.
- All authorship/sponsorship and first-negative speeches have a mandatory two-minute questioning period. All other speeches have a mandatory one-minute questioning period.
- Each legislative item must go through at least one complete cycle (three speeches).
- Recency does not reset after lunch.