2019 West Los Angeles NSDA Tournament
Dates: 3/29/2019 - 3/31/2019

The Data Access Act

Section One: All communication tech companies shall be banned from encrypting their user data in such a way that the company cannot retrieve that data under a court order.

Section Two: Communication tech company shall be defined as any technology company that facilitates communication between its users, including Google, Apple, Facebook, WhatsApp, etc.

Section Three: The Federal Communications Commission shall oversee the implementation of this legislation.

Section Four: This legislation shall take effect January 1, 2020.

Section Five: All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.

Submitted by Stanford Debate.


A Resolution to Shift Middle East Military Policy as to Account for Geopolitical Realities

WHEREAS, Current middle east military policy is fundamentally failing to achieve its stated goals; and

WHEREAS, The conduct and enactment of said policy has proven to be more counter productive than helpful, and

WHEREAS, The size and strength of terrorist groups has not waned or substantially decreased since the implementation of these policies; and

WHEREAS, The current authorized use of military force effectively provides a blank check to the executive branch; and

WHEREAS, The foreign policy of the united states ought to reflect both our moral values and geopolitical realities; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Student Congress here assembled make the following recommendation that the Authorized Use of Military Force, or AUMF, passed on September 14th 2001 is repealed; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That this congress, in the wake of the AUMF’s repeal, makes it a primary policy objective to find a better way forward in the Middle East.

Submitted by Ethan Miles Siegel, Valley International Prep High School

A Bill to Abolish School Choice in Order to Reform Education Spending


SECTION 1. The United States shall cease spending on Charter School Grants and Magnet Schools Assistance in addition to eliminating any budget increase for School Choice Programs proposed in the 2018 Education budget.

SECTION 2. School Choice Programs are defined as any grants that offer the financial ability for students to attend charter, magnet, or private schools.

SECTION 3. The Department of Education will oversee implementation and enforcement of this legislation.

 A. Funds saved from the elimination of this program may be put to use in other areas of the Education Budget as deemed appropriate.

B. The Department of Education will be required to report to Congress after the implementation of this Act the educational differences of students without voucher programs compared to those who took part in School Choice Programs.

C. Noncompliance with this Act from the Department of Education will be reported to the Inspector General.

SECTION 4. This legislation will become effective in fiscal year 2020. 

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

Submitted by El Camino Real Charter High School


A Resolution to Ban the Felony Checkbox on Application Forms

WHEREAS, United States employers deny ex-felons jobs based on their criminal record; and 

WHEREAS, the National Employment Law Project estimates that men with criminal records make up 34% of non-working men in the country; and 

WHEREAS, felons who stated they had committed a felony were 50% less likely to get the job, especially if they were a person of color; and

WHEREAS, as of 2010, 19 million Americans have been convicted of a felony or have been on felony probation; now, therefore, be it 

RESOLVED, By the Congress here assembled that the United States ban the felony checkbox on all application forms nationwide to all 50 states and territories.

Submitted by Liana Schmitter-Emerson, Campbell Hall

A Resolution to Recognize Kurdistan as an Independent Nation

Whereas the United States has a long-standing alliance with the Kurdish people, and

Whereas the Kurds have been a valuable ally with the Kurds in the Middle East, including in the fight against the Islamic State, and

Whereas the Kurds' current status leaves them vulnerable to attack by neighboring nations; therefore, be it

Resolved that the United States recognizes Kurdistan as a sovereign nation and encourages other nations to do the same, and be it

Further resolved that the United States will provide protection for Kurdistan from foreign aggressors.

Submitted by Joseph Brennan, William S. Hart High School

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