Bluegrass House & Senate

Bluegrass Overview

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First Level of the House and Senate

Bluegrass Resources Folder
Guides, Scripts, and Templates

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1st Year BG BG B/C* BG BG B/C* CW
2nd Year CW CW BG BG CW CW
3rd Year CW BG BG CW CW
4th Year BG BG CW CW
5th Year B/C* CW CW
6th Year CW CW
7th Year CW
*Advisor’s discretion based on student experience

 

Bluegrass Delegates serve as State Representatives and Senators. They rank, debate, and vote on bills that are written and sponsored by delegates from each school.

There is no limit on the number of Bluegrass Delegates a school can register for KYA, but each school can only sponsor a maximum of 5 Bluegrass Bills.

The number of Bluegrass Bills a school can sponsor depends on how many Bluegrass Delegates (see the Delegate Roles section below) a school has at KYA:

# of BG Delegates* # of BG Bills
1-15 1
16-30 2
31-45 3
45-60 4
61+ 5 (Max)

*Includes students in either of the Delegate Roles listed below.

 

Delegate Roles

Only students in the two roles below count towards your total when determining how many Bluegrass bills your school can sponsor.

Bluegrass Representatives & Senators
All Bluegrass Delegates rank, debate, and vote on bills as either Representatives or Senators (Y-Staff assign chambers).

Bill Sponsors (1-4 per bill)
Senators or Representatives who present a bill from their school. Bill Sponsors are responsible for the following tasks:

  • Billwriting & Research – Lead the research and writing of their bill
  • Bill Trifold – Design and assemble the Trifold Board for their bill
  • Presenting Bill – Present during Education Fair, Committees, and House/Senate Debate

 

Supporting Officers

House Clerk & Senate Clerk
Appointed by Bluegrass Speaker/Sen. President

  • Serves as the lead Parliamentarian for their chamber.
  • Serve as Clerk during Committees and during House/Senate debate.

 

Presiding Officers

Speaker of the Bluegrass House
Elected from Bluegrass Candidates

  • Manages the House before and during Assembly.
  • Presides over the House during floor debate at the Capitol

President of the Bluegrass Senate
Elected from Bluegrass Candidates

  • Manages the Senate before and during Assembly
  • Presides over the Senate during floor debate at the Capitol

 

Assembly Agenda

Education Fair | Day 1
Bill Sponsors set-up Trifold Boards to present their bills to other Bluegrass Delegates, who visit the boards to learn about the bills they will debate.

Committee Hearings | Day 1
After Education Fair, Bluegrass Delegates go to Committees. Bill Sponsors present their bills, then delegates debate and rank the bills to determine which bills are debated at the Capitol (top-ranked bills) or the Hotel on Day 2.

To rank bills, delegates use Ranking Sheets – one sheet per school in each committee – and rank bills on the following criteria (1-5 on each, poor to excellent):

  • Debatability – Are valid points raised on both sides during debate?
  • Feasibility – Is it possible for the state government to implement this law?
  • Importance – Is this policy issue is important enough to create a law?
  • Presentation – Is there evidence of training and research by the Bill Sponsors?
  • Creativity – Are the proposed ideas, actions and solutions unique?

House/Senate Debate | Day 2
Based on ranking, all bills are debated at either the Capitol or Hotel by the full House/Senate. Bills are voted on and either passed or defeated. If a bill is passed by one chamber, the Sponsors go present in the other. If both chambers pass a bill, the Sponsors sign-up to meet the Governor.

Meeting with Lt. Governor | Day 2
Once a bill passes the House and Senate, Sponsors sign-up to meet with the Lt. Governor. Sponsors have 3 minutes to present to the Lt. Governor, followed by questions and discussion that help determine whether the Lt. Governor will sign or veto the bill.

 

Awards

Outstanding Speakers
Awarded to the delegates who are nominated by advisors and staff based on their presence and performance while speaking during debate.

Outstanding Bluegrass Bill
Awarded to the delegation and Bill Sponsors with the most well-researched and well-presented bill based on Advisor nominations and student ranking.

Additionally, Bills can also be honored with the distinctions:

  • Signed Into Law – Bills signed into law by the Lt. Governor
  • Passed by House & Senate – Bills that pass both House and Senate but are not signed into law.

Outstanding Bill Packet
Awarded to the delegation whose Bills (at least 2) demonstrate the highest level of preparation and presentation based on advisor nominations and student ranking.