Gifted and Talented Students Hold Mini Model Congress

Washoe county students enrolled in the Gifted and Talented"program took over the Nevada State Assembly Chamber.
They were there participating in the "10th Biennial - Mini Model Congress"
This is a program that gives the students an opportunity to follow the process of law making from conception to completion. They began a couple weeks ago in the classroom, discussing issues that seemed to impact Northern Nevadans.
The ideas they developed ranged from requiring all Nevada residents to be entered into a d-n-a database at birth.... mandated tracking devices implanted in the necks of all convicted sex offenders.
Even removing all alcohol advertisements from media outlets in the state.
Those plans were drafted into bills and debated in committee.
As with all proposed legislation... some of the ideas were more popular than others.
But all sparked debate about the pros and cons of how such a law would affect all residents of the states.
In the end, more of the bills were defeated than passed, but organizer Lyndi Cooper-Schroeder says that's just part of the learning process.
Students we spoke with each took something different away from this experience.
Once it was decided which bills received committee approval... some were amended... and then it was on to the assembly floor - where it was up to the entire mini model congress to decide which bills would be come law.
In all 20 bills were heard today. 9 bills were approved by committee and 2 were voted into law.

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