Delegates sit in a room in convention room 316, arguing passionately about a topic concerning California. The topics range from implementing gray water systems in California homes to removing sales tax on commercial goods, and members of the Blue Legislature work hard to support and oppose proposed bills.
Ava Jorgensen of the Westside Family delegation became interested in this program area when she first heard about it from fellow delegates.
“It’s my first year, and even though Senate is a big program area, it’s split up into small groups,” Jorgensen said.
Since Jorgensen is a new member of Youth and Government, she believed that these smaller groups would further her public speaking experience, all while feeling comfortable speaking with public speaking. Besides this, Jorgensen is looking forward to growing closer to the fellow delegates in her committee.
“People say those can be some of your best friends,” she said.
Legislature is split into Senate and Assembly, and smaller committees within these two areas. Each committee has an appointed delegate leading, as they reviews bills of different topics. From there, committees argue for or against the bill, ultimately resulting in its passing or not.
Similar to Jorgensen, fellow Westside Family delegate Mia Denari chose the program area as a newcomer to Youth and Government.
“People in my delegation said it was a good area, and that I could improve my speaking skills,” Denari said.
Along with Jorgensen, Denari looks forward to making new friends and bonding with the members of her committee.
Although it is only the first day of Sac, many delegates of the Blue Legislature are looking forward to proposing and debating bills. For members of this popular program area, the next few days will further their knowledge on issues, improve their public speaking skills, and forge relationships that will go beyond the Capitol building.