AP Government Senate Simulation
Last week the during the 7th, 8th, and 9th days of February, the senior AP Government had a congress simulation where the students were mimicking actual senators in congress trying to pass bills. Starting by making committees, there were several groups that started the process by choosing bills among the students to pass and eventually make a law. Each group was allowed to pass only two by the time the actual “session” started. There were many bills that ranged from issue to issue such as the controversial abortion issue, to bills that would make obtaining firearms more difficult after the tragic attack in Tucson, Arizona last month.
Here is a list of the bills proposed that either passed or failed:
The Voting Initiative Act: Passed
Same Sex Marriage Act of 2011: Passed
Healthy Teen Act: Passed
Prohibit Abortion Act of 2011: Failed
Academic Achievement Act of 2011: Postponed
Tobacco Non-Legalization Act of 2011: Passed
Equal Measurement Act of 2011: Passed
Vanguard Act of 2011 (Bans protesters from cemeteries and funerals): Passed
Mental Illness Handgun Safety Act of 2011: Failed
Fuel Efficiency/Clean Transportation Act of 2011: Postponed
Adult Permit Act: Failed
Lottery to Education Act: Postponed
These bills gave a general view of what the class’s ideologies are on certain issues. For example, the abortion prohibition bill that failed in the class shows that the majority of the class is pro-choice and not against the idea of abortion. This was a good way for students to get an idea of what an actual session in Congress is like, whether it was in the House of Representatives or in the Senate.