Delegates differ on best Y&G bills
Students from different schools were asked to describe their favorite legislation other than their own. The results demonstrate the quality and varying interest of the bills this Y&G weekend.
Bill S-B-13, pertaining to animal health and welfare on farms, sparked interest from legislator Thomas McGrail of Carmel Catholic.
“A lot of bills deal with issues involving people; this is the only bill I’ve heard concerning animals,” McGrail said.
McGrail is also aware of this bill’s relevance to the legislative landscape outside of Y&G.
“This topic has been brought up in real legislation, and various states have adopted regulations for it,” McGrail said.
Organ donation, mentioned in bill H-O-16, had support from Murphysboro legislator Josh Cowley.
“Although this is a controversial topic, I believe it is beneficial to donate organs to those who are in need of them,” Cowley said.
Legislation concerning the legalization of prostitution, such as H-O-13 and H-B-23, had many outside supporters.
Julia Bollwitt, a legislator from Bradley-Bourbonnais, mentioned that the bills “address a very mature concept for people our age.”
Caitlin Dunnett, a legislator from Naperville North, felt the bills empower women.
“I enjoyed that the bill focused on women’s rights and how women now have the opportunity to go to law enforcement without being afraid,” Dunnett said.
Given the number of interested comments from delegates, this year’s Y&G has a lot of bills worth talking about.
(written by Angelina Gervasio, Lake Park)