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Model Legislature

Montana YMCA Youth Legislature

The Legislative Branch of Youth and Government is our largest area, comprised of the following three elements: House of Represenatives, Senate, and the 1st Year Program

Legislative seats are allocated to delegations based on the size of each delegation according to a predetermined formula. Basically, a delegation that has 5% of the total enrollment of the program would get roughly 5% of the available Legislative seats. All delegations get at least one House or Senate seat, unless their delegation is all Freshmen or younger students.

LEGISLATIVE MANUAL

  1. Table of Contents
  2. Overview Manual
  3. Parties Elections Manual
  4. Legal Executive Delegates Manual
  5. Joint Rules Manual
  6. Lobbyist Manual
  7. Court Manual
  8. Press Manual
  9. Bill Drafting Guide - Updated - 2015
  10. How A Bill Becomes A Law

Role Descriptions:

REPRESENTATIVE: Member of the Youth Legislature House of Representatives. Usually Juniors, Seniors or students attending for their second year, occasionally first year participants who are Juniors, Seniors, or members of first year delegations. Each Representative must write or co-write a bill, debate it in committee and on the floor, participate in all legislative meetings, and behave as if they were a "real" legislator. The State Office allocates seats based on delegation size. Each club decides for itself how to choose which members get to be legislators.

SENATOR: Member of the Youth Legislature Senate. The "top of the heap," usually Seniors, rarely if ever first year students unless from a first year delegation. They must carry out the same duties and meet the same requirements as Representatives Each Senator must write or co-write a bill. The State Office allocates seats based on delegation size.

COMMITTEE CHAIR: Legislative members, usually students with at least one year's prior experience. Participants must apply and be appointed to these positions in February. In most cases, we attempt to give every delegation at least one committee chair, if they have at least one qualified applicant.

FIRST YEAR SENATOR or REPRESENTATIVE: Member of the Youth Legislature First Year Program. Participants are usually Freshmen and Sophomores, but Juniors attending for the first time may also choose this option if they do not or cannot participate in the regular House or Senate. Just as in the Regular House, each Senator or Representative must write a bill, debate it in committee and on the floor, participate in all legislative meetings, and behave as if they were a "real" legislator.

APPOINTED OFFICERS: Voting positions of leadership include the Speaker Pro-Tem or President Pro-Tem for each chamber. Non-voting positions of authority in the Legislative branch include the positions of Chief Clerk of the House, Secretary of the Senate, and Sergeant at Arms/Chaplain for each chamber.

ELECTED OFFICERS: The Speaker of the House and President of the Senate are elected along with other major offices at the end of each year's session to serve for the following year.

 


SUMMER HOURS (June 11-Sept. 10)

Mon-Fri: 5:30 AM-8 PM
Saturday: 8 AM-3 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

Holiday Schedule

Drop-In Day Care Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:30 AM-1:15 PM & 5-7 PM
Ages 3 months to 8 years

Helena Family YMCA

1200 North Last Chance Gulch
Helena MT 59601
Phone: (406) 442-9622
Fax: (406) 442-2577