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  1. Wordings have been updated. All of these have passed the straw poll votes. A quick, final discussion will happen tomorrow morning, and we vote it down to five topics, which then go to the state organizations to be vote on. 1. Pacific Rim Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. 2. India Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement with the Republic of India. 3. Africa Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its official development assistance to one or more of the following countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Zimbabwe. 4. NATO Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its military commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. 5. UN/World Bank Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its participation in one of the following: United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, United Nations Population Fund, World Bank. 6. Global Malnutrition Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its participation in the United Nations World Food Programme. 7. International Treaties Resolved: The United States federal government should ratify or accede to one or more of the following: Convention on the Rights of the Child, Law of the Sea Treaty, Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, Optional Protocol of the Convention against Torture. 8. China Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic and/or diplomatic engagement with the People’s Republic of China. 9. Middle East Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its security assistance to one or more of the following: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia. 10. Export Controls Resolved: The United Stated federal government should substantially strengthen its export controls on dual-use technology toward one or more of the following: China, Israel, Russia, Taiwan.
  2. Here are the wordings as they stand now. We are about to hold a straw vote where some topics can theoretically be eliminated, but I bet none will. We can amend things tomorrow morning before our final vote. Environment/Pollution Resolved: The United States federal government should increase its environmental regulation to substantially reduce land pollution. Civil Rights Resolved: The United States federal government should eliminate one or more policies infringing on rights granted by the First and/or Fifth Amendments to the United States Constitution. Income Inequality Resolved: the United States federal government should increase progressive taxation, regulation of predatory lending or minimum wage to substantially decrease income inequality in the United States. Criminal Justice Resolved: The United States federal government should significantly reform its criminal procedure in the areas of grand juries, plea bargaining, admissibility of evidence, and/or sentencing. Immigration Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its legal protection of economic migrants in the United States. Surveillance Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance. Native Americans Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially decrease its authority within Indian Country. Secondary Education Resolved: The United States federal government should reform education policy to substantially improve the college and career readiness of secondary student in the United States.
  3. I wasn't in the particular subcommittee for this resolution. But "Indian Country" is the legal term. My first reaction was the same as yours, but after going back to the college topic, which used the same language, and looking at US Code, I'm not as concerned as I was.
  4. For now the wordings are: 1. Resolved: The United States federal government should establish a policy to substantially reduce land pollution within its borders. 2. Resolved: The United States federal government should eliminate one or more policies infringing on rights granted by the First, Fifth, and/or Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. 3. Resolved: The United States federal government should (establish a policy to) substantially decrease income inequality in the United States. 4. Resolved: The United States federal government should significantly reform its criminal justice procedure in one or more of the following areas: sentencing guidelines, domestic drone surveillance, drug scheduling and/or the role of grand juries. 5. Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its legal protection of economic migrants in the United States. 6. Resolved: The United States federal government should eliminate one or more of its domestic surveillance programs. OR Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially decrease its violations of privacy in the United States in the areas of surveillance and/or crime prevention. 7. Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially decrease its powers within Indian Country. 8.Resolved: The United States federal government should establish a policy substantially improving the college and career readiness of secondary education students in the United States. We will be discussing these all day tomorrow before voting on them on Sunday to decide which 5 to send to the states. Feel free to comment on potential wording ideas, or specific concerns with topics.
  5. Final 5. 2. Oceans The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans. 3. Middle East Policy Reform The United States federal government should substantially increase its constructive engagement with the government of one or more of the following: Egypt, Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinian Authority. 4. Export Control Reform The United States federal government should substantially strengthen its export controls on military and/or dual use technology toward one or more of the following: China, Israel, Russia, Taiwan. 8. International Humanitarian Law The United States federal government should substantially increase restrictions on the use of its military force to comply with one or more provisions of international humanitarian law. 9. Domestic Water The United States federal government should substantially increase restrictions on consumption and/or contamination of water in the United States. These 5 now go out to the states to vote on and narrow it down to a final 2.
  6. Down to 6. 1. International Treaties The United States federal government should ratify or accede to one of the following: the Comprehensive Nuclearâ€Testâ€Ban Treaty, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the Third United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. 2. Oceans The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans. 3. Middle East Policy Reform The United States federal government should substantially increase its constructive engagement with the government of one or more of the following: Egypt, Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinian Authority. 4. Export Control Reform The United States federal government should substantially strengthen its export controls on military and/or dual use technology toward one or more of the following: China, Israel, Russia, Taiwan. 8. International Humanitarian Law The United States federal government should substantially increase restrictions on the use of its military force to comply with one or more provisions of international humanitarian law. 9. Domestic Water The United States federal government should substantially increase restrictions on consumption and/or contamination of water in the United States.
  7. After the first vote we are down to 7 topics. Second vote being taken now. Different wordings on some. 1. International Treaties The United States federal government should ratify or accede to one of the following: the Comprehensive Nuclearâ€Testâ€Ban Treaty, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the Third United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. 2. Oceans The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans. 3. Middle East Policy Reform The United States federal government should substantially increase its constructive engagement with the government of one or more of the following: Egypt, Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinian Authority. 4. Export Control Reform The United States federal government should substantially strengthen its export controls on military and/or dual use technology toward one or more of the following: China, Israel, Russia, Taiwan. 7. Prison/Justice System Reform The United States federal government should substantially reform its criminal justice system in one or more of the following areas: sentencing, drug scheduling, incarceration. 8. International Humanitarian Law The United States federal government should substantially increase restrictions on the use of its military force to comply with one or more provisions of international humanitarian law. 9. Domestic Water The United States federal government should substantially increase restrictions on consumption and/or contamination of water in the United States.
  8. We are in the meeting right now beginning final discussion on the topics. We will then have one to three votes on the matter, getting rid of four resolutions over that process. We should, and I hope for my sanity we will, be down to five topics by noon pacific time.
  9. The topics I listed are topics for a "mixed" year. Either foreign or domestic. I am asking for suggestions for a domestic topic to propose to be at the committee next year.
  10. The topics above are for a "mixed" year. I am still looking for suggestions for the 2015-2016 year, which is a domestic year.
  11. As of now, some changes can still happen to wording, the potential resolutions are: 1. International Treaties The United States federal government should ratify or accede to one of the following: the Comprehensive Nuclearâ€Testâ€Ban Treaty; the Convention on Biological Diversity; the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women; the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court; the Third United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. 2. Oceans The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans. 3. Middle East Policy Reform The United States federal government should substantially increase its constructive engagement with the government of one or more of the following: Egypt; Iran; Israel; the Palestinian Authority; Saudi Arabia. 4. Export Control Reform The United States federal government should substantially strengthen its export controls on military and/or dual use technology toward one or more of the following: China, Israel, Russia, Taiwan. 5. Electoral Reform The United States federal government should substantially strengthen its regulation of federal elections in the United States. 6. Postsecondary Education The United States federal government should establish an education policy to substantially increase student access, persistence, and/or degree completion at postsecondary institutions in the United States. 7. Prison/Justice System Reform The United States federal government should substantially reform its criminal justice system in one or more of the following areas: sentencing, drug scheduling, incarceration. 8. International Humanitarian Law The United States federal government should substantially increase its compliance with international humanitarian law by restricting the use of military force in armed conflict. 9. Domestic Water The United States federal government should increase restrictions on consumption and/or contamination of water in the United States.
  12. I will when we're done bickering about the wording, which should have been about 3 hours ago. I'm still hopeful we will be done within half an hour.
  13. I'm currently at the topic selection committee. We're discussing final wording on 9 potential topics for the 2014-2015 school year, which will be voted down to 5 tomorrow. Those 5 then get sent out to the states to vote down to a final 2, and then there is a final vote near the end of this calendar year. I will post the topics once we agree on wording before voting. In the mean time, let me know if you have any potential topic proposals for the 2015-2016 school year. Per the topic type rotation it needs to be a domestic issue.
  14. Clearly if we don't stabilize the energy grid the matrix is going to collapse.
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