Each student creates a legislative office. This office serves as the repository for all legislative activities and is the best place to track the progress of legislation. Other legislators visit the office to learn about a member’s constituency, priorities, and legislative activities.
Caucuses and Parties
Students create and join caucuses and political parties. These groups become important gathering points for communicating and strategizing with like-minded colleagues.
Bill drafting and feedback
Students draft legislation and invite others to provide comments before introducing the legislation to the chamber. The chamber leader then refers this legislation to the appropriate committee.
Cosponsorship and amendments
Members can signal their support for legislation that other members sponsor. They can also propose amendments at the committee and floor stages of the process.
Members request committee positions. The chamber leader assigns members to committees and appoints committee leaders. The committee leader controls the committee agenda, scheduling hearings, votes, and reports bills to the floor. Committee members debate, amend and decide whether to table or report legislation.
Reported (or discharged) legislation goes to the leader’s desk. The leader manages the legislative calendar, including scheduling floor debates and voting.
Members communicate with other lawmakers via ‘dear colleague’ letters (e-mails) and on-line discussion and debate forums.
Students are automatically notified of developments related to their legislative interests and responsibilities.
Assignments and Grading
The instructor can post and grade assignments on-line and download a grade spreadsheet. Students submit their responses in a variety of formats (word, pdf, ppt etc). LegSim also tracks different forms of participation.
Resources and Model Assignments
We provide resources to help students become more effective legislators. We provide instructors with teaching resources, sample assignments, and samples of student responses to those assignment