Executive Response Committee

Participating in the Executive Response Committee allows delegates to simulate bureaucratic elements of government and work collaboratively to address potential crises facing New Jersey. Submit Pre-Legislative Assignment


This year, members of the ERC will work in small groups to develop multi-step plans of action to respond to long term issues regarding education, and community infrastructure. Delegates will debate and synthesize these plans into proposals. More information about this year’s crises can be found in the ERC manual.

Debate in the ERC is fast-paced and takes place over a short span of time, first divided into group work in five groups of about six delegates, led by a group facilitator, then formalized debate of the plans following loose parliamentary procedure. Because of this, delegates to the committee should be able to speak in a rapid-fire situation and communicate easily with fellow delegates.

Delegates in the ERC do not create bills or briefs, and instead the bulk of their written work is done during Conference itself. However, delegates are expected to prepare research on “subtopics” within each crisis for the Pre-legislative session. In addition, facilitators will also be asked to complete an individual assignment prior to conference. Anyone can join the ERC, but delegates who can think quickly, work collaboratively, and look at the big picture will be particularly well-suited to the committee.

Facilitators will also be asked to complete a facilitator assignment prior to Conference in the interim between Conference and pre-leg where they address potential questions and their answers regarding the crises at hand.



How to Complete the Pre-Legislative Assignment

Everything you need to know about completing the Subtopic Exploration Sheet


Research the crises! This year’s crises are education reform, and community infrastructure.



Write one “exploration” for each crisis, with three “subtopics” in each exploration. Save your final paper in the form of a PDF.



Create an account on the assignment submission site, then upload and submit your document by March 3, 2017!

Important Upcoming Dates

February 2020 | Pre-Legislative Assignment Due
March 1, 2020 | Pre-Legislative Session
TBD | Facilitator Assignments Due
April 3-5, 2020 | Conference