Roles at Conference
Students who take part in the Courts program will experience the appeal process of the Appellate Division of the NJ judiciary, and experience Constitutionality Debate on legislation as done in the Supreme Court. Additionally, students will engage in an eloquent debate, rife with passionate appeals and intelligent arguments, regarding the conclusion of both styles of cases.
The Lobby Corps provides one of the most unforgettable experiences in conference, allowing for its member delegates to undergo the legislative process from the unique perspective of a lobbyist. While not authors of bills, lobbyists have the privilege of being able to speak in favor of or against any bill presented during chamber sessions, besides their initially assigned bills.
Everything run and associated with YAG is publicized by the Press Corps, which spreads awareness and keeps delegates, officers, and staff in the loop, during and after Conference. Press is responsible for publishing content through the Between the Gavels updates, the YAG Mag, and social media.
The Executive Response Committee is a specialized committee that allows delegates to simulate bureaucratic elements of government and work collaboratively to address potential crises facing New Jersey. This year members of the ERC will work in small groups to develop multi-step plans of action to address covering a nuclear meltdown and prison reform and debate and synthesize these plans into a singular document to be proposed to other areas of conference.
The legislative program encompasses the majority of the delegates and serves as the flagship of the Youth and Government program. Modeled after the New Jersey legislative system, our four fully independent legislatures each consist of an Assembly and a Senate, in which bills are debated and passed through by their respective delegates, and potentially signed by the Youth Governor.
The Governor’s Cabinet serves as the Youth Governor’s base of expertise during conference. Each cabinet officer is tasked with bringing to conference a specialized skill set that allows delegates’ bills to undergo a final round of judgement in which the bill is either vetoed or signed into law by the Governor and Lieutenant Governor (vetoes can be overridden by a ⅔ concurrence of both legislative chambers) .