Reported by: Sabina Vohra (J.R. Tucker High School) and Alex White (Luray High School)
Having had a day off on Saturday, we jumped back into our busy schedule with an all-day Senate Simulation. Each of us had been assigned a Virginia Senator in advance to research and faithfully represent. The simulation was refereed by Mr. Walls as part of his class curriculum. John Metz acted as Governor and Caroline Bones played the role of Lieutenant Governor.
We all had to overcome the obstacles inherent in trying to pass bills in the General Assembly. Earlier in the week students had written bills as part of the simulation, which were then referred to committees and discussed upon. Some bills was amended, while others were tabled or simply passed. It was surprising to see the amount of clout the majority party held both in committee and on floor. They were able to bend the entire legislative process to their will by setting the agenda to deciding who sat on what committee.
Having been able to learn about the process, we were able to conclude that the majority party uses their influence to their advantage. After completing the simulation we received feedback from Mr. Walls about who displayed an accurate representation of their Senator and how the Senate operates during session.
For the remainder of the day we were given time to work on our culminating projects and readings for the next day.