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Unicameral Youth Legislature

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June 7-10, 2015

Learn what it's like to serve as a state senator. The Unicameral Youth Legislature is a four-day legislative simulation in which high school students take on the role of lawmakers. Student senators sponsor bills, conduct committee hearings, debate legislation and discover the unique process of the nation's only unicameral.

The Unicameral Youth Legislature gives behind-the-scenes access to students who have an interest in public office, government, politics, law, public policy, debate or public speaking. Students will learn about the inner workings of the Legislature directly from senators, staff and lobbyists. Bill topics are based on legislation considered during the most recent legislative session. From driving laws to the death penalty, topics selected for the legislature are diverse and engaging.

Legislative activities are conducted at the Nebraska State Capitol Building in the historic Warner Chamber, which was home to the Nebraska Senate until the state consolidated to a one-house legislature in 1937.

The deadline to register is May 15 and the early-bird registration fee is $350. Registrants are encouraged to apply for a Speaker Greg Adams Civic Scholarship award, which covers the full cost of admission. Applicants must submit a one- to two-page essay answering the question: "What is a prominent problem in your community and how might citizens work with their local or state government to address it?" The two essays displaying the greatest civic engagement will be selected for full scholarships. Essay applications should be submitted to the Legislature's Unicameral Information Office at by May 15. Other $100 scholarships are also available.

The youth legislature is organized by the Nebraska State 4-H Office and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Office youth development program. The Clerk of the Nebraska Legislature, through the Unicameral Information Office, serves as a technical consultant for the Unicameral Youth Legislature.

Contact the Unicameral Information Office at (402) 471-0764 or for more information or register here. For updates regarding deadline extensions and fee reductions, contact Southeast Research and Extension District 4-H program coordinator Robert Meduna at 402-624-8064 or .

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