Capitol Classroom is a unique curriculum that teaches students about the nation’s only unicameral legislature by providing a committee hearing simulation, floor debate simulation and public policy development exercise. Bills have been drafted for these exercises that are based on those considered during the previous legislative session.
A bill to eliminate Daylight Saving Time.
A bill to require school policies relating to pregnant and parenting students.
A bill to provide immunity for forcibly removing an animal from a hot car.
A bill to adopt the Patient Choice at End of Life Act.
A constitutional amendment to change the age for eligibility to public office.
The committee hearing simulation is meant to provide students an understanding of the committee process on a bill in the Nebraska Legislature. Students play the roles of senators, lobbyists and concerned citizens. Following the mock public hearing, committee members meet in an executive session to decide what action to take on the bill.
The floor debate simulation is meant to provide students an understanding of the procedures of floor debate on a bill in the Nebraska Legislature. Students play the role of senators, engaging in debate and compromise to pass new legislation.
Public Policy Development
Finally, the public policy development exercise is designed to help students understand the definition of public policy, research solutions to a problem in their community and propose a public policy change to their local and state governments.