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Personal-Choice problems focus of AP Government debate

Alexia Hernandez and Jasmine Bonilla

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Conversations arose among students as some of the bills weren’t passed.  

On November 9th, AP government students convened in the auditorium to discuss important bills that should be passed by legislation. Some of the bills included legalizing prostitution, physician-assisted suicide, increasing minimum wage, and the most controversial of all, abortion.  Some students felt the debate could’ve been more organized and should’ve had fewer topics to discuss in order to cover them more thoroughly.  

Senior AP government student Daniel Ceniceros said, “I feel like there should’ve been fewer topics to talk about and some needed to be more elaborated on”.  

Coming towards the end of the day, tensions started to rise as many students realized one of the most controversial topics, abortion, wasn’t going to be allowed enough time to be voted on. 

“Although I am a Republican, I side more with Democratic views on the issue of abortion. I feel like there should have been stricter time slots for each topic so that the bills could’ve got the recognition they needed.” Republican Head Whip Eduardo Gaborit said. 

Some of the bills that were passed were reducing police brutality, carbon tax, and decriminalizing drug-related offenses.  Bills that were not passed include increasing federal minimum wage, welfare reform, and the school protection act.  

After being asked how he felt about his bill not being passed, senior Iker Carranza stated, “I felt a bit disappointed that the bill I discussed was not passed because the issue presented is something persistent and continuous in our country for the past few decades. The minimum wage is something that needs to be discussed and dealt with.” 

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Personal-Choice problems focus of AP Government debate