Thirteen students and one alumna represented Troy University at the annual Collegiate Legislature (C-Leg) event in Montgomery from Thursday, March 1, to Saturday, March 3, where they joined with other Alabama university students to simulate the legislative and judicial processes of the House, Senate and Supreme Court.
Laken Berry, a senior social work major from Athens and the 2017-18 C-Leg conference coordinator, said this year’s conference was a remarkable one where the students had a lot of fun while representing the school.
“We had a blast,” Berry said. “Also, in my opinion, we had the best attitude and representations of all delegations.”
Students submit bills prior to the event that they think would improve the quality of life, health, education or the state of Alabama in any way.
The authors of the bills are then grouped into committees according to the topics of the bills. Each committee votes to choose the bills to be presented the following day, and students are divided into the House and the Senate.
The chosen bills are then discussed and voted on by the students in the Alabama House of Representatives and Senate. Students must follow parliamentary procedures during the entire simulation.
When a bill passes, it might have to be defended by its author at the simulated Supreme Court for its constitutionality.
Rachel Carter served as the House Clerk. Three other Troy students served on the Supreme Court. From Troy, four bills were debated and three were passed. Jennifer Grace Arnold’s bill “Clean Alabama Act” won the best bill award in the House. Carter Ray won best Troy delegate.
Taylor Holt was selected as next year’s Supreme Court chief justice and Troy’s delegation representative.