Archives for category: Proposals

Idaho delegate Orr presents his proposal in 3rd Committee.


By Eric Moyer

Model United Nations

Many people come into committee with the false expectation to fail. I, however, was thrust into committee with the intention of failing. Having come to CONA with the expectation of being a media delegate, you can imagine my surprise when I learned that I would be presenting my proposal this year. I was told to follow my proposal until it fails, which was hopefully fast. Then, I could serve as a media delegate.

Should be easy. Just slip in a few lines like, “Now, I forgot my research, but …” or “It wouldn’t really change much, so …,” and move on to the media compound in the basement of the Blue Ridge Center. At least that is what I thought.

Many of you know the attachment we feel to our proposals. They are our babies. Most of us feel a great amount of passion toward the topic and spend hours hammering our proposals out. Getting up and letting your proposal fail is almost inhumane. So I presented my proposal within a close margin to the best of my ability. Still letting some con arguments go, still letting my lack of preparation be clear, I sat down proud of my representation, and sure that my proposal failed.

I write this after presenting my proposal in second committee. Many delegates put an immense amount of effort into passing, but do not succeed. I, somehow, managed to do the opposite.

(You’ll have to excuse me. It was really hard not to write this like a proponents speech.)

Nine out of 10 Plenary session proposals passed during the 2011 YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs.

The nine proposals that passed were:

  • 254 by Evan Ford, Tennessee, which prohibits collective bargaining with public school teachers
  • 547 by Maria Peeples, Wisconsin, which provides federal funding for emergency contraception for sexual assault victims
  • 118 by Zara Mohidin, California, which gives constitutional protection for obscene speech
  • 162 by Shannon McDermott, Minnesota, which restricts factory farms and allows cap and trade on small farm waste
  • 357 by Steven Ganshaw, North Carolina, and Jalen Chapman, New York, which mandates organ harvesting
  • 99 by Tyler Gross, Michigan; Sarah Brophy, Delaware; and Melissa Weaver, Mississippi, which excludes sexual history as a screening mechanism for blood and sperm donation
  • 68 by Dylan Slinger, Minnesota, which provides less money for the general defense and more funding for urgent military action
  • 549 by Katie Cronmiller, Wisconsin, which stops federal funding for purity balls
  • 429 by Tucker Cholvin, Washington, which creates a cycled regional presidential primary system

The lone failed proposal was 537 by Sam Ingalls, Louisiana, which would have repealed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009. Congratulations to all of the proposal authors who made it to Plenary!

With the recent acquittal of Florida Mother, Casey Anthony, Oklahoma Representative Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, District 65,  and Senator Ralph Shortey R-South Oklahoma City, District 44, have begun drafting legislation in regard towards an increased penalty against failure to report a death of a person under an individual’s care. We were lucky to receive an opportunity to interview the Representatives over their recent propositions.






By: Ashton Avery, Louisiana

Delegates from across the nation gathered in the Blue Ridge Center for lunch today to enjoy a hearty lunch and social time (which mainly consisted of “darting” right outside of the BRC).  In the Dining Hall, chants broke out from various state delegations.  One of these chants from the District of Columbia resounded in our minds with the words “Barack Obama City.”

            President Obama has been hounded by the media in regards to his birth certificate, with many believing he was not native-born. If this accusation were true, it would have made him ineligible to be a presidential candidate.  To combat this pressure, President Obama later publicized his birth certificate, hoping it would quell the growing dispute.  His actions, however, were to little avail, as Donald Trump rehashed the incident earlier this year.  Since then, the president’s birthplace has lost its major media presence and hopefully, the issue will not be brought up again.

            A delegate from Texas, Donovan Hunsucker, has created Proposal 0302, which enforces the Constitutional requirement of a U.S. birth certificate in order to run for presidential elections.  His inspiration was brought about by the media coverage and gossip surrounding Obama and his birth certificate. 

            “I respect Obama. I respect him enough to help him out.” Hunsucker feels that if any presidential candidate has a real birth certificate, he should not be subject to so much gossip surrounding his birth.  Hunsucker is a Constitutionalist, feeling that the US Constitution should be strictly followed.  Hunsucker has combined his proposal to further help him pass through committees and hopefully through to Plenary Session.  Keep an eye out for Delegate Hunsucker and his co-author’s proposal.

By: Valencia Harper, Ohio

Combining proposals can be both good and bad, because when you combine two proposals you can lose strength in both of the topics, or you may not be able to share a very important argument that you feel strongly about. Combining can be a really good idea, because you can save a lot of time by saving the committee from hearing the same proposal twice. Also, you can make some new friends and it can take a lot of pressure off you to share with someone else. Whichever choice you make you will have an absolutely amazing time. When you are presenting your proposal don’t be scared, because everyone in that room is feeling the exact same emotions as you are, and they have to get up in front of everyone and do the exact same thing. Remember to have fun, do your best, and just smile!

NAME: Marco Gomez-Camarena, Washington D.C.
TITLE: Immigrant Soldiers for the United States of America
MAJOR AREAS TO BE AFFECTED: Military Enrollment, Immigration, America
SUMMARY: “The solution to the immigration debate does not lie in creating more barriers or naturalizing immigrants. The solution is as follows: undocumented immigrants who have met the proper requirements shall be enlisted into the military. While this solution may be deemed as sending immigrants to die, it will create an influx of much needed soldiers fighting for incentives while also creating a more patriotic future citizen.”