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2018-2019 policy topic options

2018-2019 policy topic options
8/7/2017 7:40:15 AM


Cort Sylvester
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Since we haven't started debating this year's topic yet, it must be time to think about next season's.  I got back from the policy topic selection conference last night.  Here are the resolutions that will appear on the first ballot for the 2018-2019 topic (it's a domestic year--next year is international, followed by a mixed year):

The USFG should substantially reduce the authority of the President of the US in one or more of the following areas:  weapons of mass destruction, immigration, indefinite detention.  [USFG is spelled out, as is US]

The USFG should substantially increase funding and/or eligibility for one or more of the following:  Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid enrollment, Housing Choice Vouchers Program. 

The USFG should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the US. 

The USFG should substantially increase its regulation of one or more of the following in the US:  genetically modified foods, biofuels, pesticides, concentrated animal feeding operations, crop insurance. 

The Supreme Court of the US should overrule one of the following decisions:  Chevron U.S.A. v. NRDC, Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, Kelo v. City of New London, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Shelby County v. Holder.  [The actual rez uses bullet points to list the cases, and also includes the US Reporter citation for each case.] 

 

The ballot will be sent out later this month and MDTA will notify everyone when voting opens up.  The first ballot will cut to a final two. 

Once again, the National Federation will be exploring the possibility of having a year in which all of the options on the ballot will use non-USFG actors.  (That literally means that the specific actor is not simply "USFG."  Specific branches or components of the USFG would be an option, e.g., Supreme Court.  But it also means international organizations, states, etc.)  The hope is that it would be approved so that the 2019 conference (working up the 2020-21 topic) would be dealing with alternative actors.