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Legislative Bill Paper Assignment

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Paper Description

You will need to write a 4-page paper on a policy bill (no Assembly or Senate Resolutions) being considered by the California State Legislature in the 2017-2018 Legislative session. This project will require you to do research on a particular policy area. Your paper should cover the following:

  1. Identify the problem that the bill is trying to fix and clearly state what the bill does (suggested length: 1-2 paragraphs).
  2. Provide background on the core issue – this will require background library research (suggested length: 2- 3 paragraphs);
  3. Provide background on the main (one) “author” of the bill (1-2 paragraphs);
  4. Identify who is opposed to the bill and why; identify who supports the bill and why; give background on the “sponsor” of the bill (if there is one) (suggested length: 2-3 paragraphs);
  5. Describe where the bill is in the process (suggested length: 1 paragraph); and
  6. Give your opinion of the bill (support or oppose and why) and link it to what you learned in class (suggested length: 2 paragraphs).

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Paper Format

  • Times new roman
  • Double spaced
  • 12 inch font
  • Number the pages (lower right hand side)
  • 1 inch top, bottom, left and right margins
  • MLA format for citations
  • Bibliography page. You must use at least 5 sources. This page will not be included in the page count.


Your grade will be based on the content of your paper per the 6 listed sections above, in addition to grammar/spelling/format.

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