Click to view the 2020 Texas 4-H Congress virtual experience videos below.
- Day 1: The 2020 Virtual Texas 4-H Congress kicked off with a workshop led by State Council members Shawn Earthman and Erik Deitrik discussing what a bill is and how to write a bill for Texas 4-H Congress. Zane Wanjura then discussed bills that had been submitted by 4-H’ers for the 2020 Congress.
- Day 2: The 2020 Virtual Texas 4-H Congress kicked off with a workshop led by David White and Megan Parr discussing what a lobbyist does in the actual government and at Texas 4-H Congress. Brayden DeBorde then discussed bills that had been submitted by 4-H’ers for the 2020 Congress.
- Day 3: The 2020 Virtual Texas 4-H Congress kicked off with a workshop led by Callie Cline and previous Pres Corps member Caroline Sexton discussing what role the press and media play in the actual government as well as the Press Corps Texas 4-H Congress. Victoria Richards then discussed bills that had been submitted by 4-H’ers for the 2020 Congress.
Bill Submission Requirements
Any 4-H member, regardless of age or planning on attending Texas 4-H Congress, must submit a legislative bill for consideration. Participation in the bill writing exercise allows 4-H members the opportunity to become engaged in the legislative process and the 4-H citizenship project. 4-H members attending Texas 4-H Congress will be required to submit at least one bill (this includes Texas 4-H Council, Tech Team, etc) prior to their registration to the event being accepted.
- Agriculture and Livestock (AGL)
- Education (EDU)
- Energy and Environment (EEV)
- Government, Finance, & Appropriations (GFA)
- Homeland Security and Public Safety (HPS)
- Judiciary and Juvenile Justice (JJJ)
- Public Health & Welfare (PHW)
To learn more on how to write and submit a bill download the “Preparing a Legislative Bill for Texas 4-H Congress” as well as work with your county Extension agent or a volunteer.
The Lobbyist group is designed for 4-H members who have attended Texas 4-H Congress previously. The responsibility of the Lobbyist group is to identify certain bills and then lobby members of the House and Senate to either pass or defeat the bill. Lobbyists should be knowledgeable about Texas 4-H Congress and the schedule that it follows. Lobbyist members should be prepared to and be able to approach other 4-H members and persuade House and Senate members for support. The Lobbyist group will hold a private reception for certain House and Senate Members, along with Congress Leadership.
Texas 4-H Congress Press Corps members can be either first time or returning 4-H members. Individuals applying for the Press Corp should have strong skills in writing, word processing, interviewing, photography, and focused on making deadlines. The Press Corps is responsible for publishing a daily newspaper and helping maintain a web page/electronic communication. Press Corps members may not be able to attend certain events because of publishing deadlines.