The event allows elected 4-H represåçentatives to experience the working of congress by filling their shoes. 4-H’ers filled committees, introduced bills and debated measures on the floor of the Texas Senate and House.
As a member of the House, Person introduced a bill to allow 18-year-old Texans to hold concealed handgun permits.
The bill passed the House and the Senate but was vetoed by the governor. It was the only veto in six bills passed by the young legislators.
Other measures approved by the Congress and signed by the governor included a new high school regime, a reduction in property taxes for small businesses, enhanced vehicle safety for infants, property owners rights concerning trespassers, and citizens on welfare must show expenditures.
Person gave an affirmative debate on the merits of the property owners rights, arguing that property owners should not be held liable for injuries incurred by people who were trespassing.
He was among 13 representatives from 4-H District 11, which covers 18 counties in the Coastal Bend.
“It was pretty much what I expected,” Person said. “I enjoy public speaking and debate, and this was an opportunity to hone those skills.”
Person, 17, is a home-schooled senior. He is the son of Karlen Person and the late John Person.
Although he is not sure what he will do after graduation, he is interested in the law, politics and acting.