TRHS students engage in mock debate at 9th Student Legislative Session
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AUSTIN — On Friday, Nov. 16, state Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-District 31) hosted an in-depth walk-through of the state legislative process to more than 50 high school students across South Texas.

The students traveled to the Texas Capitol from high schools in Live Oak, Duval, Starr, Brooks, Atascosa, Webb and Zapata counties to take part in his ninth annual Student Legislative Session.

The annual event, founded by six-term legislator Rep. Guillen, who won re-election in the newly-drawn House District 31 earlier this month, provided the students with detailed insight on how the legislative process happens and the common duties of state lawmakers.

“It’s always gratifying to share with young people how our state legislature operates,” said Rep. Guillen. “I hope the experience will encourage students to become more involved in their communities, state, and nation.”

During the event, the students listened to the inspiring and informative words of Texas House Parliamentarian Chris Griesel, Texas Deputy Secretary of State Coby Shorter III and Frank Battle, General Counsel Advisor for Texas House Speaker Joe Straus.

In addition, the students, along with their chaperones, had the chance to take an official tour of the Capitol and participate in a comprehensive mock legislative debate in the Texas House Chamber while sitting in the actual seats of House members.

The bills discussed ranged from the topics of public education to healthcare to transportation.

“I hope that the knowledge the students acquired inspires them to continue to apply themselves in college and beyond,” Guillen said.

Guillen is serving in his fifth term in the Texas House representing District 31, which includes the South Texas counties of Atascosa, Brooks, Duval, Jim Hogg, Kenedy, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen, Starr, and Willacy.

He was named “Best Legislator,” “Legislative Champion,” “Outstanding Legislator,” “South Texas Champion,” “Best of the House” and “Legislator of the Year” by organizations that advocate for issues ranging from education and healthcare to public safety and economic development.

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