State 4-H teens assemble in Olympia
April 1, 2014
Five King County 4-H members — including Issaquah’s Ankit Madhira — joined more than 200 teens from around Washington state for the WSU 4-H Know Your Government Conference over President’s Day weekend.
The annual conference connects youths with the political and governmental process by rotating the focus on the legislative, executive and judicial branches and the influence of media. This year’s legislative topic was Lobbying for Change: How a Bill Becomes a Law.
Prior to the conference, the teens worked in county delegations to learn how a bill becomes a law, create a bill related to an issue of their choice, and prepare a case for enacting their bill. The King County 4-H members chose House Bill 1830 related to penalties for harming dog guides, service animals, and on-duty search and rescue dogs.
During the conference, the bills were brought together where the teen delegates became lobbyists to pass their county bill via mock Senate and House sessions. Although their bill did not pass, they gained appreciation for the work required to turn an idea into a law while having fun and making new friends from across the state.