A Legislative Hearing is a time when senators will meet to listen to representatives from different groups speak on a particular topic.
We will simulate a small-scale legislative hearing on the Guantanamo Bay issue.
Guiding Question: Should the United States government fund the closure of Guantanamo Bay Detention Center?
Each of you will play the part of a representative from a specific interest group. We will use this format to examine the legal issues at stake related to Guantanamo Bay. You will work individually to complete your portion of the assignment.
The worksheet is due at the start of tomorrow's class. It is worth a total of 35 points -- 5 points per question.
Tomorrow, we will hold our hearing. The procedure for the hearing is below:
- The chairperson will call the hearing to order. She will then state the purpose of the hearing.
- Each senator will make a brief opening statment expressing her expectations for the proceedings.
- Each representative will have an opportunity to make an opening statement. After each representative speaks, the senators will have the chance to question her/him.
- Opening statements should take 1-2 minutes. Questions and responses should take 5-6 minutes.
- Finally, the senators will discuss their decision.