Welcome, to the 74th Session of the Rhode Island Model Legislature!
The Rhode Island Model Legislature (“RIML”) is a hands-on civics experience for students to discover the legislative process by taking on the role of lawmakers. It is sponsored by the Rhode Island Social Studies Association, a non-profit organization for the furthering of the social sciences in Rhode Island. Rhode Island Model Legislature is the oldest program of its kind in the United States. Since the 1946-47 school year, RI students have taken over the State House with their own legislation, leaders and ideas! Join us this year!
About The Program
The RI Model Legislature is an annual simulation of the RI General Assembly, students experience the legislative process with a “learn by doing” approach. Students in the school clubs begin by choosing delegates and drafting legislation. Schools also have the opportunity to send delegates to interview for positions on the Model Legislature Leadership Committee. Once all this year’s bills are submitted, a Caucus Day is held, allows students from around the state the opportunity to simulate the party experience by meeting and interacting with like-minded colleagues. Immediately following the Caucus, students attend the annual Committee Day, conducting mock sessions of the five committees in each chamber: HEW, Judiciary, Labor, Corporations & Finance, and Special Legislation. Bills that pass through Committees are sent to the respective chambers — the House of Representatives or the Senate — for Model Legislature Day, where students occupy the actual General Assembly chambers, sitting in the same seats as their own state senators and representatives, and debate and vote on legislation they themselves wrote. This year, RIML proudly unveils a digital platform to allow students to participate virtually if need be, an upgrade for our pen-and-paper activity to the 21st century!
Model Legislature Digital Initiative
As of 2020, the Rhode Island Model Legislature has transitioned entirely from a paper-and-pen based program to 100% paperless. This digital platform utilizes custom accounts for every delegate and advisor, and allows for digital submission of bills and other information via customized portals for every school in the program.
The RIML bases its civics education on the following Common Core State Standards:
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1(5): Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.3(6): Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.8(7): Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.1(8): Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence