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To get yourself started, describe what you hope to accomplish or the problem you plan to solve. Try to state it in a way that shows your fellow E-Legislators why this issue is important and deserving of their attention. Remember, you will need their support.

Next, describe the steps your bill will take to solve the problem. You don't need to discuss details like exactly who the bill applies to or how much it will cost; those will be included in the next few sections. You do need to mention specific actions that your bill requires, such as creating an agency or program, setting a standard, or instituting a penalty. Below is another example from a previous session of E-Congress. Doesn't the author of this bill make it seem like a good idea?

TITLE: A Bill to Reduce the Emissions of Vehicle Pollutants into the Atmosphere
1. To establish new Federal programs and standards to reduce the emissions of vehicle pollutants into the atmosphere.
2. To increase the fuel standards on new vehicles.
3. To promote the development of fuel cells and hybrid vehicles thus reducing dependence on fossil fuels.
4. To impose regulations on newly produced farming equipment in order to reduce air pollution in rural areas.

To help you determine what your purpose might be review the following sample purpose statements from previous E-Congress bills.

TITLE: Quit the Quotas Bill
PURPOSE: A bill to ensure that college entry acceptance is based on test and academic scores, notable achievements and volunteer service, not upon quotas of race and/or gender.

TITLE: Universal Health Coverage
PURPOSE: This bill is intended to provide health care for all American citizens.

TITLE: Improve and Better Our Schools Act
PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to provide an equal education for children in poverty-stricken areas by providing funds for essential school supplies.

When you are ready, click on "Work on Your Bill" at the top of the page to write the purpose for your legislation. Remember, you may edit this section before submitting your finished bill to your teacher.

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