Bills Ep. 8: A doctor’s perspective on school start times

Mariah Baughn, MD, and I discuss the Start School Later Bill from the perspective of a pathologist and parent. We talk about the fact that high schools aren’t doing enough to help teens get enough sleep. Mariah tells about her personal experience with start times. For example, her son is entering high school this coming year. Unfortunately, very few of the available schools have start times after 8:30. We also discuss how parents, students, and anyone interested can get involved with the Start School Later organization. … More Bills Ep. 8: A doctor’s perspective on school start times

Bills Episode 7: Giving Teens the Chance to Dream with Irena Keller of Start School Later

In today’s episode I talk with Dr. Irena Keller, who has a PhD in Change, Development, and Plasticity from University of California, Berkeley.  She is the leader of Start School Later’s California Chapter and an active supporter of California Senator Anthony Portantino’s Start School Later Bill. We discuss the science of sleep, the benefits of later start times, and the progress of the bill in the California Legislature. … More Bills Episode 7: Giving Teens the Chance to Dream with Irena Keller of Start School Later

Bills Episode 6: The Campus Free Speech Act Part 1

In the sixth episode of Bills with Luke Scorziell we review Section One of the Campus Free Speech Act, a piece of mock legislation published by the Goldwater Institute. Today’s episode marks the introduction of the High School Culture segment with an analysis of Jim and Pam’s relationship on The Office. … More Bills Episode 6: The Campus Free Speech Act Part 1

Bills Episode 5: The Start School Later Bill Interview

Today’s episode includes an exclusive 25 minute interview with my former Advanced Placement World History and current Advanced Placement United States History teacher Eric Newcombe (Graduated from Northern Arizona University Magna Cum Laude with University Honors). Throughout the episode we discuss the implications of Anthony Portantino’s Start School Later Bill (SB 328 in the California Senate) but also why it is needed from the perspective of both a student and a teacher.

For background, the Start School Later Bill would require all middle and high schools to begin school no earlier than 8:30 AM. It would allow schools up to July 1, 2020 to change their schedules accordingly. … More Bills Episode 5: The Start School Later Bill Interview

Bills episode 4: Should the US temporarily defund the United Nations?

In under fifteen minutes we discuss the implications of defunding the United Nations under the proposed United Nations Review and Accounting Act (HR 264). This discussion ranges from a cost-benefit analysis of the UN to an analysis of current events in US and international politics. … More Bills episode 4: Should the US temporarily defund the United Nations?

Bills Episode 3: Should James Mattis be confirmed as Secretary of Defense?

In this episode we discuss the current debate on the house and senate floor of whether or not there should be an exception to the United States Code to allow recently retired General James Mattis into the Secretary of Defense position. On top of reviewing arguments on both sides of the isle, we will discuss James Mattis’ qualifications for the job. … More Bills Episode 3: Should James Mattis be confirmed as Secretary of Defense?

Bills Episode 2: What about judicial review?

In this episode we discuss House Bill 76: Separation of Powers Restoration Act of 2017. The act creates a new purpose for executive agencies in the process of judicial review. Its proponents argue that agencies have too much power, power that extends their constitutional limits, while the other side believes that agencies need to clarify complex definitions to the court. … More Bills Episode 2: What about judicial review?

Bills Episode 1: Is it a president’s responsibility to pay for security?

In this episode, I review the 114th Congress’s HR 6506. If passed this bill would require presidents to pay for security when on any property they own. … More Bills Episode 1: Is it a president’s responsibility to pay for security?