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Southeastern students participate in Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature activities

Jacob Morrison and Nynnett Gonzalez participated in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature mock government program this year.

Jacob Morrison and Nynnett Gonzalez participated in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature mock government program this year.

DURANT, Okla. – With a history spanning 50 years, the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature (OIL) is the longest-running mock government run by students in the nation. University students from across the state compete in a simulated legislative process.

Over the past few years, Southeastern Oklahoma State University has been building its OIL delegation, making big strides in the first 50th session of 2018. Connor Alford, political science instructor, has advised and coached Southeastern’s team.

Jacob Morrison, a sophomore from Durant, had four bills passed by the house and senate. All four of his bills were signed into law by the governor of the organization, thus becoming “law.”  This is the first time Southeastern has seen a bill pass both chambers and be codified into law.

Nynnett Gonzalez, a sophomore from Cartwright, was a member of several committees — including rules, appropriations, and judiciary — that determine the competition standards.

In addition, Gonzalez was elected Deputy President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

As Southeastern’s new chair, Morrison hopes to continue to grow the University’s delegation.