BOSTON – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) is looking for constituents interested in learning more about the legislative process.
One resident of the Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin Senate District is eligible to receive the Senator's nomination to attend the 64th Citizens Legislative Seminar (CLS) on Monday, March 22 and Tuesday, March 23 from 10am-3:30pm in Boston.
The CLS is a citizen workshop that aims to better educate the public on the Commonwealth’s legislative process. Established in 1976 through a collaborative effort of the Massachusetts Senate and the University of Massachusetts, this two-day workshop features presentations by Senators and legislative staff on the day-to-day experience of legislators serving in Massachusetts. Topics include the formal and informal legislative processes, the state’s operating budget, the parliamentary role of the Clerk of the Senate, and the future of the Legislature.
The CLS culminates in a simulated legislative public hearing and Senate formal session where participants fill the role of Senator in order to actively experience the legislative process.
In past years Downing sponsored Pittsfield City Councilor Pete White and Ashfield resident Paul Tacy to attend the Citizens Legislative Seminar. Participation is open to all Massachusetts residents on a first-come, first-serve basis. Interested residents should contact Downing’s chief of staff, Bethann Steiner at (617) 722-1625 by February 26, 2010.