Boston – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) announces today that the 68th Citizens' Legislative Seminar (CLS) will be held this spring on Tuesday, March 20th and Wednesday, March 21st from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Massachusetts State House.
“The Citizens’ Legislative Seminar is a unique opportunity for residents from across the Commonwealth to ask questions about the legislative process and get an in-depth perspective of state government,” said Downing. “I hope interested residents will contact me to take advantage of this opportunity.”
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 staff on aspects of the day-to-day experience of legislators in the Commonwealth. Topics will include the history and process of the Legislature, the parliamentary role of the Clerk of the Senate and the future of the Legislature.
The CLS culminates with a simulated legislative hearing and Senate session where participants are invited to use what they have learned and participate as “Senators” in the Senate Chamber in order to have a first-hand experience of the legislative process.
Interested residents in the Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin District are invited to contact Downing’s Chief of Staff, Bethann Steiner, at (617) 722-1625 by Friday, January 27th to submit an application. In order to be nominated, you must submit a resume and be able to attend both days of the CLS. Participation is on a first come, first serve basis.