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Downing Accepting Applications for 69th Citizens Legislative Seminar
August 13, 2012

Downing Now Accepting Applications for 69th Citizens Legislative Seminar


Boston – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) announced today that the 69th Citizens' Legislative Seminar (CLS) will be held this fall on Monday, October 15th and Tuesday, October 16th from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the State House.


“The Citizens’ Legislative Seminar allows participants to discuss with legislators their role in state government and gain insight into the legislative process,” said Downing. “It is a unique opportunity for our citizens and constituents to get an in-depth view of their state government.”


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. 


CLS attendees must be nominated by their state Senator.  All residents of the Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin District interested in attending this year’s event are invited to contact Senator Downing’s Boston office at (617) 722-1625 by Friday, September 7th.  A resume will be requested from each applicant.  Participation is on a first come, first serve basis; candidates must be able to attend both days of the program.




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