Boston – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) announced today that the 70th Citizens' Legislative Seminar (CLS) will be held on Tuesday, March 12th and Wednesday, March 13th from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Massachusetts State House.
““I always look forward to the CLS and hope a number of local folks will decide to take advantage of this great opportunity,” said Downing.
“The Citizens’ Legislative Seminar is a hands-on experience that allows residents from across the Commonwealth to learn about the legislative process, how bills are heard, debated and passed, and to gain a unique perspective of state government,” said Senate President Therese Murray (D- Plymouth).
CLS, a citizen seminar that aims to better educate the public on the Commonwealth’s legislative process, was established in 1976 through a collaborative effort of the Massachusetts Senate and the University of Massachusetts. The two-day event 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.
Any resident of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden District who is interested in participating in the CLS should send their resume to the Senator’s Chief of Staff, Bethann Steiner, at Bethann.Steiner@masenate.gov by Noon on Monday, February 4th. The Senator will nominate participants to attend on a first come, first serve basis. Applicants must be able to attend both days of the program in order to be nominated.