BOSTON – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) announced today that the 71st Citizens' Legislative Seminar (CLS) will be held this fall on Tuesday, October 15th and Wednesday, October 16th from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Massachusetts State House.
“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 Downing. “I always look forward to the Seminar and I hope all those who are interested can take advantage of this great opportunity.”
CLS is a citizen seminar 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 seminar 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.
Residents of Downing’s Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden District are invited to contact his chief of staff, Bethann Steiner at (617) 722-1625 by Monday, September 9th if they are interested in attending. Applicants must be able to attend both days of the CLS program and submit a resume for consideration in order to be nominated to attend by Senator Downing. Participation is on a first come, first serve basis.