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Downing seeking applicants for Citizens' Legislative Seminar at the State House
December 26, 2013

BOSTON – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D –Pittsfield) announced today that the 72nd Citizens' Legislative Seminar (CLS) will be held on Tuesday, March 4th and Wednesday, March 5th from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Massachusetts State House.
The CLS is a biannual 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 conference 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 by Noon on Thursday, January 16, 2014.  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.


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