Boston – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing announces that the 73rd Citizens' Legislative Seminar (CLS) will be held on Tuesday, October 14th and Wednesday, October 15th from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Massachusetts State House.
“For those residents who are looking for an in-depth perspective of how our state government works, the Citizens’ Legislative Seminar is a perfect opportunity in which to do so,” said Downing. “The Seminar walks participants through the comprehensive legislative process, including how bills are heard, debated and eventually passed. I encourage all those who are interested in how our government works to participate in the next Seminar.”
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.
Any resident of Downing’s Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden District who is interested in attending the CLS should send their resume to the Senator’s Chief of Staff, Bethann Steiner, at Bethann.Steiner@masenate.gov. The deadline to apply is Noon on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. Downing will consider applications on a first come, first serve basis. Applicants must be able to attend both days of the program and are responsible for their personal travel and overnight accommodations.