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Downing Seeking Local Participants for Citizens Legislative Seminar at the State House
December 21, 2015

BOSTON - State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) announces today that he is seeking local residents to nominate as participants of the 75th Citizens' Legislative Seminar (CLS), to be held March 22-23, 2016 at the Massachusetts State House in Boston.  The CLS is a semi-annual educational seminar geared towards adults of all ages interested in learning more about state government and the legislative process. 

Established in 1976 through a collaborative effort of the Massachusetts Senate and the University of Massachusetts, the two-day seminar features engaging 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 Seminar will walk participants through the legislative process including how bills are introduced, debated, and passed.

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, Chris Gilrein at by Thursday, February 4th 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 by Senator Downing. Participation is on a first come, first serve basis. Transportation and lodging is not provided by Senator Downing or the Massachusetts Senate.




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