BOSTON – Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) announced today that the 76th Citizens’ Legislative Seminar (CLS) will be held next spring on Tuesday, March 22nd and Wednesday, March 23rd at the State House.
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.
“Past participants from the Second Worcester District have ranged from seasoned public officials to young voters who are curious about the legislative process,” said Sen. Moore. “The feedback I’ve received from participants is resoundingly positive and the program provides a unique first-hand perspective about how legislation is introduced, amended, debated and ultimately voted upon on Beacon Hill.”
“The Citizens’ Legislative Seminar is part of the Massachusetts Senate’s ongoing effort to increase civic engagement and open up the democratic process. It’s the perfect chance to come and gain an insider’s perspective from elected officials and staff on how the legislature works,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). “This is an excellent learning experience and I encourage those interested to contact their senator.”
The CLS culminates in a simulated legislative hearing and Senate session where participants are invited to use what they have learned and participate as “Senators” in a live debate in the Senate Chamber.
All residents of the Second Worcester District are invited to contact Senator Moore’s Office via telephone at (617) 722-1485 by Friday, February 5th in order to be nominated by Senator Moore. Participation is on a first come, first served basis. Additional information about the program is available on the Legislature’s website, https://malegislature.gov/Engage/EducationalOpportunities/CitizensLegislativeSeminar.