BOSTON – Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) announced that the 77th Citizens’ Legislative Seminar (CLS) will be held this fall on Monday, October 17th and Tuesday, October 18th at the Massachusetts 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.
“I encourage residents of the Second Worcester District to participate in this unique learning experience,” said Sen. Moore. “The program provides a first-hand opportunity to engage in the legislative process, and to get a better understanding of the work done by Legislators and staff. The feedback I’ve received from past participants is resoundingly positive and the program is a great way to learn 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, August 12th 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.