BOSTON – Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) welcomed Shannon Regan of Auburn to the State House for the Citizens’ Legislative Seminar (CLS). Shannon, who already serves the Town of Auburn as a Staff Assistant to the Town Manager, was nominated by Senator Moore earlier this year to participate in the civic education program.
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, the two-day seminar features presentations by Senators and staff on aspects of the day-to-day experience of legislators in the Commonwealth.
“I appreciate Senator Moore nominating me to participate in the Citizens’ Legislative Seminar,” said Shannon. “I had such a positive experience and thought the seminar was informative and covered a vast amount of topics within the two day period. I highly recommend anyone to attend if they want to have a more active role in local and state government.”
“I commend Shannon for taking time from her busy schedule to learn about the legislative process,” said Senator Moore. “It’s always great to see local residents civically engaged— especially the millennial generation. I’m sure Shannon found her experience to be both rewarding and informative.”
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. During the 77th CLS, Shannon participated in a legislative debate regarding paid family and medical leave. CLS participants debated the same bill passed by the Senate in July.
Shannon was joined by two other residents of the Second Worcester District who were nominated by Senator Moore including Erin Baniukiewicz of Grafton and Mary Krumsiek of Millbury.