Senator Joyce announces 76th Citizens’ Legislative Seminar to be held in March

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Senator Brian Joyce Announces 76th Citizens’ Legislative Seminar

BOSTON – Senator Brian A. Joyce (D-Milton) announced today that he is seeking nominees to participate in the 76th Citizens’ Legislative Seminar (CLS) to be held March 22-March 23 at the State House in Boston.  CLS is a semi-annual educational seminar geared towards adults of all ages interested in learning more about state government and the legislative process.

“This program gives residents a great opportunity to participate in the legislative process and to see state government in action,” said Senator Joyce. “I always look forward to the seminar, and I encourage residents of the district to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity.”

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 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 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.

All interested residents in the Norfolk, Bristol, and Plymouth district, which includes the towns of Avon, Canton, Milton, Randolph, Stoughton, and West Bridgewater as well as parts of the towns of Braintree, Sharon, Easton, and East Bridgewater, are invited to contact James Warren in Senator Joyce’s office at 617.722.1643 by Friday, February 5, to apply. Seats are limited.

-From the Office of State Senator Brian A. Joyce

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