Senator Flanagan Announces

78th Citizens' Legislative Seminar in March

An invitation to learn about the legislative process

 

BOSTON – Senator Flanagan announced today that they are seeking nominees to participate in the 78th Citizens' Legislative Seminar (CLS) to be held March 21 and March 22 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. 

 

“The Citizens’ Legislative Seminar is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the legislative process and enhance your civic engagement," said Senator Flanagan. " I would encourage all of my constituents to participate in this informative program."

 

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.  

 

Interested residents in the Worcester and Middlesex District are invited to contact Annie Reiser by Friday January 20th at anita.reiser@masenate.gov in order to be nominated by Senator Flanagan. Seats are limited and nominations are taken on a first come, first serve basis.