Monday, March 04, 2013

Learn more about the legislative process

The 70th Citizens' Legislative Seminar (CLS) will take place this spring on Tuesday, March 12, and Wednesday, March 13, at the State House.

The Citizens' Legislative Seminar 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 of the process of the Legislature, the parliamentary role of the clerk of the Senate and the future of the Legislature.

The CLS culminates with a simulated legislative hearing and Senate session where participants are invited to use what they have learned as "senators" in the Senate Chamber.

Due to its popularity, participants in CLS, must be sponsored by their senator. If you have questions or would like to know more about the Program, contact your Senator’s office or the Senate Legislative Education Office at (617) 722-1380.

For more on the legislative process you can link to Guide to Tracing Massachusetts Law: A great source from the State Library.