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Citizens Legislative Seminar 2013

Senator Brownsberger is pleased to announce that the 72nd Citizens’ Legislative Seminar (CLS) will be held this spring on Tuesday, March 4th and Wednesday, March 5th from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the State House. Each senator may nominate one constituent to participate.

“I encourage my constituents to apply to this two-day seminar,” said Senator Brownsberger. “The CLS is a terrific way to gain an understanding of the legislative process and to interact with other citizens interested in state government.”

“The Citizens’ Legislative Seminar is a great opportunity for residents to get an in-depth perspective of state government,” Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) said. “Participants from across the Commonwealth will have the opportunity to learn about the legislative process, how bills are heard, debated and passed. I encourage all residents who are interested in how our government works to apply to participate in this Seminar.”

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.

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 residents in the Second Suffolk and Middlesex District are invited to submit a cover letter expressing their interest in being nominated to participate. Letters may be emailed to or mailed to Barbara Miranda, Chief of Staff, Office of Senator William N. Brownsberger, State House, Room 413C, Boston, MA 02133. Letters must be received by Friday, January 17. A nominee must be able to attend both days of the seminar to be considered.