Sen. Brownsberger Seeking Nominees for Citizens’ Legislative Seminar in October

Senator Will Brownsberger announced that he is seeking nominees to participate in the 83rd Citizens’ Legislative Seminar (CLS) on Tuesday, October 22 and Wednesday, October 23 at the Massachusetts 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.

Established in 1976 through a collaborative effort of the Massachusetts Senate and the University of Massachusetts, Boston, 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 State Budget, 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.

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.

To be considered for nomination, interested residents in Allston, Brighton, Back Bay, Fenway, Watertown and Belmont must submit a brief statement of interest to Quinn Diaz, at, no later than Tuesday, August 27. Seats are limited and nominations are taken on a first come, first serve basis.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office directly, at (617) 722-1280.

11 replies on “Sen. Brownsberger Seeking Nominees for Citizens’ Legislative Seminar in October”

  1. I’m interested in the Citizen’s Legislative Seminar this October. I teach Citizenship in Watertown for Project Literacy, and I think this seminar would make me a better informed teacher as well as citizen.

  2. Am interested in learning more about legislative processs but am NOT a public speaker!

  3. Typically when is this — all day during business days, after work evenings, weekend days?

    Also, would you consider motivated teens?

    Thank you.

  4. I would so love to participate but am scheduled to be on jury duty October 22. I hope to have the opportunity in the next session!

  5. What information should we include in the email to make us more likely to be considered?

    1. Sorry to miss this — but a full statement of background and interest goes a long way — a coherent explanation of how legislative training would fit in your development.

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