Submitted by State Senator Mike Barrett, D-Lexington
Diane Zamot of Bedford met with State Senator Mike Barrett, D-Lexington, in the Senate Chamber. Diane was a recent participant in the Citizens’ Legislative Seminar, an educational program geared towards adults interested in learning more about state government.
About the Citizens’ Legislative Seminar
The Citizens’ Legislative Seminar (CLS) is a citizen program, organized by the Senate Office of Education and Civic Engagement, which aims to better educate the public on the functions of the Massachusetts State Legislature. CLS was originally established in 1976 through a joint effort of the Massachusetts State Senate and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. This seminar is offered twice a year, Spring and Fall.
The curriculum includes the “History of the Legislature”, “The Formal Legislative Process”, “The Informal Legislative Process”, “The Budget”, “The Parliamentary Role of the Clerk of the Senate” and “The Future of the Legislature”. Highlights of the two-day program include a simulated legislative hearing and a simulated Senate Session held in the Senate Chamber; participants use what they have learned to actively experience the legislative process during the simulations.
Due to its popularity, participants in CLS, must be sponsored by their senator and able to attend both days of the seminar in order to participate.
To learn more about the Program, contact Senator Barrett or the Senate Office of Education and Civic Engagement at (617) 722-1380.