Local Residents Participate in the 77th Citizens’ Legislative Seminar
BOSTON – Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) welcomed Shannon Regan of Auburn, Mary Krumsiek of Millbury, and Erin Baniukiewicz of Grafton to the State House for the Citizens’ Legislative Seminar (CLS). All three constituents were nominated by Senator Moore earlier this year to participate in the civic education program.
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, the two-day seminar features presentations by Senators and staff on aspects of the day-to-day experience of legislators in the Commonwealth.
“The importance of civic learning and engagement cannot be overstated,” said Senator Moore. “I commend Shannon, Mary and Erin for taking time from their busy schedules to learn about the legislative process. I’m glad each of them found their experience to be both rewarding and informative.”
The CLS culminates in a simulated legislative hearing and Senate session where participants are invited to use what they have learned and participate as “Senators” in a live debate in the Senate Chamber. During the 77th CLS, Erin participated in a legislative debate regarding paid family and medical leave. CLS participants debated the same bill passed by the Senate in July.