Senator Browne’s “Senator for a Day” Program Featured on “The Browne Report”

Student government workshop featured on “The Browne Report”

Senate Appropriations Chairman Pat Browne recently held a “Senator for a Day” student government workshop at Muhlenberg College for local high school students. The workshop was featured in this month’s installment of “The Browne Report” television show.

“Senator for a Day,” a yearly program Senator Browne hosts, provides an opportunity for high school students to learn first-hand what it is like to be a state legislator in Pennsylvania and how the legislative process works. Students are given an opportunity to participate in the full process of passing a bill.

“I have hosted this ‘Senator for a Day’ program for eight years now and each year I am impressed with how enthusiastic and engaged the students are throughout the whole process,” Senator Browne said. “This may be the first opportunity for these students to see how the legislative process works.”

Following Senator Browne’s explanation of the legislative process, students from seven local high schools were divided into three groups modeled after Senate Committees, with each committee discussing two pieces of legislation. This year’s committees were Education, Finance and Judiciary.

Each committee formed two groups with one group in favor of the bills and the other opposed to them as originally written. The student legislators proposed amendments, voted on those amendments and voted on whether or not to pass each piece of legislation out of their committee. Once the committee portion of the day ended, the students all returned to the auditorium to participate in a mock Senate, voting on each piece of legislation that was passed out of the three committees to see if it had enough votes to pass the Senate.

“It is important for our young people to have an understanding of how our state government works and the role state legislators play in that process,” Senator Browne said. “This ‘Senator for a Day’ program has afforded me the chance to share insights into what happens in Harrisburg and to actually let students participate in the process and help decide whether any of these bills pass during a mock session. We provide them with the starting point for legislation. They decide where the legislation goes from there. It’s an eye-opening experience for our student Senators.”

Participating in this year’s “Senator for a Day” were: Allentown Central Catholic High School; Louis E. Dieruff High School; Northwestern High School; Parkland High School; Roberto Clemente Charter School, Southern Lehigh High School and William Allen High School.

The Browne Report can be seen locally on Blue Ridge Communications, Channel 13; RCN, Channel 4; and, Service Electric Cable, Channel 50. Check your local listings for other times the show may air and date changes.

The show is also available on Senator Browne’s website at www.senatorbrowne.com.

Contact:          Matt Moyer     (610) 366-2327