November 22, 2013 – I held my 7th Annual “Senator for a Day” student government workshop at Muhlenberg College. This yearly program provides an opportunity for high school students in the 16th Senatorial District to get a taste of what it is like to be a state legislator and how the legislative process works in Pennsylvania. Students are given an opportunity to participate in the full process of passing a bill. For many students, this may be their first real opportunity to see how the legislative process works.
Students were split up into groups modeled after Senate Committees, with each committee discussing two pieces of legislation. This year’s committees were Education, Finance and Judiciary. The student legislators proposed amendments, voted on those amendments and voted on whether or not to pass each piece of legislation. During the committee portion of the workshop, Muhlenberg College students helped my staff as lobbyists to show the students how groups seek legislators’ support or opposition for legislation that matters to their organization.
Once the committee portion ended, the day culminated with all the students, acting as the Senate body, 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.
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; and William Allen High School.
The “Senator for a Day” government workshop was featured on the May 2014 edition of “The Browne Report” and can be viewed here:
“Senator for a Day” Program at Muhlenberg College
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