Senator for a Day gives young leaders the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a decision maker in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Students are given first hand experiences in government by participating in a mock law making process. After hearing from several speakers, the student senators break into assigned committees, where they debate, amend, and vote on real bills and issues before the state legislature. Bills that make it out of committee are then considered by all of the students during a mock senate general session.
This year, after much creative and passionate debate, the students amended and passed six of the proposed eight bills, including:
- SB1 K-12 School Day Start Times
- SB2 School Discipline of Students Bullying Outside of School
- SB3 Providing Tax Credits for Volunteer Fire Companies and Emergency Services
- SB5 Parental Consent to Join Online Social Networks
- SB7 Mandatory One-Year Teen Learner’s Permit
- SB8 Statewide Red Light Camera Act
Over 130 students participated in this year’s program from the following high schools:Allentown Central Catholic High School, Building 21 Allentown, Dieruff High School, Emmaus High School, Executive Education Academy Charter School, Lincoln Leadership Academy, Northwestern Lehigh High School, Parkland High School, Roberto Clemente Charter School, Southern Lehigh High School and William Allen High School.
A special thank you to Muhlenberg College for again hosting this event. We’re already looking forward to next year.