The Citizens’ Legislative Seminar (CLS) is a citizen program, organized by the Senate Legislative Education Office, 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.
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”. The presentations are made by Senators and Senate staff.
Past presenters have included: Senate President Therese Murray, Senate Clerk William Welch, Senate Counsel Alice Moore and Senators Jennifer Flanagan, Richard T. Moore, Jack Hart and Michael Rush.
Highlights of the two-day program are a simulated legislative hearing and a simulated Senate Session where participants use what they have learned to actively experience the legislative process.
Due to its popularity, participants in CLS, must be sponsored by their senator. (Please note that you must be able to attend both days of the seminar in order to participate.)
If you have questions or would like to know more about the Program, contact your Senator’s office or the Senate Legislative Education Office at (617) 722-1380.