Senator Joan B. Lovely
State Senator
2nd Essex District


July 25, 2016

Senator Lovely Announces

81st Citizens’ Legislative Seminar in October

An invitation to learn about the legislative process


(Boston, MA) – Senator Joan B. Lovely (D-Salem) announced today that she is seeking nominees to participate in the 81st Citizens’ Legislative Seminar (CLS) to be held October 23rd and October 24th at the State House in Boston.  CLS is a semi-annual educational seminar geared towards adults of all ages interested in learning more about state government and the legislative process.

“The Citizens’ Legislative Seminar is a wonderful opportunity for residents of the Commonwealth to gain a greater understanding of what we do here in the Senate,” said Senator Lovely. “CLS is a great way to become more involved in the legislative process, and I hope my constituents will take advantage of this opportunity!”

Established in 1976 through a collaborative effort of the Massachusetts Senate and the University of Massachusetts, Boston, the two-day seminar features engaging presentations by Senators and staff on aspects of the day-to-day experience of legislators in the Commonwealth. Topics will include the history and process of the Legislature, the State Budget, the parliamentary role of the Clerk of the Senate and the future of the Legislature. The Seminar will walk participants through the legislative process including how bills are introduced, debated, and passed.

The Citizens’ Legislative Seminar is part of the Massachusetts Senate’s ongoing effort to increase civic engagement and open up the democratic process. It’s the perfect chance to come and gain an insider’s perspective from elected officials and staff on how the legislature works.

The CLS culminates with a simulated legislative hearing and Senate session where participants are invited to use what they have learned and participate as “Senators” in the Senate Chamber in order to have a first-hand experience of the legislative process.

Interested residents in Salem, Beverly, Peabody, Danvers and Topsfield are invited to contact Johanna in Senator Lovely’s office at (617) 722-1410 by Friday, September 7th in order to be nominated by Senator Lovely. Seats are limited and nominations are taken on a first come, first serve basis.