Two Western Massachusetts residents nominated by Sen. Eric P. Lesser (D-Longmeadow) participated in the 75th Annual Citizens’ Legislative Seminar, held this week at the State House.
“This seminar is a great opportunity for Massachusetts residents to see firsthand how our state government works,” Sen. Lesser said. “I’m proud to have nominated two community leaders who will use these lessons to encourage more residents to take an active role in their communities and in our Commonwealth.”
“I’ve learned so much from this seminar, and am excited to bring all this information and energy back to Springfield,” said Jean Canosa Albano, Manager of Public Services at the Springfield City Library and a resident of Wilbraham.
“This seminar was an eye-opener for me, and will serve as a strong motivator for anyone looking to play an active role in improving our communities,” said Linda Matys O’Connell, a member of the Springfield Unit of the Northampton Area League of Women Voters and a resident of Springfield.
Established in 1976 through a collaborative effort of the Massachusetts Senate and the University of Massachusetts, the two-day seminar features presentations by Senators and staff on aspects of the day-to-day experience of legislators in the Commonwealth.
Seminar activities included an overview of the history and process of the legislature, and discussion on how to make one’s voice heard in the legislative process. The seminar culminated with a simulated legislative hearing and Senate session where participants are invited to have a first-hand experience of the legislative process.