HARRISBURG – March 2, 2019 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) on Thursday hosted his ninth annual Good Government Seminar. The event was open to high school students in the 17th Senatorial District and it employed a “mock Senate” format to help teach students Pennsylvania’s legislative process.
“I always look forward to seeing what ideas students come up with at my annual Good Government Seminar,” Leach said. “This is one of my favorite events, it gives students the opportunity to experience the legislative process, discuss relevant issues, and understand how legislation is passed.”
During the seminar, students interacted with elected officials, advocates, and government affairs representatives as they debated and voted on bills in the mock Senate.
This year, the majority of the “mock Senate” passed a bill that replaces Pennsylvania’s current opt-in voting registration system with an opt-out system. The “mock Senate” also approved a bill that would provide for establishment of safe injection sites in Pennsylvania and another bill that prohibits a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. Members also considered a bill to ban retailers from distributing single-use plastic straws, but ultimately voted to oppose that legislation.
Participating facilitators were Magisterial District Judge Michael Sam Quinn, Cyndi Ricards of Narberth Borough Council, Mike Bettinger from Montgomery County Community College’s Government Relations team, Maria Dispenziere from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, Dylan Lindberg from the office of State Representative Mary Jo Daley, Larry Healy from the office of State Representative Jennifer O’Mara, Courtenay Harris Bond – Freelance Journalist/Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism, and Micah Mahjoubian and J. Desmond McKinson from the office of State Senator Sharif Street.
Participating schools included Upper Merion High School, Haverford High School, Valley Forge Military Academy, Roosevelt Alternative School, The Shipley School, Sacred Heart Academy, and the Agnes Irwin School.
Senator Daylin Leach represents the 17th Senatorial District, which includes parts of Montgomery County and Delaware County. For more information visit www.senatorleach.com/newsroom.