HARRISBURG − February 27, 2020 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today hosted his tenth annual Good Government Seminar at Cabrini University in Radnor, PA. 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.
“Our Good Government Seminar is an effort to encourage engagement among high school students in the district and it gives students the opportunity to experience the legislative process, discuss relevant issues, and understand how legislation is passed,” Leach said. “In order to thrive, I think our democracy needs citizens who understand the legislative process and who know how to discuss issues in a thoughtful way. I’m also always truly inspired by how much I learn from our next generation of leaders. After events like this one, I’m ever more certain our future is in good hands.”
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 eliminates the religious and “philosophical” exemptions on vaccines and requires children in Pennsylvania to receive certain vaccinations before they may attend school. The “mock Senate” also approved a bill that would ban hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking, and another bill that would end pretrial detention for those who fail to post bail.
Representative Pam DeLissio (D-Montgomery/Philadelphia) of the 194th Legislative District served as president of the Senate. Participating facilitators included Principal and Lower Merion Township Commissioner Dr. Anthony Stevenson, Vice President and Chief of Staff of Haverford College Jesse Lytle, Magisterial District Judge Sam Quinn, Executive Director of Montgomery County’s Chamber of Commerce Ryan Rosenbaum, Mike Bettinger from Montgomery County Community College’s Government Relations team, Maria Dispenziere from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, Larry Healy from the office of State Representative Jennifer O’Mara, John Solomon from Portnoff Law Associates, Ltd. and members of Leach’s staff.
Participating schools included Upper Merion High School, Haverford High School and Valley Forge Military Academy.
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.