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Press Release: Senator Rob Wonderling to Host "Senator for a Day" Student Government Seminar
Date: 11/2/2004

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Senator Rob Wonderling to Host "Senator for a Day" Student Government Seminar, Thurs., Nov. 4

Senator Rob Wonderling (R-24) will host a "Senator For A Day" Student Government Seminar from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Thursday, November 4, in the McShea Student Center at DeSales. The seminar is an interactive program designed to provide high school students with a working knowledge of the legislative process.  Students participating in the program will assume the role of "Senator for a Day" and will actively engage in developing proposals, debating the merits of the bills and voting on the measures.

High school students from area schools have been invited to attend. In addition to the high school students, more than a dozen DeSales students from political science and SIFE, Students In Free Enterprise, also will take part in the session. The DeSales students will take on the roles of lobbyists and also help present differing "testimony" in the legislative caucus meetings.

The session will begin with opening remarks from Senator Wonderling and Dr. Karen Walton, provost and vice president of academic affairs at DeSales, followed by a discussion on the legislative process and how it works. The "senators" will divide into Senate committees to discuss bills, take position on legislation and actually draft laws for the full Senate to consider. Committees will include Labor, Transportation, Education, Environment and Health.

Bills to be considered include Minimum Wage, Drinking and Driving, Basing Teacher Salary on Performance, Cell Phone Usage, Changing Legal Driving Age, Child Labor Laws, Influx of State Trash, Penalties for Drug Use, Fees for State Parks, Increasing Earned Income Tax.

During the afternoon, the Senate will meet in full session to debate and vote on legislation drafted by the various committees. Each committee chairman will present the bills to the Senate for debate and a final vote.

"By giving students hands-on instruction about our legislative system, I believe we can encourage young people to become more actively involved in government and perhaps seek a career in public service," Senator Wonderling said.

Senator Wonderling said he is pleased that DeSales University generously offered a site on its main campus to hold the event because it is centrally located in his four-county district and has the perfect facilities needed to accommodate the mock legislative session.

"I am delighted that Senator Wonderling has asked DeSales University to host a mock legislative session," said Dr. Walton. "High school students will learn how the government functions by being "Senators for a day"--developing legislation, debating issues, and experiencing how laws are passed or defeated."

Press Release: Senator Rob Wonderling to Host "Senator for a Day" Student Government Seminar | Posted on: 11/2/2004

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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