Student Government DayBy Canton Citizen
Representative William C. Galvin (D-Canton) was pleased to meet with Canton High School students Nina Kalita and Dan Burkowsky for the 65th annual Student Government Day. The students were elected by fellow classmates to travel to the State House to participate in the yearly event.
The students were addressed by Governor Deval Patrick, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, and Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland. They then participated in a simulated hearing for two pieces of current legislation: H1076, An act relative to creating a community service graduation requirement, and S1743, An act to provide for the denial of driver’s licenses for truants. This was followed by a simulated joint session in the House Chamber.
Kalita was Representative Galvin for the day, while Burkowsky was Representative Gloria Fox. During the simulated formal session, the two students sat in the representatives’ seats in the House Chamber and used their voting machines to approve or oppose legislation.
Every high school in the commonwealth is invited to send two students in their junior or senior year to attend. This hands-on civics lesson is mandated by the state constitution and is hosted by House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray and is organized by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Senate Legislative Education Office, and the House Committee on Personnel and Administration, which is chaired by Galvin.
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