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Care to serve a short stint on Beacon Hill?

Want to serve on Beacon Hill — at least for a couple of days?

The 72nd Citizens’ Legislative Seminar on March 4 and 5 will give selected residents a chance to learn about the legislative process and then get hands-on experience as “senators” to experience what it’s really like.

Residents of the Senate districts of Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, and Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, are welcome to contact their offices to seek their nominations. Anyone interested from Downing’s district should send a resume to the Bethann Steiner at Bethann.Steiner@masenate.gov by noon on Jan 16. Anyone in Rosenberg’s district should contact his district office at 413-587-6289 by Jan. 17 to be nominated. Downing represents Monroe, Rowe, Heath, Charlemont, Hawley, Ashfield, Buckland, Shelburne and Conway. Rosenberg represents the other county towns.

The biannual seminar aims to better educate the public on the legislative process. Established in 1976 through a collaborative effort of the Massachusetts Senate and the University of Massachusetts, this two-day conference features presentations by senators and staff on aspects of the day-to-day experience of state legislators. Topics will include the history and process of the Legislature, the parliamentary role of the Senate clerk and the future of the Legislature. The seminar culminates with a simulated legislative hearing and Senate session where participants can use what they’ve learned.

Nominations will be approved on a first come, first served basis.

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