Mock Legislative Session Day
Mock Legislative Session Day is a hands on opportunity for student council/government members from across Connecticut to work with the Connecticut General Assembly staff and legislators to learn how a bill becomes a law.
Time & Location
Friday, September 29, 2023: Registration Deadline.
TBD (7PM-8:00PM): Mandatory Zoom prep session with Non-Partisan Staff
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 (9AM-4PM): Mock Legislative Session Day, Capitol building in Hartford.
About the Event
CASC, in partnership with Connecticut General Assembly, is proud to announce its Second Annual Mock Legislative Session Day in the Capitol Building on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 from 9AM-4PM.
Mock Legislative Session Day is a hands on opportunity for student council/government members from across Connecticut to work with the Connecticut General Assembly staff and legislators to learn how a bill becomes a law. Students will experience the bill analysis, fiscal analysis, and the process of putting a bils intentions into legal language, in preparation for Mock Session.
On Mock Legislative Session Day students will be broken into "Majority" and "Minority" caucuses which will be led by fellow student leadership. These groups will then work with CGA staff to decide if they support or oppose bills and how to prepare for them before getting to the house floor where students will debate their mock legislation on the House Floor.
This is an incredible educational experience giving student council/government members the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the legislative process in a hands-on way.
This educational experience is $15.00 for students from CASC Schools and includes lunch and all necessary supplies.
Students will be discussing, debating and amending 7 student driven topics of local or state concern.
Students should be interested in entering a public service profession or seeking public office in the future.
The program includes 1 mandatory zoom orientation meeting before the live event in Hartford
Parliamentary Procedure - House rules.
Wed, Oct 18, 9:00 am -4:00 pm
9:00-9:30 Event-day overview
Bathrooms, lunch process, explanation of caucus meetings
9:30-10:00 OLR goes over the basics of the bills for entire group
10:00 -10:30 OFA goes over fiscal notes for each bill to the whole group
10:30-12:00 Caucus meetings-- students with staff and legislators
Which bills do we as a caucus agree on?
Which bills are a priority?
Which Bills need amendments?
Discuss who will take out each bill and how to argue
12:00-12:30 Lunch in caucus to strategize (Red Rocks catering:: salad, pasta, chicken)
12:30-1:00 Introduction to the chamber, how to use the electronic voting machines, etiquette for the chamber, caucus meetings in the chamber
1:00-3:30 Mock Session
3:30-4:00 Wrap up and photos
4:00 Optional Capitol tour after the event.