Mock Senate – 2017

Mock Senate event draws 100 students from the 37th Senatorial District

Local students from eleven area high schools discussed, amended and either passed or voted down ten pieces of legislation as part of Senator Guy Reschenthaler’s Mock Senate held on April 27th at Robert Morris University.   The legislation put before the students included actual and potential bills that might someday appear before the Pennsylvania Senate. Proposed bills included topics such as privatizing state liquor stores, banning fracking, providing for the use of body cameras for law enforcement, regulating fantasy sports, and regulating unmanned aircraft.  Assisting the students in the process were 20 elected officials and government relations professionals from around the state.

“The Mock Senate program, which offers local high school students the chance to be a senator for a day, was a bigger success than I could have ever hoped for,” Reschenthaler said. “The students capitalized on the opportunity to debate and discuss the merits of some very important issues facing our Commonwealth and community. Their understanding of the intricacies of the issues and the passion behind their beliefs was an inspiration for all the legislators and lobbyists involved.”

All high schools in the 37th District were invited and students from eleven schools attended:  Avonworth, Chartiers Valley, Cornerstone Prep, Fort Cherry, Moon, Mt. Lebanon, Peters Township, South Fayette, South Park, Upper St. Clair and West Allegheny.