Mock Senate event draws 100 students from the 37th Senatorial District
Local students from eleven area high schools discussed, amended and either passed or rejected ten pieces of legislation as part of Senator Guy Reschenthaler’s Mock Senate held on April 26th 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 banning fracking, privatizing state liquor stores, providing for the use of body cameras for law enforcement, regulating fantasy sports, and voter ID. Assisting the students in the process were 20 elected officials and government relations professionals from around the state.
“The Mock Senate program this year was our best year yet. It offers local high school students the chance to be a senator for a day.” 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 these eleven schools attended: Avonworth, Chartiers Valley, Cornerstone Prep, Fort Cherry, Moon, Mt. Lebanon, Peters Township, South Fayette, Upper St. Clair, West Allegheny, and Western PA School for the Deaf.