Virtual Student Legislative Day

Another great student experience is coming your way! legislative day

The Michigan Association of Student Councils and Honor Societies (MASC/MAHS) is excited to announce the 2020 Virtual Student Legislative Day! 

Our Virtual Student Legislative Day will take student leaders interested in gaining a better understanding of the inner workings of Government on a full day (virtual) adventure at the State Capitol. This experience aligns with our mission statement and action goals in creating strong student and community leaders.
 

Date: Wednesday, December 2nd 
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Location: Your home office, school building or couch (Virtual Event) 
Investment:
-$15 a person
-$200 for a group of 20 (Schools are allowed to bring additional participants at $15 per person and can register as many students as they wish)
Registration: Registration ends November 27th at 3:00 p.m.Virtual space may be limited and is on a first come, first serve basis. 

Agenda At-A-Glance
9:30-10:00 a.m. - Welcome and Overview
10:00-11:00 a.m. - Legislation 101
11:00-11:30 a.m. - Virtual Guided Tour of the Michigan State Capitol Building
11:30-12:00 p.m. - Lunch
12:00-1:30 p.m. - Legislative Panel

  • Legislator Presentation and Q and A 
  • Lobbyist Presentation and Q and A 
  • Legislative and Campaign Staff Panel and Q and A

1:45-2:45 p.m. - Sit in on a live House of Representatives Session! Moderated by MASSP's Bob Kefgen for inside analysis and breakdown of action

Great Opportunity to Support your Course Work! 
This one-day workshop will contain a packed day, ensuring that students get the full experience of life in Lansing. The morning kicks off with a welcome and overview of legislative practice with MASSP’s lobbyist, Bob Kefgen (and maybe a few special guests!)  

Next, students will be taken on a virtual guided tour of the State Capitol building, reviewing historical features, rooms, items and critical Michigan History. 

After the tour, students will have the opportunity to meet with different government officials and staffers to gain a better understanding of their job duties and influence across our state. These meetings will include representation from staffers, lobbyists and legislators! 

We will end the day with students having the option of sitting in (virtually) on a live House of Representatives session. This jam-packed agenda serves to provide a well-rounded, exciting and informative day in Lansing.

 

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Meet the Legislative Panel 

LT. GOVERNOR GARLIN GILCHRIST II

A native of Detroit, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist has dedicated his career to fixing problems for hardworking families. From spearheading campaigns for equality and justice to harnessing technology to solve everyday problems for Detroiters, his focus has consistently remained on serving the public by getting things done.

CHIEF OF STAFF, LT. GOVERNOR GARLIN GILCHRIST, SHAQUILA MYERS

Shaquila Myers is chief of staff for Lieutenant Governor of Michigan Garlin Gilchrist. Formerly, she served as legislative director for Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, working on a number of important public policy issues including the ongoing Flint water crisis. 

STATE REPRESENTATIVE BEN FREDERICK

State Rep. Ben Frederick was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2016. He represents the 85th District, which includes Shiawassee County and the Southwestern portion of Saginaw County. Rep. Frederick serves as vice chair of the Health Policy Committee and as a member of the Energy, Insurance, and Regulatory Reform committees. 

GOVERNOR WHITMER'S POLICY DIRECTOR: EMILY LAIDLAW

Emily Laidlaw is charged with shaping Governor Gretchen Whitmer's public policy initiatives. As the governor's policy director, Laidlaw oversees a team of analysts who will routinely work with private sector interests, nonprofit groups, philanthropic foundations and other government agencies to develop and pursue policy initiatives.

MULTI-CLIENT LOBBYIST: NOAH SMITH

Noah is typically in the middle of changes to criminal and civil law in Michigan. He recently worked on the successful passage of a series of bills signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer that will create an automatic criminal record expungement system in Michigan, clearing some misdemeanors and some non-violent felonies from the records of residents. Noah also represents the plaintiffs’ bar through the Michigan Association of Justice and the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan.
 

Welcome to your Virtual Conference Experience!

The following video tutorial covers our digital conference platform, EventOwl. This brief overview showcases how to navigate the conference platform and some of what you can expect when registering for a digital conference. This platform allows our participants to view a full agenda, select sessions of interest, download handouts and resources and allows dedicated space for networking! Although we are not in the same room, we are still in this together!