A fun part of my job is to show students how government actually works. Last year we hosted classes visiting the capitol and went to several schools to conduct a Legislative Road Show. We explain real bills, debate them, and students “vote” on measures (with some unexpected results!).
School Visits to the Capitol
If you’re bringing a class or a group of students to the Capitol on a field trip, please contact our office beforehand. We’d be delighted to meet with the students in the Senate Chamber, explain the Legislative process, and take questions from the students, teachers and chaperones.
We usually use an age-appropriate bill that we are in the process of hearing in the Legislature as a real-life example for the students. I ask them to vote on the bill after we discuss it, and let them know how the bill is moving (or not!) at that point in the Legislative process. Classes can leave their contact information, so we can let them know the final outcome of the bill at the end of Session.
Legislative Roadshow: Bringing the Capitol to the Classroom
Students are transformed into advocates and Legislators through our Legislative Roadshow. Two weeks before our visit, we give the teachers a real age-appropriate bill pending before the legislature, written instructions for students on how to prepare testimony, and some links to online background information so the students can do some research.
My staff and I go to the school and hold a mock Legislative Hearing, where each student stands up to present their testimony, answers our questions, then we vote on the bill.
Next we turn the tables, and make the class the Legislators. We then present our testimony to the students on another bill, the students question us, then vote on that bill.
The “session” is linked to the DOE curriculum standards for each age group. The real-life experience drives home the lessons on civics, debate and US government.
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Office Manager, Office of Senator Laura Thielen