As part of PoliSci 297 with State Rep Aaron Vega, students took a day trip to the Massachusetts State House. This day trip was the culmination of their hard work in class and mirrored the experience they were studying about throughout the semester. Each student had to follow a campaign and track a bill in the current legislative cycle. At the State House, students sat in during a public hearing on Governor Baker's opioid bill, toured the building, heard from other State Representatives, State Senators, staff from the Speakers office, the office of the Attorney General and the House Clerk. During these discussions students learned about the priorities of each legislator, how bills are passed into law and what a day in the life of a law maker is like.
"The experience at the State House is a one of a kind, behind the scenes look at democracy in action and glimpse into our political history as well as future. For some of the students it was their first time ever visiting the State House and meeting with legislators. It has been a real honor to teach this class for me as I learned just as much from my students as they learned from me." - State Rep Aaron Vega
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