State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing announces that the 73rd Citizens’ Legislative Seminar will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 14 and 15, at the Massachusetts State House.

CLS is a citizen seminar that aims to better educate the public on the Commonwealth’s legislative process. This two-day seminar features presentations by senators and staff on aspects of the day-to-day experience of legislators in the Commonwealth.

Topics will include the history and process of the Legislature, the parliamentary role of the clerk of the Senate and the future of the Legislature.

The CLS culminates with a simulated legislative hearing and Senate session where participants are invited to use what they have learned and participate as "senators" in the Senate Chamber in order to have a first-hand experience of the legislative process.

Any resident of Downing’s Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District who is interested in attending the CLS should send their resume to the senator’s Chief of Staff, Bethann Steiner, at

The deadline to apply is noon Wednesday, Aug. 27. Downing will consider applications on a first come, first serve basis. Applicants must be able to attend both days of the program and are responsible for their personal travel and overnight accommodations.