BOSTON >> State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing, D-Pittsfield, is seeking residents to nominate as participants of the 75th Citizens' Legislative Seminar to be held March 22-23 at the Massachusetts State House.

The CLS is a semi-annual educational seminar geared towards adults of all ages interested in learning more about state government and the legislative process.

The two-day seminar features presentations by senators and staff on aspects of the day-to-day experience of legislators in the Commonwealth. The seminar will walk participants through the legislative process including how bills are introduced, debated and passed. The CLS culminates with a simulated legislative hearing and Senate session.

Interested residents of Downing's Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District are invited to contact his chief of staff, Chris Gilrein, at by Thursday, Feb. 4.

Applicants must be able to attend both days of the CLS program and submit a resume for consideration in order to be nominated. Participation is on a first come, first serve basis. Transportation and lodging are not provided.