Local students discussed a wide range of state issues during Senator Pat Stefano’s (R-Fayette/Somerset/Westmorealnd) 1st annual Senator for a Day student government seminar at Penn State’s Eberly Campus on Thursday, March 10.
The program invited students to debate issues currently under consideration by the General Assembly. Proposals considered by the students included: Rights to Social Media Upon Death, Liquor Store Modernization, Medical Cannabis, Drug Testing for Welfare Benefits, Pension Reform, Shale Tax, Voter Identification, Preventing Heatstroke-Related Death or Serious Injury to an Unattended Child by Extending Civil Immunity, Prohibition on Sunday Hunting and Establishing Separate Snowmobile and All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Funds.
“In addition to teaching students about the legislative process, the Senator for a Day program offers students a chance to discuss and debate the merits of some of the most important issues facing Pennsylvania,” Stefano said. “I was impressed with the perspectives and insights shared by students during these events, and the thoughts and opinions offered during today’s program were certainly no exception. If these students represented the future leadership of our communities we are in good hands.”
Students from 14 local school districts participated in the event: Albert Gallatin High School, Belle Vernon Area High School, Berlin Brothersvalley High School, Brownsville Area High School, Fayette County Career & Technical Institute, Geibel Catholic Jr./Sr. High School, Laurel Highlands High School, Meyersdale Area High School, Mt. Pleasant Area Jr./Sr. High School, North Star High School, Rockwood Area High School, Salisbury-Elk Lick Junior/Senior High School, Southmoreland Senior High School and Uniontown Area High School.