Local students discussed a wide range of state issues during Senator Pat Stefano’s (R-Fayette/Somerset/Westmoreland) 2nd annual Senator for a Day student government seminar at Penn State’s Eberly Campus on Thursday, March 9.
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, Pension Reform, Shale Tax, Voter Identification, Seat Belts on School Buses, Prohibition on Sunday Hunting, Allowing Game Commission to Set its Own License Fees, Extracurricular Activities Assessment Fees and Providing for Year Round Schooling. This year an Appropriations Committee was added to give comments on the fascial feasibility of the proposed or amended legislation.
“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.”
More than 130 high school students from 14 school districts across Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland Counties participated in Senator for a Day. This annual event provides the students with a much greater understanding of the legislative process.