Advocacy Week is a designed time when MASC regions travel to Annapolis to meet with legislators and advocate on youth-related bills. Many students are able to testify in committee hearings, attend part of a general assembly session, and also have time for sight-seeing in our state’s capital.
Although MASC has designated this week as Advocacy Week, Regions may plan any day during the legislative session that meets their needs (or the available time of their legislators).
Regions should contact their legislators to plan meeting times or informal “drop-in” visits. In addition, if delegates wish to attend part of a general assembly, they need to reserve space in the House or Senate balcony. Legislators reserve the seats and will “announce” you at the beginning of the session (see Information from the Legislative Services website below).
There is no set schedule for this week and it is up to regions/attendees to decide when they go to Annapolis, set up appointments with their legislators, and any site-seeing they wish to do. Legislative Services can also set up tours of the State House, Senate & Lowe House Buildings as well as the Legislative Services buildings (http://dls.maryland.gov/library/educational-tours). There are also tours you can take of the greater Annapolis area via Trolley Car (http://www.townetransport.com/tours).
Directions and Parking: The easiest and least expensive parking is at the Naval Academy Stadium. The Annapolis shuttle/trolley is an inexpensive one-way ticket. (Directions and Parking in Annapolis pdf file)