Legislative Session

Legislative Session 2020

Saturday, February 8, 2020 (snow day, February 15)
Location: Frederick High School (FCASC)
650 Carroll Pkwy, Frederick, MD 21701
On-site check-in 8:00-9:00 a.m.* / dismissal 4:00 p.m.
Registration opens Friday, January 10, 2020
Registration closes 11:59 pm, Sunday, January 26, 2020
 EXTENDED – Midnight, Tuesday, January 28th
Registration/payment postmarked/received electronically, 
January 29 EXTENDED, Friday, January 31
Cost $25 per student/adult ($15 student workshop presenters)

* Student member of the Board of Education (SMOB) candidates campaign during registration.  It is an excellent time for delegates to personally meet the candidates!

The second major conference of the school year is the Legislative Session! Following our theme of the year, “Lights, Camera, Leadership,” delegates will be given opportunities to walk the red carpet as they practice learned leadership skills, develop new ones, take stances on youth-related bills in the Maryland General Assembly, and participate in electing the final two candidates for student member of the State Board of Education!

Workshops that new delegates attend will focus on advocacy and legislative business that will allow them to learn about the student members around the state and at the state level, how the legislative process works, and discover how they can become involved.  Returning delegates will participate in new workshops.  Delegates that have attended the Legislative Session in the past will attend workshops that have not been presented previously and will focus on building existing leadership skills.

Throughout the day, qualified candidates from across the state will be campaigning for the position of 2020-2021 student member on the State Board of Education (SMOB). As a member school of MASC, delegates vote on which two candidates MASC will recommend to the Governor for his final appointment.  Each candidate will deliver a speech of his or her composition and will participate in a question and answer period. During this time, delegates of the General Assembly will be able to ask candidates questions regarding their experience, platform, goals, ideas, and other appropriate topics that will help distinguish the top contenders.

The event will take place on Saturday, February 8, beginning at 9:00 a.m. (on-site check-in 8:00-9:00 a.m.) and ending at 4:00 p.m.  Online registration opens on Friday, January 10, 2020, and closes at 11:59 p.m. on  Sunday, January 26, 2020. The postmark deadline for registration is Wednesday, January 29, 2020.  The cost of this full-day conference is $25 per student/adult ($15 for student workshop presenters).

Important Information and Documents:
MASC will announce the candidates for Student Member of the Board of Education after the January 4th interviews.

Please note that candidates must follow all campaign rules!  During the interviews, all candidates are given a copy of the campaign rules. Campaigning, as defined by the election rules (see link below) is, “The public statement of one’s candidacy to voting or non-voting delegates; the act of persuading voters to bolster one’s candidacy; the act of distributing materials directly related to a candidate by that candidate and/or the candidate’s campaign staff; any action that is directly related to assisting a person’s candidacy. Buying and preparing materials do not constitute Campaigning and Electioneering.”

• Legislative Session General Assembly Standing Rules (see posted “passed” Legislation)
• Student Member on the Board of Education Election Rules (see posted “passed” Legislation)

Registration: NOTE: The registration process requires each advisor to create an account for his/her school.  This account will be used for each big MASC event.  It’s quick and easy.  Just follow the instructions on the page the registration link takes you to. (Once you have an account, you will use that for all of our MASC big events and have regular access to invoices, etc., all in one place!  With a login, the registration process is clearer and quicker than before!)

Registration is open through midnight, Sunday, January 26th. Be sure to fill out the Registration Worksheet (link below) then click HERE to register. Advisors only, PLEASE.
• Invitation Letter (pdf: LegSesInviteLetter2020)
• Registration postmark deadline; Wednesday, January 29, 2020. Signed invoice AND payment (or payment guarantee) must be postmarked or submitted electronically by this date.
• Registration Checklist: Registration Checklist-LEG2020
• Registration Worksheet: RegistrationWorksheet-LEG2020
• Check out this tutorial: Registration Tutorial (from 2016)
• Check out the new resource: Registration FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) (from 2016)
• Emergency Form: adults & students (pdf: EmergencyFormLegSes2020(Word:EmergencyFormLegSes2020)
• Emergency Procedures (email to Karen.Crawford@mdstudentcouncils.org)
• Agenda  PDF LegSes2020Agenda

Workshop Presenter Information:

Certified student presenters are invited to apply to be a workshop presenter at the Legislative Session.  Only MASC current certified/recertified presenters should apply.  After completing the workshop presenter application, when the regular Legislative Session Registration opens, workshop presenters will work with their school’s advisor to be properly registered for this event at a discounted registration fee.

Workshop Presenter application – (December 6-22, 2019)
• Training Day #1 and #2 Agenda (January 4 and February 7) Agenda (LegSesTD1-TD2agenda2020)

• Workshop Presenter Emergency Form (see Emergency Form above – must bring to training day #1)
• Link to apply to be a workshop presenter (click here)