Legislative Session

Virtual Legislative Session 2021
This event is for MASC Member Schools ONLY

• Saturday, February 20, 2021
• Location: Virtual
• Times: TBD
• Candidate Morning Campaigning Times / Candidate Lunch Campaigning Times
• Registration opens Friday, January 15, 2021
• Registration closes 11:59 pm, – February 6
     – no extensions due to behind the scenes data work needed
• Registration/payment postmarked/received electronically, Tuesday, February 9, 2021

• Cost:  $10 for delegates and advisors ($8 for workshop presenters)

* Student member of the Board of Education (SMOB) candidates will be campaigning through social media.  In addition, the candidates’ speeches and “Meet the Candidates” voters guide will be published before the event so all attendees will be able to submit questions before the event.

The second major conference of the school year is the Legislative Session! Following our theme of the year, Leadership Liftoff: A Journey into S.P.A.C.E. as Students Practice Advocacy and Civic Engagement, they will explore areas of leadership, develop, take stances on youth-related bills in the Maryland General Assembly, and participate in electing the final two candidates for the student member of the State Board of Education!

Workshops that delegates new to the Legislative Session 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.  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.

Prior to this event, selected 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 (taped and released before the event) and will participate in a question and answer period (questions to be submitted before the event). During this time, delegates of the General Assembly hear candidates’ responses to questions regarding their experience, platform, goals, ideas, and other appropriate topics that will help distinguish the top contenders.   Again, registered delegates will be able to submit questions through a Google form and using a random selection program, questions will be selected to ask the candidates.

The event will take place on Saturday, February 20, beginning at TBD and ending at TBD.  Online registration opens on Friday, January 15, 2021, and closes at 11:59 p.m. on  Saturday, February 6, 2020. The postmark deadline for registration is Tuesday, February 9, 2021.  The cost of this full-day conference is $10 per student/adult ($8 for student workshop presenters).

Important Information and Documents:
MASC will announce the candidates for Student Member of the Board of Education after the January 9th 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 (to be posted after the Dec. 12 Executive Board meeting)
• Student Member on the Board of Education Election Rules (to be posted after the Dec. 12 Executive Board meeting)

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, Saturday, February 6, 2021. Be sure to fill out the Registration Worksheet (link below) then click HERE to register. PLEASE – Advisors only.  Students are not authorized to register as school delegation or themselves.
• Invitation Letter: (LegSesInviteLetter2021 pdf)
• Registration postmark deadline; Tuesday, February 9, 2021. Signed invoice AND payment (or payment guarantee) must be postmarked or submitted electronically by this date.
• Registration Checklist: (RegistrationChecklist-LEG2021-Final pdf) (RegistrationChecklist-LEG2021-Final Word)
• Registration Worksheet: (RegistrationWorksheet-LEG2021-Final pdf) (RegistrationWorksheet-LEG2021-Final Word)
• Check out this tutorial: Registration Tutorial (from 2016)
• Check out the new resource: Registration FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) (from 2016)
• Agenda:   (coming soon)  “Meet the Candidates” 9:30 – 10:00 a.m., opening, workshops, lunch chats (40 minutes), voting, bills discussion and voting, reports, candidate annoucement, closing – dismissal 2:45 p.m.
Meet the Final Candidates: link to MASC webpage

Workshop Presenter Information:

Certified student presenters from MASC member schools 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 1-21, 2020)
• Training Day #1  (January 9) and Scheduled Workshop Previews (February 7-13)

Link to apply to be a workshop presenter (CLICK HERE) closes at 11:59 p.m., Monday, December 21, 2020.