Legislative Session

This page is “under construction for the 2022-2023 School Year – however, you may wish to look at the information from this past year. 

The 2023 Legislative Session, February 11, 2023 (snow date February 18), will be an in-person conference.   This conference is only open to MASC Member Schools.   (January 4– January 25, advisors may register students from their school.)

There are openly shared documents from MASC’s Google Drive on this page.  Often a school system will block access to documents or drives outside of their system.  If you cannot access a document, please use a personal account and not a school account as when MASC receives a request for access, the response is also blocked.

Legislative Session 2022
This event is for MASC Member Schools ONLY

MASC has determined that the Legislative Session will be virtual.  Although we would love to be able to meet in person, due to some school systems temporarily going virtual, others limiting field trips, and the latest variety of COVID being so highly contagious, it is in the best interest of everyone’s health and well-being that this conference is virtual.

• Saturday, February 12, 2022
• Location: Virtual
• Times: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
• Candidate Morning Campaigning Times (9:30-10:00 a.m. and during lunch)
• Registration opens Friday, January 14, 2022
• Registration closes 11:59 pm, – Saturday, February 5
     – no extensions due to behind the scenes data work needed
• Registration/payment postmarked/received electronically, Tuesday, February 8, 2022
• Cost:  $10 for students and advisors ($8 for approved selected presenters)

• Agenda:  PDF file AgendaLegSes2022
Meet the SMOB candidates post with speeches, town hall registration, social media, etc. (linked information on MASC web post)
Legislative Session Frequently Asked Questions (link to MASC web page)
• Link to Pre-Filed Legislation: link to MASC legislation page
• Legislative Session General Assembly Standing Rules: PDF file LegSesStandingRules2022
• Student Member on the Board of Education Election Rules: PDF file SMOBElectionRules2022
• Parli-pro flow chart (pdf file)
• Bills flow chart (how a bill becomes law): PDF file MD-GA-BillFlowchart

• Watch this short informational video from the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 State SMOBs!  (link to video)
• Read the candidate resumes and personal statements (link to SMOB Candidates Post)
• Watch the candidate speeches (link to all speeches)
• Submit a question to the candidates that could be asked during the Q&A general session (link to the google form to submit a question) – closes at 11:59 p.m Thursday, February 10

*  Candidates will be campaigning through social media.  In addition, the candidates’ pre-event speeches and “Meet the Candidates” voters guide will be published before the event so all attendees will be able to view and learn a little about the candidates before the event. 

The second major conference of the school year is the Legislative Session! Following our theme of the year, Operation Leadership: Agents of Change, students will investigate areas of leadership,  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!

Delegates that are new to the Legislative Session attend workshops focused 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 on social media for the position of 2022-2023 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 will have the opportunity to submit written questions and will hear candidates’ responses to the randomly selected questions.  Questions center around candidates’ experience, platform, goals, ideas, and other appropriate topics that will help distinguish the top contenders.   

This event will take place on Saturday, February 12, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 2:30 p.m.  Online registration opens on Friday, January 14, 2022, and closes at 11:59 p.m. on  Saturday, February 5, 2022. The postmark/email deadline for the signed attendance confirmation is Tuesday, February 8, 2022.  The cost of this full-day conference is $10 per student/adult ($8 for selected student workshop presenters).

Important Information and Documents:
MASC will announce the candidates for Student Member of the Board of Education after the January 8th interviews.

Please note that candidates must follow all campaign rules!  Prior to the interviews, all candidates are sent 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.”

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 Friday, January 14 through 11:59 p.m., Saturday, February 5, 2022. Be sure read the Registration Checklist and fill out the Registration Worksheet (links below) then click HERE to register.
PLEASE – Advisors only.  Students are not authorized to register a school delegation or themselves.

• Invitation Letter:
• Registration postmark deadline/or scanned form emailed; Tuesday, February 8, 2022. Signed invoice AND payment (or payment guarantee) must be postmarked or submitted electronically by this date.
• Registration Checklist (Instructions): (PDF RegistrationChecklist-LEG2022  ) (Word RegistrationChecklist-LEG2022 )
• Registration Worksheet: (PDF RegistrationWorksheet-LEG2022)  (Word RegistrationWorksheet-LEG2022)
• Check out this tutorial: Registration Tutorial (from 2016)
• Check out the new resource: Registration FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
(from 2016)

 

Workshop Presenter Information:

Certified student presenters from MASC member schools are invited to apply to be workshop presenters at the Legislative Session.  Only MASC currently certified/recertified presenters from MASC member schools 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.

MASC is planning on this being a virtual event and presenters must be available to attend the January training and February conference.

Workshop Presenter application – (December 1-January 9, 2022)
• Training Day #1: January 22 (virtual) and scheduled workshop previews (virtual) January 30-February 5)

Link to apply to be a workshop presenter; closes at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, January 9, 2022