you choose the issues and you write the bills during Monday-thursday sessions
final hearings on bills, debate, voting - persuade your fellow senators
after formal testimony get informal time with the most incredible witnesses - here, State Senator Jim Abeler.
A student-led, legislative experience unlike any other. Decide on urgent issues to pursue, work with committees, prepare, present, and pass your own bills.
July 12-16, 2021. Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM, with a huge end-of-session bill signing (and vetoing) ceremony. Intense, fast-paced, exciting, fun.
Summer Senate will be limited to the first 21 Members to apply.
Summer Senate is for you if you fall into one of these categories:
The Monday-Thursday sessions were held in the Youth Room at First Evangelical Free Church, 2696 Hazelwood Ave, Maplewood, MN. We enjoyed our time at this site, and hope it will be available for the 2021 session.
The Friday session is generally held in the Minnesota State Senate Office Building - the same location as the State Senators meet during the legislative year - the same rooms in which they consider the bills that become laws under which you must live.
Summer Senate passed a resulition on July 12, urging Gov. Walz to call a special legisaltive session to pass the Alec Jones Emergency Insulin Program. Also on July 12, the Senator's passed SF 8, a bill to establish the emergency insuling accessability program. Wanting ot do more, they asked Mr. Racer to set up a press conference where they could express their request publicly.
August 8, at 11 AM, 10 of the Summer Senate Members, along with State Representative Mike Howard, DFL, and States Senators Jim Abeler, GOP, and Scott Jensen, GOP, held the press conference in the State Capitol Press Conference Room, B971, at the State Capitol. Shawn Osterhus, Sally Hazen, and Hayley Tschetter each spoke, along with Mr. Racer and the elected legisaltors.
After the press conference, the Summer Senators delivered the resolution and SF 8 to Governor Walz' office.
The Senators were pleased to see WCCO TV and KMSP TV report on the press conference. KMSP eventually took down the report.