Student Government Day at the State House

BOSTON (WWLP) — Hundreds of Massachusetts students participated in the 66th Annual Student Government Day.
22News spoke to a student to find out what it's like to be a western Massachusetts lawmaker.

Every year, Massachusetts high school students take over the State House and form a mock student government to experience, "the process of government." Students are assigned to roles, such as Governor, State Senator, State Representative, or Supreme Court Justice

Peter Dubin drove 2.5 hours from the Berkshires to Boston with his high school to play the role of Pittsfield Senator Benjamin Downing. 22News asked Peter if the experience encouraged him to be a politician one day.

A junior at Taconic High School, Peter said, “Politician? That seems awesome. I'd love to do it. I mean this is so interesting; it was awesome to speak down on the other floor also, just doing it, it's a lot of fun.”

Students had a chance to debate two actual bills filed in the State Legislature. 

This year's topics were banning cell phone use while driving and requiring kids under the age of 18 to attend school.

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