The Saint Raphael Academy Model Legislature delegation before the beginning of the 70th Rhode Island Model Legislative Day at the Statehouse.

 

The Model Legislature Club participated in the 70th Annual Model Legislative Day at the Rhode Island Statehouse on Saturday, March 25. One hundred seventeen students representing 11 local high schools participated in the event.

Since September, Saint Raphael Academy students have been researching and writing bills about local and national issues, with the goal of improving the lives of others while learning what it takes to be effective representatives of the people.  Their efforts as part of the Model Legislature program are perfect introduction to life in public service.

Saints senior David Coderre, who was chosen as Speaker of the House early in the academic year, skillfully led the proceedings. “He was a natural at it and very professional,” according to faculty adviser Ken Kirejczyk.

Other Saints who had significant roles in the day were Saints senior Representatives DaLaun Andrade and Jack Coderre and junior Yanyan Mo in the House, and Senator Joe Gomes in the Senate, also a senior.

Some Saint Raphael Academy bills passed in the House, but unfortunately did not pass the Senate in order to become “law.” Two bills that David Coderre had proposed last year—An Act to Increase Funding for Job Development for the Homeless Population, and An Act to Require All On-Duty Police Officers in the State of Rhode Island to Wear Cameras on Their Person—again were put forward, and this time successfully passed in the House.

The Rhode Island Model Legislature program was established in 1947 with the intention of “providing a hands-on experience in civic government for Rhode Island high school students,” according to its website.

 

 

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