: State Senator Daylin Leach (R) presides over a mock Senate session at his eighth annual Good Government Seminar on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at Cabrini University in Radnor, PA.

HARRISBURG − March 2, 2018 − State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) yesterday hosted his eighth annual Good Government Seminar. The event was open to high school students in the 17th Senatorial District and it employed a “mock Senate” format to help teach students Pennsylvania’s legislative process.

“This is one of my favorite events,” Leach said. “My annual Good Government Seminar gives students the opportunity to experience the legislative process, discuss relevant issues, and understand how legislation is passed.”

During the seminar, students interacted with elected officials, advocates, and government affairs representatives as they debated and voted on bills in the mock Senate.

This year, the majority of the “mock Senate” passed a bill that prohibits the sale of shark fins and another bill that institutes “safe harbor” policies to combat human trafficking. In an exciting turn of events, “mock Senate” President Daylin Leach cast a tie-breaking vote to pass a bill requiring food facilities to donate unsold food.

Students listen to experts discuss mock legislation at State Senator Daylin Leach’s eighth annual Good Government Seminar on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at Cabrini University in Radnor, PA.

Participating facilitators were Magisterial District Judge Michael Sam Quinn, Detective Les Glauner of the Upper Merion Township Police Department, Amy Fulton of the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, Mike Bettinger from Montgomery County Community College’s Government Relations team, Maria Dispenziere from State Representative Mary Jo Daley’s office, and Tom Kohler from State Representative Tim Briggs’s office.

Participating schools included Upper Merion High School, Haverford High School, Valley Forge Military Academy, and Roosevelt Alternative School.

The photos attached may be published and attributed to the Office of Senator Daylin Leach.


Senator Daylin Leach represents the 17th Senatorial District, which includes parts of Montgomery County and Delaware County. He is also the Democratic Chairperson of the Senate Judiciary Committee. For more information visit www.senatorleach.com/newsroom.

Zak Pyzik
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