For the last 30 years, Georgia Close Up has conducted over 75 local programs on topics ranging from state legislation to public health or the environment. More than 5,600 students, teachers, parents and senior citizens have participated in our local education programs. With a small grant from the Close Up Foundation, community support, and a host of volunteers, Close Up has been able to bring speakers such as Former President and Governor Jimmy Carter to our conferences. Other guest speakers who have participated in Georgia Close Up programs include Former Ambassador and Mayor Andrew Young, Former Governors Zell Miller and Roy Barnes, Secretary of State Cathy Cox, Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor, Former Congressman Ben Jones, Former Texas Governor Ann Richards, civil rights leaders Julian Bond and Vernon Jordan, as well as countless state representatives, dignitaries, officials, experts and specialists who have addressed participants on different issues throughout the years.
March 2-3, 2016
Coverdale Legislative Office Building(CLOB) Room 406 18 Capitol Square, 30334, (directly across from the Capitol) 9:
Students will meet on the fourth floor of the Capitol to enter into the House Gallery to observe opening session of the House Of Representatives. Doors close at 10am
The Coverdale Legislative Office Building(CLOB)Room 406 Program Overview: Ron Thomas, Introduction of Volunteers
Each Program Instructor will do a 10minute introduction presentation on the topical he or she will facilitate on Thursday. Each student will select one topic from a list of issues to attend.
b. Gun Rights and Restrictions, House Bills 35,248 SB,33,74
c. Capitol Punishment, House bill 355
d. Violence, and the way we live HB 339,SB 147
Students meet with their State Representative or Senator. Groups will leave after Lunch and walk to the State Capitol, Room 125 for their respective Representative meetings.
Students will transfer to the Trinity United Church on Washington St. Program Instructor will lead the discussion on any of the bills listed on the Bill summary sheet.
Participants will meet in the Georgia State capitol, 2nd floor on the north end
Students/teachers and PI’s will gather inside the Capitol on the North Steps.
Program instructors (PI’s) will lead an introductory activity for workshop participants. Start the discussion of what are the 3 most important bills facing conference participants Refer to your composite list of bills
Wrap up discussion on issues and talk about a legislative remedy. We will also work on letters to legislators.
Student Panel: representative students from each school should be identified to serve on an issue panel. Remaining students will pose questions to panelists.
D ebriefin g of gen eral legislation,
Statement of Conclusions
Final voting, Evaluations turned in
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