[Reposted with permission from Capitol Insight, Oct. 23, 2009, Vol. 24 Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009 12:30:19 -0500, slightly edited for content]

Meeting with Area Webelos Scouts

I also met with Webelos Scout packs #328 and #329 during a joint pack meeting last week.  I discussed with them the legislative process and the three branches of government in helping them fulfill requirements for a civic service badge.
While explaining the legislative process, I used as an example a bill that I recently co-sponsored on behalf of grade school students which would make cheese the official state snack.  The bill is currently under consideration by the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Higher Education and awaiting a public hearing.  Once the public hearing has been held, the committee will then hold an Executive Session to vote on the bill.  If they vote in favor of passage, it will be messaged (referred) to the full state Senate for a floor vote.  Should the bill pass, it will be referred to the appropriate Assembly committee (most likely the Committee on Agriculture) where the process will be repeated until the Assembly passes the bill.  At that time, the bill will be referred to Governor Doyle for his consideration.  It is never too late for a brief lesson on the legislative process!
I am always happy to meet with area Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops about how their government works in helping members earn their civic badges.  As a former Girl Scout myself, I can appreciate the value such a lesson can have on a child’s future.  Please feel free to contact my office to set up a date and time for me to meet with your group.

Rep. Samantha Kerkman pictured with members of the Webelo Scout packs #328 and #329.

Rep. Samantha Kerkman pictured with members of the Webelo Scout packs #328 and #329.

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