Hopkinton’s Darlene Hayes was one of six of Senate President Karen Spilka’s constituents who participated in in the 82nd Citizens’ Legislative Seminar at the State House on March 19-20.
According to a press release from Spilka’s office, the Citizens’ Legislative Seminar (CLS) is a workshop that aims to better educate the public on the Commonwealth’s legislative process. Established in 1976 through a collaborative effort of the Massachusetts Senate and the University of Massachusetts, this two-day workshop features presentations by Senators and staff on aspects of the day-to-day experience of legislators in the Commonwealth. Topics include the history and process of the legislature, the parliamentary role of the clerk of the Senate and the future of the legislature.
The CLS culminates with a simulated legislative hearing and Senate session where participants are invited to use what they have learned and participate as “senators” in the Senate Chamber.
Hayes, who works as membership and community development director at WICN Public Radio in Worcester, is very involved in Hopkinton. Among her many activities, she hosts a weekly talk show on HCAM, is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Hopkinton Cultural Council, and is chair of the Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee. In 2015 she was recognized by the Massachusetts State House of Representatives for outstanding contributions to the community.