2006-05-18 / News

Lawmakers help teach civics in Statehouse debate

Last week, state Rep. Bruce Long (RJamestown, Middletown) and Senate Majority Leader M. Teresa Paiva Weed (DJamestown, Newport) hosted the entire grade 7 class of Lawn Avenue Middle School.

A total of 62 students along with their teachers and some parents were given a tour of the State House.

The day also included a debate on several timely issues on which the students could cast a vote in the House chamber. The students were given the

opportunity to sit at the House computers and vote on issues as actual legislators would. Among the questions debated were "Should the Star Spangled Banner be allowed to be sung in languages other than English?" The students voted 7 for and 52 against. On the topic "Should developers be allowed to develop areas that serve as natural habitats?" The students sided against the developers with 9 voting for the measure and 50 against. The entire class posed for photo with Long and Paiva-Weed.

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