The Interim Assembly for the Maryland Student Legislature club debated about 30 pieces of legislation this weekend, passing three bills sponsored by Mount St. Mary’s students.
The student-led event began Friday with an opening ceremony of prayer, welcoming remarks and introductions of the Council of State. Schools present were Hood College, University of Maryland College Park, McDaniel College, Frederick Community College, St. Mary’s College, Chesapeake College and Washington College.
“It went very well,” despite being very time consuming and exhausting, senior Elizabeth Duhring said. “This was one of my favorite events because everyone was so prepared with their evidence of support on their individual legislation. I am so proud that the Mount St. Mary’s Delegation debated on every piece of legislation.”
Duhring’s Act on Redistricting in the State of Maryland was one of the bills that passed. Also enacted were junior Kevin Rein’s Resolution to Postpone the Individual Mandate and sophomore Maria Sofia’s Resolution on Filtration of the Chesapeake.
The governor of MSL is Brooke Parker, a student at the University of Maryland, College Park. The lieutenant governor is Elizabeth Durhing from Mount St. Mary’s University. The attorney general is Andy Jannett, also from the University of Maryland, College Park. The secretary of state is Maria Sofia, also from Mount. The comptroller is Robert Brooking, also from The University of Maryland, College Park. And lastly, the newest sworn in council member is the Mount’s junior Ryan Bolger, who is now the Speaker of Assembly.
Participants have a choice of being a Federalist, Tory or an Independent. A Federalist is an equivalent to a Democrat today, as Tory is to a Republican and an Independent is to an Independent. Mount Provost David Rehm, previous MSL governors Jeremiah Kelly and Katie Nash, and Baltimore County Council Chairman Tom Quirk were speakers at the event and had the chance to share their experiences with MSL.
With many more events to come, the Mount’s MSL club is excited to see what is in store in the future.