Researching, planning, and implementing an orientation/mentorship program for freshman legislators at the state government level

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Show simple item record Gaines, Christina D. en_US 2011-06-03T19:31:17Z 2011-06-03T19:31:17Z 1999 en_US 1999
dc.identifier LD2489.Z9 1999 .G35 en_US
dc.description.abstract The topic for this research paper in political science developed from a speech given by State Senator Allen Paul, Republican, at the Bowen Institute Seminar during the Spring of 1998. During his comments about how be became involved in politics, Sen. Paul described his torturous freshman year in the State Senate, caused primarily by a lack of information about the most basic of legislative occurrences, including how to vote. I was alarmed by this lack of organized information presented to freshmen legislators, and decided to try and do something about the problem. By creating or establishing an organized orientation/mentorship program, I concluded I could answer many of the questions and concerns frequently asked by freshmen legislators. During the course of my research, however, I found that many strides have been made in terms of orientation since Sen. Paul was a freshman Senator. Though neither the actual Senate nor the House of Representatives conduct their own independent orientation programs, both freshmen Senators and Representatives now attend a brief, one-day program hosted by the Legislative Services Agency - a service this non-partisan organization has been providing and continually improving for the past 20 years. However, rather than change my research topic, I found that there was still room for improvement in the LSA program, as well as a need for increased participation by key constituents of the House and Senate, and by both the Democratic and Republican Caucuses. I also conclude there is a need for more comprehensive feedback from the freshmen legislators attending the orientation sessions. By asking a few simple questions at the end of the orientation, then again at the end of their first year, we can gain valuable insight on how to strengthen the effectiveness and value of our program. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Political Science
dc.format.extent i, 18, ca. 200 leaves : ill., facsims., plans ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.title Researching, planning, and implementing an orientation/mentorship program for freshman legislators at the state government level en_US
dc.type Research paper (M.A.), 3 hrs. en_US Thesis (M.A.) en_US
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