State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Independence) hosted over 40 senior citizens from Broadview Heights, Seven Hills, and Valley View at the Ohio Statehouse as part of the Senior Legislator for a Day program.

May is Older Americans month and the program gives seniors the opportunity to see how government works on a state level and an in-depth look into the legislative process. The group participated in a mock legislative voting session in the House Chambers, took a VIP tour of the Statehouse, and had lunch with Representative Anielski.

“It was thoroughly enjoyable and my sincere pleasure to be able to invite the 'young at heart' constituents down to the Statehouse to have a chance to see exactly how their state government operates in the Peoples' House," Rep Anielski said. “It is my hope all the seniors now have a greater understanding of how a bill becomes a law and how to better voice their beliefs and opinions through the legislative process.”

Amy Washabaugh, Broadview Heights Human Services director, said, “Being able to see behind the scenes of the day-to-day operation of a state representative to an extent and to witness the voting process was a highly educational experience.”

“Rep Anielski has hit a home run with her idea to bring seniors to the Statehouse,” said Chris Mathews of Seven Hills. “Personally, this was the most interesting trip that I have been a part of as senior coordinator.”

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