Does your son or daughter wonder "why" certain laws are in effect, or how ideas become law?
Students living in State Rep. Tom Murt's 152nd legislative district can try their hands at lawmaking as part of his "There Ought to Be a Law" contest.
The competition–which is open to students in third- through fifth-grades who attend school in Murt's district–is aimed at stimulating interest in state government.
Each student may submit one idea for a new law in Pennsylvania. The proposed law should be an original idea and can be explained in writing in as much detail as possible, but should not be longer than two double-spaced pages. Entries may be handwritten or typed. Students may work individually or with another student.
Those interested in participating should submit their proposed law as well as a cover sheet noting the following information:
- Student name, school, grade, and teacher’s name
- Student address and phone number
- Subject of the proposed law
Entries may be mailed or hand-delivered to Rep. Murt’s Hatboro office, 19 S. York Road by March 24.
A special panel of judges will select one winning proposal from each grade level once the contest deadline has passed. Contest winners and their parents will be offered a special visit and tour of the State Capitol in Harrisburg to see the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in session.
Any additional questions about the contest can be directed to Ed Diasio in Rep. Murt’s Hatboro office at 215-674-3755 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to see a map of Rep. Murt's legislative district.