Legislative assistants play an important role in the Y&G legislative process
The title of legislative assistant (LA) may be vague, but their role is important and often serves as a springboard to future leadership in Y&G.
The most important role of the LA is to assist the legislators.
Rae Villarreal, an LA from Oswego, explained that her job is “to help out anyone who needs help.”
LAs also learn the legislative process. As the weekend progresses, they get more involved.
“We make our own bills to present within our own groups,” said Connor Burns, an LA from Carl Sandburg. “We also help out with what is going on in the committees.”
Many LAs view the position as a chance to gain experience in Y&G, helping them to decide what their future in Y&G may hold.
“I would like to get experience and see what all the positions do, so that next year I can be more of a participant,” said Catherine Vitale, an LA from Lake Park.
Some LAs want to get their feet wet before moving onto higher positions.
“It is my first year, and I wanted to get comfortable with the program before I did anything at a higher level,” said Dylan Lockard, an LA from Oswego.
Another LA, Connor Ray of Lake Park, said, “I wanted to be an LA so I could learn how to be a legislator.”
The LAs enjoyed hearing others’ ideas and seeing everybody’s roles.
Jessica Angel, an LA from Lake Park said, “I really like debating and proposing my ideas. I like working with other people and understanding what they think about a particular topic.”
(written by Lauren Manion and Cydne Ratliff, Williamsville)