MSU Student Media - Peg promotes civic engagement

(3/28/18) Issac Banks, a Metro State University Denver student, writes in Met Media about my recent teaching of a civic engagement workshop on campus: 

Linda Newell, Pat Steadman, Morgan Carroll and Peg Perl answering questions about how to get into contact with state representatives at the Legislative Action Workshop on March 25 at the Tivoli Turnhale.  Photo by Isaac Banks | cbanks17@msudenver.edu

Linda Newell, Pat Steadman, Morgan Carroll and Peg Perl answering questions about how to get into contact with state representatives at the Legislative Action Workshop on March 25 at the Tivoli Turnhale. Photo by Isaac Banks | cbanks17@msudenver.edu

Democracy Enter Colorado and The MSU Denver Student Government Assembly hosted the event for the greater Denver community. DECO is a 501c4 non-profit, non-partisan organization that is dedicated to informing, educating and engaging Colorado voters.

“We want people to know that there are resources out there for them,” said Skip Madsen, executive director and co-founder of DECO. “They learn what the process is and how to become part of the process.”

The workshop drew a crowd of 50 people and featured a Q&A panel with former Colorado state senators Morgan Carroll, Linda Newell and Pat Steadman.

Peg Perl, a public policy attorney and adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver, gave an overview on the inner workings of the state legislation hitting on points like bill’s titles, different committees they can go to and their pipeline.

The panel took questions from the audience from simple ones like deadlines for introducing bills to complex questions like how to change a law.

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