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Civics 101: Restore public's trust in the legislative process

September 23, 2007View for printing

More than anything else in a three-hour session, the story told by Jim Keane, a Montana state representative, stirred the interest of his colleagues from 11 legislatures, gathered here for a meeting of the Council of State Governments-West.

They were discussing citizen alienation from politics — especially the apathy of young people when it comes to voting or taking part in community affairs.

Keane said he had found a solution to at least part of the problem: challenge high school students to pass a bill.

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Wheeler Center gathering will look at Montana's legislative options Oct. 1 - 2 in Helena
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