Northwest NEWS

October 19, 1998


McAuliffe to hold meetings for youth

   In an effort to involve more young people in the political process, State Senator Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell, is providing a forum where teenagers will get a chance to speak their minds on issues that most affect them. Two "YOU(th) COUNT!" meetings will be held in order to accommodate all residents of the 1st Legislative District. The first is at Ricketts Auditorium in Bothell on October 21, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The second will be at Mountlake Terrace High School HUB Oct. 22, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
   The meetings are designed to get students talking about legislation and policies that affect their lives.
   Possible topics are the newly-passed ban on possession of cigarettes by people under 18; how to improve school campus safety in the wake of recent violent incidents; and perspective changes to requirements for minors to get drivers' licenses.
   In an "open mike" format, McAuliffe also will allow time for participants to bring up any other issue that they think the Legislature ought to consider. She knows legislators can learn a lot from the ideas of students and she will take their concerns seriously.
   "I think all legislators keep young people in mind when they are working in Olympia," said the senator. "But we must directly involve the people we are working for if we want to be most effective in improving their lives."
   Students from all walks of life are encouraged to attend, as the senator is looking for diverse opinions. Adults are welcome, but McAuliffe added that the point of the YOU(th) COUNT! meetings is to hear primarily from young people.
   At the end of the meetings, Sen. McAuliffe will announce her plans for a new 1st Legislative District Youth Advisory Council, a board compromised of area teenagers who will assist the senator during the upcoming legislative session on issues relating to young people.
   Applications for the council will be available at both meetings.