Learning the legislative process

Sid Hastings

Steven Perlberg (left), a sophomore in Arts & Sciences, and other students from the “Just Do It! Turning Your Passion into Policy” class at Washington University in St. Louis answer questions from John Hancock, former head of the Missouri Republican Party, in the St. Louis County Council Chambers in Clayton, Mo., May 2. The students offered mock testimony on a range of issues from puppy mills to local control of the city police force to a group of civic leaders posing as a committee of the Missouri Senate. The class, taught by Tom Irwin, executive director of Civic Progress, is offered by the Gephardt Institute for Public Service and the Department of Political Science in Arts & Sciences.