By Shira Schoenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Leaders from the Massachusetts Senate will be visiting Western Massachusetts for a day as part of a statewide listening tour. The Commonwealth Conversations tour will come to the region on March 28.
"We must continue to hear directly from the people of the Commonwealth in their communities about their hopes for the future," said Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, in a statement.
The day begins at 9 a.m. with a roundtable on "rural challenges and opportunities" at Conway Town Hall. The senators will tour Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield and MGM Springfield. There will be a 12:30 p.m. forum on transportation at the UMass Center at Springfield in Tower Square. The day will conclude with a 6:15 p.m. public town hall meeting in the Student Union Ballroom at UMass Amherst.
The statewide tour, which will stop in nine regions, is meant as a way for senators to learn about issues outside of their own districts. Each senator has committed to attending two day-long sessions in districts outside their own. Each tour stop includes a forum on transportation issues in that region and a public town hall.