|Rep. Tom Murt welcomes Margaret Main, Keiley Hawk and Sophia Riehle to the Capitol.
HARRISBURG—Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) welcomed to the Capitol in Harrisburg three fourth-grade students from the Upper Moreland Intermediate School who won Murt’s annual “There Ought to Be a Law” contest.
Students Sophia Riehle, Margaret Main and Keiley Hawk argued that a law should be passed to require school buses have seatbelts and padding. The other co-winners were Jacob Spaetti, Keira Hess and Gracie Costello.
Riehle stated that, “If you have seat belts on the bus, it will prevent kids from getting out of their seats and prevent them from standing. If you have a crash, you won’t slide out of the seat.”
“We held this contest to encourage students to become engaged in their government by thinking about how legislation is born and how proposals become laws,” Murt said.
The contest winners and their families were treated to a day in Harrisburg where they received a tour of the Capitol and signed a copy of their bill.
|Rep. Tom Murt watches as Keiley Hawk signs her name to legislation to require seatbelts on school buses.
Murt received 58 entries from third, fourth and fifth-graders from five schools in the 152nd District, including the Crooked Billet Hallowell Learning Community in Horsham, St. Albert the Great School in Huntingdon Valley, the Upper Moreland Intermediate School in Upper Moreland, Queen of Angels in Willow Grove and Our Lady of Mercy in Maple Glen.
The final winners were chosen by an independent three-member panel.
Many subjects were addressed in the law proposals including protecting animals, banning smoking near entrances to public facilities, having the day off from school on your birthday and help for the homeless.
Representative Thomas P. Murt, Ed.D.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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