Welcome to Model Legislature legislative session, sponsored by Winona State University, our College of Education, Rep. Gene Pelowski, and his remarkable class of EDUC 331 Teaching Social Studies – Secondary students. Each fall the students of EDUC 331 facilitate an in-person, simulated legislative session, engaging Winona high school students as legislators.

2021 Legislative Session November 18th-19th

This year’s Model Legislature session will be held in person at Winona State University’s Education Village on the Winona Campus. The event will begin at 9:00 am Thursday morning in the atrium of Helble Hall in WSU’s Education Village.

Check Out the 2021 Live Bill Book!

NEW! This year’s online Bill Book allows you to watch how the legislation progresses through the various committees and chambers. With 107 bills, 10 committees, 36 Senators, 70 Representatives, and 4 Pages, this promises to be an active session. Check out the live Bill Book during the event to see governance in action!

WSU Helble Hall Front Entrance


The session will begin in the atrium of Helble Hall on WSU’s Education Village at 9:00 am Thursday, November 18th. Enter through the main door into Helble Hall. Parking is available on the street and in designated WSU Purple, Silver, and Gold lots. If you use a WSU parking lot, please let organizers know so we can provide you with a parking pass.

Committee Rooms

You will receive directions to your committee rooms when you arrive. The following rooms will be used:

  • Cathedral School 016 Senate
  • Cathedral School 101 Governor’s Office
  • Helble Hall Atrium – House of Representatives
  • Helble Hall 244 – Helble Commerce Committee
  • Helble Hall 251 – Environment and Agriculture Committee
  • Helble Hall 264 – Education Committee
  • Helble Hall 320 – Taxes Committee
  • Helble Hall 320A – Judiciary Committee
  • Helble Hall 327 – Transportation Committee
  • Helble Hall 328 – Ways & Means Committee
  • Helble Hall 329 – General Legislation Committee
  • Helble Hall 341 – Health and Human Services Committee

Don’t Forget to Mask Up!

Effective Aug. 4, all students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to use a face covering to cover both the nose and mouth in all public indoor spaces on University campuses and properties in both Winona and Rochester. This guidance applies to everyone, regardless of their vaccination status. Find more information on WSU’s COVID Response page! Masks will be provided to participants if you forget to bring one!

Person wearing a face mask on the street

Interested in Participating?

Registration for the 2021 Winona Model Legislature Session is closed. If you are interested in bringing a delegation to next year’s legislative session, contact Rep. Gene Pelowski. Consult the About page for more information about this unique active learning experience.

Registered Advisors and Participants can sign in to Model Legislature Online below.