(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 9, 2009 - The legislative session is here, and state Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Indianapolis) invites area students to apply for the Statehouse Page Program.
The Indiana House of Representatives' program gives Hoosier students the opportunity to see firsthand how laws are made. Students who choose to take advantage of this opportunity are able to observe and join Statehouse activity as a legislative page for the day.
"This is a great opportunity for students to come and see how the lawmaking process really works," said Rep. Borders. "It's really a pleasure meeting and talking to students from our communities in the Statehouse. Also, pages are a great help to us during the busy legislative session."
During the page experience, students will be given a tour of the Capitol, including the governor's office, the chambers of the Indiana House, Senate and Supreme Court. They're also given an opportunity to witness any floor sessions and committee hearings that take place during their visit. Finally, pages will spend time on the floor of the House of Representatives with Rep. Borders, assisting him throughout the day.
Pages must be at least 13 years old, and they will receive an excused absence from school for the day. They're responsible for transportation to and from the Statehouse. Availability is limited, so students should send in requests quickly. The House page office will try to meet requests for specific dates. Those interested in serving as a page for the House of Representatives should send their name, age, address, phone number, and school to State Rep. Bruce Borders, 200 W. Washington St., Statehouse Room 401-5, Indianapolis, IN 46204, or e-mail requests to H45@in.gov.