In the fourth grade, most Hoosier students are learning the basics about state government-the different branches and how a bill becomes a law, for example. We get several fourth grade classes come and visit the Statehouse to put in perspective what they are learning in the classroom.
But my question is, what about the adults? At what age do we stop learning or caring about state government-or do we ever stop caring?
I challenge you to sign up for my Adult Page Day and come learn about state government again. I am offering an opportunity for those interested citizens to spend the day with me and witness the legislative process first-hand.
This year, the event will be held on Monday, March 21 starting at 8:30 a.m.
As a page, you will be given a tour of the Statehouse. Some of the important landmarks on the tour include a visit to the governor and lieutenant governor's offices, the chambers of the House and Senate and the Indiana Supreme Court, just to name a few.
I have also arranged for you to get the chance to meet several other elected officials, including Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David, State Treasurer Richard Mourdock and Attorney General Greg Zoeller. They have graciously offered to sit and talk with the group about what they do and answer any questions you may have.
After lunch with me, you will get to attend session in the House-listening to debate and discussion on bills affecting our state-and possibly visit a committee hearing or two.
Adult Page Day is such a great opportunity for community members to visit the Statehouse and see first-hand what we, as elected officials, do on a daily basis. There is more to it than what you see on the evening news.
The legislative process can seem a bit distant at times and having the adult pages here really brings the experience home. I have served our community for several years, and I have always enjoyed doing it. So I really hope you can take the time to come and see what I do while serving in Indianapolis.
If you are interested, please contact my office at 317-232-9677 or email me at H54@in.gov. Slots will fill up fast so please plan accordingly.
In addition to Adult Page Day, we also have the House Page Program for students between the ages of 13 and 18 who get to come and also see the legislative process first-hand. If you have a student interested, please call my office and sign them up to be a page for a day.
We are facing unprecedented times here at the Statehouse, so come and see it all unfold up-close-and-personal. I hope you consider my challenge and sign up.