[r79] How To: Visit the Statehouse (1/12/2010)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Start Date: 1/12/2010 All Day
End Date: 1/12/2010

Whether you are looking for an educational experience or just something fun to do in Indianapolis, coming to the Statehouse is an opportunity to take advantage of. It is an eye-opening experience that has helped many Hoosiers understand their state government and the process better. I often encourage constituents to make the trip down to Indianapolis to see the General Assembly in action, and there are three easy ways to witness first-hand how your representative is serving you.

1)      Visit the Statehouse and schedule a tour. The Statehouse Tour Office offers many options to help plan your visit. Whether you want a quick historical orientation of the building or the opportunity to see the Governor's office, taking part in a tour is a great way to learn more about the Statehouse and what goes on inside.  Even better, it is completely free!

I recommend coming on a day when the House or Senate is in session, which is Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday. The gallery is open to the public and watching the proceedings can help you understand the law-making process. If you are interested in taking a tour or want more information, call (317) 232-5293 or email captours@idoa.in.gov.

2)      Come and work as a Statehouse page. Students ages 13-18 years old are offered the opportunity to page for the House of Representatives. As a page, students view and participate in the day-to-day activities of the General Assembly. They work closely with their representative, run errands, and attend committee hearings and floor sessions.

Hundreds of students each year take advantage of this educational experience and have fun doing it! The House Student Services Office can set up a date that works for you and answer any questions you might have. You may apply online at http://www.in.gov/legislative/house_republicans/student/pageindex.html or call (317) 233-9815.

3)      Watch a live feed of House proceedings online. Technology has become a useful tool at the Statehouse. Every floor session is recorded and set up on a live feed on the House of Representatives website. You are able to watch the law-making process as it happens.

I highly encourage you to explore the General Assembly website, http://www.in.gov/legislative/index.htm, and watch a live session. This website offers information about the House and the Senate, filed bills, and calendars, and is very user-friendly.

We look forward to hearing from you. If you need any more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at 1-800-382-9841 or email me at h79@in.gov.