(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 8, 2008 - The legislative session is here and state Rep. Mike Murphy (R-Indianapolis) would like to encourage area students to apply for the Statehouse Page Program.
The Indiana House of Representatives offers a page program, which allows students from across the state to experience the lawmaking process at the Statehouse. Through the program, these Hoosier students get to participate in session activity as a legislative page for the day.
"Coming to the Statehouse to view the legislative process from the House floor is an enlightening experience for young people," said Rep. Murphy. "The page program gives students the opportunity to observe and experience state lawmaking from a perspective privileged to very few. The program is beneficial to legislators, as well, as we get to learn about the goals and concerns of area youth, who will be future leaders of Indiana."
During the page experience, students will be given a tour of the entire Capitol, including the governor's office, the chambers of both the Indiana House and Senate, and the Indiana Supreme Court. Also, pages are given an opportunity to witness any floor sessions and committee hearings that might be taking place during their visit. Finally, pages will spend time on the floor of the House of Representatives with Rep. Murphy, assisting him throughout the day.
Pages must be at least 13 years old and will receive an excused absence from school for the day. Each page is 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. Mike Murphy, 200 W. Washington St., Statehouse Room 401-3, Indianapolis, IN 46204, or e-mail requests to H90@IN.Gov.