(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 14, 2008 - The legislative session is here, and state Rep. Matt Bell (R-Avilla) would like 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 firsthand. Through the program, these Hoosier students get to participate in Statehouse activity as a legislative page for the day.
"The page program is a great opportunity for students to experience what it is like to be a representative," said Rep. Bell. "I encourage all students from my district to apply for the program so they can receive hands-on experience with the legislative process."
Pages receive a tour of the Capitol, including the governor's office, the chambers of both the Indiana House and Senate and the Indiana Supreme Court. Also, pages have the opportunity to witness floor sessions and committee hearings. Finally, pages will spend time on the floor of the House of Representatives with Rep. Bell, 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. Matt Bell, 200 W. Washington St., Statehouse Room 401-3, Indianapolis, IN 46204, or e-mail their request to H83@IN.Gov.