(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 9, 2009 - The legislative session is here, and state Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) encourages area students to apply for the Statehouse Page Program.
The Indiana House of Representatives' program allows students from across the state to experience the lawmaking process firsthand. Participating Hoosier students are able to observe and join Statehouse activity as a legislative page for the day.
Pages will be given a tour of the Capitol, including the governor's office, the chambers of the Indiana House, Senate and 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 in the House chambers with Rep. Torr, 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. Jerry Torr, 200 W. Washington St., Statehouse Room 401-3, Indianapolis, IN 46204, or e-mail requests to H39@in.gov.