Student opportunities at the Statehouse

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Wednesday, January 28, 2015

With the legislative session in full-swing, as bills start moving through the process, I look forward to passing legislation and working for the families in our community. Throughout session, there are many exciting events taking place like the Military and Veteran Legislative Day, which occurred recently, and countless ways to get involved, especially if you are a student.

One of those opportunities that I would like to mention is the House Page program, which is currently accepting applications. This unique program is available to students, ages 13 to 18, and gives them the opportunity to visit and tour the Statehouse, witnessing a full day of legislative activity. It also allows them to watch bills being discussed and debated as they move through the process as well as committee meetings where the specifics of each bill are being worked out.

During their visit, students who participate in the program are able to tour both the House and Senate Chambers as well as the governor’s office to list a few. Along with the learning that takes place, the architecture alone is worth the trip. It is important to note that students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Statehouse and will be excused from school for the day.

With spots filling up fast, I highly encourage students to schedule their visit soon, and I recommend Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, since that is when the House is in session. Those interested can sign up to page at www.indianahouserepublicans.com or email pages@iga.in.gov. You can also contact my office at h54@iga.in.gov to inquire about the program.

Every year, I look forward to meeting the students who participate in this wonderful program, and it is always great watching their interest in government growing from this experience. I hope that parents and teachers encourage their students to apply as it allows them to build on what they are learning in the classroom.

As always, if you have any additional questions about this program, or any other issue this session, you can contact me at my office by calling 317-232-9753 or emailing h54@iga.in.gov. It is always great to hear from my community and allows me to better represent you.

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