STATEHOUSE (Jan. 14, 2020) – Hendricks County lawmakers are encouraging Hoosier students interested in state government to participate in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2020 legislative session.
According to State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis), students ages 13 to 18 can spend a day at the Statehouse in Indianapolis assisting House legislators and staff, and touring the governor’s office, the Indiana Supreme Court, and the House and Senate chambers. He said it is also an opportunity to witness the legislative process in person, including debates on various proposals for new laws.
“Through this unique, hands-on learning experience, students get to connect with their elected officials while learning about the three branches of government,” Behning said. “This is a great opportunity for our next generation of leaders.”
State Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon) said student pages receive an excused absence from school and groups can participate together. Students are responsible for their own lunch expenses and transportation to and from the Statehouse.
“Welcoming local students to the Statehouse is always a highlight of session,” Steuerwald said. “Meeting with young Hoosiers and sharing the importance of getting involved in their state government makes them more civically engaged, and they leave the Statehouse with a better understanding of our democracy.”
State Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton) said opportunities to serve as a page include Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during the legislative session, which concludes by March 14.
“The House Page Program gives students the opportunity to learn firsthand about the state legislative process,” Thompson said. “It’s an experience that students can’t get anywhere else, and can have a great impact on their understanding of state government.”
For more information and to sign up, visit IndianaHouseRepublicans.com/PageProgram or call 800-382-9841. With limited openings, students are encouraged to apply soon.