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Students given page opportunity

Students ages 14 to 16 can get an up-close look at the Legislature and learn about state government through the House Page Program.

The week-long program allows participating students to draft mock legislation, collaborate with their peers and deliver documents around the Capitol campus, including the floor of the Washington State House of Representatives.

“The House Page Program is a historic program that has been around since 1891. It is a unique opportunity for students to experience the Legislature and law-making processes up close and outside of a classroom setting,” said Rep. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, in a press release. “My hope is that young men and women take advantage of the program. I welcome students and parents to contact me if they have any questions.”

Pages are paid $35 a day and work from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Pages spend two hours each day in a classroom setting learning about the legislative process.

Students interested in the House Page Program must be ages 14 to 16, sponsored by a state representative and obtain permission from their parents and school. Applications are available at www.leg.wa.gov/House/Documents/Page_application.pdf.

Bailey can be contacted at 360-786-7914 or barbara.bailey@leg.wa.gov.

The legislative session begins Jan. 9 and will run 60 consecutive days.

For information visit www.leg.wa.gov.

 

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