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Students curious about government now have opportunity to visit Statehouse through program

Friday, January 6, 2006

Brazil-area students with political aspirations will have an opportunity to get a foot in the Statehouse door in 2006, by way of the Indiana House Page Program.

State Rep. Vern Tincher (D-Riley) is encouraging local students with an interest in government to serve as legislative pages during the 2006 session of the Indiana General Assembly.

"The Indiana House Page Program, which is available to any student who is 13 years of age or older, offers a perfect chance for young people to see state government in action," Tincher said in a press release. "The program enables students to come to Indianapolis between January and mid-March to tour the Statehouse, watch the legislative process and have photos taken with their state representatives."

In addition to the educational value of the experience, potential pages will be excited at the prospect of a day off at school. Students who serve as pages receive an excused absence for the day they serve at the Statehouse. Pages are responsible for their own transportation to and from Indianapolis.

"The best days to serve as pages are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays," Tincher noted. "You should know that there are no pages on Fridays, since the legislature generally doesn't meet on those days.

The page program offers a broad introduction to the workings of state-level government, according to Tincher's press release. Student pages will have the opportunity to individually observe the executive, legislative and judicial branches of Indiana's government.

"During their visit to the Statehouse, students will visit the governor's office, the Indiana Supreme Court and the chambers of the Indiana House and Senate," he continued. "Depending on the day that they page, they also can see their state representatives debate and vote on issues under consideration on the House floor."

Applications for page positions should include the applicant's name, home address, telephone number and e-mail address.

"We will get in touch with you to provide more information for the 2006 session," Tincher said. "Please apply now, and I look forward to seeing you in 2006."

How to apply

Students can apply to the Indiana House Page Program in any of the following ways:

-Calling Vern Tincher's legislative office through the toll-free Statehouse number of 1-800-382-9842

-E-mailing Tincher through his internet Web site at www.IN.gov/H46

-Writing to him in care of the Indiana House of Representatives, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

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