Klippert urges students to apply for legislative page program

 

Rep. Brad Klippert is seeking students between the ages of 14 and 16 to serve as pages at the state Capitol in Olympia. The 8th District lawmaker is now accepting applications and encouraging students to apply.

A page's duties can vary, but primarily include distributing written messages during committee and floor action, and assisting with the daily functions of the Legislature. In addition to their assigned responsibilities, they continue their regular classroom studies two hours a day, and attend page school where they learn how a bill becomes law.

“The program offers young people an excellent opportunity to get a close-up view of the legislative process and to see how state government works. In many respects, it's a hands-on civics lesson,” said Klippert, R-Kennewick. “Pages put in some long hours, but most return home remembering their week in Olympia as a memorable experience and a unique honor.”

Young people from throughout the state have served as legislative pages for more than a hundred years. About 300 students participate annually.

To be considered for the page program, an applicant must:

• Have permission from a parent or guardian;
• Have permission from school;
• Be sponsored by a member of the Washington House of Representatives; and
• Be at least 14 years of age and have not reached his or her 17th birthday.

Pages work for one week and are paid $35 per day. If a student is accepted for the program, the Washington House of Representatives will provide a list of available private housing and offer assistance with arrangements. Many students opt to live with host families in the Olympia area. Applications to participate in the page program are accepted throughout the legislative session.

Interested students and families can contact Rep. Klippert directly at (360) 786-7882, or klippert@leg.wa.gov

More information, including a page application, can be found at: http://www.leg.wa.gov/House/PageInternProgram/housepageprogram.htm

The Legislature convenes Mon., Jan 11, for a scheduled 60-day session.

                                                                            

For more information, contact: Bill Taylor, Senior Information Officer: (360) 786-7074

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