ST. PAUL – Rep. Bud Nornes, R-Fergus Falls, encourages high school juniors to seize a rare opportunity to spend a week working behind the scenes at the Capitol as a legislative page.
Applications to the high school page program are now open for the 2019 session, with a Nov. 28 deadline. High school pages attend meetings with legislators, constitutional officers, members of the judiciary and others. Pages also assist members and staff during House floor sessions, participate in mock committee hearings and more. Twelve week-long slots are available from early February until mid-May and stipends are available to defray expenses.
“The page program provides about as close a look at the Legislature as someone can get without being elected to office,” Nornes said. “I really hope this year’s juniors from the area take advantage of this opportunity because it only comes once. You can’t beat this program in terms of learning the ins and outs of state government, all while making new friends and forming lasting memories in an enjoyable environment.”
The House of Representatives page program has been in place for more than 40 years and Minnesota is one of only a select few states in the nation to offer this program, providing young people with such an in-depth look into state government.
Program participants are selected through a formal process which includes an application, faculty recommendation and an essay.
More information is available by logging on to www.house.mn and clicking the “High School Page Program” link near the bottom of the site, or by calling (651) 296-7452. Local schools also can provide further assistance.