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We are only a few weeks away from the Indiana General Assembly’s 2017 legislative session.

It will be a busy time for lawmakers as they work to craft the state’s next two-year budget, which will fund all state government services including education, public safety and infrastructure.

District 48 State Senator Mark Messmer of Jasper says each year, the Senate welcomes students from across the state to participate in the Senate Page Program. Messmer encourage all local students in grades six through 12 to apply for this full-day, hands-on experience….

The 2017 session begins Jan. 3, and pages are welcome on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Large groups of pages are scheduled on Wednesdays.

Messmer says senate pages will tour the state capitol, meet their local Senator, work with Senate staff, and learn about the legislative process.

Students may apply online at www.IndianaSenateRepublicans.com/page-program or email Mark at Senator.Messmer@iga.in.gov.

Applicants may also write a letter expressing interest in the page program addressed to Sen. Mark Messmer c/o Indiana Senate, State of Indiana, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.

All requests must include the parent or legal guardian’s contact information as well as the student’s name, age, grade level and school or homeschool status. Messmer says friends, siblings or groups wanting to page on the same day should send requests together.

Positions are limited, and the program fills up quickly, so interested students should apply as soon as possible. Accepted students will receive confirmation of their scheduled dates to serve, and participating as a page is an excused absence from school.

Local students are encouraged to pursue this great opportunity to learn more about state government and how the legislature works.

Contact Messmer with your questions and concerns by email at Senator.Messmer@iga.in.gov or by phone at 800-382-9467.

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