Newport high schooler serves as page in state House

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Newport high schooler serves as page in state House

Pend Oreille native Cody Nichols traveled across the state to Olympia Jan. 24 to serve as a page in the state House of Representatives. He was sponsored by 7th District Rep. Joel Kretz.

“It was a pleasure to sponsor Cody to page in the House,” said Kretz, R-Wacounda. “I hope he found his stay worthwhile and will stay involved with state government.”

As a page, Cody learned to navigate the many buildings on the Capitol campus and delivered messages and documents to legislators and staff. Part of each day was spent in page school to understand the operations and actions of the Legislature, often directly from Representatives. At the end of his week in Olympia, Cody co-wrote a piece of legislation to present in a mock committee hearing process as a culminating project of what he had learned. His bill included steps to reorganize Washington's system for conducting background checks on firearms purchases.

Each year students from around the state, like Cody, apply to participate in the legislative page program. Students spend a week attending page school, learning the inner workings of state government and assisting legislators on the House floor. Pages earn $35 per day while serving in the program.To become a page, applicants must have a legislative sponsor, be between the ages of 14 and 16, and obtain written permission from their parents and school.

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