Posted on February 2nd, 2017 by Thomas Kennedy
Students apply now to be a House Page or Messenger, deadline approaches
Deadline with Rep. Ralph Massullo‘s office is February 17, 2017, DO NOT DELAY!
It is that time of year again for House Representatives to select their Pages and Messengers for the 2017 Legislative Session. Our local Representative Ralph Massullo‘s deadline is February 17, 2017. 12noon. For requirements click here to download information or see information below.
Each year State Representative’s such as Representative Ralph Massullo sponsors one Page and one Messenger from their districts to serve in the Florida House of Representatives. Being selected to serve in the House Representative Page and Messenger is a privilege and an honor. Pages and Messengers assist the Representatives during the Capitol’s busiest time of year, the legislative session.
In addition to the application process Pages/Messengers may be asked to submit other information to help representatives make their choice.
During this week the Pages and Messengers in addition to their duties, will tour the Florida Capitol, visited the Museum of Florida History, toured the Historic Capitol. met the Governor, attended House committee meetings, and participated in mock Legislative sessions in the House Chamber. Pages duties include being a ‘gopher’ for the House Representatives on the floor of the House Chambers. Pages deliver papers, messages and other items to the representatives. Messengers are not on the floor of the House but instead deliver messages throughout the Capital and surrounding city blocks for the representatives and their staff.
During the week Pages and Messengers learn basic parliamentary process and how a bill becomes a law and then develop a mock bill of their own. The Pages and Messengers have a mock session where they present their bill on Second Reading (answering questions) and then move to Third Reading (debating the bill) before closing on their bills. Finally, the Pages and Messengers vote on the bill. This is all done while the Pages and Messengers sit in the actual desks of the Florida Representatives and use the official voting system to vote.
Not only do the Pages and Messengers get to experience these wonderful opportunities but so did parents as they were allowed to accompany their child everywhere they went.
For more information on the Florida House of Representatives Page and Messenger program visiting https://tinyurl.com/FLHousePage
Click here for 2017 Page and Messenger letter
Click here for 2017 Page and Messenger Application
The application should be completed and returned by February 17, 2017 via email to HousePagesandMessengers@myfloridahouse.gov or fax at (850)488-9707.
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