Pomeroy teen spends week in Olympia learning about Legislature

Krista Dye, a student at the Logos School in Moscow, traveled to Olympia February 21 and served as a page in the state House of Representatives. She was sponsored by her mother and 9th district Representative Mary Dye.

Krista spent the week assisting Representatives and staff by delivering documents and helping on the House floor while the House of Representatives were in session. A part of each day was spent in page school, learning and understanding the operations and actions of the Legislature, often hearing from the Representatives themselves.

“It was an honor to have Krista page and gain the hands-on experience of our state legislature,” said Dye, R-Pomeroy. “I hope she takes the new experiences, skills, and friendships gained during her week on campus and applies them to her future goals. I was proud to host her.”

At the end of their week in Olympia, each page presents a bill they wrote to a mock committee consisting of their fellow pages. Krista was part of a group focused on shortening the appeals process for death row inmates in Washington. She articulated her arguments to restrict appeals to no more than five years after their conviction, and was successful when the page committee voted to pass her bill.

Krista loves to fly airplanes with her father, Roger, and riding horses alongside her mother.

Each year, students from around the state 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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Washington State House Republican Communications
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