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OK Page Program Staying Put

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News, Politics.
August 12, 2011

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The US House of Representatives is ending its 200-year-old page program to save $5 million, but the Oklahoma House has no plans to stop its program.

The director of the State House page program says it’s a huge priority in Oklahoma and hates to see it cut out on the federal level.

Representative Don Armes says these pages are usually the best and brightest in the state and this gives them a hands-on civics lesson about the political process.

“We were worried I mean we’ve got a lot of budget problems also, but that was one thing that we thought was important enough that we kept it in place and kept it funded and have been able to continue it so it’s a great program.”

The Faxon Republican says the House brings in about 25 students per week from February to May at a cost of about $70 to 80 a kid.

He encourages all sophomores, juniors and seniors to join the House or Senate page program by contacting their lawmakers.

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