Chehalis Middle School student pages in Washington State House of Representatives

Messina Occhino sponsored by Rep. Ed Orcutt

Messina Occhino paged in the Washington State House of Representatives January 16-20. The Chehalis Middle School student was sponsored by Rep. Ed Orcutt of the 20th District.

Messina was able to experience the Legislature in the second week of the 2023 legislative session. She assisted the Washington State House of Representatives with duties on the chamber floor, made deliveries throughout the campus, and supported member offices. Messina also attended Page School to learn more about the legislative process.

“I really enjoyed the chance to visit with Messina — to show her how the House functions as well as to get to know her future plans,” said Orcutt, R-Kalama. “I was very pleased to sponsor her and appreciated her work during the week.”

To serve as a page for the Washington State House of Representatives, students must be at least 14 years of age and have not reached their 17th birthday. However, the Legislature is making a one-time exception this year. The weeks of February 5-10 and April 2-7 will be designated for students who are 17-18 years old and were unable to previously participate due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pages work a 40-hour work week, earn a stipend of $50 a day, and can also earn up to 20 hours of community service.

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The 2023 legislative session began on January 9 and is scheduled to run 105 days.



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