Area Students Enjoy Day At The Capitol

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State lawmakers have been returning to the Capitol for committee meetings and Tuesday they were not alone - receiving a visit from local high schools.

Students from Madison County and James Madison Preparatory High Schools were at the Capitol, visiting with representative Halsey Bashears.

The students even held a mock session and debated the texting while driving issue.



As the first committee week swings into action, students from Madison County High School and James Madison Preparatory High School took the opportunity to visit the Capitol and blend into and participate in the legislative process.

The students held a mock session in the Senate chamber where they debated the texting and driving issue. Rep. Halsey Beshears (R-Monticello) greeted the students and spoke about the importance of the process and how it affects their daily lives.

The students then sat in the education committee and listened as presentations were made related to information technology by Randy Hanna, Chancellor of the Florida College System. As it is very early in the legislative process, house and senate bills are still being filed and have not been assigned to committees for debate.

Rep. Beshears said, “We are honored that these students have taken a day to visit with us at the Capitol and participate in the process. We appreciate that they are eager to become more informed about issues that affect each of them now and as future leaders of our state”.

Supervisor of Elections Tommy Hardee accompanied the group today and said, “I could not think of a better way to spend National Voter Registration Day than at the Capitol with 70 plus students. I would like to thank Representative Beshears and Senator Montford for making this opportunity possible”.

A tour of the new and old Capitol buildings completed the visit.


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