Bothell High School freshman William Alexander recently served as a page in the state Senate.
Pages are sponsored by the senator from their legislative district. Sen. Guy Palumbo (D-Maltby) sponsored Alexander’s week at the Legislature.
“It was great to host William at the capitol this week,” Palumbo said in a press release. “I hope that he enjoyed his time with the Legislature and learned plenty.”
The page program offers a hands-on opportunity for students to find out how state government works. The educational experience is furthered by guest speakers, according to the release. It also includes classes with topics such as budget writing and how a bill becomes a law — which culminates in pages creating their own bills in a mock committee setting.
Alexander — who plays lacrosse and build model trains in his free time — and his partners worked on a bill addressing the issue of police body cameras. According to the release, he believes the bill will lead to more accountability for law enforcement officers, citizens and perpetrators.
“My favorite part is all of the cool offices you get to talk to,” Alexander said in the release. “I got to talk to offices that really wanted to hear more about me and made me feel really welcomed.”
Pages also have the opportunity to work on the Senate floor. Their maroon coats and credentials allow them access to all parts of the capitol campus.