Lilly Earley, an eighth grader at Port St. Joe High School has been tasked to be a page for the representatives in the Florida House Chamber Feb. 19 to 23.
Earley is the daughter of Amanda and Eric Sigmon, and Bryan Earley, all of Port St. Joe. In order to take part in the problem, Earley received approval from Superintendent Jim Norton, Principal Sissy Godwin and State Representative Jason Shoaf.
In addition to leading the Pledge of Allegiance on the House floor, Earley may deliver copies of bills and amendments, provide refreshments, pass notes to members at their desks, or perform other tasks at the request of a member.
In addition to her prescribed duties, she may participate in several educational activities structured to model a week-long Legislative Session of their own, including bill drafting exercises, mock committee meetings, and a mock session. These civic exercises are held in real committee meeting rooms and the House Chamber to ensure an authentic experience.
Earley may go on interactive tours, including of the Florida Supreme Court, the Historic Capitol, and the Florida Channel.
The page program continues a longstanding tradition that dates back to the earliest years of statehood with young Floridians assisting legislators in the passage of the state’s laws, and offers a unique opportunity to see Florida’s state government in action.