Friday, February 10, 2017
|Jasmine Ogaki with Sen. Chase in Olympia|
Photo from Legislative services
During the week of February 6, Jasmine Ogaki of Shoreline served as a page in the Washington State Senate. Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-32, sponsored Ogaki’s weeklong experience in the Legislature.
“Jasmine is a bright student, and was a great help and joy to have around the Senate,” Chase said. “It was a pleasure to sponsor her this week.”
During the week pages assist senators and staff, attend lectures with guest speakers and go to page school where they create their own bills in a mock committee setting. Ogaki drafted a bill concerning DNA collection for the state criminal database.
Ogaki said the data collection bill fits her interest in forensic science. Through the mock committee hearing, she gleaned a better understanding of the legislative process, and walked away with a newfound appreciation for civic engagement.
“Everyone has to be involved in order to make a difference — not just the Senators,” she said. “You have to understand the problem, and be vocal about it.”
Ogaki is a 10th grader at Shorewood High School and is interested in political science and forensics.
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