About 100 students from 11 school districts in state Sen. Don White’s 41st District attended “The Future Starts Today” program at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex at IUP on Tuesday, designed to show students how government functions and reacts to public policy issues.
Students were able to discuss legislation in committee and write amendments to them during morning sessions, then vote on the bills in the afternoon.
Panelists from across Pennsylvania included elected officials, legislative staff, members of the executive branch of state government and representatives from special interest groups.
The panel shown worked with drug and alcohol and included Rep. Jeff Pyle; Judy Eschberger of Novak Strategic Advisors; Eric Ray of the PA Department of Corrections, SCI Pine Grove; Tony Barbush, moderator, chief clerk of the PA House of Representatives; Marcus Mihelcic, Indiana High School; Bob Marcus, PA Liquor Control Board; Patty Evanko, county commissioner and Travis Bieda
The panel in this room worked with Judiciary.
Students working with the Judiciary panel were Anthony Caruso, Logan Dellafiora and Brad Black, of Homer-Center High School.
Working with the Judiciary panel were Tanner Easley, Caleb King and John Garing, of Karns City High School.
Serving on the Judiciary panel were Eric Ebeling, executive editor of The Indiana Gazette and Commissioner Michael Baker.