Story last updated at 3:28 p.m. Thursday, October 31, 2002

Closed caucus opens eyes
Last session, 20 of my classmates, our teachers and I went to Juneau to learn about state government. We had a really nice meeting with our representative, Drew Scalzi, in his office. Then we went to the Capitol building to see the Legislature in session. The legislators came onto the floor. They talked for about 10 minutes, and then they left. They were gone for two hours. They came back for a few minutes, and then left again. That's when we left, too. Later, someone told us that is called a "closed caucus."

This year my school considered going back to Juneau in February for a class trip, but we decided against it. We might go back another time if there is open government.

Emma Teal Laukitis, sixth grade, Sadie Peak School

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