Wearing their Eagle T-shirts and backpacks, the 4th grade of Lake Charles’ Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School took over a Louisiana House committee room during their field trip to the State Capitol on Thursday.

House & Governmental Affairs Committee Chair Mike Danahay, D-Sulphur, and Rep. Stephen Dwight, R-Lake Charles, provided the 10-year-olds with parliamentary guidelines to follow.

They debated the issue of whether summer vacation should be extended to four months. Just like in a regular legislative hearing, proponents and opponents testified and were questioned by the committee members. (No parents were allowed to weigh in, however.)

A vote was called for and seconded. And as is often the case in real life at the Louisiana Legislature, the outcome was unsurprising: 20 fourth-graders backed a longer summer break, while one voted against the vacation measure.

Danahay explained that if this was a real bill, it would be “reported favorably” and sent to the full House for further debate.

Legislators convened Monday for the 2016 regular session and officially began work on Tuesday. The session must adjourn by June 6.

The House put in a light day Thursday before heading home for the weekend. The state Senate left early Wednesday afternoon.

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