Cook: Organization Day kicks off 2017 legislative session

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Tuesday, November 22, 2016 4:00 pm

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 22, 2016) — State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) joined fellow legislators at the Statehouse today for the Indiana General Assembly’s Organization Day.

Organization Day occurs annually in November. State lawmakers use the day to gather together, meet new members and prepare for the upcoming legislative session. Following the general election earlier this month, all re-elected members and member-elects were also sworn into office. The day also marks the first official meeting of the 120th Indiana General Assembly for the next two years. 

“This coming session, we will focus on being fiscally prudent as we work to balance the state’s next two-year budget, while creating a long-term infrastructure funding plan and incentivizing small businesses to grow their operations here in Indiana,” Cook said. “I plan to support more grant funding opportunities be made available for small towns to improve quality of place amenities to foster economic growth. I hope to boost funding to schools with more money targeted to classroom instruction and teachers. I am looking forward to exploring effective educational opportunities that will help our Hoosier children continue to develop and learn.”

House and Senate lawmakers also announced they will team up to support Habitat for Humanity of Indiana to raise awareness about the need for affordable housing. This year, members and staff will participate in a new and used tool drive, which will help Habitat volunteers build houses across the state.

The 2017 legislative session begins in early January and by law must conclude by April 30.

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State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) represents House District 32, which includes all of Tipton County and portions of Hamilton, Madison, Delaware, Howard and Grant counties.

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