Lehman: Organization Day kicks off 2017 legislative session

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Tuesday, November 22, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 22, 2016) — State Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) 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 new 120th Indiana General Assembly for the next two years.

“State lawmakers were energized today, ready to tackle a lot of important issues on behalf of Indiana,” Lehman said. “In the upcoming session, we must pass the state’s next two-year budget in addition to establishing a comprehensive, long-term road funding plan. These agenda items will be a main focus, and as I work on behalf our communities, I encourage constituents to provide input on their needs and priorities.”

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 in Indiana. 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.