McNamara: Getting organized for session

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 7:00 pm

Start Date:  11/22/2011  All Day  
End Date:  11/22/2011    
Getting “Organized” for session

Today is a very important day at the Indiana Statehouse, in fact today, Organization Day, is technically a session day, even though session doesn’t start until January 4. This is a day, as its name states, where we get organized and ready to conduct official legislative business for the people of Indiana. We will all convene at the Statehouse with session beginning at 1p.m.

Organization Day mainly serves a ceremonial purpose. As it did last year when all of the representatives were sworn into office. Organization Day is also considered the Speaker’s day, since he gives a speech which sets the tone for session.

After organization Day a window of about six weeks opens where legislators are allowed to file bills they wish to present during session. Since this year is a ‘short’ session, each legislator is limited to filing five bills.

The deadline for this year’s ‘short’ session is March 14. Short sessions were created in 1972, to handle emergency issues. Since that time their use has changed slightly and we now attempt to get just as much done as we do in a long session. The Speaker of the House has already informed us that most Fridays, usually reserved for us to return to our districts, will be used for session days in an effort to allow for all of our work to be completed and to work around the Super Bowl schedule.

To say the least, they next few weeks will be quite busy at the Indiana Statehouse as ideas begin to form into workable pieces of legislation and as we prepare for session. I am once again looking forward to representing you this session and am determined to be your voice here at the State Capitol. Please contact me with any questions or comments you may have 317-232-9674 or email at h76@in.gov