Rep. Dermody: Working together to put Hoosiers back to work
STATEHOUSE —Members of the Indiana General Assembly, including State Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte), returned to the Statehouse for Organization Day to hear the House Speaker deliver a speech setting the tone for the upcoming legislative session.
This year, Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) addressed job creation during the Organization Day ceremony. Indiana currently has a stubborn unemployment rate hovering around 9 percent.
“My main focus this session will be to continue to create an economic climate in Indiana where businesses can thrive and put people back to work,” said Rep. Dermody. “Indiana is different than Washington in that we can make progress and work together to help keep regulation down and taxes low.”
The Indiana General Assembly is a part-time legislature, meeting on a two-year cycle — three months in even-numbered years and four months in odd-numbered years. Short sessions, such as the upcoming one, are relatively new for the legislature. Until 1969, Indiana legislators only met once every other year. In 1970, the legislature decided to allow short sessions to deal with important issues facing the state.
The upcoming 2012 legislative session will begin on Jan. 4 and according to state statutes must conclude by March 14.
The public is encouraged to watch the legislative process online, a Republican-created transparency initiative, to view both the House Chamber and committee proceedings at www.in.gov/legislative . Click on “Watch the General Assembly Session,” on the right side of the screen.
For questions or comments regarding this session, Rep. Dermody can be reached by email at h20@IN.gov, by phone at 1-800-382-9841 or by mail at the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Ind. 46204.
“I look forward to a productive short session and to putting the politics aside for the betterment of Hoosiers. I know that we can help Indiana continue to lead the way out of this recession and help Hoosier families proper,” said Rep. Dermody.