[r24] Indiana House Gavels In for 2008 Legislative Session (1/8/2008)

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Start Date: 1/8/2008 All Day
End Date: 1/8/2008
Today, Rep. Rich McClain (R-Logansport), along with House colleagues, opened the 2008 session of the Indiana General Assembly at the Statehouse.  Rep. McClain starts the session with a number of goals to improve the lives of Hoosier families.

"The time is now to begin work on true property tax reform," said Rep. McClain. "Although we have an extremely limited amount of time to discuss a number of proposed solutions, I remain focused on providing property tax relief to our communities. Hoosiers deserve better than the broken system the state has been mired in for the past several years, and a complete overhaul of the current method appears to be the best course of action."

During the session, Rep. McClain will sit as a member on two House legislative committees:

  • Ways and Means.
  • Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation.

The Indiana General Assembly is a part-time legislature, meeting on a two-year cycle, 2½ months in even-numbered years and four months in odd-numbered years.

Historically, there has not always been a short session. Until 1969, Indiana legislators met only once every other year. In 1970, the legislature decided to allow short sessions during the off years to deal with important issues facing the state.

As the session moves forward, these are some important legislative dates:

        JAN. 15: The last day to file bills. (House members each have a limit of five bills during this session

        JAN. 31: Deadline for the House to pass bills originated in the House.

        FEB. 27, 28: Deadline for both House and Senate to pass bills already approved by opposite

        chamber.

        MARCH 14: Deadline for both chambers to adjourn.

Rep. McClain encourages local constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through email at h24@iga.in.gov, or by calling the Statehouse toll-free at 1-800-382-9841.  It is also possible to write him at 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.