(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 8, 2008 - Today, Rep. P. Eric Turner (R-Marion), along with House colleagues, opened the 2008 session of the Indiana General Assembly at the Statehouse. Rep. Turner starts the session with a number of goals to improve the lives of Hoosier families.
"It's no secret that the primary focus of this session is property taxes," said Rep. Turner. "The property tax issue is something I have championed for a long time. I truly believe reform and less dependency on property taxes is a must. The public has voiced their opinion on the issue and now, more than ever, we need to resolve the state's property tax crisis. As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, I can assure you I will work toward and support the passage of a constitutional amendment to relieve the burden of property taxes."
During the session, Rep. Turner will sit as a member on three House legislative committees:
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 for short sessions during 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. Turner serves House District 32, which includes Grant, Hamilton, Howard, Miami and Tipton counties.
Rep. Turner encourages local constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at email@example.com, 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.