[r32] Rep. Turner: Hoosiers back to work is top priority (11/22/2011)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Start Date: 11/22/2011
End Date: 11/22/2011
STATEHOUSE — Members of the Indiana General Assembly, including State Rep. Eric Turner (R-Cicero), returned to the Statehouse for Organization Day, a ceremony setting the tone for the upcoming legislative session.

This year, Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) delivered a speech that addressed job creation for Hoosiers. Indiana currently has a stubborn unemployment rate hovering around 9 percent.

“Getting Hoosiers back on the job is top priority and that will be our focus this upcoming session,” said Rep. Turner. “With the tough times that are upon you and your families, Indiana’s high unemployment rate is unacceptable. Job creation and getting Hoosiers back to work, specifically district 32 back to work, remains at the forefront of our efforts.”

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. Turner can be reached by email at h32@IN.gov, by phone at 1-800-382-9841 or by mail at the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Ind. 46204.

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