(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 8, 2008 - Today, Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Hendricks County), along with House colleagues, opened the 2008 session of the Indiana General Assembly at the Statehouse. Rep. Steuerwald starts the session with a number of goals to improve the lives of Hoosier families.
"A great portion of the legislative session will be spent on property taxes," said Rep. Steuerwald. "Many possible solutions have been presented. In time, I hope we will have a solution that not only provides long-term relief, but it will also be in the state's best interest."
During the session, Rep. Steuerwald will sit as a member on two House legislative committees:
· Courts and Criminal Code.
· Government and Regulatory Reform.
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. Steuerwald serves House District 40, which includes Hendricks County.
Rep. Steuerwald encourages local constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.