(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 8, 2008 - Today, Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville), along with House colleagues, opened the 2008 session of the Indiana General Assembly at the Statehouse. Rep. Borders starts the session with a number of goals to improve the lives of Hoosiers.
"This session promises to be exciting and contentious as we work our tails off to find solutions to the property tax mess," said Rep. Borders. "My greatest hope is that we provide lasting and substantial relief for property owners. There is only one way to control taxes and that is to contain spending."
During the session, Rep. Borders will sit as a member on two House legislative committees:
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.
Historically, there has not always been a short session. Until 1969, Indiana legislators only met 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. Borders encourages local constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the Statehouse at 1-800-382-9841. It is also possible to write him at 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.