[r47] Rep. Ralph M. Foley Begins Work at the Statehouse (1/8/2008)

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

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

"Property taxes are on the forefront of everyone's mind this session," said Rep. Foley. "Numerous legislators have filed legislation with ideas on how to repair the property tax issue. I can assure you that I will be reviewing each one carefully, and I do hope we will be able to work together to resolve the state's property tax crisis. We have had too many Band-Aid approaches in the past, and it has become apparent that Hoosiers are tired of temporary fixes."

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

  • Judiciary Committee. He is the Ranking Minority Member.
  • Rules and Legislative Procedures. He is the Ranking Minority Member.
  • Committee on Joint Rules.

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. Foley serves House District 47, which includes Morgan, Hendricks, Johnson and Owen counties.

Rep. Foley encourages constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at h47@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.