STATEHOUSE -Today marks Organization Day where all 100 members of the House, including 19 new State Representatives, were sworn in by Chief Justice Shepard. In what has been described as one of the most difficult legislative sessions to come, State Rep. Ralph M. Foley (R-Martinsville) and his fellow House Republicans regained control of the House.
The newly elected Speaker of the House Brian C. Bosma pledged that he will do his duty and asks that all the Representatives do the same.
"I am ready for the 2011 Session," said Rep. Foley. "There is a lot of work to do. We must balance the budget, not raise taxes on families and protect education."
In September, the House Republican Caucus released their legislative plan, addressing Jobs, Education, Spending, and Standing Up to Washington, DC. At the time, Speaker Bosma also noted that he wanted to 'reach across the aisle' and 'bring civility back to the house chamber. Today, Speaker Bosma reinforced the legislative plan, and the importance of working together for the future of Indiana.
"Tough decisions will have to be made, because of the lack of sufficient state revenues," said Rep. Foley. "I am optimistic that with hard work and working in a bipartisan fashion, we will be able to accomplish a lot this session to best serve and protect the state."