STATEHOUSE —Members of the Indiana General Assembly, including State Representative Wes Culver (R-Goshen), returned to the Statehouse for Organization Day to hear the House Speaker, Brian Bosma, deliver a speech setting the tone for the upcoming legislative session.
“Again, this year we are focusing on ways to develop jobs in our state,” said Rep. Culver. “Organization Day set a great tone for this year’s session and I am optimistic about all the potential developments that can be made for Hoosiers.”
The upcoming 2012 legislative session will begin on Jan. 4 and according to state statutes must conclude by March 14.
“One of the greatest job creating pieces of legislation we can pass is Right to Work. Contrary to what some are saying, Right to Work does not outlaw unions, restrict their membership or remove existing or future benefits,” said Rep. Culver. “The only thing Right to Work says is that a worker cannot be forced to pay union dues in order to get or keep a job.” Rep. Culver also noted that “Indiana public school teachers already have Right to Work.”
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 . You can click on “Watch the General Assembly Session,” on the right side of the screen.
“Right to Work is about freedom of choice for Hoosier workers,” said Rep. Culver. “Additionally, many companies have chosen not to locate in Indiana because we are not a Right to Work state. Getting more good paying jobs for Hoosiers must be our top priority."
For questions or comments regarding this session, Rep. Culver can be reached by email at h49@IN.gov, by phone at 1-800-382-9841 or by mail at the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.