[r49] Rep. John Ulmer Returns To 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. John Ulmer (R-Goshen), along with House colleagues, opened the 2008 session of the Indiana General Assembly at the Statehouse. Rep. Ulmer starts the session with a number of goals to improve the lives of Hoosier families.

"We have to go into this session focusing on property tax relief," said Rep. Ulmer. "Property taxpayers deserve to have a constitutional caps placed on their bills so that they will not be surprised year to year with 10- to 100-percent tax increases. I also believe that we should place spending caps on all levels of government. Rising government spending is the biggest driver behind these property tax increases."

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

Natural Resources.

Courts and Criminal Code.

Judiciary.

The Indiana General Assembly is a part-time legislature, meeting on a two-year cycle, two and a half 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 in even-numbered years. 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. Ulmer encourages local constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at h49@in.gov, 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.