"During this legislative session, my main focus will be on permanent property tax relief," said Rep. Cherry. "Property tax reform is centered on reducing and controlling spending at all levels of government. Currently, the state pays down $2.3 billion in property taxes each year and that cannot continue. We need to take over complete levies to free up money for local governments after the property tax replacement dollars are gone. Gov. Daniels has introduced a good plan and is encouraging the legislature to improve it. The plan will cut about 40-percent off of homeowners' bills. This is the first step towards the permanent elimination of property taxes."
During the session, Rep. Cherry will sit as a member on two House legislative committees:
Ways & Means.
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. Cherry 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.