[r57] Rep. Sean Eberhart 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. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville), along with House colleagues, opened the 2008 session of the Indiana General Assembly at the Statehouse. Rep. Eberhart starts the session with a number of goals to improve the lives of Hoosier families.

"First and foremost this session, I want to work on property tax relief," said Rep. Eberhart. "It is clear, based on the 2007 property tax bills that our tax system has failed us and needs to be fixed.  We need both short-term and long-term solutions in how Indiana manages its tax structure although we will deal with a variety of other issues that will affect Hoosiers, our main priority will be, and should be property taxes."

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

Local Government.

Environmental Affairs.

Natural Resources.

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. Eberhart encourages local constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at h57@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.