(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 8, 2008 - Today, Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus), along with House colleagues, opened the 2008 session of the Indiana General Assembly at the Statehouse. Rep. Smith starts the session with a number of goals to improve the lives of Hoosier families.
"From day one, it has been clear the number one issue is property taxes," said Rep. Smith. "From the time I've spent here this week it has become evident that the second and third issues are property taxes and property taxes. My time and focus will be spent on property taxes throughout the session to ensure that reform is long lasting and permanent. I look forward to working with my fellow lawmakers to ensure that the work put forth this session produces significant results for all Hoosiers."
During the session, Rep. Smith will sit as a member on two House legislative committees:
· Government and Regulatory Reform
The Indiana General Assembly is a part-time legislature, meeting on a two-year cycle, three 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. Smtih encourages local constituents to contact her with questions or concerns through e-mail at email@example.com, 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.