[r85] Organization Day for 2008 Session (10/31/2007)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Start Date: 10/31/2007 All Day
End Date: 10/31/2007

Our Indiana state legislature is readying for a return to the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Organization Day, the official start to the 2008 legislative session, is on Tuesday, November 20, 2007. Organization Day is a one day session used as a time for legislators across the state to reconvene and discuss important topics for the upcoming year. This year the legislature will vote to ratify Governor Mitch Daniel's decision to extend the deadline of the Homestead Credit.

Unless there is a consensus to continue the session, legislators will only be in session for this one day. The entire legislature will return in early January to begin legislative work in earnest, which will last for thirty legislative working days.

Property taxes are a major issue legislators will look to tackle as early as possible. Many solutions are being discussed to solve this statewide matter, and legislators realize something needs to be done in order to make the system fair for all property owners. If a unified solution can be found by Organization Day, the legislature may choose to stay in session to implement this, otherwise the General Assembly will return as planned in January.

As the session progresses this year and next, you can keep up to date on the latest events at the Statehouse by calling me at 1-800-382-9841, or through my website at www.in.gov/h85. When session begins in January you can watch House and Senate sessions live online at www.in.gov/legislative/session/video.html. Also, many important committee meetings can be monitored through the same address. The House usually conducts committee meetings 8:30 am - 12:00 pm with session each afternoon at 1:30 pm and adjourning when that day's business is finished, Monday through Thursday. Afternoon sessions last longer, sometimes into the late evening hours as the session draws to a close.

You may also contact me by e-mail at h85@in.gov, or write to me at 200 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46204.