(STATEHOUSE) Dec. 11, 2008 - State Representative Mike Murphy (R-Indianapolis) will serve as Ranking Minority Member of the Small Business and Economic Development Committee for the duration of the 116th Indiana General Assembly. In addition to his leadership role on this committee, Rep. Murphy also will serve on the Insurance Committee and the Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee.
"Small businesses form the strong foundation of our state's economy. Building and maintaining a healthy environment for small business will help Indiana retain economic stability during this period of national economic uncertainty," said Rep. Murphy. "I look forward to working collaboratively with committee members on both sides of the political divide to create a better tax climate and fewer government regulations that tend to hinder small business and slow economic growth."
Rep. Murphy has served on many committees during his tenure with the House of Representatives, including Education, Ways and Means and Family, Children and Human Affairs.
Standing committees are an integral part of the legislative process in the House of Representatives. Committees with specific areas of expertise work out the details of proposed legislation before it is heard on the House floor. A wide variety of legislation will be heard in committees during the upcoming session. The top priority will be determining the state's budget for the next two-year cycle.
"Heading into what promises to be a critical session for our state's future, I am optimistic about Indiana's position in the Midwest and the entire nation," said Rep. Murphy. "We made great strides last session for homeowners, and this year we can do even more for all Hoosiers. I will focus on greater government efficiency at all levels and strict spending limitations, in addition to initiatives that will protect families and increase opportunities."
The upcoming 2009 legislative session runs from the beginning of January to the end of April. For questions or comments regarding this session, Rep. Murphy can be reached at h90@IN.gov, or call his office at 317-232-9981.