This year, Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) delivered a speech that addressed job creation for Hoosiers. Indiana currently has a stubborn unemployment rate hovering around 9 percent.
“Our focus this session is putting Indiana on the path to creating well paying jobs for Hoosiers,” said Rep. Speedy. “The high unemployment rate Indiana is facing is unacceptable. We know that providing for your family is your top priority so we are making getting Hoosiers back on the job our top priority.”
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. Short sessions, such as the upcoming one, are relatively new for the legislature. Until 1969, Indiana legislators only met once every other year. In 1970, the legislature decided to allow short sessions to deal with important issues facing the state.
The upcoming 2012 legislative session will begin on Jan. 4 and according to state statutes must conclude by March 14.
The public is encouraged to watch the legislative process online, a Republican-created transparency initiative, to view both the House Chamber and committee proceedings at www.in.gov/legislative . Click on “Watch the General Assembly Session” on the right side of the screen.
For questions or comments regarding this session, Rep. Speedy can be reached by email at h90@IN.gov, by phone at 1-800-382-9841 or by mail at the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Ind. 46204.