(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 7, 2009 - Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis), along with his House colleagues, opened the 2009 session of the Indiana General Assembly today at the Statehouse. Rep. Behning starts the session with a number of goals that aim to control government spending and maintain high-quality services to Hoosier families.
"The current economic conditions will certainly make this a difficult year, but this session is very important for Indiana, and I look forward to working for Hoosiers in this trying time," Rep. Behning said.
Rep. Behning joins with his House Republican colleagues in support of Hoosier Families First, their caucus agenda outlined in a recent press conference. Their aims are short and simple:
. Taxpayer protection. No tax increases. No gimmicks. Just a lean, common-sense-based budget that keeps state government operating efficiently.
. Job Creation: Focus on the Future. Indiana has been a leader in the Midwest at attracting new jobs, and we will continue to aggressively seek high-paying, quality jobs for our citizens. No new general business taxes and no new burdensome regulations.
. Education reform: Competing in the 21st Century: The Hoosier State has bright students, solid, innovative teachers and concerned parents, and House Republicans believe they all deserve support. This includes getting more education money directly to classrooms, protecting parental choice and charter schools, rewarding highly-qualified educators and giving teachers the power to appropriately discipline their classrooms. Supporting strong education is foundational to invigorating our economic development efforts.
During the session, Rep. Behning will serve as a member of two House legislative committees - Education and Commerce, Energy, Technology and Utilities. He is the ranking Republican member on Education.
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.
As the session moves forward, the public can keep track of the legislative process by watching House and committee proceedings at www.in.gov/legislative/ and clicking on "Watch the General Assembly Session."
Rep. Behning encourages local constituents to contact him 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.