(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 8, 2008 - Today, Rep. Eric A. Gutwein (R-Rensselaer), along with House colleagues, opened the 2008 session of the Indiana General Assembly at the Statehouse. Rep. Gutwein starts the session with a number of goals to improve the lives of Hoosier families."The 2008 legislative session will have a large amount of focus on property taxes," said Rep. Gutwein. "By the end of the session, I hope we will have a solution that is in the best interest of the state, one that provides permanent long-term relief and more control of government spending on all levels."
During the session, Rep. Gutwein will sit as a member on three House legislative committees:
· Agriculture and Rural Development. He is the ranking minority member.
· Labor and Employment.
· Natural Resources.
The Indiana General Assembly is a part-time legislature, meeting on a two-year cycle - 2½ 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 once every other year. In 1970, the legislature decided to allow for short sessions during 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. Gutwein serves House District 16, which includes Cass, Fulton, Jasper, Pulaski and White counties.
Rep. Gutwein encourages constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the Statehouse toll-free at 1-800-382-9841. It is also possible to write him at 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.