STATEHOUSE (Nov. 20, 2018) – State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) joined fellow legislators at the Statehouse today for the Indiana General Assembly’s Organization Day.
Organization Day marks the ceremonial start to the 2019 legislative session. It occurs annually in November, providing state lawmakers time to gather together, meet new members and prepare for the upcoming legislative session. Following the general election this month, all re-elected members and member-elects were sworn into office.
“One of the state’s top priorities for this session will be preparing the biennial state budget,” Gutwein said. “Over the last seven years, Indiana has maintained an honestly balanced budget, which has helped us to create one of the best business climates in the country. It’s important that we continue this momentum.”
Members of the House of Representatives are partnering with the Indiana Division of The Salvation Army to increase awareness about childhood hunger. Advocacy groups report nearly half of all food-insecure households in Indiana have children living there, and 33 percent of those being served at Hoosier food banks are under the age of 18. House legislators are collecting non-perishable food items for school children who face a period of hunger between the free lunch they receive in school on Friday and the free breakfast they receive in school on Monday.
The 2019 legislative session begins Jan. 3 and by law must conclude by April 29.
Gutwein said constituents who want to stay informed about his work at the Statehouse and the General Assembly can sign up to receive legislative email updates at www.in.gov/h16.
State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) represents House District 16, which
includes all of Pulaski County and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties.
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CAPTION: State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) prepares for the 2019 legislative session while attending Organization Day at the Statehouse on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Organization Day marks the ceremonial start to the 2019 legislative session.