(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 7, 2009 - Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel), along with his House colleagues, opened the 2009 session of the Indiana General Assembly today at the Statehouse. Rep. Torr starts the session with a number of goals aiming to control government spending and maintain high-quality services to Hoosier families.
"Beyond passing another balanced budget, we need to look at bold initiatives that will help Indiana but won't cost taxpayers a dime such as passing the Kernan-Shepard recommendations to reform local government and encouraging job growth by making Indiana the nation's 23rd right-to-work state," Rep. Torr said.
Rep. Torr 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. Torr will sit as a member on three House committees - Labor and Employment, Insurance and Rules and Legislative Procedures.
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. Torr encourages local constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.