(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 8, 2008 - Today, Rep. Matt Bell (R-Avilla), along with House colleagues, opened the 2008 session of the Indiana General Assembly at the Statehouse. Rep. Bell starts the session with a number of goals to improve the lives of Hoosier families.
"This session will revolve around finding a solution to our broken property tax system," said Rep. Bell. "It is my hope and expectation that the General Assembly will come together this session and provide immediate and significant permanent property tax relief."
During the session, Rep. Bell will sit as a member on three House legislative committees:
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.
Historically, there has not always been a short session. Until 1969, Indiana legislators met once every other year. In 1970, the legislature decided to allow short sessions during the 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. Bell 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.