On Tuesday, November 17, the Indiana General Assembly will convene at the Statehouse for the ceremonial start of the 2016 legislative session. “Organization Day,” as it’s commonly referred to, provides legislators an opportunity to meet with fellow lawmakers and staff, and begin discussing legislative topics.
The 2016 session will reconvene in January and by law, must end no later than March 14. Lawmakers will be working together to address several key issues, including:
·Supporting Indiana students, teachers and schools;
·Infrastructure and road funding needs; and
·Combating illegal drugs in our state.
As President Pro Tempore of the Indiana Senate, I am confident that members of the Senate will hold spirited, but respectful debates on these issues and many more in the upcoming session.
To help Hoosiers stay informed and engaged as we consider new laws, committee hearings and session meetings can be viewed online by visiting www.in.gov/legislative. Event calendars, meeting agendas, vote tallies and proposed legislation can also be found on this site.
Another way to stay informed and engaged is by receiving electronic newsletters by email. Please visit www.in.gov/s16 to sign up for my e-newsletters that provide information about the General Assembly, important events and other state government news.
The Senate page program is an opportunity for students who want to be involved in the legislative process during session. Senate pages tour the Statehouse, listen to debates and assist senators and staff.
This program is open to students in grades six through 12. During the legislative session, pages are scheduled to serve at the Statehouse on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Groups of pages serve on Wednesdays. The application window for the page program opens in December. For more information, please visit www.indianasenaterepublicans.com/page-program
If you have questions or would like to provide input on the upcoming legislative session or other issues facing our state, please contact me by telephone at 800-382-9467, by email at Senator.Long@iga.in.gov or by mail at 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.
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