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General Assembly kicks off 118th session with Organization Day PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, November 26, 2012 8:47 PM

Dearborn County Statehouse representatives helped kick off Organization Day Tuesday, Nov. 20, the ceremonial start of the 118th Indiana General Assembly’s budget session
Organization Day is marked by the swearing in of new General Assembly members as well as the annual first roll call of all state lawmakers. This day also provides each House and Senate caucus with the opportunity to organize before session officially begins Monday, Jan. 7.

“Passing the state’s fifth-consecutive balanced budget will be a central part of the upcoming session, but there will be many other important topics to discuss that will have a significant impact on Hoosiers. One of the most pressing issues the legislature will face this session is responding to the federal government’s new healthcare law in a way that’s financially responsible and works best for Hoosiers,” said State Sen. Johnny Nugent, R-Lawrenceburg, who represents District 43, which includes most of Dearborn County.

The 2013 session is a budget year, meaning lawmakers will draft a comprehensive proposal to fund government services for the next two years. By law, the 2013 legislative session must be completed no later than Monday, April 29.
Nugent said additional Senate priorities for the 2013 session include

building on Indiana’s low-tax, job-friendly environment, continuing fiscal responsibility, and protecting Hoosier children by improving Indiana’s Department of Child Services.

District 27 State Sen. Allen Paul, R-Richmond, said other topics of importance will be improving education by promoting early childhood education and working to ensure college or vocational training is financially attainable and reforming Indiana’s criminal penalties.

“I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to encourage job growth, and I’ll continue to keep communication lines open to hear input from residents in my district,” said Paul. His district includes Jackson, Kelso, Logan and Harrison townships in Dearborn County.

Paul has been appointed as chairman of the Senate Committee on Insurance and will serve as a committee member for Homeland Security, Transportation and Veterans Affairs, the Public Safety Subcommittee and Commerce, Economic Development and Technology.

District 68 State Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, was re-elected to represent House District 68, which now includes almost all of Dearborn County.

“For the past two years, representing my community in the General Assembly has been a great honor. Over the next two years, I will continue to work with my colleagues and support legislation that will safeguard our state’s future and strengthen its economy specifically Southeastern Indiana. Indiana has received national recognition as a top state to do business, and it is imperative that we continue to incentivize and promote job creation through small business owners as they employ thousands of Hoosiers in our district and across the state,” said McMillin.

In October, the House Republican Caucus released their legislative agenda, making it clear that their focus will be on financial integrity, jobs and education. That focus was echoed as the 69 House Republicans prepared for the upcoming session with a resolve to accomplish those priorities and continue to propel Indiana to be a state where Hoosiers have the ability to own their American Dream, he said.

“Chances for success in life are closely tied, but certainly not limited to the education system that we are a product of. I’m focused on making sure that every student has the best chance to succeed right here in Indiana, and it starts with having the right tools available for our teachers and the right options for Hoosier families,” said McMillin.

District 67 State Rep. Randy Frye said he is looking forward to working together with all the state representatives and senators, including the 26 freshmen members of the House. His district includes Caesar Creek, Center, Clay and Washington townships in Dearborn County.

“House Republicans now total 69 members. This number is significant because it gives the House Republicans a super majority,” said Frye.

Nugent can be reached via email at Senator.Nugent@iga.in.gov or by phone at 1-800-382-9467. Paul can be reached via email at Senator.Paul@iga.in.gov or by phone at 1-800-382-9467.

McMillin can be reached by calling 1-800-382-9841. For more news and information from Frye, go to www.randyfrye.com or visit his Facebook page.