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[s21] Sen. Buck: General Assembly Kicks Off 2013 Budget Session
Start Date: 11/20/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 11/21/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (Nov. 20, 2012) — State Sen. Jim Buck (R-Kokomo) gathered with fellow legislators today at the Statehouse for Organization Day — 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 on Jan. 7.

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 April 29.

“As we begin a new session, providing essential funding for state services — while keeping our books balanced — will be among the top issues to discuss in the upcoming legislature,” Buck said. “Additionally, I am also interested in how we can build on Indiana’s economic stability and promote employer-friendly policies to encourage employment growth.”

Buck said other Senate priorities for the 2013 session include:

•    Continuing fiscal responsibility
•    Protecting Hoosier children by improving Indiana’s Department of Child Services
•    Improving education by promoting school choice and working to ensure college or vocational training is financially attainable
•    Building on Indiana’s low-tax, job-friendly environment
•    Reforming Indiana’s criminal penalties
Additionally, Buck has been appointed as chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Technology. He will also serve as a member of the following committees in 2013 and 2014:

•    Education and Career Development
•    Pensions and Labor
•    Tax and Fiscal Policy

As the 2013 session gets under way, Buck encourages Senate District 21 residents to contact him with any questions or comments they may have. Buck can be reached via email at"> or by phone at 1-800-382-9467.

To listen to an audio statement, click here.

Contact Information:
Name: Evan Eikenberry
Phone: 317-232-9498
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