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[s45] Sen. Smith: General Assembly Kicks Off 2013 Budget Session
Start Date: 11/20/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 11/20/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (Nov. 20, 2012) — State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) 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.

“During the summer months, I was fortunate to meet with many families, small-business owners and hard-working Hoosiers in southeast Indiana to discuss the important issues facing our state,” Smith said. “I return to the Statehouse ready to bring the ideas and opinions of my constituents to the table, and I’m committed to supporting policies that will continue to grow our economy and fuel private-sector job creation.”

Smith said Senate priorities for the 2013 session include:

•  Building on Indiana’s low-tax, job-friendly environment
•  Improving education by promoting school choice and giving educators the resources needed to build on Indiana’s record-best ISTEP+ scores and graduation rates
• Responding to Obamacare
   
Additionally, Smith has been named ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development & Technology, and will serve as a member of the following committees in 2013 and 2014:

•    Insurance
•    Financial Institutions
•    Local Government

As the 2013 session gets under way, Smith encourages Senate District 45 residents to contact him with any questions or comments they may have. Smith can be reached via email at Senator.Smith@iga.in.gov or by phone at 1-800-382-9467.

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A high-resolution photo of Smith is available at
http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_republicans/2355.htm
Contact Information:
Name: Molly Johnson
Phone: 317-234-9133
Email: mjohnson@iga.in.gov
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