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Monday, January 06, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Previews of Upcoming Session

"State lawmakers face packed agenda" is the headline to Dan Carden's story in today's NWI Times.

"Lawmakers have more on the agenda than marriage amendment" is the heading of Lesley Weidenbener's Sunday column in the Louisville Courier Journal.

"General Assembly's 'short sessions' evolving into time when big-ticket issues get decided" is the heading to the AP's Tom LoBiano's long story today, here in the Greenfield Reporter that begins:

INDIANAPOLIS — Increasingly inside the Statehouse, "short session" no longer a term to be confused with an inconsequential gathering of the state's lawmakers.

When lawmakers return for the start of 2014's "short session" this week, they are set to take up two high-profile measures -- one to write the state's gay marriage ban into the constitution and another that would eliminate the personal property tax paid by businesses.

Lawmakers began adding a second annual meeting to each two-year term -- just like Congress' -- more than four decades ago as a means to deal with minor budget fixes that could not wait. But that budget-fixing mechanism has evolved in recent years into sessions in which elected leaders tackle some of the most high-profile and contentious measures.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 6, 2014 10:22 AM
Posted to Indiana Government