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[s26] Sen. Eckerty: General Assembly Kicks Off 2013 Budget Session

Yorktown legislator appointed to Local Government, Judiciary committees

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 20, 2012) — State Sen. Doug Eckerty (R-Yorktown) 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.

“In order to continue Indiana’s trend of building a low-tax, jobs-friendly environment, we must create and pass a balanced budget,” Eckerty said. “There are countless recent examples of even the most secure institutions failing due to irresponsible spending. Through sound fiscal policies, we can ensure our state’s economic future.”

Eckerty said other Senate priorities for the 2013 session include:

  • Protecting Hoosier children through improving Indiana’s Department of Child Services
  • Preserving traditional marriage
  • Responding to Obamacare

Additionally, Eckerty has been appointed as ranking member of the Senate Committee on Local Government and will serve as a member of the following committees in 2013 and 2014:

  • Appropriations Committee
  • Courts and Juvenile Justice Subcommittee
  • Environmental Affairs Committee
  • Judiciary Committee
  • Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee

As the 2013 session gets under way, Eckerty encourages Senate District 26 residents to contact him with any questions or comments they may have. Eckerty can be reached via email at or by phone at 1-800-382-9467.