STATEHOUSE (Nov. 20, 2012) — State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) 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.
“This will be a busy and productive budget year as legislators carefully examine state finances to make sure we adequately fund essential services while continuing to live within our means,” Charbonneau said. “Lawmakers also must consider how Indiana will respond to federal healthcare reform as well as ways to improve our education system.”
Charbonneau said other Senate priorities for the 2013 session include:
• Protecting Hoosier children by improving Indiana’s Department of Child Services
• Improving education by promoting early childhood education 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, Charbonneau has been appointed as chairman of the Senate Committee on Environmental Affairs and ranking member of the Committee on Health and Provider Services. Charbonneau will also serve as a member of the following committees in 2013 and 2014:
• Health and Provider Services
o Public Health Subcommittee
• Rules and Legislative Procedure
As the 2013 session gets under way, Charbonneau encourages Senate District 5 residents to contact him with any questions or comments they may have. Charbonneau can be reached via email at Senator.Charbonneau@iga.in.gov or by phone at 1-800-382-9467.