An e-mail from the Republican Indiana State Senators:
Indiana Senate wastes no time in starting second half of session
Indiana senators started the second half of the 2011 Indiana General Assembly on schedule this week and proceeded with a growing calendar of key committee hearings for the days and weeks ahead.
Statehouse observers have noted the sharp contrast to the inaction and uncertainty caused by the ongoing walkout by Democratic members of the House of Representatives.
Last week, senators met and beat legislative deadlines. During the first half of session, senators introduced 600 pieces of legislation, heard 213 proposals in committee, debated and passed 198 bills on the Senate floor – approving all but six with bipartisan majorities. In the end, we not only completed our work, we accomplished it days ahead of schedule.
Senators are now prepared to tackle the state’s two-year state budget, jobs, economic development and proposals to improve public K-12 education.
Despite the House’s inactivity, the people’s work will continue in the Senate.