Hoosier Legislative Session Shorter, Issues Still Large
January 5, 2014 by AP
The Indiana General Assembly’s “short sessions” every other year should not be confused as being trivial.
Lawmakers returning this week for their 2014 session will take up a proposal to eliminate the business personal property tax and amend the state’s gay marriage ban into the constitution.
The abbreviated meetings of state lawmakers started roughly four decades ago as a vehicle for lawmakers to approve minor budget fixes, and they have become increasingly more important in recent years.
Lawmakers in 2008 approved statewide property tax caps, which business leaders say caused the need for the Governor Mike Pence’s proposed business tax cut.
Early today Pence closed all state office except for essential services to deal with the statewide effects of a winder storm.