SEVERE WX: Winter Weather Advisory View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

IN Lawmaker wants to shorten legislative sessions, save taxpayer money

A Hoosier lawmaker says he wants to shorten the legislative session and save Indiana taxpayers some money.

Posted: Dec. 9, 2018 7:45 PM
Updated: Dec. 9, 2018 7:45 PM

WASHINGTON, Ind. (WTHI) - A Hoosier lawmaker says he wants to shorten the legislative session and save Indiana taxpayers some money.

Republican State Senator Eric Bassler represents the 39th District. He says he is working on a bill that would shorten Indiana’s legislative sessions by one month.

Bassler explains budget year sessions run through the end of April and short sessions wrap up on March 15th. Under his bill, budget sessions would conclude at the end of March and short sessions would end in February.

"I've found often in life that when you give people a deadline they tend to meet the deadline. Now, they don't always meet the deadline but they tend to. So if our deadline in April 30th we're going to meet that deadline. However, if it's March 30th I'll bet we're going to meet that deadline."

Bassler says the change would encourage lawmakers to be more efficient with their time. He says he thinks all the work could still get done and estimates it would save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Bassler says his bill may not make it through this year but he wants to at least discuss the proposal.

Article Comments

Terre Haute
Overcast
32° wxIcon
Hi: 33° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 22°
Robinson
Overcast
32° wxIcon
Hi: 33° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 24°
Indianapolis
Overcast
31° wxIcon
Hi: 31° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 21°
Rockville
Overcast
32° wxIcon
Hi: 31° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 22°
Casey
Overcast
31° wxIcon
Hi: 32° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 23°
Brazil
Overcast
32° wxIcon
Hi: 32° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 22°
Marshall
Overcast
32° wxIcon
Hi: 32° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 22°
Patchy Freezing Drizzle
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

Latest Video

Image

THN Basketball

Image

Tuesday Late Forecast

Image

Terre Haute house fire under investigation

Image

Plans unveiled for Terre Haute convention center

Image

Hey Kevin 1-15

Image

More people die from opioids than car crashes

Image

Marshall pool update

Image

Casino and gaming bill introduced in Indiana

Image

How do you sign up for closings and delay alerts?

Image

Tuesday Early Forecast

WTHI Events