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Another Session Begins

It is officially 2010 and the legislative work has been going on for some time. It started with the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee updates in September, then meetings with constituents and organizations that wanted to bring us up to date with issues of concern. October, November and the first of December were filled with dinners and meetings to give us updates on what legislative issues they might bring to the legislature in January. The announcements of meetings during the upcoming session started coming early this year.
I found my time this fall, busier than ever with possible legislative changes brought forth from constituents. Some of those issues are, pornography, school district consolidation, property tax relief for non owner occupied properties, concurrent enrollment for high school students, and child support in new separated couples with children to name just a few.
The discussion of the state budget shortfalls has also been a major topic. It is of grave concern to the legislators about how to balance the budget with shortfalls projected at from 7-9 percent or more.
The legislature convenes on January 12th, but the week before is filled with economic outlook meetings, the open house for the newly remodeled state capital and pre-legislature budget meetings.
I want to invite you to become involved again this session in the process of self government. You can do that by e-mailing me any issues that need to be addressed this year or just your feelings about state government to me at You can also watch what is happening online live by clicking on the state legislative page and view the Senate, House or JFAC live when they are in session each day. As a reminder I serve on the Joint Finance and Appropriations, Education and Judiciary and Rules Committees.
It is always an opportunity to serve the citizens of this great state. I again pledge my best efforts to represent the constituents of District 32 to the best of my ability.