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General Assembly Leaders Kick off Session

January 7, 2009

Today was the opening day of the 2009 legislative session. Chamber leaders from both the House and the Senate used the occasion to put forth what they say are the top priorities as they write the next two year state budget. In a rare speech on the chamber floor, House Speaker Pat Bauer of South Bend laid out his desire to see the state use reserve funds for creating jobs and providing assistance to Hoosiers out of work:

While Senate President Pro Tem David Long of Fort Wayne to reporters crowded at the back of Senate Chambers about his top funding priority:

The budget bill will begin, as required, in the House. Both chambers meet again tomorrow.

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