INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- A lot is on the plate for the upcoming session of the Indiana State Legislature, a political body that will look decidedly more republican come January.
Jeff Neumeyer traveled to Indianapolis Tuesday to cover "Organization Day" at the legislature.
Neumeyer: “The halls of the statehouse bustling again in Mid-November has to mean Organization Day, where the recently elected senators and representatives get sworn in before starting to govern.
The results from Election Day on November 2nd caused the house to flip from democratic to republican control.
In fact, the margin is sizeable, now 60 to 40 in favor of the GOP.
Senate Republicans expanded their majority by 4 seats.
It's now 37 to 13 for republicans, and they’ll be calling the shots in both chambers in 2011.
Governor Mitch Daniels is giddy about the change as he figures to more easily push through his agenda that includes the pursuit of merit pay for public school teachers, more emphasis on charter and virtual schools, and another try at sweeping local government reforms.
Pro-family groups expect the more conservative legislature to work for anti-abortion and immigration bills and to try to get a ban on same-sex marriages placed in the State Constitution.
But republican leaders are leery of drifting too far away from the economy and jobs.
Sen. David Long/(R) State Senate Pro Tem: " We’ve got to continue to push the envelope to create the best economic environment we can in Indiana to create jobs.”
State Rep. Win Moses/(D) Fort Wayne: " I hope that the goal is entirely jobs, economic development, creation of opportunities for people. I’m afraid they’re going to go off on other things, but I think the jobs are what we should concentrate on.”
Other republicans insist there will be time for both.
Republican Senator Mike Delph from Carmel says we are able to multi-task.
But they will also be mindful of doing too much too fast, the criticism of democrats in Washington who were sent packing on November 2nd in big numbers.
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