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Welcome to the Indiana General Assembly website. As one of three co-equal branches of state government, the General Assembly is responsible for enacting the laws by which the State of Indiana is governed. The intent behind this website is to afford you the opportunity to better understand the operation of the General Assembly and its impact on your life and well being.
The two houses of the General Assembly (House and Senate) were created at the time Indiana became a state in 1816. The current makeup of the General Assembly, consisting of 100 Representatives serving 2-year terms and 50 senators serving 4-year terms, was established in the Constitution of 1851. The General Assembly met every other year until 1972, when it began meeting annually.
The General Assembly will, upon timely request attempt to provide a signer or interpreter for deaf or hearing-impaired persons for floor debates, committee meetings, scheduled conference committee meetings, interim study committee meetings, and meetings in the State House with legislators. Notification should be made to the following email address: ADAhelp@iga.in.gov . Requests for a signer or interpreter should be made as far in advance as possible. Please, provide advance notification of at least 14 days whenever possible. Indicate in the email: your name and contact information; the date and time services are needed; the room name, room number, other location where services are needed; and the language in which signer or interpreter services need to be provided (e.g., American Sign Language (ASL), Signed Exact English (SEE), Pidgin Sign English (PSE), oral interpretation).