We’re approaching a very busy season in state politics and I wanted to bring some important dates to your attention.

October 2nd is the last day to register to vote in the November 2nd, election!  Be sure you are registered and that you have updated your current address with your local voter registration office (if you have moved)

October Quarterly & Pre-Election Campaign Disclosures are due October 18, 2010 for all candidates on the November ballot. 

November 2nd is the General Election In addition to candidates, there will be four constitutional amendment questions for your consideration.  Do everyone a favor and read about those before you get to the polls and voting booth. Granted, we don’t always make them easy to understand; but at least have an idea of what’s on the ballot ahead of time by clicking on that link above.

Freshman Orientation for Members elected in the 2010 General Election on November 2, 2010, will be held on Monday, November 15 and Tuesday, November 16, 2010.  There are several new members this year either by House Members not offering for re-election, seeking another office, or by losing primaries. There COULD be some seats change parties in November too.  If you’re curious about what they will learn, here’s a copy of a 2006 agenda (my 2nd term).

The House of Representatives’ Organizational Session for the 2011-2012 Legislative Session will be held on Wednesday, November 17 and Thursday, November 18, 2010. The organizational session is where members select our seats for the next two years as well as find out our committee assignments and elect party leaders and House Officers (Speaker, Speaker Pro-Tem, Reading Clerk, Clerk, Chaplain, Sergeant at Arms, etc).

Prefiling dates for the 2011 Legislative Session will be on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 and Tuesday, December 14, 2010.  These dates provide the first glimpse into bills that could become laws over the next two years.

January 11, 2011 is the first day of the 2011 session….this year, it’s all about the budget (and jobs, and hopefully education)