This year, Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) delivered a speech addressing job creation for Hoosiers. Indiana currently has an unemployment rate hovering near 9 percent.
"We need to get Hoosiers back on the job," Baird said. "As we prepare for this upcoming session, we want to continue these efforts to get Hoosiers back to work.
"The high unemployment rate highlights the need to focus on employment opportunities in Indiana this legislative session."
The Indiana General Assembly is a part-time legislature, meeting on a two-year cycle -- three months in even numbered years and four months in odd numbered years.
Short sessions, such as the upcoming one, are relatively new for the legislature.
Until 1969, Indiana legislators only met once every other year. In 1970, the legislature decided to allow short sessions to deal with important issues facing the state.
The upcoming 2012 legislative session will begin Jan. 4, and according to state statutes, must conclude by March 14.
The public is encouraged to watch the legislative process online at www.in.gov/legislative. Click on "Watch the General Assembly Session," on the right side of the screen.
Rep. Baird may be reached by e-mail at h44.IN.gov, by phone at 1-800-382-9841, or by mail at Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Ind., 46204.