Supermajority House Republicans have broad agenda

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Indiana's supermajority House Republicans are laying out a broad agenda and asking Democrats to join them.

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma opened Tuesday's ceremonial first day of the 2013 legislative session with a call for political "odd couples": Democratic and Republican lawmakers ready to work together on jobs and education bills.

House Republicans won enough seats this month to push through legislation even if Democrats walk out, as they have the past two sessions.

Lawmakers now break until Jan. 7, when they'll begin work on the state budget, implementing the federal health care law and a host of other issues.

Much of the preparation for next year has already been happening with little fanfare. The State Budget Committee is holding hearings with state agencies and vetting their spending requests.

Lawmakers meet ahead of packed 2013 session

Indiana's lawmakers are meeting to prepare for a jam-packed 2013 session that will begin in earnest in January.

Members of the Indiana House and state Senate plan to meet Tuesday for their "organization day," the technical start of their next session. However, they're not scheduled to return until January, when they will work on the state's next two-year budget, implementing the federal health care law and other priorities including education and jobs programs.

House Republicans gained a super-majority in the 2012 elections and will hold significantly more power in the coming session.

Much of the preparation for next year has already been happening with little fanfare. The State Budget Committee is holding hearings with state agencies and vetting their spending requests.

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