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Indiana Legislature taking 2-day break for Super Bowl

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The state Legislature plans to take a break in the days before February's Super Bowl in Indianapolis, in part because out-of-town lawmakers are losing their rooms at area hotels or long-term residences in favor of visitors for the game.

State employees who work at the Statehouse and neighboring government buildings still will be expected to be on the job at their offices just blocks from Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Legislature will be about a month into its 2012 session by the time of the Feb. 5 Super Bowl, when organizers anticipate perhaps 100,000 visitors will be in the city.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said that in the week before the game legislators will meet at the Statehouse on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, then not meet on Thursday or Friday.

"Thursday is where the real surge comes," Long told The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne. "It appears we can get our business done. We'll just put our heads down and go."

Julie Halbig, chief of staff for Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma, said lawmakers will meet during several Fridays in January, which are usually off days, to keep the session on track for a mid-March completion.

The schedule for Statehouse and government center workers isn't being changed because of the Super Bowl, said Jane Jankowski, spokeswoman for Gov. Mitch Daniels.

The government center complex and its parking garages are near several of the hotels where teams, NFL personnel and media workers will be staying — some for more than a week before the game — but Jankowski said the state will retain use of its parking garages and lots for employees.

About 6,000 garage spaces will be turned over for Super Bowl use on Saturday morning and a large surface lot will be used for bus parking.

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  • Legislature super bowl break
    I assume they have received adequate bribes from the NFL. How dare these over-privileged primates take vacation days when they are being paid by the taxpayers. Yet they demand that everyone else go to work on those days, despite the major parking problems that will arise for those workers who must be downtown as required for their jobs.

    It is time we threw out ALL these politicians and finally elect people with some common sense and respect for the taxpayers of this state.

    The same goes for our US Congressional elected officials, who seem to take at least one third of the year off in vacation time paid for by the taxpayers. Congress should only get the same amount of vacation that the working taxpayers get in a given year and no more...that means something between 2 and 4 weeks per year and nothing more.

    If I were a member of Congress, I definitely would try and pass such a vacation requirement.
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    I assume this will free up the out of towners now can sell their free tickets to free up the discounted hotel rooms.
  • Good for the Goose...
    Honestly, I don't have a problem with this, in theory, because their reasoning is sound vis-a-vis the loss of hotel rooms. However, the fact that they do not live here should not mean they get days off when the rest of the State has to work (not that they don't already...being a part time legislature). I think they should give State workers the option of working from home or making the time up elsewhere because it is going to me crazy in the downtown area.

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