State Sen. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville) gathered with fellow legislators Tuesday at the Statehouse for Organization Day - the ceremonial start of the 118th Indiana General Assembly's budget session.

Organization Day is marked by the swearing in of new General Assembly members as well as the annual first roll call of all state lawmakers. This day also provides each House and Senate caucus with the opportunity to organize before session officially begins on Jan. 7.

The 2013 session is a budget year, meaning lawmakers will draft a comprehensive proposal to fund government services for the next two years. By law, the 2013 legislative session must be completed no later than April 29.

"In the upcoming months, I will make sure Indiana does everything it can to support small business growth and economic development in our state," Boots said. "Hoosiers can be assured lawmakers will pass Indiana's fifth-consecutive balanced budget and continue to remove obstacles standing in the way of job creation efforts."