Ind. Legislature Plans to Take Time Off for Super Bowl
Indiana lawmakers are taking two days off prior to the Super Bowl, to make way for a potential 100,000 visitors to the city.
With the Super Bowl rolling into Indianapolis on Feb. 5, 2012, the Indiana state legislature is planning to take a two-day break prior to the big game, the Associated Press reports. Senate President Pro Tem David Long told the AP that the legislature would meet Jan. 30 through Feb. 1, before taking Feb. 2 and 3 off before the game on Sunday.
One reason for this is that out-of-town lawmakers will lose their lodging as visitors -- potentially 100,000 -- arrive in the city. Also, government buildings and parking garages are located near several hotels where the Super Bowl teams, NFL personnel and media will be staying before the game, according to the news agency.
The legislature would meet on Fridays in January (often days off for lawmakers) to ensure the legislature finishes its session as planned, said Julie Halbig, chief of staff for Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma, to the AP.
Public employees working at the statehouse or nearby government buildings will still be expected to work on Thursday and Friday, a spokeswoman for Gov. Mitch Daniels told the AP.