Those interested in the work of the Indiana General Assembly can meet with our local representatives at the Third House Legislative Session on Saturday at Ivy Tech Community College.

Saturday's forum will begin at 9 a.m. It is free and open to the public. The forum is sponsored by the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce.

The state representatives for Jefferson County are Republicans Randy Frye from Greensburg and Jim Lucas from Seymour, and Democrat Terry Goodin from Austin. Jim Smith, a Republican from Charlestown, represents Jefferson County in the state Senate.

As of today, all but Lucas have confirmed that they will attend the session. Kevin Watkins, who is head of the Chamber's government affairs committee, said he still is waiting to hear from Lucas.

Access to elected officials is a cornerstone of a successful democracy. Citizens often are justified in their complaints about the accessibility of the people they've elected to represent them at the local, state and federal levels.

The Third House serves an important role in providing that accessibility.

Third House is an exercise in open government. Dialogue is good. We should take advantage of the opportunity we've been given to be a part of the process.