(STATEHOUSE) July 20, 2007 - State Representative Mike Ripley (R-Monroe) has been assigned to two statutory study commissions and committees aimed at preparing the General Assembly for important issues that will likely be discussed during the next legislative session. He was assigned by House leaders to serve on the Interim Study Committee to Define Health Insurance and the Indiana Tourism Council.
The Interim Study Committee to Define Health Insurance will study issues related to health insurance.
"As an insurance adjuster, I tend to focus my legislative efforts on insurance related legislation," said Ripley. "I am confident that I will be able to use my knowledge of the insurance industry to provide input in this study committee."
The Indiana Tourism Council assists the Office of Tourism Development in developing goals and objectives to increase tourism throughout the state. The council is also responsible for making budget recommendations regarding tourism development to the lieutenant governor.
"Tourism is such an essential part of future growth in Indiana," he said. "We need to continue to develop ways to increase tourism in the state, starting in our own communities. We are lucky to have one of Indiana's greatest tourist attractions so nearby. The City of Berne provides an excellent view into a traditional Swiss village. It is attractions such as this that are so important to tourism in the state."
The Indiana General Assembly is a part-time legislature and meets on a two-year cycle, four months one year and three months the following year. Important statewide issues can be dealt with efficiently year-round through the use of the Interim Study Committees and Statutory Commissions. These two types of study groups convene regularly through the remainder of the year and discuss key issues, which could lead to possible legislation in the upcoming session.