Davisson: Keeping up with interim study committees

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Friday, August 17, 2018

Interim study committee hearings provide opportunities for state lawmakers to take a closer look at important issues impacting Hoosiers. In these meetings, a variety of topics are examined to help guide policy decisions in the upcoming session.

An interim committee examines assigned topics and gathers testimony in order to recommend potential legislation for the upcoming session. These committees provide more time to delve deeper into some of the more complex issues facing our state and figure out what actions should be taken.

The Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Services, on which I serve, recently met to discuss important topics involving Hoosier nurses and the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program. The committee is looking into nurse licensure compacts between states and potential impacts. Nursing compacts are mutual agreements between states that recognize nursing licenses among all member states of the compact. Currently, Indiana requires nurses licensed in other states to apply for a separate license if they want to work here. The committee is looking into the effects a compact would have on the Indiana nursing industry. The committee is also looking into the work and community involvement requirements for the SNAP program, as well as the Medicaid requirements in order to receive SNAP benefits.

In the coming months, this committee will also continue working to curb the state’s opioid epidemic. We will delve into the impact opioid treatment programs have on neighborhoods and communities, and study other states’ best practices to monitor and regulate these facilities.

We will also be studying medical marijuana and its potential impact on the state.

Interim study committee hearings, which typically occur at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, can be viewed live online at iga.in.gov. This site also provides committee calendars and meeting agendas. The topics we are going to be taking a closer look at this summer are complex, and it is important to gather facts and public testimony as we consider legislative action. I encourage members of the public who are passionate about a particular topic to attend these meetings and testify.  As always, if you have any questions or input, contact me at 312-232-9769 or h73@iga.in.gov.

 

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Rep. Steve Davisson represents Washington County, and portions

of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties.  

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