Lauer appointed as vice chair of House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Tuesday, January 12, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 12, 2021) – State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) was recently appointed to serve as vice chair of the House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee.

Lauer will also serve on the House Local Government Committee and the House Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee.

“Committees give legislators opportunities to review proposals for new laws and hear from experts and the public,” Lauer said. "I am excited to serve in this new role and work for the people as we examine policies that will impact Hoosier communities."

Lauer said his priorities for this session include passing a fiscally responsible, biennial budget, helping Hoosiers and small businesses through the pandemic, supporting education and protecting Indiana's most vulnerable. Additionally, he said he would support a bill that would give state lawmakers the opportunity to weigh in during extended emergency orders, like those implemented throughout the pandemic.

"The pandemic has affected each and every Hoosier, business and school," Lauer said. "Moving forward, the legislature should have the opportunity to be involved in decisions when we are under extended emergencies."

According to Lauer, the proposed legislation would make future public health emergency orders and extensions be limited to 30 days before state lawmakers could become involved. The bill was developed in a summer task force, which Lauer was a member of, that was tasked with reviewing the emergency powers of Indiana's executive branch.

To learn more about proposed legislation and access committee hearings, calendars and agendas, visit For the full list of House standing committee appointments, visit


 State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) represents House District 59,
which includes portions of Bartholomew County.
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