[r18] Interim Study Committees Begin (7/20/2007)

Friday, July 20, 2007

Start Date: 7/20/2007 All Day
End Date: 7/20/2007
(STATEHOUSE) July 20, 2007 - State Representative David Wolkins (R- Winona Lake) has been appointed by House leaders to the Environmental Quality Service Council and the Air Pollution Compliance Advisory Panel.

The main focus of the committees is to prepare the General Assembly on issues of importance for the upcoming session. This summer, the Environmental Quality Service Council will be seeking a report from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) regarding concentrated and confined animal feeding operations. The Council will also study and make findings and recommendations regarding the most effective ways of implementing the Renewable Fuels Standards.

"All of these committees are important issues that will affect Hoosiers," said Rep. Wolkins. "It is imperative that we begin reviewing the legislation now so we can be prepared for the upcoming session. I am eager to bring ideas to the table that will improve issues concerning our environment."

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.

Rep. Wolkins serves House District 18, which includes portions of Kosciusko, Elkhart, and LaGrange Counties. For more information, please contact State Representative David Wolkins at the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St., Room 401, Indianapolis, IN 46204, 1-800-382-9841, h18@in.gov.