STATEHOUSE — State Representative Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) has been appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Criminal Justice Institute, Child Services Oversight Committee and School Safety Interim Study Committee.
“The Child Services Oversight Committee is a new committee that was established by Senate Enrolled Act 125, which I sponsored in the House,” said Rep. Mahan. “The committee is charged with reviewing data reports from the Department of Child Services (DCS) and making recommendations to the Commission on Children in an effort to protect our most vulnerable Hoosiers.”
Every year after the legislative session is completed, the Legislative Council meets to assign topics for study during the interim as well as establish any new interim committee that is needed to examine a particular issue. Most interim committees begin meeting in July with their work wrapping up toward the end of October.
Interim committees are an integral part of the legislative process. Even though session is adjourned for 2013, representatives continue their legislative duties by conducting in-depth studies of various topics assigned to their committees. Interim committees with specific expertise receive public testimony and work out the details of proposed legislation before it is introduced in the 2014 session.
“Summer study committees provide legislators the opportunity to continue to examine issues facing Hoosiers,” said Rep. Mahan. “The work accomplished by these committees helps lay the groundwork for the upcoming session.”
To see a complete list of the assigned committees, member appointments and what the committees are charged with studying, please visit: www.in.gov/house_republicans.