[r32] Rep. Turner Appointed to Interim Study Committees (6/8/2010)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Start Date: 6/8/2010 All Day
End Date: 6/8/2010

STATEHOUSE-Rep. Eric Turner (R-Marion) has been named to two interim study committeesthat will make policy recommendations to the Indiana General Assembly when it reconvenes in January.Rep. Turner has been assigned to the Commission on State Tax and Financing Policy and the Health Finance Commission.

The Commission on State Tax and Financing Policy will study the following in addition to other topics:

  • Allocation and distribution of county adjusted gross income taxes, county option income taxes and county economic development income taxes
  • State and local road funding
  • Tax credits for contributions to K-12 foundations
  • Dynamic fiscal scoring
  • Fire protection districts and territories, including their funding, services, and costs

The Health Finance Commission is charged with studying the following:

  • Whether pharmacists should be required to inform a prescribing physician or physician's office of a change in the brand name manufacturer of a prescribed medicine to treat certain long term health conditions
  • Whether a paramedic board should be established to license paramedics instead of paramedics being certified by the Emergency Medical Services Commission
  • The Indiana check-up plan and provide guidance and make recommendations regarding the plan
  • Methods to increase availability of affordable coverage for health care services for all Indiana residents
  • The impact of new federal health and health insurance laws on the Indiana check-up plan
  • LSA report on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)
  • Long term care savings plans
  • The prevalence of brain injury, the scope of brain injury services, and financing for those services in Indiana
  • Impact of a statewide smoking ban in Indiana

"Indiana, like our nation, is facing nearly unprecedented times," said Rep. Turner." "Working on these commissions is an honor as well as a challenge. We're looking at a very difficult fiscal situation and the committee's recommendations are going to be very important when session beings in January. I am confident that through bipartisan support we can, and will, provide Indiana with the best solutions to the issues facing our state." 

During hearings the committees will take public testimony and hold open discussions on assigned issues. Some topics will be assigned as a result of legislation passed during previous legislative sessions.

Track the progress of the committees and commissions online at: http://www.in.gov/legislative/interim/committee/index.html.

Live webcasts may be available for select committees. 

The interim committee calendar can be found at: http://www.in.gov/legislative/pdf/INTERIMCAL.PDF