[r44] 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 Amos Thomas (R-Brazil) has been assigned to one statutory study commission aimed at preparing the General Assembly for important issues that will likely be discussed during the next legislative session.  House leaders appointed Rep. Thomas to this commission.


Representative Thomas will serve on the Bowser Commission, an interim study group aptly named for the Senator who fought to have the Commission created.  Senator Anita Bowser died during the 2007 legislative session after 15 years of service to the Indiana General Assembly.


"It is a great honor to be appointed to this committee," said Rep. Thomas.  "My hope is that we are able to work together in a nonpartisan fashion to provide useful information to the legislature and live up to the hard working legacy of the commission's namesake, Senator Anita Bowser."


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 that could lead to possible legislation in the upcoming session.


Rep. Thomas is an attorney who has worked for years in his family law office in his hometown of Brazil.  As a member of the Bowser Commission, he will collaborate with other legislators to study and provide a report on the death penalty for the mentally ill.


Rep. Thomas encourages local constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at h44@in.gov, or by calling the Statehouse toll-free at 1-800-382-9841.  It is also possible to write him at 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204