[r45] 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 Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) has been assigned to an interim study committee aimed at preparing the General Assembly for important issues that will likely be discussed during the next legislative session.  House leaders appointed Rep. Borders to this committee.


Representative Borders will serve on the Sentencing Policy Study Committee to help with important judicial and corrections matters, such as determining the category for each felony and misdemeanor and identifying ongoing problems facing the criminal justice and corrections systems.


"I am honored to be a part of this important study committee," said Rep. Borders. "In particular, I look forward to researching to address the issues facing our Department of Corrections."


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.  This year's interim groups will meet for the three-month session that begins in January 2008.  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. Borders is a good match for this interim study group, as he has worked to enforce harsher punishments for certain types of criminals and truth-in-sentencing laws. He also understands the complicated issues facing the Department of Corrections because of his experiences with the Carlisle prison facility. 

Rep. Borders encourages local constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at h45@in.gov, or by calling the Statehouse toll-free at 1-800-382-9841.  It is also possible to write her at 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.