STATEHOUSE – House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) appointed State Representative Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) to serve on the Indiana Commission on Autism as well as the Insurance Interim Study Committee.
“I am honored to be appointed to two committees I have previously served on, and I look forward to building on the accomplishments we made during session in working to resolve Hoosier concerns,” said Rep. Heaton. “With many issues affecting our state, these committees provide an excellent opportunity for lawmakers to carefully examine and address specific issues and work together to propose solutions that benefit Hoosiers.”
After the conclusion of every legislation session, the Legislative Council meets to assign topics for study during the summer months, known as the interim. Additionally, the council establishes any new interim committee that is needed to examine a particular issue. Most interim committees will 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, legislators will be continuing their 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 allow lawmakers the opportunity to further discuss, debate and examine a variety of difficult issues so that the best possible outcome for Hoosiers and a plan can be established to move our state forward,” said Rep. Heaton. “I look forward to serving on these committees, and I will do my best to make decisions that will benefit West Central Indiana and our state.”
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.