[r47] Interim Study Committees Begin (7/23/2007)

Monday, July 23, 2007

Start Date: 7/23/2007 All Day
End Date: 7/23/2007
(STATEHOUSE) July 23, 2007 - State Representative Ralph M. Foley (R-Martinsville) has been assigned to five statutory study commissions and committees, which will develop legislation for the General Assembly om important issues likely to be discussed during the next legislative session. House leaders appointed Rep. Foley to these committees and commissions.

Representative Foley will continue to serve on the Code Revision Commission, the Forensic Diversion Study Committee, the Probate Code Study Commission and the Sentencing Policy Committee. He was also appointed to the Bowser Commission.

"Summer study committees are an important element in preparing for the next legislative session," said Rep. Foley. "I look forward to working on each of these committees and focusing on important legislative issues that need to be developed before the next session."

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, which could lead to possible legislation in the upcoming session.

As a member of the Bowser Committee, Rep. Foley will be studying the imposition of the death penalty on mentally ill individuals. In addition, Rep. Foley will also be reviewing the diversion and deferral programs utilized by prosecutors in Indiana and information sharing between criminal justice agencies in the state of Indiana in the Sentencing Policy Committee.

These meetings are open to the public and Rep. Foley cordially invites anyone who is interested to attend. If you have any questions or concerns that you would like to be addressed in any of the interim study committee meetings please contact Rep. Foley at h47@in.gov. More information about Interim Study Committees can be found online at http://www.in.gov/legislative/interim/.