(STATEHOUSE) November 20, 2007 - Today, during Organization Day activities, new House committee announcements were made on the House floor. Republican Leader, Brian C. Bosma appointed state Representative Ralph M. Foley (R-Martinsville) as the Ranking Minority Member of the Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee for the 115th General Assembly.
"I am honored to serve as the Ranking Minority Member of the Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee," said Rep. Foley. "This is a very important function, and I look forward to fulfilling my duties on the committee."
As the ranking minority member of the Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee, Rep. Foley will be responsible for leading the minority caucus of the Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee as it considers issues of high public policy importance and for advising leadership regarding the House Rules. Rep. Foley served as Chairman of Rules and Legislative Procedures previously in the 1995-1996 sessions. In addition, Rep. Foley serves as the ranking minority member of the Judiciary Committee.
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. Standing committees are an integral part of the legislative process in the House of Representatives. Committees with specific expertise work out the details of proposed legislation before it is heard on the House floor. In addition, the Rules Committee works on procedure throughout the session.
The upcoming 2008 legislative session will begin January 8, 2008. Rep. Foley encourages local constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through email at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.