(STATEHOUSE) July 20, 2007 - State Representative Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) has been assigned to two statutory study commissions and committees aimed at preparing the General Assembly for important issues that will likely be discussed during the next legislative session. He was assigned by House leaders to serve on the Natural Resources Study Committee and the Tobacco Farmers and Rural Community Impact Fund Advisory Board.
"It is important that we study ways to enhance Indiana's rural development through interim study committees," said Cherry. "As a farmer, many of the issues I will be studying will impact me in one way or another. I am eager to provide firsthand knowledge of these issues and others during the legislative interim."
The Natural Resources Committee examines laws relating to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and recommends, when necessary, legislative changes. In addition, the committee advises and assists the IDNR in programming its activities and in developing a long-range plan for land acquisition, capital improvement, and development of facilities.
The Tobacco Farmers and Rural Community Impact Fund Advisory Board makes recommendations concerning expenditures of money from the Tobacco Farmers and Rural Community Impact Fund.
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.