Lewis and Clark commission renaming passes SenateSTATEHOUSE – House Bill (HB) 1019, concerning the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission, passed through the Senate unanimously today. The bill is authored by State Representative Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville).
HB 1019 makes two significant changes to the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission: the commission has been renamed as the Lewis and Clark Expedition Commission, and the bill reduces the number of representatives and senators needed to serve on the commission from twelve members (six from each chamber) to four members (two from each chamber).
“It doesn’t make sense to call the group a bicentennial commission when the bicentennial for the expedition ended in 2006,” said Rep. Saunders. “This is a straight forward update, and hopefully the new name will reflect the commission’s priorities extend beyond commemorating the 200th anniversary of Lewis and Clark’s historic journey.”
The Lewis and Clark Expedition traversed into the then-recently-acquired Northwest Territory that was commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson in 1803 with the trip itself lasting over two perilous years from May 1804 to September 1806. Although Indiana was not part of the land explored in the expedition, it is still an important location for the trip itself: many of those who traveled with Lewis and Clark (named the Corps of Discovery) were Hoosiers, and much of the trip was planned in the cabin of General George Rogers Clark in Danville.
This administrative change will also change the commission’s name on the commemorative Lewis and Clark license plate available in the state of Indiana.
The bill has passed the House and Senate.