Lewis and Clark commission renaming signed into law
STATEHOUSE – House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1019, concerning the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission, was signed by the governor. The measure was authored by State Representative Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville).
HEA 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).
“I am very pleased that this legislation was signed into law,” said Rep. Saunders. “With this update, the commission’s priorities will extend beyond commemorating the 200th anniversary of Lewis and Clark’s historic journey so we can continue celebrating and learning about these explorers and their 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.