STATEHOUSE — State Representative Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) has been appointed to serve as Co-Chairman of the Interim Study Committee on Economic Development as well as a member of the Military Base Planning Council.
“I am honored to be serving on these two committees,” said Rep. Messmer. “Economic development is one of the greatest tasks facing our state. I look forward to the direct role I will play in helping attract businesses, create jobs and grow our industries, particularly in the rural areas of Indiana.”
Every year after the legislative session is completed, the Legislative Council meets to assign topics for study during the interim as well as establish any new interim committee that is needed to examine a particular issue. Most interim committees begin meeting in July with their work wrapping up toward the end of October.
Interim committees are an integral part of the legislative process. Even though session is adjourned for 2013, representatives continue their legislative duties by conducting in-depth studies of various topics assigned to their committees. Interim committees with specific expertise receive public testimony and work out the details of proposed legislation before it is introduced in the 2014 session.
“After a very successful session, I am looking forward to continuing our hard work,” said Rep. Messmer. “Interim study committees are an excellent opportunity to look into issues in greater detail than we can during the regular session.”
To see a complete list of the assigned committees, member appointments and what the committees are charged with studying, please visit:www.in.gov/house_republicans.