[r85] Pond Report: Legislative work continues at the Statehouse (8/18/2011)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Start Date: 8/18/2011 All Day
End Date: 8/18/2011
The legislative process continues during the summer months in the form of interim study committees. Interim committees allow members to study particular issues in detail to ensure the best possible legislation is put forth for the upcoming session.

Several interim committees have met each week to discuss issues that are affecting Hoosiers. A few upcoming committees of interest are the Select Joint Commission on Medicaid Oversight, the Interim Study Committee on Insurance and the Commission on Courts.

The Select Joint Commission on Medicaid Oversight is set to meet on August 23 at 10:00 a.m. in the Senate Chambers. This committee acts in an advisory capacity to the state's Medicaid office while developing ideas for planning and policy in the administration of the Medicaid program.

The committee will be receiving an update on implementation of the hybrid eligibility system by the secretary of the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA).  They will be hearing an overview of preparation and development of healthcare exchanges, as well as federal health care reforms.

The Interim Study Committee on Insurance will be meeting on August 24 at 10:00 a.m. in the Senate Appropriations Committee room. This committee will be discussing a variety of topics pertaining to worker's compensation in the State of Indiana. The committee will also gather information on hospital accounting systems and the databases used in relations to worker's compensation reimbursement.

Finally, the Commission on Courts is set to hold its first meeting on August 24 at 1:30 p.m. in the House Ways and Means Committee room. They will be receiving an update on the Judicial Technology and Automation Committee (JTAC) projects. They also will be hearing requests for new magistrates and judges in some parts of Indiana.

I am a member of the State Fair Advisory Committee, the Child Custody and Support Advisory Committee and the Education Commission of the States. I am looking forward to starting my committees and discussing solutions to issues that people throughout our state are facing.

It is important for everyone to know that they can partake in the legislative process. Summer study committees are the perfect time to get involved and testify on an issue that directly affects you.

These meetings, whether you testify or not, are open to the public. If you are interested in speaking, call ahead and notify the committee chairperson so a timeslot for your testimony can be included in the schedule.

This is just a brief preview of the upcoming interim studies that will be taking place. More committee hearings are scheduled for the month of August as the legislators continue to gather information on various topics.

For a full list of the upcoming 2011 interim committees contact my legislative assistant, Tom Havens at 317-234-2993 or go visit http://www.in.gov/legislative/interim/