I am a member of the State Fair Advisory Committee, which will serve as a liaison between the Indiana State Fair Commission, the State Fair Board and the General Assembly. Some of the duties we have on this committee include reviewing policies affecting the activities of the commission, state fair, facilities at the fairgrounds and property owned by the commission.
The State Fair Advisory Committee will also provide guidance and recommendations concerning possible legislation for the commission and the State Fair Board.
The Pension Management Oversight Commission will be meeting Aug. 3 at 1:00 p.m. in Room 431 of the Statehouse.
This committee will be hearing updates from the Indiana Public Retirement System regarding a variety of issues, such as the Public Employees Retirement Fund and the Indiana State Teachers Retirement Fund.
One final meeting that is set for the first week of August is the Environmental Quality Service Council. They will be meeting Aug. 4 at 1:00 p.m. in the Senate Chambers. The state of the environment, the annual report to the council and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's programs and related funding are all set to be discussed.
Additionally, the summer study committees are significant because this is a time when public testimony is heard. This allows the committee a chance to hear testimony from people who are directly affected by the issues being discussed. This is truly a great way for you to participate and get involved in the legislative process. If you decide to attend an interim study committee at the Statehouse you should arrive early and enter through the east or west doors.
These were just a few of the many interim committees that are scheduled to meet this summer. For a full list of the 2011 interim committees contact my legislative assistant, Tom Havens at 317-234-2993 or go online and visit http://www.in.gov/legislative/interim/