“I am looking forward to laying the groundwork for the 2014 session this summer,” said Rep. Pond. “We were able to accomplish so many positive things during the 2013 session, and these study committees will serve as an opportunity to take a closer look at issues most important to Hoosiers.”
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 will 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, legislators will continue their 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.
“I am excited about the work that will be accomplished in both the Education Commission of the States and the State Fair Advisory Committee,” said Rep. Pond. “Each committee, in different ways, has the potential to make Indiana stronger, more competitive and safer.”
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.