Interim committees are an integral part of the legislative process. Even though session is adjourned for the 2013 legislative year, elected officials 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 through the details of proposed legislation prior to it being presented to the 2014 General Assembly.
“These interim committees are laying the groundwork for next year’s legislative session. Much of their work this summer and fall will develop into key pieces of legislation that the General Assembly will work on," Speaker Bosma stated.
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. The Legislative Council met on May 23rd and decided on interim committee topics. The following is an example of some of the issues that the interim committees and commissions will examine during the summer and fall:
•Develop best practices for a school resource officer to employ in order to improve school safety;
•Common Core Educational Standards;
•Issues addressing the safety and status of children in Indiana; and
•Evaluation of Indiana’s Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy.
“I have always said that the committees are the workhorses of the Statehouse. I am pleased that the legislature will begin working on important issues to prepare for the 2014 legislative session,” said Speaker Bosma.
To see a complete list of the assigned committees, member appointments and what the committees are charged with studying please see the attached documents or visit: www.in.gov/legislative/house_republicans/