[r90] Interim Study Committees Begin (7/20/2007)

Friday, July 20, 2007

Start Date: 7/20/2007 All Day
End Date: 7/20/2007
(STATEHOUSE) July 20, 2007 -State Representative Michael Murphy (R-Indianapolis) has been assigned to four interim study groups aimed at preparing the General Assembly for important issues that will likely be discussed during the next legislative session. House leaders appointed Rep. Murphy to these committees.

Representative Murphy will serve on the Administrative Rules and Oversight Committee, the Health Care Account Advisory Committee, the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission, and the Interim Study Committee on Mortgage Lending Practices and Home Loan Foreclosures.

"Although the four committees serve very different purposes, all have the potential to effect the Hoosier public in positive ways," said Rep. Murphy."With bipartisan efforts we can derive useful and thorough information to help us all prepare for the upcoming legislative session."

The Indiana General Assembly is a part-time legislature and meets on a two-year cycle, four months one year and three months the following year. Important statewide issues can be dealt with efficiently year-round through the use of the Interim Study Committees and Statutory Commissions. These two types of study groups convene regularly through the remainder of the year and discuss key issues which could lead to possible legislation in future sessions.

Rep. Murphy returns to the Administrative Rules Oversight Committee, which deals with issues concerning agency rules, deadlines and practices. As a member of the Interim Study Commission on Mortgage Lending Practices and Home Loan Foreclosures, Rep. Murphy will study the appropriateness of state licensing for all mortgage lenders, brokers, originators, and real estate agents, as well as overseeing, regulating, and establishing best practices for these entities. This commission will also examine the causes of home foreclosure and any possible solutions.  The Health Care Advisory Committee will examine the management of individual health care accounts in the state. Finally, to educate Hoosiers and to celebrate Indiana's historic role in the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Rep. Murphy will offer his expertise in American history to the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission.

Rep. Murphy encourages local constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at h90@in.gov, or by calling the Statehouse toll-free at 1-800-382-9841. It is also possible to write him at 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.