(STATEHOUSE) Nov. 19, 2007 - Tomorrow, during Organization Day activities, new House committee announcements will be made on the House floor. State Rep. Matt Bell (R-Avilla) has been appointed ranking minority member of the Public Policy Committee by Republican Leader Brian C. Bosma.
"I am pleased to be appointed as the ranking member of the Public Policy Committee," said Rep. Bell. "In the past, this committee has worked together in a bipartisan fashion to address very different issues. I look forward to being a member of this committee and being involved with the many unique pieces of legislation I anticipate we will hear."
Rep. Bell also serves on the Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee and the Labor and Employment Committee.
Standing committees are an integral part of the legislative process in the House of Representatives. Committees with specific expertise work out the details of proposed legislation before it is heard on the House floor. A wide variety of legislation will be heard in committee, during the upcoming session. A top priority will be developing a solution to the property tax crisis.
Committee assignments are generally made biennially after each election year, unless a member vacates his or her seat. When this happens, the leader of the vacated member's caucus fills the open committee seats. Former State Rep. Matt Whetstone (R-Brownsburg) left the House Republican Caucus over the summer, leaving several open committee seats.
The upcoming 2008 legislative session runs from the beginning of January to mid-March. For questions or comments regarding this session, Rep. Bell can be reached by e-mail at h83@IN.gov, or call his office at 1-800-382-9841. It is also possible to write letters to 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.