Rep. Dermody appointed Vice Chair of Public Policy Interim Study Committee

Posted by: Courtney Scott  | Monday, July 13, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) has been appointed as Vice Chair of the Interim Study Committee on Public Policy.

“Often, the issues that matter most to Hoosier families require more careful thought and consideration than the legislative session allows,” said Rep. Dermody. “Interim study committees provide an opportunity to take an in-depth look at a variety of important topics, receiving input from industry experts and constituents alike.”

After each legislative session adjourns, members of the General Assembly continue their work throughout the summer months by serving on interim study committees. Members of each committee are tasked with discussing, debating and conducting in-depth review of the topics assigned to their committees. Additionally, committee members receive public testimony and are able to work out the specifics of potential legislation before it is introduced in the upcoming legislative session.

In June, the Legislative Council met and determined the topics that will be studied this interim. Some of those topics include redistricting reform, public health and Indiana’s agricultural industry to list a few. Most interim committees will start meeting in July with a majority of their work concluded by the end of October. For a complete list of interim study committees topics, please visit

“Throughout the interim, I look forward to exploring topics such as e-cigarettes as well as the prohibition of smoking in bars, casinos and private clubs, considering the fiscal impact such a prohibition may have,” said Rep. Dermody. “As we study these issues and gather as much information as possible, I will continue to work in the best interest of northwest Indiana and Hoosiers statewide.”

To see a complete list of the assigned committees and member appointments, please see the attached document or visit