Rep. Morris appointed to Interim Study Committees
STATEHOUSE-House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) has appointed Rep. Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne) to three interim study committees, which are the Joint Study Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Assessment and Solutions, the Water Resources Committee and the Interagency State Council on Black and Minority Health.
Interim committees are an integral part of the legislative process. Even though session is adjourned for 2011, legislators will be continuing their duties by studying in-depth various topics assigned to their committees. Interim study committees receive public testimony, while members work out the details of an issue before the legislation is proposed for the 2012 legislative session.
"I am pleased to be appointed to these committees and look forward to work commencing, which will enable us to begin addressing and developing solutions to many of the complicated issues that our state faces," said Rep. Morris.
Below is a brief summary of each interim study committee Rep. Morris will be serving on.
Joint Study Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Assessment and Solutions:
· Assess the condition of Indiana's transportation infrastructure in both the public and private sectors
· Project Indiana's transportation demands through 2035, in connection with the Indiana Department of Transportation and other interested parties
· Determine whether Indiana's existing transportation infrastructure is capable of meeting the transportation demands
· Establish appropriate roles and responsibilities for the state, county and municipal governments and the private sector in meeting Indiana's projected transportation demands
· Identify potential funding sources for both public and private transportation and infrastructure projects
· Discuss the usage, quality and quantity of water resources
· Address issues concerning diffused surface water, the common enemy doctrine of law and runoff
· Discuss the current process, methods and appropriate policies used in determining water resource allocation and distribution in Indiana
Interagency State Council on Black and Minority Health:
· Identify, study and recommend solutions and preventative measures for special health care needs of various minority groups
· Examine the impact of certain health and social issues on minorities
· Monitor the Indiana health initiative and other public policies that affect the health status of minorities
· Develop and implement a comprehensive plan and timeline to address health disparities and health issues of minority populations
"The interim study committees allow us time to look at all sides of an issue ensuring that the best possible legislation is put forth for Hoosier families," said Rep. Morris.