STATEHOUSE – House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) appointed State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) to serve as the Chairman of the Joint Study Committee on Transportation Infrastructure Assessment and Solutions. He will also serve as a member of the Regulatory Flexibility Committee, Special Group Recognition License Plate Committee, Counter Terrorism and Security Council and Public Highway Private Enterprise Review Board.
“It is a privilege to be selected to serve on these committee assignments, and I look forward working with my colleagues, experts and Hoosiers to resolve issues to benefit Northwest Indiana and the state,” said Rep. Soliday. “The summer study process is how we gather information to work on quality public policy, and the work that is complete in the interim, is just as vital as the legislative session.”
After the conclusion of every legislation session, the Legislative Council meets to assign topics for study during the summer months, known as the interim. Additionally, the council establishes any new interim committee that is needed to examine a particular issue. Most interim committees will begin meeting in July with their work wrapping up toward the end of October.
Interim committees are an integral part of the legislative process. Even though session is adjourned for 2013, legislators will be continuing their duties by conducting in-depth studies of various topics assigned to their committees. Interim committees with specific expertise receive public testimony and work out the details of proposed legislation before it is introduced in the 2014 session.
“During session, some issues were more contentious than others and further discussion is needed before the legislative body is able to agree on a solution,” said Rep. Soliday. “Study committees allow lawmakers additional time and resources to address those issues so that the best possibly solution for Hoosiers can be reached.”
To see a complete list of the assigned committees, member appointments and what the committees are charged with studying, please visit: www.in.gov/house_republicans.