Your voice in state government

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Wednesday, July 22, 2015

As your representative, it is my duty to make sure your voice is represented at the state level, and there are several ways I am able to do this. One of the more obvious is by voting for bills that benefit our community during the legislative session. However, since lawmakers only meet at the Statehouse for a few months out of the year, that is only a small portion of what I do. In fact, a majority of my work takes place during the summer months when we begin to research, fact-check and collaborate on potential legislation for next year by serving on interim study committees. 

 

These committees are extremely vital to the legislative process. They allow members of the General Assembly with personal experience and knowledge to concentrate on specific topics. This ensures that all legislation that is brought before each chamber is fully vetted, and all aspects are explored.

 

Like standing committees that meet during session, interim study committees allow experts and members of the public to testify or speak on a particular topic. Input from the public is an extremely important part of the committee process, as it allows for Hoosiers to give their thoughts on legislation in an open forum.

 

Over the next few months, I will be meeting with fellow legislators on these committees, and this year, I will be serving on the Board of Trustees of the Criminal Justice Institute and the Interim Study Committee on Government. I am eager to begin our meetings so that we can address some of the critical issues impacting our state.

 

If you are unable to attend committee meetings, you can watch them live by visiting iga.in.gov. On this site, you will have access to the committee schedule, and all of the meetings are streamed live in order to keep you better informed. You can also contact my office by phone at 317-232-9509 or by email at h31@iga.in.gov to offer ideas and opinions on current legislation as well as ideas for the future.     

 

During the summer and when my committees are not meeting, I am back in the district full-time and working with members of the community to improve our already great state. The benefit of having a part-time legislature is that not only are lawmakers better connected to our constituents, but we must live under the laws we pass as well.

 

As I work for you at home and at the Statehouse, please consider me a resource year round. If you have questions, please reach out to my office. You can also stay up-to-date with my electronic newsletters by signing up at www.IndianaHouseRepublicans.com.

 

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