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[s49] Sen. Tomes Appointed to Utility, Driver Education Interim Panels

STATEHOUSE (July 9, 2012) — Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) today announced his appointment of State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) to serve on two legislative panels: the Regulatory Flexibility Committee and the Interim Study Committee on Driver Education.


“I look forward to again serving folks in our corner of Southwest Indiana and statewide as a member of these two boards,” Tomes said. “Looking at ways to protect homeowners and all residents from increasing utility rates will likely be at the center of discussion among Regulatory Flexibility Committee members. We must look for ways to keep needed services from taking more of Hoosiers’ hard-earned paychecks.” 




Each summer and fall — when Indiana’s part-time legislature is not in session — lawmakers are assigned to interim study committees that meet to review the state’s top issues, as identified by the General Assembly during the prior legislative session. 


The full list of interim appointments for Senate Majority Caucus members can be found by clicking here.


“Study committees are an integral part of Indiana’s legislative process,” Long said. “Many of the topics examined by lawmakers during this time lay the groundwork for legislation that will come before the General Assembly in the upcoming session.”




Tomes added he expects some proposals generated for the 2013 session will focus on:


  • Ensuring Indiana continues its record of balanced budgets and living within the state’s means.
  • Reviewing state taxes and regulations to make sure they are encouraging job creation.
  • Making sure public education gives every student the opportunity for college and career success. 


Study committee topics are assigned by the Legislative Council, comprised of 16 voting members — eight from the House of Representatives and eight from the Senate.