STATEHOUSE (Nov. 15, 2012) — Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long (R-Fort Wayne) today appointed State Sen. Joe Zakas (R-Granger) as chairman of the newly created Senate Committee on Civil Law for the 118th General Assembly.
Long said he’s confident Zakas’ experience as an attorney, and his service on the Judiciary Committee, former Committee on Corrections, Criminal and Civil Matters and the Probate Code Study Commission make him an outstanding selection to chair this new committee.
“Senator Zakas brings a unique professional and personal experience to the Senate that qualifies him to lead his colleagues in related policy discussions,” Long said. “Our state legislature is very fortunate to have the opportunity to tap into his expertise, using it to make Indiana a better place to live, work and raise a family.”
Zakas said he is looking forward to the opportunity to serve in this new capacity.
"I welcome this added responsibility, and appreciate the confidence Sen. Long has shown,” Zakas said. “This area is an important one for Hoosier communities, families and businesses.”
The committee will consider legislation on real property, domestic, tort and probate law, along with other issues.
The 2013 legislative session will commence with “Organization Day” on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Legislators will reconvene Jan. 7 and may work until April 29 to draft a two-year state budget and other new laws.