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[s5] Sen. Charbonneau Appointed as 2013-2014 Chairman of Environmental Affairs Committee

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 15, 2012) — Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long (R-Fort Wayne) today appointed State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) as chairman of the Senate Committee on Environmental Affairs for the 118th General Assembly. The 2013 legislative session will be Charbonneau’s first time to lead this panel.

“I am honored to follow in the footsteps of former Senator Beverly Gard who faithfully led this committee for so many years,” Charbonneau said. “I take a genuine interest in environmental issues as both a citizen and a senator of our state, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve in this new role.”

Charbonneau said his committee will consider legislation on renewable energy and regulation of air and water quality, among other issues. Long said he’s confident Charbonneau’s experience makes him the perfect fit as chairman.

“Senator Charbonneau 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.”

The 2013 legislative session ceremonially kicks off 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.