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Sen. Banks to Serve on Higher Education, Veterans Affairs Interim Committees

STATEHOUSE (June 23, 2014) — During the summer and fall, State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) will serve on three study committees focused on higher education and veteran affairs.

Through the Interim Study Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs, Banks and other committee members will review Indiana’s veteran services and make recommendations on how to best assist veterans in obtaining their benefits. This includes higher education, employment, compensation and health care. These topics were assigned to the committee through a bill Banks authored during the 2014 legislative session.

Banks was also appointed to serve on the Midwestern Higher Education Commission and the Indiana Veterans Affairs Commission.

“Since my election to the General Assembly, I have focused much of my legislative work on these two areas of policy,” Banks said. “With recent investigations into veteran care at the federal level and the skyrocketing costs of higher education, it’s critically important that we continue to support our service members and students. Through these study committees, Indiana will have the opportunity to find innovative solutions to better serve Hoosiers.”

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. 

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

To view interim committee agendas and stream hearings online, visit and click on “Interim Committees.”