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Sen. Charbonneau to Serve as Vice-Chair of Energy, Environment Interim Committees

STATEHOUSE (June 23, 2014) — During the summer and fall, State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) will serve as vice-chair of the Interim Study Committee on Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications.


During the 2014 session, Charbonneau authored Senate Bill 271, legislation to create this study committee. The committee will hear testimony and examine water resource issues in Indiana.


“This is a critical step to evaluate the availability of water in our state and ensure Indiana is managing this vital resource effectively,” Charbonneau said. “We are fortunate to be ahead of the curve on this issue and have the luxury of studying successful water plans from various other states. I look forward to working together with my fellow legislators, state agencies and Hoosiers to develop a quality water plan that best suits our state.”


Charbonneau was also appointed to the following summer study committees, commissions and councils:


  • Compliance Advisory Panel, chair
  • Interim Study Committee on Environmental Affairs, vice-chair
  • Environmental Adjudication Director Selection Panel
  • Lake Michigan Marina and Shoreline Development Commission
  • Indiana Recycling Market Development Board


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.”