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Sen. Charbonneau to Lead Great Lakes Legislative Caucus

STATEHOUSE- (July 29, 2014) – State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) will represent Indiana as a member of the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus Executive Committee. The caucus is a bipartisan group of regional lawmakers strengthening the role of state and local legislators in the Great Lakes policymaking process. The caucus provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on important issues involving the Great Lakes.

“Protecting the Great Lakes is a significant and important challenge.” Charbonneau said. “These five lakes represent 95 percent of North America's fresh water and 20 percent of the world's fresh water. I am honored to be elected to the caucus executive committee.”

The Great Lakes Legislative Caucus Executive Committee includes a chair, vice chair and 10 other legislators—one from each of the eight states and two Canadian provinces in the Great Lakes basin.

The caucus also maintains a legislative tracker that monitors bills being considered in state capitols and Washington, D.C., (available at and regularly holds Great Lakes policy and training sessions for lawmakers.

Charbonneau and other members of the executive committee will guide caucus efforts in 2015 and 2016.


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