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Sen. Buchanan chairs first commerce committee meeting

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Sen. Buchanan chairs first commerce committee meeting

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 18, 2024) – State Sen. Brian Buchanan (R-Lebanon) chaired his first Senate Committee on Commerce and Technology meeting of 2024 today.

"I was honored to be asked to serve as chair of the Senate Committee and Commerce and Technology this session," Buchanan said. "With the world changing as new technology is created, Indiana must be ready to ensure all Hoosiers can succeed."

The following bills were heard during the committee meeting.

  • Senate Bill 133 makes those responsible for certifying minority, female and veteran-owned businesses at a state and local level to release a report on their websites detailing information about who applied, who was accepted and who was rejected for these designations.
  • Senate Bill 150 creates the artificial intelligence task force to study and assess use of artificial intelligence technology by state agencies. It also requires the task force to report the task force's findings and recommendations to the General Assembly not later than Nov. 1, 2025.
  • Senate Bill 189 permits a person to use an unmanned aerial vehicle with infrared abilities to locate and recover a legally taken animal.

"I look forward to seeing what this session has in store for this committee and the legislation we work on to make Indiana even better," Buchanan said.

Committee hearings can be viewed online by visiting Legislative calendars, agendas, vote tallies and proposed legislation can also be found on this site.

State Sen. Brian Buchanan (R-Lebanon) chairs the first meeting of the Senate Committee on Commerce and Technology at the Statehouse on Thursday, Jan. 18.


State Sen. Brian Buchanan (R-Lebanon) represents Senate District 7,
which includes Clinton County and portions of Boone, Hendricks, and Montgomery counties.
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