STATEHOUSE (July 31, 2017) ― Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) today announced his appointment of Terry J. Bauer and Keith Byers to serve as lay members on the Alcohol Code Revision Commission.
Bauer is a native of Terre Haute and retired Indiana Excise Police Officer. He served on the force for 37 years, reaching the rank of lieutenant. Over the course of his tenure as an Excise Officer, Bauer conducted field work, served as a public information officer and audited alcohol sales licenses. He also served as President of the Indiana State Excise Police Officers Association, where he was part of the effort to obtain full police powers for Excise Officers. Bauer graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Indiana State University.
Byers is a native and resident of Fort Wayne and a well-respected member of the business community. He took over his family-owned company, Automotive Color, before his 30th birthday. He continued to grow the business for more than 30 years, which culminated in additional ventures across the state. Byers has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Indiana University.
“Each of these men are community and state leaders with strong Hoosier roots,” Long said. “Terry brings intimate knowledge of Indiana’s alcohol code and practical field and enforcement experience, which will allow him to be a grounded and impartial voice on the Commission. Keith, as a well-respected businessman, will bring his no-nonsense perspective and private sector experience to the group. I am confident that Hoosiers will benefit from having these two individuals as part of the discussion to modernize Indiana’s alcohol laws.”
The Alcohol Code Revision Commission, established by the General Assembly’s Legislative Council earlier this year, is charged with undertaking a comprehensive review of Indiana’s alcohol laws and submitting recommendations to the General Assembly. The commission will divide its work over two years, with a focus this year on reform recommendations for the retail sector of Indiana’s alcohol statutes.
In addition to Bauer and Byers, Long has appointed former State Sen. Beverly Gard as chair of the Commission, and State Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) and State Sen. Eric Bassler (R-Washington) as legislative members of the Commission.
Once scheduled, dates, times and locations for the Commission’s meetings will be posted online at http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/committees/alcohol_code_revision_commission.
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