Indiana lawmakers are kicking off summer study committees, where they will examine the state’s top issues in advance of the next legislative session. From the Community Crossings program building up our infrastructure to the overall health of Hoosiers, summer study committees look at a wide range of topics throughout the summer and fall.
These study committees play an important role in the legislative process as they provide a forum for state policymakers to examine current and potential laws, work with members of the public and stakeholders to find solutions on important issues facing our state and communities, and prepare for the upcoming session.
Often, lawmakers serve on committees based on their experience and areas of expertise. State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem), a pharmacist, will serve on the Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health, and Human Services. This committee will be looking into several important issues, including Indiana’s trauma care system and the state’s OB Navigator Program helping mothers and their babies. State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero), a retired school superintendent, is a member of the Interim Study Committee on Education. This summer study committee will work to eliminate burdensome mandates on our schools and examine grant programs supporting students who are at risk of falling behind or scored below academic standards because of disruptions caused by COVID-19.
Members of the public are welcomed to attend and testify at committee hearings, which typically occur at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Hearings are also livestreamed and archived online at iga.in.gov, where committee calendars and meeting agendas are posted.