The topics to be discussed by lawmakers during the 2017 interim legislative session have been assigned. The Legislative Council, which oversees the process, will be chaired by Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-16) and House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-88). The council is made up of eight members of the Senate and eight from the House. Topics include state alcohol sales regulations and tax incentives.
Long says "study committees are an important part of the legislative process in Indiana. These committees allow legislators to examine issues on a deeper level than we may otherwise have the ability to do under the time constraints of the legislative session. They also provide an important forum for gathering input from members of the public and other stakeholders."
Committees will be selected and announced in the coming weeks and sessions will take place during the summer and fall leading up to the 2018 General Assembly.
An Alcohol Code Revision Commission has been established to investigate potential changes to existing state laws during interim sessions this year and next. The committee’s recommendations will be brought to the General Assembly during the 2018 and 2019 regular sessions.
Additional topics for various committees include:
Commerce and Economic Development:
- Short term rentals and local restrictions on short term rentals; government regulation and government services concerning the sharing economy operating through electronic platforms.
Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications:
- Self-generation of electricity by school corporations; construction of wind power devices; and rural broadband service
- A multi-year review, analysis, and evaluation of all tax incentives.
- Food deserts
Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Resources:
- Shortage of health care providers in Indiana.