Lawmakers to serve on key House committees

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STATEHOUSE — Area legislators have recently received appointments to serve on the Standing Committees of the House of Representatives at the Statehouse.

House Standing Committee appointments are made by the Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives every two years following the November election and are for the duration of the members’ two-year terms. State Representative Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) will serve as vice chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and has been reappointed to the House Ways and Means Committee.

“It is imperative that we move our state in the right direction by adopting a budget that adequately funds essential government services while maintaining prudent reserves,” Baird said. “We will also focus on finding ways to support local farmers and our booming agribusiness, and continue economic growth in communities of all sizes.”

In September, Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton) received an appointment to chair the House Ways and Means Committee, which is responsible for preparing the state’s biennial budget and reviewing bills with significant tax implications.

State Representative Sharon Negele (R-Attica) will serve as vice chair of the House Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee and as a member of the House Courts and Criminal Code Committee, the House Joint Rules Committee and the House Utilities, Energy and Telecoms Committee. She was also reappointed as Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore, a senior House Republican position.

“At each session, legislative committees meet to gather public testimony, hear from industry experts and work with other lawmakers to discuss proposed legislation,” Negele said. “I look forward to serving on these committees and addressing important issues Hoosiers face and working to make a positive impact on our local communities and our state.”

State Assemblyman Mark Genda (R-Frankfort), who was elected to his first term in November, will serve as vice chairman of the House Committee on Employment, Labor and Pensions and as a member of the House Committee on Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development House Natural Resources Committee.

“Making Indiana a destination for new and existing employers and supporting Hoosier workers is a top priority,” Genda said. “Indiana’s economy is doing well and we have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country and I look forward to helping us continue this momentum.”

House lawmakers are scheduled to hold a session on Jan. 9 at 1:30 p.m. Hoosiers can visit to find laws, view calendars, and follow committee meetings and meetings.

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