Rep. Woody Burton was appointed to serve as chair of the Pension Management Oversight Commission. He will also serve as a member of the Military Base Planning Council and the Interim Study Committee on Redistricting.
“I look forward to the work we will accomplish through these summer study committees,” said Rep. Burton. “I have been working on pension issues for several years now, most recently this past session with House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1123 that helps retirees cope with inflation and provides a thirteenth check for teachers and public employees. I am honored to be appointed to this committee and look forward to addressing this topic over the interim.”
Rep. Burton has worked with pension issues for several years and has previously served on the Pension Management Oversight Committee. This is his first year serving as chair. The commission is charged with studying a system which a retirement plan of the state or a political subdivision shall periodically report operating and financial conditions to the state and the General Assembly.
Rep. Burton will also be a member of the Military Case Planning Council and the Interim Study Committee on Redistricting. Every year after the legislative session is completed, the Legislative Council meets to assign topics for study during the interim as well as establish any new interim committee that is needed to examine a particular issue. Most interim committees will begin meeting in July with their work wrapping up toward the end of October.
“Summer study committees provide the General Assembly the opportunity to continue to exam issues facing Hoosiers,” said Rep. Burton. “Each legislator has been assigned to committees to prepare and field the data on specific issues to better understand and prepare for next session.”
Interim committees are an integral part of the legislative process. Even though session is adjourned for 2012, legislators will be continuing their duties by conducting in-depth studies of various topics assigned to their committees. Interim committees with specific expertise receive public testimony and work out the details of proposed legislation before it is introduced in the 2013 session.
To see a complete list of the assigned committees, member appointments and what the committees are charged with studying please visit: www.in.gov/legislative/house_