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[R67] Working for you this summer
Start Date: 8/1/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 8/1/2014
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We have a part-time Legislature and can only discuss and pass laws for several months out of the year. The benefit of this is that legislators have more time to spend in their districts, connecting with their constituents, rather than being disconnected and living in Indianapolis. 

I always enjoy spending time in District 67; attending the 4-H county fairs, dining out at places like AJ’s Diner in Vevay and speaking at events like the YMCA’s 100th Anniversary Gala in Decatur County. I have also enjoyed every minute spent with friends and family and, of course, working in our hay fields. 

Although lawmakers are able to spend more time in their districts, we continue to work for Hoosiers and prepare for next session throughout the summer by serving on interim study committees.

In June, House Speaker Brian Bosma announced the 2014 interim committee assignments for House members, once again appointing me to serve on the Integrated Public Safety Commission, the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation and the Military Base Planning Council. In addition, I was also named to the Interim Study Committee on Roads and Transportation, which I’m very excited about.

As a member of these committees, I am tasked with discussing, debating and conducting in-depth review of the topics assigned to them by the Legislative Council. As I mentioned earlier, session is fairly short, so this gives us the chance to really get down into the details and help craft the legislation that will be introduced next session.  

So far, the Interim Study Committee on Roads and Transportation already met, with our next meeting planned for September 10th. During the first meeting, we reviewed license plate applications for the first time under a new state law. 

The Special License Plate program provides an incredible opportunity to support and help generate revenue for groups like the American Cancer Society, who are fighting for a noble cause. However, to protect Hoosiers, lawmakers felt it was important to ensure that organizations applying for special license plates were operating in accordance with state and administrative code as well as implementing safety mechanisms to ensure that revenue is going towards the organization and not someone’s pocketbook.

That is why, in 2013, the General Assembly passed legislation to change the system of approval in order to implement those safety mechanisms and to cap the total number of plates to prevent them from becoming unmanageable. While most of the groups applying for specialty plates are reputable, we wanted to ensure that a stronger system was in place to prevent abuse of the program. 

At the July 22 meeting, the committee considered two specialty plate applications in which both were approved by the committee: one for the 500 Festival and the other for the Lincoln Boyhood Drama Association. Both were approved unanimously and sent to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) for further consideration. 

Since the committee is part of the legislative branch, and the BMV is part of the executive branch, the BMV is not required to approve the applications that the committee recommends to ensure separation of power remains strong. However, the BMV cannot grant a plate to an organization that has not first been heard by the committee.  

Most committees will conclude their work by the end of October, and throughout the coming months, we will continue to review more plate applications as well as take on other topics. The work that is completed during the interim is just as vital as the legislative session, and I look forward to seeing what we are able to accomplish as we continue to work for a better Indiana. 

To see a complete list of the assigned committees, my appointments and what the committees are charged with studying, please visit www.in.gov/legislative/house_republicans/.

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Contact Information:
Name: Courtney Scott
Phone: 317-234-9006
Email: courtney.scott@iga.in.gov
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