Now that August is here, young people are returning from summer break and are heading back to school. As the children are hard at work in their studies, state legislators are hard at work in their studies too.
Our part-time operation is beneficial because it allows legislators to return home to the districts, meet with constituents and listen to their questions, comments and concerns. After the legislative session concludes in the spring, legislators are assigned to serve on interim study committees.
Although it may appear like getting a homework assignment on your summer vacation, interim study committees are extremely valuable to the legislative process. The committees typically meet between July and October. They are designed to examine very specific topics of interest.
For instance, this year Speaker Bosma appointed me to serve on the Military Base Planning Council, the Indiana Homeland Foundation, the Integrated Public Safety Commission and the Joint Study Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Assessment and Solutions.
After these critical issues are thoroughly studied during the summer months, the interim committees report back to the General Assembly. The committee findings play an integral role in developing policy for the upcoming legislative session. This year, I am particularly excited to study issues related to roads and transportation.
Serving on that committee will allow me additional opportunities to promote the use of compressed natural gas as a motor fuel. This past session I authored legislation, House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1324, which now provides a three year income tax credit for using a natural gas powered vehicle that weighs over 33,000 pounds.
Natural gas is as much as 40 percent cheaper compared to regular gasoline and diesel. Businesses that convert their fleets to natural gas will save tremendously on fuel costs. Natural gas is productive and eco-friendly. Drivers who switch to this domestic source of fuel will help reduce our country’s dependence on foreign oil.
If you have any questions whatsoever about the progress of my interim study committees, or about the function of interim study committees in general, please feel free to contact my office by email at email@example.com or by phone at 317-234-9380. It is my pleasure to serve you any way possible.
Rep. Frye (R-Greensburg) represents Ohio and Switzerland counties, as well as portions of Ripley, Decatur, Jennings, Jefferson and Dearborn counties