State Sen. Carlin Yoder, a Republican from Middlebury who supported the legislation that created the commission, said the law mandates that agency heads, not their representatives, sit on the commission.
“It’s important that the decision-makers sit at that table, and work together,” Yoder said. “Hopefully they’ll put aside everything but their concerns about how to best protect the children of Indiana.”
By law, the commission will continue its work until at 2017; there’s a provision that allows the commission to be extended beyond that.
“This isn’t something that can get done in a year,” Yoder said. “This needs to be a long-term effort.”
Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.