Valparaiso State Senator Ed Charbonneau will chair three legislative study panels this summer: the Environmental Quality Service Council, Water Resources Study Committee and the Compliance Advisory Panel. Each summer and fall — when Indiana’s part-time legislature is not in session — lawmakers are assigned to interim study committees that meet to review the state’s top issues, as identified by the General Assembly during the prior legislative session.
During a Region Newsmakers interview after the end of the most recent legislative session, Senator Charbonneau talked to us about the environmental council, stressing that water is going to need to be a big issue in the Hoosier state, even though it's kind of been on the back-burner. Last year, Indiana found itself in the midst of a serious drought, and "when you have a year like we did last year," Charbonneau said, " and find that Lake Michigan was at its lowest level in history, where we had something like 17 wells run dry in a little community called Parr, which is in my district, and various other issues down south, we need to put together a plan".
Charbonneau was also appointed to serve on the following committees: Health Finance Commission, Commission on State Tax and Financing Policy, Distressed Unit Appeal Board, Environmental Adjudication Director Selection Panel, Lake Michigan Marina & Shoreline Development Commission. Study committee topics are assigned by the Legislative Council, comprised of 16 voting members — eight from the House of Representatives and eight from the Senate.
You can hear our Region Newsmakers conversation with Indiana State Senator Charbonneau here at our website.