Local State Representative Mark Messmer has been appointed to serve as Co-Chairman of the Interim Study Committee on Economic Development as well as a member of the Military Base Planning Council.

Messmer says it’s a great honor to once again be selected for the committee:

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 begin meeting in July with their work wrapping up toward the end of October.

Messmer says the Study Committee on Economic Development will largely focus on rural economic development policy and self-distribution for farm wineries. Messmer says these topics, along with anything else that should come up, will be a part of helping Indiana grow going forward:

Interim committees are an integral part of the legislative process. Even though session is adjourned for 2013, representatives continue their legislative 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 2014 session.

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

Messmer represents portions of Daviess, Dubois, Pike and Martin Counties.