LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL RESOLUTION 98-2

(Adopted April 27, 1998)


BE IT RESOLVED BY THE INDIANA LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL:

    SECTION 1. The interim study committees described in SECTION 2 are established. Each committee is composed of twelve (12) voting members, with six (6) appointed from the House of Representatives by the Chairman of the Council, and six (6) appointed from the Senate by the Vice- Chairman of the Council. Appointments from each chamber shall be divided equally between the two major political parties.

    The Chairman of the Council, with the advice of the Vice-Chairman, shall designate the chairman of each committee, and may in the same manner designate a vice-chairman of each committee. The Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Council may each appoint non-legislators to serve as non-voting members of a committee.

    SECTION 2. Each committee shall study and make findings and recommendations concerning the topics assigned to it:

1. INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION ISSUES

CHARGE TO THE COMMITTEE:

    A. Study issues related to kindergarten (birth date for enrollment, compulsory attendance,     and funding for full-day kindergarten). (SCR 35)

    B. Study special education and special education administration, performance based     accreditation, technology, resources and time allocated to staff development, standardized     testing (including ISTEP), student remediation, school-to-work liability, and deregulation     issues as they relate to education. (HB 1035 and SR 17)

2. INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE ON HEALTH ISSUES

CHARGE TO THE COMMITTEE:

    A. Study effects on consumers of changes in prescriptions of narrow therapeutic index     drugs from one manufacturer of the drug to another. (HCR 22)

    B. Study the use by health care providers of powdered latex gloves (HB 1085)

    C. Analyze issues relating to hospices. (SB 15)

    D. Study certification & compliance standards for narcotic treatment programs. (SCR 49)



    E. Study changes that have been made in the state employee health insurance program during the past 10 years, including changes in costs to participants, covered services, claims payments and other program administrative matters. Gather comparative information concerning the state employee health program in other states.

    F. Study issues related to mandatory testing of newborn infants or pregnant women for HIV. (SCR 65)

3. INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT ISSUES

CHARGE TO THE COMMITTEE:

    A. Study access to public records, including fee structures for copies of public records.     (HCR 15 and SCR 43)
    
    B. Study the issue concerning the appropriate percentage of signatures that should be     required on a petition to change from a town to a city.

    C. Study issues related to the creation of a Department of Indiana Heritage. (SCR 25 and     SB 23)

4. INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT ISSUES

CHARGE TO THE COMMITTEE:    

    A. Study state and local government property lines. (HR 22 and HB 1177)

    B. Study volunteer firefighter and emergency service issues. (HR 76)

    C. Study public-private transportation agreements to acquire, construct, improve,          maintain, or operate a public transportation facility. (HB 1247)

5. INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE ON FAMILY LAW ISSUES

CHARGE TO THE COMMITTEE:    

    A. Study laws governing the regulation of child care. (HB 1348 and SB 328)

    SECTION 3. The Legislative Council requests the following entities to study the topics indicated, and if possible to submit findings and recommendations to the Council before November 1, 1998:



    1. TO THE NATURAL RESOURCES STUDY COMMITTEE:

    A. Study the wild turkey season in Indiana. (HR 23)

    B. Study the problems caused by the overlap between the long bow/compound bow deer hunting season and the crossbow deer hunting season.

    2. TO THE COMMISSION ON COURTS:

    A. Study the bail bond system. (SCR 42)

    B. Examine the concept of restorative justice. (SB 15)

    C. Study mechanic's liens. (HB 1303 and SCR 55)

    3. TO THE HEALTH FINANCE COMMISSION:

    A. Evaluate the certificate of need program. (HCR 6)

    B. Evaluate need for oversight of nonprofit hospital sales or mergers. (HCR 37 and SCR 37)

    C. Study all aspects of managed care, with particular attention paid to data collection and grievance procedures. (SB 14)

    D. Study the benefits of an expanded children's health insurance program. (CHIP)

    4. TO THE PENSION MANAGEMENT OVERSIGHT COMMISSION:

    A. Study the conversion of PERF to a defined contribution system. (HB 1285)

    B. Study the creation of a separate pension system for town marshals. (HB 1365)

    C. Study the establishment of common and unified plans of self-insurance by the Indiana State Police. (SCR 28)

    5. TO THE REGULATORY FLEXIBILITY COMMITTEE:

    A. Review the possible economic and socioeconomic impact of restructuring the electric industry on electricity providers, consumers of electricity, utility workers, Indiana's coal industry, and Indiana's property tax system. (HB 1190)



    6. TO THE COMMISSION ON STATE TAX AND FINANCING POLICY:

    A. Analyze the issue of renaissance zones. (SR 13)

    B. Study tax credits for donations to private sector charities and churches that operate food banks, shelters, drug and alcohol counseling centers, vocational counseling centers, and other poverty relief programs. (SR 26)

    C. Study motor vehicle transportation oversight. Oversee motor vehicle transportation funds and needs in Indiana. Study funding and distribution of highway funds as well as alternative financing techniques and other motor vehicle transportation issues. (SB 238)

    7. TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY SERVICE COUNCIL:

    A. Study improvement of the environment by greater utilization of compressed natural gas in vehicles. (SR 42)

    8. TO THE COMMISSION ON MENTAL HEALTH:

    A. Department of Correction treatment of mentally ill offenders.

    9. TO THE SPACE UTILIZATION SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE     COUNCIL:

    A. Study the space requirements of the Appellate and Supreme Courts of Indiana.

    10. TO THE LEGISLATIVE EVALUATION AND OVERSIGHT POLICY          SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL:

    A. Make recommendations concerning the restructuring of the interim committee process and the replacement of statutory committees and commissions. (SB 211 and HB 1336)

    
B. Make recommendations concerning the automatic termination of interim or statutory committees that fail to meet at least twice per interim.

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