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Chapter 5. Concurrent Resolutions

A. GENERAL FORM

        A concurrent resolution has a digest with a concise statement of the proposed resolution.
        Use the following form to draft a concurrent resolution:
                A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION (congratulating, memorializing, urging, etc.)... [Insert in the title a concise statement of the proposed resolution] .........................................
                Whereas, ....................................... [Insert the preamble; it is not indispensable; as in the case of a simple resolution, its purpose is to give reasons for the resolution];
                Whereas, ..........................................;
                Whereas, ..........................................; and
                Whereas, ..................................: Therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives [Senate] of the General Assembly

of the State of Indiana, the Senate [House of Representatives] concurring:

                SECTION 1. That .......................................................
            ...........................................
            [Insert the text of the resolution; like the body of a bill, the body is divided into SECTIONS numbered SECTION 1, SECTION 2, etc.]
                SECTION 2. That .......................................................
            ...........................................
                SECTION 3. That .......................................................
            ...........................................

B. INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE FORM

        If a legislator wants the general assembly to go on record in favor of establishing a particular interim study committee, a resolution may be adopted. Use the following form in that case:
                A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION urging the establishment of an interim study committee on ................................
                Whereas, .......................................................... [if desired, insert the reasons the committee is needed]: Therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives [Senate] of the General Assembly

of the State of Indiana, the Senate [House of Representatives] concurring:

                SECTION 1. That the legislative council is urged to establish an interim study committee to ___ [Insert a concise statement of the purpose of the proposed study committee].
                SECTION 2. That the committee, if established, shall operate under the direction of the legislative council and that the committee shall issue a final report when directed to do so by the council.

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