State Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem) has been appointed by Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) to serve as the chair of the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana.

“I am honored to serve as the chair of the Commission on Improving the State of Children in Indiana,” Houchin said. “The commission studies issues concerning vulnerable youth and makes recommendations to the General Assembly to promote the best interests of Hoosier children across the state.”

She will also serve on the following study committee and board during the summer and fall months to help prepare for the 2018 session of the General Assembly: 

  • Interim Study Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Telecommunications
  • Orange County Development Advisory Board 

“During the summer and fall months, lawmakers have the opportunity to examine complex issues and hear from stakeholders about concerns facing our state,” Houchin said. “Since becoming a state senator, I have been working to bring rural Indiana affordable and efficient access to broadband internet services. I am looking forward to learning how we can continue to expand this service across the state as a member of the Energy, Utilities, and Telecommunications study committee.”

When Indiana’s part-time legislature is not in session, lawmakers serve on interim study committees that meet to review the state’s top issues, as identified by the General Assembly during the prior legislative session. 

Study committee topics are assigned by the bipartisan Legislative Council, comprised of 16 voting members — eight from the Senate and eight from the House of Representatives.

To view interim committee agendas and stream hearings online, visit