(STATEHOUSE ) — State Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) has been named by Indiana Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) to serve on the Interim Study Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Telecommunications as well as the Probate Code Study Commission where he will serve as Vice Chairman.
The utilities study committee is charged with studying funding options for lead water service line replacement and will review statutorily required reports submitted to the committee by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, the Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, and the State Utility Forecasting Group.
The Probate Code Study Commission is tasked with studying issues concerning elder care, including financial protection, guardianship, and abuse. The commission will also review needed changes to the probate and trust codes, along with any other statutes affecting estates, guardianships, probate jurisdiction, trusts, or fiduciaries.
When Indiana’s part-time legislature is not in session, lawmakers serve on interim study committees that meet to hear testimony and make recommendations on issues 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.
Sen. Koch serves Senate District 44, which includes Brown and Lawrence counties and portions of Bartholomew, Jackson and Monroe counties.