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State Senator Eric Koch To Serve On Interim Study Committee On Energy, Utilities And Telecommunications
Updated June 29, 2017 8:01 AM
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Rep. Eric Koch

(STATEHOUSE) - State Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) will serve on the Interim Study Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Telecommunications during the summer and fall months to help prepare for the 2018 session of the General Assembly.

The committee has been assigned to study several topics including:

  • Self-generation of electricity by school corporations;
  • Construction of wind-power devices, including related health effects, public safety implications, issues of property valuation and concerns with economic development;
  • Rental rates and other fees for the attachment of communications service facilities on utility poles that are owned or controlled by electricity suppliers; and
  • Broadband service for rural areas in Indiana.
"These are timely and important topics," Koch said. "I am looking forward to working with my colleagues over the interim as we hear from experts and shape policy to guide Indiana's future."

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 More information about topics that will be examined can be found here.

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