Introduced Version






HOUSE

RESOLUTION No. ___



Introduced by: Aguilera


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        A RESOLUTION urging the establishment of an interim study committee on the Indiana Harbor Ship Canal.
    

    Whereas, The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is engaged in a major project involving the maintenance dredging of the Indiana Harbor Ship Canal; and

    Whereas, Residents of the area have expressed concern over the environmental problems that may be associated with the disposal of the dredged material: Therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the

General Assembly of the State of Indiana:


    SECTION 1. (a) As used in this SECTION, "committee" refers to the Indiana Harbor Ship Canal Maintenance Dredging and Disposal

Project study committee proposed under this SECTION.
    (b) As used in this SECTION, "project" refers to the Indiana Harbor Ship Canal Maintenance Dredging and Disposal Project overseen by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
    (c) The legislative council is urged to establish the Indiana Harbor Ship Canal Maintenance Dredging and Disposal Project study committee. If the committee is established, the legislative council is further urged to direct that the committee operate in conformity with subsections (d) through (j).
    (d) If established, the committee should consist of the following twelve (12) members:
        (1) Two (2) members appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives:
            (A) who are members of the house of representatives;
            (B) who are not affiliated with the same political party; and
            (C) at least one (1) of whom represents a house district that has territory that is directly affected by the project.
        (2) Two (2) members appointed by the president pro tempore of the senate:
            (A) who are members of the senate;
            (B) who are not affiliated with the same political party; and
            (C) at least one (1) of whom represents a senate district that has territory that is directly affected by the project.
        (3) The following eight (8) members appointed by the governor:
            (A) The mayor of East Chicago.
            (B) One (1) member of the East Chicago city council.
            (C) One (1) representative of the department of environmental management.
            (D) One (1) representative of a nonprofit environmental organization.
            (E) Four (4) residents of East Chicago.
    (e) If the governor does not make an appointment under subsection (d)(3) before May 1, 2002, the chairman of the legislative council shall make the appointment.
    (f) An appointed member of the committee serves at the pleasure of the appointing authority identified in subsection (d). The appointing authority shall fill any vacancy on the committee within forty-five (45) days. A member may not appoint a proxy or otherwise designate another person to participate in the activities of the committee.
    (g) The chairman of the legislative council shall designate the chairperson of the committee from the membership of the committee.
    (h) The expenses of the committee shall be paid from appropriations made to the legislative council or the legislative services agency.
    (i) The committee shall do the following:


        (1) Study and assess the project.
        (2) Study the viability of the site the United States Army Corps of Engineers has selected for the project's Confined Disposal Facility.
        (3) Study the viability of alternative sites for the project's Confined Disposal Facility.
        (4) Submit its final report before January 1, 2003, to the following:
            (A) The governor.
            (B) The executive director of the legislative services agency.
            (C) The commissioner of the department of environmental management.
        The committee shall assure that the final report is made readily available to the residents of East Chicago, businesses and industry in East Chicago, and the general public.
    (j) The legislative services agency shall provide staff support to the 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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HR 1554/DI 84

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