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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Evaluation of appointments of major agency heads. Establishes the joint committee on appointment of major agency heads consisting of eight members of the general assembly. Defines "major agency appointment" as the governor's appointment of: (1) a member of the Indiana utility regulatory commission; (2) the commissioner of the Indiana department of transportation; (3) the secretary of family and social services; (4) the director of the department of child services; (5) the commissioner of the Indiana department of environmental management; or (6) the commissioner of labor. Requires the committee to meet whenever its chair is notified by the governor of the governor's intent to make a major agency appointment to receive information and discuss the fitness and competence of the individual the governor intends to appoint. Requires the committee to report to the governor and the legislative council its findings regarding the appointee's fitness and competence. Provides that an individual appointed by the governor to a major agency appointment does not take office until 45 days after the governor notifies the chair of the committee of the appointment. Repeals the statute that establishes the utility regulatory commission nominating committee and a related noncode statute.