President Pro Tem David C. Long (R-Fort Wayne) has appointed State Senator Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) to serve as ranking member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.
Charbonneau said the committee examines the budget bill and the school funding formula, along with other legislation allocating state funds to numerous government agencies, departments and organizations on a biannual basis, in addition to other related issues.
Long also named Charbonneau to the Senate Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedures and reappointed him to the Senate Committee on Energy and Environmental Affairs, the Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services and the Senate Subcommittee on Provider Services.
Lawmakers formally organized for the 2011 legislative session on November 16th. They will reconvene on January 5th.