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New Public Policy chair tapped

House Speaker Brian Bosma on Wednesday appointed Rep. Tom Dermody, R-LaPorte, to chair the House Public Policy Committee during the 2014 legislative session.

"Tom is a man of integrity and I am confident that he is the right person for this job," Bosma said. "Tom has exhibited strength in leadership...As the chairman of Public Policy, he will deal with tough issues. I have total confidence that Tom will carry out the duties of his new responsibility with honor and fairness."

The Public Policy Committee hears bills on a variety of topics, often including gambling, alcohol, abortion and guns.

It will not take up the gay marriage amendment this year. That - if filed - will go through the House Judiciary Committee.

"I am honored by this appointment by the speaker, and I look forward to leading the Public Policy Committee.," Dermody said. "I will work to find common ground on important public policy issues affecting our state. I am eager to serve in this new capacity in order to affect policies that will impact and significantly benefit the lives of all Hoosiers."

Dermody is replacing Rep. Bill Davis, who resigned his seat to join Gov. Mike Pence's administration.

Dermody was elected to the legislature in 2006. He serves as the Assistant Majority Floor Leader. In addition to his leadership role, Dermody formerly served on the Ways and Means Committee, and continues to serve on the Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development Committee.

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