Messer named to U.S. House committee

Rep. Luke Messer, R-Indiana, has been appointed by House Speaker Paul Ryan to serve on a bipartisan Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs.

The task force plans to work to restore the proper balance of power between federal, state and local governments. Messer is one of seven Republican House members appointed to the 13-member task force.

The panel will partner with state and local governments to determine where the federal government has overstepped and come up with solutions to return control to states or local entities, a news release about the task force said.

The task force is also a forum for states, cities and counties to showcase innovation and creativity in solving public policy problems.

The task force chairman is Rep. Bob Bishop, R-Utah.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.