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Manning takes on new committee role at State House

BY JARED KEEVER - jkeever@perutribune.com

The area’s representative at the Indiana Statehouse recently accepted a new role on one of the several committees he serves.

Republican Rep. Ethan Manning, of Denver, was recently selected to serve as vice chair of the House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee, a news release from his office said on Monday.

“Indiana needs to be a part of the global conversation surrounding the future of energy and telecommunications,” Manning said in part in the release. “From expanding rural broadband to ensuring Hoosiers have safe drinking water, this committee examines some of the most essential services we use every day.”

Manning was already serving on the utilities committee. He also serves on the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and the House Public Health Committee as well as the 21st Century Energy Policy Development Task Force.

Manning told the Tribune on Monday that he enjoys the work on the Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee because he finds the topics and challenges interesting.

He touted recent successes with efforts to expand rural broadband including an allocation this year of $100 million in grants to increase access as well as a tweak to the law that directs that money to be spent getting access to people who are without it rather than increasing speeds for those who already do.

“That, in my view, was a big improvement on the program,” he said.