Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has named a deputy who will monitor federal legislation and regulations in Washington that could impact the state.
Deputy Attorney General Richard M. Bramer will work with members of Indiana’s congressional delegation to monitor and review bills moving through Congress and proposed regulations in federal agencies, according to a statement Friday from the AG’s office. Bramer was a longtime deputy AG who recently returned to the office after serving in the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington.
In a recent interview prior to the announcement, Zoeller said the position proposed in two bills – SB 36 and HB 1033 – shouldn’t be viewed as a lobbyist for the state, but as an adviser to the state’s federal lawmakers.
“Lobbyists and special interest groups live in Washington and have regular access to Congress and they often work to undercut the authority of state governments and centralize the authority of the federal government by claiming the states are only a ‘crazy-quilt patchwork’ of inconsistent jurisdictions,” Zoeller said in a statement. “From my own experience I know that a physical presence at the Capitol succeeds better in dealing with the federal government than sending a letter,” Zoeller said.
The deputy AG position will be funded through the attorney general’s existing budget under contract for $55,500.