(NASHVILLE, TN), January 10, 2013 – State Senator Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) has been reappointed Chairman of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee. The announcement was made by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey as the General Assembly wrapped up a week of organization duties.
The Commerce Committee has jurisdiction over legislation concerning banking and lending institutions; communications; regulation and licensing of occupations; protections of trade and commerce; corporations; labor and industrial relations; consumer affairs and consumer protection; and unemployment compensation. Due to the scope of legislation considered there, it is considered one of the most powerful committees in the General Assembly.
“I am very honored to have been selected again as Chairman of the Senate Commerce committee,” said Senator Johnson. “It is important that Tennessee has a pro-business climate that is attractive for bringing new jobs to the state. I look forward to the challenges we face in a very competitive environment.”
Senator Johnson was also appointed Vice-Chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee. The State and Local Government Committee is responsible for all general matters pertaining to state and local government and its entities, as well as election laws.
Now that the organization is completed, the General Assembly has adjourned until January 28 when Governor Bill Haslam is scheduled to deliver his budget.