Sen. Overbey reappointed Chairman of Senate Ethics Committee

Appointed Vice-Chairman of Finance Committee, Vice-Chairman of Judiciary Committee and a member of the Health and Welfare Committee and the Rules Committee


(NASHVILLE, TN), January 20, 2015 — State Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) has been reappointed to serve in prominent leadership roles on three key committees in the Tennessee State Senate.  The announcement was made by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey as the 109th General Assembly concluded their organizational session on Saturday.


In addition to being reappointed Chairman of the Ethics Committee, Overbey will continue in his role as 1st Vice-Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, 2nd Vice-Chairman of the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee and as a member of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.  He was also added as a member of the Senate Rules Committee.


“I am very pleased with these appointments,” said Senator Overbey.  “The General Assembly will deal with many important issues this year, including healthcare and our state budget.  I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee and Senate Health and Welfare Committee to find solutions to the challenges we face.”


The Senate Ethics Committee is responsible for enforcement of the Senate Code of Ethics, recommends modification of the Code to the Senate Rules Committee, and hears any complaints waged against a sitting member.  The Senate Judiciary Committee is responsible for hearing all bills dealing with civil laws, criminal laws, judicial proceedings, apportionment of elected officials and governing bodies, and all matters relating to the courts and law enforcement.  The Senate Finance Committee holds the purse strings for all of state government with responsibility for hearing all measures dealing with the appropriation of state funds, as well as legislation pertaining to bonds, pensions, investments or indebtedness.  The Senate Health and Welfare Committee is responsible for legislation dealing with public or private hospitals, nursing homes, various health care professions, services for the mentally ill, developmentally disabled, and all aspects of public welfare.


The General Assembly has taken a brief recess to make office assignments before meeting in a special session on healthcare on February 2.



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