Senator Ketron appointed to special joint committee to study Tennessee’s Wildlife Resource Agency and Select Oversight Committee on Long Term Care

September 29, 2008

Senator
Ketron appointed to special joint committee to study Tennessee’s
Wildlife Resource Agency and Select Oversight Committee on Long Term
Care

(NASHVILLE), September 29, 2008 – Local State Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro)has been appointed by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey to two special committees of
the Tennessee General Assembly.  Ketron was appointed to the Select Oversight Committee on Long Term Care, and a special legislative committee studying Tennessee’s Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

Ketron said the Select Oversight Committee on Long Term Care will oversee implementation of comprehensive new legislation passed this year to provide senior citizens and the disabled more long term care options. The new law uses existing Medicaid funds to serve more people in cost-effective home and community settings.  Among its many provisions are the creation of consumer-directed care options, broadening residential care choices in the community beyond nursing facilities, and streamlining the eligibility process for faster service delivery.

“I am very pleased that this legislation has become law,” said Senator Ketron.  “It will have a tremendous impact for the better for elderly or disabled Tennesseans who need long term care services and their families in the future.  However, we must make sure it is implemented in a way to give it the best chance for success.  That is the goal of the Select Committee and I look forward to serving on it.”

The legislative panel studying the TWRA has been charged with studying state and federal funding sources for the agency, as well as how it is governed and managed.  The mission of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is to preserve, conserve, protect, and enhance the fish and wildlife of the state and their habitats.  The Agency also fosters the safe use of the state’s waters through a program of law enforcement, education, and access.

“It is very important that Tennessee manages our wildlife resources wisely to preserve our state’s great environmental heritage for future generations,” added Senator
Ketron.  “I am looking forward to being a part of this special committee to improve our efforts to run this agency in the most efficient and effective manner to meet that goal.”

Ketron also serves as the Chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee. He represents Lincoln, Marshall, Maury and Rutherford counties.

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