(NASHVILLE, TN), August 24, 2010 – State Senator Steve Southerland (R-Morristown) has been appointed by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey as a member of a special joint committee studying a freeze on utility rates for senior citizens. The eight-member Senate and House committee is charged with reporting their findings, including any legislative proposals, to the 107th General Assembly by February 1, 2011.
“I appreciate the opportunity to serve on this committee,” said Senator Southerland, who is Chairman of the Senate Environment, Conservation and Tourism Committee. “Our senior citizens have many financial hardships and this is a matter that should be explored. This has been a very difficult year for many of them as temperatures in the winter and summer have been extremely harsh, increasing utility bills for many elderly citizens statewide.”
“I look forward to working with my colleagues in seeking solutions to help meet our senior citizens needs.”