(NASHVILLE) — State Senator Steve Southerland (R-Morristown) has been elected by his Senate colleagues to serve on the Tennessee General Assembly’s prestigious Joint Fiscal Review Committee. The Fiscal Review Committee serves as the state’s “watchdog” on all state budgetary matters.
The committee consists of 16 members of the state’s 133 lawmakers who must be elected by the full Senate or House of Representatives. The elected members of the Senate serve for their full term of office.
“I am honored that my colleagues have elected me to serve on the Fiscal Review Committee,” said Senator Southerland. “The citizens of this state need to know that we are closely monitoring how their tax dollars are spent and that our state government is operating in the most cost efficient manner. I will continue to work to see that our public funds are spent wisely and used for the purpose for which they were intended.”
The Joint Fiscal Review Committee conducts a continuing review of the financial operations of state government, including a detailed review of state contracts. It also is responsible for preparing and distributing the fiscal notes that show how proposed legislation would impact state and local governments financially.