NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Finance, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bo Watson (R-Hixson) has named Senators John Stevens (R-Huntingdon), Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) and Steven Dickerson (R-Nashville) chairmen of three key subcommittees in the Tennessee Senate. Senator Stevens was named Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Overbey was reappointed Chairman of the Revenue Subcommittee and Senator Dickerson was reappointed Chairman of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee.
The announcement was made during the first meeting of the Senate Finance Committee in Nashville on Tuesday.
“All three of these subcommittees play a key role in the financial health of our state, and these chairmen are extremely qualified to lead them,” said Chairman Watson. “I am very pleased they have accepted these positions and look forward to getting our committee started on the financial tasks before us in the 2017 legislative session.”
The Revenue Subcommittee considers all tax-related bills, while the Appropriations Subcommittee reviews and approves or rejects all Senate amendments to the proposed budget. The Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee ensures that agencies of state government are accountable in reporting the appropriate financial information to the full committee in order to make the most effective budget decisions.
In addition, Senator Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga) was appointed and Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) was reappointed as members of the Council on Pensions and Retirement. The council establishes pension and retirement standards and reviews legislation which affects state provided insurance programs.
The full subcommittee list includes:
– Stevens, Chair
– Tate, Vice-Chair
– Overbey, Chair
– Harper, Vice-Chair
Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee:
– Dickerson, Chair
– Haile, Vice-Chair