(NASHVILLE, TN), January 14, 2011 — State Senator Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) has been reappointed Chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, which holds the purse strings for all of state government. The announcement was made by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey as the 107th General Assembly organized the business of the 2011-2012.
“Senator McNally’s is one of Tennessee’s foremost experts regarding state finances,” said Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey. “He is a huge asset for us as we face another tough budget year. I have great confidence in his ability to help guide Tennessee through tough economic times.”
“I appreciate the confidence that Lt. Governor Ramsey has placed in me to serve as chairman of this committee again.” said Sen. McNally. “We have many challenges ahead of us. I look forward to working with Governor Haslam and my colleagues in the Senate and the House to tackle the issues we face this year.”
The Finance Committee is responsible for all measures relating to the budget, taxes, and the issuance of bonds. McNally was also appointed as a member of the General Welfare, Health and Human Services Committee. That committee is responsible for public or private hospitals; health offices and their administration; institutions and services for the mentally retarded; all health care institutions and facilities; nursing homes; various health care professions, and all aspects of public welfare. In addition, Senator McNally was appointed to serve as Vice-Chairman of the Rules Committee and Chairman of the Committee to Count and Compare the Vote in the 2010 Election for Governor.
The General Assembly will take a brief recess after the inauguration of Governor Haslam to make office assignments before convening the regular 2011 legislative session.