(NASHVILLE, TN), January 10, 2013 – State Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville) has been reappointed Chairman of the Senate Government Operations Committee. The announcement was made by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey as the 108th General Assembly concluded their organizational session in Nashville today.
“I am honored to be reappointed as chairman of this committee,” said Sen. Bell. “The Government Operations Committee touches almost every part of state government and public policy. I look forward to continuing the challenge of making good public policy decisions that not only helps Tennessee’s government and its agencies work in a more cost-efficient manner, but that also focuses on serving the people of this state more effectively.”
The Senate Government Operations Committee is generally perceived as one of the most powerful in the General Assembly as it oversees legislation to create, reauthorize, reorganize or sunset departments, commissions, boards, agencies or councils of state government. The Committee also hears bills regarding licensing and/or certification of occupational and/or professional groups and reviews regulations promulgated by all Tennessee departments, commissions, boards or agencies.
Bell was also appointed to the Senate Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee which will now be responsible for farming issues as well as all matters pertaining to energy, forestry, natural resources, conservation, game and fish, and the mining industry. In addition, he will serve on the Judiciary Committee which is responsible for hearing all bills dealing with civil laws, criminal laws, judicial proceedings, apportionment of elected officials and governing bodies, and all matters relating to the courts, as well as law enforcement.
Now that the organization is completed, the General Assembly has adjourned until January 28, when Governor Bill Haslam will present his budget.