Senator Overbey elected Vice-Chairman of Southern Legislative Conference’s Human Services and Public Safety Committee

July 28, 2014

Little Rock, AR — State Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) has been elected Vice-Chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference’s (SLC) Human Services and Public Safety Committee.  The election was held during the group’s annual meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas attended by approximately 1,000 delegates, legislative staff and guests.

“Senator Overbey’s election to this important leadership post is well-deserved,” said Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), who is Chairman of the national Council of State Governments (CSG), the parent organization of SLC. “His knowledge and experience in mental health and human services is invaluable to this committee.  Senator Overbey’s election reflects favorably upon the State of Tennessee and will inure to the benefit of many we serve.  I appreciate his service.”

The Human Services & Public Safety Committee has a broad agenda which most typically addresses the challenges states face in the areas of human services and corrections, and policies and programs utilized to meet them. Most recently the Committee has undertaken assessments of Medicaid and reform; the nursing shortage; long-term health care; the Children’s Health Insurance Program; and such corrections issues as criminal justice DNA statutes; the aging inmate population; female offenders; sentencing reform and prison staffing in Southern states.

“I think we are off to a good start in working on issues faced by Tennessee and our sister states on public health and safety issues,” said Senator Overbey.  “I look forward to working with my colleagues to tackle some of our most pressing concerns.  States are the leaders on many of these issues and this organization provides legislators with the opportunity to share ideas and look at how we can pool our knowledge to provide solutions to the common problems we face.”

Senator Overbey, who has served on the Health Committees in both the House of Representatives and Senate, is Vice-Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. The four-day meeting will conclude on Wednesday.

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