NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Senator John Stevens (R-Huntingdon) will chair a key subcommittee of the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee. Chairman Bo Watson (R-Hixson) named Stevens Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee during the first meeting of the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee in Nashville on Tuesday as lawmakers began to review Governor Bill Haslam’s 2017-2018 budget proposal.
The Appropriations Subcommittee reviews and approves or rejects all Senate amendments to the proposed budget. Other members of the subcommittee include Vice-Chair Reginald Tate (D-Memphis), Senator Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) and Chairman Watson.
“I have full confidence in Senator Stevens’ abilities to lead this committee,” said Chairman Watson. “I look forward to working with him as we get started on the financial tasks before us in the 2017 legislative session.”
Stevens has been a member of the powerful Finance, Ways and Means Committee, which holds the purse strings of state government, for the past four years. He currently serves as 1st Vice-Chair of the full committee.
Stevens also serves as 1st Vice-Chair of the Senate Rules Committee and is a member of the Transportation and Safety Committee.