Senator Roberts appointed to lead Senate Government Operations Committee

State Senator Kerry Roberts (R-Springfield) has been appointed Chairman of the Senate Government Operations Committee.  The announcement was made by Lt. Governor Randy McNally as the 111th General Assembly wrapped up their organizational session in Nashville on Thursday.

“Kerry Roberts is a strong conservative leader,” said Lt. Governor McNally.  “He is committed to keeping government small, efficient and accountable. Under his leadership, the Government Operations Committee will continue to provide the essential legislative oversight Tennesseans demand. He will be a great chairman.”

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.

Roberts was also reappointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The Judiciary Committee 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.

“I appreciate the confidence Lt. Governor McNally has placed in me to lead such an important committee,” said Senator Roberts. “Along with my committee colleagues and staff, we will continue to make good public policy decisions that not only help 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 State Senate has adjourned until next Friday, as lawmakers prepare for a joint session on Saturday, January 19, for the inauguration of Governor-elect Bill Lee.