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Government Operations Committee, Tennessee State Legislature

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The Government Operations Committee is a standing committee of the Tennessee General Assembly.

Per Section 80 of the Senate Rules, rules pertaining to joint committees are governed by Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure.[1] The Committee Rules of the House do not address joint committees, but House Rule 79 states that any questions about the rules of the House are to be governed by the most recent edition of Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure.[2][1] Per Section 655 of Mason's, a quorum of a joint committee is a majority of its total members. The majority of the quorum, when present, is able to transact business.[2] The Senate Rules allow for members to vote by houses if the House of Representatives and the State Senate committees or subcommittees meet jointly and there is a quorum present.[1][2]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Meetings of Joint Legislative Committees


Responsible for legislation concerning the creation of new departments, commissions, boards, agencies or councils of state government; the reauthorization of existing departments, commissions, boards, agencies or councils of state government; licensing and/or certification of occupational and/or professional groups; and review of regulations promulgated by Tennessee departments, commissions, boards or agencies.[3][4]



The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

Government Operations Members, 2013
Democratic members (6)Republican members (15)
Thelma HarperMike Bell, Chair
Jim KyleJudd Matheny, Vice-chair
Craig FitzhughFerrell Haile
G.A. HardawayJohn Stevens
Johnnie TurnerJanice Bowling
Mike TurnerRusty Crowe
Becky Duncan Massey
Jim Summerville
John Ragan
Joe Carr
Glen Casada
Joshua Evans
Curtis Halford
Curtis Johnson
Gerald McCormick


The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.

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