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Health Committee, Tennessee House of Representatives

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The Health Committee is a standing committee of the Tennessee House of Representatives.

Per Rule 6 of the House Rules, committees of the Tennessee House of Representatives are appointed by the Speaker of the House.[1] In each standing committee and for the Committee on Calendar and Rules, the Speaker of the House appoints one chair, one vice-chair, and one secretary. The Speaker considers the abilities, preferences, seniority of members, and the political party representation in the House when appointing committees and committee officers. Members are appointed to server on no more than two standing committees, exclusive of the Committee on Calendar and Rules.[1][2] The Speaker of the House and the Speaker Pro Tempore are voting members of each standing committee.[1][3]

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Most legislation referred to the Health & Human Resources Committee is relevant to three major topical areas: mental health, public health, and human services. Bills relating to health care, AIDS, Aid for Dependent Children, mental health, pharmaceuticals, nursing, and child abuse have been referred to this committee in recent years. They also have dealt with adoption procedures; hospitals (public and private),regulations, funding and financing; institutions related to health and welfare (geriatric, mental health, alcohol and drug abuse rehabilitation, mental retardation, nursing homes, tuberculosis sanitariums); health offices(administration and regulation); medical professions (licensing, regulations, training programs); public welfare in general and special assistance legislation dealing with the elderly, the handicapped and the homeless.[4][5]



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

Health Members, 2013
Democratic members (6)Republican members (12)
JoAnne FavorsBob Ramsey, Chair
Darren JerniganRyan Williams, Vice-chair
Gloria JohnsonVance Dennis
Gary OdomBarry Doss
David ShepardMike Harrison
Mike TurnerTimothy Hill
Mary Littleton
Barrett Rich
Cameron Sexton
Tony Shipley
James Van Huss
Tim Wirgau


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


The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.

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