Health and Human Services Committee, Alabama State Senate

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The Health and Human Services Committee (formerly the Committee on Health) is a standing committee of the Alabama State Senate.

Per Rule 47 of the Senate Rules, committees of the Alabama State Senate are assigned by the Committee on Assignments, consisting of the president pro tempore, lieutenant governor, senate majority leader and three additional members appointed by the president pro tempore.[1] The rules do not specify how often committees are assigned.[2] A majority of appointed members make up a committee's quorum. The president of the Senate serves as an ex officio member of each committee, except specific Local Legislation Committees, with the power to vote. The president may appoint a senator who is not already on a committee to serve as his official substitute.[3]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Senate Rules


The Committee on Health and Human Services, to which committee shall be referred all bills and other matters concerning the health of the people of Alabama; the operation of programs managed by the Department of Human Resources; the needs of senior citizens; welfare reform; and any other matters which affect the health care of the citizens of Alabama. The Committee on Health and Human Services shall not exceed 13 members.[4][5]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Health and Human Services Members, 2015
Democratic members (2)Republican members (10)Third-party members (1)
Billy BeasleyGerald Dial, ChairHarri Anne Smith
Linda ColemanJim McClendon, Vice chair
Greg Reed, Deputy chair
Slade Blackwell
Paul Bussman
Tim Melson
Larry Stutts
J. T. Waggoner
Cam Ward
Tom Whatley


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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