Health and Welfare Committee, Tennessee State Senate

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The Health and Welfare Committee is a standing committee of the Tennessee State Senate.

Per Section 73 of the Senate Rules, all standing, special, and select committees of the Tennessee State Senate are appointed by the Speaker of the Senate.[1] In each standing committee, the Speaker of the Senate appoints one Chairman, one 1st Vice-Chairman, and one 2nd Vice-Chairman. The Speaker may also appoint a Chairman Emeritus at his or her discretion.[2] The Speaker considers the abilities, preferences, seniority of members, and the political party representation in the House when appointing committees and committee officers.[1] The appointed chairmen of each standing committees are responsible for attendance roll call, and absences are to be reported to the Speaker of the Senate.[3]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Temporary Rules of Order


This committee is responsible for public or private hospitals; health offices and their administration; institutions and services for persons with an intellectual disability; mental health institutions and facilities; geriatric hospitals; nursing homes; vocational rehabilitation including vocation rehabilitation homes; alcoholic rehabilitation; Department of Health; tuberculosis sanatoriums; nurses training programs; public welfare; old age assistance; private and local institutions of public welfare; and research training and rehabilitation in the field of public welfare.[4][5]



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

Health and Welfare Members, 2013
Democratic members (2)Republican members (7)
Lowe FinneyRusty Crowe, Chair
Douglas HenryBo Watson, 1st Vice-chair
Joey Hensley, 2nd Vice-chair
Steven Dickerson
Becky Duncan Massey
Randy McNally
Doug Overbey

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