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Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee, Arkansas House of Representatives

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The Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee is a class A standing committee of the Arkansas House of Representatives.

Per the House Rules, committees of the Arkansas House of Representatives are assigned by the Congressional District Caucuses. Each caucus selects five members for each committee, with the except of the District Two Caucus, which selects three members for each committee from within Pulaski County and two from without.[1] Committees are following each election.[2] A majority of appointed members make up a committee's quorum. The Speaker of the House serves as an "ex officio" member of any committee, but does not count towards quorum.[3]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: House Rules


The Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee has jurisdiction over "Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor – matters pertaining to public health, mental health, mental retardation, public welfare, human relations and resources, environmental affairs, water and air pollution, labor and labor relations, contractors and contracting, similar legislation, and resolutions germane to the subject matter of the committee."[4]



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

Public Health, Welfare and Labor Members, 2013
Democratic members (11)Republican members (9)
Reginald Murdock, Vice ChairJohn Burris, Chair
James WordStephanie Malone
Butch WilkinsKelley Linck
Mark PerryJustin Harris
Henry Wilkins, IVKim Hammer
Greg LedingDavid Branscum
Fredrick LoveDavid Meeks
Jeff WardlawAndy Mayberry
Betty OverbeyRichard Womack
Chris Richey
Deborah Ferguson



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