Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee, Arkansas State Senate

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The Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee is a standing committee of the Arkansas State Senate.

Per the Senate Rules, committees of the Arkansas State Senate are assigned by seniority. Starting with the most senior member, every senator chooses a committee. Once the most junior senator has choosen, everyone selects again in the same order. The President of the Senate then appoints additional senators to any committees with less than eight members.[1] If a replacement senator is elected by special election, the incoming senator assumes any committee responsibilities of the previous senator, but cannot serve as a Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson.[2] Committees are assigned at the start of each legislative session.[3] It is not stated what constitutes a committee's quorum. The President is not recognized as an "ex officio" member of any committee.

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The Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee has jurisdiction over "matters pertaining to public health, mental health, mental retardation, public welfare, human relations and resources; the aged and problems of the aged; environmental affairs, water and air pollution, labor and labor relations and similar legislation."[4]


2015 legislative session

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

Public Health, Welfare and Labor Members, 2015
Democratic members (2)Republican members (6)
Stephanie Flowers, Vice chairCecile Bledsoe, Chair
Keith IngramMissy Thomas Irvin
Gary Stubblefield
David J. Sanders
John Cooper (Arkansas)
Scott Flippo


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



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