Public Health Committee, Connecticut General Assembly

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The Public Health Committee is a Joint standing committee of the Connecticut General Assembly and contains members of the Senate and the House. In the Connecticut Legislature, there are no separate chamber committees.

Per each chamber's rules, committees of the Connecticut General Assembly are assigned by the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House. Committees are assigned at the start of each term.[1][2] A majority of appointed members make up a committee's quorum.[3] Neither the President nor the Speaker is recognized as an "ex officio" member of any committee.

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Senate Rules
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A committee on PUBLIC HEALTH that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Public Health, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Service and the Department of Developmental Services, and (B) health, including emergency medical services, all licensing boards within the Department of Public Health, nursing homes, pure foods and drugs, and controlled substances, including the treatment of substance abuse.[4][5]



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

Public Health Members, 2013
Democratic members (18)Republican members (10)
Terry Gerratana, ChairJason Welch, Ranking Member
Susan Johnson, ChairPrasad Srinivasan, Ranking Member
Gayle Slossberg, Vice ChairWhit Betts
Phil Miller, Vice ChairChristopher Davis
David AlexanderDebraLee Hovey
David Arconti, Jr.Robert Kane
Dante BartolomeoThemis Klarides
Michelle CookJason Perillo
Theresa ConroyDavid Scribner
Mike DemiccoMelissa Ziobron
James Maroney
Anthony Musto
Emmett Riley
Kevin Ryan
Peggy Sayers
Peter Tercyak
Patricia Widlitz
David Zoni



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