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Tennessee Joint Legislative Services Committee

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The Tennessee Joint Legislative Services Committee is a nonpartisan legislative service agency serving the members and staff of the Tennessee General Assembly.

History

The Joint Legislative Services Committee was formed in 1977 replacing the Tennessee Legislative Council[1].

Governance

The Joint Legislative Services Committee is governed by a committee consisting of members of the Tennessee General Assembly. The Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives and the President of the Tennessee Senate chair the committee. They are responsible for appointing all the directors who lead the respective divisions of the committee[2].

Between the three divisions, a total staff of 55 is employed by the Joint Legislative Services Committee[3].

Divisions

Office of Legal Services

The Office of Legal Services provides all bill drafting for all bills, resolutions, and amendments that are considered on the floor of the Tennessee General Assembly. Also, Legal Services staff provides all general and legal research on request from individual legislators and standing committees in the General Assembly. All legal staff is assigned to standing committees. Legal Services staff is responsible for all revisions of the Tennessee Code[2].

Office of Legislative Administration

The Office of Legislative Administration used to been part of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury's office. Legislative Administration is responsible for all oversight on the Tennessee state budget and the state's finances. Also, Legislative Administration is responsible for providing administrative and personnel support for the Tennessee General Assembly. This includes monitoring purchasing, payroll, and other administrative functions[4].

Office of Management Information Systems

Staff in the Office of Management Information Services is responsible for maitaining and supporting the computer networks of the Tennessee General Assembly. Also, the Management Information Systems Office provides computer applications and other technologies designed to help in the legislative process[4].

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