Health and Welfare Committee, Kentucky General Assembly
The Health & Welfare Committee is an interim joint committee of the Kentucky General Assembly.
|“||To provide a continuity of study and action between sessions, interim joint committees are formed from the standing committees of both houses. For instance, the Education Committee of the Senate and the Education Committee of the House become the Interim Joint Committee on Education after the regular session.
Interim committees, besides discussing and studying issues in-depth, draft and approve bills for prefiling for the next regular session. This enables bills to be introduced at the beginning of the session and standing committees to become active immediately. All interim committees, which are actually subcommittees of the Legislative Research Commission (LRC), are open to the public and the press so the people have an opportunity to express views on areas the proposed legislation will affect.
The Health and Welfare Committee studies "matters pertaining to human development, health, and welfare; delivery of health services; support of dependents; public assistance; child welfare; adoptions; children's homes; disabled persons; family welfare; aid to the blind; commitment and care of children; mental health; substance abuse; health, medical and dental scholarships; local health units and officers; vital statistics; communicable diseases; hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities; health professions; physicians, osteopaths and podiatrists; chiropractors; dentists and dental specialists; nurses; pharmacists; embalmers and funeral directors; psychologists; optometrists, ophthalmic dispensers; physical therapists; senior citizens; eliminating age discrimination; non-public sector retirement; problems of aging; violent acts against the elderly."
2015 legislative session
The following table describes committee membership for the 2015 legislative session.
|Health and Welfare Members, 2015|
|Democratic members (12)||Republican members (17)|
|• Thomas Burch, Co-Chair||• Julie Adams, Co-Chair|
|• Denise Angel||• Bob DeWeese|
|• Kelly Flood||• Tim Moore|
|• Reginald Thomas||• Russell Webber|
|• Joni Jenkins||• Addia Wuchner|
|• Mary Marzian||• Julie Denton|
|• Darryl Owens||• Joe Bowen|
|• Ruth Palumbo||• Tom Buford|
|• David Watkins||• David Givens|
|• Susan Westrom||• Alice Kerr|
|• George A. Brown, Jr.||• Katie Stine|
|• Reginald Meeks||• Jack Westwood|
|• Jimmy Higdon|
|• Max Wise|
|• Robert Benvenuti III|
|• Ralph Alvarado|
|• Phil Moffett|
The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.
|Health and Welfare Members, 2011|
|Democratic members (14)||Republican members (13)|
|• Thomas Burch||• Julie Adams|
|• John Arnold, Jr.||• Bob DeWeese|
|• Kelly Flood||• Brent Housman|
|• James Glenn, Jr.||• Tim Moore|
|• Joni Jenkins||• Ben Waide|
|• Mary Marzian||• Addia Wuchner|
|• Darryl Owens||• Julie Denton|
|• Ruth Palumbo||• Joe Bowen|
|• David Watkins||• Tom Buford|
|• Susan Westrom||• David Givens|
|• Perry Clark||• Alice Kerr|
|• Denise Angel||• Katie Stine|
|• Dennis Parrett||• Jack Westwood|
|• Joey Pendleton|
The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.
|Health and Welfare Members, 2009|
|Democratic members (10)||Republican members (6)|
|• Thomas Burch||• Brent Housman|
|• John Arnold, Jr.||• Tim Moore|
|• David Watkins||• Scott Brinkman|
|• James Glenn, Jr.||• Bob DeWeese|
|• Mary Marzian||• John Carney|
|• Reginald Meeks||• Addia Wuchner|
|• Darryl Owens|
|• Joni Jenkins|
|• Ruth Palumbo|
|• Susan Westrom|
- Subcommittee on Families and Children
- Subcommittee on Health Issues and Aging
- Kentucky State Legislature, "Interim Committees," accessed January 31, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Kentucky State Legislature, "Health and Welfare Committee," accessed January 31, 2014