State Sen. Doug Overbey has been appointed to three key committees in the Tennessee State Senate, including the powerful Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee which holds the purse strings for all of state government.
“I am very pleased to be appointed to the Finance Committee” said Overbey, who served on the House Finance for the past six years and the Budget Subcommittee for the past four years. “This will be a challenging year for our budget and I look forward to working on solutions to the issues we face.”
Overbey was also appointed secretary of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Judiciary Committee is responsible for hearing all bills dealing with civil laws, criminal laws, judicial proceedings, apportionment of elected officials and governing bodies, and all matters relating to the courts, as well as law enforcement.
In addition, the freshman senator was appointed as a member of the General Welfare, Health and Human Services Committee. That committee is responsible for legislation dealing with public or private hospitals; institutions and services for the mentally retarded; nursing homes; various health care professions, and all aspects of public welfare.
Overbey took the oath of office on Tuesday Jan. 20, in Nashville as the 106th General Assembly was gaveled into session. The oath was administered by Sullivan County Circuit Court Judge Robert H. Montgomery, Jr. during the organizational session/
“It is a privilege and honor to represent my neighbors in Blount and Sevier Counties in our State Senate,” Overbey said. “This is going to be a challenging session, and I will work diligently to earn the trust they have placed in me.”