Bill to Abolish Special Committees Advances

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to streamline the Tennessee General Assembly’s legislative process is advancing in the Senate.
The measure sponsored by Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville passed the Senate State and Local Government Committee 6-3 on Tuesday (on a party line vote). The companion bill is scheduled to be heard this week by the same committee in the House.
The proposal (SB725) seeks to avoid duplication by eliminating 11 joint oversight committees and shifting their responsibilities to standing committees in the House and Senate. Ramsey says the eliminations would save the state about $851,000.
An amendment to save oversight committees on corrections and children and youth failed. Sponsors say cutting those alone would save the state roughly $340,000.
Previous post HERE.
Ramsey’s news release on the bill is below.

From the lieutenant governor’s office:
(Nashville) – Legislation sponsored by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) which would streamline the legislative process and save taxpayer dollars has cleared the state Senate’s State and Local Government Committee by a vote of 6 to 3.
Lt. Governor Ramsey’s bill, Senate Bill 725, avoids duplication in state government by eliminating eleven joint oversight committees and shifting their responsibilities to the standing committees of each house of the General Assembly. The fiscal note attached to the bill estimates $851,800 would be saved after passage.
“Private businesses all across the State of Tennessee are being forced to maximize efficiency in the face of limited resources,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “It is only appropriate that we in government do the same. This bill saves tax dollars and streamlines the way we do business at the legislature.”
The bill would abolish the following committees assigning their responsibilities to the appropriate standing committee: select oversight committee on corrections; select committee on children and youth; select oversight committee on education; health equity commission; select oversight committee on TennCare; joint select committee on business taxes; joint committee on children’s services; charitable gaming oversight committee; select committee on the Tennessee education lottery corporation; special joint committee on workers’ compensation issues; and the select oversight committee on long term care.
The companion bill, House Bill 1097, is currently on the House State & Local Subcommittee calendar for tomorrow, March 15. That bill is sponsored by Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) and House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga).

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