Overbey to chair Southern Legislative Conference panel

News release via Senate Republican Caucus
Lexington, KY — State Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) has been elected Chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference’s (SLC) Human Services and Public Safety Committee. The election was held during the group’s annual meeting in Lexington, Kentucky attended by delegates, legislative staff and guests.

“Senator Overbey has tremendous knowledge and experience in mental health and human services which will be of great benefit to his fellow legislators and this organization,” said Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), who served as Chairman of the national Council of State Governments (CSG), the parent organization of SLC in 2014. “His election reflects favorably upon the State of Tennessee. We are fortunate to have him as one of our members in the Tennessee Senate, and I continue to appreciate his service to the State of Tennessee and to the Southern Legislative Conference.”

The Human Services & Public Safety Committee has a broad agenda which most typically addresses the challenges states face in the areas of human services and corrections, and policies and programs utilized to meet them. The Committee has undertaken assessments of Medicaid and reform; nursing shortages; long-term healthcare; and such corrections issues as criminal justice DNA statutes; the aging inmate population; female offenders; mental health parity in prisons, and prison staffing patterns in Southern states.

Senator Overbey, who has served on the Health Committees in both the House of Representatives and Senate in Tennessee, is Vice-Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, while serving as Chairman of the Ethics Committee. He previously served as Vice-Chairman of SLC’s Human Services and Public Safety Committee.

“I’m looking forward to this new challenge and working with legislators across the Southeastern states to address the health and public safety concerns we have in common,” Overbey concluded.