(NASHVILLE) — State Senator Steve Southerland (R-Morristown) was re-elected today by his Senate Majority Caucus colleagues to serve on the Tennessee General Assembly’s prestigious Joint Fiscal Review Committee. The Fiscal Review Committee serves as the state’s “watchdog” on all state budgetary matters.
The committee consists of 16 of the state’s 133 lawmakers. The Republican and Democrat Caucuses elect nominees who must be approved by the full Senate and House of Representatives when they meet in January. The elected members of the Senate serve on the committee for their full term of office.
“I appreciate the vote of confidence by my colleagues to continue serving in this financial leadership role,” said Senator Southerland. “I will continue to work to see that our public funds are spent wisely and used for the purpose for which they were intended.”
The Fiscal Review Committee conducts a continuing review of the financial operations of state government. This includes oversight of state contracts. The committee is also is responsible for preparing and distributing the General Assembly’s fiscal notes that show how proposed legislation would impact state and local governments financially.
The General Assembly is scheduled to open the 2019 organization session on January 8.