Sunday, January 16, 2011

Local Government Law: Who’s Who in the General Assembly.

Much has been written, and much has been said about state government this past week. And, well, that coverage will continue this weekend with the transition going on as a type in Nashville.

This coverage, of course, being due to the General Assembly's receipt of their committee assignments as well as this weekend's inauguration of Governor Bill Haslam.

Below are some of those General Assembly assignments that matter to local government. These folks would be the state leaders charged with generating, overseeing and analyzing county and municipality law in the General Assembly.

TCCA Executive Director David Connor has compiled who is who, and who is where in their assignments. Check it out:
Today, standing committee appointments were named. There were few changes in the State Senate, except that Sen. Ken Yager was named chair of the State and Local Government Committee. Sen. Yager takes the post after Sen. Ketron moved to the position of Republican Caucus Chair with the departure of former Sen. Diane Black to Congress. Sen. Yager has extensive experience in county government, having served several terms as County Executive of Roane County.

In the House on the other hand, virtually every committee has new leadership. One exception is the State and Local Government Committee, where Rep. Curry Todd of Shelby County continues to serve as chair. Rep. Bob Ramsey of Blount County will serve as Vice Chair and Chair of the general subcommittee of the State and Local Government Committee. Speaker Harwell instituted the first major change under her leadership today when she revamped the subcommittee structure in the House of Representatives. Previously, every House committee had 2 or 3 subcommittees and all bills moved through a subcommittee before passage in a full committee. Now, each committee will have only one general subcommitee and not all bills will be referred to a subcommitee. The Speaker announced the change as a means of streamlining the legislative process.