published Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Tennessee Sen. Mike Bell named as chairman of Government Operations Committee

NASHVILLE — Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey has named Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, as the new chairman of the Government Operations Committee.

Bell is replacing Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, whom Ramsey named speaker pro tempore over the summer.

“I’m excited about the opportunity,” Bell said. “There are going to be several interesting issues come through the committee this session like the Judicial Nominating Commission and the Court of the Judiciary.”

Republican senators are seeking major changes in the Court of the Judiciary, saying the oversight panel that hears complaints against judges has not worked well.

The Government Operations Committee is responsible for legislation concerning the creation of new departments, commissions, boards, agencies or councils of state government.

It also reauthorizes existing state departments, commissions, boards, agencies or councils of state government and reviews their operations.

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about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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