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Local lawmakers named to committees

Jared Felkins jfelkins@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Both state Reps. Susan Lynn and Mark Pody received appointments to committees in the Tennessee General Assembly on Thursday, some of which in leadership positions.

Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet, started her fifth term by being appointed chairman of the House Consumer and Human Resources General Subcommittee. She will also serve on the Consumer and Human Resources full committee and the Insurance and Banking Committee.

"First let me say how thankful I am to the people of Wilson County for once again allowing me the opportunity to represent their interests in Nashville,” Lynn said. “I am also honored that my friend, Speaker [Beth] Harwell, has placed her confidence in me to serve as chairman of this important subcommittee. General subcommittees do the heavy lifting, working out the details of legislation, finding common ground or holding back bills that are not quite ready to advance."

The House Consumer and Human Resources Committee reviews legislation dealing with consumer protection laws, and all human resource and labor law regulations, such as workers’ compensation, union bills or wages.

"My background is ideal for this chairing this committee,” Lynn said. “Professionally, I oversee safety, legal compliance and supply chain concerns for more than 20,000 consumer products. My conservative Republican philosophy and [bachelor’s degree] in economics provide a good foundation from where I will work to balance the employee and business interests that are involved with the often controversial bills that will come before my committee.

Lynn's second assignment, the Insurance and Banking Committee, considers legislation regarding insurance, banks and other financial institutions.

Pody, R-Lebanon, was named vice-chairman of the Consumer and Human Resources full committee. He was also appointed to the Business and Utilities Committee and Consumer and Human Resources General Subcommittee, of which Lynn chairs.

 “I am honored to be named vice-chairman of the House Consumer and Human Resources Committee,” said Pody. “As promised when I was first elected, I am committed to making our state government more lean and efficient and this committee will enable me to continue working towards that very goal.

“I am also looking forward to joining my colleagues on the House Business and Utilities Committee and am eager to continue the fight of helping make Tennessee an even better place to live, work and raise a family."

The Business and Utilities Committee considers bills relating to utilities, communications and legislation impacting trade. The committee also reviews rules and regulations for all licensed professionals, businesses and organizations.

Pody is serving his second term in the legislature.

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