FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Alex Lewis
February 7, 2013 Phone: (615) 741-1967

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) has been reappointed to serve on the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey. Senator Norris, who currently serves as Chairman, will begin serving his second four-year term as one of the four members appointed from the Senate.

Norris was elected in 2009 by the members of TACIR to serve as Chairman and has been reelected every two years to the top leadership post.

“Leader Norris has been an outstanding public servant dedicated to efficiency and customer service in government for many years,” said Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey. “The breadth of knowledge he brings to his work serving the people of Tennessee is truly unparalleled. It is an honor to appoint him to serve on this important Commission.”

“I appreciate Lt. Governor Ramsey’s confidence and look forward to the opportunity to continue serving. TACIR has a number of initiatives underway which are important to preserving and improving the rights of Tennesseans. I look forward to seeing them through,” said Norris who also serves as Senate Majority Leader.

TACIR was created in 1978 as a response to legislative findings in the late 1970s indicating the need for a permanent intergovernmental body to study and take action on questions of organizational patterns, powers, functions, and relationships among federal, state, and local governments. TACIR’s membership consists of representatives from the Legislature, the Executive Branch, county governments, municipalities and citizens.

Recently TACIR’s work has included studies on a wide array of topics including recent trends in local tax bases, blight legislation, local fire service and rural interstate highway congestion. TACIR is assisted by a staff of research professionals in economics, law, public planning, public administration and policy.

Senator Norris represents Senate District 32, which includes Tipton and Shelby Counties.

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