Collins chosen to head PEER Committee

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By Bobby Harrison

Daily Journal Jackson Bureau

JACKSON – State Sen. Nancy Collins, R-Tupelo, has been selected by her colleagues to serve as chairperson of the PEER legislative watchdog committee during 2014.

The Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review Committee is unique in that the lieutenant governor selects the seven Senate members while the speaker tabs the seven House members to the panel. But the members, instead of the presiding officers of the House and Senate, select their officers each year with the chairman’s post alternating between a House member and a Senate member.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Collins has unique credentials to serve as chairperson of PEER since she already chairs the Senate’s Accountability, Efficiency and Transparency Committee.

“As we look to continue to make government more efficient and less burdensome to everyday Mississippians, Sen. Collins will be a strong voice to protect the taxpayers,” Reeves said in a statement.

Collins was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2010 to fill a vacancy and was elected to a full four-year term in 2011.

“I’m honored to have been chosen by my respected colleagues for this responsibility,” Collins said of the PEER chair.

Collins also serves as vice chairperson of the Senate Education Committee.

PEER is especially active in the effort of the legislative leadership to utilize more performance-based budgeting.

bobby.harrison@journalinc.com