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Rep. Andrew Farmer appointed to Southern Legislative Conference committee

Rep. Andrew Farmer appointed to Southern Legislative Conference committee

Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, has appointed State Rep. Andrew Farmer, R-Sevierville, to serve on the Human Services & Public Safety Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) of the Council of State Governments (CSG). “Chairman Farmer stands for law and order, and he is an effective leader in our General Assembly,” said Speaker […]

Tennessee Legislature Considers Return to Elected School Directors

Tennessee Legislature Considers Return to Elected School Directors

Nearly three decades ago, state lawmakers changed the way school directors are chosen in the state of Tennessee. Abandoning the process of electing school directors was part of a sweeping education reform act known as the Education Improvement Act of 1992. Changes were made to a wide variety of education policies including school fees, BEP […]

House Bill 003 Seeks To Protect Competitive Balance of Girls’ Sports

House Bill 003 Seeks To Protect Competitive Balance of Girls’ Sports

Legislation Protecting Women’s Sports A bill protecting women’s sports has been recommended for passage and referred to Calendars and Rules Committee. House Bill 003 seeks to protect the competitive balance of girls’ sports. Women’s sports were created to give girls a fair chance at competition. That includes fair victories and fair defeats. House Bill 003 […]

House Advances Legislation Limiting Health Boards’ Autonomy

House Advances Legislation Limiting Health Boards’ Autonomy

Legislation aimed at scaling back the power of Tennessee’s six independent metropolitan health boards passed the Health Subcommittee on Tuesday. House Bill 7 would decrease the autonomy of health departments in Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Madison, Shelby, and Sullivan Counties. These boards are comprised of unelected members with their own authority to issue health directives independently […]

House Republicans Introduce Constitutional Carry

House Republicans Introduce Constitutional Carry

House Republican leadership this week presented legislation making Tennessee the 19th state in the nation to enact a constitutional right to carry law. House Bill 786 upholds freedoms granted to law-abiding citizens in the U.S. Constitution while also stiffening penalties for criminals who steal or illegally possess firearms. This legislation includes several provisions that will […]

Tenn. National Guard continues COVID-19 testing and vaccinations

Tenn. National Guard continues COVID-19 testing and vaccinations

Since late December, the Tennessee National Guard has been transitioning from primarily supporting COVID-19 testing to supporting vaccine administration throughout Tennessee. “Helping citizens get vaccinated has been our primary focus since the vaccines have become available,” said Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, Tennessee’s Adjutant General. “It’s the next step to helping Tennessee return to normal.” Since […]

Tennessee Removes State Visitation Restrictions for Long-term Care Facilities

Tennessee Removes State Visitation Restrictions for Long-term Care Facilities

Today the Tennessee Department of Health announced state-specific visitation restrictions for long-term care facilities will end effective February 28, 2021. Facilities should use the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidance for safe operation and visitation with limited visitation restrictions no longer in place at the state level. The Tennessee Department of Health recognizes […]

Governor Lee Declares Energy Emergency In Tennessee

Governor Lee Declares Energy Emergency In Tennessee

Imposter Scheme Targeting Tennessee Businesses – AG Slatery & Secretary of States Office Action

Imposter Scheme Targeting Tennessee Businesses – AG Slatery & Secretary of States Office Action

AG Slatery and the Secretary of State’s Office Announce Action against Michigan Operators of Government Imposter Scheme Targeting Tennessee Businesses Nashville- Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III and the Secretary of State’s office announced a lawsuit against Michigan-based Labor Law Poster Service (LLPS, Inc.), Council for Corporations, LLC, ANS, Inc., and several members of a […]

Gov. Bill Lee Announces Intervention for Tennessee Students

Gov. Bill Lee Announces Intervention for Tennessee Students

Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced special session legislation addressing K-12 student learning loss and the adverse effects on Tennessee students’ proficiency in reading and math after extended time away from the classroom due to COVID-19. “COVID-19 has disrupted every aspect of education and we are on the cusp of severe consequences for our students […]

Momentum Builds for Civil Forfeiture Reform in Tennessee – Activists Meet at Annual Bill of Rights Dinner

Momentum Builds for Civil Forfeiture Reform in Tennessee – Activists Meet at Annual Bill of Rights Dinner

In front of a group of more than one hundred activists at the annual Bill of Rights Dinner in Knoxville, organizer Erik Wiatr described Civil Asset Forfeiture (CAF) as one of the greatest threats to individual property rights. Master of Ceremonies Mayor Glen Jacobs of Knox County recalled a meeting in which he found it […]

Lee Replaces Miller in 4th Judicial District – Gov. Bill Lee Announces Judicial Appointments

Lee Replaces Miller in 4th Judicial District – Gov. Bill Lee Announces Judicial Appointments

Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced appointments to judicial positions across the state. “I am proud to announce the appointment of these highly qualified individuals, and I value the experience they will bring to their respective judicial districts,” said Gov. Lee. “I’m confident they will serve Tennessee with integrity.” The following Tennesseans have been appointed: […]

AG Slatery and Bipartisan Coalition Push FDA to Examine Progress in Opioid Fight

AG Slatery and Bipartisan Coalition Push FDA to Examine Progress in Opioid Fight

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III joined a broad coalition of 48 attorneys general in pushing federal regulators to examine recent progress in their fight against opioid abuse. The bipartisan coalition seeks a progress report regarding recent steps taken by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to combat the opioid crisis, given the new authorities […]

TDH County Health Departments Offer COVID-19 Vaccination by Appointment

TDH County Health Departments Offer COVID-19 Vaccination by Appointment

Tennessee county health departments are now booking appointments for people in Phase 1 populations of the Tennessee COVID-19 Vaccination Plan and those aged 75 and up who wish to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Tennesseans can follow a simple, three-step process to learn when they’re eligible for vaccination and register for a vaccination appointment: 1. Find Your Phase Tennesseans […]

Tennessee Makes Rapid Progress in Vaccinating Highest Risk Populations

Tennessee Makes Rapid Progress in Vaccinating Highest Risk Populations

Tennessee is making great progress in rapidly vaccinating those at highest-risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19. Within four weeks of Tennessee receiving its first doses of COVID-19 vaccine, more than 221,000 people in the state have received vaccinations, and the Tennessee Department of Health is distributing COVID-19 vaccinations as rapidly as supplies are […]

Gov. Lee Announces New COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Tool

Gov. Lee Announces New COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Tool

Tuesday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced a new digital tool to help inform Tennesseans when they will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. “In addition to creating a strong infrastructure for distribution, we’re currently one of the top states in the nation for total doses administered, vaccinating more than 150,000 Tennesseans in just two weeks,” […]

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