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Broadband Accessibility Act Clears Additional Key Legislative Hurdle

Broadband Accessibility Act Clears Additional Key Legislative Hurdle

House Bill 529, the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act, cleared an additional key legislative hurdle this week after gaining unanimous approval from the House Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee. As introduced, the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act seeks to expand broadband internet services across the state, especially to Tennessee’s rural areas that currently completely lack coverage. Tennessee [...]

Rep. Andy Holt Introduces Bill to Reform Legislative Reception Excess

Rep. Andy Holt Introduces Bill to Reform Legislative Reception Excess

Representative Andy Holt (R-Dresden) announced Tuesday that the State Government Subcommittee will hold a hearing on HB 1007, which he intends to amend to prohibit closed-door legislative receptions funded by taxpayer dollars. Rep. Holt describes his legislation as a “first step” towards untangling the web of taxpayer-funded spending on lobbyists: “I can’t sit here in [...]

House Leaders Advance Legislation Establishing Long-Term Care For Those With Autism Spectrum Disorder

House Leaders Advance Legislation Establishing Long-Term Care For Those With Autism Spectrum Disorder

This week, members of the House Health Committee advanced legislation that that would establish a long-term system of care for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. House Bill 384 establishes the Tennessee Council on Autism Spectrum Disorder. This 16-person advisory council would make recommendations and provide leadership in program development regarding matters [...]

House Republicans Honor Fallen TBI Special Agent With Passage Of House Bill 482

House Republicans Honor Fallen TBI Special Agent With Passage Of House Bill 482

A bill sponsored by House Republicans honoring fallen Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) Special Agent De’Greaun Reshun Frazier unanimously passed in the House Chamber this week. House Bill 482 designates the future home of the TBI Crime Lab & Consolidated Headquarters in Madison County to be named the ‘Special Agent De’Greaun ReShun Frazier TBI Crime [...]

New Law Will Allow School Personnel To Assist Students During Adrenal Crisis

New Law Will Allow School Personnel To Assist Students During Adrenal Crisis

This week, lawmakers passed legislation to give school personnel the ability to administer lifesaving medical treatment to Tennessee students suffering from adrenal insufficiency caused by conditions like Addison’s disease. House Bill 121 permits any properly trained school employee to administer a lifesaving injection as a form of medical treatment to students who are suffering from [...]

Second Meeting Of Legislative Task Force On Opioid Abuse Kicks Off At East Tennessee State University

Second Meeting Of Legislative Task Force On Opioid Abuse Kicks Off At East Tennessee State University

This week at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), the second meeting of the legislative task force on opioid and prescription drug abuse kicked off. House Speaker Beth Harwell helped lead the discussion with stakeholders from across the state who attended the meeting to speak out about Tennessee’s growing drug epidemic. Dr. Robert Pack, director of [...]

Legislation To Help Adults Without A Degree Access Higher Education Moves Forward In House

Legislation To Help Adults Without A Degree Access Higher Education Moves Forward In House

Legislation spearheaded by House Republicans to help adults without a degree access higher education moved forward this week after getting a positive nod from the House Government Operations Committee. House Bill 531, named the Tennessee Reconnect Act, would make Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all Tennessee adults without a degree access [...]

General Assembly Passes Property Tax Relief Bill For East Tennessee Fire Victims

General Assembly Passes Property Tax Relief Bill For East Tennessee Fire Victims

This week in Nashville, House members passed legislation to provide additional support to East Tennessee families that had property damaged by wildfires that swept through Sevier County and surrounding areas last November. The bill calls for prorating the 2016 tax assessment for a homeowner’s real property or a business owner’s personal property, if it sustained [...]

Key House Republicans Pass Legislation Providing Property Tax Relief To East Tennessee Fire Victims

Key House Republicans Pass Legislation Providing Property Tax Relief To East Tennessee Fire Victims

Monday evening, House members unanimously passed legislation co-sponsored by Representative Dale Carr (R-Sevierville) and Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) that provides additional support to East Tennessee families whose properties were damaged by last November’s wildfires. House Bill 52 calls for prorating the 2016 tax assessment for a homeowner’s real property or business owner’s personal property, if [...]

House Republicans Move Forward With Critical Legislation To Combat Welfare Fraud

House Republicans Move Forward With Critical Legislation To Combat Welfare Fraud

At the end of February, House Republicans moved forward with critical legislation designed to combat welfare fraud in Tennessee by passing House Bill 227 on the full House floor. Once passed by the Senate, the bill will travel to the desk of Governor Bill Haslam to be signed into law. House Bill 227, referred to [...]

Broadband Accessibility Act Gains Momentum

Broadband Accessibility Act Gains Momentum

Earlier this week, House Republicans advanced House Bill 529 through the Business and Utilities Subcommittee, with the legislation gaining much-needed momentum as it continues its path to the full House floor for a final vote. House Bill 529, the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act, was created after the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) produced [...]

House Republicans Encourage Growing And Selling Of Tennessee-Based Agricultural Products

House Republicans Encourage Growing And Selling Of Tennessee-Based Agricultural Products

House Republicans moved forward with legislation to help encourage the growing and selling of Tennessee-based agricultural products across the state. As filed, House Bill 299 is a pro-small business bill that removes governmental regulations and red tape that have placed undue burdens on the distribution of homegrown, locally produced food products. Currently, all food manufacturers, [...]

Senate approves legislation making it easier for veterans to determine how their military training can count as credit in Tennessee’s colleges and universities

Senate approves legislation making it easier for veterans to determine how their military training can count as credit in Tennessee’s colleges and universities

Legislation that will make it easier for veterans to determine how their military training can count as credit in Tennessee’s colleges and universities was approved by the Tennessee Senate on Monday.  Senate Bill 1232, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), also grants in-state tuition to anyone currently living in Tennessee who is using [...]

State Rep. Andy Holt Pays Traffic Camera Tickets With Monopoly Money, Introduces New Legislation To Fight Them

State Rep. Andy Holt Pays Traffic Camera Tickets With Monopoly Money, Introduces New Legislation To Fight Them

On Thursday, Tennessee State Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) took to Facebook Live where he paid two traffic camera tickets with Monopoly money and a photographed image of a $50 bill. On one of the payments, Holt wrote “In the spirit of justice,” before sending it off to processors. Holt says he did the video in [...]

House Leaders Advance Legislation Establishing Long-Term Care For Those With Autism Spectrum Disorder

House Leaders Advance Legislation Establishing Long-Term Care For Those With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Members of the House Health Committee advanced legislation thatthat would establish a long-term system of care for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. House Bill 384establishes the Tennessee Council on Autism Spectrum Disorder. This 16-person advisory council would make recommendations and provide leadership in program development regarding matters concerning all levels of [...]

New Proposal Targets Illegal Opioid And Prescription Drug Suppliers

New Proposal Targets Illegal Opioid And Prescription Drug Suppliers

As House Republicans boost their efforts to combat the opioid and prescription drug epidemic in Tennessee, new legislation has been introduced that would impose tougher penalties on illegal opioid and prescription drug suppliers. House Bill 786 would enable law enforcement to charge illegal suppliers with voluntary manslaughter when they cause death to a user by [...]