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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 [...]

Tennessee Business Expansions On Rise Across State

Tennessee Business Expansions On Rise Across State

In 2016, Tennessee was named State of the Year for Economic Development by Southern Business & Development Magazine based on project totals and the variety of industries that invested in the state and created jobs. So far in 2017, Tennessee is well on its way to living up to this recognition, with multiple major job [...]

Tennessee State Building Commission Chooses Ann McGauran As State Architect

Tennessee State Building Commission Chooses Ann McGauran As State Architect

The Tennessee State Building Commission voted unanimously to appoint Ann McGauran as State Architect. McGauran is the first woman to serve Tennessee in this capacity since the position was created in 1955. McGauran is a Senior Architect and Facilities Management Professional who has more than 25 years of architectural and project management experience. Since 2014, [...]

Legislation aims to ensure transparency, full vetting and public input regarding guides to practice for all licensed professions in Tennessee

Legislation aims to ensure transparency, full vetting and public input regarding guides to practice for all licensed professions in Tennessee

Senate Commerce and Labor Committee Chairman Jack Johnson (R-Franklin), Senate Government Operations Committee Chairman Mike Bell (R-Riceville) and Representative Dan Howell (R-Georgetown) held a press conference today to announce the introduction of new legislation to ensure transparency, full vetting and public input regarding “guides to practice” for all licensed professions in Tennessee. Guides to practice [...]

Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Jim Tracy Files Legislation Calling for Photos on EBT Cards Used for SNAP and TANF Benefits

Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Jim Tracy Files Legislation Calling for Photos on EBT Cards Used for SNAP and TANF Benefits

Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) has filed legislation requiring photos to be added to the state’s Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, the method used for delivering Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to eligible Tennesseans.  The bill aims to deter theft and the selling or trafficking of the cards, while ensuring eligible Tennesseans continue to receive the [...]

Senate Approves Resolution Calling for Convention of States

Senate Approves Resolution Calling for Convention of States

The Senate approved a resolution today calling for a convention of states in Nashville for the purpose of planning a future Article V Convention. The convention would be the first formal meeting of the states since 1861. Senate Joint Resolution 9, sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) provides that the convention of [...]

Office of Open Records Counsels Creates Model Public Records Policy

Office of Open Records Counsels Creates Model Public Records Policy

For the first time in state history, Tennessee government entities now have a model policy to help define how public records requests are handled. The Comptroller’s Office of Open Records Counsel (OORC) established a model public records policy to assist all Tennessee government entities. The model policy was created after Representative Bill Dunn and Senator [...]

Representative Andrew Farmer Officially Sworn In; Appointed Chairman Of House Civil Justice Committee

Representative Andrew Farmer Officially Sworn In; Appointed Chairman Of House Civil Justice Committee

The House of Representatives officially gaveled into session this week in Nashville, marking the beginning of the 110th General Assembly. As part of the opening day ceremonies, State Representative Andrew Farmer (R–Sevierville) took the oath of office and was officially sworn into the Tennessee House of Representatives. In addition, Representative Farmer was appointed as Chairman of [...]

State Representative Andrew Farmer Recognized By Tennessee American Academy Of Pediatrics

State Representative Andrew Farmer Recognized By Tennessee American Academy Of Pediatrics

State Representative Andrew Farmer (R–Sevierville) was recently honored by the American Academy of Pediatrics during the organization’s annual Excellence in Pediatrics event at the Cool Springs Marriott in Franklin, TN. The group specifically recognized Representative Farmer for his work promoting children’s health legislation within the Tennessee General Assembly and working to improve the quality of [...]

State Representative Andrew Farmer Receives Legislator Of The Year Award From State’s Top Addiction Help Group

State Representative Andrew Farmer Receives Legislator Of The Year Award From State’s Top Addiction Help Group

Earlier this month, the Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug & other Addiction Services (TAADAS) held its annual banquet and awards dinner in recognition of Recovery Month and of the accomplishments of the recovery community. During the event, the state’s top addiction help organization named State Representative Andrew Farmer (R–Sevierville) as its Tennessee Legislator of the [...]

Fain Appointed to State-Wide Taskforce

Fain Appointed to State-Wide Taskforce

On August 31st, Barry Fain, a Dandridge native and resident, was appointed by House Speaker Beth Harwell to a newly-created state-wide taskforce. The taskforce was created under Public Chapter No. 1057 of 2016, commonly cited as the “Juvenile Justice Realignment Act,” to study new approaches to the administration of juvenile justice in Tennessee, including the [...]