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House Approves Legislation Protecting Identities Of Minors In Crime Situations

House Approves Legislation Protecting Identities Of Minors In Crime Situations

Earlier this year, House lawmakers unanimously approved legislation designed to protect the identities of Tennessee minors who fall victim to crimes, especially those that are sexual in nature. House Bill 344 protects the identities of minors in a crime situation, unless a court waives confidentiality at the request of the victim’s parent or legal guardian. [...]

Bill Aimed At Safeguarding Personal Information Of Tennessee Tourists Moves Forward

Bill Aimed At Safeguarding Personal Information Of Tennessee Tourists Moves Forward

Earlier in the year, lawmakers unanimously approved legislation that safeguards the personal information of Tennessee tourists who visit state parks by restricting access to the personal information of park guests. Under current law, Tennessee state parks must disclose personal information of its guests when it receives a public records request, because there is no exemption [...]

House Republicans Pass Legislation Strengthening Tennessee Campaign Finance Laws

House Republicans Pass Legislation Strengthening Tennessee Campaign Finance Laws

The full House passed legislation this year to strengthen Tennessee campaign finance laws, with House Republicans leading the charge to require funds donated to a campaign be deposited and maintained in a traditional bank or credit union account insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Current statute allows campaign funds to be invested in [...]

Resolution To Honor Blind Citizens, American History Receives Committee Approval

Resolution To Honor Blind Citizens, American History Receives Committee Approval

In March, the House approved legislation to honor Tennessee’s blind citizens as well as American history by passing House Joint Resolution 88. As approved, the legislation calls for a braille American flag to be displayed in the new Cordell Hull legislative office building, which the General Assembly is set to move into later this year. [...]

Lawmakers, Farmers Celebrate Annual ‘Ag Day On The Hill’ Event

Lawmakers, Farmers Celebrate Annual ‘Ag Day On The Hill’ Event

House lawmakers joined with farmers and agriculture groups from across the state in April to celebrate Tennessee’s annual ‘Ag Day on the Hill’ event at the Legislative Plaza in Nashville. Governor Bill Haslam has also proclaimed the date ‘Agriculture Day’ as part of the annual national observance to recognize the important contributions of farmers and [...]

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

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

Earlier this year, 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 [...]

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 year. 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 [...]

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 [...]

Legislature Moves Forward With Confirmation Of University Governing Boards

Legislature Moves Forward With Confirmation Of University Governing Boards

Earlier this year, the legislature moved forward with the confirmation of 48 appointments to Tennessee’s new university governing boards, giving the higher education institutions involved increased autonomy to support student success as the state continues its Drive to 55 initiative: the goal of getting 55 percent of Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificate [...]

Tennessee Treasury Returns Record Amount Of Unclaimed Property To Tennesseans In 2016

Tennessee Treasury Returns Record Amount Of Unclaimed Property To Tennesseans In 2016

The Tennessee Treasury Department returned a record amount of unclaimed property in 2016 to Tennesseans across the state, marking a 28% increase over the prior year. In total, 41,827 claims were processed in 2016, totaling more than $34 million with an average claim amount of $817. Unclaimed property is money that has been turned over [...]

Tennessee Names First Female State Architect

Tennessee Names First Female State Architect

Earlier this year, the State Building Commission voted unanimously to appoint Ann McGauran as Tennessee State Architect. With the appointment, McGauran becomes the first woman to serve the state in this capacity since the position was first created in 1955. McGauran is a senior architect with more than 25 years of architectural and project management [...]

Tennessee Film Industry Stakes Claim As National Leader

Tennessee Film Industry Stakes Claim As National Leader

Over the last several years, movie and television production from within the state has cast Tennessee onto the national and international stage, exposing audiences from around the world to the many benefits Tennessee has to offer. In the process, the film and production industry has played a major role in boosting the state economy, employing [...]

House Speaker Beth Harwell Creates Legislative Task Force On Opioid Abuse

House Speaker Beth Harwell Creates Legislative Task Force On Opioid Abuse

Earlier this year, House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) created a task force on opioid and prescription drug abuse. The task force’s immediate goal was to work on legislation for the year, but its efforts will be ongoing to determine the best strategies for tackling the opioid epidemic. Tennessee is consistently ranked at the top of the [...]

Tennessee Department Of Transportation Releases Updated Three-Year Bridge Funding List

Tennessee Department Of Transportation Releases Updated Three-Year Bridge Funding List

Today in Nashville, State Representative Andrew Farmer (R–Sevierville) joined with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) in announcing TDOT’s updated three-year bridge project list. The list was officially updated following passage in late April of Governor Haslam’s “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads, and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy” (IMPROVE) Act, a comprehensive infrastructure funding plan passed by the General Assembly [...]

Attorney General Slatery Praises EPA Decision to Repeal WOTUS Rule

Attorney General Slatery Praises EPA Decision to Repeal WOTUS Rule

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III today joined West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, and 19 other state attorneys general in applauding the repeal of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the United States Rule (WOTUS). EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a notice to withdraw the Obama-era rule. “We fully [...]

Governor Haslam’s Weekly Wrap-up

Governor Haslam’s Weekly Wrap-up

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe to Make Economic Development Trip to Europe Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe will travel to Europe from June 26 to June 30 for an economic development trip designed to strengthen ties with European businesses and increase foreign direct investment (FDI) in Tennessee. [...]