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Republicans Focus On Jobs, Education, Infrastructure; Adjourn In Timely Manner

Republicans Focus On Jobs, Education, Infrastructure; Adjourn In Timely Manner

Early in the afternoon on May 10, lawmakers wrapped up the first half of the 110th General Assembly, focusing efforts on passing commonsense legislative initiatives to aid both immediate and long-term economic development in Tennessee’s private sector. Measures to empower teachers, reinvigorate the state’s education system, and improve infrastructure to make Tennessee an attractive destination [...]

Department Of Environment & Conservation Announces Upcoming Transportation Awards And Forum

Department Of Environment & Conservation Announces Upcoming Transportation Awards And Forum

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Clean Fuels, announced this week they will hold the third annual Tennessee Transportation Awards and Forum during Clean Air Month from May 23-24 at the Nashville Public Library. The event will bring together state experts, local leaders, and [...]

General Assembly Creates Additional Protections Against Child Predators

General Assembly Creates Additional Protections Against Child Predators

House members unanimously passed legislation this week to create additional protections against child predators. Communities across Tennessee already rely on the state’s sex offender registry to track and monitor convicted offenders who have moved into permanent residences upon release from prison. House Bill 404 enables law enforcement officials to monitor offenders convicted of child rape [...]

House Lawmakers Encourage Tennessee Students To Celebrate Freedom

House Lawmakers Encourage Tennessee Students To Celebrate Freedom

This week, House lawmakers passed legislation that helps Tennessee students learn the principles of freedom in our nation’s founding documents. House Bill 287 designates the week of September 17 as “Celebrate Freedom Week” in Tennessee public schools. The week-long celebration will coincide with Constitution Day each September 17 and help students learn more about the [...]

New Legislation Allows American Sign Language To Satisfy Foreign Language Requirements

New Legislation Allows American Sign Language To Satisfy Foreign Language Requirements

This week, Republican lawmakers passed legislation that allows American Sign Language to be used to satisfy foreign language requirements in Tennessee high schools. House Bill 462, known as the American Sign Language bill, was initiated by Molly Ridgeway — a nonverbal student at Maryville College — and her boyfriend, Joshua Anderson. The legislation allows any [...]

2017-2018 Budget Amendment Introduced

2017-2018 Budget Amendment Introduced

This week, Governor Bill Haslam introduced his amendment to the fiscal year 2017-2018 budget proposal that will be considered by the 110th General Assembly in the coming days. The appropriations amendment tracks closely to the Governor’s original budget proposal presented to the legislature on January 30, which for the second year in a row does [...]

Senate Approves Legislation Calling For One Full Semester of Tennessee History in State’s Public Schools

Senate Approves Legislation Calling For One Full Semester of Tennessee History in State’s Public Schools

The Senate unanimously approved a bill Monday evening that would require Tennessee’s public schools to go back to teaching at least one full semester of Tennessee history. Senate Bill 631, sponsored by Deputy Speaker Ferrell Haile (R-Gallatin), is named for the late Senator Douglas Henry, who was a great devotee of Tennessee history and who [...]

House Approves Legislation To Remove Burdensome And Outdated Regulations From Law Books

House Approves Legislation To Remove Burdensome And Outdated Regulations From Law Books

The full House passed legislation this week to remove unneeded governmental regulations and red tape from the system by exempting those whose profession is shampooing hair from having to acquire a barber or cosmetology license before being able to run their businesses. Currently, a person in the shampooing business must submit an application, pay a [...]

House Republicans Enhance Transportation Safety For Tennessee Students

House Republicans Enhance Transportation Safety For Tennessee Students

Monday evening, House lawmakers unanimously approved legislation designed to enhance safety and create more oversight of school bus transportation for Tennessee students. As passed, House Bill 322 requires all school districts, including charter schools, to appoint a transportation supervisor to monitor and oversee student transportation. This supervisor must receive annual training developed from the Tennessee [...]

Legislation Aimed At Protecting Elderly Tennesseans From Abuse Moves Forward

Legislation Aimed At Protecting Elderly Tennesseans From Abuse Moves Forward

Legislation sponsored by House Republicans that cracks down on elder abuse and exploitation continues to advance through the House committee process. House Bill 810, known as the Elderly and Vulnerable Adult Protection Act, closes legal loopholes in existing abuse laws to further protect some of our most vulnerable from criminal targeting. The legislation increases penalties [...]

State Representative Jeremy Faison Responds To The Passage Of The IMPROVE Act

State Representative Jeremy Faison Responds To The Passage Of The IMPROVE Act

This week in Nashville, members of the Tennessee General Assembly passed House Bill 534, the “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads, and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy (IMPROVE) Act” — a proposal that Governor Bill Haslam introduced in January that raises the gas and diesel tax and implements a series of other fees in an effort to [...]

IMPROVE Act Passes House Of Representatives

IMPROVE Act Passes House Of Representatives

This week, members of the Tennessee General Assembly passed House Bill 534, the “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads, and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy (IMPROVE) Act” — a proposal that Governor Bill Haslam introduced in January in an effort to help fund the state’s $10 billion backlog of road construction projects. House Bill 534 is a [...]

Tennesseans Celebrate Music and Financial Literacy at the State Capitol

Tennesseans Celebrate Music and Financial Literacy at the State Capitol

This week, over 100 state leaders from across the state gathered for a reception and dinner at the Tennessee State Capitol to celebrate financial literacy and the work of the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission (TNFLC). Governor Bill Haslam, Speaker Beth Harwell, Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, legislators, business leaders and supporters of the Commission joined [...]

TDH Partners with Coaches to Reduce Violence

TDH Partners with Coaches to Reduce Violence

Athletic coaches play an influential role in the lives of young athletes and are often in a position to positively influence how their athletes think and behave both on and off the field or court. The Tennessee Department of Health is now partnering with coaches to implement the “Coaching Boys into Men” program as part [...]

Bill Aimed At Safeguarding Personal Information Of Tennessee Tourists Moves Forward

Bill Aimed At Safeguarding Personal Information Of Tennessee Tourists Moves Forward

On Monday, 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 protecting this [...]

House Republicans Pass Legislation Strengthening Tennessee Campaign Finance Laws

House Republicans Pass Legislation Strengthening Tennessee Campaign Finance Laws

The full House passed legislation this week 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 [...]