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Tennessee Department of Health Statement on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Tennessee Department of Health Statement on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

The Tennessee Department of Health is acting upon recent guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Our vaccine supply continues to surpass demand and we do not anticipate this shift will impact our efforts to […]

Tennessee, Kentucky File Lawsuit against Biden Administration State Tax Policy

Tennessee, Kentucky File Lawsuit against Biden Administration State Tax Policy

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III today joined Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron in a lawsuit challenging a mandate from the Biden Administration in the American Rescue Plan Act (the Act). The lawsuit, filed against Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, argues that the tax […]

The General Assembly Approves Constitutional Carry

The General Assembly Approves Constitutional Carry

House Republicans this week passed historic legislation restoring Tennesseans’ constitutional right to self-defense. House Bill 786 removes encroachments on law-abiding citizens who wish to exercise their Second Amendment right to carry a handgun while increasing penalties for criminals who steal guns or possess them illegally. Tennesseans who are at least 21-years-old, or are honorably discharged […]

STRONG Act expands opportunities for Tennessee Guardsmen

STRONG Act expands opportunities for Tennessee Guardsmen

The House chamber this week unanimously approved legislation that will expand eligibility for tuition reimbursement for Tennessee National Guardsmen under Tennessee’s Support, Training, and Renewing Opportunity for National Guardsmen (STRONG) Act. The STRONG Act provides eligible service members in the Tennessee National Guard with tuition reimbursement for coursework completed as a full-time student in pursuit […]

Business Fairness Act protects businesses in state of emergency

Business Fairness Act protects businesses in state of emergency

Legislation that seeks to protect small businesses during a state of emergency passed unanimously in the House Chamber on Monday. The Covid-19 pandemic presented many challenges for small businesses across the state. Those that were not deemed essential suffered while their bigger competitors were allowed to remain open, ultimately giving government the authority to pick […]

Legislation addressing teacher shortage passes in the House

Legislation addressing teacher shortage passes in the House

Legislation that addresses Tennessee’s teacher shortage passed the House on Monday. House Bill 533 simplifies the process for teachers who are moving to Tennessee to receive an appropriate teaching license, helping qualified teachers get into classrooms quicker. The bill allows out-of-state educators who possess the equivalent of a Tennessee professional teacher’s license in their current […]

Republican leaders continue to advance Constitutional Carry

Republican leaders continue to advance Constitutional Carry

Constitutional Carry legislation is continuing to move through the House, passing the Finance, Ways, and Means Subcommittee on Wednesday. House Bill 786 allows Tennesseans to exercise their constitutional right to defend themselves and their families while cracking down on criminals who steal guns or possess them illegally. The bill also includes sentencing enhancements and increases […]

David Crockett to be honored with statue on Capitol grounds

David Crockett to be honored with statue on Capitol grounds

Legislation honoring Tennessee legend David Crockett with a statue on the Capitol grounds passed the House on Monday. The General Assembly created the David Crockett Commission in 2012, tasking them with the responsibility of finding a home for a statue of David Crockett on the grounds of the Capitol. House Bill 220 designates the desired […]

Secretary Hargett Named to National Commission to Restore Trust in Elections

Secretary Hargett Named to National Commission to Restore Trust in Elections

Secretary of State Tre Hargett has been named to serve on the Republican State Leadership Committee’s (RSLC) Commission on Election Integrity, a national commission comprised of state election leaders committed to restoring trust in the election process. The RSLC commission will bring together leading policymakers to share and discuss current laws and future reforms to […]

Tennessee State Constitution Transferred To New Home

Tennessee State Constitution Transferred To New Home

Tennessee’s founding documents were transported to the new Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) with much fanfare and a parade in Nashville this week. Secretary of State Tre Hargett led the procession escorted by the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), THP Honor Guard and Tennessee National Guard color guard who transported the state’s three constitutions from […]

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 […]

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