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    House Democrats form Jobs Task Force

     

    Jobs for Tennesseans is Number One Priority

    The Tennessee Democratic Party LogoNashville, TN –House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley) announced Thursday that he has appointed a task force solely dedicated to bringing more jobs to Tennessee.  The nine-member task force represents both urban and rural areas of the state.

    Fitzhugh’s announcement follows Wednesday’s announcement that House Republicans have formed a task force to study how more guns can be put in bars, schools, and workplaces.

    “We have more than 300,000 Tennesseans who are looking for jobs and cannot find one.  Until these numbers improve, our lawmakers should be working tirelessly to attract jobs that come from both within and outside our state,” Fitzhugh said. «Read the rest of this article»

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    House begins first full week of regular session

     

    General Assembly to Hear Governor Bredesen’s State of the State Address Monday

    NASHVILLE – On Thursday State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) and members of the House ended their first full week of the 106th General Assembly’s second session following the end of this year’s special session on education.

    “We proved, during the special session, that we have the ability to work together as an elected body to improve Tennessee education system,” Pitts said. “It is time to put people ahead of politics to tackle some of the tough issues we face this year.”

    This year the Legislature is set to face another tough fiscal challenge in balancing the budget. With another year of projected revenue shortfalls, the Legislature will have to once again look for fiscally conservative alternatives to close the gap. «Read the rest of this article»

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    House Democrats lead bipartisan charge for tougher child abuse laws

     

    bg.jpgLegislation would strengthen current laws and increase penalties for offenders

    “The most vulnerable Tennesseans are our children and they need to have every protection when it comes to our laws,” said State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville).

    This week House Democrats and Republicans came together in support of legislation designed to toughen Tennessee’s current child abuse laws.

    Rep. Joe Pitts, D-TN Hse, District 67

    Rep. Joe Pitts, D-TN Hse, District 67

    “People who would dare abuse a child deserve the harshest punishments possible and this new legislation helps strengthen our laws,” said Pitts. “These bills make it clear that, whether it’s a random stranger or a child’s own parents, if you abuse a child you will be brought to justice.” «Read the rest of this article»

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    H.O.P.E. Scholarship expanded as State Senate closes 2nd session

     

    • H.O.P.E. eligibility drops to 2.75
    • Helping Heroes Act helps Tennessee vets return to school
    • Longterm Care Act helps elderly stay at home

    NASHVILLE – Citing expansion of lottery scholarship programs and passage of sweeping reforms of Tennessee’s long-term health care system, among other accomplishments, Democratic Leader Senator Jim Kyle, D-Memphis, and Democratic Caucus Chairman Sen. Joe Haynes, D-Goodlettsville, today said the Senate Democratic Caucus had successfully weathered difficult times during the second session of the 105th General Assembly and had “continued to stand up for Tennessee families.”

    “The national economic downturn had a major impact on the state’s finances, but Senate Democrats did what Tennesseans elected us to do, we balanced the budget without new taxes,” Kyle said. “We handled the budget in a business-like fashion, and we did this while addressing our priorities. We pressed on to expanded opportunity for college students, and we prevailed.” «Read the rest of this article»

     

    House Democrat review

     

    bg.jpgThe House Democrat Review is a weekly feature that gives Tennesseans an in-depth look at what our Democratic state legislators have been working on this week, and a glimpse into what’s planned for the coming week at our state house. 

    House Passes Property Tax Relief Increase for Disabled
    Representatives also tackle predatory mortgage lenders & long-term care

    NASHVILLE (April 17) – On Monday the House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation to expand the availability of Tennessee property tax relief to more homeowners who are totally and permanently disabled.

    “During these tough economic times many people are struggling just to keep food on the table, and have little to no money left over,” said Finance Chairman Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley). “By raising the maximum income requirement, more people will be able to take advantage of this tax relief opportunity and hopefully be able to utilize that money for more immediate needs.” «Read the rest of this article»

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    House Democrat Review for 03/27/2008

     

    bg.jpgThe House Democrat Review is a weekly feature that gives Tennesseans an in-depth look at what our Democratic state legislators have been working on this week, and a glimpse into what’s planned for the coming week at our state house.

    Precious Metals Theft Bill Overwhelmingly Passes Out of House
    New Legislation brings much needed regulation and tougher penalties

    NASHVILLE (Mar. 20) – This week the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that brings new regulations to the scrap metal industry and tougher penalties on violators.

    “With the price of copper going up over 400% in just five years, scrap metal theft has become the new way to score big bucks,” said Chairman Mike McDonald (D-Portland), prime sponsor of the legislation. “This new legislation will significantly limit a thief’s ability to sell the metal he’s stolen and, if he still tries to do it, we’ll be able to track him down pretty quickly.”

    Under the new legislation, scrap metal dealers who buy and sell in precious metals may not buy or otherwise acquire metal from anyone who does not present a valid state or federally issued photo ID and may not sell to anyone under 18. «Read the rest of this article»

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    House Democrat Review for 03/20/2008

     

    bg.jpgThe House Democrat Review is a weekly feature that gives Tennesseans an in-depth look at what our Democratic state legislators have been working on this week, and a glimpse into what’s planned for the coming week at our state house.

    House Democrats Bring Home Schools First Funding, nearly $184 million in additional K-12 funds expected next year.

    This week House Democrats were presented with the 2008 – 2009 projected BEP 2.0 funding numbers which show that, thanks to the Schools First Initiative passed last year, Tennessee’s local schools are estimated to receive $183.2 million in additional funding.

    “When we first began the task of improving our K-12 schools in Tennessee, we wanted to do it in a way that wouldn’t put undo burdens on local governments,” said Speaker of the House Jimmy Naifeh (D-Covington). “Thanks to the Schools First Initiative, we were able to increase education funding by over $340 million last year and nearly $184 million this year, while at the same time reducing the pressure on counties to have to raise their property taxes.” «Read the rest of this article»

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    House Democrat Review for 03/06/2008

     

    The House Democrat Review is a weekly feature that gives Tennesseans an in-depth look at what our Democratic state legislators have been working on this week, and a glimpse into what’s planned for the coming week at our state house.

    bg.jpgThis week, the House moves spring sales tax holiday to April, tax breaks for disabled homeowners approved, scrap metal theft legislation moves to budget subcommittee, green laws continuing movement through committees, border dispute resolution expected on House floor soon, and animal abuse registry in full judiciary committee

    NASHVILLE (Mar. 6) – This week the Tennessee House of Representatives passed legislation changing the spring sales tax holiday from the weekend of March 21 to the weekend of April 25.

    “There were a lot of people who felt that having the sales tax holiday on the same weekend as Easter would limit people’s ability to take advantage of the savings as well as take away from the importance of the holiday,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Randy Rinks (D-Savannah). “We were glad that with last year’s budget surplus we’re able to give back to those who deserve it the most – the taxpayer.” «Read the rest of this article»

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