Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam delivered his annual State of the State Address to a joint convention of the legislature this week, unveiling his budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Haslam addressed multiple issues during the State of the State, the most prominent of which include job recruitment and workforce development, a continued push to make government more efficient and effective, and major investments in both K-12 and higher education.
Among the key points in the Governor’s speech was a focus on a balanced budget, low taxes, fiscal responsibility, and the proposal of 261 million in new dollars for Tennessee public education, including $104.6 million for teacher salaries — the largest investment in K-12 education without a tax increase in state history.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) has sponsored more than twelve bills during this legislative session and over the next few days we will send out a series of updates explaining the proposals and providing an update on their progress in the system.
House Bill 1629/Senate Bill 1615 (Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) is part of the Montgomery County government’s legislative agenda and authorizes local governments to enter into cooperative purchasing agreements with federal agencies. This legislation cleared the Local Government Sub-committee this week and will be heard in the Local Government Full Committee on February 9th, 2016.
Tennessee Representative Curtis Johnson
Highlights focus on education, public safety, more efficient government
Nashville, TN – With the Second Regular Session of the 109th Tennessee General Assembly now in full swing, lawmakers are busy in Nashville meeting with constituents and colleagues, voting on legislation on the House floor, and working to shepherd their bills through the legislative committee process.
As House business continues at full-speed, Governor Haslam is also working on his legislative agenda, notifying lawmakers he will focus his efforts this year on making improvements to state education and public safety policies, while also working to make government more efficient and effective.
Curtis Johnson sponsors measure to address cost parity among treatments
Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson (R-Clarksville) is sponsoring SB2091/HB2239, the Cancer Treatment Fairness Act, to ensure that cancer patients are able to get the most medically appropriate treatment, as decided between the physician and patient.
Traditional treatments are usually given through an IV or injection and are covered under health care benefits resulting in a small co-pay or no cost at all to patients. Oral treatments are usually part of the health plan’s pharmacy benefit and result in high out-of-pocket costs for patients. This disparity is a result of our laws not keeping up with scientific advancements, which can negatively impact patients taking their medication as prescribed.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam this evening went before the Tennessee General Assembly to give his 2016 State of the State Address and present his budget priorities for the state.
Haslam’s speech talked about Tennessee’s success in education and the fact more Tennesseans have a job today than at any point in state history.
Budget proposal makes the largest K-12 investment without a tax increase in state history
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam tonight delivered his 2016 State of the State and Budget Address before a joint session of the 109th General Assembly, unveiling a balanced $34.8 billion proposal that makes the largest investment in K-12 education without a tax increase in Tennessee’s history.
The governor’s Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget proposes 261 million in new dollars for Tennessee public education, including $104.6 million for teacher salaries.
Clarksville City Councilwoman for Ward 2 Deanna McLaughlin to hold Town Hall Meeting Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Councilman for Ward 2 Deanna McLaughlin will hold a town hall meeting on Wednesday February 3rd, 2016 from 5:00pm – 6:00pm at the Clarksville Police Department District One Precinct located at 211 Cunningham Lane.
Tennessee Representative Curtis Johnson
Nashville, TN – The 2016 session of the 109th General Assembly reconvened on Capitol Hill this week to begin work on a number of important issues facing Tennessee. I was pleased to officially be named as Chairman of the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee.
On Monday, the Brig. Gen. Wendell H. Gilbert Tennessee State Veterans Home was officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Governor Bill Haslam. This project was years in the making, and I am pleased that it is finally opened to serve our veterans.
Appointed to replace Justice Gary R. Wade, subject to confirmation by the Tennessee General Assembly
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today appointed Roger Amos Page of Madison County to the Tennessee Supreme Court, replacing Justice Gary R. Wade, who retired in September.
Page, 60, has been a judge on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals since his appointment by Haslam in December 2011, writing more than 330 appellate opinions.
Nashville, TN – From the East Room of the White House, President Barack Obama announced a sweeping set of executive orders meant to restrict Americans’ access to firearms.
Following the President’s speech, Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Ryan Haynes remarked, “Today’s announcement by the President once again lectured responsible, law-abiding Americans. It echoed his snide comments from 2008 where he talked down to concerned citizens who ‘cling to guns or religion’ as if that’s a moral wrong.”
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