Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governors Bill Haslam made the following statement after signing Senate Bill 1556:
“Although Senate Bill 1556 has received attention for its perceived focus, my job is to look at the actual substance of the legislation. After considerable thought and discussion with counselors both for and against the bill, I have decided to sign Senate Bill 1556.”
Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts
“Tyler Head” bill passes the House and is also headed to the Governor
Nashville, TN – Several bills sponsored by State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) moved along in committees last week. This is a general update on the bills and events on the Hill from this week.
House Bill 2616/Senate Bill 2635 The #SayDyslexia bill has now passed both the Senate and the House and is headed to the Governor for his signature. The bill will address early screening and intervention for the students with attributes of dyslexia.
Senator passed meaningful, progressive legislation in her first term
Nashville, TN – The 109th Tennessee General Assembly reached its final adjournment yesterday, and state Senator Sara Kyle completed her first term as an advocate for women and economic justice with an ability to pass good legislation.
Nashville, TN – The sine die resolution has passed, officially bringing a close to the 109th Tennessee General Assembly in the state’s capital.
The Tennessee Republican Party released the following statement about the final session from Chairman Ryan Haynes:
Nashville, TN – A bill to allow epinephrine auto-injectors to be available in public spaces has become law in Tennessee. The legislation was approved unanimously by the House and Senate and has been signed by the governor.
Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) and Representative. Sabi Kumar (R-Springfield) were prime sponsors of the legislation, HB2054/SB1989.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s Basic Education Program Enhancement Passes Legislature With Broad Support
Strengthens Education Funding Formula, Will Implement Record-Breaking Investment in K-12
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam praised overwhelming passage by the 109th Tennessee General Assembly of the Basic Education Program (BEP) Enhancement Act, which strengthens the funding formula for K-12 education in Tennessee.
The Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget approved by the General Assembly last week and this corresponding legislation enhance the BEP, making the largest investment in K-12 education in Tennessee’s history without a tax increase.
Favors: Bill evokes a time before women’s rights were taken seriously
Nashville, TN – House and Senate Democrats are urging Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to veto legislation that would protect public officials, including state lawmakers, from lawsuits alleging sexual harassment.
“This bill causes me and other women great concern because it is regressive in nature,” state Rep. JoAnne Favors said. “It has taken many, many years for us to come to the point in history here in Tennessee and throughout the nation when women’s rights were observed, when women were able to file lawsuits, when women were to file complaints about sexual harassment.
Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson
Nashville, TN – Three citizens from Clarksville testified before the House Local Government Committee this week urging support for House Bill 2156 which helps restore some property tax relief for disabled veterans. There are currently several bills dealing with Property Tax Relief for veterans.
“I support these bills, and feel strongly that some tax relief will be funded in the 2016-17 budget,” Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson said.
Ms. Sherry Pickering with the Montgomery County Veterans Coalition was first to testify. Also adding their expertise were Brenda Radford, Montgomery County Trustee, and Bill Summers, legislative representative for the Military Officer Association of American and a retired Air Force Officer.
Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts
#SayDyslexia bill passes the Senate
Nashville, TN – Several bills sponsored by Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) moved along in committees last week. This is a general update on the bills and events on the Hill from last week.
House Bill 1410/Senate Bill 1484 (Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) cleared the House Local Full Committee this week and is now scheduled for the Finance Sub Committee on Tuesday, April 12th. This legislation will repeal the “Save our Property Tax Relief” legislation, Public Chapter 481, which passed last year.
Amendment mirrors plan adopted by Tennessee General Assembly for private campuses this year; Requires new FOCUS Act boards work through, develop gun policies for public campuses
Nashville, TN – Lawmakers unsure whether to allow guns on public college campuses could apply the “Bell Plan” that was recently passed to require gun policies at private colleges and universities in Tennessee, Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris said.
“We’ve had a lot of debate this year about guns on campuses, with gun advocates hoping to expand the places where guns are allowed,” Senator Harris said. “On the other side of the debate, our public universities, faculty members, and state police chiefs, among others, are concerned about expanded gun access to college campuses. «Read the rest of this article»
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