Topic: Bill Haslam
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.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Thanks Legislature for Partnering to Make Largest Investment in K-12 Without a Tax Increase
Tennessee General Assembly Passes Legislation to Strengthen K-12 and Higher Education
Nashville, TN – On Friday, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam thanked members of the 109th Tennessee General Assembly for their work this session and partnership in passing a balanced budget and legislation to continue the state’s focus on education.
“For Tennesseans who don’t follow news out of the State Capitol every day, I think you can take away two main things from this session: education and fiscal strength,” stated Haslam.
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:
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.
Tennessee Unemployment Rate at 4.5% for March
Nashville, TN – Tennessee employers have tens of thousands of open positions for qualified applicants across the state.
With Tennessee’s latest unemployment rate at its lowest level since June 2007, there is an abundance of job openings across the state.
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 House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick Passes Legislation To Serve Families Of Fallen Soldiers
Nashville, TN – On Wednesday, April 5th, the Tennessee House of Representatives unanimously approved House Bill 1407 by House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga).
House Bill 1407 provides the opportunity for children of military parents, who die as a result of a targeted attack on Tennessee soil, to receive in-state tuition.
FOCUS Act Passes Tennessee General Assembly, Heads to Governor’s Desk
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam praised passage of the Focus On College and University Success (FOCUS) Act, legislation that organizes and empowers Tennessee’s public colleges and universities to increase student success and the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary credential.
Monday night, the Senate passed the FOCUS Act 31-1, and with the bill having passed the House in March, the legislation is now on its way to the governor’s desk.
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