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2016 Legislative Session of the 109th Tennessee General Assembly report

 

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The 109th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on April 22nd, 2016 to become a part of Tennessee history with passage of major legislation to reduce crime, cut tax burdens, spur job growth, accelerate the state’s success in K-12 education, boost the number of college graduates, curb drug abuse and curtail drunk driving.

State lawmakers also passed significant legislation to ease traffic congestion, reduce child abuse, aid farmers, increase access to healthcare and medication, increase voter participation and provide a safer environment for the elderly.

Following, please find a copy of some of the highlights of this year’s legislative action.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Memorializes Seven Service Members

 

Tennessee Fallen Heroes Medal Posthumously Awarded

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston of the Tennessee Military Department to pay tribute to seven service members killed in action to include four Marines and one Sailor killed in Chattanooga on July 16th, 2015.

(Top L to R) Thomas Sullivan, David Wyatt, Carson Holmquist, Randall Smith, K.P. Wells, Alexander Bonnyman, Jr., and Gary Reese.

(Top L to R) Thomas Sullivan, David Wyatt, Carson Holmquist, Randall Smith, K.P. Wells, Alexander Bonnyman, Jr., and Gary Reese.

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Tennessee National Guard has successful start of Tennessee Maneuvers 2016

 

Written by Maj. Darrin Haas
Tennessee National Guard Joint Public Affairs Office

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Maj. Gen. Terry “Max” Haston, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, declared that the opening exercise for Tennessee Maneuvers 2016, the Guard’s largest statewide disaster drill in history, was “a complete success.”

From May 13th-16th, more than 600 Soldiers and 20 units from Tullahoma’s 30th Troop Command completed a series of grueling disaster preparedness exercises throughout Middle Tennessee testing the Guard’s ability to provide military assistance in the event of a catastrophic emergency. Soldiers worked alongside many state and local emergency agencies designed to test the abilities of all involved.

Soldiers of the Tennessee Army National Guard work with a Tennessee State Park Ranger to prepare a crash victim for extraction and transport to an area hospital. This was one of multiple simulated events as part of Tennessee Maneuvers 2016. (Clint Derryberry with Maury County Search and Rescue)

Soldiers of the Tennessee Army National Guard work with a Tennessee State Park Ranger to prepare a crash victim for extraction and transport to an area hospital. This was one of multiple simulated events as part of Tennessee Maneuvers 2016. (Clint Derryberry with Maury County Search and Rescue)

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal gives Safety Tips for Outdoor Music Festivals

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – With the summer season quickly approaching, music lovers are counting down the days until the kick off of Tennessee’s major outdoor festivals such as Bonnaroo in Manchester, the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Chattanooga’s Riverbend Festival and others across the state.

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds music fans to always incorporate safety into their plans for summer music, no matter the festival.

Safety Tips for Music Lovers attending Outdoor Music Festivals.

Safety Tips for Music Lovers attending Outdoor Music Festivals.

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Austin Peay State University Track and Field gives strong showing at Kentucky Relays

 

Austin Peay Sports Information

APSU Women's Track and Field - Austin Peay State UniversityLexington, TN – If Saturday serves as a gauge of readiness, the Govs are all set for Nashville.

Austin Peay State University track and field’s quartet of competitors at Saturday’s Kentucky Relays acquitted themselves nicely with a week to go before Ohio Valley Conference Championship action.

Austin Peay Track and Field. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Track and Field. (APSU Sports Information)n

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Clarksville Meeting Set for Public Comments on annual Tennessee Health Plan Development

 

Residents Can Provide Suggestions and Comments during Nine Public Meetings

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health has scheduled nine meetings across the state to collect input from the general public about the State Health Plan.

Each meeting will be in a workshop setting, allowing participants to provide comments and recommendations for setting health objectives for communities and to address the state’s population health improvement plan. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick Passes Legislation To Serve Families Of Fallen Soldiers

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, 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.

Tennessee House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick

Tennessee House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick

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Tennessee House of Representatives Welcomes Japan’s Consul-General

 

Tennessee Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The Tennessee House of Representatives was pleased to welcome Mr. Masami Kinefuchi to attend Wednesday’s session of the House and to present him with a House Joint Resolution recognizing the great contribution he has made to the economy of Tennessee.

The consul-general’s job is to facilitate economic and cultural exchange between Japan and the United States. He has jurisdiction over five states—Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. In these five states, there are more than 400 Japanese companies.

In Tennessee there are over 180 Japanese-based business employing more than 46,000 individuals with the largest company being Nissan with an assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. Other Japanese companies in Tennessee are Denso, Bridgestone, Calsonic, and Yorozu.

Rep. Curtis Johnson on the far right presented the House Joint Resolution to Mr. Kinefuchi (4th from left). Also, from the left is the governor’s chief of state, Jim Henry; House Finance Chairman, Charles Sargent; and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell.

Rep. Curtis Johnson on the far right presented the House Joint Resolution to Mr. Kinefuchi (4th from left). Also, from the left is the governor’s chief of state, Jim Henry; House Finance Chairman, Charles Sargent; and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell.

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Tennessee Black Caucus announces opposition to De-Annexation Bill

 

Tennessee Black Caucus of State LegislatorsNashville, TN – The members of the Tennessee Black Caucus of State legislators are joining with the Mayors of Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga in opposition to HB0779/SB0749.  The bill would allow areas that have been annexed into those cities to vote on de-annexing or withdrawing from the city that annexed them.

The mayors say the bill could potentially be disastrous for the cities resulting in major population loss and torpedoing efforts to attract new businesses.

Caucus Chair Brenda Gilmore said that the majority of the Caucus represents areas that would be adversely affected by the bill and added, “The economic issues that these cities could be facing because of this legislation could be catastrophic.  The Black Caucus cannot stand idly by while these cities and some of the majority-minority communities around them face the possibility of extreme economic hardship.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Focus Legislation to be heard in Finance, Ways, and Means Subcommittee this week

 

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – House Bill 2578 passed out of the House Government Operations Committee this week (March 1st) and is scheduled to be heard in the Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee this next Wednesday.

Last fall, Tennessee saw a 10 percent increase in overall first-time freshman enrollment in our public higher education institutions and a nearly 25 percent increase in first-time freshman enrollment at community colleges.  The purpose of the legislation is to better align our postsecondary colleges and universities to meet the goal of graduating more Tennesseans with post-secondary certifications.

Tennessee State Capitol

Tennessee State Capitol

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