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Tennessee Legislators support Community College Reconnect Grant Bill

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative for 68th District
Speaker Pro Tempore

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Key education bills headlined action on Capitol Hill in Nashville as House Republicans voiced strong support of a new pilot program to help adults complete their degree in Tennessee’s community colleges.

As introduced, House Bill 646 establishes the Community College Reconnect Grant — a last-dollar scholarship to adults who want to return to community college and complete their associate’s degree in applied science.

Currently in Tennessee, adults account for approximately 30% of enrolled undergraduate students, which equals about 65,000 adult learners.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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House focuses on assisting Veterans in Tennessee

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative for 68th District
Speaker Pro Tempore

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Republicans in the House have spent a great deal of time this legislative session focusing on bills to assist veterans and currently serving military personnel in Tennessee.  Building on legislation passed over the last several General Assemblies, the House hopes to continue finding ways to make life easier for military members and their families in the state.

One bill from this year, House Bill 8, will ensure high school students that train between their junior and senior year in the National Guard or go to advanced training after their senior year will still remain eligible for the state’s Tennessee Promise program.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson receives 2015 Legislator of the Year Award

 

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson received the 2015 Legislator of the Year from the Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC) yesterday, at the Tennessee Development District Association breakfast held in Nashville.

The GNRC is one of nine regions which make up the Tennessee Development District Association.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee Veterans Education Transition Support Act passes both Houses

 

Written by Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Speaker Pro Tempore

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – House Bill 715, the Tennessee Veterans Education Transition Support Act, would add spouses and dependent children as parties eligible for in-state tuition rates. Since a veteran can assign their benefits to a spouse or children, they would also qualify for these tuition and fee rates.

It would also shift the period of eligibility after discharge for in-state tuition rates from two years to three years. In addition, it requires the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) to convene the University of Tennessee (UT) and Tennessee Board of Regents systems to review processes related to awarding academic credit to veterans.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee Driver License reform Bill moves forward in committee

 

Written by Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Speaker Pro Tempore

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – Legislation designed to save money and cut down on the time spent renewing driver licenses moved forward this week in the House of Representatives.

As many Tennesseans note, despite technologies that allow licenses to be renewed online or in mobile kiosks, driver license centers across the state are often overcrowded.

House Bill 198 seeks to help solve this problem by moving the driver license renewal period from five to eight years. As the law stands now, Tennessee has among the shortest periods of time that a license is valid when compared to other states. Most states already have either a seven or an eight year license.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Republican Ladies Day on the Hill

 

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The annual Republican Ladies Day on the Hill was held this past Monday under the guidance of Chairwoman Marie Tillman, President of the Montgomery County Republican Women.

Over 300 ladies took part as well as legislators and other State Officials.

This is a good opportunity for our ladies to meet and ask questions of their state representatives and state senators.

Representative Curtis Johnson with Republican ladies from Middle Tennessee.

Representative Curtis Johnson with Republican ladies from Middle Tennessee.

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Austin Peay State University to acquire Jenkins and Wynne Property

 

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson (R-Clarksville) has announced that the Tennessee State School Bond Authority has approved short term financing to be used, in part, to acquire over 10 ½ acres for Austin Peay State University.

This acquisition will be funded by Campus Plant Funds and the short-term bond issue.”

“The action of the School Bond Authority is a crucial step in financing this project,” said Rep. Johnson. “The short-term bond should be paid off within five years.”

Austin Peay State University.

Austin Peay State University.

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Curtis Johnson, Jay Reedy Officially Sworn in as Members of 109th Tennessee General Assembly

 

Johnson also unanimously reelected as House Speaker Pro Tempore

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – The House of Representatives officially gaveled into session this week, marking the beginning of the 109th General Assembly in Tennessee. As part of the opening day ceremonies, State Representative Curtis Johnson (R–Clarksville) and State Representative Jay Reedy (R–Erin) took the oath of office and were officially sworn into the Tennessee House of Representatives.

In addition, Representative Johnson was unanimously reelected by his peers to serve as Speaker Pro Tempore of the House. The Speaker Pro Tempore serves as the presiding officer in the absence of the Speaker of the House.

Curtis Johnson being sworn as a member of the 109th Tennessee General Assembly

Curtis Johnson being sworn as a member of the 109th Tennessee General Assembly

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Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson Reelected to Key Leadership Position by Peers in Nashville

 

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Earlier today, Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson (R–Clarksville) was reelected by his peers to serve as their nominee for Speaker Pro Tempore during a formal meeting of the House Republican Caucus to elect the next round of leaders in Nashville.

The meeting, which occurs every two years, is attended by all Republican members of the House of Representatives. Currently, Republicans hold 73 of the 99 seats in the House.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Clarksville’s Mayor Kim McMillan Re-elected; November 4th Election Results

 

Election 2014Clarksville, TN – Across Tennessee yesterday, the voters went to the polls to select their representatives for a variety of Federal, State, and Local offices. In Montgomery County voters cast ballots for the Tennessee Governor, U.S. Senator, a Congressman , three Tennessee House seats, the Clarksville City Mayor, and half of the city council seats. Voters also cast ballots on 4 seperate Amendments to the Tennessee Constitution, and a local referendum on allowing retail food stores to offer sell wine in Clarksville; all were approved. Voter turnout was exceptionally low with just 8.09% of the voters choosing to cast ballots in Montgomery county.

In a hard-fought race to become the next Mayor of the city of Clarksville, current Mayor Kim McMillan was reelected with 46.47% of the vote. Challengers Bill Summers and Jeff Burkart split 53.45% of the vote.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan

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