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Shadow “Shada” Brooke Lowe bill passes the House, Tennessee Reconnect Act on House Floor

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – On Monday April 10th, I was honored to recognize Mr. Gordon Wayne Miller on the occasion of his retirement. Mr. Miller is the current executive director of the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS). Prior to coming to TOSS, he enjoyed a 27 year career at Lenoir City Schools.

HB 500 sponsored by Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts, has passed the Full Senate and Full House and is on its way to the Governor for his signature. This legislation was requested by members of the Board of Osteopathic Examination to increase members’ per diem reimbursement for their meetings.

These volunteers spend precious time away from their medical practice, seeing patients, to provide guidance and oversight of Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Veterans, Low Income Elderly and Disabled Property Tax Relief Bill Advances

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – House Bill 20/Senate Bill 23 sponsored by Rep. Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) and Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) passed the Local Government Sub and Full committees.

“There were four competing proposals to provide property tax relief for disabled veterans, low income senior citizens and permanently disabled citizens, and I teamed up with Rep. John Forgety (R-Athens), a retired US Army First Sergeant, to help push House Bill 20 out of the Local Government Committee,” Pitts said.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Veterans, Low Income Elderly and Disabled Property Tax Relief Bill to be Heard this week

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – House Bill 20/Senate Bill 23 sponsored by Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) and Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) is scheduled to be heard in the Local Government subcommittee on Tuesday, April 4th at 3:00pm.

“I have filed an amendment to the bill which would mirror the legislation the Governor has put in his IMPROVE ACT with one exception. The Governor only raised the Veterans property assessed value on their homes to $135,000 which is still below the original amount of $175,000,” said Representative Pitts.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Veterans Hiring Measure Passes the Tennessee House of Representatives

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – Hiring Preferences for Veterans – House Bill 165/Senate Bill 209 (Senator Mark Green, R-Clarksville) passed the Senate and House of Representatives and was sent to the Governor for his signature on March 20th.

To paraphrase an old saying, the second time is the charm, or something like that.  House Bill 165 and Senate bill 209 recently passed the House and Senate after the second attempt. The proposal would enable private employers to create hiring preferences for veterans, their spouses, and surviving spouses of deceased veterans without running afoul of provisions in the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibiting hiring discrimination among other areas.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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DUI Memorial Sign Program Legislation Advances, TalentED Project is launched

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – House Bill 21/Senate Bill 17, sponsored by Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) and Senator Kerry Roberts (R-Springfield) passed the Senate Transportation Committee and is headed for a final vote in the Senate.

“We are working with the Governor to provide the funding of the legislation ($150.00) and are hopeful the Governor and the Finance Committee of the House will fund this bill,” Pitts said.

This legislation will allow families of victims of impaired drivers, where the impaired driver was also killed, to have a sign erected in memory of the family member.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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DUI Memorial Sign Program Legislation Advances

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – House Bill 21, sponsored by Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) was successful in passing out of the Transportation Sub-Committee. This legislation is known as the Shadow “Shada” Brooke Lowe legislation.

This legislation will allow for families of victims of drunk drivers where the drunk driver was also killed to have a sign erected in their family member’s memory. It is scheduled to be heard in the full Transportation Committee next Tuesday, February 14th.

“When Shada’s mother was notified of its passage, her comment was “Thank the Lord”, Pitts said. The Senate bill, SB 17, is sponsored by Sen. Kerry Roberts, R-Springfield.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts Files Several Important Pieces of Legislation

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) has sponsored fifteen bills (the limit is 15) this legislative session and over the next few weeks we will send out a series of updates explaining the proposals and providing an update on their progress in the system.

Property Tax Relief for Veterans, Disabled and Elderly Homeowners – House Bill 20/Senate Bill 23 (Sen. Mark Green (R-Clarksville) is our attempt to undo the changes made to this program in 2015 by the passage of the “Save the Tax Relief Act”, sponsored by Rep. John Ragan (R-Oak Ridge).

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk to take place February 2nd, 2017

 

First Thursday Art WalkClarksville, TN – Produced by The Downtown Clarksville Association, First Thursday Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour spanning a 5-block radius that combines visual art, live music, engaging events and more in the heart of Downtown Clarksville.

With 10+ venues, bars and businesses participating each month, the First Thursday Art Walk in Clarksville is the ultimate opportunity to savor and support local creative talent.

First Thursday Art Walk in downtown Clarksville

First Thursday Art Walk in downtown Clarksville

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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum January 2017 Exhibits and Activities

 

The Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is located in historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee. Come explore an entire city block featuring large gallery spaces filled with fine art, science and history.

Some of the events in January at the Museum are: Cut: An Invitational Exhibition, Christmas Town, Portraits of David Iacovazzi‐Pau, Slave and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation, and Utility & Beauty: The Glass of Emmanuel Studio.

Slave and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation

Slave and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation

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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum December 2016 Exhibits and Activities

 

The Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is located in historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee. Come explore an entire city block featuring large gallery spaces filled with fine art, science and history.

Some of the events in December at the Museum are: Barry Motes: Relationships, Christmas Town, Cut: An Invitational Exhibition, Tennessee Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition, “Her Honeybunch Sweetie Pie is Gone” and Free Saturday Family Day.

Barry Motes - Homeland Security

Barry Motes – Homeland Security

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