Topic: Tennessee General Assembly
Vonore, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today traveled to Monroe County to sign legislation to reduce the state portion of the sales tax on groceries from 5.25 percent to 5 percent.
Haslam held a ceremonial bill signing at Sloan’s Grocery in Vonore, Tennessee.
In 2012, the General Assembly passed and the governor signed the first step in reducing the state portion of the sales tax on groceries, lowering the rate from 5.5 percent to 5.25 percent. «Read the rest of this article»
Legislation brings clarity, fairness to system
Clarksville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam held a ceremonial bill signing at Clarksville Foundry, Inc. for his workers’ compensation reform legislation, HB 194/SB 200, approved by the Tennessee General Assembly.
Workers’ compensation premium rates for employers in Tennessee are higher than the national average and higher than all of Tennessee’s bordering states, and the state is one of only two that adjudicated workers’ compensation claims in the trial courts, often delaying benefits to employees and producing inconsistent results. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Recent action by the Tennessee General Assembly will make it easier for more children to have important dental services including dental sealants and topical fluoride varnish treatments.
The Tennessee Department of Health supports dental care for children as a way to help prevent costly, painful dental issues as a person ages. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN - Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Acting Commissioner Burns Phillips announced that the 108th General Assembly passed legislation that continues the funding of unemployment benefits for spouses of military personnel who leave their jobs to transfer to a new assignment.
Funding for the program for the current fiscal year was nearly exhausted, prompting the legislative action.
“We’re pleased the General Assembly approved appropriation for this benefit to trailing spouses for the remainder of this fiscal year as well as for the fiscal year beginning July 1st, 2013,” said Phillips. “This action shows support of our military families and we hope lessens the stress that goes with active duty transfers.” «Read the rest of this article»
Two important announcements affecting Clarksville-Montgomery County
VA to Expedite Claims Decisions for Veterans Who Have Waited a Year or More
“The House of Representatives and the State Senate adjourned on Friday, April 19th,” said Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville). “Over the next several days, we will send an analysis of the bills, budget items and other items of interest from the first session of the 108th General Assembly.” «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN - Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson (R–Clarksville) today announced Montgomery County is set to receive several important appropriations through the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget passed by the Tennessee General Assembly late last week. The news came after Representative Johnson offered several key amendments to Governor Haslam’s official budget to include this important funding.
The first project allocates $4.3 million for the new Clarksville Veterans’ Nursing Home. Once complete, the veterans’ home is expected to create nearly 100 jobs and have an economic input around $6.6 million. Similar facilities are located in Murfreesboro, Humboldt, and Knox County. According to state officials, there are 22,389 veterans in Montgomery County. Of those, 3,313 are over the age of 65. «Read the rest of this article»
Two budget amendments filed for teachers and disabled Tennesseans
Nashville, TN – Flow Motion passed last week.
“The House passed what is commonly known as the “flow motion” this week signaling the end of session is near,” said Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville).
A “flow motion” means normal procedures for advancing legislation have been suspended and schedules will become more hectic than the new brisk pace. Normally a bill takes a few weeks to cycle through the assigned committee process.
Legislation includes new health related investments
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today unveiled additions to the Fisical Year 2013-2014 budget to be considered by the Tennessee General Assembly in the coming weeks.
The governor presented his original budget for FY 2013-14 on January 28th, and the supplemental appropriations amendment to SB 502/HB 507 includes additional funding. «Read the rest of this article»
Report shows decrease in crime from previous year
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today released the “Crime on Campus 2012” report which shows a slight decrease of crimes committed statewide in 2012 on Tennessee’s campuses after 2011 data showed an increase from 2010.
The most commonly reported offense on university campuses remains larceny/theft, but overall that category also decreased from the previous year.
There were 7,326 offenses reported in 2012 compared with 7,639 in 2011, a 4.1% decrease overall. However, violent crime was up again for the third year in a row. «Read the rest of this article»
House Bill 1117/Senate Bill 1200 Adding Offenses To the Victims Compensation Fund
Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts from House District 67 generously takes the time to provides the readers of with updates on issues which are currently on the legislative agenda for the Tennessee House of Representatives which may be of interest to the residents of Clarksville-Montgomery County.
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