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Tennessee Democratic Party demands Government Accountability, Asks Governor to call a Special Session to pass Insure Tennessee

 

Latest Vanderbilt Poll shows up to two-thirds of registered voters want Insure Tennessee

Tennessee Democratic Party - TNDPNashville, TN – With 64 percent of registered voters favoring Insure Tennessee, Democrats will convene a press conference to demand that Republicans be accountable to the people of the state.

They will also call on Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to call another special session to approve the plan.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Signs ABLE Legislation to Help Families and Individuals with Disabilities Save with Tax-free Earnings

 

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Families of those with disabilities are now one step closer to saving more money for medical costs with tax-free earnings.

Yesterday, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed the Tennessee ABLE Act into Law, giving State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. the authority to create and offer tax-advantaged investment plans to help families of those with disabilities save money for a variety of qualifying expenses.

The legislation, passed unanimously by the 109th General Assembly, establishes an Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program in accordance with federal legislation.

(L to R) Whitney Goetz, LaKesha Page, Sen. Becky Duncan Massey, Steve Summerall, Governor Bill Haslam, Treasurer David H. Lillard Jr., Rep. Kevin Brooks, Carol Westlake, and Melanie  Bull. (Jed Dekalb, Chief State Photographer)

(L to R) Whitney Goetz, LaKesha Page, Sen. Becky Duncan Massey, Steve Summerall, Governor Bill Haslam, Treasurer David H. Lillard Jr., Rep. Kevin Brooks, Carol Westlake, and Melanie Bull. (Jed Dekalb, Chief State Photographer)

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109th Tennessee General Assembly Concludes a Session of Success

 

109th General Assembly’s First Half Concludes with Major Conservative Accomplishments

Tennessee Republican PartyNashville, TN – With the final debate over, the 109th General Assembly has concluded its work for the first regular session. The closing comes with a number of legislative victories Republicans can be proud of.

“We’ve just witnessed a session of success,” stated Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Ryan Haynes. “Whether it is the conservative fiscal stewardship of our state, educational reforms that keep us on the path of achievement, or a number of bills to enhance the freedom Tennesseans expect—our state is moving ahead. Governor Haslam continues to show why he’s garnered the reputation of a dynamic reformer-in-chief and together, with Lieutenant Governor Ramsey and Speaker Harwell, the leadership of our state has never been stronger.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee House Of Representatives pass Fiscally Conservative Balanced Budget

 

Budget cuts taxes, fully funds education, moves an additional $73.5 million to Rainy Day Fund

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – In the final few days of this year’s legislative session, the House of Representatives passed Tennessee’s annual budget with an 80 – 12 vote. The bill’s passage was the culmination of months of tireless work crafting a fiscally responsible and balanced budget.

The $33.3 billion budget cuts taxes, puts $73.5 million in the state’s Rainy Day Fund, improves our educational system, and provides an even better environment for businesses to grow and for jobs to flourish.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Private Telecomm Companies Seek to Block Broadband Competition and Consumer Choice

 

Municipal Electric Broadband Expansion Bill Would Bring Local Control, Local Decision-making, and Fastest Internet Speeds Available

Tennessee Municipal Electric Power AssociationBrentwood, TN – Tennessee’s private telecommunications companies are seeking to block legislation that would bring competition and consumer choice to broadband, the new utility of the 21st century.

“If a community wants better broadband service, faster speeds, more competition, and more choices, it should have access to them,” said Jeremy Elrod, Director of Government Relations for the Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association (TMEPA). “Whether the service is from a private or municipal provider, a local community should be able to decide for itself how broadband is offered. Right now the private incumbent providers are deciding for communities and consumers, telling them to be happy with whatever they get offered.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Republicans pass anti-hunting and fishing resolution

 

House DemocratsNashville, TN – House Republicans today passed a bill supporting increased mining of the nation’s parks and ultimately restricting access for hunters, fisherman and campers to thousands of acres of national parks.

The resolution, HJR0092, sponsored by Representative Andy Holt  (R-Dresden), supports the transfer of certain western national parks to state control. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tenenssee State Fire Marshal’s Office Marina and Dock Inspections Bring Greater Safety To Tennesseans

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Swimmers and boaters can be assured of increased safety at Tennessee’s public marinas and docks thanks to new regulations that took effect January 1st.

Approved last year by the Tennessee General Assembly and signed into law May 16th, 2014 by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Senate Bill No. 1954/House Bill No. 1892 – known as the Noah Dean and Nate Act – makes it mandatory that State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) inspectors examine the electrical wiring and equipment of all Tennessee public marinas and docks. «Read the rest of this article»

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Veterans Hiring Preference Bill Fails in Tennessee House Subcommittee

 

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day legislation advances

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – A bill designed to help veterans and their spouses find employment was defeated in the Consumer and Human Resources subcommittee of the Tennessee House of Representatives this week.

The bill, sponsored by Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville), would have enabled private employers to create written policies giving preference in hiring honorably discharged veterans, their spouses, widows and widowers.

The bill failed by a quick voice vote with no questions or discussion by the committee.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Time for Tennessee Virtual Academy to go

 

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – Just a few short years ago the Tennessee General Assembly passed legislation that would allow for-profit companies to create and operate virtual public schools. These schools would have a state-wide reach and offer all classes on-line.

Immediately upon passage of the law, the company K12, Inc. contracted with the Union County Tennessee School District to set up the juggernaut now known as the Tennessee Virtual Academy, serving students in kindergarten through 7th grade.

Since its founding as a public virtual school, the Tennessee Virtual Academy has failed its students and the families who depend on our public education system to provide a good education for all students.

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

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