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Tennessee General Assembly Passes 2018-2019 Budget

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68

Nashville, TN – The Tennessee House passed several key bills this week, including the state budget and major legislation to curb opioid abuse, as the 2018 session of the Tennessee General Assembly draws to a close.  The $37.5 billion “no growth” budget proposes state government spending for the next fiscal year that begins July 1st, 2018 and extends to June 30, 2019.

The balanced budget addresses opioid abuse, school safety, teacher funding, rural economic development and job growth, while allocating additional funds for the care of Tennessee’s most vulnerable citizens.  The bill focuses on the four “e’s” of Tennessee:  employment, education, economic opportunity and enforcement of the law.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Praises Passage of University of Tennessee FOCUS Act

 

Tennessee Governor Appoints UT Board of Trustees Members

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam praised passage of the University of Tennessee Focusing On Campus and University Success (FOCUS) Act, legislation that restructures the UT Board of Trustees to improve governance of the UT system and establishes advisory boards for the primary UT campuses to create a local focus for each campus.

The University of Tennessee FOCUS Act, SB2260/HB2115, reduces the current size of the UT Board of Trustees, empowering the reconstructed board to better oversee the multiple campuses that comprise the UT system.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Curtis Johnson: News from the Tennessee Capitol, April 8th, 2018

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68

Nashville, TN – Thursday, April 5th, was a great day for Austin Peay State University as the Animal Science Facility was named for Brock Blick, an 11-year old boy who died tragically in a hunting accident 18 months ago. 

Because Brock had a real love for cows and farming,  the family decided to honor their son and his memory by establishing the Brock Blick Endowed Scholarship in Agriculture at Austin Peay State University. 

The Building was named in Brock’s honor.

Austin Peay State University dedicates Brock Blink Animal Science Facility.

Austin Peay State University dedicates Brock Blink Animal Science Facility.

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Curtis Johnson: News from the Tennessee Capitol, April 1st, 2018

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68

Nashville, TN – Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts was honored Thursday, March 29th, 2018 on the House Floor for his twelve years of service to his constituents in the 67th District and the citizens of Tennessee. 

Rep. Pitts earlier this year announced that he would not run for re-election to the House.

His wife, Cynthia, joined him on the House Floor. 

As for his future plans, Rep. Pitts said, “I don’t know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future.”

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts honored by colleagues on the House Floor, Thursday, March 29th, 2018.

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts honored by colleagues on the House Floor, Thursday, March 29th, 2018.

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Tennessee to Undertake First Ever Security Assessment of All Schools and Target $30 Million to Address Immediate Security Needs

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced his approval of recommendations submitted by the school safety working group he appointed earlier this month to make immediate enhancements to school safety.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Approves School Safety Working Group Recommendations - Puts Forth Plan to Significantly Increase Available Funding for School Safety and Implement a Statewide Technology Application for Anonymous Reporting of Threats and Suspicious Activity.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Approves School Safety Working Group Recommendations – Puts Forth Plan to Significantly Increase Available Funding for School Safety and Implement a Statewide Technology Application for Anonymous Reporting of Threats and Suspicious Activity.

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Property Tax Relief for disabled Veterans, disabled persons and low-income elderly homeowners

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – House Bill 1496/Senate Bill 1675 (Sen. Mark Green, R-Clarksville) was passed in the Senate as amended and is now headed to the Governor. The amendment would include the veteran’s spouse.

This legislation corrects a rule change made in October, 2017 which would have caused individuals to lose their eligibility for tax relief if the veteran, low-income elderly, and disabled person if admitted to a nursing home for an indeterminate amount of time.

“Thank you to the Montgomery County Veterans Coalition, the County Officials Association of Tennessee and the Tennessee Office of the Comptroller for their help with this legislation,” said Pitts.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Curtis Johnson: News from the Tennessee Capitol, March 24th, 2018

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68

Nashville, TN – This week, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam introduced his amendment to the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget proposal that will be considered by the 110th General Assembly.

The amendment builds on previous legislative priorities by making strategic and thoughtful investments across state government.  Because of the conservative fiscal choices lawmakers have made over the last several years, Tennessee currently ranks as the lowest taxed and lowest debt state in the nation.

In early March, Governor Haslam appointed a School Safety Working Group to review school safety in Tennessee and provide recommendations to enhance the security of school children.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Proposes $30 Million for School Safety

 

Tennessee Governor’s Fiscal Year 2018-19 Budget Amendment Also Includes Additional Improvements for Broadband, Higher Education and Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today proposed $30 million to improve school safety across the state in the amendment to the fiscal year 2018-19 budget proposal to be considered by the Tennessee General Assembly in the coming weeks.

The funding includes $25 million in nonrecurring and $5.2 million in recurring school safety grants.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Property Tax Relief for Disabled Veterans, Disabled Persons and Elderly Low-income Homeowners Pass in the House

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – Property Tax Relief for disabled Veterans, disabled persons and low-income elderly homeowners, House Bill 1496/Senate Bill 1675 (Sen. Mark Green, R-Clarksville) passed the House Floor on March 12th, 2018 and is headed by to the Senate Floor for a vote on the amendment which would include the veterans spouse.

This legislation corrects a rule change made in October, 2017 which would have caused individuals to lose their eligibility for tax relief if the veteran, low-income elderly, and disabled person if admitted to a nursing home for an indeterminate amount of time.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Comptroller’s Office releases report on Corporal Punishment in Tennessee Schools

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – The Comptroller’s Office of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) has released a new report on corporal punishment in Tennessee public schools, including an analysis of its use for students with disabilities.

Corporal Punishment

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