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Tennessee Speaker Beth Harwell works to raise awareness about Hot Car Deaths

 

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee’s Speaker of the House Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) is working this summer to raise awareness about how to prevent the deaths of children trapped in hot cars. A recent report concluded Tennessee is in the top 10 states for death of children due to hot vehicles, claiming 23 deaths from 1998-2014.

“As summer temperatures are soaring into the 90s, it is critically important that we raise awareness about this issue. Across the country, as of the middle of June, there have been five child vehicular heat stroke deaths this year,” said Speaker Harwell. “We need to get the message to all Tennesseans that it’s dangerous to leave your child unattended in your vehicle, even for a minute.”

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Commissioners Bill Gibbons and Many-Bears Grinder announce “Highway for Heroes” Program

 

Program Will Assist Veterans With Commercial Driving Experience Finding Jobs As Commercial Drivers

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland SecurityNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced the launch of the “Highways for Heroes” program that will help veterans and active military personnel who drove commercial grade vehicles during military service more easily find jobs as commercial truck drivers.

Under legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2013, the road skills test may be waived for qualified military personnel applying for a Tennessee commercial driver license (CDL). Applicants, however, are required to pass the applicable CDL knowledge test.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Report on Tennessee Economic Gains does not add up for Women

 

Tennessee Senate Democratic CaucusNashville, TN – A report released by the Secretary of State’s office touting Tennessee’s economic recovery leaves out the prosperity of half the population.

“We also learned last week that Tennessee is ranked 42nd for women in poverty, and 41st for work and family balance,” state Senator Sara Kyle said. “We can’t say our economy is improving when so many women are left out of our prosperity.”

Despite modest gains, Tennessee among bottom 10 states for Women's well-being.

Despite modest gains, Tennessee among bottom 10 states for Women’s well-being.

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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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