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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Files NextTennessee Legislative Agenda

 

Legislation focuses on education, community development, and economic growth

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam filed his NextTennessee legislative agenda for the 2017 session of the 110th General Assembly.

“With the NextTennessee agenda, we’re focused on policy proposals to build and sustain economic growth and the state’s competitiveness for the next generation of Tennesseans,” Haslam said.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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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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Tennessee Promise Sees Increased Enrollment, Strong Retention Rates in Year 2

 

Tennessee Higher Education CommissionNashville, TN – The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) announced today that the number of Tennessee Promise students who enrolled in college for the first time grew in the program’s second year while the majority of the scholarship’s first class of students re-enrolled for a second year of college.

The Tennessee Promise scholarship was the first in the nation to offer graduating high school seniors two years tuition-free at a community or technical college.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam: Community College Tuition-Free for All Tennesseans

 

Reconnect to offer last-dollar scholarship for adults without degrees to attend community college

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – In his seventh State of the State address to the Tennessee General Assembly, Governor Bill Haslam introduced his proposal to make Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all Tennessee adults without a degree access to community college tuition-free – and at no cost to taxpayers. 

If the Tennessee Reconnect Act is approved, Tennessee would become the first state in the nation to offer all citizens – both high school students and adults – the chance to earn a post-secondary degree or certificate free of tuition and fees.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Announces Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act

 

Proposal part of governor’s NextTennessee legislative agenda

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced legislation to increase broadband access to Tennessee’s unserved citizens.

Tennessee currently ranks 29th in the U.S. for broadband access, with 34 percent of rural Tennessee residents lacking access at recognized minimum standards.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee Lifetime Handgun Carry Permit Drops in Price

 

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland SecurityNashville, TN – Tennessee citizens with a valid handgun carry permit now have the option to upgrade to a lifetime permit for a lower cost. In 2016, the 109th Tennessee General Assembly lowered the renewal fee on lifetime handgun carry permits from $500.00 to $200.00.

The new fee for an original permit is now $100.00, and the permit is now issued for eight years.

Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit Renewal Fee Drops from $500.00 to $200.00

Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit Renewal Fee Drops from $500.00 to $200.00

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Unveils Comprehensive Tax Cut, Transportation Proposal

 

IMPROVE Act is the first piece of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s NextTennessee legislative agenda.

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Joined by mayors from across the state and leaders in the manufacturing and trucking industries, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced a comprehensive and strategic plan to cut taxes on food and manufacturing while updating how the state provides Tennesseans the safe and reliable transportation network needed to support future job growth.

The IMPROVE Act, “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy,” is the first piece of Haslam’s NextTennessee legislative plan, policy proposals aimed at building and sustaining economic growth and the state’s competitiveness for the next generation of Tennesseans.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Representative Joe Pitts Named to Committees as 110th Tennessee General Assembly Starts Work

 

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – The first week of the 110th Tennessee Assembly’s legislative session focused on electing the Speaker of the House of Representatives, organization of committees and preparing legislation. Most committees should start meeting when the Tennessee General Assembly reconvenes on January 30th, 2017.

“While necessary but certainly not exciting, the first few days of session are mostly organizational in nature,” said Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville). “Our committees are meeting to review rules and preview issues that may come before us in the coming weeks.”

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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110th Tennessee General Assembly convenes in Nashville

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – On Tuesday, January 10th, 2017, the House and Senate of the Tennessee General Assembly met in organizational session to start the 110th General Assembly.

The First Order of Business was the swearing in of all newly elected members of the General Assembly.

Representative Curtis Johnson re-elected Speaker Pro Tempore of the House

Representative Curtis Johnson re-elected Speaker Pro Tempore of the House

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Austin Peay State University 2016 – A Year in Review

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – In a few months, Austin Peay State University will officially turn 90, and anyone who happened to be on campus when the school first opened in the late 1920s would likely not recognize it today.

Students enjoy a beautiful spring day at Austin Peay State University. (Taylor Slifko, APSU)

Students enjoy a beautiful spring day at Austin Peay State University. (Taylor Slifko, APSU)

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