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Medical Marijuana Proposal gets to Tennessee House Floor

 

Tennessee House DemocratsNashville, TN – A proposal bringing medical marijuana to Tennessee was brought to the House of Representatives floor Tuesday for consideration.

This is the first time a medical marijuana proposal has made it to the floor for a vote. The proposal was in the form of an amendment by Representative Sherry Jones (D-Nashville) to HB0582. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Legislators support Community College Reconnect Grant Bill

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative for 68th District
Speaker Pro Tempore

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Key education bills headlined action on Capitol Hill in Nashville as House Republicans voiced strong support of a new pilot program to help adults complete their degree in Tennessee’s community colleges.

As introduced, House Bill 646 establishes the Community College Reconnect Grant — a last-dollar scholarship to adults who want to return to community college and complete their associate’s degree in applied science.

Currently in Tennessee, adults account for approximately 30% of enrolled undergraduate students, which equals about 65,000 adult learners.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Kenneth Harry-Hill Tennessee Veterans Health Care Act of 2015

 

Disabled Veterans and Elderly Property Tax Relief bill

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – A bill designed to help veterans and other persons who lack health insurance at a free clinic operated on the site of an armory, is to be heard on the House Floor Monday, April 13th.

Sponsored by Rep. Brian Terry (R-Murfreesboro), this bill allows a licensed healthcare provider who is a member of the National Guard in this state to provide healthcare services to veterans and uninsured people.  It also allows the military department to permit the use of an armory as a site of a free clinic on a temporary basis.

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

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Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day Bill passes Tennessee House of Representatives, Headed to Governor Bill Haslam

 

Services to Military Families with Exceptional Family members proposal also advances

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – Legislation to declare September 18th each year as Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day passed by the House of Representatives on Monday, March 30th, and is now headed to the Governor for his signature. Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) was the Senate sponsor.

“Declaring September 18th as Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day, in perpetuity, was the brainchild of Skylar Hughes, a former student of Katy Over, one of the Bikers Who Care who tragically lost their lives on that fateful day,” Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts said.

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

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Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson receives 2015 Legislator of the Year Award

 

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson received the 2015 Legislator of the Year from the Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC) yesterday, at the Tennessee Development District Association breakfast held in Nashville.

The GNRC is one of nine regions which make up the Tennessee Development District Association.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson announces Montgomery County, Robertson County Judicial District to receive funding for additional judge in State’s annual Budget

 

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – Speaker Pro Tempore Curtis Johnson (R-Clarksville) announced today that a local circuit court judge will be added in the 19th Judicial District, which encompasses Montgomery County and Robertson County. The funding for the additional judge will be included in Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s annual budget, unveiled today.

“I sincerely appreciate the Governor recognizing the need for an additional judge in our region,” said Johnson. “The 19th Judicial District has the heaviest caseload in relation to the amount of judges we currently have, and this position is an important factor in ensuring the process is efficient and effective. I am proud to have worked with Governor Haslam on this issue.”

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee Veterans Education Transition Support Act passes both Houses

 

Written by Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Speaker Pro Tempore

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – House Bill 715, the Tennessee Veterans Education Transition Support Act, would add spouses and dependent children as parties eligible for in-state tuition rates. Since a veteran can assign their benefits to a spouse or children, they would also qualify for these tuition and fee rates.

It would also shift the period of eligibility after discharge for in-state tuition rates from two years to three years. In addition, it requires the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) to convene the University of Tennessee (UT) and Tennessee Board of Regents systems to review processes related to awarding academic credit to veterans.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee Driver License reform Bill moves forward in committee

 

Written by Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Speaker Pro Tempore

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – Legislation designed to save money and cut down on the time spent renewing driver licenses moved forward this week in the House of Representatives.

As many Tennesseans note, despite technologies that allow licenses to be renewed online or in mobile kiosks, driver license centers across the state are often overcrowded.

House Bill 198 seeks to help solve this problem by moving the driver license renewal period from five to eight years. As the law stands now, Tennessee has among the shortest periods of time that a license is valid when compared to other states. Most states already have either a seven or an eight year license.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee Promise Legislation for Students in National Guard or Reserves clears House Committee

 

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts chosen by peers to serve as Secretary of the Tennessee Legislative Veterans Caucus

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – House Bill 800 (Rep Joe Pitts, D-Clarksville)/Senate Bill 56 (Sen Mark Green, R-Clarksville) would authorize students who are members of the National Guard or a Reserve unit of a branch of the United States military and who are eligible for the Tennessee Promise Scholarship, but cannot enroll in college in the fall term immediately following completion of high school due to certain military commitments, to enroll in the first term beginning after completion of such commitments without losing eligibility for the scholarship.

The bill passed the Education Administration and Planning Full Committee on Tuesday, March 10th and is currently in Finance, Ways and Means.

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

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APSU to host 5th Annual Young Women’s Leadership Symposium April 10th

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – During a presidential election year, names like Hillary and Sarah often stand out because all the other candidates stumping for votes are usually men.

The question of why women often shy away from politics has troubled Dr. Marsha Lyle-Gonga, chair of the Austin Peay State University Department of Political Science, since she was a doctoral student, and in 2010 she decided to host an event to encourage a new generation of women to get involved in the political process.

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