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House Democrat Review for 03/06/2008

 

The House Democrat Review is a weekly feature that gives Tennesseans an in-depth look at what our Democratic state legislators have been working on this week, and a glimpse into what’s planned for the coming week at our state house.

bg.jpgThis week, the House moves spring sales tax holiday to April, tax breaks for disabled homeowners approved, scrap metal theft legislation moves to budget subcommittee, green laws continuing movement through committees, border dispute resolution expected on House floor soon, and animal abuse registry in full judiciary committee

NASHVILLE (Mar. 6) – This week the Tennessee House of Representatives passed legislation changing the spring sales tax holiday from the weekend of March 21 to the weekend of April 25.

“There were a lot of people who felt that having the sales tax holiday on the same weekend as Easter would limit people’s ability to take advantage of the savings as well as take away from the importance of the holiday,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Randy Rinks (D-Savannah). “We were glad that with last year’s budget surplus we’re able to give back to those who deserve it the most – the taxpayer.” «Read the rest of this article»

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House GOP Review for 03/06/2008

 

The House GOP Review is a weekly feature that gives Tennesseans an in-depth look at what our Republican state legislators have been working on this week, and a glimpse into what’s planned for the coming week at our state house. 

The Tennessee Republican Party LogoA commonsense DUI measure appeared again this week before a House subcommittee after questions and concerns were raised two weeks ago. The “Pass the Bottle” legislation, which would ban open containers in vehicles, was one of several DUI bills rolled out by Republicans as a comprehensive effort to combat drunk driving. Currently, no driver may consume an alcoholic beverage or possess an open container of such while operating a motor vehicle, but passengers may consume alcohol. The bill sponsor, in his opening remarks, said this policy invites drivers to drink as long as there is a passenger to which they can “pass the bottle.”

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An evening with Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon

 

bjr.jpgBernice Johnson Reagon will be giving a presentation sponsored by the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center, the university’s Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, and the APSU Alumni Association on Wednesday, March 19th, 6 p.m., at the university’s Mass Communication Concert Hall & Auditorium. The presentation called “Voices of The Civil Rights Movement,” looks at the importance of song in social movements.

Bernice Reagon is a scholar, composer, singer, and activist. She is also a Professor Emeritus of History at American University, and the Curator Emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington DC. She was the 2002-04 Cosby Chair Professor of Fine Arts at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. Professor Reagon was also the recipient of the 2003 Heinz Award for the Arts and Humanities. She is perhaps best known Best known as founder of the group “Sweet Honey In The Rock.”

For more information please contact Carol Lynnett Bennett, the Director of the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center at 931-221-6274 or fax 931-221-7952

For a complete bio on Professor Bernice Johnson Reagon please visit her website at http://www.bernicejohnsonreagon.com/





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