Written by Mary Grace Stoneking
Nashville, TN – Chances are, if you live in Tennessee, you probably know somebody who currently benefits, or who has benefited in the past, from the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) is used by more than 1 million people in Tennessee — a state with fewer than 7 million total residents.
Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson
Nashville, TN – The 109th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on April 22nd, 2016 to become a part of Tennessee history with passage of major legislation to reduce crime, cut tax burdens, spur job growth, accelerate the state’s success in K-12 education, boost the number of college graduates, curb drug abuse and curtail drunk driving.
State lawmakers also passed significant legislation to ease traffic congestion, reduce child abuse, aid farmers, increase access to healthcare and medication, increase voter participation and provide a safer environment for the elderly.
Following, please find a copy of some of the highlights of this year’s legislative action.
Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts
“Tyler Head” bill passes the House and is also headed to the Governor
Nashville, TN – Several bills sponsored by State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) moved along in committees last week. This is a general update on the bills and events on the Hill from this week.
House Bill 2616/Senate Bill 2635 The #SayDyslexia bill has now passed both the Senate and the House and is headed to the Governor for his signature. The bill will address early screening and intervention for the students with attributes of dyslexia.
Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts
“#SayDyslexia” Bill passes House and Senate committees
Nashville, TN – Several bills sponsored by Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) moved along in committees last week. This is a general update on the bills and events on the Hill from last week.
House Bill 1410/Senate Bill 1484 – (Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) is scheduled for the final House Local Government Sub Committee on March 30th. This legislation will repeal the “Save our Property Tax Relief” legislation, Public Chapter 481, which passed last year. Public Chapter 481 made changes to the disabled veterans, senior citizens and disabled citizen property tax relief program.
Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts
“Care Alert” bill passes and Several Bills Advance
Nashville, TN – Several bills sponsored by Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) moved along in committees last week. This is a general update on the bills and events on the Hill from last week.
House Bill 1513/Senate Bill 1658 (Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville) is a proposal from the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association to allow county governments to give to retiring full time deputies their service weapon (pistol) that was carried in the line of duty. Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson, an active member of the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association, requested we sponsor this legislation on behalf of his retiring deputies. This legislation passed the House earlier this week and will be heard on the Senate Floor on March 14th.
Nashville, TN – Farmers and farmers’ markets across the state yesterday increased their reach to the more than 1.3 million Tennesseans participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps.
Yesterday, the Tennessee Department of Human Services, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service hosted the Farmers’ Market On-Site Application and Approval Event for those interested in receiving free wireless point-of-sale (POS) devices equipped to accept SNAP benefits.
Education legislation in support of military dependents to be heard in Education Sub Committee
Nashville, TN – Six students and two staff members with the Mayor’s Youth Council visited the Tennessee State Capitol last week.
“These student leaders are to be commended for making the time to visit the capitol,” State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) said. “I always look forward to constituents, especially students, visiting the State Capitol,” Pitts said.
Legislation for children of service members killed or reported missing in action to be heard in Education Subcommittee this week.
Tennessee Department of Human Services reports the end of federal ARRA fund inflation to decrease all SNAP benefits November 1st
Drop follows annual COLA hike; DHS sends Tennesseans letters about U.S. move
Nashville, TN – On November 1st, the federal government’s short-term inflation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) will end, causing a reduction in the monthly amount for households across the nation receiving the food stamps benefit.
As a result, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which funds and oversees SNAP, on November 1st, for a family of four receiving a maximum allotment, benefits will decrease from $668.00 to $632.00, a decrease of $36.00, or 5.4 percent.
Subject arrested in Ohio
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation indicted a Hickman County man for food stamp fraud last month which resulted in his arrest last night in Ohio.
James Cooper, 36, of Bon Aqua, Tennessee was indicted by the Dickson County grand jury on April 24th, 2013 on five counts of food stamp fraud. Cooper was located last night in Brunswick, Ohio and arrested for a 2004 probation violation out of Cuyahoga County. «Read the rest of this article»
Montgomery County, TN – The Montgomery County Head Start program is accepting applications for the 2012-2013 school year.
Head Start is a nationally recognized child development program designed to meet the educational, mental, nutritional, and social needs of 3 and 4 year olds and their families. Head Start helps all children succeed. Special Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities. «Read the rest of this article»
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