Discrimination ain’t what it used to be. That’s a good thing! Discrimination, especially discrimination based on race, gender, age, sexual orientation, etc, used to be prevalent and potent. Since 1964, however, the United States has made huge strides in promoting equality under its laws and a more culturally tolerant society. Again, that is a very good thing!
The pendulum of intolerance, however, has begun to swing back toward people who have sincere religious beliefs that certain lifestyles are immoral. It is rapidly becoming a faux pas to pass any kind of moral judgment on any decision anyone makes with respect to how they live their lives, especially in the realm of personal relationships. «Read the rest of this article»
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has introduced legislation to delay Obamacare for one year. H.R. 2809 would delay all provisions of the Affordable Care Act taking effect on January 1st, 2014 or later by one year from the date of enactment.
Additionally, this bill would delay all Obamacare taxes by one year.
State Comptroller encourages citizens to report fraud, waste, or abuse
Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts’ (D-Clarksville) House Bill 0431 (Senate Bill 0251), which would enhance the penalty from a Class C misdemeanor (punishable by a $100.00 fine) to a Class A misdemeanor (punishable by up to 11 months 29 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,500) when the offender is at fault for an accident resulting in bodily injury or death due to criminal negligence passed the House Criminal Full Committee.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Brewster and Amber Tuchscherer (3 of the 4 people injured by the uninsured motorist) attended the committee meeting and have vowed to continue to attend all committee meetings until this legislation is sent to the Governor for his signature. «Read the rest of this article»
This is the next in a series of updates regarding legislation filed by Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) for the second session of the 107th General Assembly.
Clarksville, TN – Members of the Montgomery County legislative delegation have introduced HB3885/SB3815 this week. This legislation makes changes to the charter of the City of Clarksville as requested by the Mayor and City Council of the City of Clarksville.
Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan has been asked to testify at a Senate committee hearing in the General Assembly Monday, April 23rd, 2012 at 10:00am. on a legislative matter that is important to Clarksville.
As a result, the schedule for the Clarksville City Department Budget hearings is being revised. «Read the rest of this article»
Unemployment benefits for trailing Military Spouses legislation passes Tennessee House of Representatives unanimously
Several Years of Hard Work Pays Off
Clarksville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts passed HB Bill 984 on the House Floor on Monday night with a vote of 97 to 0. Tennessee now joins 39 other states in granting unemployment compensation to spouses who leave employment because of a military move.
“This is a great day for our state and nation. I want to thank Tennessee State Senator Tim Barnes, who passed the legislation in the Senate earlier this year, and Governor Bill Haslam for their support and hard work on this bill,” Pitts said. This bill will become effective immediately upon the Governor signature. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – A number of significant federal income tax provisions expired at the end of 2011, a fact that might be easily overlooked with so much attention being focused on the “Bush tax cuts” that are still in effect, but scheduled to expire at the end of 2012. And new Medicare-related taxes, effective in 2013, have received surprisingly little coverage.
Of course, new legislation could always extend some or all of these provisions, but here’s a quick summary of how things stand. «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Legislation Update, Veteran’s and Lottery Scholarship Eligibility for Military Dependents Bill advances
This is the next in a series of updates regarding legislation filed by Rep Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) for the second session of the 107th Tennessee General Assembly.
Clarksville, TN – As has been widely reported but it bears repeating, the Montgomery County Veterans Services Office under the leadership of Jerry Rivers, continues to lead the state in the amount of monetary awards paid to our veterans. The office staff performs at a high level and serves more than 22,000 veterans and their family members in our area.
It should not be overlooked that more than $79 million in benefits gained for veterans and their families’ through out the VSO has a dramatic and direct impact on our local economy. These residents live and work in our community and thus spend these well deserved benefits not only to support their families but also support various charitable causes like United Way. These benefits are also non-taxable to the veteran. «Read the rest of this article»
“BWC 5 Act” passes both the House and Senate on one historic night
Clarksville, TN – As mentioned in previous updates, legislation that would dramatically change the state employment system is currently under discussion in the Tennessee House of Representatives. The Governor’s proposal, entitled the “Tennessee Excellence Accountability and Management (TEAM) Act,” would change the hiring and promotion system for all state employees.
Based on previous discussion of the bill, there have been revisions to the proposal that address the veterans’ preference in hiring and promotions. «Read the rest of this article»
“BWC 5 Act” advances and Motorcycle safety study bill set for House floor vote
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If you want to discuss a bill or your thoughts on any legislation currently before us, please email me directly at If you or someone you know wants to receive weekly updates, please also email or contact me directly. I apologize for any confusion this situation may cause. «Read the rest of this article»
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