Topic: Legislative Plaza
Written by Curtis Johnson
Nashville, TN – On Wednesday, March 15th, U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Nashville to honor President Andrew Jackson at his tomb, on his 250th birthday. The President addressed members of the Tennessee General Assembly at the Hermitage before making his way back to Nashville to speak before thousands of supporters.
The Municipal Auditorium was quickly filled to capacity; 30,000 supporters were unable to enter the venue after hours of waiting. The line at the auditorium developed early in the morning, and by the late afternoon, the line stretched the length of James Robertson Parkway, around the Capitol building, and back down Charlotte Street.
Written by Joe Pitts
Nashville, TN – House Bill 21, sponsored by Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) was successful in passing out of the Transportation Sub-Committee. This legislation is known as the Shadow “Shada” Brooke Lowe legislation.
This legislation will allow for families of victims of drunk drivers where the drunk driver was also killed to have a sign erected in their family member’s memory. It is scheduled to be heard in the full Transportation Committee next Tuesday, February 14th.
“When Shada’s mother was notified of its passage, her comment was “Thank the Lord”, Pitts said. The Senate bill, SB 17, is sponsored by Sen. Kerry Roberts, R-Springfield.
Written by Curtis Johnson
Nashville, TN – This week in Nashville, the first meeting of the legislative task force on opioid and prescription drug abuse kicked off in Nashville, with stakeholders from across the state coming to the Legislative Plaza to speak out about Tennessee’s growing drug epidemic.
The task force was created this month by House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) with the immediate goal of working on legislation and determining best strategies for tackling Tennessee’s opioid problems. Tennessee is consistently ranked at the top of the charts nationally with regards to prescription drug abuse.
Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts
“Say Dyslexia” bill to be heard in the House and Senate committees
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 (Senator 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. This legislation has passed both the House and Senate and is on its way to the Governor.
Montgomery County, TN – Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts presented a House Joint Resolution Monday recognizing the Silent Witness Project to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Peggy Macias and Sheriff John Fuson.
The Silent Witness Project started in Minnesota in 1990, and Macias worked hard to help bring the project here to Montgomery County.
Clarksville, TN – An Austin Peay State University graduate student will showcase her work at the Legislative Plaza in Nashville, TN as part of the annual Graduate Education Week in Tennessee, April 1st-7th.
Veronica Mullen will present research, titled “Population demographics and site-fidelity among cave-dwelling bats of Dunbar Cave, Montgomery County, Tennessee,” which was co-authored by Dr. Andrew Barrass, associate professor in the APSU Center of Excellence for Field Biology at APSU.
Tennessee Highway Patrol names New Captain to oversee Tennessee Capitol Security and Executive Protection Units
Mark Proctor is a 15 Year Tennessee Highway Patrol Veteran
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott on Friday announced Mark Proctor as the new captain overseeing the agency’s Capitol Security and Executive Protection Units.
Captain Proctor has been assigned to the Governor’s Security Detail since 2001. During that time, he advanced to the ranks of sergeant and lieutenant with the Executive and Protective Services unit. Most recently, as lieutenant, Proctor has been responsible for the supervision of the security teams for the Governor and First Lady.
Protestors asked to leave Legislative Plaza Saturday Morning
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security early Saturday morning enforced a revised state policy that makes the Legislative Plaza, War Memorial Courtyard, and Capitol grounds areas closed to the public from 10:00pm until 6:00am daily.
The revised policy also states there shall be no overnight occupancy of the state properties. «Read the rest of this article»
Department of Safety and Homeland Security enforces State’s revised policy on Legislative Plaza Curfew
Protestors asked to leave Legislative Plaza, State Troopers make 29 Arrests
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security early Friday morning enforced a revised state policy that makes the Legislative Plaza, War Memorial Courtyard, and Capitol grounds areas closed to the public from 10:00pm until 6:00am daily. The revised policy also states there shall be no overnight occupancy of the state properties.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol, which provides security for Legislative Plaza, War Memorial Courtyard, and the Capitol grounds, asked Occupy Nashville protestors to leave the Legislative Plaza at 3:10am. Approximately two dozen protestors left the plaza without incident. «Read the rest of this article»
State School Bond Authority to provide $126.7 Million in Loans for School Construction and Renovation
Communities across Tennessee will have an opportunity to apply for low-interest loans for school construction and renovation projects through the state’s Qualified School Construction Bond (QSCB) program.
City and county government officials can attend an informational meeting about the application process on May 27th, 2010 at 1:30 pm in Room 29 of the Legislative Plaza in Nashville.
A video stream of the meeting may be accessible via the Internet, if the Tennessee General Assembly is not in session. If video streaming is not available, the meeting will not be recorded for viewing at a later date. «Read the rest of this article»
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