Topic: State Senator
Nashville, TN – A bill sponsored by Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson (R–Clarksville) and State Senator Mark Green (R–Clarksville) was officially signed into law this week by Governor Bill Haslam during a ceremony in Nashville’s Old Supreme Court Chambers.
As signed, House Bill 25 waives the state’s commercial drivers license skills test requirement for honorably discharged service members if they have already passed the test while in service.
Pro-Veteran Bill Officially Signed Into Law by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.
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Clarksville, TN – Earlier this spring, a bidding war erupted on the Austin Peay State University campus. Specifically, several different departments were fighting over the honor to pay for biology student Eva Grebe to attend the annual Council on Undergraduate Research’s Posters on the Hill Convention in Washington, D.C.
Only 60 out of 800 applicants nationwide are accepted to attend the convention. Grebe was the only Tennessee college student to be invited.
APSU student Eva Grebe is interviewed about her research during the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Posters on the Hill Convention in Washington, D.C.
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Proposed 2012-13 state budget supports military families
Clarksville, TN – State Senator Tim Barnes and State Representative Joe Pitts thanked Governor Bill Haslam this week for including unemployment benefits for military spouses in his proposed 2012-13 budget.
“The Governor’s support of this bill shows that Tennesseans truly care about our military families,” Barnes said. “This is a tangible way to show our support and gratitude to our veterans, and I’m humbled to have the opportunity to do so.” «Read the rest of this article»
This is the second in a series of articles detailing legislation filed by Rep. Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) for the 2nd session of the 107th General Assembly.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) has filed legislation that clarifies eligibility for the HOPE scholarship for military dependents. House Bill 2742/Senate Bill 2571 removes the requirement that a military parent’s home of record or residence be Tennessee if a student qualifies to be classified as an in-state student and meets other specified requirements.
“Several active duty military constituents brought to my attention that when they applied for the HOPE scholarship for their children they were not eligible because the active duty member’s home of record was not Tennessee even though they were Tennesseans,” said Pitts. “Tennessee State Senator Tim Barnes and I immediately began working on amending the wording that states “Dependent children of members of the armed forces or Tennessee National Guard whose home of record, at the time of entry into military service, was determined to be Tennessee.” «Read the rest of this article»
This is the first in a series of articles detailing legislation filed by Rep. Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) for the 2nd session of the 107th General Assembly.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) has filed legislation to name a one-mile stretch of State Route 374, or 101st Airborne Division Parkway, in memory of two officers who were killed in the line of duty.
On June 7th, 2002, Officers David Scott and Yamil Baez-Santiago, were pursuing a robbery suspect on the 101st Airborne Division Parkway. Their pursuit ended in a tragic accident that took the life of these two officers. «Read the rest of this article»
Shoppers can invest in their communities, grow jobs at home
Clarksville, TN –
State Senator Tim Barnes encouraged Tennesseans this week to shop locally and seek out Tennessee- and U.S.-made goods for family, friends and those in need this Christmas season.
“This has been another tough year for many of our neighbors and friends, including our local business owners,” Barnes said. “By shopping locally, we can make a difference for the people receiving, selling and making our gifts this year.” «Read the rest of this article»
One of 50 state lawmakers chosen nationwide for University of Virginia course
State Senator Tim Barnes
Nashville, TN – State Senator Tim Barnes (D-Adams) is one of 50 state lawmakers from across the country to be named to the 2010 Program for Emerging Political Leaders, sponsored by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
“This selection is one of the greatest honors a new lawmaker can earn, and I’m incredibly grateful for and humbled by the opportunity,” Barnes said. “This program will help me better serve residents in the district I represent.”
The prestigious program is held annually on the campus of the University of Virginia for a select group of state legislators who have been nominated by their Speaker of the House, President of the Senate or Minority Leader. Leaders are asked to nominate one or more members who have demonstrated integrity, compassion, intelligence, vision and common sense. «Read the rest of this article»
A large crowd of enthusiastic supporters gathered on October 2 for the grand opening of the new headquarters for Senator Kurita’s campaign to fight for her seat in Tennessee’s 22nd district. Despite Kurita’s winning the primary, the Democratic Party reversed the voters decision and awarded the victory to her opponent, Atty. Tim Barnes.
Voters picked up yard signs and bumper stickers at new Write-in Kurita Montgomery County Headquarters
This unprecedented decision prompted Kurita to support her constituents by beginning a write-in campaign. Are her supporters willing to go to the extra effort of typing in her name, K-U-R-I-T-A, on the voting machines in November? As with Senator Obama, the Democratic Presidential candidate, Senator Kurita welcomes votes from all Democrats, Republicans, and Independents who feel she will be the best candidate for the job. Her campaign slogan is “In America, we don’t steal elections.” «Read the rest of this article»