Topic: Unemployment Compensation for Trailing Military Spouses
Clarksville, TN – Tennessee State Senator Tim Barnes was recently honored by the U.S. Department of Defense for his advocacy on behalf of military families.
Barnes was honored with a letter and certificate of appreciation from the department for a bill he sponsored that provides benefits for military spouses who have to leave their jobs due to their spouses’ military orders. «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»
Tennessee Legislation Update, No Child Left Behind Waiver, Lottery Scholarship Eligibility for Military Dependents Bill Advances, and more
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 Tennessee General Assembly.
Clarksville, TN – The Tennessee House Education subcommittee heard legislation this week regarding the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver recently granted to the state of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of Education. The waiver would allow Tennessee more flexibility in meeting the needs of public school students across our state.
Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, in testimony before the committee last week, said NCLB law set an impossible standard for public education which would cause 80% of our state’s public schools to be considered “failing.” «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 to the House Senate Floor and Motorcycle safety study bill passes House”
Clarksville, TN – Legislation that would dramatically change the state employment system is currently under discussion in the House of Representatives. The Governor’s proposal, entitled the “Tennessee Excellence Accountability and Management (TEAM) Act,” would change the hiring and promotion system for state employees.
The biggest concern about the bill is the possible elimination of the interview and hiring preferences given to military veterans and spouses of deceased and disabled veterans. Currently, a job applicant interviews for a position and based on a variety of measures and preference points, the state decides whom to hire. A veteran and spouse of a deceased or disabled veteran would be given preference during this process. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s new proposal eliminates or severely curtails this system. «Read the rest of this article»
“BWC 5 Act” advances and Motorcycle safety study bill set for House floor vote
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