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Veterans Hiring Measure Passes the Tennessee House of Representatives

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – Hiring Preferences for Veterans – House Bill 165/Senate Bill 209 (Senator Mark Green, R-Clarksville) passed the Senate and House of Representatives and was sent to the Governor for his signature on March 20th.

To paraphrase an old saying, the second time is the charm, or something like that.  House Bill 165 and Senate bill 209 recently passed the House and Senate after the second attempt. The proposal would enable private employers to create hiring preferences for veterans, their spouses, and surviving spouses of deceased veterans without running afoul of provisions in the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibiting hiring discrimination among other areas.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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DUI Memorial Sign Program Legislation Advances

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, 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.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Veterans Property Tax Relief Bill Advances

 

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts
Attorney General Opinion regarding the use of Veterans Income in Calculating Property Tax Relief

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – On February 3rd, 2016, I requested the State Attorney General Herbert Slatery to review and issue a legal opinion on the property tax relief legislation (Public Chapter 481) passed last year.

On Tuesday, March 29th, we received the following opinion from the Attorney General attached at the bottom of this article.

House Bill 1410/Senate Bill 1484 (Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) passed both the Senate Local Government Committee and the House Local Sub-Government Committee on March 30th.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Tennessee State Capitol gets visit from Audi Self Driving Car

 

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The Audi A-7 visited the state capitol and gave rides to State lawmakers. The A-7 is totally hands free driving. It completed a test drive of more than 550 freeway miles from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas with 90 percent of those miles hands free.

Mr. Brad Stertz, Director of Audi’s Government Affairs spoke of his company’s efforts to put automated cars on the road. As the technology for autonomous vehicles continues to develop, states have found it may be necessary for state and municipal governments to address the potential impacts of these vehicles on the road. Three bills have been filed on the subject in the Tennessee General Assembly this year.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson with the Audi-A-7.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson with the Audi-A-7.

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