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Capitol Hill Review: 03/24/17

March 24, 2017

Legislation To Help Adults Without A Degree Access Higher Education Moves Forward In House Legislation spearheaded by House Republicans to help adults without a degree access higher education moved forward this week after getting a positive nod from the House Government Operations Committee. House Bill 531, named the Tennessee Reconnect Act, would make Tennessee the […]

State Representative John Crawford Passes First Bill In State Legislature

March 22, 2017

House Bill 1031 recognizes constables for their contributions (NASHVILLE) — State Representative John Crawford (R-Kingsport) has officially passed his first bill in the Tennessee House of Representatives. House Bill 1031 recognizes the contributions that Tennessee constables make to their communities and improves their accessibility during emergencies by allowing them to obtain the same emergency license […]

State Representative Michael Curcio Passes First Bill In State Legislature

March 22, 2017

House Bill 578 provides young adults with an opportunity to achieve successful futures (NASHVILLE) — State Representative Michael Curcio (R-Dickson) has officially passed his first bill in the Tennessee House of Representatives. House Bill 578 lowers the age requirement for a juvenile to have his or her criminal record expunged following a petition from age […]

Capitol Hill Review: 03/16/17

March 16, 2017

House Republicans Demonstrate Continued Support For Military Veterans, Families House Republicans demonstrated continued support for veterans and their families this week, moving forward with two major bills to expand access to education in Tennessee. The House Government Operations Committee gave a positive nod for the Support, Training, and Renewing Opportunity for National Guardsmen (STRONG) Act […]

Lawmakers Pass Resolution To Raise Awareness Of Malignant Brain Tumors In Children

March 16, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — This week, Republican lawmakers unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) and Representative Jason Zachary (R-Knoxville) designating May 17, 2017 as “Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) Awareness Day” in Tennessee. Senate Joint Resolution 16 was initiated by constituent Elizabeth Psar of the Julia Barbara Foundation and is designed to increase […]

House Republicans Make A Push To Optimize School Hours For Tennessee Children

March 16, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — This week, Republican lawmakers approved legislation sponsored by Representative Bill Sanderson (R-Kenton) aimed at optimizing school hours so Tennessee children spend more time in classrooms learning on school days. House Bill 192 decreases the amount of lost time for schools throughout the state by reducing the number of full evacuation fire drills conducted […]

Representative Zachary Pushes For A New Hospital To Serve Knoxville Military Veterans

March 16, 2017

(NASHVILLE) – Monday evening, Republican lawmakers unanimously approved a resolution co-sponsored by Representative Jason Zachary (R-Knoxville) that establishes a medical care facility for military veterans who live in the Knoxville region. Senate Joint Resolution 4 urges the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to build a hospital in Knoxville. The addition of a […]

Key House Republicans Pass Legislation Providing Property Tax Relief To East Tennessee Fire Victims

March 14, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — Monday evening, House members unanimously passed legislation co-sponsored by Representative Dale Carr (R-Sevierville) and Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) that provides additional support to East Tennessee families whose properties were damaged by last November’s wildfires. House Bill 52 calls for prorating the 2016 tax assessment for a homeowner’s real property or business owner’s personal […]

State Representative Rick Tillis Passes First Bill In State Legislature

March 13, 2017

Tillis recognized by fellow House Republicans during Thursday’s session (NASHVILLE) — State Representative Rick Tillis (R-Lewisburg) has officially passed his first bill in the Tennessee House of Representatives. House Bill 85, which Tillis was asked to carry by the State Comptroller, reduces the size of government and also maintains accountability with state agencies. The bill […]

Representative Dan Howell Scores Major Win With Legislation To Combat Welfare Fraud In Tennessee

March 13, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Dan Howell (R–Georgetown) has scored a major win with the official passage of legislation designed to combat welfare fraud in Tennessee. Once passed by the Senate, the bill will travel to the desk of Governor Bill Haslam to be signed into law. House Bill 227, referred to as the Program Integrity […]