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House Republicans Fulfill Their Commitment To Tennessee’s Veterans, The Disabled, And The Elderly

April 26, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — This week, House Republicans fulfilled their commitment to Tennessee veterans, the disabled, and the elderly by securing property tax relief for these important groups with the passage of an amendment to the “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads, and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy (IMPROVE) Act.” While the IMPROVE Act raises the tax on gas […]

House Republicans Encourage Tennessee Students To Celebrate Freedom

April 26, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — This week, House Republicans passed legislation sponsored by State Representative David Byrd (R-Waynesboro) that helps Tennessee students learn the principles of freedom in our nation’s founding documents. House Bill 287 designates the week of September 17 as “Celebrate Freedom Week” in Tennessee public schools. The week-long celebration that coincides with Constitution Day each […]

Republican Lawmakers Create Additional Protection Against Child Predators

April 24, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — Republican lawmakers have unanimously passed legislation sponsored by State Representative Mary Littleton (R-Dickson) and Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville) that creates additional protection against child predators. Communities across Tennessee already rely on the state’s sex offender registry to track and monitor convicted offenders who have moved into permanent or secondary residences upon release from […]

Republican Lawmakers Show Their Appreciation For Tennessee’s True Volunteers

April 24, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — Republican lawmakers have advanced legislation sponsored by State Representative Paul Sherrell (R-Sparta) that demonstrates their commitment and support for Tennessee’s true volunteers. House Bill 268 will help more than 14,000 volunteer firefighters and 3,800 members of volunteer rescue squads across our state by covering the cost of their vehicle registration fees. The measure […]

State Representative Ron Gant Passes First Bill In State Legislature

April 24, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Ron Gant (R-Rossville) has officially passed his first bill in the Tennessee House of Representatives. House Bill 306 cuts out government regulations and red tape by removing license requirements for small businesses. It was endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and will now travel to the desk of […]

House Republicans Support Legislation Designed To Assist Gatlinburg Fire Victims With Cleanup Efforts

April 24, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — Republican lawmakers have unanimously passed legislation sponsored by State Representative John Crawford (R-Kingsport) that provides additional assistance to Gatlinburg fire victims during their ongoing cleanup and recovery efforts. House Bill 1166, also known as the Gatlinburg Bill, grants county highway departments access to private property at the request of the property owner in […]

Capitol Hill Review: 04-21-17

April 21, 2017

IMPROVE Act Passes House Of Representatives This week, members of the Tennessee General Assembly passed House Bill 534, the “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads, and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy (IMPROVE) Act” — a proposal that Governor Bill Haslam introduced in January in an effort to help fund the state’s $10 billion backlog of road construction […]

State Representative Ryan Williams Announces Grant Funding For New TTU Center For Poultry Science

April 18, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Ryan Williams (R–Cookeville) announced today that the State Building Commission has officially approved a project at Tennessee Tech University to construct a new complex that will include a poultry unit and a multipurpose facility for production and processing poultry. The grant funding for the new Tennessee Center for Poultry Science comes […]

House Republicans Enhance Transportation Safety For Tennessee Students

April 18, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — Monday evening, Republican lawmakers unanimously approved legislation sponsored by House Majority Assistant Leader David Hawk (R-Greeneville) designed to enhance transportation safety for Tennessee students. House Bill 322 requires all school districts, as well as charter schools to appoint a transportation supervisor to monitor and oversee student transportation. This supervisor must receive annual training […]

Capitol Hill Review: 04/17/17

April 17, 2017

Broadband Accessibility Act Clears Additional Key Legislative Hurdle House Bill 529, the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act, cleared an additional key legislative hurdle this week after gaining unanimous approval from the House Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee. As introduced, the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act seeks to expand broadband internet services across the state, especially to Tennessee’s […]