Monthly Archives: July 2010

Tax Holiday set for August 6 – 8 / Norris says holiday has been very successful

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            CONTACT:  DARLENE SCHLICHER
July 23, 2010                               615- 741-6336

(NASHVILLE, TN, July 23, 2010) – Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) today encouraged consumers to take advantage of the August sales tax holiday set to begin August 6 in Tennessee. 

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Combining offices of Tennessee’s Registry of Election Finance and Tennessee Ethics Commission doubles original expectation for cost-saving efficiencies

Contact:  Darlene Schlicher (615) 741-6336 or email:  [email protected]

(NASHVILLE, TN), July 22, 2010 — Combining the offices of Tennessee’s Registry of Election Finance with the Tennessee Ethics Commission has far exceeded the original cost-saving estimates according to testimony delivered today to the Joint Committee on Government Operation’s State and Local Government Subcommittee. 

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Sen. Ketron Instrumental in Legislation to Simplify and Streamline the Purchasing Process

Original article from the ‘Columbia Daily Herald’: here

When the General Assembly wrapped up its work last month, it did so after passing some legislation that didn’t generate a lot of media attention but will significantly benefit Tennesseans in the years ahead.

For example,

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Majority Leader Norris Op-ed: ‘Closed-door’ legislature is a Fabrication

Original Article from ‘The Commercial Appeal’: here

I was troubled by last week’s guest column, “Legislators do too much work in private,” by state Sen. Jim Kyle.

The message subtitled on the piece, “Growing trend of closed-door meetings in the Tennessee legislature favors special interests over the public interest,”

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Governor signs legislation co-sponsored by Yager to prevent potentially catastrophic impact of budget cuts to Tennessee hospitals

(NASHVILLE, TN), July 20, 2010 –  Governor Phil Bredesen recently signed legislation sponsored by Senator Doug Overbey and co-sponsored by local State Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) to  prevent potentially catastrophic cuts to Tennessee hospitals as a result of budget cuts proposed earlier this year in the state’s 2010-2011 budget.  Yager said,

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Representative Carr and Senator Ketron to lead trip to Arizona to talk with sponsors of new immigration law

Contact:  Darlene Schlicher (615) 741-6336 or email:  [email protected]
or Kara Watkins at (615) 741-1975

 (NASHVILLE, TN), July 19, 2010 — Several Republican legislators are headed to Arizona later this month to deliver a resolution to Governor Jan Brewer showing Tennessee’s support for their new immigration law. 

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Final Report on the 106th General Assembly – 2010 legislative session

(NASHVILLE, TN), July 8, 2010 — The state’s budget and education reform dominated the 2010 legislative year, as the 106th General Assembly adjourned to become a part of Tennessee history. Although the economic downturn limited the number of initiatives approved this year, the 2010 legislative session will also be remembered for passage of several important measures like money-saving legislation overhauling the way the state contracts for goods and services,

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Legislation approved in 2010 session of General Assembly addresses chilling effect of court decision on equipment lenders in Tennessee

 (NASHVILLE, TN), July 8, 2010  — The Tennessee General Assembly approved legislation in the recently-adjourned 2010 legislative session that addresses a problem that has arisen between the rights of purchase money security interest (PMSI) holders and the rights of city and county governments with tax liens on property. 

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State Sales Tax Holiday will stimulate sales, while providing consumers some much needed tax relief says Sen. Yager

(NASHVILLE, TN, July 7, 2010) — Local businesses and consumers will get a boost from Tennessee’s “Sales Tax Holiday” set to begin on Friday, August 6 at 12:01 a.m. according to State Senator Ken Yager  (R – Harriman).  The holiday ends Sunday, August 8 at 11:59 p.m.

 “This holiday will stimulate much needed sales to local businesses,

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Governor signs legislation sponsored by Overbey to prevent potentially catastrophic impact of budget cuts to Tennessee hospitals

(NASHVILLE, TN), July 7, 2010 –  Governor Phil Bredesen recently signed legislation sponsored by State Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) to  prevent potentially catastrophic cuts to Tennessee hospitals as a result of budget cuts proposed earlier this year in the state’s 2010-2011 budget.  

Hospitals asked the General Assembly to enact a coverage assessment in order to raise $230 million. 

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Posted in News, Sen. Doug Overbey
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