Monthly Archives: April 2012

Norris leads passage of balanced budget / Budget incorporates cuts in food and inheritance taxes

 (NASHVILLE, TN), April 27, 2012 — The Senate passed and sent to the House of Representatives a $31.1 billion budget today for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, which will begin on July 1.  The budget, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), spends $31.1 billion,

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State Senate approves and sends to Governor Haslam legislation strengthening penalties against repeat domestic violence offenders

(NASHVILLE, TN), April 25, 2012 — Legislation which strengthens penalties against those convicted of domestic violence was approved on final consideration today, sending the bill to Governor Bill Haslam for his signature.  The “Repeat Domestic Violence Offender” bill, sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Vice-Chairman Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) creates a new offense for repeat domestic violence offenders prescribes mandatory jail time and enhanced fines for those who have committed serious bodily injury.

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General Assembly honors Roane County Community College President Gary Goff

(NASHVILLE, TN), April 20, 2012  – Roane State Community College President, Dr. Gary Goff, was honored by the Tennessee General Assembly recently as State Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) presented him with a congratulatory resolution.  Yager was joined at the presentation in the Senate Chamber in Nashville by Senators Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) and Charlotte Burks (D-Monterey) and Representatives Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown),

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Senator Overbey to be recognized for efforts to help citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities

(NASHVILLE, TN), April 24, 2012  — State Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) will be recognized by The Arc Tennessee for “having a positive impact in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”  Overbey will be honored at the group’s Tennessee Disability MegaConference on Friday,

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Governor Haslam signs TEMA Act into Law / Brings Tennessee into the 21st Century says Leader Norris

 (NASHVILLE, TN), April 24, 2012 — Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) today joined Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, Senator Jack Johnson (R-Franklin), House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga), Representative Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) and other leading lawmakers as Governor Bill Haslam signed into law the TEAM Act (Tennessee Excellence Accountability and Management Act).

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Bell bill will help local storm victims with sales tax rebates for replacement items damaged due to March storms

(NASHVILLE, TN), April 23, 2012 – Legislation which would help storm victims in Bradley, Polk McMinn, Monroe, and Hamilton who received damage due to the March storms is headed to the floor of the Senate for final consideration.  Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville) led passage of Senate Bill 2701 through the Finance Committee last week. 

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State Senate approves two bills by Senator Doug Overbey to curb drunk driving

(NASHVILLE, TN) – State Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) won passage of two bills which aim to curb drunk driving in Tennessee this after they were approved by the State Senate.  One bill clarifies that Tennessee’s DUI law includes offenders driving under the influence of prescription drugs,

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Governor Haslam signs legislation which makes elected and appointed officials ineligible for diversion for criminal offenses committed in official capacity

(NASHVILLE, TN), April 20, 2012  — Governor Bill Haslam signed legislation yesterday sponsored by Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) and Representative Ryan Haynes (R-Knoxville) which makes elected and appointed public officials ineligible for diversion for criminal offenses committed in their official capacity or that involve the duties of their offices.

“With this new law we are sending the message that a public office is still a public trust and criminal conduct in public office will not be tolerated,”

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State Senators approve key bills in preparation to adjourn 2012 legislative session

(NASHVILLE, TN), April 20, 2012 –  As the Tennessee Legislature prepared to enter the final week of the 107th General Assembly, state senators acted on a wide variety of important bills, including a measure calling for drug testing for welfare applicants, a bill to curb domestic violence and two resolutions giving citizens the opportunity to vote on how the state’s appellate judges are selected.

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Resolutions would allow Tennessee voters to change the state’s Constitution for merit-based appointment system for state’s Supreme Court and Appellate Judges with retention vote

(NASHVILLE, TN), April 12, 2012 –  Action in the State Senate this week was highlighted by consideration of two proposals that would allow Tennesseans to vote on whether or not they want to use a merit-based appointment system for selecting the state’s Supreme Court and intermediate appellate judges,

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