Monthly Archives: June 2013

List of some of the laws that will become effective July 1, 2013

Budget / Food Tax Reduction — The $32.8 billion budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year is fully balanced and incorporates approximately $43 million in tax cuts for Tennesseans.  

The food tax reduction measure builds on 2012 legislative action to reduce the state portion of the sales tax on grocery food from 5.5% to 5.25%.

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Tax Cuts, Crime Fighting and Workforce Development Measures in Effect Monday, July 1

(NASHVILLE, TN), June 28, 2013  —  July 1 marks the beginning of the new 2013-14 fiscal year in Tennessee as the state’s budget passed by the General Assembly in April becomes effective.  Many other new laws are also set to become effective as the new month is ushered in, including several significant tax relief measures which accompanied the budget and two new laws that will give prosecutors additional tools to bring violent criminals to justice.

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Posted in News, Sen. Mark Norris
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Beer tax reform legislation to become effective in Tennessee July 1

(NASHVILLE, TN), June 28, 2013 — On Monday July 1, beer tax reform legislation that was overwhelmingly adopted by the General Assembly in April will take effect as a vast array of new laws are enacted. Upon enactment, the Beer Tax Reform Act of 2013 will convert Tennessee’s outdated price-based tax to a volume-based tax,

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Posted in News, Sen. Brian Kelsey
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Senator McNally and Rep. Ragan announce $69,040 in Anderson County Arts Grants

(NASHVILLE, TN) — State Senator Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) and Representative John Ragan (R-Oak Ridge) announced today that seven arts grants have been awarded to six organizations in Anderson County from the Tennessee Arts Commission.  The grants have a combined total of $69,040.

The grants are made possible through an appropriation of state funds by the General Assembly,

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Key laws sponsored by Senator Ketron will take effect July 1

(NASHVILLE, TN), June 27, 2013  — Several key laws sponsored by State Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and approved by the General Assembly this year will become effective July 1, including  a new law to aid victims of human trafficking.  The law allows children who are victims of trafficking for commercial sex acts and patronizing prostitution the opportunity to testify outside of the courtroom by using a two-way closed circuit television. 

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Gov. Haslam, Lt. Gov. Ramsey and Senator Crowe meet with Impact Plastics as the company announces a major expansion

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) –– Governor Bill Haslam, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, and Senator Rusty Crowe recently joined Impact Plastics President Jerry O’Connor to announce a $1.3 million expansion at their Erwin, Tennessee plant.  The expansion will generate 83 new jobs over the next three years, tripling their workforce.

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Posted in News, Sen. Rusty Crowe
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New laws to curb human trafficking in Tennessee to become effective on Monday

(NASHVILLE, TN), June 27, 2013  — July 1 marks the implementation of a wide variety of new laws in Tennessee as the 2013-2014 fiscal year is set to begin.  This includes twelve of the thirteen new laws, sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown), to combat the growing problem of human trafficking.

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Senator Norris, Rep. Moody and Gov. Haslam announce $399,000 grant to the Town of Atoka

ATOKA, Tenn. — Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) and Representative Debra Moody (R-Covington) joined Governor Bill Haslam in Atoka today to announce a $399,000 Tennessee Department of Transportation grant has been awarded for the Atoka Greenway project.  Phase I of the four-phase project will connect Walker Park with the Edith Lane Trail Head.

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Norris bill combatting gang violence signed by Governor Haslam

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Governor Bill Haslam today signed major anti-crime legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) to make it easier to prosecute criminal gang activity in Tennessee.  The legislation builds on a series of laws sponsored by Norris over the past several years to curb gun-related violence and focus resources on keeping violent criminals in prison longer to protect the public.

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Statement from Senator John Stevens regarding the announcement that three TDOT grants have been awarded in Gibson County

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), June 26, 2013 – “I am very pleased these funds are available for these projects in Gibson County,” said Senator Stevens.  “These are sizable grants that will help in moving these projects along.  I thank the Governor, Commissioner Schroer and all of our local officials for their work on these grants.” 

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The release from Governor Haslam is below

HASLAM ANNOUNCES THREE TDOT GRANTS FOR GIBSON COUNTY
Grants to Humboldt,

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