Monthly Archives: January 2016

Capitol Hill Week Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee hears Quarterly Report from State Comptroller as Legislature anticipates presentation of Governor Haslam’s Budget on Monday

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), January 28, 2016 – Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson appeared before the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee this week urging state lawmakers to look to the future when deciding how to spend state funds and excess state revenues. In his quarterly report to the Legislature, the comptroller echoed Treasurer David Lillard’s testimony last week,

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LEGISLATION INTRODUCED TO HELP CANCER PATIENTS IN TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE – Sen. Ed Jackson (R-Jackson) is co-sponsoring SB2091/HB2239, the Cancer Treatment Fairness Act, to ensure that cancer patients are able to get the most medically appropriate treatment, as decided between the physician and patient.

Traditional treatments are usually given through an IV or injection and are covered under health care benefits resulting in a small co-pay or no cost at all to patients.

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GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTS KELSEY’S JUDICIAL CONFIRMATION PLAN

(NASHVILLE) – The Senate and House of Representatives have adopted a conference committee report on Senate Bill 1 which puts into place a framework on how the state’s appellate judges should be confirmed or rejected under the new constitutional mandate adopted by voters in 2014. The bill is sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown).

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Statement from Senator Brian Kelsey regarding the House Finance Committee’s approval of the “Tennessee Choice and Opportunity Scholarship Act”

NASHVILLE — “There is still a large hurdle ahead, but I am grateful that the full House of Representatives will get to vote on this important issue,” said Senator Kelsey. “Passing the House Finance Committee is the furthest this bill has ever made it toward passage in the 10 years since I first introduced it.

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Senator Jim Tracy announces major recycling grants for Marshall County

NASHVILLE – Marshall County is set to receive four major recycling grants from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) according to State Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville). The county will receive a $140,000 waste reduction grant, a $25,000 recycling equipment grant and a $39,250 used oil grant. In addition,

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Sen. Overbey Announces Recycling Equipment, Waste Reduction Grants for Sevier County

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) today announced Sevier County is set to receive two Recycling Equipment, Waste Reduction, Used Oil and Composting Grants from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. One grant for $486,330 will be used to buy equipment for tire recycling. The other grant totaling $25,000 will be used for a 45 foot aluminum walking floor trailer to aid in recycling efforts.

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SENATOR GRESHAM FILES LEGISLATION TO CONTROL THE GROWTH IN TUITION AT TENNESSEE’S STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

NASHVILLE — Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) today filed the Tennessee Tuition Stability Act to control the exponential growth in tuition at Tennessee’s state colleges and universities.

Senate Bill 2306 limits tuition growth to increases in the consumer price index (CPI) and locks-in tuition for entering freshmen for four years.

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LEGISLATION INTRODUCED TO HELP CANCER PATIENTS IN TENNESSEE

Sen. Bill Ketron and Rep. William Lamberth address cost parity among treatments

NASHVILLE – Today Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and Representative William Lamberth (R-Cottontown) introduced Senate Bill 2091 / House Bill 2239, the Cancer Treatment Fairness Act, to ensure that cancer patients are able to get the most medically appropriate treatment,

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Sen. Stevens files legislation to protect the Second Amendment rights of Tennessee handgun permit holders

NASHVILLE — State Senator John Stevens (R-Huntingdon) has filed legislation that aims to protect the Second Amendment rights of handgun carry permit holders in Tennessee when traveling to other states. The bill provides that Tennessee will honor the handgun carry permits of citizens in other states as long as they recognize those of Tennesseans.

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Senator Mark Green Files Legislation for the Next Generation of the Auto Industry

Autonomous Vehicle testing, production to create jobs, relieve mass transit woes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — To position Tennessee for the next generation of auto industry job growth, Tennessee Senator Mark Green, MD (R-Clarksville) has filed legislation that establishes a business climate that encourages Autonomous Vehicle testing and production. Such legislation will enable metropolitan governments,

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