Monthly Archives: March 2016

Senate Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee to look at comptroller reports regarding misuse of funds in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program in Tennessee

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

(NASHVILLE, TN), March 31, 2016 – The Senate Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee of the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee will look at recent audits completed by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury regarding the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program administered by the state’s Department of Human Services at a meeting next Tuesday.

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Posted in News, Sen. Steven Dickerson
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Senate passes legislation putting teeth in Tennessee’s E-Verify law

(NASHVILLE), March 31, 2016 — Legislation which puts more teeth in Tennessee’s E-Verify law to ensure that new hires are in the state legally was approved by the State Senate on Wednesday. The bill, sponsored by Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville), targets bad actors who find it more advantageous to pay a one-time $500 fine for hiring illegal aliens than to follow Tennessee’s Lawful Employment Act passed in 2011.

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Posted in News, Sen. Jim Tracy
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BILL TO PREVENT ALLERGY EMERGENCIES IN PUBLIC PLACES BECOMES LAW IN TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE — A bill to allow epinephrine auto-injectors to be available in public spaces has become law in Tennessee. The legislation was approved unanimously by the House of Representatives and Senate and has been signed by the governor.

Sen. Mark Green (R-Clarksville) and Rep. Sabi Kumar (R-Springfield) were prime sponsors of the legislation,

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Posted in News, Sen. Mark Green
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LEGISLATION AIMS TO STOP THE GROWING PROBLEM OF ELDER ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION IN TENNESSEE

Sen. Gardenhire sponsors key initiative to keep state’s elderly safe

NASHVILLE — Two bills advanced in the Senate Judiciary Committee this week to tackle the growing problem of elder abuse in Tennessee, including a key proposal, sponsored by Sen. Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga), to keep the state’s elderly safe by setting up checks on the people who are working in direct contact with vulnerable adults.

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Posted in News, Sen. Mark Norris, Sen. Rusty Crowe, Sen. Todd Gardenhire
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Governor’s Supplemental Budget Amendment includes full funding for Campbell County Higher Education Center Laboratories says Sen. Yager and Rep. Powers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The supplemental amendment to the state budget presented by Governor Bill Haslam on Monday includes another $500,000 to fully fund laboratories and classrooms at the Campbell County Higher Education Center in Lafollette according to Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Rep. Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro). The amendment follows the original budget proposal in February which included $600,000,

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Posted in News, Sen. Ken Yager
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Livestock inspection transparency law is signed into law

NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam recently signed into law legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) and Representative Judd Matheny (R-Tullahoma) that would guarantee governmental transparency in livestock inspections. Senate Bill 2332 enables owners of an animal subject to inspection to be able to personally record or designate an agent to record the assessment by audiovisual means.

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Posted in News, Sen. Jim Tracy
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Livestock inspection transparency law is signed into law

NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam recently signed into law legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) and Representative Judd Matheny (R-Tullahoma) that would guarantee governmental transparency in livestock inspections. Senate Bill 2332 enables owners of an animal subject to inspection to be able to personally record or designate an agent to record the assessment by audiovisual means.

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Statement from Senator Jim Tracy regarding the Comptroller Investigative Report on Child Feeding Programs

NASHVILLE — State Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville), sponsor of legislation (Senate Bill 1472) aiming to reduce fraud and abuse in feeding programs administered by the Department of Human Services, made the following statement regarding the reports released by Tennessee Comptrollers Justin Wilson today about misuse by two operators in the program.

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Posted in News, Sen. Jim Tracy


Senator Gardenhire presents major legislation to Senate Health and Welfare Committee to remove the CON Process for selected health services in Tennessee

NASHVILLE — State Senator Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga) presented major legislation to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Monday that would remove the Certificate of Need (CON) process for burn, neo-natal, open heart surgery, cardiac care and other selected health services in Tennessee. Action on the bill was deferred for two weeks to give stakeholders time to meet and determine how to move forward before the General Assembly adjourns in mid-to-late April.

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Capitol Hill Week: Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey announces he will not seek re-election

Key bills advance in the State Senate as General Assembly works towards April adjournment

NASHVILLE – The announcement that Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey will not seek re-election after 24 years of service in the legislature headlined a busy week on Capitol Hill. Ramsey spent four years in the House of Representatives before being elected to the Senate,

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