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Senator Yager advances legislation to aid ambulances and Middle College students

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) advanced legislation in the State Senate this week to aid local ambulance services in Tennessee by implementing a quarterly coverage assessment, similar to the assessment that has prevented catastrophic cuts in hospitals in Tennessee.   Senate Bill 704 would place the assessment in a fund,

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Senate advances Tom Cronan Physical Education Act

(NASHVILLE), March 24, 2017 – Legislation which aims to ensure that elementary students are receiving adequate physical activity while at school overcame its first hurdle this week with approval by the Senate Education Committee.  The Tom Cronan Physical Education Act requires each student in elementary school participate in a physical education class (PE) at least twice a week for a combined total of no less than 60 minutes.

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Senate version of IMPROVE Act is “Taxpayer Protection Pledge Compliant” says top conservative tax reform group

NASHVILLE –  The IMPROVE Act, as amended last week by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), has met the approval of the Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a national conservative group formed by Grover Norquist in 1985 at the request of President Ronald Reagan.  The flagship project of ATR is the Taxpayer Protection Pledge,

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Senate in a Minute from Senator Bill Ketron / March 17, 2017

Senate in a Minute

NASHVILLE, (March 17, 2017) — Senate Committees advanced a number of important bills this week, including the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act which proposes a responsible path to improve access to broadband through investment, deregulation, and education.  Senate Bill 1215 would spur deployment in rural unserved areas,

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Senate approves two bills to help Sevier County rebound from devastating November wildfires

NASHVILLE — Two bills designed to help Sevier County rebound from the devastating November wildfires passed unanimously in the State Senate on Monday.  Senate Bill 964, sponsored by Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) gives local governments the authority to go on private property at the request of the property owner to clean up debris. 

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Legislation making Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer adults without a degree tuition-free access to community college advances

NASHVILLE — The State Senate approved a wide range of important bills this week, including major legislation to make Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all adults without a degree tuition-free access to community college.  This week’s action was also marked by the death of a most beloved former State Senator,

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Senate in a Minute from Senator Bill Ketron for March 10, 2017

NASHVILLE — Numerous bills aiding veterans were approved by the State Senate this week, including two major proposals to expand access to education.  The Senate Education Committee approved the STRONG (Support, Training, and Renewing Opportunity for National Guardsmen) Act that would create a pilot program to provide eligible members of the Tennessee National Guard tuition funding toward a first time bachelor degree through a tuition reimbursement program,

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Senate Education Committee approves Opportunity Scholarships Pilot Program

NASHVILLE The Senate Education Committee today unanimously approved legislation, sponsored by Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) and Senator Reginald Tate (D-Memphis), calling for a five-year pilot program to offer Opportunity Scholarships to students eligible for free and reduced lunch that are currently enrolled in a public school that is identified as being in the bottom five percent of academic achievement. 

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Senate approves legislation making it easier for veterans to determine how their military training can count as credit in Tennessee’s colleges and universities

(NASHVILLE), March 6, 2017 — Legislation that will make it easier for veterans to determine how their military training can count as credit in Tennessee’s colleges and universities was approved by the Tennessee Senate on Monday.  Senate Bill 1232, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville),

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Senate in a Minute from Senator Bill Ketron – March 3, 2017

NASHVILLE, (March 3, 2017) –  Legislative committees continue to pick up steam as more bills are scheduled for hearings.  Among legislation approved this week by the Senate Judiciary Committee, is a bill that I am sponsoring to strengthen the penalty for patronizing prostitution.

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