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Senator Mike Bell receives major national award for advancing legislation to promote hunting, Second Amendment rights, and wildlife conservation

NASHVILLE — State Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville) has received a major national award from the Safari Club International (SCI) for advancing legislation to promote hunting, Second Amendment rights, and wildlife conservation. The national conservation and hunter advocacy organization named Bell their 2016 Legislator of the Year, besting thousands of other state lawmakers across the United States for the prestigious award.

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LEGISLATION AIMS TO PREVENT SUICIDE BY PROVIDING EFFECTIVE TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONALS

NASHVILLE –Legislation which aims to prevent suicide by providing training to medical professionals and others who are most likely to interact with troubled individuals is on its way to Governor Bill Haslam for his signature after passage in the House of Representatives on Thursday.  Senate Bill 489,

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State Senate passes legislation aiding law enforcement officers and members of the military

NASHVILLE — The full Senate unanimously approved legislation this week to enhance penalties against those convicted of intentionally selecting their victim because of his or her status as a uniformed law enforcement officer or member of the armed forces.  Senate Bill 1342 was inspired by the many brave men and women in uniform who have lost their lives,

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Posted in News, Sen. Mike Bell, Sen. Paul Bailey
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Oliver Springs L&N Depot included in newly amended budget proposal says Sen. Yager

(NASHVILLE, TN), April 25, 2017— State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) said an appropriation of $100,000 for the Oliver Springs L&N Depot is included in Governor Bill Haslam’s amended budget proposal submitted to the General Assembly today.   The action came after Sen. Yager wrote Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin earlier this year asking for an appropriation for the project,

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Senate approves legislation calling for one full semester of Tennessee history in state’s public schools

NASHVILLE, April 25, 2017 — The Senate unanimously approved a bill Monday evening that would require Tennessee’s public schools to go back to teaching at least one full semester of Tennessee history.  Senate Bill 631, sponsored by Deputy Speaker Ferrell Haile (R-Gallatin),

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SEN. OVERBEY’S BILL REGULATING SPORTS AGENTS PASSES LEGISLATURE

For Immediate Release:  April 25, 2017

NASHVILLE – A bill designed to protect student athletes by ensuring that sports agents keep their activities above board passed the Tennessee Legislature and is expected to the be signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam.  The Revised Uniform Athlete Agents Act (RUAAA),

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JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM BILL TAKES CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO ADDRESSING TRUANCY

NASHVILLE, (April 24, 2017)  — Legislation establishing a progressive truancy intervention program for students in K-12 schools is advancing in the General Assembly with passage by the Tennessee Senate last week.  The bill, sponsored by Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville), is part of a package of bills recommended by the state’s Juvenile Justice Realignment Task Force.

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Yager amendment would raise reimbursement rates for direct support professional caring for Tennessee’s most vulnerable citizens

NASHVILLE – A proposal raising the rate of reimbursement for professionals providing care to Tennessee’s most vulnerable citizens was presented by State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) today during a meeting of the Senate Finance Committee’s Appropriation Subcommittee.  Yager presented the $21 million amendment to increase the current reimbursement rate of $8.73 per hour by $1.00 for direct support professionals who provide home and community-based services through the Department of Intellectual Disabilities (DIDD) to stave off serious loss of personnel.

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Tennessee Senate approves bill broadening the use of cell phones in election polling places

NASHVILLE – Legislation which revises Tennessee law to broaden the rights of Tennesseans to use their cell phones at the polling place passed the Senate on Thursday by a vote of 30-0.   Senate Bill 517, sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown), regulates voting without infringing on a citizen’s First Amendment rights.

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Senate in a Minute from Senator Bill Ketron – April 7, 2017

NASHVILLE, (April 7, 2017) — General Assembly committees worked at full steam this week as two more of the Senate’s standing committees, the Education and Commerce and Labor Committees, completed their work for the 2017 legislative session.  The General Assembly is looking at wrapping up the session by the second week of May.

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