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Senate Transportation Committee approves vertical driver’s license for drivers under age 21 to curb underage drinking

NASHVILLE — The Senate Transportation and Safety Committee approved legislation today requiring all new driver’s licenses issued to persons under the age of 21 in Tennessee be printed in vertical format to help businesses easily identify those who cannot drink alcohol.  Senate Bill 384 would give the driver the option to change their license to horizontal upon turning age 21 for the reduced cost of a duplicate license.

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LEADER NORRIS BRINGS BROADBAND ADVOCACY TO COLUMBIA

NASHVILLE — Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) will visit Columbia to discuss broadband with Congressman Marsha Blackburn and key local and national leaders on Friday, February 24, 2017.

Norris, re-elected last month to a 5th term as Chairman of the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Affairs (TACIR), 

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Senator Bill Ketron’s “Senate in a Minute” / Feb. 16, 2017

Efforts to curb Opioid AbuseMembers of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee heard testimony this week from Tennessee’s largest health insurance carrier, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBS), about efforts to combat the state’s opioid epidemic.  Over the last several years, Tennessee has passed legislation to prevent abuse by “pill mills” and strengthen the state’s drug monitoring database.

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Capitol Hill Week – February 16, 2017

Senate Commerce and Labor Committee hears testimony regarding efforts to combat Tennessee’s Opioid Epidemic

NASHVILLE, Tenn.Members of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee heard testimony this week from Tennessee’s largest health insurance carrier, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBS), about efforts to combat the state’s opioid epidemic. 

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Resolution sponsored by Beavers urging President Trump and Congress to block grant federal transportation funds to states is approved by full Senate

(NASHVILLE), February 16, 2017 — A resolution urging President Donald Trump and the United States Congress to enact legislation to establish a transportation block grant funding program for distribution to the states was approved 30 to 2 by the full Senate on Thursday.  Senate Joint Resolution 59,

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Posted in News, Sen. Mae Beavers


Senator Jackson reappointed Chairman of the Senate Corrections Subcommittee

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), February 14, 2017 — State Senator Ed Jackson (R-Jackson) has been reappointed Chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee’s Corrections Subcommittee for the 110th General Assembly.  The announcement was made today at a meeting of the Senate State and Local Government Committee by Chairman Ken Yager (R-Kingston).

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Senators Kelsey and Harris file legislation to protect Memphis Sands Aquifer

(NASHVILLE), February 14, 2017 — State Senators Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) and Lee Harris (D-Memphis) have filed legislation in the Tennessee General Assembly setting up a Memphis Sands Aquifer Regional Development Board to protect water supplies in West Tennessee.  Senate Bill 776 also requires board approval to pump more than 10,000 gallons of water from the aquifer to ensure its long-term viability.

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Resolution points out absurdity in California’s state-funded and state-sponsored travel ban to Tennessee

(NASHVILLE), February 13, 2017  – State Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville), Representative Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) and Representative Tilman Goins (R-Morristown) have introduced a resolution in the Tennessee General Assembly pointing out the absurdity of California’s ban of state-funded and state-sponsored travel based on policy differences with Tennessee,

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Posted in News, Sen. Mike Bell
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR HENSLEY AND REP. WEAVER REGARDING SB 1153/HB 1406

(NASHVILLE) – State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) and Senator Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald) made the following statement in regards to inaccurate reports on Senate Bill 1153/House Bill 1406 which they are sponsoring in the Tennessee General Assembly.

Rep. Weaver said, “Over the weekend, various news reports were published which contained extremely inaccurate interpretations regarding the effect of Senate Bill 1153/House Bill 1406. 

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Capitol Hill Week for February 9, 2017

Tennessee’s Stroke Registry Task Force reports on steps taken to implement a robust system of care to reduce risk of preventable complications and death

NASHVILLE, Tenn.Health issues highlighted this week’s action on Capitol Hill as members of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee heard a report from Tennessee’s new Stroke Registry Task Force about how to ensure the rapid identification,

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