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Senator Kelsey’s Constitutional amendment to ban Hall Tax passes Senate in 26-3 vote

(NASHVILLE), February 22, 2018 – A proposal by State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) to amend the Tennessee Constitution to ban the Hall income tax passed the Senate by a vote of 26-3 this morning.

Senate Joint Resolution 494 proposes additional language in Article II,

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SENATOR BECKY MASSEY TO CHAIR TENNESSEE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ARTS CAUCUS

NASHVILLE — Senator Becky Duncan Massey (R-Knoxville) has been tapped to chair the Tennessee General Assembly Arts Caucus. Senator Massey will be the second chair of the Caucus since its inception over a dozen years ago.

“It is an honor to succeed former Senator Doug Overbey as chair of the Arts Caucus.

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Senate Judiciary approves Henry’s Law stiffening penalties against drug dealers who kill minor

NASHVILLE – Drug dealers or others who unlawfully distribute Schedule I or II drugs to minors will be facing more jail time when it results in a death under legislation passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.  Senate Bill 1875, sponsored by Senator Becky Massey (R-Knoxville) and Lt.

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Senator Kelsey’s bipartisan proposal to prohibit judges from incentivizing sterilization passes Senate Judiciary Committee

(NASHVILLE), February 14, 2018 – A proposal by State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) and State Representative Raumesh Akbari (D-Memphis) to prohibit Tennessee judges from offering defendants reduced jail time in exchange for sterilization passed the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 8-0 this morning.

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Senate approves bill to give students who suffer dependency on alcohol or drugs greater opportunities to succeed

NASHVILLE – The full Senate approved major legislation Monday night which authorizes Local Education Agencies (LEA) to create recovery high schools for certain students with alcohol or drug abuse dependency like Substance Use Disorder (SUD) or Major Depressive Episode (MDE). Senate Bill 1626, sponsored by Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville),

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Senate passes legislation which helps persons with disabilities have as much independence as possible in decision making when courts considers conservatorship

NASHVILLE – The Senate unanimously approved legislation on final consideration on Monday which would help individuals with disabilities have as much independence in their decision making as possible when a court is considering conservatorships or other actions to protect their best interest.  Senate Bill 264 defines “least restrictive alternatives,” a term which is already in Tennessee law,

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Legislation seeks to end emissions tests for vehicles in Tennessee

NASHVILLE – Legislation that would end mandatory emissions tests for vehicles in Tennessee has been filed in the Tennessee General Assembly.  Senate Bill 2656, sponsored by Senator Bo Watson (R-Hixson), Senator Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga) and Representative Mike Carter (R-Ooltewah), would apply to Hamilton, Davidson, Rutherford,

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McKinney meets with Governor Haslam

NASHVILLE — Lawrence McKinney, who was recently exonerated by Governor Bill Haslam for wrongfully being imprisoned, met with the governor on Tuesday on Capitol Hill.  Also present at the meeting were McKinney’s wife Dorothy, Pastor John Hunn of Immanuel Baptist Church, Representative Clark Boyd (R-Lebanon) and Senator Mark Pody (R-Lebanon).

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Senator Kelsey’s Constitutional amendment to ban Hall Tax passes Senate Finance Committee

(NASHVILLE), February 6, 2018 – A proposal by State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) to amend the Tennessee Constitution to ban the Hall income tax passed the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee by a vote of 9-2 this morning.  Senate Joint Resolution 494 proposes additional language in Article II,

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Lawmakers propose bipartisan gun safety legislation

NASHVILLE – State Senator Kerry Roberts (R-Springfield) and Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris (D-Memphis) today announced bipartisan legislation that would make it cheaper for gun owners to safely store their firearms.  Senate Bill 2476 would exempt the purchase of gun safes from the state’s sales tax.

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