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

(NASHVILLE), January 31, 2018 – A proposal by State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) to amend the Tennessee Constitution to ban the Hall income tax passed the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 7-1 yesterday.  Senate Joint Resolution 494 proposes additional language in Article II,

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Senator Kelsey announces enactment of Tennessee High-Quality Charter Schools Act

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) announced today the enactment of Senate Bill 1197 the Tennessee High-Quality Charter Schools Act. The law becomes effective on Saturday, July 1, and has received widespread support from the charter sector and from officials with Shelby County Schools, the state’s largest authorizer of charter schools.

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Statement from Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) regarding disaster relief request for Shelby County storm

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), June 14, 2017 – “I am very pleased that Governor Haslam has made this request to help those who suffered damages as a result of the storms,” said Sen. Kelsey. “Many Shelby Countians sustained substantial damage and need assistance to get back on their feet. Taxpayers have suffered major costs from storm clean-up,

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Speakers create and appoint Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice

NASHVILLE – Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) and Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) this week announced the formation of the Joint Ad Hoc Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice. The task force will be co-chaired by Speaker Harwell and Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville).

The task force will study,

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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 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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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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