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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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SENATE APPROVES RESOLUTION CALLING FOR CONVENTION OF STATES

NASHVILLE — The Senate approved a resolution today calling for a convention of states in Nashville for the purpose of planning a future Article V Convention. The convention would be the first formal meeting of the states since 1861.

Senate Joint Resolution 9,

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State lawmakers urge Tennessee General Assembly to call for a convention of the states

NASHVILLE – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) and Representative Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro) have filed concurring legislation calling for a convention of states in Nashville for the purpose of adopting a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Senate Joint Resolution 9 and House Joint Resolution 24 provide that the convention of states would be for the limited purposes of 1) planning for,

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New law increasing sentences for carjackers to become effective on July 1

(NASHVILLE, TN), June 28, 2016 — July 1 marks the implementation of a wide variety of new laws in Tennessee including major legislation that requires any person convicted of carjacking to serve no less than 75 percent of the sentence imposed by the court, less any earned and retained sentence credits.

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Statement from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brian Kelsey regarding Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the U.S. Supreme Court decision on abortion

NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 27, 2016 — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) made the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down today on abortion:

“I am very disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down commonsense regulations of the abortion industry. This decision erodes the right of states to ensure the health and safety of mothers undergoing an abortion.

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