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Senate advances Tom Cronan Physical Education Act

(NASHVILLE), March 24, 2017 – Legislation which aims to ensure that elementary students are receiving adequate physical activity while at school overcame its first hurdle this week with approval by the Senate Education Committee.  The Tom Cronan Physical Education Act requires each student in elementary school participate in a physical education class (PE) at least twice a week for a combined total of no less than 60 minutes.

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Posted in News, Sen. Bill Ketron
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Senate version of IMPROVE Act is “Taxpayer Protection Pledge Compliant” says top conservative tax reform group

NASHVILLE –  The IMPROVE Act, as amended last week by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), has met the approval of the Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a national conservative group formed by Grover Norquist in 1985 at the request of President Ronald Reagan.  The flagship project of ATR is the Taxpayer Protection Pledge,

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Posted in News, Sen. Mark Norris
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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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Posted in News, Sen. Brian Kelsey
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Senate approves legislation making it easier for veterans to determine how their military training can count as credit in Tennessee’s colleges and universities

(NASHVILLE), March 6, 2017 — Legislation that will make it easier for veterans to determine how their military training can count as credit in Tennessee’s colleges and universities was approved by the Tennessee Senate on Monday.  Senate Bill 1232, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville),

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Posted in News, Sen. Mark Norris
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SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE APPROVES SEN. BEAVERS’ RESOLUTION TO LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE IF THEY WANT AN ELECTED STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), March 1, 2017  — A resolution that would allow Tennessee voters to decide if they want to popularly elect the state’s attorney general (AG) is headed to the Senate floor for a final vote after being approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee this week. 

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Posted in News, Sen. Mae Beavers
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Senator Yager adds amendment to TDEC budget to fund Great War Centennial at Alvin C. York State Historic Park

(NASHVILLE), March 1, 2017 – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) successfully amended the budget of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) on Monday to add $33,000 for the Great War Centennial at Alvin C. York State Historic Park.  The action came as TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau came before the Senate Energy,

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Overbey bill addressing ethics concerns and a gap in transparency in the state’s campaign finance laws passes State Senate

(NASHVILLE), February 28, 2017 — The full Senate voted overwhelmingly on Monday in favor of legislation sponsored by Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) to require that funds donated to a campaign be deposited and maintained in a traditional bank or credit union account insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). 

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LAWMAKERS ANNOUNCE COMPREHENSIVE LEGISLATION TO PROTECT ELDERLY AND VULNERABLE ADULTS FROM ABUSE

NASHVILLE — Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), Representative Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown), Senate Health and Welfare Committee Chairman Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City), Senator Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga), Representative Kevin Brooks (R-Cleveland) and Representative Dale Carr (R-Sevierville) today announced comprehensive legislation to address abuse of elderly or vulnerable adults in Tennessee.   Senate Bills 1192,

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Posted in News, Sen. Mark Norris, Sen. Rusty Crowe, Sen. Todd Gardenhire
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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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Posted in News, Sen. Becky Massey
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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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