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Capitol Hill Week: Resolution seeks to address public safety threat posed by cell phone use behind prison walls

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), February 8, 2018 – The pace quickened on Capitol Hill this week as state senators examined the budgets of ten agencies or departments of state government and approved a number of important bills.  This includes a resolution unanimously adopted by the Senate State and Local Government Committee which seeks to address the public safety threat posed by contraband cell phone use by prison inmates.

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Senator Ketron signs on as sponsor to legislation seeking to end emissions tests for vehicles in Tennessee

NASHVILLE – Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) announced today that he has signed on as a sponsor of legislation pending in the General Assembly that would end mandatory emissions tests for vehicles in Tennessee.  Senate Bill 2656  would apply to Hamilton, Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner,

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Capitol Hill Week: Senate Judiciary Committee focuses on juvenile justice reform

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), January 18, 2018 — As the Tennessee Senate returned for the second week of legislative action, attention turned to one of the key issues before lawmakers this year – juvenile justice reform.  The Senate Judiciary Committee heard an overview of a report delivered by the Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice from Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville),

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Senator Bowling announces June Listening Meetings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) announces the schedule for her town hall Listening Meetings in District 16. In her monthly meetings, Bowling offers assistance with state services and listens to concerns citizens have for the State Legislature.

“The greatest opportunity I have as a state senator is to represent what matters to my district and see that it matters to the rest of the state as well,” said Sen.

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Event marks signing of resolution sponsored by Sen. Beavers and Rep. Weaver recognizing pornography as a public health hazard in Tennessee

Photo is of Tiffany Leeper, founder and President of Girls Against Porn and Human Trafficking, Rep. Weaver, Governor Haslam and Senator Beavers

NASHVILLE, (June 22, 2017) – An event marking Governor Bill Haslam’s signing of a resolution recognizing pornography as a public health hazard in the State of Tennessee took place on Wednesday at the State Capitol in Nashville.

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Senator Mike Bell receives major national award for advancing legislation to promote hunting, Second Amendment rights, and wildlife conservation

NASHVILLE — State Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville) has received a major national award from the Safari Club International (SCI) for advancing legislation to promote hunting, Second Amendment rights, and wildlife conservation. The national conservation and hunter advocacy organization named Bell their 2016 Legislator of the Year, besting thousands of other state lawmakers across the United States for the prestigious award.

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Lawmakers file legislation to provide property tax relief to wildfire victims

(NASHVILLE), January 17, 2017 — Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville), Senator Steve Southerland (R-Morristown), Representative Dale Carr (R-Sevierville) and Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) announced today they have introduced a bill authorizing local governing bodies, by a two-thirds vote, to prorate real and personal property damaged by the November wildfires. The lawmakers filed Senate Bill 114 / House Bill 52 this morning in Nashville.

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State Senator Bill Ketron receives 2016 Human Trafficking Impact Award for his work in protecting children of Tennessee

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State Senator Bill Ketron received the 2016 Human Trafficking Impact Award in recognition of his work in protecting the children of Tennessee. The award was presented by End Slavery Tennessee (ESTN) at its annual luncheon today, attended by more than 850 people at Music City Center.

Founder and Executive Director Derri Smith discussed how the Senator – who she calls a “protector of our children” – has used his position of influence for good,

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Online Voter Registration Law, sponsored by Senator Yager, becomes effective on Friday

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In the photo (left to right are Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Rep. William Lamberth (R-Cottontown), Sen. Yager, Gov. Haslam, House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga), Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins

NASHVILLE – Legislation sponsored by Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) providing for the establishment of an online voter registration system is among a number of bills set to go into effect on Friday,

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Speech by Sen. Kerry Roberts regarding the Tennessee Heritage Protection Act of 2016

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