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Final Report on the 2017 Legislative Session

A Final Report on the 2017 Legislative Session

Contact: Darlene Schlicher (615) 741-6336 or email: [email protected]

NASHVILLE, (June 15, 2017) — The first session of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on May 10, 2017, after passing major legislation that will benefit Tennesseans for generations to come. 

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Lawmakers adjourn 2017 legislative session after passage of state budget and other key bills

NASHVILLE — The 2017 session of the 110th General Assembly has adjourned to become a part of Tennessee history with some of the most important bills of the year being approved during the final week of legislative action. This includes the passage of the state budget, legislation making Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all adults without a degree tuition-free access to community college,

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Legislation focuses on providing help for children suffering adverse childhood experiences

NASHVILLE – This week’s action on Capitol Hill was highlighted by a passage of a number of important initiatives as lawmakers continue discussions on the state’s budget. One such bill approved this week would establish a new pilot program to help children from troubled homes avoid chronic adverse childhood experiences.

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Budget moves front and center as legislature looks toward adjournment

NASHVILLE – As the 2017 session of the Tennessee General Assembly gets closer to adjournment, Senate committee action this week primarily centered on the state budget. The Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee received Governor Bill Haslam’s amended budget proposal on Tuesday which makes several improvements and adjustments to the original plan submitted to lawmakers on January 30.

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Senate acts on some of the most important bills of the 2017 legislative session this week as legislative session winds down

NASHVILLE – The Senate continued to make progress this week in winding down the 2017 legislative session, acting on some of the most important bills proposed this year including legislation addressing road improvements, tax relief, elderly abuse, and school bus safety.

The Senate voted 25 to 6 on Wednesday to approve Governor Bill Haslam’s Improving Manufacturing,

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State Senators approve key legislation as committees wind down their business for the 2017 legislative session

NASHVILLE – The State Senate approved a wide range of legislation this week, including key transportation bills and measures to address Tennessee’s opioid epidemic. Meanwhile, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee and the State and Local Government Committee completed their business, joining three other standing Senate committees which had already closed for the 2017 legislative session.

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State Senators move to protect elderly and vulnerable adults from financial exploitation

NASHVILLE – Two major bills to protect elderly and vulnerable adults from financial exploitation are headed to the Senate floor for a final vote after being approved in Senate committees this week. Senate Bill 1192, sponsored by Senator Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga), and Senate Bill 1267, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville),

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Law and order legislation headlines Capitol Hill Week

NASHVILLE – Law and order legislation dominated debate in the State Senate this week as several key bills advanced, including legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) to enact tougher sentences for violent felons in possession of firearms. The legislation continues Norris’ series of anti-crime laws dubbed “Crooks with Guns” passed over the last decade to curb gun-related violence and focus resources on keeping violent criminals behind bars longer to protect the public.

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Capitol Hill Week – Legislation combats welfare fraud in Tennessee

NASHVILLE — The State Senate tackled a wide variety of issues this week as committees prepare to close for the 2017 legislative session.  Many important issues still remain on the General Assembly’s agenda before adjourning next month, including the state’s budget, which will move front and center in the remaining weeks.

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Capitol Hill Week: Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act overcomes first hurdle with passage in the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee

NASHVILLE — Senate Committees advanced a number of important bills this week, including the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act which proposes a responsible path to improve access to broadband through investment, deregulation, and education. Senate Bill 1215, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), Senate Government Operations Committee Chairman Mike Bell (R-Riceville),

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