From the Floor
Voter Photo ID Passes House
Late in the week, the House passed a major reform to our electoral system that calls for Tennesseans to present a valid photo ID in order to vote. Various public opinion polls from Tennessee show citizens overwhelmingly support the common sense measure.
Tort Reforms Move Along in Judiciary Committee
After much discussion, the House Judiciary Subcommittee moved forward with legislation to cap damages stemming from lawsuits in Tennessee. The tort reforms will provide stability in the legal system and ensure lawsuit abuse does not become a reality in Tennessee.
Common Sense, Conservative Education Reforms Moving Through General Assembly
Since taking office in January, the Governor has made clear his vision for wholesale reform of Tennessee’s education system. He has said student achievement should be the cornerstone of any educational initiative. Legislators agree and have stated on numerous occasions that promoting teacher excellence is one way to ensure that vision becomes a reality for Tennessee students.
Governor Gives First State of the State Address, Outlines Ambitious Plans to Reduce, Transform Government
In a 34-minute speech that focused on reducing the size of government, balancing the budget, and reforming education, the Governor laid out a clear vision for remaking Tennessee. The Governor urged Members of the General Assembly to continue working together to find solutions for the problems voters highlighted last year.
Health Care Freedom Act Passes General Assembly, Headed to Governor for Signature
The "Tennessee Health Care Freedom Act" passed the House this week, meaning the legislation is now on its way to the Governor for his signature. This bills passage is part of a larger effort by the Majority to not only encourage job growth, but protect the valuable jobs already in Tennessee.
Health Freedom Act Headed to House Floor
The “Health Freedom Act” moved this week, clearing all necessary House committees, and is now scheduled for a vote on the House Floor. Republicans have championed the proposal for two years now to counter the federal health care takeover passed by Congress. House Bill 0115 provides that every person within Tennessee is free to choose or decline any mode of health care services without penalty or punishment from the government. Additionally, it ensures that Tennessee officials will be prohibited from interfering with the health care insurance decisions of every Tennessean.