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Measure Sponsored By Representative Zachary Reforming Tennessee’s Juvenile Justice System Passes

April 26, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — A measure sponsored by State Representative Jason Zachary (R-Knoxville) reforming Tennessee’s juvenile justice system has passed in both the House and Senate chambers.

House Bill 2271, also known as the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018, recently passed by a 98-1 vote tally in the House. The measure overhauls the current system of juvenile justice for the first time in more than 20 years by tackling inefficiencies and variations.

The Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018 — part of Governor Haslam’s legislative package for the year — is a collaborative process that addresses justice by geography. It includes $4.5 million in the Governor’s 2018-2019 budget for targeted investments that support evidence-based programming and community resources — especially in our rural and distressed counties.

Additionally, House Bill 2271 empowers members of local law enforcement communities to intervene in instances involving minor offenses in order to better address the underlying issues. It also limits probation and incarceration for minor offenses while also maintaining judicial discretion.

Research suggests that taking youth out of their homes and schools for minor offenses increases the risk of recidivism, diverts resources from youth who pose a risk to the community, and unnecessarily uses taxpayer dollars. Often, community-based services are more effective and are a wiser use of resources.

House Bill 2271 provides consistency and additional solutions that reduce recidivism rates and save the state money.

“Juvenile justice reform is long overdue in our state, and House Bill 2271 is an appropriate first step in the process,” said Representative Zachary. “Forty-four percent of our current cases on the books involve minor infractions, and these can be resolved without state involvement. These local solutions allow us to better manage our resources and will move our children away from a lifetime of dependency by supporting their desires for successful futures.”

For more information about House Bill 2271, please click here.

Jason Zachary serves as the Vice-Chair of the House & Insurance Banking Committee. He is also a member of the House Transportation Committee and the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee. Zachary lives in Knoxville and represents House District 14, which includes part of Knox County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Jason.Zachary@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-2264.

State Representative Jason Zachary To Serve On New Wellness Caucus

November 15, 2017

Panel tasked with improving health and well-being for Tennesseans

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Jason Zachary (R-Knoxville) today announced that he will serve on a new Wellness Caucus created by members of the Tennessee General Assembly and in collaboration with the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness.

The caucus is chaired by State Representative Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) and Senator Bo Watson (R-Hixson). It consists of 37 members — including 28 Republicans — from both the House and Senate who will study and propose new solutions to important health and wellness issues in communities across the state.

While Nashville is considered a healthcare hub for our entire nation, Tennessee still remains one of the least healthy states in the country. Approximately one in four adults smoke, and one in five high school students uses tobacco. Additionally, 33 percent of the state’s population is classified as obese, and type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure are at near-epidemic levels in all regions of the state.

Caucus members will help shape future public policy so that Tennesseans impacted by some of these adverse health conditions are able to make lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health outcomes.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for me to work together with my colleagues in order to find new solutions to the chronic health issues that impact some of the citizens who live in our community,” said Representative Zachary. “While we have made progress in certain areas, I believe this new caucus will allow us to build on some of the positive health trends we have seen in recent years, and I look forward to participating.”

For more information about the Governor’s Foundation for Health & Wellness, please visit http://healthierTN.com.

Jason Zachary serves as the Vice-Chair of the House & Insurance Banking Committee. He is also a member of the House Transportation Committee and the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee. Zachary lives in Knoxville and represents House District 14, which includes part of Knox County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Jason.Zachary@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-2264.

Representative Zachary, House Insurance & Banking Committee Members Produce Strong 2017 Results

July 18, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — Throughout the first half of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly, the House Insurance and Banking Committee was particularly active in the legislative process. Thanks to the hard work of State Representative Jason Zachary (R-Knoxville) and fellow committee members, the panel advanced a total of 23 legislative initiatives with eighteen of those bills being signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

These initiatives support business growth and development, cut prescription and health care costs, and improve communication between providers and patients. Some of the legislation includes:

  • House Bill 18: Reduces the cost burden of prescription eye drop refills for patients.
  • House Bill 77: Clarifies guidelines for insurance coverage of off-highway vehicles.
  • House Bill 150: Increases totals paid out to benefactors of deceased investors.
  • House Bill 280: Revises fee provisions for owners under the vehicle insurance verification program.
  • House Bill 304: Promotes business growth by reducing government regulations.
  • House Bill 338: Lowers health care costs and improves the quality of care public elementary and secondary school students receive.
  • House Bill 405: Protects licensed pharmacists from discrimination by managed health insurance providers.
  • House Bill 498: Improves communication between health providers and patients.

“Serving alongside the men and women on my committee is an absolute honor; Tennesseans are well-served by the dedicated members of the House Insurance and Banking Committee,” said the Committee Chairman, State Representative Ron Travis (R-Dayton). “As I reflect on our work in 2017, I believe we all fought diligently on behalf of small businesses, health care patients and providers, and the entire state. I look forward to continuing our work for the people of Tennessee during the 2018 legislative session.”

Furthermore, the efforts of the committee did not go unnoticed by House leadership, especially Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville).

“I want to personally thank the hardworking members of the House Insurance and Banking Committee for their dedication to growth and stability throughout Tennessee,” said Speaker Harwell. “Their work during the 2017 legislative session will deeply impact and improve the lives of Tennesseans everywhere.”

Jason Zachary serves as the Vice-Chair of the House & Insurance Banking Committee. He is also a member of the House Transportation Committee and the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee. Zachary lives in Knoxville and represents House District 14, which includes part of Knox County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Jason.Zachary@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-2264.

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Lawmakers Pass Resolution To Raise Awareness Of Malignant Brain Tumors In Children

March 16, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — This week, Republican lawmakers unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) and Representative Jason Zachary (R-Knoxville) designating May 17, 2017 as “Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) Awareness Day” in Tennessee.

Senate Joint Resolution 16 was initiated by constituent Elizabeth Psar of the Julia Barbara Foundation and is designed to increase attention to the leading cause of pediatric brain tumors in children. DIPG is a type of brain tumor that is highly aggressive and has a zero percent survival rate. These tumors are difficult to treat because they are often found near the base of the brain on the brainstem, which controls many of the body’s vital functions. Those who are diagnosed are usually between the ages of five and nine. They often lose control of their bodily functions but are still aware of their health situations. Patients often stop breathing or go into full cardiac arrest.

“It is imperative that we increase awareness of this debilitating illness that jeopardizes so many of our most precious Tennesseans,” said Representative Zachary. “By spreading the message about DIPG, we can help educate our state’s parents and hopefully increase resources that will lead to researchers discovering a cause and also potentially find a cure.”

The full text of Senate Joint Resolution 16 can be accessed by visiting the Tennessee General Assembly website at: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/110/Bill/SJR0016.pdf

Jason Zachary serves as the Vice-Chair of the House & Insurance Banking Committee. He is also a member of the House Transportation Committee and the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee. Zachary lives in Knoxville and represents House District 14, which includes part of Knox County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Jason.Zachary@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-2264.

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Representative Zachary Pushes For A New Hospital To Serve Knoxville Military Veterans

March 16, 2017

(NASHVILLE) – Monday evening, Republican lawmakers unanimously approved a resolution co-sponsored by Representative Jason Zachary (R-Knoxville) that establishes a medical care facility for military veterans who live in the Knoxville region.

Senate Joint Resolution 4 urges the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to build a hospital in Knoxville. The addition of a new VA facility in this community would provide a more convenient treatment location for approximately 60,000 veterans who live in the area. Many of them currently travel more than 100 miles to VA hospitals in either Johnson City or Murfreesboro in order to receive medical care.

“Our servicemen and women deserve access to the best healthcare facilities available, and by locating a VA Hospital in Knoxville, we will increase the quality of care for Veterans throughout East TN by better serving our Knoxville veterans at home,” said Representative Zachary. “Our Veterans volunteered to serve us and defend our freedoms.  We owe it to them to insure that they have the best care possible.”

The full text of Senate Joint Resolution 4 can be accessed by visiting the Tennessee General Assembly website at: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/110/Bill/SJR0004.pdf   

Jason Zachary serves as the Vice-Chair of the House & Insurance Banking Committee. He is also a member of the House Transportation Committee and the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee. Zachary lives in Knoxville and represents House District 14, which includes part of Knox County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Jason.Zachary@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-2264.

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