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State Representative Andrew Farmer Introduces Legislation That Cuts Costs For Tennessee’s Farmers

February 12, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) today introduced legislation designed to cut costs on permit fees for Tennessee’s farmers.

House Bill 1796 exempts operators of farm trucks weighing more than 9,000 pounds from obtaining farm or other seasonal operating permits when their vehicle is used to move horticultural, agricultural, and dairy products or livestock from the point of production to the marketplace, or if their vehicle is operated as a farm truck.

Currently in Tennessee, permit fees by weight class range anywhere from just under $3.00 for vehicles weighing 16,000 lbs. up to $115.50 for those weighing 80,000 lbs.

“Members of our local farming community are the backbone of our state,” said Representative Farmer. “I believe we must support them by reducing unnecessary fees so that they can truly reap all the rewards of their diligent work. It is an honor for me to sponsor this legislation that will enable these men and women to save some extra money that they can use elsewhere.”

The measure is expected to be heard by members of the House Transportation Subcommittee on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

Additional information about House Bill 1796 can be found by clicking here.

Andrew Farmer serves as the Chairman of the House Civil Justice Committee. He is also a member of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee, House Criminal Justice Committee and House Calendar & Rules Committee. Farmer lives in Sevierville and represents House District 17, which includes part of Jefferson and Sevier Counties. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Andrew.Farmer@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-4419.

State Representative Andrew Farmer Works To Protect The Personal Information Of Tennessee Residents

September 21, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) today addressed the recent Equifax data breach that jeopardized the personal information of more than 143 million U.S. consumers nationwide — including 3 million Tennessee residents — between May-July of 2017.

Representative Farmer wants the hardworking families of District 17 to know that he is working to ensure that their personal information does not fall into the hands of cybercriminals and others involved in crimes related to identity theft. He is currently in discussions with his Republican colleagues in the House chamber about possible legislation that could strengthen current state and federal laws related to private data and personal information.

Additionally, Farmer encourages residents in Jefferson and Sevier Counties to utilize the complimentary identity theft protection and credit monitoring services that are currently being offered through Equifax to monitor their credit scores and credit reports.

“We live in a day and age where we can never be too safe with our private data and personal information,” said Representative Farmer. “While this particular breach was widespread, I know that Equifax and others are taking the appropriate steps in order to ensure that a similar situation does not occur again and that the residents in our communities, as well as communities across the country, do not become victims of identity theft.”

To enroll in the complimentary identity theft protection and credit monitoring services offered through Equifax, please visit: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/enroll/

Andrew Farmer serves as the Chairman of the House Civil Justice Committee. He is also a member of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee, House Criminal Justice Committee, and House Calendar & Rules Committee. Farmer lives in Sevierville and represents House District 17, which includes part of Jefferson and Sevier Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Andrew.Farmer@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-4419.

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State Representative Andrew Farmer Announces Funding Approval For Mountain View Upgrades

July 19, 2017

Speaker Beth Harwell strongly supported funding efforts for facility wide updates

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) announced today that the State Building Commission has officially approved funding for facility wide upgrades to the Mountain View Youth Development Center in Dandridge.

These updates include the replacement of kitchen and food services equipment; overhauling the freezer and cooler; replacing window heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units and rooftop condensers; drainage and erosion repair around the facility’s perimeter fencing; repairs to the fence and gates; as well as restoration of the asphalt and maintenance shed on the grounds of the complex.

The $5.2 million project was officially approved today by the State Building Commission which oversees construction of all public state buildings and structures. In recent years, the Commission’s responsibility has been expanded to include authority over most improvement and demolition projects of property owned by the state.

“It is important that we maintain facilities like the Mountain View Youth Development Center in order to provide assistance to this important group of Tennesseans who are working to get their lives in order,” said Representative Farmer. I am grateful to the State Building Commission for making this critical investment in our community.”

The Mountain View Youth Development Center serves young men between the ages of 13-19 who have been placed in state custody by the Juvenile Courts for various offenses. The center offers programs related to mental health treatment, family therapy, individual therapy, anger replacement training, alcohol and drug treatment services, as well as additional medical and educational services.

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) — a member of the State Building Commission — was a strong supporter of this critical project and encouraged the commission to approve the necessary funding.

“Projects like this are paramount because they afford Tennessee’s juveniles with troubled backgrounds the opportunity to become productive citizens,” said Speaker Harwell. “I am proud of my colleagues for coming together and moving this initiative forward; I also thank Representative Farmer for his dedication to serving the residents of Dandridge and all of House District 17.”

Andrew Farmer serves as the Chairman of the House Civil Justice Committee. He is also a member of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee, House Criminal Justice Committee, and House Calendar & Rules Committee. Farmer lives in Sevierville and represents House District 17, which includes part of Jefferson and Sevier Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Andrew.Farmer@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-4419.

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Key House Republicans Pass Legislation Providing Property Tax Relief To East Tennessee Fire Victims

March 14, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — Monday evening, House members unanimously passed legislation co-sponsored by Representative Dale Carr (R-Sevierville) and Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) that provides additional support to East Tennessee families whose properties were damaged by last November’s wildfires.

House Bill 52 calls for prorating the 2016 tax assessment for a homeowner’s real property or business owner’s personal property, if it was damaged as a result of a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) certified disaster between Sept. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2016. The bill is modeled after similar legislation that provided relief to the victims of the 2010 floods in Nashville.

“As the residents in the eastern part of our state continue to put their lives back together, we want to do all we can to support their recovery efforts,” said House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville). “By providing property tax relief, we hope we’ve encouraged them to move toward a brighter future for themselves and their families.”

“Our communities have suffered tremendous loss and hardship due to the tragic circumstances surrounding this natural disaster,” said Representative Carr. “The passage of this bill enables us to help those who are suffering in a small way through a very difficult time.”

“It is imperative that we support the residents in communities that were ravaged by the tragic wildfires by passing this legislation,” said Representative Farmer. “This bill will help further expedite the rebuilding process so that our region can come back stronger than ever before.”

House Bill 52 would not become effective until approved by a two-third vote of the local governing body of the county and/or city in which the property is located. If the tax computed for the 2016 tax year has been paid prior to the proration, the victim would receive a refund.  The legislation is retroactive to January 1, 2016.  The owner must provide the assessor a listing of the destroyed, demolished or substantially damaged personal property for which the tax relief is sought. The owner would also be required to apply to the assessor for the relief by Sept. 1, 2017 in order to be eligible.

The full text of House Bill 52 can be accessed by visiting the Tennessee General Assembly website at: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/110/Bill/HB0052.pdf

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