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State Representative Kevin Brooks Named Legislator Of The Year By Tennessee School Health Coalition

April 16, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Kevin Brooks (R-Cleveland) has been named 2017 Legislator of the Year by the Tennessee School Health Coalition (TNSHC).

Brooks was selected for this award because of his unwavering support and advocacy for the Tennessee Coordinated School Health program.

According to the Tennessee Department of Education’s website, the Coordinated School Health program was first created with the passage of the Coordinated School Health Act in 2000 and was later expanded into academic institutions across the state in 2006.

The program is designed to connect physical, emotional, and social health with education through eight inter-related components. This approach supports improvements in students’ overall health, as well as their capacity to learn through the support of families, communities, and schools all working together.

Representative Brooks has prioritized the health and well-being of the students who live in his community throughout his time serving District 24. Through this specific initiative, he has partnered with local program coordinators and the Bradley County Health Department to remove barriers to learning for students. This includes ongoing education about the dangers of tobacco use and abuse, as well as free flu shots for all students in the Bradley County and Cleveland City School Districts.

Additionally, Brooks has fought for increased physical activity and physical education, healthier school nutrition programs, and stronger standards for district school buses in an effort to improve student safety. He is also currently a sponsor of a budget amendment that — if passed — will increase program funding as part of Governor Haslam’s FY 2018-2019 budget.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive this award from the Tennessee School Health Coalition,” said Representative Brooks. “I believe we must continue to support the health and well-being of our students through this effective program because they are our future leaders; when our students have the tools they need to succeed, we all benefit, and the future of our state is bright.”

As Vice-Chairman of the House Finance, Ways, & Means Committee, Brooks and his colleagues have increased funding for K-12 education by more than $1.2 billion in recent years while also cutting taxes on hardworking citizens. This investment has resulted in our students becoming the fast-improving in the entire nation across math, reading, and science. Additionally, Tennessee posted the highest graduation rates ever last year — 89.1 percent.

Brooks and his Republican colleagues led efforts in 2017 to not only fully fund education in Tennessee but also provide additional monies to account for school district growth. His efforts led to Bradley County Schools receiving an additional $202,000 to support education initiatives in the county.

For more information about how Vice-Chairman Brooks and the House Republican Caucus are advancing Tennessee’s conservative values, please click here.

Kevin Brooks serves as the Vice-Chairman of the House Finance, Ways & Means Committee. He is also a member of the House Calendar & Rules and House Insurance & Banking Committee, as well as the House Finance Ways & Means Subcommittee. Brooks lives in Cleveland and represents House District 24, which includes part of Bradley County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Kevin.Brooks@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1350.

House Speaker Beth Harwell Recognizes Members Of Task Force On Opioid Abuse For Their Work

September 8, 2017

Lawmakers commended for their efforts to combat ongoing opioid epidemic

(NASHVILLE) — Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) today commended members of the Ad Hoc Task Force on Opioid Abuse and thanked them for their work addressing the opioid epidemic paralyzing Tennessee and the entire nation.

Speaker Harwell convened the task force at the beginning of the 2017 legislative session with the goal of finding new methods to attack this extremely dangerous issue.

This week, task force members made their recommendations to address a crisis that has claimed the lives of more than 6,000 Tennesseans over the past five years. Some of the recommendations made by the task force include:

  • The addition of 25 Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) agents in the coming year.
  • Limiting the number of controlled drugs prescribed by providers in emergency rooms.
  • Creating a new Tennessee Commission to Combat Drug Abuse.
  • Requesting additional funding from the White House to fight addiction.

Tennessee consistently ranks at the top of the charts nationally with regards to prescription drug abuse. Additionally, the state is seeing an increase in the rates of babies being born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). Harwell will now review the recommendations made by the group before presenting them to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam in order to determine possible legislation for the upcoming session.

“My colleagues who have participated on this task force have done a remarkable job considering all options so that we can find solutions to address this critical issue that has led to so many tragic outcomes for families across Tennessee,” said Speaker Harwell. “While we have made considerable progress, our work is far from over. I am confident that these recommendations are a tremendous starting point that will support our work in the coming months.”

“I am proud of what my colleagues and I have been able to achieve over these last several months as it relates to assisting the men, women, and families who are battling addiction,” said Representative Brooks. “Moving forward, I know our work will help all of us become more effective at creating and implementing new solutions to eventually end this terrible crisis.”

Kevin Brooks serves as the Vice-Chairman of the House Finance, Ways & Means Committee. He is also a member of the House Calendar & Rules and House Insurance & Banking Committee, as well as the House Finance Ways & Means Subcommittee. Brooks lives in Cleveland and represents House District 24, which includes part of Bradley County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Kevin.Brooks@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1350.

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State Representative Kevin Brooks Looks Forward To Tennessee’s Sustained Conservative Success

May 30, 2017

Lawmaker fought for historic tax cuts; supported education and military servicemen and women in 2017

(NASHVILLE) — Throughout the first half of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly, State Representative Kevin Brooks (R-Cleveland) focused on protecting the state’s conservative values and fought to support all Tennesseans by cutting taxes, funding infrastructure, and backing key education initiatives.

During the 2017 legislative session, Brooks supported the passage of the “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads, and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy (IMPROVE) Act, a sustainable plan that improves the state’s infrastructure by cutting down on the reported $10.1 billion backlog of road projects currently on Tennessee’s books. The IMPROVE Act also historically cuts taxes by more than $300 million annually, and creates high quality jobs that maintain Tennessee’s economic momentum.

Brooks fought to support the educational dreams of our National Guard members without fear of financial struggle by co-sponsoring the Support, Training and Renewing Opportunity for National Guardsmen (STRONG) Act. This important education initiative provides last-dollar scholarships to our state’s service members who meet eligibility requirements.

Representative Brooks was also instrumental in securing critical funding for broadband internet service expansion in House District 24, sponsoring the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act. The legislation helps address the need for reliable broadband internet services in rural Tennessee communities.

Additionally, Brooks sponsored House Bill 1064, which allows financial institutions to increase protection for elderly Tennesseans against financial exploitation. In 2017, he sponsored 16 bills, 41 resolutions and also co-sponsored 49 additional pieces of legislation.

“The investments that we have made in critical focus areas during the 2017 legislative session will move Tennessee forward with an eye on our future,” said Representative Brooks. “I am pleased that our work as a Republican supermajority continues to make this state even more desirable for businesses and families. I am also eager to continue this work in the months ahead and when we reconvene in 2018.”

Kevin Brooks serves as the Vice-Chairman of the House Finance, Ways & Means Committee. He is also a member of the House Calendar & Rules and House Insurance & Banking Committee, as well as the House Finance Ways & Means Subcommittee. Brooks lives in Cleveland and represents House District 24, which includes part of Bradley County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Kevin.Brooks@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1350.

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House Republicans Broaden Access To Broadband Services For Rural Tennesseans

April 12, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — This week, House Republicans passed legislation sponsored by State Representative Kevin Brooks (R-Cleveland) and State Representative Dan Howell (R-Georgetown) that improves access to reliable internet services for Tennesseans living in rural communities.

House Bill 529, also known as the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act, expands broadband internet services across the state — especially to rural Tennessee communities that completely lack coverage — through business investment, deregulation and education.

Coupled with the state budget, the legislation makes targeted investments through grants and tax credits that focus on the state’s underserved or unserved areas. It also permits the state’s private, nonprofit electric cooperatives to provide retail broadband internet service — something they have been completely unable to do in the past.

Tennessee currently ranks 29th in the country for broadband access; thirteen percent of the state actually lacks accessibility to high speed internet. While only 2 percent of the state’s urban citizens lack access, 34 percent of rural residents per capita are without coverage, placing them at a distinct disadvantage over their city counterparts.

“Our rural communities are a critical component of our state’s economy, and this legislation enables them to grow and prosper,” said Representative Brooks. “I’m excited that Tennessee’s rural residents, including those in my district, will now have their needs for affordable and reliable internet services met, thanks to the passage of the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act.”

“The Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act paves the way for the residents of District 22 to have their long-standing internet service needs finally addressed,” said Representative Howell. “ I am pleased that more of my constituents will now have access to dependable broadband internet services.”

The full text of House Bill 529 can be accessed by visiting the Tennessee General Assembly website at: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/110/Bill/HB0529.pdf

Kevin Brooks serves as the Vice-Chairman of the House Finance, Ways & Means Committee. He is also a member of the House Calendar & Rules and House Insurance & Banking Committee, as well as the House Finance Ways & Means Subcommittee. Brooks lives in Cleveland and represents House District 24, which includes part of Bradley County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Kevin.Brooks@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1350.

Dan Howell serves as the Chairman of the Joint Government Operations Judiciary & Government Subcommittee and as the Vice-Chairman of the House Local Government Committee. He is also a member of the House Government Operations and Joint Government Operations Committee, as well as the House Local Government Subcommittee. Howell lives in Georgetown and Represents House District 22, which includes Meigs, Polk and part of Bradley Counties. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Dan.Howell@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7799.

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