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Leader Hawk’s Initiative Combatting New Instances Of Opioid Abuse Passes In House Chamber

April 10, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — Monday evening, House Republicans overwhelmingly supported passage of an initiative sponsored by State Representative David Hawk (R-Greeneville) designed to combat Tennessee’s ongoing opioid epidemic.

House Bill 1831 addresses our state’s public health crisis by limiting initial addiction to opioids among Tennesseans. The measure is designed to decrease the supply and dosage of prescription opioids with an emphasis on new patients and opioid prescriptions. The overall goal of House Bill 1831 is to reduce the number of opioids available in communities across our state.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, more than 7 million opioid prescriptions are filled annually in Tennessee. Studies suggest that patients who receive opioid prescriptions exceeding five days face a higher risk of addiction.

In 2016 alone, there were over 1,600 opioid-related overdose deaths, one of the highest death rates in the nation, and statistics show these numbers are only increasing. Each day in Tennessee, at least three people die from opioid-related overdoses — more than the daily number of traffic fatalities.

Leader Hawk continues to lead efforts in the House chamber to address one of the biggest health concerns of the citizens of his community and those across our state.

“Tennessee’s opioid crisis is a complex issue that has no boundaries,” said Leader Hawk. “In fact, we all probably know of someone whose life has been impacted by this significant health issue. I am pleased that my colleagues have supported passage of legislation that begins to address the opioid epidemic, and I will continue to fight for additional resources so that we can end the cycle of addiction in our community, and in cities and towns across Tennessee.”

House Bill 1831 now awaits passage in the Senate. For more information about this initiative, please click here.

David Hawk serves as the House Assistant Majority Leader. He is also a member of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources, House Rules, and House Finance, Ways & Means Committee, as well as the House Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee. Hawk lives in Greeneville and represents House District 5, which includes part of Greene County. He can be reached by email at Rep.David.Hawk@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7482.

Initiative Sponsored By Representatives Hawk, Faison Supporting Tennessee’s Dairy Farmers Passes In House

April 4, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — Wednesday morning, House Republicans voted unanimously to pass an initiative sponsored by State Representative David Hawk (R-Greeneville) and State Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) supporting Tennessee’s dairy farmers.

House Bill 2153 encourages consumers to purchase local dairy products by informing them that their milk was created right here in Tennessee through product labeling.

The measure comes as a group of East Tennessee dairy farmers recently expressed concerns over the future of their businesses due to contract issues and falling profits. In fact, Dean Foods recently informed approximately 100 farmers nationwide — including 11 in East Tennessee alone — that it would stop buying their milk as of May 31.

Representatives Hawk and Faison have led efforts to save the state’s dairy farming industry in the General Assembly. They hope this initiative will persuade citizens of our state to “buy local.”

“This recent situation is crippling small business owners whose farms have been in their families for generations,” said Representative Hawk. “House Bill 2153 is a small way we can support their continued viability. We encourage our citizens to back their local dairy farmers. ”

‘Tennesseans need to rally around our local dairy industry,” said Representative Faison. “What we have seen in East Tennessee could very easily have a ripple effect on communities across our state. I am hopeful that this initiative will help our citizens realize the importance of buying local as it relates to dairy.”

For more information about House Bill 2153, please click here.

David Hawk serves as the House Assistant Majority Leader. He is also a member of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources, House Rules, and House Finance, Ways & Means Committee, as well as the House Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee. Hawk lives in Greeneville and represents House District 5, which includes part of Greene County. He can be reached by email at Rep.David.Hawk@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7482.

Jeremy Faison serves as Chairman of the House Government Operations Committee. He is also a member of the House Calendar & Rules Committee, the House Health Committee and Subcommittee, the Joint Government Operations Committee, Joint Government Operations Commerce, Labor, Transportation & Agriculture, Joint Government Operations Education, Health & General Welfare, and the Joint Government Operations Judiciary & Government Subcommittees. Faison lives in Cosby and represents House District 11, which includes Cocke and part of Jefferson and Greene Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Jeremy.Faison@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-6871.

State Representative David Hawk Selected To Participate In Henry Toll Fellowship Program

August 16, 2017

Assistant Majority Leader is the only Tennessee lawmaker selected for prestigious program

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative David Hawk (R-Greeneville) has been chosen to represent Tennessee at the Council of State Governments (CSG) Henry Toll Fellowship Program Aug. 25-30 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Hawk is the only Tennessee lawmaker participating in the prestigious program. According to the Council of State Governments website, the Toll Fellowship brings together 48 of the nation’s top officials from all three branches of state government across the country for an intensive six-day, five-night leadership boot camp. Sessions are designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth while providing priceless networking and relationship-building opportunities.

Leader Hawk is now in his eighth term as a member of the Tennessee State Legislature. Currently, he is Assistant Majority Leader. His duties include serving as one of the floor leaders in the House chamber, as well as assuming primary responsibility for overseeing Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s legislation as it relates to the governor’s agenda priorities.

Additionally, Hawk has worked tirelessly throughout his time in the Tennessee General Assembly in order to find solutions to the difficult issues facing Tennesseans. He is passionate about serving the hardworking families who live in House District 5 and looks forward to this unique opportunity to enhance his leadership skills.

“I am honored and humbled to represent the State of Tennessee as a Toll Fellow,” said Leader Hawk. “By sharing ideas, thoughts, and experiences and learning from other lawmakers across our nation, I believe I will become an even more effective leader. The knowledge gained from this tremendous opportunity will enable me to continue to bring new and innovative ideas to the House chamber that will benefit our entire state and protect Tennessee’s conservative values.”

For more information about the CSG Henry Toll Fellowship program, please visit: http://www.csg.org/LeadershipCenter/TollFellows.aspx

David Hawk serves as the House Majority Assistant Leader. He is also a member of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources, House Rules and House Finance, Ways & Means Committee, as well as the House Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee. Hawk lives in Greeneville and represents House District 5, which includes part of Greene County. He can be reached by email at Rep.David.Hawk@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7482.

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Speaker Harwell, Northeast Tennessee House Members Advocate for Aerospace Park Project

July 14, 2017

NASHVILLE – Speaker of the Tennessee House Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) today sent a letter to the members of the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission urging them to seriously consider the Tri-Cities Airport’s Aerospace Park project for a major grant from the state. Speaker Harwell toured the site recently and believes the project will give the region a significant economic boost.

“The Aerospace Park project at the Tri-Cities Airport is an innovative and worthwhile project for these grant funds,” said Speaker Harwell. “I hope the commission will give serious consideration to this project because I believe it will be beneficial for the entire Northeast Tennessee region.”

The Northeast Tennessee delegation in the House of Representatives joined Speaker Harwell in advocating for the project.

“The Aerospace Park is one of the most important ventures to come to Northeast Tennessee in recent years because it will create new economic momentum for our entire region,” said Rep. John Crawford (R- Kingsport). I appreciate Speaker Harwell’s support and look forward to working with her and my Northeast Tennessee colleagues to ensure the success of this critical project.”

“The Aerospace Park project will provide a considerable boost to our local economy here in the Northeast Tennessee region,” said Rep. Bud Hulsey (R-Kingsport). “I am grateful to Speaker Harwell for supporting this critical initiative that will create high paying, high tech jobs that are a perfect fit for many of our residents.”

“My colleagues and I in the House worked diligently during the 2017 legislative session in order to ensure that this pivotal project receives the necessary funding in order to move forward,” said Rep. Timothy Hill (R-Blountville). “I know Speaker Harwell understands and appreciates the important economic impact it will have on our community, and I am thankful for her support.”

“Funding the Aerospace Park project will enable Northeast Tennessee’s economy to experience the type of growth that other parts of our state have seen in recent years,” said Rep. John Holsclaw (R-Elizabethton). “I am honored that Speaker Harwell has pledged her full support and is committed to seeing this project come to fruition.”

“Our region is fortunate to have many residents trained in this industry who are ready to fill the jobs that will be created by this important project,” said Rep. David Hawk (R-Greeneville). “I applaud Speaker Harwell’s efforts to help us make aeronautics expansion in Northeast Tennessee a reality.”

“Funding the Tri-Cities Aerospace Park will help our region be more attractive to companies looking to move to or expand their operations in the great State of Tennessee,” said Rep. Micah Van Huss (R-Gray). “I appreciate Representative Timothy Hill’s leadership and Speaker Harwell’s support in helping us move this important project forward, and I am hopeful that the Aeronautics Commission will make this important investment in our community.”

“I am proud of this excellent team of legislators, including Speaker Harwell, for their dedication to seeing this regional project advance,” said Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough). “The Aerospace Park development is a critical piece to the future of Northeast Tennessee. It will stimulate our local economy and create jobs that will benefit future generations of our residents.”

The Tennessee Aeronautics Commission (TAC) assists with the formulation of relevant policy planning and all proposed changes in the state airport system plan. More information can be found at https://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/aeronautics-commission. More information about the Aerospace Park project at Tri-Cities Airport can be found at http://www.triaerospacepark.com/.

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 You can read Speaker Harwell’s full letter by clicking here.

Tennessee Capitol Report for May 21st Highlights the 2017 session of the 110th General Assembly including bills that Governor Haslam has signed into law

May 19, 2017

News release from WKNO-TV Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee, May 17, 2017 – TENNESSEE CAPITOL REPORT concludes its third season as a 30-minute show on Tennessee’s Public Television stations this Sunday. Shot on location at the State Capitol in Nashville, the show offers in-depth interviews and behind-the-scenes video covering Tennessee’s Legislature.
This weekend, airing on Sunday morning, May 21st, the program highlights the 2017 session of the 110th General Assembly and several bills which Governor Haslam has now signed into law. Featured on this episode are:

  • Sen. Mark Norris, (R-Collierville), Senate Republican Leader – Improve Act
  • Sen. Bo Watson (R-Hixson), Chair, Senate Finance, Ways & Means Committee – State Budget
  • Sen. Mike Bell (R-Riceville) – Broadband Access
  • Rep. David Hawk (R-Greeneville) – Broadband Access
  • Sen. Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) – Pre-emption of Local Drug Possession Decriminalization
  • Sen. Joey Hensely (R-Hohenwald) – 20-Week Abortion Limits

Also on the show is a feature segment about the resolution calling for the removal of President James K. Polk’s tomb from the capitol grounds to his ancestral home in Columbia, TN. The resolution passed the Senate in March, but the House has postponed consideration to January 2018.

House Republicans Enhance Transportation Safety For Tennessee Students

April 18, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — Monday evening, Republican lawmakers unanimously approved legislation sponsored by House Majority Assistant Leader David Hawk (R-Greeneville) designed to enhance transportation safety for Tennessee students.

House Bill 322 requires all school districts, as well as charter schools to appoint a transportation supervisor to monitor and oversee student transportation. This supervisor must receive annual training developed from both the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) and the Tennessee Department of Safety (TDS) and must also implement a school transportation policy adopted by the local board of education.

Additionally, House Bill 322 requires all new bus drivers to complete a driver training program based on standards developed by the TDOE and the TDS prior to transporting any students. This bill also increases the minimum age for individuals seeking to obtain a school bus operator endorsement license from 21 to 25.

The legislation follows a deadly school bus accident in Chattanooga last year that killed six children. A 2014 school bus crash in Knoxville — caused by distracted driving — also killed two children and a teacher’s aide.

“We must protect our children as they travel to and from school each and every day and ensure that their safety is not jeopardized,” said Leader Hawk. “It is my hope that this legislation will prevent incidents similar to those in Chattanooga and Knoxville from occurring in the future.”

The full text of House Bill 322 can be accessed by visiting the Tennessee General Assembly website at: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/110/Bill/HB0322.pdf

David Hawk serves as the House Majority Assistant Leader. He is also a member of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources, House Rules and House Finance, Ways & Means Committee, as well as the House Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee. Hawk lives in Greeneville and represents House District 5, which includes part of Greene County. He can be reached by email at Rep.David.Hawk@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7482.

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