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Measure Sponsored By Representative Lynn Preserving Tennessee’s Family Cemeteries Passes

May 1, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — An initiative sponsored by State Representative Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet) protecting Tennessee’s family cemeteries has passed in the General Assembly.

House Bill 1572 — which passed by an 88-2 vote tally in the House chamber — safeguards family cemeteries across our state from being improperly developed or accidentally destroyed. Under the new law, the commission would also be required to create an advisory committee for the purposes of studying, protecting, and preserving Tennessee’s cemeteries and burial sites — especially those of historical significance.

Steve McDaniel, Deputy Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives, was the originating sponsor of the bill.  The idea for the legislation came after a Nashville area business purchased land which included a family burial ground. The business owner moved the bodies without first obtaining permission. Once made aware that he had to return the bodies, it was realized that he had misplaced the remains of some of those who were buried at the location.

The overall goal of House Bill 1572 is to better protect our family cemeteries and burial sites across the state from improper infringement and to identify the many family grave sites across the state.

“We have seen many of our gravesites and cemeteries in communities across Tennessee completely disappear in recent years,” said Representative McDaniel. “House Bill 1572 will ensure that these properties are protected and that those who are buried there are undisturbed and can continue to rest in peace.”

“Not only are our family cemeteries important to people who have buried generations of their relatives at particular sites, but some also have historical significance,” said Representative Lynn. “This new law will help purchasers of land identify burial sites that may be on the property and provide comfort to families who want to know that their loved ones are protected.”

For more information about House Bill 1572, please click here.

Susan Lynn serves as the Chairman of the House Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee. Lynn is also a member of the House Consumer & Human Resources, House Finance Ways & Means, and House Ethics Committee, as well as the Joint Fiscal Review Committee. She lives in Mount Juliet and represents House District 57, which includes Wilson County. Lynn can be reached by email at Rep.Susan.Lynn@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7462.

Steve McDaniel serves as Deputy Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives. He is also Chair of the House Rules, and Ethics Committees, as well as the House Finance, Ways, & Means Study Subcommittee. Additionally, McDaniel serves as a member of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources, and the House Finance, Ways, & Means Committees, as well as the House Ethics and House Finance Ways & Means Subcommittees, and the Joint Pensions & Insurance Committee. McDaniel lives in Parkers Crossroads and represents House District 72, which includes Henderson, Chester, Decatur, and Perry Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Steve.McDaniel@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-0750.

Wilson County Delegation Applauds Passage Of Bill Ending Mandatory Vehicle Emissions

April 23, 2018

HB 1782 passes by 96-0 vote tally in House Monday night.

(NASHVILLE) – An initiative co-sponsored by members of the Wilson County Legislative Delegation, State Representative Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet) and State Representative Clark Boyd (R-Lebanon), requiring counties to take all necessary steps to end mandatory vehicle emissions testing in Tennessee has passed in the House chamber.

House Bill 1782 — recently approved by a 96-0 vote tally by House members — would apply to residents of Wilson County where emissions testing is still required prior to vehicle registration or renewal.

The 1990 Federal Clean Air Act required the state to develop more restrictive regulations to control air pollution from mobile sources in counties which were not meeting the Federal Standards for air quality.

Currently, testing is done on vehicles with a model year of 1975 and newer if they are powered by a gasoline or diesel engine and weigh up to 10,500 lbs.  Over 1.5 million vehicles went through emissions testing in Tennessee last year in the six counties where it is required.

The idea for House Bill 1782 came following a report from the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC) released last August revealing that all 95 Tennessee counties met federal air quality health standards; after this report was issued, it became clear to the Wilson County Legislative Delegation that mandatory testing was no longer needed.

“Vehicle emissions testing is a process that creates avoidable stress and financial burdens for our working families,” said Representative Lynn. “House Bill 1782 moves Tennessee away from mandatory vehicle emissions testing which benefits our citizens and doesn’t create any harmful environmental side effects.”

“Vehicle testing is not only time consuming but seems to disproportionally affect people who can least afford to make repairs to their cars,” added Representative Boyd. “The people of Wilson County have been loud and clear in their support of this legislation to end emissions testing. I have heard them, and am proud to be a sponsor of this legislation.”

For more information about House Bill 1782click here.

State Representative Susan Lynn Fights To Address TNReady Testing Problems

April 20, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet) is fighting to address another round of issues associated with the state’s TNReady testing system.

The latest problems plaguing TNReady’s online testing platform occurred this week and have frustrated parents, teachers, and school superintendents while also placing unnecessary stress on students.

The most significant development took place on Tuesday when the Department of Education reported that the current vendor who administers the test experienced a cyber-attack on its computer system. Additionally, many students in school districts across Tennessee were unable to log into or complete their tests both the day before and after this attack.

TN Ready tests are vitally important to students, teachers, and schools across Tennessee because they count for large portions of final student grades as well as final teacher evaluations and school rankings.

As soon as the legislators learned of the problems on Tuesday, they immediately called in the Department of Education and the TBI to learn what was going on.  The also told the commissioner that they wanted her and Questar to appear before the House Education and Government Operations Committees jointly in the morning, and crafted and passed legislation to immediately help with the issue.

Thursday afternoon the Senate presented their own legislation to the House.  The differences between the two bills will be settled over the weekend.  Both bills address the issues of having the test scores count towards teachers’ evaluations and students’ final grades; holding each of these groups harmless in the wake of the system’s widespread failures.

While this important step begins to address the latest difficulties associated with testing, Representative Lynn looks forward to working with her colleagues in the coming days to find additional solutions that will prevent similar situations from occurring in the future.

“It is extremely disappointing that we have experienced yet another year of problems related to our state’s standardized testing system,” said Representative Lynn. “I want our students, parents, teachers, and superintendents to know that we are working to resolve these ongoing problems. I believe we must have a system that is reliable and accurate. No teacher or student should be penalized for unforeseen circumstances like those that have taken place this week.”

Susan Lynn serves as the Chairman of the House Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee. Lynn is also a member of the House Consumer & Human Resources, House Finance Ways & Means, and House Ethics Committee, as well as the Joint Fiscal Review Committee. She lives in Mount Juliet and represents House District 57, which includes Wilson County. Lynn can be reached by email at Rep.Susan.Lynn@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7462.

Representative Susan Lynn Announces Funding For Interstate 40 Construction In Wilson County

April 18, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet) today announced funding from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) for construction on a portion of Interstate 40 in Wilson County.

The monies will cover the cost of widening a portion of the interstate between State Route 109 and Interstate 840 — part of TDOT’s three-year transportation program. Funding for the project was made possible through the passage of the IMPROVE Act in 2017.

The IMPROVE Act establishes a dedicated source of funding in order to cut down on the reported $10.1 billion backlog of road projects currently on Tennessee’s books. Additionally, it has provided the largest tax cut in Tennessee history — the food tax, the Hall Income Tax and property taxes for low-income seniors and disabled veterans as well as a reduction in the Franchise & Excise Tax which has attracted new business to our state.

“This latest project would not be possible had we not passed the IMPROVE Act last year, and I am pleased that construction will soon begin,” said Representative Lynn. “This will ease congestion, and also improve safety, and the quality of life for our residents. I am eager to see this project completed in the next few years.”

Last month, Lynn and TDOT officials celebrated the beginning of construction on a 7-mile stretch of State Route 109 from just north of U.S. 70 to just south of the Cumberland River — the culmination of several years of hard work led by Representative Lynn in the General Assembly. This project was also funded through the IMPROVE Act.

Susan Lynn serves as the Chairman of the House Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee. Lynn is also a member of the House Consumer & Human Resources, House Finance Ways & Means, and House Ethics Committee, as well as the Joint Fiscal Review Committee. She lives in Mount Juliet and represents House District 57, which includes Wilson County. Lynn can be reached by email at Rep.Susan.Lynn@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7462.

State Representative Susan Lynn Fights For Tennessee’s Students & Teachers

April 10, 2018

Subcommittee Chairman pushes for continued investments in education, school safety

(NASHVILLE) — Throughout her time serving the citizens of House District 57, State Representative Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet) has fought for additional resources designed to improve Tennessee’s education system, school bus safety, as well as the safety of our students during school hours.

As a member of the House Finance, Ways, & Means Committee, Lynn led Republican efforts in 2017 to not only fully fund education in Tennessee but also provide additional monies to account for school district growth. Her efforts resulted in Wilson County Schools receiving $746,000 to support education initiatives in the county.

“I have prioritized education as a member of the House Finance Committee, and I have fought to ensure that our local schools have all the resources they need so that they can continue to offer future generations of Tennesseans access to high-quality education,” said Representative Lynn.

Over the past several years, Lynn and House Republicans have increased funding for K-12 education by more than $1.2 billion 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.

Representative Lynn has fought to enhance safety for students who rely on school buses to transport them to and from school each day; she has also spearheaded recent conversations with Governor Haslam as it relates to enhancing protections within our academic institutions.

Two weeks ago, the Governor announced that he is allocating an additional $30 million as part of his Fiscal Year 2019 budget in order to address and identify potential risks to students, teachers, and staff members. Recently, the Working Group On School Safety also released their official recommendations on how they can better protect Tennessee’s students. They include:

  • A review and risk assessment of all school facilities to identify vulnerabilities.
  • An increase in available resources to help secure school resource officers (SROs).
  • A statewide technology application for anonymous reporting of security threats.

Other recommendations focus on training and drills, as well as promoting positive behavioral health for all students. Representative Lynn remains committed to working with her colleagues in order to ensure safe environments for students, teachers, and staff members.

“Our students and our teachers should never have to worry about their safety in a school building,” added Lynn. “They should be focusing all of their efforts and energy on their work in the classroom. I will continue to push for additional resources that better protect them, and I look forward to the work ahead of us as a legislative body so that we can create solutions to end instances of school violence.”

Susan Lynn serves as the Chairman of the House Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee. Lynn is also a member of the House Consumer & Human Resources, House Finance Ways & Means, and House Ethics Committee, as well as the Joint Fiscal Review Committee. She lives in Mount Juliet and represents House District 57, which includes Wilson County. Lynn can be reached by email at Rep.Susan.Lynn@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-74

State Representative Susan Lynn Fights For Additional Funding To Improve School Bus Safety

March 26, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet) continues to fight for additional funding that will improve school bus safety in districts across Tennessee.

In February, Representative Lynn met with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to discuss gaining his support of the bill to protect students who rely on the bus to travel to and from school.  As a result, the Governor announced that he has set aside $3 million in nonrecurring funds for grants in the amendment to his fiscal year 2018-2019 budget. These grants will help school districts address the extra costs associated with purchasing buses equipped with seat belts.

Additionally, Representative Lynn is sponsoring House Bill 395. It requires that any bus purchased on or after July 1, 2018, that is owned, operated, or leased by a public or private elementary or secondary school system to be used to transport students to and from schools or school-related events must be equipped with a restraint system. Additionally, these restraint systems must be approved by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for both the driver and all passengers.

Last year, Representative Lynn traveled to Indiana to research the pros and cons of restraint systems on school buses. She observed a side-impact crash involving a semi traveling 35 miles an hour and a school bus transporting crash test dummies. In this scenario, crash test dummies were both belted and unbelted. For those unbelted, the crash proved to be fatal. Those that were belted in remained safely restrained.

Representative Lynn has prioritized the safety and well-being of students who depend on school buses as part of their daily transportation.

“Every day, we count on our buses and drivers to get our children to school and back safely, and I am grateful that Governor Haslam has allocated additional funding as part of his budget amendment that will help us better protect our kids,” said Representative Lynn. “He will forever be remembered as the Governor who improved school bus safety, and I am honored to have worked with him in an effort to begin addressing this paramount issue.”

During the 2017 legislative session, Representative Lynn supported passage of House Bill 322. The measure 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.

Susan Lynn serves as the Chairman of the House Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee. Lynn is also a member of the House Consumer & Human Resources, House Finance Ways & Means, and House Ethics Committee, as well as the Joint Fiscal Review Committee. She lives in Mount Juliet and represents House District 57, which includes Wilson County. Lynn can be reached by email at Rep.Susan.Lynn@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7462.

House Approves State Representative Susan Lynn’s National Motto In The Classroom Act

March 21, 2018

Initiative displays “In God We Trust” in prominent locations within schools

(NASHVILLE) — This week in the House chamber, Republican lawmakers supported passage of an initiative sponsored by State Representative Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet) that calls for our national motto — “In God We Trust”— to be displayed in schools across Tennessee.

House Bill 2368, which passed by an 81-8 vote tally Monday evening, requires each local education agency to display “In God We Trust” in a prominent location within Tennessee’s schools. This initiative was brought to Representative Lynn by the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation.

“In God, We Trust” has served as the official motto of the United States since 1956. It first appeared on the two-cent penny in 1864 and on paper currency in 1957. Currently, 19 other states — including Arkansas, Colorado, Mississippi, and Virginia — have taken similar action in an effort to educate future generations of school students about the importance of our national motto.

“Our national motto and our founding documents are the cornerstones of freedom, and they must be shared with our future generations,” said Representative Lynn. “I am honored to have sponsored passage of an initiative that will remind our current and future students about the true foundation for American life – faith and family.”

For additional information about House Bill 2368, please click here.

Susan Lynn serves as the Chairman of the House Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee. Lynn is also a member of the House Consumer & Human Resources, House Finance Ways & Means and House Ethics Committee, as well as the Joint Fiscal Review Committee. She lives in Mount Juliet and represents House District 57, which includes Wilson County. Lynn can be reached by email at Rep.Susan.Lynn@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7462.

Legislation Sponsored By Representative Susan Lynn Attracting New Business To Tennessee Passes In House

March 19, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — Recently, House Republicans passed legislation sponsored by State Representative Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet) designed to continue Tennessee’s job growth and economic prosperity.

House Bill 1818 provides a roadmap for Tennessee to attract private trust companies from other states and to expand those currently here through deregulation. This initiative expands the number of clients that a private trust company can conduct business transactions within Tennessee to empower them and to create jobs across our state.

Private trusts, also known as family trusts, are entities that provide trust and other fiduciary services to a single-family group.

House Bill 1818 is the latest in a series of initiatives sponsored by Representative Lynn in recent years that have led to remarkable job growth and record-low unemployment rates in her community, as well as across all regions of Tennessee.

“I have fought to bring new jobs to District 57 throughout my time serving our men, women, and families, and I am excited that House Bill 1818 will sustain our economic momentum,” said Representative Lynn. “My colleagues and I remain committed to supporting sensible legislation that reduces government regulations and red tape. This will ensure that we are able to continue the creation of high-quality jobs that our residents strongly desire.”

Republican lawmakers, led by Representative Lynn, have created more than 400,000 net new private sector jobs over the last eight years. As of early 2018, Wilson County had the fifth lowest unemployment rate in the entire state — just 2.9 percent.

For more information about House Bill 1818, please click here.

Susan Lynn serves as the Chairman of the House Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee. Lynn is also a member of the House Consumer & Human Resources, House Finance Ways & Means, and House Ethics Committee, as well as the Joint Fiscal Review Committee. She lives in Mount Juliet and represents House District 57, which includes Wilson County. Lynn can be reached by email at Rep.Susan.Lynn@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7462.

State Representative Susan Lynn Sponsors Initiative To Phase Out Professional Privilege Tax

March 13, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet) is sponsoring an initiative designed to further reduce taxes on Tennessee’s workers.

House Bill 41 — currently before members of the House Finance, Ways, and Means Subcommittee — rolls back the Professional Privilege Tax over a five-year period, reducing it by $80.00 annually until 2022 when the tax is completely phased out.

According to the Tennessee Department of Revenue (DOR), the Professional Privilege Tax is applicable to those licensed or registered to practice in 22 different professions. They range from accountants, dentists, and physicians to audiologists, speech pathologists, and veterinarians.

Those registered or licensed to practice in one of these professions are required to pay a $400 annual tax. This fee applies to all professionals in these fields, regardless of whether they work as needed, part-time, or full-time.

According to the DOR, 225,000 Tennesseans pay approximately $90,000,000 annually in professional privilege taxes. The tax is due on June 1 every year, and it is paid for the following 12 months.

Representative Lynn continues to lead Republican efforts to further reduce taxes on Tennesseans. House Bill 41 is the latest way she is working to ease tax burdens on our hardworking men, women, and families.

“The Professional Privilege Tax unfairly and unnecessarily penalizes our citizens whose profession occupations fall into one of these categories and require a license,” said Representative Lynn. “No other state in our entire nation has a similar tax, and it is time for Tennessee to take action to end this inequity. I am committed to supporting the ambitions and dreams of our industrious Tennesseans by eliminating this oppressive occupational tax in the weeks ahead.”

Since 2011, Representative Lynn and House Republicans have cut more than $800 million in taxes — including a 30 percent cut on groceries. They have also phased out the inheritance tax, eliminated the gift tax, and raised the exemption level on the Hall tax while scheduling it to be completely phased out in the next two years.

For more information about House Bill 41, please click here<http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/110/Bill/HB0041.pdf>.

Susan Lynn serves as the Chairman of the House Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee. Lynn is also a member of the House Consumer & Human Resources, House Finance Ways & Means and House Ethics Committee, as well as the Joint Fiscal Review Committee. She lives in Mount Juliet and represents House District 57, which includes Wilson County. Lynn can be reached by email at Rep.Susan.Lynn@capitol.tn.gov<mailto:Rep.Susan.Lynn@capitol.tn.gov> or by calling (615) 741-7462.

State Representatives Susan Lynn & Clark Boyd, Department of Education Announce Critical Growth Funds

February 22, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Susan Lynn (R-Mount Juliet), State Representative Clark Boyd (R-Lebanon), and the Tennessee Department of Education today announced that Wilson County Schools and Lebanon Special School District have both received district growth funding to support education initiatives in Wilson County.

Specifically, Wilson County Schools received $746,000 and Lebanon Special School District received $176,500.

This funding is a direct result of a Republican-led effort to not only fully fund education in Tennessee but also provide an additional $18 million towards school district growth.

These significant investments in many Tennessee school districts will allow growing schools to maintain the necessary resources so that they can continue offering quality education for our state’s young leaders.

“We have made education a priority of the House Finance Committee; we’ve increased funding for K-12 education by over $1.2 billion over the last 7 years while cutting taxes for hardworking Tennesseans.  Wilson County has great schools, and these much needed additional funds help our fast growing districts,” said Representative Lynn.

“Providing a quality education for this next generation of Tennesseans is a top priority for me. I am honored and proud to work with my Republican colleagues as we continue that fight today and every day,” said Representative Boyd.

This funding has been so well received by parents, education officials, and teachers that Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam added another $18 million in growth funds to his proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

Susan Lynn is the Chairman of the House Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee. Lynn is also a member of the House Consumer & Human Resources, House Finance Ways & Means and House Ethics Committee, as well as the Joint Fiscal Review Committee. She lives in Mount Juliet and represents House District 57, which includes part of Wilson County. Lynn can be reached by email at Rep.Susan.Lynn@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7462.

Clark Boyd serves as a member of the House Insurance & Banking Committee. He is also a member of the House Consumer & Human Resources Committee and Subcommittee. Boyd lives in Lebanon and represents House District 46, which includes Cannon, and part of Wilson and Dekalb Counties. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Clark.Boyd@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7086.