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Representatives Hill & Van Huss Secure $50,000 For Johnson City/Washington County Veterans Memorial

May 7, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) and State Representative Micah Van Huss (R-Johnson City) today announced they have secured $50,000 for the Johnson City/Washington County Veterans Memorial.

The monies are a part of the 2018-2019 budget and will be used to support the memorial.

Recently, the Tennessee Veterans Memorial Foundation announced plans to add approximately 1,200 new spaces for the names of additional Johnson City and Washington County veterans to the existing shrine memorializing our local military heroes.

Located in Kiwanis Park near the Mountain Home National Cemetery, the memorial honors the brave men and women who have served our nation during World War I to the present and future years. It is a lasting tribute to our past, present, and future service members who make tremendous sacrifices in order to keep us free.

Throughout their time serving in our General Assembly, Representatives Hill and Van Huss have fought for Northeast Tennessee’s veterans, active duty service members, and military families. Securing this important funding is a small way to thank these important groups for their dedication to our state and to our nation.

“Our veterans have made exceptional sacrifices to defend our freedom, and this memorial serves as an appropriate tribute to them,” said Representative Hill. “I am pleased that we were able to secure funding for this important project which will enable us to honor more of our future veterans, and I will continue to fight for our military members and their families.”

“This memorial is a small way we can recognize and thank our veterans for their selfless and courageous service to our nation,” said Representative Van Huss. “As a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, it is an honor to support this memorial by securing the vital funding it needs. This will ensure that future generations of our citizens are able to visit it and learn more about those the memorial honors.”

For more information about the Johnson City/Washington County Veterans Memorial, please click here.

Matthew Hill serves as a member of the House Finance, Ways, & Means and House Health Committees. Hill is also a member of the House Health and House Rules Subcommittees. He lives in Jonesborough and represents District 7, which includes a portion of Washington County. Hill can be reached by email at Rep.Matthew.Hill@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-2251.

Micah Van Huss serves as the Majority Floor Leader and on the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Criminal Justice Committee, and Insurance and Banking Committee.  He lives in Gray and represents House District 6, which covers half of Washington County.  He can be reached by calling: (615) 741-1717 or emailing Rep.Micah.VanHuss@capitol.tn.gov

Tennessee Stolen Valor Act Sponsored By Representative Van Huss Passes In General Assembly

April 11, 2018

Measure cosponsored by Senator Crowe increases penalties against those who impersonate military heroes

(NASHVILLE) — Wednesday morning, House members unanimously passed a measure sponsored by State Representative Micah Van Huss (R-Johnson City) and cosponsored by State Senator Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) that strengthens identity protections for our military veterans.

House Bill 2130/Senate Bill 2030, also known as the Tennessee Stolen Valor Act, is designed to safeguard the identities of our brave veterans who serve our state and our nation by cracking down on instances of theft and fraud involving those who attempt to imitate them.

The measure creates a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail, as well as a fine of up to $2,500, for anyone who impersonates a veteran or individuals who fraudulently represent their service with the intent of obtaining money, property, services, or any other tangible benefits.

House Bill 2130/Senate Bill 2030 comes after a recent case in Northeast Tennessee involving a con artist who lied about his military service to steal from veterans.

An eight-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Representative Van Huss has fought to support our brave military heroes and their families throughout his time serving in our General Assembly.

This initiative is the latest in a series of Republican-led measures designed to honor our veterans and thank them for their service.

“I was honored to carry this legislation on behalf of the veterans of Washington County and of Tennessee,” said Representative Van Huss.  “We are working to put an end to actions that cheapen your service to our nation.  Thank you to all of the veterans who served before my generation of veterans.  You likely were not thanked like I was.  We would not have been able to accomplish what we did in Iraq if it were not for your efforts across the globe.”

“Our veterans cared more for our liberty and freedom than they did for their own lives,” said Senator Crowe.  “Our military protects us every day.  It is important for us to make sure that those that may be misrepresenting their service be prosecuted to the fullest.”

For additional information about House Bill 2130/Senate Bill 2030, please click here.

State Representative Micah Van Huss Fights For Additional Funding For School Safety

March 20, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — In the wake of last month’s tragic school shooting in Florida, State Representative Micah Van Huss (R-Johnson City) continues to fight for additional funding in order to improve student safety in classrooms and school buildings across Tennessee.

Recently, Representative Van Huss met with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to discuss the need for more resources designed to prevent instances of school violence from occurring in our state.

Tuesday, the Governor announced that he has set aside $30.2 million in funds for school safety in the amendment to his fiscal year 2018-2019 budget. The monies will be allocated based upon some of the recommendations made by members of the School Safety Working Group.

Last month, Representative Van Huss introduced House Bill 2129 — also known as the School Safety Act of 2018. The measure is designed to help secure our schools by allowing off duty, post-certified, law enforcement officers to work security at Tennessee’s public schools.

Under the proposal, Local Education Agency (LEAs) would not be required to participate in the program. Additionally, each LEA will receive a list of officers who are willing to serve school communities as part of the program. These individuals would be available during school hours, as well as afterschool events and would receive $58.00 in daily compensation from the state. Payments will be made monthly to those who protect and serve Tennessee’s school children as part of the program.

Institutions that currently employ a School Resource Officer (SRO) would also be encouraged to participate. Representative Van Huss remains committed to improving the safety of our students, teachers, and staff.

“Unfortunately, we have to worry about our kid’s safety when we send them to school,” said Representative Van Huss. “Things aren’t the way they used to be when boys would bring rifles to school to go hunting afterward.  We have taken God out of schools, we’ve trivialized the importance of family, and we’ve legalized the killing of babies. Though this legislation doesn’t get to the root of our nation’s moral problems, it does implement additional security measures in order to make sure our kids are secure in their classrooms.”

Members of the House and Senate are expected to debate the Governor’s budget in the coming weeks. For more information about House Bill 2129, please click here.

Micah Van Huss serves as the Majority Floor Leader and on the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Criminal Justice Committee, and Insurance and Banking Committee.  He lives in Gray and represents House District 6, which covers half of Washington County.  He can be reached by calling: (615) 741-1717 or emailing Rep.Micah.VanHuss@capitol.tn.gov

State Representatives Matthew Hill, Micah Van Huss Announce Grant Award For Town Of Jonesborough

February 8, 2018

(NASHVILLE) – State Representative Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) and State Representative Micah Van Huss (R-Johnson City) today announced a $100,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) has been awarded to the Town of Jonesborough.

The monies were allocated to the town by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) for commercial façade improvements. They can be used for downtown improvements including new awnings, signage, paint, building repairs, and other upgrades.

Founded in 1779, Jonesborough is Tennessee’s oldest town; it was established 17 years before Tennessee was even granted statehood and was frequented by former President Andrew Jackson in the late 1700s. It is also known as the Storytelling Capital of the World.

“This announcement is great news for our community, and I want to congratulate our local officials and our citizens,” said Representative Hill.  “It is very exciting to know that our community will receive this important funding to help preserve our history and restore our buildings.”

“I am extremely grateful for this investment by TNECD in our treasured community,” said Representative Van Huss. “These grant dollars will help us update our landmark structures and create a new energy among our residents.”

For more information about the CDBG program, please click here.

Micah Van Huss serves as the Majority Floor Leader and on the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Criminal Justice Committee, and Insurance and Banking Committee.  He lives in Gray and represents House District 6, which covers half of Washington County.  He can be reached by calling: (615) 741-1717 or emailing Rep.Micah.VanHuss@capitol.tn.gov.

Matthew Hill is a member of the House Finance Ways and Means Committee as well as the House Health Subcommittee, Health Committee, and Rules Subcommittee.  He lives in Jonesborough and represents House District 7, which covers the other half of Washington County.  He can be reached by calling: (615) 741-2251 or by emailing Rep.Matthew.Hill@capitol.tn.gov. 

 

Representative Van Huss, House Criminal Justice Committee Members Enhance Safety and Security for Tennesseans

September 28, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — Throughout the first half of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly, members of the House Criminal Justice Committee energetically worked to strengthen laws that enhanced the safety and security of citizens in communities across the state. Thanks to the hard work of State Representative Micah Van Huss (R-Johnson City) and fellow committee members, the panel advanced 50 legislative initiatives that were signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

These initiatives enhanced the rights of crime victims, protect the confidentiality of minors, crack down on DUI, child abuse, drug, and sexual offenders, create harsher penalties for theft, illegal possession of firearms, human trafficking, and elder abuse, and help address Tennessee’s opioid crisis. Some of the legislation includes:

  • House Bill 29: Streamlines the compensation process for crime victims.
  • House Bill 44:     Establishes guidelines for finding missing persons.
  • House Bill 55:     Enhances penalties on individuals involved in retail theft.
  • House Bill 173: Clarifies sanctions against drug and substance abuse offenders.
  • House Bill 186:   Holds DUI offenders responsible for the cost of testing.
  • House Bill 317:   Ensures safe reentry into society for persons with mental health disorders.
  • House Bill 344: Protects the identities of underage crime victims.
  • House Bill 403:   Strengthens child endangerment laws.
  • House Bill 404:   Creates additional protections against child predators.
  • House Bill 452:   Increases penalties for felons found in possession of firearms.
  • House Bill 560:   Protects personal information of law enforcement members.
  • House Bill 615: Combats human trafficking and child sex abuse.
  • House Bill 810:   Safeguards elderly Tennesseans from abuse and exploitation.
  • House Bill 959:   Refines penalties for juveniles who share explicit images.
  • House Bill 1207: Deters overprescribing of opioids by Tennessee physicians.

“I want to thank my constituents for the trust they have placed in me and for allowing me to serve them specifically in the area of criminal justice reform,” said Representative Van Huss.

“I am proud of the work we did throughout the 2017 legislative session in order to heighten the safety and security of Tennesseans across our state,” said Committee Chairman and State Representative William Lamberth (R-Cottontown). “Credit the thorough work of the men and women who serve on this committee and as members of our state’s governing body. They continue to focus their efforts and resources on creating a safer and better Tennessee for future generations.”

Additionally, 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 Criminal Justice Committee for enhancing safety and security measures in order to better protect our residents,” said Speaker Harwell. “Their efforts during the 2017 legislative session will have a tremendous impact on Tennessee now and in the years to come.”

Representative Micah Van Huss serves as the Majority Floor Leader and on the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Criminal Justice Committee, and Insurance and Banking Committee.  He lives in Gray and represents House District 6, which covers half of Washington County.  He can be reached by calling (615) 741-1717 or emailing Rep.Micah.VanHuss@capitol.tn.gov

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

July 17, 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 Micah Van Huss (R-Jonesborough) 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.”

Micah Van Huss serves as the House Majority Floor Leader and is a member of the House Insurance & Banking and the House Criminal Justice Committees, as well as the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. Van Huss lives in Jonesborough and represents House District 6, which includes part of Washington County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Micah.VanHuss@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1717.

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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.