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Putting Tennessee First; Why I Voted For Legislation That Secures Our Border

May 17, 2018

On the final day of the 2018 legislative session, my colleagues and I in the House took necessary steps to strengthen our border with passage of House Bill 2315.

This initiative — which I strongly support and urge Governor Haslam to sign — adds teeth to our existing immigration laws by holding any Tennessee city or local municipality that provides safe harbor to illegal immigrants accountable for their actions. Those who are found in noncompliance with House Bill 2315 would be ineligible to receive economic development grants from the state until they abandon policies that encourage illegal immigration.

Additionally, the measure encourages cooperation between local and federal law enforcement as they enforce federal immigration laws, jointly protecting Tennessee from those that violate these laws.

You may have heard some question the constitutionality of this legislation. Their argument is that it makes profiling permissible — that is simply not the case. Racial profiling is illegal and will remain so. House Bill 2315 simply empowers local law enforcement who detain individuals for criminal activity to cross-check federal databases to ensure they are here legally.

Our nation’s greatness is partly due to our strong history of immigration — including my father’s grandparents who immigrated from Italy. To protect this legacy and to allow it to continue, we must maintain control of our borders and know who comes and goes. Every state and city must pitch in to help our federal officials do their jobs.

I believe that House Bill 2315 taps into Tennessee’s volunteer spirit, doing our part in keeping our borders secure. That’s just common sense.

Representative Curcio’s Resolution To Advance Process Of Bringing President Polk’s Remains Home Passes

April 10, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — Monday evening, House members passed a resolution sponsored by State Representative Michael Curcio (R-Dickson) that advances the process of bringing the late U.S. President James K. Polk and First Lady Sarah Polk home to Maury County.

Senate Joint Resolution 141 expresses support for the relocation of the Polks’ tomb from the grounds of the State Capitol to the President James K. Polk Home and Museum in Maury County.

Since the loss of Polk Place in 1901 and the opening of the President James K. Polk Home and Museum in Columbia in 1929, Polk’s legacy has been found in Maury County. Therefore, this location most closely fits his request as the only remaining home Polk lived in except for the White House. Since 1929, the President James K. Polk Home and Museum has been the main historic site for the 11th President and houses the largest collection of Polk artifacts.

“President Polk was a remarkable Tennessean and one of our greatest public servants,” said Representative Curcio. “I am pleased that my colleagues and I are honoring his memory with an initiative that most closely aligns with his requests, and I look forward to seeing his family’s journey finally come to an end at home in Maury County.”

Members of the Tennessee Historical Commission and the Tennessee Capitol Commission will now need to approve of the relocation of the Polk family’s remains. Additionally, the Chancery Court of Davidson County must also determine whether they can be moved.

For more information about Senate Joint Resolution 141, please click here.

Michael Curcio serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee. He is also a member of the House Insurance & Banking Committee, as well as the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. Curcio lives in Dickson and Represents House District 69, which includes Hickman County, as well as parts of Dickson and Maury Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Michael.Curcio@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-3513.

State Representative Michael Curcio’s SAFE Act Passes In House Chamber

April 3, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — Monday evening, Republican lawmakers unanimously supported passage of an initiative sponsored by State Representative Michael Curcio (R-Dickson) designed to improve the quality of care for Tennesseans battling addiction.

As part of the ongoing efforts of House Republicans to address Tennessee’s opioid and drug crisis, House Bill 1929 — known as the Stopping Addiction & Fostering Excellence (SAFE) Act — ensures that patients who utilize recovery houses receive high-quality care that empowers them to overcome their battles with addiction.

The SAFE Act enables providers at these facilities to focus their efforts on implementing more customized and targeted treatment plans for patients. Additionally, House Bill 1929 streamlines operational guidelines while strengthening partnerships between the facility and its local municipality.

Tennessee’s opioid epidemic claimed the lives of more than 1,600 Tennesseans in 2016 alone.  Each day in our state, at least three people die from opioid-related overdoses. This is more than Tennessee’s daily number of traffic fatalities.

As Vice-Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee, Representative Curcio has been instrumental in the Republican-led efforts to address this paramount issue. Their overall goal is to keep more of our state’s citizens moving along a pathway away from dependency towards complete recovery.

“Our state is facing an unprecedented drug and opioid crisis that is crippling communities across our state,” said Representative Curcio. “House Bill 1929 creates an additional tool to assist them in their efforts so that they can end the cycle of addiction. It also ensures that those who utilize these facilities receive the best possible care.”

House Bill 1929 does not impact facilities associated with the Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (DIDD). For additional information about this initiative, please click here.

Michael Curcio serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee. He is also a member of the House Insurance & Banking Committee, as well as the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. Curcio lives in Dickson and Represents House District 69, which includes Hickman County, as well as parts of Dickson and Maury Counties. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Michael.Curcio@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-3513.

State Representatives Shelia Butt and Michael Curcio, Department of Education Announce Critical Growth Funds

February 22, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Shelia Butt (R-Columbia), State Representative Michael Curcio (R-Dickson), and the Tennessee Department of Education today announced that Maury County Schools has received district growth funding to support education initiatives in the county.

Specifically, Maury County Schools received $267,000.

This funding is a direct result of a Republican-led effort by Tennessee General Assembly members to not only fully fund education in Tennessee but also provide $18 million to cover school district growth as part of Governor Bill Haslam’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget.

These significant investments will allow many of our state’s school districts with soaring populations to maintain proper student to teacher ratios so that they can continue offering quality education for our next generation of leaders.

“We are delighted to be able to make these funds available for the challenges that Maury County faces while our community is growing and our schools are positioning themselves to provide an excellent education for our young students,” said Representative Butt.

“In Tennessee, we have made a commitment to improving our schools, and if you look at the numbers, it is paying off. Investing additional funds to provide for our growing school districts is critical in the continued fight to improve education in Tennessee,” said Representative Curcio.

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.

Sheila Butt serves as a member of the House Health Committee; she is also a member of the House Education Instruction & Programs Committee and Subcommittee. Butt lives in Columbia and represents House District 64, which includes part of Maury County. She can be reached by email at Rep.Sheila.Butt@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-3005.

Michael Curcio serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee. He is also a member of the House Insurance & Banking Committee, as well as the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. Curcio lives in Dickson and Represents House District 69, which includes Hickman County, as well as parts of Dickson and Maury Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Michael.Curcio@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-3513.

State Representative Michael Curcio Sits Down For Chairman’s Chat

February 13, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — Recently, State Representative Michael Curcio (R-Dickson) was a guest of House Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) as part of a new social media segment titled Chairman’s Chat.

During their conversation, Curcio provided Chairman Williams with insight on topics ranging from why he chose to serve, his role as Vice-Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee, as well as his continued focus on the important issues of his residents. They include a bill Curcio is sponsoring, known as the SAFE Act. The measure improves the quality of care for Tennesseans battling addiction.

“We have seen some instances where once patients move into a lower level of recovery, there isn’t as much oversight, and there are some bad actors trying to profit off of the misfortunes of others,” said Representative Curcio. “The good news is that we haven’t heard a lot of those types of stories coming out of our state, but we want to make sure they do not.”

To view this week’s Chairman’s Chat with Representative Curcio, please click here.

Michael Curcio serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee. He is also a member of the House Insurance & Banking Committee, as well as the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. Curcio lives in Dickson and Represents House District 69, which includes Hickman County, as well as parts of Dickson and Maury Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Michael.Curcio@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-3513.

Michael Curcio (R-Dickson) Joins Chairman Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) For A Chairman Chat

February 12, 2018

Representative Michael Curcio Sponsors Resolution To Bring James K. Polk’s Remains Back Home

February 7, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Michael Curcio (R-Dickson) today announced that he is sponsoring a resolution to bring the remains of late U.S. President James K. Polk back home to Maury County.

The measure expresses support for the relocation of Polk’s tomb from the grounds of the State Capitol to the President James K. Polk Home and Museum in Maury County.

During the early 1800s, Polk and his family resettled from North Carolina to an area near the Duck River in Maury County. The Polk Family was extremely active in politics— both in the county, as well as in the nearby town of Columbia.

After he graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Polk was elected clerk of the Tennessee State Senate. He later served as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives and was chosen as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives before becoming Tennessee’s ninth governor in 1839.

Six years later, Polk was elected our nation’s 11th president.  During his presidency (1845-1849), he led the nation through the ratification of the Oregon Treaty, the Texas annexation, and the Mexican-American War.

Additionally, President Polk started the United States Naval Academy, commissioned the Washington Monument, and issued the first postage stamp.

Since the loss of Polk Place in 1901 and the opening of the President James K. Polk Home and Museum in Columbia in 1929, Polk’s legacy has been found in Maury County. Therefore, this location most closely fits his request as the only remaining home Polk lived in except for the White House. Since 1929, the President James K. Polk Home and Museum has been the main historic site for the 11th President and houses the largest collection of Polk artifacts.

“James K. Polk was an extraordinary Tennessean and a remarkable servant of our nation,” said Representative Curcio. “It is only fitting that we honor his wishes and finally bring his remains back home to Maury County so that he may finally rest in peace.”

The James K. Polk Home and  Museum is a National Historic Landmark owned by the state. For more information about the site, please click here.

Michael Curcio serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee. He is also a member of the House Insurance & Banking Committee, as well as the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. Curcio lives in Dickson and Represents House District 69, which includes Hickman County, as well as parts of Dickson and Maury Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Michael.Curcio@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-3513.

Representative Curcio Files Legislation To Improve Quality Of Care For Tennesseans Battling Addiction

January 30, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Michael Curcio (R-Dickson) today introduced legislation designed to improve the quality of care for Tennesseans who are battling addiction.

As part of the ongoing efforts of House Republicans to address Tennessee’s opioid and drug crisis, House Bill 1929 — known as the Stopping Addiction & Fostering Excellence (SAFE) Act — ensures that patients who utilize recovery houses receive high-quality care that empowers them to end the cycle of addiction.

The SAFE Act enables providers at these facilities to focus their efforts on implementing more customized and targeted treatment plans for patients. Additionally, House Bill 1929 streamlines operational guidelines while strengthening partnerships between the facility and its local municipality.

Tennessee’s opioid epidemic claimed the lives of more than 1,600 Tennesseans in 2016 alone.  Every day in our state, at least three people die from opioid-related overdoses. This is more than Tennessee’s daily number of traffic fatalities.

As Vice-Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee, Representative Curcio remains committed to addressing all sides of this paramount issue in order to keep more Tennesseans moving along a pathway to complete recovery.

“It is clear that our state’s drug and opioid crisis is the most important issue we have faced as a state over the last several years,” said Representative Curcio. “We want to do our part in order to ensure that those who utilize recovery houses receive the best possible care so that they can continue to move away from a state of dependency and regain their independence.”

For additional information about House Bill 1929, please click here.

Michael Curcio serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee. He is also a member of the House Insurance & Banking Committee, as well as the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. Curcio lives in Dickson and Represents House District 69, which includes Hickman County, as well as parts of Dickson and Maury Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Michael.Curcio@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-3513.

State Representative Michael Curcio To Serve On New Wellness Caucus

November 15, 2017

Panel tasked with improving health and well-being for Tennesseans

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Michael Curcio (R-Dickson) today announced that he will serve on a new Wellness Caucus created by members of the Tennessee General Assembly and in collaboration with the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness.

The caucus is chaired by State Representative Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) and Senator Bo Watson (R-Hixson). It consists of 37 members — including 28 Republicans — from both the House and Senate who will study and propose new solutions to important health and wellness issues in communities across the state.

While Nashville is considered a healthcare hub for our entire nation, Tennessee still remains one of the least healthy states in the country. Approximately one in four adults smoke, and one in five high school students uses tobacco. Additionally, 33 percent of the state’s population is classified as obese, and type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure are at near-epidemic levels in all regions of the state.

Caucus members will help shape future public policy so that Tennesseans impacted by some of these adverse health conditions are able to make lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health outcomes.

“It is a great honor to serve with these distinguished members of the General Assembly as we work to better the well-being of our residents,” said Representative Curcio. “I look forward to identifying new ways that we can improve their overall health and quality of life through this exciting, new opportunity.”

For more information about the Governor’s Foundation for Health & Wellness, please visit http://healthierTN.com.

Michael Curcio serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee. He is also a member of the House Insurance & Banking Committee, as well as the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. Curcio lives in Dickson and Represents House District 69, which includes Hickman County, as well as parts of Dickson and Maury Counties. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Michael.Curcio@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-3513.

Representative Curcio Supports Law Enforcement Community In Their Efforts To End Human Trafficking

November 13, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — Recently, State Representative Michael Curcio (R-Dickson) supported the efforts of members of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) during a three-day human trafficking operation in Brentwood, Tennessee which led to the arrests of 22 men.

The TBI conducted the operation last month in connection with the Brentwood Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, and the office of the 21st District Attorney General Kim Helper.

These indictments are the latest in a series of successful outcomes achieved by local and state law enforcement in recent years related to human trafficking. Much of the credit can be traced to the partnership between these agencies and members of the Tennessee General Assembly — including Representative Curcio.

As Vice-Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee, Curcio and his colleagues worked to strengthen the state’s human trafficking laws in 2017. According to Shared Hope International, Tennessee ranks second among all 50 states in legislation geared toward combatting human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

Unfortunately, almost 94 Tennessee teenagers fall victim to human trafficking crimes every month. Representative Curcio is currently working with the TBI to examine the possibility of filing legislation for the 2018 session related to this issue, as well as additional types of criminal activity.

“As a father to three young children, it is extremely disturbing and disheartening that human trafficking has become such a widespread problem across our state,” said Representative Curcio. “I want to congratulate all agencies involved in this recent operation that led to a significant number of arrests. My colleagues and I in the House chamber renew our support for them; together, I know we can end human trafficking in Tennessee once and for all.”

Michael Curcio serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee. He is also a member of the House Insurance & Banking Committee, as well as the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. Curcio lives in Dickson and Represents House District 69, which includes Hickman County, as well as parts of Dickson and Maury Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Michael.Curcio@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-3513.