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tate Representative Rick Tillis, Department of Education Announce Critical Growth Funds

February 26, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Rick Tillis (R-Lewisburg) and the Tennessee Department of Education today announced that Richard City Special School District has received district growth funding to support education initiatives in Marion County.

Specifically, Richard City Special School District received $28,500.

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 to 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.

“Our teachers provide the foundation for future generations; that is why I was proud to support this funding in this year’s budget, and I am honored to announce that Richard City Special School District has received a portion of the investment,” said Representative Tillis.

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.

Rick Tillis is a member of the House Business & Utilities Committee, as well as the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and Subcommittee. Tillis lives in Lewisburg and represents House District 92, which includes Marshall County, as well as parts of Franklin, Lincoln and Marion Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Rick.Tillis@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-4170.

State Representative Rick Tillis, Department of Education Announce Critical Growth Funds

February 26, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Rick Tillis (R-Lewisburg) and the Tennessee Department of Education today announced that Marshall County Schools has received district growth funding to support education initiatives in the county.

Specifically, Marshall County received $93,000.

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.

“Our teachers provide the foundation for future generations; that is why I was proud to support this funding in this year’s budget, and I am honored to announce that Marshall County has received a portion of the investment,” said Representative Tillis.

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.

Rick Tillis is a member of the House Business & Utilities Committee, as well as the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and Subcommittee. Tillis lives in Lewisburg and represents House District 92, which includes Marshall County, as well as parts of Franklin, Lincoln and Marion Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Rick.Tillis@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-4170.

Representative Tillis Introduces Legislation Establishing Daylight Saving Time As Standard In Tennessee

January 30, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — Recently, State Representative Rick Tillis (R-Lewisburg) introduced legislation that establishes Daylight Saving Time as the standard time in Tennessee.

House Bill 1881 would end the semi-annual switch between Standard Time and Daylight Saving Time in communities across our state. The initiative was created based on responses from residents of District 92 to a recent survey conducted by Representative Tillis about a need for the time change.

Daylight Saving Time was originally adopted in the United States as a method of saving energy back in the 1900s. More daylight means less need for artificial light (electricity) —, especially during the evening hours. Additionally, Daylight Saving Time was considered to have an economic benefit because citizens across the country would spend more time away from their homes and out support their local economies

“I believe a switch to year-round Daylight Saving Time will have a remarkable impact on our state,” said Representative Tillis. “The extra hour of daylight should enhance the health and overall quality of life of our residents by encouraging them to become more active, and also spend extra time supporting our local businesses.”

If the measure advances and is signed into law, Tennessee would remain on Daylight Saving Time throughout the year. Hawaii and Arizona are also currently on a standard year-round time.

For more information about House Bill 1881, click here.

Rick Tillis is a member of the House Business & Utilities Committee, as well as the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and Subcommittee. Tillis lives in Lewisburg and represents House District 92, which includes Marshall County, as well as parts of Franklin, Lincoln and Marion Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Rick.Tillis@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-4170.

 

Representative Rick Tillis Announces Funding To Restore Historic Henry Horton State Park Facilities

May 12, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — Friday, State Representative Rick Tillis (R-Lewisburg) announced a $10 million budget appropriation from the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC) that will restore the historic facilities at Henry Horton State Park.

The funding is part of the fiscally conservative $37 billion balanced budget that was passed by the Tennessee General Assembly earlier this week. The monies will be used to build a new visitor’s center and restaurant, renovate the Inn at Henry Horton State Park and also restore the Willhoite Mill.

Henry Horton State Park was constructed in the 1960s on the estate of former Tennessee Governor Henry Horton. It is located on the shores of the historic Duck River, one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Remnants of the mill and bridge operated and used by the family of Horton’s spouse for more than a century can still be seen today on the Wilhoite Mill Trail.

“I’m pleased that Governor Haslam is making this investment in the facilities at Henry Horton as we celebrate the 80th anniversary of our state parks,” said Representative Tillis. “Tennesseans have enjoyed the majesty of this park for more than 50 years. This critical funding secures its legacy and guarantees that future generations will be able to enjoy it.”

The Henry Horton projects still need approval from the State Building Commission (SBC). However, the design phase of the improvements could begin as early as this fall. The projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

Rick Tillis is a member of the House Business & Utilities Committee, as well as the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and Subcommittee. Tillis lives in Lewisburg and represents House District 92, which includes Marshall County, as well as parts of Franklin, Lincoln and Marion Counties. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Rick.Tillis@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-4170.

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State Representative Rick Tillis Passes First Bill In State Legislature

March 13, 2017

Tillis recognized by fellow House Republicans during Thursday’s session

(NASHVILLE)State Representative Rick Tillis (R-Lewisburg) has officially passed his first bill in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

House Bill 85, which Tillis was asked to carry by the State Comptroller, reduces the size of government and also maintains accountability with state agencies. The bill will now travel to the desk of Governor Bill Haslam to be signed into law.

Representative Tillis was elected to the 110th General Assembly last November. House Speaker Beth Harwell also selected him to serve on the Committee to Report to the Governor earlier this year.

“I am excited to be a member of the 110th General Assembly and have enjoyed working with my Republican colleagues to enact laws that benefit our great state,” said Tillis. “It is an honor to have my first bill passed and an even greater honor to serve the people of Marshall, Franklin, Lincoln and Marion Counties.”

Representative Tillis is sponsoring one additional bill this legislative session. A Joint Resolution he recently carried that honors Eagle Scout Billy Lee Clanton was also signed by the governor.

Rick Tillis is a member of the House Business & Utilities Committee, as well as the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and Subcommittee. Tillis lives in Lewisburg and represents House District 92, which includes Marshall County, as well as parts of Franklin, Lincoln and Marion Counties. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Rick.Tillis@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-4170.

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Secretary Hargett Presents a Grant Check in Marshall County

February 27, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Secretary of State Tre Hargett presented a grant check in Marshall County Thursday.

The grant, distributed through the Tennessee State Library and Archives, will help with library technology upgrades.

“These are more than investments in supplies or computers. These grants provide access to technology and information for more Tennesseans than ever before,” said Secretary Hargett said. “I’m proud the Library and Archives plays such a vital role in ensuring limited state and federal dollars are used wisely in every corner of our state.”

The Marshall County Memorial Library received a $2,409 library technology grant to purchase new desktop and laptop computers.

“This is great news for our local libraries. Our libraries are a great asset to our communities with students of all ages benefiting from the resources which are available there. I am very pleased that these funds are available and congratulate our local officials for helping secure these funds,” said Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville).

In 2017, the Library and Archives is awarding more than $300,000 in technology grants to 114 public libraries across Tennessee, which are funded by Tennessee state government and a federal agency, the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

“These grant dollars will help upgrade the technology at our local libraries,” said Rep. Rick Tillis (R-Lewisburg). “In turn, these upgrades mean more access to the internet and research and a better ability for our citizens to have the technology needed to succeed.”

More than $95,000 in state funds is also being awarded to develop and enhance 32 local archives.

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State Representative Rick Tillis To Carry Legislation On Behalf Of House Leadership, Governor

February 22, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — House Majority Leader Glen Casada (R–Thompson’s Station) announced this week that State Representative Rick Tillis (R–Lewisburg) has been chosen to shepherd House Bill 320 through the legislative process on behalf of Republican leadership.

House Bill 320 is part of Governor Haslam’s legislative package for the year, which is traditionally handled by the House Majority Leader. Because of Representative Tillis’ leadership abilities, however, he was handpicked to lead the charge in getting the legislation passed and will handle all details relating to the bill.

“In his short time here in Nashville, Representative Tillis has already proven himself as an extremely intelligent and capable member of the General Assembly,” said Majority Leader Casada. “I have full confidence in Rick’s ability to shepherd this important bill through the legislative process, and I look forward to working with him even more in the coming weeks.”

House Bill 320 is a pro-business bill that makes three taxpayer-friendly reforms to Tennessee’s franchise and excise tax payment requirements, including extending the deadline for F&E taxes, reducing the penalty for late applications, and creating a process for the annualization of tax payments to help save money for businesses across the state.

“As a small business owner, this is the kind of common sense legislation that we need to make it easier for small business owners to be successful and create jobs in Tennessee,” said Representative Tillis.

The full text of House Bill 320 can be accessed by visiting the Tennessee General Assembly website at: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/110/Bill/HB0320.pdf.

Rick Tillis serves as a member of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and Subcommittee, as well as the House Business & Utilities Committee. He lives in Lewisburg and represents House District 92, which includes Marshall and part of Lincoln, Franklin, and Marion Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Rick.Tillis@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-4170.

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