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General Assembly Approves Representative Vaughan’s Initiative Promoting Shelby County Business Expansion

May 10, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — Recently, the Tennessee General Assembly unanimously approved an initiative sponsored by State Representative Kevin Vaughan (R-Collierville) that promotes business expansion in Memphis and Shelby County.

House Bill 2064 encourages residential and business developers to expand operations outside of the central business district through deregulation and tax incentives.

Current law restricts economic developers — including the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) for Memphis and Shelby County — from offering tax incentives to any business looking to expand outside the central business district.

House Bill 2064 eases these restrictions and enables EDGE to encourage business expansion outside the district through payments-in-lieu-of-taxes or PILOTs. These types of incentives have been critical in the development of the center city area and could benefit other portions of the city and county.

“This measure paves the way for new industry and high-quality job growth across other parts of our community,” said Representative Vaughan. “I am grateful to my colleagues for supporting it, and I know it will benefit the City of Memphis and all of Shelby County.”

Additional information about House Bill 2064 can be found by clicking here.

Under the leadership of Representative Vaughan and House Republicans, Tennessee is truly thriving. In recent years, more than 400,000 net new private sector jobs have been created. Over the past 12 months, Tennessee’s unemployment rate decreased a full percentage point from 4.4 percent to 3.4 percent and remains less than the national average of 4.1 percent.

For more information about how House Republicans are advancing Tennessee’s conservative values, please click here.

Kevin Vaughan serves as a member of the House Insurance & Banking and the House Business & Utilities Committees. He lives in Collierville and represents House District 95, which includes part of Shelby County. He can be reached by calling (615) 741-1866 or by email at: Rep.Kevin.Vaughan@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Vaughan Strengthens Protections For Parents & Children Involved In Custody Cases

February 26, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — Recently, State Representative Kevin Vaughan (R-Collierville) sponsored passage of legislation that adds additional protections for parents and children involved in violent custody cases.

House Bill 1546 empowers a parent or legal guardian who has been the victim of an attempted murder to petition a judge to terminate parental rights of the individual convicted of the offense.

The measure enhances current protections for children involved in these types of cases. Additionally, it strengthens laws for parents or legal guardians who have survived attempts at their lives while increasing punishment guidelines for presiding judges.

“Too often, we have seen a parent or legal guardian cross a very dangerous line, resulting in the serious injury of their partner or spouse,” said Representative Vaughan. “It is my hope that this measure acts as an additional deterrent in these specific instances while also protecting the safety of our children and surviving parents.”

For more information about House Bill 1546, please click here.

Kevin Vaughan serves as a member of the House Insurance & Banking and the House Business & Utilities Committees. He lives in Collierville and represents House District 95, which includes part of Shelby County. He can be reached by calling (615) 741-1866 or by email at: Rep.Kevin.Vaughan@capitol.tn.gov.

State Representatives Kevin Vaughan, Mark White, & Department of Education Announce Growth Funding

February 20, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Kevin Vaughan (R-Collierville), State Representative Mark White (R-Memphis), and the Tennessee Department of Education today announced that both Collierville Schools and Germantown Municipal School District have received district growth funding to support education initiatives in West Tennessee.

Specifically, Germantown Municipal School District received $269,500. Collierville Schools were awarded $524,500.

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.

“This investment in our local schools is great news for our community,” said Representative Vaughan. “I pledge to our residents that I will continue to fight for additional resources in order to ensure that our teachers and students have the tools they need to succeed.”

“I am pleased that my colleagues and I have been able to secure this critical funding that will support the work of our teachers and allow our children to achieve their educational goals and dreams,” said Chairman White. “When we support our teachers, our students can focus all of their attention on learning, and all of Tennessee benefits.”

The inclusion of growth funding as part of the budget has been so well received by parents, education officials, and teachers that the governor has added an additional $18 million in growth funding as part of his Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

Kevin Vaughan serves as a member of the House Insurance & Banking and the House Business & Utilities Committees. He lives in Collierville and represents House District 95, which includes part of Shelby County. He can be reached by calling (615) 741-1866 or by email at: Rep.Kevin.Vaughan@capitol.tn.gov

Mark White serves as Chairman of the House Education Administration & Planning Subcommittee. He is also a member of the House Education Administration & Planning, House Consumer & Human Resources, House Rules, and Joint Fiscal Review Committees. White lives in Memphis and represents House District 83, which includes part of Shelby County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Mark.White@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-4415.

State Representative Kevin Vaughan Passes First Bill In House Chamber

February 7, 2018

House Bill 1500 streamlines accounting and financial reporting standards

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Kevin Vaughan (R-Collierville) has officially passed his first bill as a member of the Tennessee General Assembly and the House Republican Caucus.

House Bill 1500 streamlines local government operations by updating the Local Government Modernization Act of 2005. This ensures that local governments are in compliance as it relates to the accounting and financial reporting standards established by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. The measure will now head to Governor Bill Haslam’s desk where it will be signed into law.

“My first year as a member of the House Republican Caucus has been an incredibly rewarding experience,” said Representative Vaughan. “I am proud to serve the people of our community, and I am grateful to partner with my Republican colleagues in order to advance Tennessee’s conservative values. Together, I know our efforts will ensure that our community, region, and state continue to thrive.”

Vaughan is sponsoring 10 bills and co-sponsoring 5 additional initiatives during the 2018 legislative session.

The full text of House Bill 1500 can be found by click here.

Kevin Vaughan serves as a member of the House Insurance & Banking and the House Business & Utilities Committees. He lives in Collierville and represents House District 95, which includes part of Shelby County. He can be reached by calling (615) 741-1866 or by email at Rep.Kevin.Vaughan@capitol.tn.gov.