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State Rep. Esther Helton-Haynes’ Capitol Hill Review


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The pace picked up this week on Capitol Hill with lawmakers advancing several bills through committee and on the House floor. The House Finance, Ways and Means Committee continued its work advancing the priorities of Tennesseans for next year by completing its seventh week of budget hearings. The House Education Committee on Wednesday held a…

State Rep. Esther Helton-Haynes’ Capitol Hill Review


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Republicans advance ban on taxpayer-funded transgender surgeries The House Insurance Subcommittee this week advanced Republican legislation to protect taxpayer money from being used for transgender surgeries in Tennessee. House Bill 1215 would prohibit a managed care organization (MCO) contracted with TennCare from covering any medical procedures performed for the purpose of changing a person’s sex.…

State Rep. Esther Helton-Haynes’ Capitol Hill Review


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Gov. Lee unveils 2023 legislative vision in State of the State address  ‘Tennessee: Leading the Nation’ Gov. Bill Lee on Monday addressed a joint session of the General Assembly in the House Chamber in which he outlined his legislative priorities for 2023 and presented a $55.6 billion budget proposal for the coming year. The governor’s…

State Rep. Esther Helton-Haynes’ Capitol Hill Review


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House members file 1,530 bills Following the completion of organizational tasks in both chambers, members of the General Assembly were hard at work this week advancing the priorities of Tennesseans. The primary goal of the General Assembly is the same each year: to provide the best possible service at the greatest efficiency and at the…

State Rep. Esther Helton-Haynes’ Capitol Hill Review


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Gov. Bill Lee inaugurated for second term Gov. Bill Lee highlighted Republican accomplishments and upcoming priorities during his second inaugural address delivered at Legislative Plaza in Nashville on Saturday, Jan. 21. In his speech, Tennessee’s 50th governor mentioned the need for a transportation and energy strategy that is designed for one of the fastest-growing states…

State Rep. Esther Helton extends investment period for border region cities


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NASHVILLE, Tenn.– State Rep. Esther Helton, R-East Ridge, successfully passed legislation to extend the investment period for border region cities, which include East Ridge, Bristol and Kingsport. House Bill 330 passed with unanimous support in both the House and the Senate. House Bill 330 extends the payback period from 30-35 years from during which a certain…

State Rep. Esther Helton announces financial meal assistance for Tennessee students


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P-EBT program replaces school lunches  NASHVILLE,  ​Tenn. – ​State Rep. Esther Helton, R-East Ridge, today announced financial assistance is available to help families provide food for their children through the Tennessee Department of Human Services. The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer or P-EBT aims to provide financial assistance for school meals missed during the months of March,…

Legislative Update from State Rep. Esther Helton


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  House Republicans address critical health needs during Covid-19 pandemic As the number of Covid-19 cases continue to rise across our state, House Republicans work to identify innovative solutions to help our health care professionals meet the evolving health needs of all Tennesseans. Before recessing last week, members approved a new $150 million fund to combat…

Speaker Casada Names Representative Helton Vice-Chairman Of House Health Committee


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(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada (R-Thompson’s Station) has named State Representative Esther Helton (R-East Ridge) Vice-Chairman of the House Health Committee. This is an honor rarely bestowed upon first-year lawmakers. The 19-person committee will be responsible for all healthcare matters and legislation pertaining to the health and well-being of Tennessee’s citizens. “We have an…

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