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State Rep. Elaine Davis’ Capitol Hill Review


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Constitutional amendment gives judges more discretion for bail A proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that would increase public safety by allowing bail to be denied for more violent crimes advanced out of the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee this week.  House Joint Resolution 859, filed by House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, would expand…

State Rep. Elaine Davis’ Capitol Hill Review


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Grant program for school emergency alert response systems advances Legislation that would establish a grant program for safety alert systems in Tennessee public schools advanced out of the Government Operations Committee this week. House Bill 2528, sponsored by State Rep. Ron Gant, R-Piperton, would provide $60,000 annually to assist local school districts and public charter…

State Rep. Elaine Davis’ Capitol Hill Review


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Budget becomes central focus in final weeks of 113th General Assembly Members of the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee this week were briefed by Finance and Administration Commissioner Jim Bryson on Gov. Bill Lee’s amended budget proposal for the 2024-25 fiscal year. “We’ve been really managing our expenses to stay significantly under our revenues,”…

State Rep. Elaine Davis’ Capitol Hill Review


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General Assembly celebrates agriculture in Tennessee Tennessee’s annual Ag Day on the Hill was held at the State Capitol in Nashville on March 19 and featured a variety of events, exhibits, activities and livestock along with producers and exhibitors from across the state. The event coincided with National Agriculture Week. In Tennessee, agriculture-related industries employ…

State Rep. Elaine Davis’ Capitol Hill Review


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General Assembly confirms new Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Members of the General Assembly confirmed the appointment of Mary L. Wagner to the Tennessee Supreme Court in a joint session in the House chamber on Monday. Wagner is currently the circuit court judge for the 30th Judicial District, which covers Shelby County. She previously served as…

Rep. Elaine Davis proposes expanded penalty for intentional false reporting


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The House Criminal Justice Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill that will expand the penalty for intentionally false-reporting emergencies in Tennessee, sometimes referred to as “swatting.” House Bill 2395, introduced by State Rep. Elaine Davis, R-Knoxville, will add active shooter or hostage situations to the Class C felony offense of intentionally circulating a false emergency…

Rep. Elaine Davis proposes to improve access to prenatal care in rural communities


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The House on Tuesday advanced a bill that will improve access to prenatal care for expectant mothers who live in rural areas. House Bill 2461, sponsored by State Rep. Elaine Davis, R-Knoxville, will give expectant mothers who have transportation barriers to care access to remote ultrasound and fetal nonstress tests in residences and other off-site…

State Rep. Elaine Davis’ Capitol Hill Review


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General Assembly passes ELVIS Act Tennessee first in the nation to protect ‘voice’ from AI misuse The General Assembly this week unanimously passed first-of-its-kind legislation protecting artists’ identity and work from misuse of artificial intelligence (AI). The Ensuring Likeness Voice and Image Security (ELVIS) Act, sponsored by House Majority Leader William Lamberth, R-Portland, now heads…

House advances bill creating accessible voting process for blind Tennesseans


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The House on Wednesday advanced legislation that will improve access to voting for people with vision impairment.  House Bill 2293, also known as the Print Disability Absentee Voting Act, creates a process for an accessible electronically-delivered ballot to be delivered to Tennesseans with print disabilities, which are impairments that affect a person’s ability to read,…

State Rep. Elaine Davis’ Capitol Hill Review


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House advances school choice, bolsters public education Plan gives families the power to use their tax dollars to choose the best school that meets the needs of their child House Republicans this week unveiled a sweeping proposal to improve education in Tennessee by expanding school choice opportunities for families and strengthening existing public schools statewide.…

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