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HB 2148: Establishes the Tennessee Center for Nursing Advancement within East Tennessee State University. This bill requires the center to develop a strategic statewide plan for nursing manpower based on a detailed analysis of workforce needs. This center’s goal is to lessen the gap for nurses in the workforce. HB 2146: Establishes a third-party skills…

Campaign Ethics

Campaign Finance & Ethics Reform Act of 2021:Requires all statewide candidates and Political Action Committees (PACs) to file an itemized report of spending and contributions regardless of dollar amount. Removes the $100 and less exclusion rule for reporting. All political contributions must be reported. Requires reporting for all 10 days before an election of all…

Education

HB 2530 (Heart to Heart Act): Encourages schools to offer automated external defibrillator device training to school bus drivers. HB 1912: Authorizes LEAs to provide up to two days of the required 180 days of classroom instruction through remote instruction per certain criteria such as:Dangerous or extreme weather, a serious illness outbreak, or end-of-course testing…

Children

HB 2583: Emotional and mental abuse is added to the criminal code for violations by a child care provider. It is also now a Class E felony for operating a child care facility after your license has been suspended/denied or operating a facility without a license within 10 years of a previous finding by the…

Health

HB 2661: Establishes the requirement for pharmacies to be reimbursed for at least the actual costs of medicine. Bans pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) from steering customers to pharmacies they own instead of small, locally operated pharmacies. HB 2655: Clarifies that present law authorizing a health care provider to provide telehealth services when acting within the…

Law & Order

HB 2656 (Truth in Sentencing): Provides certainty to victims of violent crimes that the criminals who victimized them will stay behind bars for the entirety of their sentence. Certain violent offenders will serve 100% of their sentence before release:Attempted first degree murder Second degree murder Vehicular homicide resulting from the driver’s intoxication Aggravated vehicular homicide…

State Representative Robin Smith Passes First Bill In House Chamber

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — State Representative Robin Smith (R-Hixson) has officially passed her first bill as a member of the Tennessee General Assembly and the House Republican Caucus. As introduced, House Bill 422 clarifies the licensure process for Tennessee’s nurses. It is the latest in a series of Republican-led initiatives to improve the quality of care available…

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