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Mike Sparks: DeBerry’s voice amplified as member of governor’s cabinet

December 14, 2020

The year 2020 will go down as being known for COVID-19, social-distancing and the political ambush of State Rep. John DeBerry by the Tennessee Democratic Party. DeBerry, a Memphis Democrat and respected statesman in the House of Representatives, was ousted by his own party back in May by a 41-18 vote by members of the […]

Rep. Jason Zachary files legislation for 2021 rolling back health department autonomy in Tennessee

November 12, 2020

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — State Rep. Jason Zachary (R-Knoxville) has filed legislation for 2021, designed to scale back the power of Tennessee’s six independent metropolitan health departments during their response to a county-wide health emergency. House Bill 7 dials back the autonomy of the state’s six independent health departments in Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Madison, Shelby, and […]

Vice-Chairman Ogles, House Republicans prioritize accountability measure to address violent protest

October 30, 2020

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — This year, during the second extraordinary session of the 111th General Assembly, State Rep. and Republican Caucus Vice-Chairman Brandon Ogles (R-Franklin) joined with House leadership to file our nation’s first Mob Violence Governmental Accountability Bill. This legislation addresses violent protests, disorderly behavior, and mob violence, and it is now law in Tennessee. […]

State Reps. Bryan Terry and Charlie Baum working on legislation to address public safety in Tennessee 

October 19, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State Representatives Bryan Terry, MD (R-Murfreesboro) and Charlie Baum (R-Murfreesboro) today announced they will introduce legislation aimed at deterring malicious intimidation and harassment of first responders. The ‘First Responder Safety Act,’ will address growing concerns related to threats made to public safety professionals while carrying official duties.  The initiative would be eligible […]

Representative Timothy Hill’s Legislation Empowering Tennessee To Lead On Healthcare Passes House

April 14, 2019

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Republican lawmakers today unanimously approved Representative Timothy Hill’s (R-Blountville) legislation that will empower Tennessee to lead on healthcare by creating a patient-centered system that addresses the unique needs of our citizens, while lowering overall costs. House Bill 1280 calls on the Governor, acting through the Commissioner of Finance & Administration to submit a waiver to the federal […]

Tennessee Republicans Introduce Rural Healthcare Plan

February 21, 2019

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.)  — House Republican leaders today unveiled a patient-centered, free market approach to transform healthcare in Tennessee by unveiling the CARE plan. This legislative package includes eleven different initiatives that will all reshape healthcare in Tennessee through Consumerism, increasing Access, improving Rural health systems, and Empowering patients to ensure individuals and families to make […]

Majority Leader Lamberth Calls For More Government Transparency And Open Records Accessibility

February 15, 2019

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — House Majority Leader William Lamberth (R-Portland) today is calling for greater government transparency that will further serve to protect all records custodians, while expanding public availability of open records through increased online access. “I am calling on both state departments and local governments to evaluate all records that may be placed online […]

Rep. Timothy Hill Files Legislation Empowering Tennessee To Lead On Healthcare

February 7, 2019

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Representative Timothy Hill (R-Blountville) today introduced legislation that will empower Tennessee to lead on healthcare and create a patient-centered system that addresses the unique needs of our citizens, while lowering costs. House Bill 1280 calls on the Governor, acting through the Commissioner of Finance & Administration to submit a waiver to the federal centers for […]

Chairman Curcio Introduces Legislation Implementing Balanced Community Oversight Board Guidelines

February 5, 2019

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — State Representative Michael Curcio (R-Dickson) today introduced legislation aimed at creating balance within community oversight boards across Tennessee. Backed by Republican leadership, this legislation balances both the interests of our citizens to voice their opinion while also protecting the fundamental rights of officers and their families from malicious or politically focused persecution. Community oversight […]

Speaker Casada Names Representative Rudder Vice-Chairman Of House Government Operations Committee

January 22, 2019

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada (R-Thompson’s Station) has named State Representative Iris Rudder (R-Winchester) Vice-Chairman of the House Government Operations Committee. This is an honor rarely bestowed upon first-year lawmakers. The 15-person committee is responsible for legislation concerning the creation of new departments, commissions, boards, agencies or councils of state government. It […]