First Weekly Wrap of 2021

February 3, 2021

January, 22, 2021 House Republicans address education in special session Republicans returned to Nashville on Tuesday to begin a special legislative session on education called by Gov. Bill Lee. In a joint convention of the House and Senate, the governor laid out his legislative initiatives for the lawmakers. In his speech, Lee pointed to learning […]

Education Legislation

February 3, 2021

Literacy Supporting Materials Accountability Supporting Materials Learning Loss

Special Session 2021

January 19, 2021

1. LITERACY – HB 7002 ● What is it? Reading ability and literacy levels are fundamental benchmarks of education. Only ⅓ of Tennessee 3rd graders are on reading level. This legislation aims to improve the amount of Tennessee students on reading level by focusing on a fundamental of reading: phonics (method of teaching to read […]

Rep. Bryan Terry begins session with district debriefing with Gov. Bill Lee

January 19, 2021

On January 12, legislators were sworn in to office for the 112th Tennessee General Assembly.  During his tenure, Rep. Bryan Terry, MD (R-Murfreesboro) has taken the opportunity to engage Governors Bill Haslam and Bill Lee in pre-session discussions that he refers to as a District Debriefing.  Following the swearing in ceremony, Terry met with Gov. […]

Pat Marsh’s Letter to the District

January 15, 2021

The challenge is to do good things without harming the good things we already have in place. -Unknown We started back in Legislative Session at 12:00 noon on January 12th.  We always start Session on the second Tuesday of January every year.  Each start is full of excitement and this year was no different with […]

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 […]