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Representative Andrew Farmer To Carry Legislation On Behalf Of House Leadership, Governor Bill Lee

March 7, 2019

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — House Majority Leader William Lamberth (R-Portland) and Assistant Majority Leader Ron Gant (R-Rossville) today announced that State Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) has been chosen as a co-prime sponsor to shepherd House Bill 942 through the legislative process on behalf of Republican leadership.

 The measure is part of Governor Lee’s legislative package for the year, which is traditionally sponsored by the House Majority Leader and Assistant Majority Leader. Because of Chairman Farmer’s leadership abilities and his passion for addressing our state’s ongoing drug crisis, he is the ideal person to handle all details related to this initiative.

“Chairman Farmer has fought to increase penalties against drug offenders and hold them accountable for their actions throughout his time in our General Assembly,” said Leader Lamberth. “I know he will do a great job guiding this initiative through the committee process, and I look forward to working with him to pass this important measure.”

“I appreciate Chairman Farmer’s willingness to guide this legislation through the House,” said Assistant Leader Gant. “Our General Assembly has done an incredible job strengthening our drug laws in recent years. This initiative builds upon our efforts and will take dangerous substances off our streets.”

 House Bill 942 builds upon Tennessee’s efforts to address the opioid crisis by cracking down on synthetic drug trafficking in our state. The legislation increases penalties against fentanyl dealers and those who traffic any derivative or analogue of this deadly synthetic drug.

“I am grateful to Governor Lee, and our House leadership team for asking me to carry this legislation,” said Chairman Farmer. “Our drug and opioid crisis continues to evolve, and we must be tough on those who are responsible for causing this epidemic. House Bill 942 is an important step in accomplishing this goal, and it will improve the health and safety of our citizens. ”

House Bill 942 advanced out of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee this week. It is now expected to be heard by members of the House Judiciary Committee.

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Andrew Farmer is Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. Farmer is also a member of the House Judiciary and State Committees, as well as the House Corrections Subcommittee. He lives in Sevierville and represents Tennessee House District 17, which includes part of Jefferson and Sevier Counties. Farmer can be reached by email at: Rep.Andrew.Farmer@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-4419.

Speaker Casada Names Representative Farmer Chairman of House Criminal Justice Subcommittee

January 18, 2019

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada (R-Thompson’s Station) has named State Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.

The 7-member subcommittee will be responsible for all matters and legislation related to criminal law.

“Chairman Farmer has a remarkable record of legislative excellence during his time serving his community as a member of our General Assembly,” said Speaker Casada. “His knowledge and expertise on all matters pertaining to criminal justice will benefit the entire House, as well as our great state. I know he will be an effective leader of this important committee.”

“I am grateful to Speaker Casada for naming me Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee,” said Chairman Farmer. “In recent years, my colleagues and I have made considerable progress improving safety in cities and towns across Tennessee. We have more work ahead, and I am eager to continue our upward trajectory in this important area.”

Representative Farmer was officially sworn in to office on Jan. 8, 2019. He will also serve as a member of the House Judiciary, House State Government, and House Criminal Justice and Corrections Subcommittees. Farmer lives in Sevierville and represents Tennessee House District 17, which includes portions of Jefferson & Sevier Counties.

Representative Andrew Farmer Announces $567,620 In School Safety Funding For Jefferson & Sevier Counties

September 27, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) today announced more than $567,000 in funding has been allocated to Jefferson and Sevier Counties for the implementation of additional solutions that improve school safety for students in District 17.

The monies are a portion of approximately $35 million in budget funding — $25 million in one-time funding and $10 million in recurring grants — approved as part of Republican-led efforts during the 2018 legislative session to enhance protections for the future leaders of our state.

Dollar amounts were awarded based upon each district’s relative share of the Basic Education Program (BEP) — the formula through which state education dollars are generated and distributed to our schools.

Specifically, Jefferson County will receive a total of $264,980 ($75,710 in recurring funds, $189,270 in non-recurring monies) for safety enhancements related to vehicle control, surveillance, and classroom security — areas identified during a recently conducted school security review and assessment of facilities in the county.

Additionally, $302,640 ($86,470 in recurring funding, $216,170 in non-recurring dollars) has been allocated to Sevier County for improvements in surveillance, emergency planning, and training at their local academic institutions.

“I am pleased that our communities will receive this important funding, and I want to recognize our local school officials for their partnership with the state and members of the local law enforcement community during their thoughtful review, assessment, and application for these resources,” said Chairman Farmer. “Our children are our future; we must ensure safe environments for them and their teachers so they can focus all of their efforts and energy on learning. I was honored to fight for these important groups by supporting recommendations made by members of the working group on school safety, which resulted in this vital funding. I will continue to prioritize the well-being of our students, educators, and school staff members in the years ahead.”

As part of the application process, school leaders partnered with the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the Department of Education, and local law enforcement to complete assessments of current safety measures in place at area academic institutions.

All 147 school districts in Tennessee received a portion of school safety funding. For more information, please clicking here.

Andrew Farmer serves as the Chairman of the House Civil Justice Committee. He is also a member of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee, House Criminal Justice Committee and House Calendar & Rules Committee. Farmer lives in Sevierville and represents House District 17, which includes part of Jefferson and Sevier Counties. He can be reached by email at:Rep.Andrew.Farmer@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-4419.

State Representative Andrew Farmer Introduces Legislation That Cuts Costs For Tennessee’s Farmers

February 12, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) today introduced legislation designed to cut costs on permit fees for Tennessee’s farmers.

House Bill 1796 exempts operators of farm trucks weighing more than 9,000 pounds from obtaining farm or other seasonal operating permits when their vehicle is used to move horticultural, agricultural, and dairy products or livestock from the point of production to the marketplace, or if their vehicle is operated as a farm truck.

Currently in Tennessee, permit fees by weight class range anywhere from just under $3.00 for vehicles weighing 16,000 lbs. up to $115.50 for those weighing 80,000 lbs.

“Members of our local farming community are the backbone of our state,” said Representative Farmer. “I believe we must support them by reducing unnecessary fees so that they can truly reap all the rewards of their diligent work. It is an honor for me to sponsor this legislation that will enable these men and women to save some extra money that they can use elsewhere.”

The measure is expected to be heard by members of the House Transportation Subcommittee on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

Additional information about House Bill 1796 can be found by clicking here.

Andrew Farmer serves as the Chairman of the House Civil Justice Committee. He is also a member of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee, House Criminal Justice Committee and House Calendar & Rules Committee. Farmer lives in Sevierville and represents House District 17, which includes part of Jefferson and Sevier Counties. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Andrew.Farmer@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-4419.

State Representative Andrew Farmer Works To Protect The Personal Information Of Tennessee Residents

September 21, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) today addressed the recent Equifax data breach that jeopardized the personal information of more than 143 million U.S. consumers nationwide — including 3 million Tennessee residents — between May-July of 2017.

Representative Farmer wants the hardworking families of District 17 to know that he is working to ensure that their personal information does not fall into the hands of cybercriminals and others involved in crimes related to identity theft. He is currently in discussions with his Republican colleagues in the House chamber about possible legislation that could strengthen current state and federal laws related to private data and personal information.

Additionally, Farmer encourages residents in Jefferson and Sevier Counties to utilize the complimentary identity theft protection and credit monitoring services that are currently being offered through Equifax to monitor their credit scores and credit reports.

“We live in a day and age where we can never be too safe with our private data and personal information,” said Representative Farmer. “While this particular breach was widespread, I know that Equifax and others are taking the appropriate steps in order to ensure that a similar situation does not occur again and that the residents in our communities, as well as communities across the country, do not become victims of identity theft.”

To enroll in the complimentary identity theft protection and credit monitoring services offered through Equifax, please visit: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/enroll/

Andrew Farmer serves as the Chairman of the House Civil Justice Committee. He is also a member of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee, House Criminal Justice Committee, and House Calendar & Rules Committee. Farmer lives in Sevierville and represents House District 17, which includes part of Jefferson and Sevier Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Andrew.Farmer@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-4419.

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State Representative Andrew Farmer Announces Funding Approval For Mountain View Upgrades

July 19, 2017

Speaker Beth Harwell strongly supported funding efforts for facility wide updates

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) announced today that the State Building Commission has officially approved funding for facility wide upgrades to the Mountain View Youth Development Center in Dandridge.

These updates include the replacement of kitchen and food services equipment; overhauling the freezer and cooler; replacing window heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units and rooftop condensers; drainage and erosion repair around the facility’s perimeter fencing; repairs to the fence and gates; as well as restoration of the asphalt and maintenance shed on the grounds of the complex.

The $5.2 million project was officially approved today by the State Building Commission which oversees construction of all public state buildings and structures. In recent years, the Commission’s responsibility has been expanded to include authority over most improvement and demolition projects of property owned by the state.

“It is important that we maintain facilities like the Mountain View Youth Development Center in order to provide assistance to this important group of Tennesseans who are working to get their lives in order,” said Representative Farmer. I am grateful to the State Building Commission for making this critical investment in our community.”

The Mountain View Youth Development Center serves young men between the ages of 13-19 who have been placed in state custody by the Juvenile Courts for various offenses. The center offers programs related to mental health treatment, family therapy, individual therapy, anger replacement training, alcohol and drug treatment services, as well as additional medical and educational services.

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) — a member of the State Building Commission — was a strong supporter of this critical project and encouraged the commission to approve the necessary funding.

“Projects like this are paramount because they afford Tennessee’s juveniles with troubled backgrounds the opportunity to become productive citizens,” said Speaker Harwell. “I am proud of my colleagues for coming together and moving this initiative forward; I also thank Representative Farmer for his dedication to serving the residents of Dandridge and all of House District 17.”

Andrew Farmer serves as the Chairman of the House Civil Justice Committee. He is also a member of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee, House Criminal Justice Committee, and House Calendar & Rules Committee. Farmer lives in Sevierville and represents House District 17, which includes part of Jefferson and Sevier Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Andrew.Farmer@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-4419.

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Key House Republicans Pass Legislation Providing Property Tax Relief To East Tennessee Fire Victims

March 14, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — Monday evening, House members unanimously passed legislation co-sponsored by Representative Dale Carr (R-Sevierville) and Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) that provides additional support to East Tennessee families whose properties were damaged by last November’s wildfires.

House Bill 52 calls for prorating the 2016 tax assessment for a homeowner’s real property or business owner’s personal property, if it was damaged as a result of a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) certified disaster between Sept. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2016. The bill is modeled after similar legislation that provided relief to the victims of the 2010 floods in Nashville.

“As the residents in the eastern part of our state continue to put their lives back together, we want to do all we can to support their recovery efforts,” said House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville). “By providing property tax relief, we hope we’ve encouraged them to move toward a brighter future for themselves and their families.”

“Our communities have suffered tremendous loss and hardship due to the tragic circumstances surrounding this natural disaster,” said Representative Carr. “The passage of this bill enables us to help those who are suffering in a small way through a very difficult time.”

“It is imperative that we support the residents in communities that were ravaged by the tragic wildfires by passing this legislation,” said Representative Farmer. “This bill will help further expedite the rebuilding process so that our region can come back stronger than ever before.”

House Bill 52 would not become effective until approved by a two-third vote of the local governing body of the county and/or city in which the property is located. If the tax computed for the 2016 tax year has been paid prior to the proration, the victim would receive a refund.  The legislation is retroactive to January 1, 2016.  The owner must provide the assessor a listing of the destroyed, demolished or substantially damaged personal property for which the tax relief is sought. The owner would also be required to apply to the assessor for the relief by Sept. 1, 2017 in order to be eligible.

The full text of House Bill 52 can be accessed by visiting the Tennessee General Assembly website at: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/110/Bill/HB0052.pdf

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