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Criminal Justice Subcommittee Approves Rep. Timothy Hill’s, John Crawford’s & Bud Hulsey’s Evelyn’s Law Legislatio

May 28, 2020

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Members of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee this week advanced a measure sponsored by Rep. Timothy Hill (R-Blountville), State Rep. John Crawford (R-Kingsport), and State Rep. Bud Hulsey (R-Kingsport) that increases penalties against parents or guardians who fail to expediently report a missing child to law enforcement or the appropriate agency.

Known as Evelyn’s Law in honor of Sullivan County toddler Evelyn Boswell, House Bill 1309 requires a report of a missing child to law enforcement or the appropriate authority within 48 hours of their disappearance. Under the proposal, failure to report while demonstrating reckless disregard for the safety of that child will now be considered a Class A misdemeanor. This is punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail, a fine of up to $2,500 or both.

“Our community hurts as we continue to mourn Evelyn Boswell, and this legislation adds a tool for law enforcement across Tennessee as they investigate cases involving missing children,” said Chairman Hill. “I appreciate my colleagues for supporting this legislation, and I know it will close the gap in our current law so we can bring those with disregard for the children of Tennessee to swift justice.”

House Bill 1309 supports members of our law enforcement and judicial committees as they look to strengthen protections for Tennessee children,” said Chairman Crawford. “I am honored to join Chairman Hill and Chairman Hulsey in supporting this initiative, and I look forward to its passage in the House.”

Evelyn’s Law now heads to the full House Judiciary Committee for additional discussion and debate on June 2, 2020.

“We remain in disbelief that the well-being of this child was jeopardized by those entrusted with her care,” said Chairman Hulsey. “This proposal will better assist our law enforcement communities across this state so similar situations are hopefully avoidable in the future.”

For more information on House Bill 1309, please click here.




Tennessee House Passes Legislation Easing Regulatory Burden On State’s Motorists

February 23, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — This week, State Representative Bud Hulsey (R Kingsport) passed legislation in the House chamber that eases the regulatory burden on Tennessee motorists involved in minor traffic accidents.

House Bill 1515 increases the minimum property damage threshold for which a motor vehicle accident requires a written report to be filed by the motorist with the Department of Safety from $400 to $1,500.

The measure also reduces the backlog of accident reports that are currently on the Tennessee Department of Safety’s books.

“When you already have the frustration of dealing with a minor accident, the last thing you need to worry about is a burdensome regulation that requires you to also inform the state by filing a form,” said Representative Hulsey. “I am honored to sponsor this initiative that eases this regulatory burden on Tennessee motorists and frees up taxpayer-funded policing resources to be used in other areas.”

House Bill 1515 now awaits passage in the Senate. For more information about this initiative, please click here.

Bud Hulsey serves as Vice-Chairman of the House State Government Committee. He is also a member of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and the House State Government Committee. Hulsey lives in Kingsport and represents House District 2, which includes part of Sullivan County. He can be reached by email at: or by calling (615) 741-2886.

Speaker Harwell, Northeast Tennessee House Members Advocate for Aerospace Park Project

July 14, 2017

NASHVILLE – Speaker of the Tennessee House Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) today sent a letter to the members of the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission urging them to seriously consider the Tri-Cities Airport’s Aerospace Park project for a major grant from the state. Speaker Harwell toured the site recently and believes the project will give the region a significant economic boost.

“The Aerospace Park project at the Tri-Cities Airport is an innovative and worthwhile project for these grant funds,” said Speaker Harwell. “I hope the commission will give serious consideration to this project because I believe it will be beneficial for the entire Northeast Tennessee region.”

The Northeast Tennessee delegation in the House of Representatives joined Speaker Harwell in advocating for the project.

“The Aerospace Park is one of the most important ventures to come to Northeast Tennessee in recent years because it will create new economic momentum for our entire region,” said Rep. John Crawford (R- Kingsport). I appreciate Speaker Harwell’s support and look forward to working with her and my Northeast Tennessee colleagues to ensure the success of this critical project.”

“The Aerospace Park project will provide a considerable boost to our local economy here in the Northeast Tennessee region,” said Rep. Bud Hulsey (R-Kingsport). “I am grateful to Speaker Harwell for supporting this critical initiative that will create high paying, high tech jobs that are a perfect fit for many of our residents.”

“My colleagues and I in the House worked diligently during the 2017 legislative session in order to ensure that this pivotal project receives the necessary funding in order to move forward,” said Rep. Timothy Hill (R-Blountville). “I know Speaker Harwell understands and appreciates the important economic impact it will have on our community, and I am thankful for her support.”

“Funding the Aerospace Park project will enable Northeast Tennessee’s economy to experience the type of growth that other parts of our state have seen in recent years,” said Rep. John Holsclaw (R-Elizabethton). “I am honored that Speaker Harwell has pledged her full support and is committed to seeing this project come to fruition.”

“Our region is fortunate to have many residents trained in this industry who are ready to fill the jobs that will be created by this important project,” said Rep. David Hawk (R-Greeneville). “I applaud Speaker Harwell’s efforts to help us make aeronautics expansion in Northeast Tennessee a reality.”

“Funding the Tri-Cities Aerospace Park will help our region be more attractive to companies looking to move to or expand their operations in the great State of Tennessee,” said Rep. Micah Van Huss (R-Gray). “I appreciate Representative Timothy Hill’s leadership and Speaker Harwell’s support in helping us move this important project forward, and I am hopeful that the Aeronautics Commission will make this important investment in our community.”

“I am proud of this excellent team of legislators, including Speaker Harwell, for their dedication to seeing this regional project advance,” said Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough). “The Aerospace Park development is a critical piece to the future of Northeast Tennessee. It will stimulate our local economy and create jobs that will benefit future generations of our residents.”

The Tennessee Aeronautics Commission (TAC) assists with the formulation of relevant policy planning and all proposed changes in the state airport system plan. More information can be found at More information about the Aerospace Park project at Tri-Cities Airport can be found at


 You can read Speaker Harwell’s full letter by clicking here.

Representative Bud Hulsey Named Vice-Chairman of State Government Committee

January 27, 2017


Representative Bud Hulsey Officially Sworn In; Appointed Vice-Chairman of State Government Committee


(NASHVILLE) — The House of Representatives officially gaveled into session last week in Nashville, marking the beginning of the 110th General Assembly. As part of the opening day ceremonies, State Representative Bud Hulsey (R–Kingsport) took the oath of office and was officially sworn into the Tennessee House of Representatives for a second term.

As part of the organizational session, Representative Hulsey was appointed as Vice-Chairman of the House State Government Committee by Speaker Beth Harwell. The State Government Committee considers legislation regarding state government operations and reform, with a wide degree of impact on state governmental affairs.

Along with serving as Vice-Chairman, Representative Hulsey will also serve as a member of the House State Government Subcommittee and the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee.

This year, legislators are looking to build upon the success of the previous session, continuing to trim excess government spending, lower taxes and taking other measures to encourage continuing job growth in the State.

“I am truly honored to serve as Vice-Chairman of the House State Government Committee and look forward to work the coming days,” Representative Hulsey said. “Our community sent me here to support policies that will strengthen our economy and produce better job opportunities, ensure our budget remains balanced, and fight government waste. Today, I am proud to continue serving my constituents by doing just that,”

House Speaker Beth Harwell (R–Nashville) added, “The people have placed their trust in us because of dedicated public servants like Representative Hulsey whom they know will lead based upon the commonsense, conservative values of our state. I look forward to working with him to accomplish a great deal on behalf of all Tennesseans this year.”