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Assistant Majority Leader Ron Gant proposes to make murder of first responder an act of terrorism

March 16, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn.– A bill making its way through the Tennessee General Assembly will add increased protections for first responders and law enforcement.

House Bill 511, sponsored by Assistant Majority Leader Ron Gant, R-Rossville, raises the offense of murdering an on-duty first responder with targeted intent to an act of terrorism.

“We’ve seen an increase in disturbing attacks on first responders and law enforcement who have dedicated their lives to doing a difficult, dangerous and often thankless job to make our communities safer,” Gant said.

“This legislation sends a strong message of support to those brave men and women, but also makes very clear that targeting or killing first responders will not be tolerated and will result in severe punishment.”

As amended, the bill adds new language under the current definition of terrorism that creates new protections for law enforcement, paramedics, firefighters, correctional officers, department of corrections employees, and other emergency medical rescue workers.

If convicted, the perpetrator of such a crime would receive life without parole or the death penalty.

Once signed into law, House Bill 511 would be among the nation’s strongest legislation protecting first responders.

Ron Gant is assistant majority leader for the Tennessee House Republicans. He is a member of the House Finance, Ways, & Means, House Health, and House Local Government Committees, the Cities and Counties Subcommittee and the Joint Fiscal Review Committee. Gant lives in Rossville and represents Tennessee House District 94, which includes Fayette, McNairy, and a portion of Hardeman counties.

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Assistant Leader Ron Gant encourages Tennesseans to cast their ballot during early voting period

October 16, 2020

Tennessee’s early voting period is underway, and it has never been easier for registered citizens to exercise this constitutional right and cast their ballots. During this year’s early voting period, Tennesseans have even greater flexibility. They can vote during evening hours, as well as on Saturday at one of the many locations within our community.

When voters head to their local precincts, all will be required to have a valid photo identification in order to participate. Additionally, everyone will be encouraged to wear a face covering and maintain the appropriate six-foot social distancing parameters around both poll workers and other voters. All polling officials will also be wearing face coverings, and they have been trained to observe social distancing parameters as well.

This year’s election cycle is perhaps one of the most important in recent history, and the choices are very clear. While Republicans want to restore our way of life, rebuild the greatest economy our state and nation has ever seen, and renew the American Dream, Democrats continue to push their radical agenda of anarchy, disruption, and chaos, open borders, tax increases, burdensome restrictions on businesses, and the senseless killing of our unborn children.

Tennessee has flourished under Conservative leadership in recent years. While our recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic continues, the Republican-led General Assembly made tough decisions — just like many Tennessee families — to address historic revenue shortfalls caused by the pandemic, without raising taxes on Tennesseans. We also supported our cities and counties to help get them back up on their feet through a $210 million city and county grant program as part of our new budget. We stood with businesses by providing critical resources through the Tennessee Small Business Relief Program, we invested in our Unemployment Trust Fund to protect businesses from a tax increase, and we established new standards to address the potential of frivolous lawsuits resulting from the ongoing pandemic.

This year, we also increased access to the electronic delivery of health care through our telemedicine legislation. Additionally, we passed historic pro-life legislation that bans abortion procedures at the very moment a heartbeat is detected. Finally, we stood with law enforcement, emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, and our first responders, while standing against all those rogue individuals who thrive on lawlessness through the law and order bill.

House Republicans remain committed to passing effective public policy that addresses the unique needs of all citizens. When you head to the polls to cast your ballot, I ask you to stand with us once again — both during the early voting period, and on election day. Your continued partnership and support will ensure Tennessee remains a national leader on many different levels, and the best place in the entire nation to live, work, raise a family, and retire. Thank you, and may God continue to bless you, your loved ones, and our great state!

Ron Gant is also a member of the House Finance, Ways, & Means, House Health, and House Insurance Committees, the House Facilities, Licensure, & Regulations, and Encore Subcommittees, and the Select Committee on Rules. Gant lives in Rossville and represents Tennessee House District 94, which includes Fayette, McNairy, and a portion of Hardeman Counties.

Rep. Gant and Sen. Gresham announce $420,000 in major community block grants for Town of Somerville

September 16, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn.– State Rep. Ron Gant (R-Rossville) and State Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) announced today that the Town of Somerville will receive $420,000 in Community Development Block (CDBG) Grant funding for the construction of a new fire department.

The lawmakers made the announcement in conjunction with an announcement by Governor Bill Lee and the Department of Economic and Community Development regarding the award of CDBG grants statewide

“Fire protection is a critical need for our citizens,” said Senator Gresham, who strongly supported the grant application. “This kind of infrastructure is very important to the well-being of our citizens and to the overall economic development of our county.”

“Our firefighters, emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, and all of our first responders are some of our modern day heroes, and these grant dollars are a small way we can continue to thank and support them for the selfless sacrifices they make each and every day,” said Rep. Gant. “I appreciate Sen. Gresham, our Department of Economic and Community Development, as well as our local leaders for their partnership in helping us secure this impactful award for the Town of Somerville.”

All funding is allocated under a procedure authorized by the Tennessee General Assembly.  ECD administers this program based on priorities set at the local level where community needs are best known.

 

 

Rep. Gant and Sen. Gresham announce $321,570 in community block grant funding for Fayette County

September 15, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn.State Rep. Ron Gant (R-Rossville) and State Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) today announced a $321,570 Community Development Block grant (CDBG) has been awarded to Fayette County for ambulance service improvements.

“Having access to ambulance services can be a matter of life or death,” said Senator Gresham, who strongly supported the grant application.  “I am pleased that this grant will support our emergency response efforts.”

“These grant dollars are a small way we can continue to thank and support our emergency services personnel and our first responders for the selfless sacrifices they make as they serve our community,” said Rep. Gant. “I appreciate Sen. Gresham, our Department of Economic and Community Development, as well as our local leaders for their partnership in helping us secure this impactful award.”

The lawmakers made the announcement in conjunction with an announcement by Governor Bill Lee and the Department of Economic and Community Development regarding the award of CDBG grants statewide.  The funds were allocated under a procedure authorized by the Tennessee General Assembly.  ECD administers the grant program based on priorities set at the local level where community needs are best known.

 

Rep. Gant and Sen. Gresham announce $308,520 grant to boost fire protection services in McNairy County

September 14, 2020

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.)State Rep. Ron Gant (R-Rossville) and State Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) announced today that a major Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) totaling $308,520 has been awarded to McNairy County for fire protection improvements.  The lawmakers made the announcement in conjunction with an announcement by Governor Bill Lee and the Department of Economic and Community Development regarding the award of CDBG grants statewide.

These funds will help tremendously in advancing fire protection for our citizens,” said Senator Gresham, who supported the grant.  “I am very pleased that these funds are forthcoming, especially because there was intense competition for limited grant money.  I also appreciate the excellent work by our local officials in helping to secure the funds and the Department of Economic and Community Development’s attention to this needed project.”

“Our firefighters risk their lives to protect and serve the citizens of McNairy County, and this critical funding will better support their lifesaving efforts,” said Rep. Gant. “I am honored to have partnered with Sen. Gresham, our Department of Economic & Community Development and our local leaders to help secure these grant dollars, and I will never stop fighting for additional resources that help make our communities safer.”

The funds were allocated under a procedure authorized by the Tennessee General Assembly.  ECD administers the grant program based on priorities set at the local level where community needs are best known.

 

Assistant Leader Gant guides historic law and order initiative through General Assembly

September 2, 2020

Over these last few months, we have seen instances across our state and our nation where a handful of individuals elevate otherwise peaceful demonstrations and civil gatherings, turning them into acts of aggression, intimidation, rioting, vandalism and violence towards law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, and first responders. The right to peaceful assembly is enshrined within our constitution, and it is one of the founding principles in the bedrock of our free nation.

However, there is no place in a civilized society for anarchy, chaos, and lawlessness. Here in Tennessee, we will not stand by and allow a few bad actors try to replicate the type of sheer mayhem we have recently seen in liberal cities like Portland and Seattle. To address this type of disorderly behavior, my Republican colleagues and I prioritized law and order legislation during our recently conclude special session.

House Bill 8005, known as the law and order bill, is now officially law in Tennessee; it holds rogue individuals who promote lawlessness totally accountable through the creation of mandatory minimum prison sentences. These include 30-day mandatory minimum sentences for assault against law enforcement, firefighters, and first responders and 90-day sentences for aggravated assault against these heroic individuals. Under the proposal, anyone who participates in a riot or who commits the crime of aggravated rioting will face mandatory minimum penalties of 30 and 45 days behind bars respectively.

Additionally, the measure clarifies Tennessee’s existing laws and strengthens penalties against all those who illegally camp on state property, and it addresses the defacement of state and public buildings. This legislation accomplishes all of these things, while also keeping peaceful protestors, law enforcement, first responders, and the citizens of our state safe.

Now more than ever, we must send a strong message to anarchists, rioters, and violent mobs that unruly behavior will not be tolerated in our state. At the same time, we must continue to stand with the brave men and women who protect and serve us. When Covid-19 arrived in Tennessee, we frequently referred to our first responders as our heroes. I am proud to stand with all who protect and serve our communities by supporting this legislation and successfully guiding it through the House of Representatives.

This bill balances the first amendment rights of peaceful protestors, deters mob rule and supports all of the brave men and women who make extraordinary sacrifices each and every day to keep us all safe. I will never stop fighting for them or for the citizens of District 94 and Tennessee.

 Ron Gant is also a member of the House Finance, Ways, & Means, House Health, and House Insurance Committees, the House Facilities, Licensure, & Regulations, and Encore Subcommittees, and the Select Committee on Rules. Gant lives in Rossville and represents Tennessee House District 94, which includes Fayette, McNairy, and a portion of Hardeman Counties.

Assistant Leader Gant, Sen. Gresham announce economic milestone for McNairy County

July 7, 2020

In recent years, we have partnered with local leaders like Ronnie Brooks, Eddie Crittendon, Jai Templeton, Mike Smith and all of our city mayors and county commissioners to identify solutions to move McNairy County off of the state’s economically distressed list. According to the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), counties that are on this list rank among the 10 percent of the most economically distressed in the entire nation.

Recently, we joined with Gov. Lee, Economic & Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe, and Assistant Commissioner Sammie Arnold to announce McNairy County is no longer on this list. This important announcement fulfills a promise we made to the citizens of our community, and it would not have been possible without support from all of these individuals, my predecessor Barrett Rich, as well as local, state, and federal agencies that have provided critical resources to support us in achieving this remarkable economic milestone.

Some of the resources that Sen. Gresham and I have secured in recent years include grants to improve infrastructure, support community development, as well as funding to attract new employers to our community to create more high-quality jobs. Since 2017, 358 new jobs have come to McNairy County through six different projects with a total investment of $18.6 million into our community.

Education tools created by former Gov. Bill Haslam like Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect, as well as the recent expansion of vocational and technical training through the Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education (GIVE) Act, and enhanced career and technical education training opportunities for our current and future generations of students have solidified our workforces so they can meet 21st century demands. Strengthening our workforce will enable us to continue attracting new industries to our community and the West Tennessee region to fulfill the employment desires of more Tennesseans.

As Assistant Majority Leader, I want to personally thank Sen. Gresham for her leadership and for her service to McNairy County, Senate District 26, and to Tennessee during her 18 years in the Tennessee General Assembly. As she prepares to retire after a successful career, I know she will long be remembered for her hard work and for her dedication in achieving this economic milestone, as well as her many other extraordinary accomplishments.

While we have experienced tremendous success, we still have more work to do in order to continue addressing our unique and evolving needs. In the years ahead, I will continue partnering with my new Senate colleague to build upon these recent accomplishments, and together, we will ensure House District 94, Senate District 26, and all of Tennessee remains the best place in the entire nation to live, work, raise a family, and retire. God bless all of you, and thank you for the opportunity to serve!

Ron Gant is the Assistant Majority Leader for the 111th Tennessee General Assembly. Gant lives in Rossville and represents Tennessee House District 94, which includes Fayette, Hardeman, and McNairy Counties.

Dolores Gresham is the Chairman of the Senate Education Committee for the 111th Tennessee General Assembly. Gresham lives in Somerville and represents Tennessee Senate District 26, which includes Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, McNairy and Henderson Counties.

Assistant Majority Leader Ron Gant receives prestigious Eagle Forum Award

July 7, 2020

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — House Assistant Majority Leader Ron Gant (R-Rossville) has been named a 2020 recipient of the Tennessee Eagle Forum’s Eagle Award.

The prestigious honor bestowed upon Assistant Leader Gant recognizes the Rossville Republican for his conservative advocacy and leadership throughout the 111th Tennessee General Assembly.

“It is an incredible honor to receive this award for my advocacy on behalf of the citizens of my community and this state,” said Assistant Leader Gant. “I am grateful to the Tennessee Eagle Forum for this award, and I will never stop fighting to uphold the conservative values that are incredibly important to Tennesseans.”

This year, Gant led efforts to address costs associated with refugee resettlement in Tennessee by sponsoring House Bill 1929. The legislation was designed to encourage a dialogue between General Assembly members and Governor Lee in efforts to work together to determine potential costs associated with the resettlement program.

Assistant Leader Gant prioritized this critical legislation and guided it through the committee process to schedule it for a vote on the House floor. However, the measure stalled in the Senate, which means it will likely be reintroduced in 2021.

“We want to express our deep appreciation to Assistant Leader Gant for his friendship and for his commitment to working with us this year on House Bill 1929,” said Tennessee Eagle Forum President Bobbie Patray. “He is a powerful, conservative voice for the citizens of his community and for Tennessee, and he is very deserving of our award.”

Gant has served in the Tennessee General Assembly since 2017. He has quickly ascended the Republican leadership ranks having first served as Freshman Leader during the 110th General Assembly. Currently, Gant is Assistant Majority Leader for the 111th Tennessee General Assembly.

For additional details regarding Assistant Leader Gant’s legislation, please click here.

Ron Gant is also a member of the House Finance, Ways, & Means, House Health, and House Insurance Committees, the House Facilities, Licensure, & Regulations, and Encore Subcommittees, and the Select Committee on Rules. Gant lives in Rossville and represents Tennessee House District 94, which includes Fayette, McNairy, and a portion of Hardeman Counties.

Assistant Leader Gant fights for Tennessee businesses and employees

April 4, 2020

Assistant Leader Gant fights for Tennessee businesses and employees


As the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic continues and this aggressive, highly contagious pathogen spreads throughout communities across Tennessee, my colleagues and I continue to work together and with our federal government to meet the evolving needs of our businesses and their employees during these extraordinary times.

This week, the Small Business Administration (SBA) officially launched its $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in efforts to support Tennessee businesses currently struggling because of the sudden economic downturn caused by Covid-19. As part of the $2 trillion federal stimulus package, these forgivable loans are designed to provide incentives to small businesses with 500 or fewer employees affected by Covid-19 so they keep their employees on staff. 

Eligible entities include sole proprietorships, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals among others. Small businesses in the hospitality or food industries with more than one location may also be eligible if their individual locations employ less than 500 workers. If a business keeps all of its employees on the payroll for eight weeks, and funding is used specifically to meet payroll, rent, mortgage interest or utility expenses, all loan balances will be forgiven. Small businesses can now also apply for low interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million through the SBA to help meet additional needs including financial obligations and operating expenses as this pandemic continues.

As part of our emergency $39.8 billion state budget – which we passed two weeks ago before recessing – we will be sending $200 million combined in grant funding back to all Tennessee counties and municipalities beginning July 1. Through these grants, no county will receive less than $500,000, no municipality will receive less than $30,000 and our distressed counties will receive additional funding on top of these allocated amounts. These funds can be used for IT hardware upgrades, capital maintenance, utility system upgrades, road projects, public safety, as well as Covid-19 response. To support workforce members and businesses, we are also investing $40 million for FastTrack Job Development grants to create new opportunities, promote job growth, and increase retention. Finally, a $41.8 million investment will support Tennessee’s unemployment system, and $1.3 million will continue to modernize Worker’s Compensation in this state.

We never could have imagined the impact of this historic health pandemic on all aspects of our daily lives. In the weeks ahead, let’s continue to support each other, be respectful of the needs of our neighbors and make small sacrifices to flatten the virus curve and slow the spread of Covid-19. If we work together now, we will relieve the expected burden our state’s health care system from the anticipated surge of Covid-19 patients. This will allow us to reopen our economy and get us all back to work in a safe and swift manner. May God continue to bless all of us and the great State of Tennessee.

Ron Gant serves as House Assistant Majority Leader for the 111th Tennessee General Assembly. Gant is also a member of the House Finance, Ways, & Means, House Health, and House Insurance Committees, the House Facilities, Licensure, & Regulations, and Encore Subcommittees, and the Select Committee on Rules. Gant lives in Rossville and represents Tennessee House District 94, which includes Fayette, McNairy, and a portion of Hardeman Counties

House Approves Legislation Co-Sponsored By Assistant Leader Ron Gant Curbing Robocalls In Tennesse

April 5, 2019

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — This week, the Tennessee House of Representatives strongly approved an initiative co-sponsored by House Majority Leader Ron Gant (R-Rossville) designed to crack down on robocalls in Tennessee.

House Bill 1245 raises the penalty of misleading a phone subscriber from $10,000 to $30,000 per violation against a person or entity that makes an unwanted robocall. The bill also encourages carriers offering telephone services in the state to implement SHAKEN/STIR technology to help detect robocalls. Finally, it urges the Attorney General to call on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to create new rules that will allow carriers to block more of these illegal calls.

“All Tennesseans agree that Robocalls have become a major annoyance and more problematic because technology has evolved, which makes the practice of placing them more sophisticated,” said Assistant Leader Gant. “House Bill 1245 cracks down on these unwanted calls by holding those who place them accountable. I am pleased this initiative has passed in the House, and I encourage our citizens to stay alert when a call comes into their phones and they answer.”

Tennessee is taking strong steps to address the issue of robocalls, and House Bill 1245 is a step in the right direction. Although this is an issue that is primarily under the jurisdiction of the FCC, House Republican leaders will continue to support this initiative and others that help address this growing problem.

House Bill 1245 now awaits action in the Senate chamber. For more information, please click here.

Ron Gant serves as House Assistant Majority Leader for the 111th Tennessee General Assembly. Gant is also a member of the House Finance, Ways, & Means, House Health, and House Insurance Committees, the House Facilities, Licensure, & Regulations, and Tenncare Subcommittees, and the Select Committee on Rules. Gant lives in Rossville and represents Tennessee House District 94, which includes Fayette, McNairy, and a portion of Hardeman Counties.