(NASHVILLE) — House Majority Leader Glen Casada (R–Thompson’s Station) announced this week that State Representative John Crawford (R–Kingsport) has been chosen to shepherd House Bill 303 through the legislative process on behalf of Republican leadership.
House Bill 303 is part of Governor Haslam’s legislative package for the year, which is traditionally handled by the House Majority Leader. Because of Representative Crawford’s leadership abilities, however, he was handpicked to lead the charge in getting the legislation passed and will handle all details relating to the bill.
“In his short time here in Nashville, Representative Crawford has already proven himself as an extremely intelligent and capable member of the General Assembly,” said Majority Leader Casada. “I have full confidence in John’s ability to shepherd this important bill through the legislative process, and I look forward to working with him even more in the coming weeks.”
House Bill 303 is a pro-law enforcement bill that expands where Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission programs are available. These changes make it easier for qualified applicants to become POST-certified and help ensure only those that are eligible to go through the POST program actually do, creating more access to training for law enforcement officials and saving taxpayer money across the state.
Important responsibilities of the Tennessee POST Commission include developing plans and implementing law enforcement training programs for all local law enforcement officers in Tennessee.
“This critical measure supports the men and women who protect and serve our citizens by providing access to training that will enhance their law enforcement skills,” said Representative Crawford. “I’m grateful that Majority Leader Casada has entrusted me to lead this important initiative.”
The full text of House Bill 303 can be accessed by visiting the Tennessee General Assembly website at: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/110/Bill/HB0303.pdf.
John Crawford serves as a member of the House Local Government Committee and Subcommittee, as well as the House Finance, Ways & Means Committee and House Calendar & Rules Committee. He lives in Kingsport and represents House District 1, which encompasses a portion of Sullivan County. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or by calling (615) 741-7623.