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State Rep. Ron Gant’s Capitol Report


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Constitutional amendment gives judges more discretion for bail A proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that would increase public safety by allowing bail to be denied for more violent crimes advanced out of the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee this week.   House Joint Resolution 859, filed by House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, would…

State Rep. Ron Gant’s Capitol Report


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Grant program for school emergency alert response systems advances Legislation that would establish a grant program for safety alert systems in Tennessee public schools advanced out of the Government Operations Committee this week. House Bill 2528, sponsored by State Rep. Ron Gant, R-Piperton, would provide $60,000 annually to assist local school districts and public charter…

State Rep. Ron Gant’s Capitol Report


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Budget becomes central focus in final weeks of 113th General Assembly Members of the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee this week were briefed by Finance and Administration Commissioner Jim Bryson on Gov. Bill Lee’s amended budget proposal for the 2024-25 fiscal year. “We’ve been really managing our expenses to stay significantly under our revenues,”…

State Rep. Ron Gant’s Capitol Report


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General Assembly celebrates agriculture in Tennessee Tennessee’s annual Ag Day on the Hill was held at the State Capitol in Nashville on March 19 and featured a variety of events, exhibits, activities and livestock along with producers and exhibitors from across the state. The event coincided with National Agriculture Week. In Tennessee, agriculture-related industries employ…

State Rep. Ron Gant’s Capitol Report


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General Assembly passes ELVIS Act Tennessee first in the nation to protect ‘voice’ from AI misuse The General Assembly this week unanimously passed first-of-its-kind legislation protecting artists’ identity and work from misuse of artificial intelligence (AI).  The Ensuring Likeness Voice and Image Security (ELVIS) Act, sponsored by House Majority Leader William Lamberth, R-Portland, now heads…

State Rep. Ron Gant helps secure $1 million for Fayette County Airport expansion


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State Rep. Ron Gant, R-Piperton, today announced that $1 million in state funds have been secured to expand the Fayette County Airport in Somerville and support future economic growth. The grant, provided by the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) Aeronautics Economic Development Fund, will be used to build a new commercial aircraft hangar and office…

State Rep. Ron Gant proposes grant program for emergency alert response systems


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In an effort to make Tennessee schools safer, State Rep. Ron Gant, R-Piperton, today introduced legislation that would establish a grant program to safety alert systems in public schools. House Bill 7039 would provide $90 million in nonrecurring funds to assist local school districts and public charter schools with the installation of…

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


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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…

Chairman Patsy Hazlewood guides $41.8 billion budget through House


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 11 , 2020 Contact: Jennifer Easton 615-741-5760 [email protected]    State Rep. Patsy Hazlewood, seated, with House Majority Leader William Lamberth, R-Portland, (left) and Assistant Majority Leader Ron Gant, R-Rossville. NASHVILLE, Tenn. —State Rep. Patsy Hazlewood, R-Signal Mountain, this week signed her first budget bill as newly appointed chairman of the House Finance, Ways, and Means Committee…

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