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State Rep. Scott Cepicky’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. Scott Cepicky’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. Scott Cepicky’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. Scott Cepicky’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. Scott Cepicky’s Capitol Report


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General Assembly confirms new Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Members of the General Assembly confirmed the appointment of Mary L. Wagner to the Tennessee Supreme Court in a joint session in the House chamber on Monday.  Wagner is currently the circuit court judge for the 30th Judicial District, which covers Shelby County. She previously served as…

State Rep. Scott Cepicky’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. Scott Cepicky’s Capitol Report


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House committees begin work as bill filing deadline approaches House members returned to Nashville on Monday to finalize their legislative proposals for the year after a winter storm closed Capitol Hill last week. House committees also began meeting to discuss legislation that has already been introduced ahead of the bill filing deadline on Jan. 31.…

State Rep. Scott Cepicky’s Capitol Report


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Tennessee General Assembly gavels in for 2024 The 113th General Assembly reconvened in Nashville this week for the start of its second legislative session. Republicans this year will continue focusing on making strategic investments in education and public safety while also strengthening the economy and cutting taxes. Among the top priorities for 2024 will be…

State Rep. Scott Cepicky’s Capitol Hill Review


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General Assembly adjourns, Republicans deliver historic tax cuts, major investments for Tennessee’s future House Republicans on Friday marked the end of the first half of the 113th General Assembly with a slate of successful budget and legislative initiatives that prioritizes the needs of all Tennesseans. The final week of the session was highlighted by the…

State Rep. Scott Cepicky’s Capitol Hill Review


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House considers additional safety measures, prepares to pass budget Lawmakers have been winding down legislative business for the first session of the 113th General Assembly as the House and Senate chambers prepare to pass a budget and additional safety measures to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals. Gov. Bill Lee on Tuesday…

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