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Rep. Jason Zachary secures $50,000 for Best Buddies International


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Rep. Jason Zachary, R-Knoxville, has secured $50,000 in state funding for Best Buddies International. The funding will be used at school-based chapters across Tennessee to support inclusion programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). “Children with disabilities face incredible challenges in life. They deserve our care, admiration and support,”…

State Rep. Jason Zachary’s Capitol Report


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113th General Assembly adjourns sine die The 113th General Assembly concluded its business for the 2024 legislative session today and adjourned sine die.  The 2024 session successfully carried into law a slate of conservative policies that prioritized public safety, economic development, rural health care, education, and conservation.   “This session was the most tough on crime…

State Rep. Jason Zachary’s Capitol Report


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General Assembly passes $52.8 billion budget Budget highlights supermajority’s efforts to keep taxes low and remain fiscally conservative Members of the 113th General Assembly on Thursday fulfilled their constitutional duty with the passage of a $52.8 billion balanced budget for the 2024-25 fiscal year. This year’s budget highlights lawmakers’ continuous efforts to keep taxes…

State Rep. Jason Zachary’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. Jason Zachary’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. Jason Zachary’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. Jason Zachary’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. Jason Zachary’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. Jason Zachary’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…

House advances legislation protecting Tennesseans from ‘debanking’


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Legislation protecting Tennesseans from discrimination by financial institutions for personal beliefs advanced in the House on Tuesday. House Bill 2100, sponsored by State Rep. Jason Zachary, R-Knoxville, and Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson, R-Franklin, would prohibit financial institutions and insurers from discriminating, denying or canceling services to Tennesseans based on political opinions, religious beliefs, social…

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