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Rep. Tim Hicks passes TennCare for Working Individuals with Disabilities Act


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Rep. Tim Hicks, R-Gray, closed out the 113th General Assembly marking the passage of legislation to help expand TennCare access for employed Tennesseans with disabilities. The TennCare for Working Individuals with Disabilities Act allows qualified disabled individuals to pay a premium to access Medicaid’s long-term support services if their income exceeds…

State Rep. Tim Hicks’ 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. Tim Hicks’ 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. Tim Hicks’ 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. Tim Hicks’ 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. Tim Hicks’ 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. Tim Hicks’ 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. Tim Hicks’ 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…

State Rep. Tim Hicks’ Capitol Hill Review


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House approves sweeping school safety enhancements The House chamber of Thursday passed bipartisan legislation that significantly strengthens safety at public and private schools across Tennessee. The School Safety Act of 2023, House Bill 322,, was introduced in January, though several measures were added following the deadly shooting at the Covenant School in Nashville on March 27. House…

State Rep. Tim Hicks’ Capitol Hill Review


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Covenant attack puts increased focus on school safety It was a somber week on Capitol Hill as lawmakers joined Tennesseans and the rest of the nation in mourning the deaths of six innocent people killed by an active shooter at the Covenant School, a private Christian academy in Nashville, on Monday, March 27. Votes on…

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