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New state park proposed for Warren County


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State Rep. Paul Sherrell, R-Sparta, today announced his support for Gov. Bill Lee’s budget proposal creating a new state park in Warren County. Lee’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year allocates funding to create four new state parks in Tennessee, including Cardwell Mountain in McMinnville. “Cardwell Mountain will make a fantastic state park,” Sherrell said.…

General Assembly passes bill prioritizing dual-enrolled students in TCAT applications


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The General Assembly this week unanimously approved a bill to prioritize dual-enrolled high school students in Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCAT) applications. House Bill 1923, sponsored by State Rep. Ed Butler, R-Rickman, will reserve slots for students at the same TCAT in which they were dual-enrolled immediately following their last term if there is…

House advances legislation expanding protections for victims of obscenity and child pornography


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The House on Tuesday advanced legislation that will discourage the production and distribution of child pornography and obscenity in Tennessee. House Bill 2159, introduced by State Rep. Jody Barrett, R-Dickson, specifies that people and entities that produce and distribute illegal obscene material can be held civilly liable for injuries and damages to victims. “Producing and…

Rep. Jody Barrett proposes expanded penalty for intentionally blocking roads


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A bill introduced by State Rep. Jody Barrett, R-Dickson, would expand the penalty for intentionally blocking roads from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class D felony. House Bill 2031 will make it a Class D felony to intentionally obstruct highways, streets, and other places used for the passage of vehicles or other motor vehicles.…

House unanimously passes resolution urging state cooperation to fight human trafficking


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The House on Monday unanimously passed a resolution urging interstate cooperation to fight human trafficking. House Joint Resolution 798, sponsored by State Rep. Jake McCalmon, R-Franklin, urges Gov. Bill Lee to work with necessary law enforcement agencies and bordering states to identify and prosecute individuals and organizations engaged in child and human trafficking. "The Biden…

House advances Blockchain Basics Act


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The House on Tuesday advanced legislation that will address blockchain mining in Tennessee. House Bill 2309, also known as the Blockchain Basics Act, will authorize digital asset mining businesses to operate in areas zoned for industrial use and will allow individuals to engage in home digital asset mining if in compliance with certain rules. “Digital…

House advances bill creating accessible voting process for blind Tennesseans


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The House on Wednesday advanced legislation that will improve access to voting for people with vision impairment.  House Bill 2293, also known as the Print Disability Absentee Voting Act, creates a process for an accessible electronically-delivered ballot to be delivered to Tennesseans with print disabilities, which are impairments that affect a person’s ability to read,…

Weekly Wrap – 2/29/24


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House advances school choice, bolsters public education  Plan gives families the power to use their tax dollars to choose the best school that meets the needs of their child House Republicans this week unveiled a sweeping proposal to improve education in Tennessee by expanding school choice opportunities for families and strengthening existing public schools statewide.…

State Rep. Paul Sherrell’s Capitol Hill Review


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House advances school choice, bolsters public education Plan gives families the power to use their tax dollars to choose the best school that meets the needs of their child House Republicans this week unveiled a sweeping proposal to improve education in Tennessee by expanding school choice opportunities for families and strengthening existing public schools statewide.…

State Rep. Mike Sparks’ Capitol Hill Review


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House advances school choice, bolsters public education Plan gives families the power to use their tax dollars to choose the best school that meets the needs of their child House Republicans this week unveiled a sweeping proposal to improve education in Tennessee by expanding school choice opportunities for families and strengthening existing public schools statewide.…

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