Legislation Providing Hall Income Tax Relief for Senior Citizens Passes Tax Subcommittee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. –  More senior citizens would qualify for Hall income tax relief under legislation approved by the Senate Finance Committee’s Tax Subcommittee this week.  Senate Bill 198 is part of Governor Bill Haslam’s legislative package to provide tax relief to Tennesseans.  The package also includes Senate Bill 199 to reduce the state sales tax on food from 5.25% to … Read More

TN lawmakers seek to reduce old, cumbersome laws

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February 4, 2013 NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) A new movement would throw out old state laws that you may have unknowingly broken. State Republicans want to discontinue rules they say are so antiquated they have no place in government. Lawmakers said some of the laws are downright silly while others can be burdensome to taxpayers. They believe the best course of … Read More

Franklin senator back on Commerce & Labor Committee

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January 10, 2013 The Tennessean Sen. Jack Johnson, R-Franklin, has been reappointed chairman of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee. The announcement was made Thursday by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey as the General Assembly wrapped up a week of organization duties. The Commerce Committee has jurisdiction over legislation concerning banking and lending institutions; communications; regulation and licensing of occupations; protections … Read More

Senator Johnson signs amicus brief challenging the constitutionality of ObamaCare

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Senator Johnson among amicus parties challenging the constitutionality of the individual mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (NASHVILLE, TN), February 15, 2012 – State Senator Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) was among 77 lawmakers in Tennessee and 400 state legislators nationwide who filed an amicus brief on Monday to reject the authority of Congress to enforce the individual … Read More

New evaluation system a hot-button issue at education forum

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FRANKLIN Tennessee legislators and Department of Education representatives said the new teacher evaluation system is not perfect, but necessary. Questions about the controversial performance evaluations for teachers surfaced time and again during a legislative forum Tuesday sponsored by the Rho Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society held at Liberty Elementary School. On the hot seat were State Sen. Jack … Read More

Work to begin soon on assisted living facility

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BRENTWOOD — After plenty of debate and a switch in scope and location, construction work is moving ahead on Brentwood’s newest assisted living community. A groundbreaking ceremony for Morning Pointe of Brentwood is set for 11 a.m. Thursday at the empty field at 1522 Wilson Pike, just north of the Wilson Pike and Moores Lane intersection. Brentwood Mayor Paul Webb will … Read More

Unpaid state fines making penalties pointless for many

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A new legislative report shows the severity of fines imposed by Tennessee courts has been eroded by inflation over the past 22 years, but some involved in the process say that really doesn’t make much difference. “I’m not sure the amount of the fine is important anymore,” said Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols. “What difference does it make … Read More