Judicial Redistricting Consensus Plan Unveiled

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Senate Judiciary Committee voted this week to approve a consensus plan to redraw Tennessee’s judicial districts.  Passage of Senate Bill 780 follows a press conference unveiling the plan earlier in the week attended by Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary Wade, Tennessee Trial Judges Association President Chancellor Daryl Fansler, Tennessee Judicial Conference President Robert Holloway and Tennessee Bar Association … Read More

Senate approves online public notices

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Legislation calling for online distribution of public notices by newspapers passes Senate as nation observes government “Sunshine Week” NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The State Senate has approved legislation requiring newspapers that print public notices to post them on the Internet.  Senate Bill 461 is supported by the Tennessee Press Association.  Action on the bill was taken during “Sunshine Week,” an annual time … Read More

Legislation restructures TN’s DUI laws

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Makes them easier for law enforcement, lawyers and citizens to understand  NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation on Tuesday rewriting Tennessee’s DUI laws to make them more understandable by prosecutors, defense lawyers and citizens.  Senate Bill 186 comes from Tennessee Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons who said the state’s DUI laws have received so many additions … Read More

Two bills passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee build on legislature’s ongoing efforts to attack the problem of human trafficking in Tennessee

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Two bills were approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee this week that build on the legislature’s ongoing efforts to attack the problem of child prostitution and human trafficking in Tennessee.  The legislation is part of a series of bills designed to enhance penalties against those who patronize or promote the illegal act.   According to a 2011 Tennessee Bureau of … Read More

Treasurer Lillard presents changes in retirement plan for new hires

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State Treasurer David Lillard appeared before the Pension and Insurance Committee this week to present his proposal to reform the state’s Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS) pension plan.  The proposed changes, which would only affect new employees hired on or after July 1, 2014, were brought to the legislature to ensure future generations of state employees, higher education employees and … Read More

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