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26 incumbent state legislators face primary challenges – 20 Republicans, 6 Democrats

THE END OF AN ERA:

Senator Doug Henry presented what is probably his last piece of legislation on the Senate Floor Thursday where he received a standing ovation from his colleagues.  He passed his first bill in 1955! Sen. Henry, who is not running for re-election, is the consumate Southern Gentleman, conservative, pro-life, pro-family.  His excellent institutional memory will be missed. We certainly wish him well and hope that he will enjoy his well-earned retirement.

FREE EXERCISE OF RELIGION:

SB 2423 by *Henry ( HB 2115 by *Brooks H)
Education, Higher – As introduced, prohibits the board of regents and the University of Tennessee’s board of trustees from adopting policies that substantially burden students’ free exercise of religion.
STATUS:  SB2423, as amended, passed 32-0.  HB2115 passed the House Floor 91-0.

SECURES THE RIGHT TO VOTE ON ANNEXATION:

SB 2464 by *Watson ( HB 2371 by *Carter)

Annexation – As introduced, abolishes annexation by ordinance at the initiative of the municipality

Rep. Carter wins the award for persistence and tenaciousness, regardless of the opposition, in not giving up on providing folks with the right to vote on an
annexation proposal.

FINALLY:  On March 27, SB2464, as amended, passed the Senate Floor 27-1-2.  On April 2nd, HB2371, as amended, passed the House Floor 85-4-5!! Now the bill has been sent to the governor for his signature!!! Congratulations to Rep. Mike Carter, the faithful activists, and many others who persevered to protect the property rights of Tennessee citizens!!

PARENTAL RIGHTS BILL:

SB 2559 by *Bowling, Hensley, Bell, Tate, Green, Dickerson, Burks, Crowe, Gardenhire,

( HB 2453 by *Matheny),Holt, Dunn, Hill M, Moody, Butt, Womick, Casada, Faison, Carr J, Matlock, Shipley, White D, Carter, Doss, Pody, Weaver,
Kane, Williams R, DeBerry J, Alexander, Spivey

As introduced, requires every LEA to allow parents to review all instructional materials used in the classroom of the parent’s child; mandates the LEA to allow parents access to review all surveys and evaluations administered to the parent’s child. – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 2 and Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 70.

STATUS:  As you may recall, SB2559 has already passed Senate Education and is awaiting assignment to the Senate Floor. HB2435 was heard in House Education Tuesday, but because we needed to make a minor change, it was rolled to Tuesday April 8.

MAJOR CHANGES IN THE TEXTBOOK ADOPTION PROCESS:

SB 1602 by *Bell , Gresham, Stevens, Yager, Johnson, Tracy, Hensley, Crowe, Tate

HB 2249 by *Casada,Womick, Butt, Dunn, Sargent, White D, Matheny, Evans

As introduced, restructures the textbook commission and the textbook selection process.

NOTE: This is an exceptionally important bill. Dozens of volunteers worked all summer to review textbooks and evaluated the textbook adoption process. This is our chance to improve the process and give more control legislators and parents.

STATUS:  HB2249 was voted out of Government Operations and will be in Finance Subcommittee on Tuesday.  This can be the ‘killer’ committee, members found HERE.

ACTION:  Please contact the members of this committee and urge them to support this important bill.

NOTIFICATION OF MANDATED TESTS:

SB 2404 by *Hensley ( HB 2167 by *Butt)Education – As introduced, requires dissemination by the department of education and LEAs to parents of information concerning state and LEA mandated tests

STATUS: So pleased to report that on Thursday, SB2402, as amended, passed the Senate Floor 30-0. HB2167 is scheduled on the House floor on Wednesday, April 9.

ACTION:  You will want to let your House member know that you support this excellent bill.

REDUCING HALL INCOME TAX: SB 1427 by *Green ( HB 1367 by *Sargent)

As introduced, beginning January 1, 2015, annually reduces the rate of the Hall Income Tax and increases the portion of taxes distributed to cities and counties in which the taxpayers are located; beginning January 1, 2018, requires 100 percent of the tax revenue collected by the state be distributed to the cities and counties.

STATUS:  Officially, SB1427 is on the Senate Finance Calendar on Tuesday with the recommendation for a Summer Study.  (It has already BEEN studied). Since this is an election year, one does wonder if such a ‘study’ will really take place.  We shall see if the Finance Committee will agree with that recommendation.

National groups debate TN tax cut; senator targeted with attack ad

In a radio ad running on Knoxville and Nashville stations last week, Americans for Prosperity declared that Sen. Doug Overbey “is blocking tax relief that would help those who need it most.” Overbey, R-Maryville, says that’s not true at all and he is “not losing any sleep” over the ad, which he first heard about from a friend who sent a joking text message: “Why do you hate old people?”

“It does point out how little these outside groups understand about what our situation is here in Tennessee,” he said in an interview.

The ad was inspired by Overbey proposing in a Senate Tax Subcommittee to put off until next year any action on a bill to repeal the state’s 6 percent Hall
income tax on investment income over a period of years. It is one of several pending measures to eliminate or reduce the tax, projected to produce $260
million in revenue in the coming fiscal year – $169.5 million going to state government and $90.5 million to local governments.

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