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Business, Free Enterprise and Constitutional Issues; Pro-Life and Pro Second Amendment. Susan Lynn is a member of the Tennessee General Assembly. She serves as Chairman of the Consumer and Human Resources subcommittee and on the Finance Ways and Means Committee. She holds a BS in economics and a minor in history.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Help for Families Of First Responders Killed In The Line Of Duty

(NASHVILLE) — Legislation to help the families of first responders killed in the line of duty is on the Governor's desk. Sponsored by State Representative Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet) the legislation will allow the family to remain on the deceased health insurance policy for two years after the hero's death. Currently TBI may stay on for six months. 
Lynn credits the origin of the idea to the Wilson County Sheriff's Office Police Officer Memorial Service last summer where she shared her family's story of loss. Under House Bill 466, spouses and children of full-time police officers, firefighters and other first responders who are killed in the line of duty will receive health benefits for a period of two years following the death of their loved one. Family members of fallen Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) officers would also be covered under this legislation.
"The bill has a very small fiscal note because thankfully, not many lose their lives in service to their communities but for the families of those who do, and as someone whose family lost two police officers in the line of duty long ago when there was no widow's pension, I know the tremendous difficulties the survivors face after their hero's death. This legislation is meant to ease the family's transition after the loss of their loved one who has sacrificed all for the community." Stated Rep. Lynn.
The full text of the bill can be accessed by visiting the Tennessee General Assembly website at: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/110/Bill/HB0466.pdf.
The General Assembly also passed a bill to increase the life insurance for police officers killed in the line of duty from $50,000 to $250,000 paid over five years.
Susan Lynn serves as the Chair of the House Consumer Human Resources Subcommittee. Lynn is also a member of the House Consumer; Human Resources, House Finance, Ways & Means and the House Ethics Committee, as well as the Joint Fiscal Review Committee. Lynn can be reached by email at Rep.Susan.Lynn@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7462.


NRA Comments Tennessee General Assembly for 2017 Session

Tennessee: General Assembly Adjourns from its 2017 Legislative Session


The first year of Tennessee’s 110th General Assembly session adjourned today with many pro-gun victories.  Those bills passed by the General Assembly include:
House Bill 508 and Senate Bill 445sponsored by state Senator John Stevens and state Representative William Lamberth, would create a private cause of action for a party that is adversely affected by a local ordinance, resolution, policy, rule, or other enactment on firearms preempted by state law.  This bill would prohibit local government entities from prohibiting or restricting firearms on local property unless certain security conditions are met.  Law-abiding citizens should not be placed in jeopardy of unintentionally violating local restrictions simply because they have crossed from one municipality to another.  Gun owners continue to be unduly burdened by local ordinances which violate the current state firearm preemption law.
House Bill 752 and Senate Bill 983sponsored by state Senator Dolores Gresham and state Representative Tilman Goins, would allow a person, who is granted an order of protection and who is not otherwise a prohibited person according to state or federal law, to immediately carry a firearm after the initial order of protection is issued.  Within 21 calendar days, the petitioner is required to go through an expedited process at the DMV for a background check and will then be issued a temporary permit for an additional 60 days.  This would allow a person under an order of protection to exercise his or her right to self-defense while allowing time to complete the Tennessee handgun carry permit process.
House Bill 27 and Senate Bill 24, sponsored by Representative Timothy Hill (R-3) and Senator Mark Green (R-22), would exempt active-duty military service members and veterans who have specialties as military police, special operations, or Special Forces from concealed carry permit firing range requirements.
Senate Bill 1339 and House Bill 688, sponsored by Senator Paul Bailey (R-15) and state Representative James Van Huss (R-6), would allow a person to possess or carry a firearm, loaded or unloaded, in a motorized boat.
Senate Bill 1077 and House Bill 995, sponsored by Senator John Lundberg and Representative Dawn White, clarifies that when public property is “used” by a school where firearms could be prohibited. This legislation requires students to be present and the activity to be a school-sanctioned event.  This would prohibit situations where schools may be storing athletic equipment in local parks and claiming that the park is being “used” by the school. 
Additionally, your NRA-ILA fought hard against more than a dozen anti-gun bills that did not move through the legislative process.  A couple of the more extreme bills that aimed to infringe on your rights, including:
House Bill 961 and Senate Bill 670, sponsored by Representative Johnnie Turner (D-85) and Senator Lee Harris, would allow the issuance of a temporary order of protection preventing a person to possess a firearm based on a law enforcement officer’s judgement that the person is a danger to another person.  This bill would violate your right to due process. 
House Bill 962 and Senate Bill 671, sponsored by Representative Harold M. Love, Jr. (D-58) and Senator Lee Harris (D-29), would create within the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations a voluntary "Do Not Sell" firearm registry, making it a criminal offense of transferring a firearm to anyone on the registry.
House Bill 1319 and Senate Bill 1097, sponsored by Representative Mike Stewart (D-52) and Senator Sara Kyle (D-30), would criminalize the private transfer of a firearm by requiring any sale or transfer to be done only through a federally licensed gun dealer with limited exceptions.
Thank you to those NRA members and Second Amendment supporters who contacted their legislators in support of these important pro-gun bills.  Also, thank you to those legislators who supported our Second Amendment rights and right to self-defense in Tennessee.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

The Tiff Over TIF's

Last week in the House there was a huge tiff over TIF financing (TIF stands for Tax Increment Financing). 

This tiff made me dig into my archive of government principles that I have collected over the years from great thinkers such as Cicero, Adam Smith and others.  

Here is what I found in my notes on the principles of taxation – namely what are legitimate reasons for the state to tax citizens with a few added comments of my own.

The duties of a government, as enumerated by Adam Smith in the Wealth of Nations:

1.      “To guard against foreign aggression.” Smith explains in part I that “the sovereign/commonwealth needs revenue to finance a standing army.”  This is a role of the federal not state government but who does not totally agree with Smith that this is the first role of government?  

2.      “To secure against fraud or violence.”  We do this with laws, the police agencies, several state agencies and also with our a system of justice (the courts).

3.      “To maintain public projects which private individuals cannot support with profit.”  Thus revenue for paying for infrastructure (“public works and institutions/projects to facilitate commerce”) such as roads and bridges and other projects.

a.      Years after Smith wrote about public projects Scottish classical economist JR McCulloch wrote;

                                                i.     "Governments have, therefore, precisely the same interest as their subjects in facilitating production, inasmuch as its increased facility affords the means of adding to the quantity of produce at their disposal,without really adding to the 
weight of taxation; whereas, on the contrary, a diminished facility of production must either diminish in an equal degree 
the produce appropriated by government, or compel it to lay heavier burdens on its subjects."

1.      Today, ECD infrastructure grants would seem to support this concept – e.g. ECD grants might re-enforce bridges so that truck traffic can safely cross over, or install water lines where none exist, or pay for high tension electric lines, communications and internet. 

2.      TIF funding might also counted in this category.  Note that “without really adding to the weight of taxation” is a principle for such use of tax money.  Thus, in the TIF concept, an authority is formed by government which constructs a facility that businesses will use and which otherwise would not have existed.  The sales taxes derived from the businesses in the facility are solely used to pay back the authority for the construction of the facility until the cost is fully recouped. After recoupment of the cost of the building, the sales taxes no longer go to the authority but stay in the General Fund.  In the end, without the TIF, neither the building nor the businesses would exist in their location, neither would the taxes be generated.  With the TIF, once the taxes pay-off the project, the tax revenue adds to the General Fund.  An additional benefit of a TIF is the wider economic impact of the project such as support businesses to the businesses who use the TIF project, the potential for added tourism and the improved status of the surrounding community.  Of course, every TIF project must be evaluated on its own merit for payback, potential revenue generation and economic impact.

4.           “To maintain public institutions which private individuals cannot support with profit; institutions for the education of the youth and for the instruction of peoples of all ages.” 

   a.      E.g. K-12 schools, colleges, libraries, museums and archives would fall into this category.

5.      “Expenses of supporting the dignity of the sovereign.”  This too is Smith’s language – we do not have a sovereign but we do pay our elected officials, state employees and maintain decent offices in which they can work and we create decent working conditions. 
Note that Smith doesn’t include caring for the poor.  The church and charities supported by the wealthy and the good did such works.  He also doesn’t include paying the ordinary expenses of life, nor the repricing of goods and services considered by some to be incorrectly priced by the market, nor does he include the redistribution of income and wealth.  Those are contemporary, liberal, socialist economic concepts. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Representative Susan Lynn Officially Sworn In; Reappointed Chairman Of House Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee

(NASHVILLE) — The House of Representatives officially gaveled into session this week in Nashville, marking the beginning of the 110th General Assembly. As part of the opening day ceremonies, State Representative Susan Lynn (R–Mt. Juliet) took the oath of office and was officially sworn-in to the Tennessee House of Representatives.

Representative Lynn was reappointed as Chairman of the important House Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee by Speaker Beth Harwell. The Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee reviews legislation dealing with consumer protection laws, and all human resource and labor law regulations statewide.

Along with serving as Chairman, Representative Lynn will also continue her service as a member of the full Consumer & Human Resources Committee and of the powerful House Finance, Ways & Means Committee.  

Members generally serve on only two committees but Speaker Harwell also saw fit to appoint Lynn to a third committee; the House Ethics Committee.  The Ethics Committee hears all ethics complaints against sitting legislators.

“Speaker Harwell is most generous, and I am always very proud and eager to serve this body anywhere she determines that my skills and knowledge will best contribute to the end result.” stated Lynn. 

Finally, Representative Lynn was officially re-elected by her peers to the Fiscal Review Committee.  Fiscal review is a powerful committee that has oversight over all state contracts and other matters of a financial impact such as budget estimates.   

In addition to her duties above, Lynn also serves on the Workforce Development Board under the State Department of Labor – a position to which she was appointed by Governor Haslam last year – and she serves as an Executive Board Member of the Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC) – a position to which she was elected to by her peers in 2016.   

This year, legislators are looking to build upon the success of the previous session that saw wasteful government spending cut from the budget, taxes lowered for all Tennesseans, measures passed to better fund and improve education and encourage job growth, as well as numerous other government reforms.

“Our community sent me here to help them – one of the many ways I do that is by supporting policies that will uphold our Constitution, strengthen our economy and produce more job opportunities, ensure our budget remains balanced, and fight government waste. Today, my resolve is even stronger to continue doing just that,” said Representative Lynn.  "Let me add how truly honored I am to continue my service as Chairman of the House Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee."

House Speaker Beth Harwell (R–Nashville) added, “The people have placed their trust in us because of dedicated public servants like Representative Lynn whom they know will lead based upon the commonsense, conservative values of our state. I look forward to working with her to accomplish a great deal on behalf of all Tennesseans this year.”

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Please Re-Elect Rep. Susan Lynn

Dear Friends,
Early voting begins today.  I ask for the honor of your vote; that you to would allow me to serve you again for the next two years.

I sent out a robo-call last night to let you know about a convenient, new early voting location located at Lighthouse Church on Saundersville Rd. at Saundersville Ferry Rd.  Voting is from 8 am – 6 pm, M-F and from 8 am – 1 pm on Saturdays.

While Washington DC has broken down, I hope you see a difference in our state government. Even compare us to any other state – our GDP growth is 6.4% - nationally it is 1%.  We are lean, we do not deficit spend, we balance our budget, we have cut your taxes and banned an income tax. I know that it is our Tennessee values that makes us different.

We want you and your family to feel pride in your work and schools.  Major employers are moving here - which in turn helps small businesses, unemployment is low, personal income is rising.
Our schools are the fastest improving in the nation, we have directed more money towards education than any other General Assembly ($1 billion) without raising your taxes.  Every graduating student can attend two years of community college or tech school for free by using lottery dollars.

Our infrastructure challenges are due to our tremendous growth but our roads are still rated the 3rd best in the nation and we are taxed the third least per mile driven.  We have a plan to meet those challenges by taking advantage of the massive budget surpluses generated by our economic expansion – last year we paid off half of a massive debt and directed that money to TDOT.  This year we will pay off the remainder, and direct that money plus budget surplus money towards transportation creating a new dedicated funding stream. Electric and hydrogen vehicles do not contribute to the road fund – we will agree on a plan this year so that they contribute too.  In the 2016 – 2017 budget that we just passed – the construction of Hwy 109 is funded and will start soon – in fact, TDOT projects are occurring on every state road in Wilson County.

I have passed many bills that I write to you about in my newsletter but as far as the big picture is concerned such as I mentioned above, it really has been a Republican lead team that has accomplished these good things through our Tennessee values.  I am honored to be a part of making Tennessee strong.  I ask you for your vote.

Thank you – Susan Lynn

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