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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, a member of the Finance Ways and Means Committee and the Ethics Committee. She holds a BS in economics and a minor in history.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Weekly Wrap - March 13, 2016

Tennessee General Assembly Named Most Conservative Legislature in The Country

Over the weekend, the Tennessee General Assembly was officially named the most conservative legislature in the entire country during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. The premier national conservative conference was attended by over 5,000 grassroots activists and elected officials from across the United States.

Cited in the award presentation was the General Assembly’s commitment to fiscal conservatism, cutting taxes, and efforts made to increase competition and attract new businesses to the state. In addition, earlier this year, the American Conservative Union — the nation's oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization in the nation — presented awards to the majority of House Republicans as tribute to the positive conservative direction they have guided the state over the last several years.

This year's CPAC event included panels and discussions with dozens of well-known conservatives from around the country, along with speeches from the major candidates running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.

 ‘National Guard Force Protection Act of 2016’ Passes House With Unanimous Support

Last week, House Republicans announced that the House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation that allows for homeland security upgrades that the Tennessee Military Department will implement at armories and recruiting stations around the state.

The ‘National Guard Force Protection Act of 2016’ was introduced to ensure the safety of Tennessee National Guard service members in the wake of the Chattanooga terrorist attack in July of 2015.

Upon passage of the legislation, House lawmakers cited the safety of our military men and women as being of the utmost importance, especially as service members put themselves in harm’s way to ensure the general public is secure on a daily basis.

The enhancements at armories and recruiting stations throughout the state will include mobile ballistic shields, shatter resistant film for windows and doors, barriers in front of the buildings, cameras, and more.

Having passed unanimously in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, the legislation is headed to Governor Haslam’s desk for his signature.

More information about the bill can be found by visiting http://goo.gl/Gyj7I8.

School Grading Bill Secures Passage in Tennessee House

House Republicans hailed this week’s affirmative House vote on legislation that seeks to empower Tennessee families with clearer, more accessible information about the performance of their local schools. 

The legislation, House Bill 155, will utilize existing resources to direct the State Board of Education to give schools an annual A through F letter grade based on multiple factors, including each school's academic achievement, student growth, and other relevant measures of school performance.

The bill passed the State House on a 73-14 bipartisan vote and has already secured unanimous approval in the State Senate.

Supporters agree that transparency and accountability are part of the keys to the success of any quality public education system. 

Although families have a wealth of information available to them through the state's Report Card website, the information it contains will now be enhanced by adding a concise, overall rating for each school. By disclosing transparent and understandable letter grades, the legislation promises to empower parents and families with the information they need to make better-informed decisions about their child's education, and do so at no additional cost to taxpayers.

As a sub-committee chairman I must make sure that my committee thoroughly scrutinizes the legislation.  We are known as a bit of a black hole committee because not much makes it by us.  There are no safe assumptions about any bill – even a bill named the “Pay Equality Act”. 
The name aside, the Pay Equality Act only applies to a very small group of people – non-civil service state and local employees; translation - elected officials and political appointees…click to continue

No child should be forced by the government into an intimate setting – like a restroom or locker room – with another child of the opposite birth sex.  This bill ensures that a local school district or institute of higher education does not jeopardize the safety of some students in an attempt to accommodate other students.

This bill is fully in compliance with Title IX, which allows schools to “provide separate toilet, locker room, and shower facilities on the basis of sex” without committing sex discrimination.

Opponents of this bill will point to a Dept. of Ed. “significant guidance document” that purports to extend the prohibition against sex discrimination to include gender identity.

That document, from the Obama administration, is not binding and has no force of law, and it was explicitly rejected as authoritative by a federal court in 2015…continue reading

David asked me if I would share his blogpost with you because his lawsuit, although fairing very well in the court, may be in jeopardy due to a lack of knowledge…David writes;

The knowledge of which I speak is a fundamental legal principle that most people would not know because they have not been to law school. But that doesn’t make knowledge about that legal principal any less critical. Failure to understand it could lead to destroying the very thing conservative evangelicals want—the preservation of marriage as the union of a man and a woman and the preservation of our state’s sovereignty…continue          

House Republicans Work to Fulfill State’s Long-Term Energy Needs

House Joint Resolution 507 calls for Tennessee’s commitment to sustainable energy

This week, House Joint Resolution 507 sailed through the legislature with unanimous support from state lawmakers.

As passed, the resolution resolves that the 109th General Assembly supports the creation of a long-term energy plan to address the future needs of the state with affordable energy that also encourages business growth in Tennessee.

House Resolution 507 specifically urges the Congress of the United States to provide the necessary resources, needed by the Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission, to further research liquid-core-molten-salt-reactors and small modular reactors. Furthermore, these energy processes represent a large business opportunity that will help create hundreds of new high-paying jobs across the state.

These nuclear reactors are fueled by thorium, instead of traditional uranium, thus making the reactors fail-safe. Additionally, the reactors can also produce radioisotopes to help medical diagnoses and treatment plans, and can desalinate water to help meet the constant need for fresh water in areas across the nation and globe.

A certified copy of the House Joint Resolution will be transmitted to each member of the Tennessee Congressional delegation.

In addition, House Joint Resolution 507 is not the only piece of legislation this session focusing on the energy needs of Tennessee. House Bill 2151, set to next be heard in the House Government Operations Committee, will create a thirteen-member state energy policy council to advise the Governor and the General Assembly on Tennessee’s energy needs.

‘Slow Poke Bill’ Wins Approval in State House

Legislation designed to cut down on congested traffic and increase safety on Tennessee interstates won approval this week in the State House.

House Bill 1416 creates a $50 fine for driving slow in the fast lane on major highways in Tennessee. As adopted, the legislation requires cars to stay out of the left lane of highways and interstates with at least three lanes except in the case of passing other vehicles.

In essence, the bill restricts slow drivers from continuously driving in the far left lane and impeding the normal flow of traffic.

Currently, 29 other states have similar legislation on the books, with evidence showing such laws do increase the flow of traffic, help increase safety on busy roads, and cut down on the occurrence of traffic jams on major highways and interstates.

Eagle Forum Opposes National Popular Vote

Last week after writing about the National Popular Vote Project I heard from my friend Bobbie Patray.  She informed me that Eagle Forum is opposed to the Project and she provided the following links for you to review;

How the National Popular Vote Compact Attempts to Circumvent the US Constitution and Why it Should be Opposed by Governors and Legislators in All Fifty States
John Ryder: Popular presidential vote subverts Constitution
Resolution Opposing the National Popular Vote Compact

TNGOP Opposes Changes to Electoral College

Past Issues of the Weekly Wrap

Weekly Wrap - January 31, 2016
Weekly Wrap - February 7, 2016
Weekly Wrap - February 15, 2016
Weekly Wrap - February 21, 2016
Weekly Wrap - February 28, 2016
Weekly Wrap – March 6, 2016

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