Legislative Update, April 9, 2011

 

LEGISLATIVE ACTION  ALERT                   
April 9, 2011                                                                                

Tennessee General Assembly information, click HERE. For information on State Senators, including phone numbers and email addresses, click HERE; for House members, click HERE. For information on legislation, click HERE.
Don't forget that you can now watch the Senate committee meetings and floor sessions online by going
HERE; House committee meetings and floor sessions online HERE.
Phone calls can go to the legislative Switchboard at 615-741-3011 or to the Toll Free number 1-800-449-8366+1 last four digits of office phone number (available online).

Nehemiah 4:14 "…Don't be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes."
2 Chronicles 14:11 …"LORD, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, O LORD our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. O LORD, you are our God; do not let man prevail against you."


FOR YOUR PRAYER LIST:
 Mrs. Barbara Ann Trentham McAndrew, of Dandridge, passed away Tues. morning, April 5, 2011. A retired educator, her passion was helping elect Republicans. Loss of Barbara McAndrew leaves huge void in East Tennessee Republican circles. The Tennessee Federation of Republican Women’s PAC was named after this wonderful lady.
        Ned Ray McWherter, a shoe salesman and son of sharecroppers who became one of Tennessee’s most popular and powerful governors, died Monday. He was 80. McWherter had been undergoing treatment for cancer for several months. After falling at his home on Saturday, he was taken to Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, where he died. Read more here.
         Wilson Forrester, the 19-year-old son of Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester, passed away unexpectedly Saturday. Wilson Forrester died in Tucson, Ariz., where he was a sophomore at the University of Arizona studying business finance. Wilson leaves behind his father Chip, mother Alice Forrester, brother Evan Forrester and stepmother Gabrielle Mittelstaedt as well as scores of friends.
        On April 3rd, Senator Roy Herron (D-Dresden) was training with a fellow Ironman triathlete for another Ironman scheduled for August when he had an accident. A scan revealed a broken clavicle (collarbone), eight or nine broken ribs, and a slightly collapsed lung.
Senator Roy Heron Recovering After Bike Accident
 Rep. Julie Hurley (R-Lenior City) received a neck injury when her car was hit by a drunk driver. 
 
THIS IS THE WEEK – FINALLY – AFTER MONTHS OF VERY HARD WORK, OUR ANTI-TERRORISM BILL WILL BE IN BOTH THE SENATE AND HOUSE COMMITTEES! And….YOUR participation is VITAL!!



PROTECTING ALL TENNESSEANS:
*SB 1028 by *Ketron ( HB 1353 by *Matheny)
Homeland Security - enacts the "Material Support to Designated Entities Act of 2011."
”There has been a string of terror cases involving U.S. citizens in recent years. Justice Department data shows there has been a "class-one" terrorism case -- the highest designation for a terrorism case -- involving a U.S. citizen every two weeks, on average, since January 2009. An August 2010 background report showed 21 U.S. citizens were charged in such cases in 2009 and another 20 were charged in 2010 between January and August.” Source
HERE.
          One of the few legitimate and Constitutional responsibilities of government is the protection and security of its citizens. This legislation provides new tools for local law enforcement to carry out their mission.
          Please go
HERE for additional helpful information. See bios of witnesses HERE
.
STATUS: SB 1028 will be in Senate Judiciary at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Room 12, Legislative Plaza. HB 1353 will be presented (for testimony only) in House Judiciary at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday in Room 16, Legislative Plaza. Then on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. HB 1353 will be heard for action in House Judiciary Subcommittee, room 31 Legislative Plaza.

URGENT ACTION: We expect a substantial number of opponents to show up at each of these three meetings. We NEED YOU to do FOUR things.
1. Pray for our sponsors and speakers, and pray for success.
2. Go HERE
to send an email of support to your Senator and Representative.
3. Call the Governor’s office at 615-741-2001, and urge him to support this anti-terrorist bill.
4. Make your plans to be in the committee rooms at these three meetings.

PROTECTING BUSINESSES FROM GOVERNMENT INTRUSION:
SB 0632 by *Ketron ( *HB 0600 by *Casada)
Business and Commerce - As introduced, enacts the "Equal Access to Intrastate Commerce Act." This pro-business and pro-taxpayer legislation provides that no local government can impose on any business or person, other than a local government’s own employees, any personnel practice, definition or provision relating to discrimination or discriminatory practices that deviates from the requirements of state law. It also makes null and void any nonconforming requirements imposed prior to the legislation’s effective date. The legislation does not affect anti-discrimination policies that businesses voluntarily adopt for the operation of their business.
STATUS: So pleased to report that HB 600 passed the subcommittee on a voice vote and will be in full House Commerce Committee on Tuesday. This bill would
overturn an ordinance just passed by Metro Council that will cost jobs and open the way for many lawsuits. For a summary of the legislation, go HERE.
ACTION: Find committee members
HERE
to send an email of support.

NEUTRALIZING TN CONSTITUTION ON ABORTION:
*SJR 0127 by *Beavers, Kelsey, Bell, Norris, Ketron, Crowe, Southerland, Yager, Campfield, Johnson, Woodson, Ramsey, Overbey, Tracy, Gresham, Summerville, Faulk, Watson Constitutional Amendments - Proposes new provision to Article I to provide that nothing in Constitution of Tennessee secures or protects right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion; states that the people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother. For additional information, go HERE.
STATUS: SJR 127 passed Senate Judiciary 6-3; has been read twice on the Senate Floor. It is scheduled for the final Senate vote on April 11th.
ACTION: Please go
HERE to find your Senator and urge him or her to support this important Constitutional Amendment.

PROHIBITING MANDATORY COLLECTIVE BARGAINING:
SB 0113 by *Johnson ( *HB 0130 by *Maggart)
Teachers, Principals and School Personnel - As introduced, abolishes teachers' unions ability to negotiate terms and conditions of professional service with local boards of education.
STATUS: As you know, this has been a hard fought battle with very different bills coming out of the House and the Senate.  Speaker Harwell broke the tie vote on the
House version in the House Finance Subcommittee last week. Action in the Full Finance Committee has been deferred until April 19th. Meanwhile, the Senate version has been sent back to Senate Education for review: Senate may alter teachers union bill to allow informal talks
.

ACTION ON ALL THREE IMMIGRATION BILLS:
Find House State and Local Committee members HERE and urge support for all three of these bills.
 
LAWFUL IMMIGRATION:
*SB 0780 by *Ketron ( HB 1380 by *Carr)
Immigration - As introduced, enacts the "Lawful Immigration Enforcement Act."
Go HERE to read the detailed summary.
STATUS: HB1380 was postponed in the full State and Local Committee until April 12th.

LAWFUL EMPLOYMENT ACT:
SB 1669 by *Tracy ( *HB 1378 by *Carr)
Immigration - As introduced, enacts the Tennessee Lawful Employment Act.
STATUSSB 1669 passed the Senate Commerce Committee 8-1:  Senators voting aye were: Beavers, Faulk, Gresham, Johnson, Southerland, Stewart, Tate, Woodson -- 8.
Senators voting no were: Burks -- 1

      HB 1378 was amended in the Subcommittee. It still holds to the premise that in order for an E-verify component to be an effective part of the solution it must be mandatory and must have a mechanism for enforcement.  It was postponed last week and will be heard in the Full State and Local Committee on Tuesday.

ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION:
SB 1325 by *Johnson ( *HB 1379 by *Carr)
Immigration - As introduced, enacts the "Eligibility Verification for Entitlements Act."
Go HERE to read detailed summary.
STATUS:  It, too, was postponed last week and will be heard in the Full State and Local Committee on Tuesday.

 
REAL ACADEMIC FREEDOM:
SB 0893 by *Watson ( *HB 0368 by *Dunn)
Teachers, Principals and School Personnel - As introduced, protects a teacher from discipline for teaching scientific subjects in an objective manner.
STATUS: SB 893 is scheduled in Senate Education. Thrilled to report that HB 368 passed un-amended 70-23:
Representatives voting aye were: Alexander, Armstrong, Bass, Brooks H, Butt, Campbell, Carr, Casada, Cobb, Coley, DeBerry J, Dennis, Dunn, Elam, Eldridge, Evans, Faison, Floyd, Ford, Forgety, Gotto, Halford, Hall, Harmon, Harrison, Hawk, Haynes, Hensley, Hill, Holt, Hurley, Johnson C, Johnson P, Keisling, Kernell, Lollar, Lundberg, Maggart, Marsh, Matheny, McCormick, McDaniel, Miller D, Montgomery, Niceley, Parkinson, Pody, Powers, Ragan, Rich, Roach, Sanderson, Sargent, Sexton, Shipley, Sparks, Swann, Tidwell, Tindell, Todd, Towns, Watson, Weaver, White, Williams K, Williams R, Windle, Wirgau, Womick, Madam Speaker Harwell -- 70.
          Representatives voting no were: Brown, Camper, Cooper, Curtiss, DeBerry L, Fitzhugh, Gilmore, Hardaway, Jones, McDonald, Miller L, Moore, Naifeh, Odom, Pitts, Ramsey, Richardson, Shaw, Shepard, Sontany, Stewart, Turner J, Turner M -- 23.
You really do want to go HERE to watch the Debate (scroll down to where HB0368 is listed the second time) – Rep. Bill Dunn does such a good job!!
ACTION: You can find Senate Education members HERE.
 
LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD FOR HOME SCHOOLED STUDENTS:
SB 1237 by *Yager ( *HB 1343 by *Matlock)
Lottery, Scholarships and Programs - As introduced, permits home school students to obtain HOPE scholarships as entering freshmen if such students achieve a high school GPA of 3.0 or an ACT score of 21. See summary HERE.
STATUS: HB 1343 will be heard in House Education Subcommittee on April 13th. You can find committee members HERE.
 
Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey has introduced a new website site:
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