Legislative Update, January 28, 2012


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).

"A man who thinks of himself as belonging to a particular national group in America has not yet become an American, and the man who goes among you to trade upon your nationality is not a worthy son to live under the Stars and Stripes." 
                                                                              Woodrow Wilson, U.S. President

Please remember Sen. Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet).  In addition, pray for the legislative process to run smoothly and run effectively.

Last week, a subscriber challenged other subscribers to send in $25.00 to mark my 25th year at the Legislature. I was very honored and flattered at that creative suggestion.  However, I neglected to include the mailing address.  For those interested in sending a non-tax deductible donation, that address is: Tennessee Eagle Forum, 3216 Bluewater Trace, Nashville, TN 37217.

*HJR 0587 by *Brooks K
General Assembly, Statement of Intent or Position - Recognizes the destructive and insidious nature of United Nations Agenda 21.
NOTE:  I am very pleased to report that after many years of effort, both voters and legislators are recognizing the threat we face and how much of this Agenda has been enacted without the treaty being ratified.  Rep. Kevin Brooks (R-Cleveland) is to be congratulated for introducing this important resolution.  We will certainly be following and fully supporting its passage. There are more bills to come. You can find more information on this very important issue

*SB 0780 by *Ketron ( HB 1380 by *Carr)

Immigration - As introduced, enacts the "Lawful Immigration Enforcement Act."
Generally, this bill:
(1) Revises the present law prohibition against local officials interfering with the ability of a local governmental entity, official or employee of a municipality or county to comply with federal law pertaining to persons who reside within the state illegally and revises a person's remedies when the person believes an official is violating this prohibition;
(2) Requires any law enforcement officer who makes a lawful stop or detention of a person for a violation of a state law or local ordinance and who has reasonable suspicion to believe that the person stopped or detained is unlawfully present in the Untied States, to request verification of the immigration status of such person from federal immigration authorities;
(3) Revises the materials that the curriculum requirements of the Tennessee peace officer standards and training commission must include;
(4) Creates the lawful immigration enforcement fund to provide grants to law enforcement agencies for reimbursing the agencies for enforcement costs under this bill that are associated with housing and transporting persons who are unlawfully present in the United States; and
(5) Enacts other provisions regarding immigration.
STATUS:  HB1380 was postppned last week and will be in House Budget Subcommittee on Wednesday, February 1. Please contact these members and urge them to vote for this legislation:  Curtis Johnson, Vice-Chair,Lois DeBerry, Craig Fitzhugh, Gerald McCormick, Steve McDaniel , Jimmy Naifeh,Gary Odom, Dennis Roach, Charles Sargent,Harry Tindell, Johnny Shaw

SB 2508 by *Gresham ( *HB 2638 by *Watson
STATUS: HB2638 is scheduled in House Judiciary Subcommittee, on Wednesday, February 1st
Please contact the committee members and let them know how important it is that this bill ;pass so that the Plaza can be cleared. Jim Coley, Chair ,Vance Dennis, Vice-Chair,Eddie Bass, Karen Camper,Jon Lundberg,Barrett Rich,Janis Sontany.

Sen. Bill Ketron won't run for Congress
MURFREESBORO — Republican state Sen. Bill Ketron ended speculation Monday of a run for Tennessee’s newly drawn 4th Congressional District seat, largely because of family and
financial considerations.
Ketron said Monday that serving in Congress is the pinnacle of “civic responsibility,” but the most important step in launching a campaign is considering its impact on family.
“My family is my inspiration and support. My father, who was my best friend, passed away 11 months ago. I made a promise to him that I would take care of my mother, my family and the business that he started 43 years ago,” he said.
The Murfreesboro Republican also told The Associated Press he would have to raise $850,000 by August to catch the competition in a congressional race.
“That would take away time from people electing me to come up here,” Ketron told an AP reporter in Nashville.
Read more here.

Former Rep. Ty Cobb Running for Senate
News release from Ty Cobb campaign (slightly edited):Columbia firefighter and former state Rep. Tyler "Ty" Cobb announced today he is seeking the new state Senate seat encompassing Maury, Lawrence, Lewis, Giles, Wayne and Perry counties."I'm excited to have this opportunity to ask hard-working folks like you to let me represent District 28 in the state Senate," Cobb said. "I want to represent your best interests in the Legislature because I understand many of us are hurting financially as jobs have disappeared during one of the worst economic downturns since the Great Depression. "Neighbors, family, friends and co-workers have urged me to serve in the Senate so we can get the Legislature back to doing what it's supposed to do, which is govern with common sense and efficiency. We now have too many politicians in Nashville who are more worried about being big-shots than being advocates for the regular Joe.
Read more here.

State Redistricting Wrinkles Save Kyle's Seat But Continue Debate
There was one very important change to the new district lines for the Tennessee State Senate as the week ended in Nashville with the legislature taking final action on the once a decade redistricting process. State Senate Democratic leader Jim Kyle of Memphis has a district once again in the new set of district lines for the legislature that won final approval Friday, Jan. 13, in the Tennessee State Senate. But he shares it with Democratic incumbent Beverly Marrero of Memphis. The new district lines for both chambers of the Tennessee legislature as well as the state’s Congressional delegation to Washington are awaiting the signature of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. Some legislators have described the importance of redistricting as elected incumbents selecting who will vote on their re-election. The district lines are also a key consideration for those who would challenge the incumbents or run for an open seat in which no incumbent is seeking re-election.
Read more here.

GOP activist Scott Hughes seeks Senate seat for Blount, Sevier counties

SEYMOUR (WATE) - Seymour resident and Republican activist Scott Hughes says Wednesday he will run for the newly-drawn District 2 Tennessee Senate seat.
It's currently held by Maryville attorney Doug Overbey, who's also a Republican.
The recently reconfigured and renumbered district includes all of Blount and most of Sevier County.
Hughes currently serves as chief financial officer for his family's church, Fuse Church.
In 2010, Hughes ran for the District 8 Tennessee House seat and has more than 10 years experience working in the pro-life movement.
Most recently, he served as executive director for the Hope Resource Center, East Tennessee's largest crisis pregnancy center.
Read more here

Councilman Jernigan to run as Democrat for Gotto's District 60 House seat

Darren Jernigan, a Metro councilman whose District 11 includes parts of Old Hickory and Hermitage, confirmed to The City Paper Wednesday he plans to run as a Democrat for the state House District 60 seat currently held by Republican Jim Gotto. Read more here.

DCCC Deems 4th District an 'Emerging Race'

News release from the Eric Stewart campaign:
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) announced today that state Sen. Eric Stewart (D-Belvidere) has been placed on the Emerging Races list in his campaign for Tennessee's 4th Congressional District.
The DCCC recognized Stewart's campaign for increasingly making this race competitive by meeting infrastructure and organizational goals and beginning to make the case to voters that he is a problem-solver who will protect working families in Tennessee.
Read more here.