The Tennessee General Assembly will be taking action on four important bills this week. These bills cover a wide range of issues, including health care, greenhouse gas regulation, Real ID, and firearms. It is critical to contact state legislators as soon as possible to express support for these bills.
The Health Care Choice Act would allow Tennesseans to purchase health insurance across state lines and would expand the number of health care plans available for purchase from 127 in Tennessee to potentially more than 5,000 plans nationwide. See the article Senator Kelsey Files Health Care Choice Act for more details on this bill.
The bill will go before the Senate Commerce, Labor & Agriculture Committee on Tuesday, March 16 and the House Government Operations Committee on Wednesday, March 17. Contact the members of these committees listed below and encourage them to support the bills.
Senate Commerce, Labor & Agriculture Committee
Sen. Jack Johnson, Chair: (615) 741-2495, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Dewayne Bunch, Vice –Chair: (615) 741-3730, email@example.com
Sen. Charlotte Burks, Secretary: (615) 741-3978, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Mae Beavers: (615) 741-2421, email@example.com
Sen. Tim Burchett: (615) 741-1766, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Bill Ketron: (615) 741-6853, email@example.com
Sen. Steve Southerland: (615) 741-3851, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Eric Stewart: (615) 741-6694, email@example.com
Sen. Reginald Tate: (615) 741-2509, firstname.lastname@example.org
House Government Operations Committee
Rep. Susan Lynn, Chair: (615) 741-7462, email@example.com
Rep. Mike Kernell, Vice-Chair: (615) 741-3726, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Jim Cobb, Secretary: (615) 741-1450, email@example.com
Rep. Mike Bell, (615) 741-1946, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Glen Casada: (615) 741-4389, email@example.com
Rep. Karen Camper: (615) 741-1898, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Stacey Campfield: (615) 741-2287, email@example.com
Rep. Barbara Cooper: (615) 741-4295, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Lois DeBerry: (615) 741-3830, email@example.com
Rep. G. A. Hardaway: (615) 741-5625, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Jason Mumpower: (615) 741-2050, email@example.com
Rep. Gary Odom: (615) 741-4410, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Mike Turner: (615) 741-3229, email@example.com
This bill, sponsored by Rep. Susan Lynn in the House and Sen. Jack Johnson in the Senate, requires approval of the state legislature before any regulatory programs regarding greenhouse gas or motor vehicle fuel economy can be implemented in Tennessee. This would effectively provide a check against the Cap and Trade system that the federal government seeks to implement.
HB3287 will be heard before the House Conservation and Environment Committee’s Environment Subcommittee on Tuesday, March 16. The Senate bill, SB3159, has been referred to the Senate Environment, Conservation & Tourism Committee but has not yet been calendared for review. Contact the committee and subcommittee members listed below and express your support.
Environment Subcommittee of House Conservation and Environment Committee
Rep. John Tidwell, Chair: (615) 741-7098, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Mike Bell: (615) 741-1946, email@example.com
Rep. Willie Butch Borchert: (615) 741-6804, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. George Fraley: (615) 741-8695, email@example.com
Rep. Brenda Gilmore: (615) 741-1997, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. David Hawk: (615) 741-7482, email@example.com
Rep. Ron Lollar: (615) 741-7084, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Joe McCord: (615) 741-5481, email@example.com
Rep. Michael Ray McDonald: (615) 741-1980, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Frank Niceley: (615) 741-4419, email@example.com
Senate Environment, Conservation & Tourism Committee
Sen. Steve Southerland, Chair: (615) 741-3851, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Ken Yager, Vice-Chair: (615) 741-1449, email@example.com
Sen. Eric Stewart, Secretary: (615) 741-6694, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Tim Barnes: (615) 741-2374, email@example.com
Sen. Charlotte Burks: (615) 741-3978, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Mike Faulk: (615) 741-2061, email@example.com
Sen. Doug Jackson: (615) 741-4499, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Jack Johnson: (615) 741-2495, email@example.com
Sen. Jamie Woodson: (615) 741-1648, firstname.lastname@example.org
HB1426 would prohibit the state of Tennessee from implementing the Real ID Act of 2005 passed by the U.S. Congress. The Real ID Act requires states to comply with a nationalized standard for ID cards such as drivers licenses. There are concerns that these standards could compromise privacy, in addition to the expense imposed upon the states to implement the program.
The Senate companion, SB1934 was passed by the state Senate during the 2009 session. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Frank Niceley, will be reviewed by the House Transportation Committee’s Public Safety Subcommittee on Tuesday, March 16. Contact the members of the subcommittee listed below and encourage them to support the bill.
Public Safety Subcommittee of House Transportation Committee
Rep. Vince Dean, Chair: (615) 741-1934, email@example.com
Rep. Tony Shipley, Vice-Chair: (615) 741-2886, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Ty Cobb: (615) 741-3005, email@example.com
Rep. Chad Faulkner: (615) 741-3335, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Pat Marsh: (615) 741-6824, email@example.com
Rep. Ben West: (615) 741-6959, firstname.lastname@example.org
Passage of SB2391 and its companion bill HB3240 would remove the authority of the governor to commandeer firearms and related items during a state of emergency, similar to what happened during the state of emergency caused by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana. While this is not a Tenth Amendment issue, it is a vital issue for freedom loving Tennesseans.
The bill will go before the full Senate for a vote on Monday, March 15 and before the Criminal Practice and Procedure Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, March 17. Please contact your state senator as well as the members of the subcommittee listed below to express your support. [Update: The full Senate vote on this bill was reset on the calendar to April 5, 2010]
Criminal Practice and Procedure Subcommittee of House Judiciary Committee
Rep. Eric Watson, Chair: (615) 741-7799, email@example.com
Rep. Janis Baird Sontany, Vice-Chair: (615) 741-6861, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Eddie Bass: (615) 741-1864 , email@example.com
Rep. Karen Camper: (615) 741-1898, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Judd Matheny: (615) 741-7448, email@example.com
Rep. Barrett Rich: (615) 741-6890, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lesley Swann is a Co-Host for Tenther Radio and the state chapter coordinator for the Tennessee Tenth Amendment Center. She is a native of Anderson County, Tennessee.
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