November 2, 2009

Medical lawsuits radically declining

It is not often in public service that we can look back to a specific piece of legislation and say “this worked,” and back it up with experience. In 2002, I first introduced medical liability reform legislation which finally passed in 2008. more…

September 21, 2009

A Change of Season

This week heralds the first day of autumn which is a good time to touch base. The summer passed too quickly as I focused on my clients and caseload before the return to session next January. more…

July 20, 2009

Governor signs Norris’ legislation strengthening Crooks with Guns Law

(NASHVILLE, TN), July 20, 2009 – Governor Phil Bredesen recently signed two bills sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) that strengthens Tennessee’s Crooks with Guns Law. more…

June 18, 2009

Legislature passes budget before adjourning 2009 legislative session

The Tennessee General Assembly wrapped up the 2009 legislative session this week after passing a budget and approving a major new charter schools law. more…

June 12, 2009

Senate Finance Committee passes fiscally responsible budget

The Senate Finance Committee has approved a fiscally responsible budget for the 2009-2010 budget year that borrows less, has more protection for the Rainy Day (savings) Fund and is closer to balancing recurring and nonrecurring expenditures. more…

June 4, 2009

Legislature passes key bills as lawmakers look to close 2009 session next week

The Tennessee State Senate passed several key bills this week, including anti-crime measures, second amendment rights bills, energy legislation and a major transportation bill as the 2009 session of the Tennessee General Assembly draws to a close. more…

May 29, 2009

New Budget Plan is unveiled

On Capitol Hill this week, the Bredesen administration presented lawmakers with a preview of its new budget amendment, which is expected to be filed on Friday. more…

May 22, 2009

Senate continues to work on tough issues facing 2009 legislative session

Tennessee lawmakers continued to make progress on Capitol Hill this week on some of the toughest issues facing the legislature in the 2009 legislative session, including judicial selection and the state’s unemployment compensation fund. more…

May 14, 2009

Law and order legislation dominates Senate Debate on Capitol Hill

Law and order legislation dominated debate in the State Senate this week as several key bills advanced, including legislation to revise the current method for selection of appellate judges, two proposals providing aid to victims of crime, a measure protecting children from Internet predators, and a bill to help deter abuse of prescription drugs. more…

May 8, 2009

Tennessee’s economy worsens as lawmakers get ready to consider 2009-10 budget

The State Senate tackled a number of important issues this week as several more committees closed for the 2009 legislative session. Several important issues still remain on the General Assembly’s agenda before it adjourns, including the state’s budget, which received a grim forecast this past week. more…

April 30, 2009

Updated Statement on Reported Swine Flu in Shelby County

“Earlier this morning I was informed that a probable second case of the H1N1 virus, also being called the ‘swine flu,’ has been located within Tennessee. This latest case has been identified as a young student who resides in my hometown of Collierville. more…

April 23, 2009

Senate Finance Committee approves legislation to maintain Tennessee’s dedicated road fund

Tennessee’s road needs were debated on Capitol Hill this week in two key committees of the State Senate. more…

April 17, 2009

Election Laws, economic development and the budget are among wide variety of issues debated on Capitol Hill this week

 However, State Senators also took time on Monday to remember the victims of last week’s tornadoes in Rutherford, Sumner, and Benton Counties and commended emergency personnel for their handling of the disaster. more…

April 9, 2009

Budget Hearings begin as more grim news on state revenues is delivered to lawmakers

Budget talks continued to dominate discussions on Capitol Hill this week as committees in the State Senate began hearings on the spending proposals of various departments and agencies of state government. more…

April 2, 2009

Legislation cracking down on violent crime advances in State Senate

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved two bills this week to crack down on violent crime in Tennessee. Tennessee ranks second in the nation in the number of violent crimes. more…

March 26, 2009

Legislators hear multi-year Budget plan

Calling it “the most complex and difficult” budget that he has ever presented, Governor Phil Bredesen laid out his $29.3 billion plan to fund state government for the fiscal year that begins in July to a joint session of the General Assembly on Monday. more…

March 20, 2009

Pace quickens on Capitol Hill with approval of wide variety of bills

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-2-1 this week to give Tennesseans the opportunity to restore their voice in determining what state law should be regarding commonsense protections for abortions. more…

March 12, 2009

Senate Judiciary Committee votes to approve constitutional amendment resolution as first step to restore commonsense protections on abortion

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-2-1 this week to give Tennesseans the opportunity to restore their voice in determining what state law should be regarding commonsense protections for abortions. more…

March 5, 2009

Senate State and Local Government Committee approves election integrity bill and legislation honoring Republican Majority on State Election Commission

Legislation protecting the integrity of elections in Tennessee overcame its first hurdle towards passage this week with approval by the Senate State and Local Government Committee. more…

February 27, 2009

Legislation protecting children from child sexual predators advances in Senate

Several bills aimed at protecting children advanced in the State Senate this week, including legislation approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee that would prohibit sex offenders from loitering within 1,000 feet of certain places where children are likely to gather. more…

February 19, 2009

Impact of Stimulus Package headlines Capitol Hill Week

Budget issues continued to dominate legislative discussions on Capitol Hill this week, as more of the “fine print” regarding the federal stimulus bill was revealed. more…

February 13, 2009

Lawmakers hear “State of the State” and begin work of 2009 Legislative Session

With organizational tasks out of the way, state lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill this week to begin the work of the first regular week of the 106th General Assembly. The first order of business was a joint session of the House and Senate to hear Governor Phil Bredesen’s State of the State address. more…

 

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