April 27, 2012

Senate passes budget as legislature prepares to close 2012 Session
Norris said the budget was cautiously optimistic, as he pointed to a recent poll conducted by MTSU which says that although Tennesseans are more upbeat in general, they are on edge regarding the future. more…

April 21, 2012

State Senators approve key bills in preparation to adjourn 2012 legislative session
“Today is Patriot’s Day. In the haste and hustle and bustle of all we have to work on I want us to take a moment to pause and reflect on the fact that 237 years ago today in Lexington, Massachusetts the first shot of the American Revolution was fired, “the shot heard around the world.” Each year for the last three years we have been privileged to have as our special guests on Patriot’s Day, which is officially recognized in Tennessee, the color guard from the Tennessee Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. ” more…

April 13, 2012

Resolutions would allow Tennessee voters to change the state’s Constitution for merit-based appointment system for state’s Supreme Court and Appellate Judges with retention vote
“This is the correct course of action for those of us who believe the Constitution means what it says and should be interpreted as written,” said Leader Norris. more…

April 7, 2012

Happy Easter!
School Districts / MunicipalsSenate Bill 2908 to lift the statewide ban on new municipal school districts beginning January 1, 2013 was approved by the State Senate on Monday. more…

March 30, 2012

Senate Education Committee Recognizes Importance of Civics Instruction
Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) introduced the legislation following the release of a Board of Education report commissioned by the General Assembly last year which reviewed civic education curriculum in Tennessee public schools. more…

March 22, 2012

State Senate changes state law to reflect Tennessee’s No Child Left Behind waiver
Felons with Firearms — Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) led passage of legislation through the State Senate this week that would enact tougher sentences for gun possession by those with prior violent felony convictions. more…

March 15, 2012

Tax Relief, Prescription Drug Abuse, Anti-Crime Legislation headline week
Legislation, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) and co-sponsored by Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman), that would curb prescription drug abuse in Tennessee was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee this week. more…

March 8, 2012

Lawmakers focus on legislation to aid crime victims and curb drug abuse

Victims of crime were at the heart of several key bills that moved through the State Senate this week, as the General Assembly makes steady progress towards adjournment next month. more…

March 1, 2012

Jobs take center stage on Capitol Hill as Tennessee continues successful efforts to improve state’s economy

The action on the Tennessee Excellence Accountability and Management (TEAM) Act of 2012 came after several changes were made improving the bill, including an amendment sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) which ensures veterans will continue to be given preference in hiring and promotions for state jobs. more…

February 23, 2012

Bill gives abused and neglected youth in state custody more opportunities to succeed

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee approved legislation this week to help ensure that abused and neglected youth in state custody get the chance they deserve to become healthy and productive adults. more…

February 17, 2012

Budget hearings, health care, and anti-crime legislation highlight Capitol Hill Week

“This is one of the most important issues to be considered by the Court in our lifetime,” said Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville). “States’ rights, individual liberties and our ability to keep the federal government from infringing those rights are at stake.” more…

February 12, 2012

State Senate takes up public safety bills

Law and order legislation dominated debate in the State Senate this week as lawmakers considered several of Governor Bill Haslam’s public safety bills, including proposals sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), Senator Mike Faulk (R-Church Hill), and Senator Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge). more…

February 3, 2012

State Budget / State of the State Address Highlight Action on Capitol Hill

“It’s a budget I’m pleased to sponsor and will be proud to pass,” said Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris. “Public safety, education, the economy and tax relief are priorities, and essential services are preserved.” more…

January 21, 2012

Budget and jobs headline 2012 legislative agenda

The second session of the 107th General Assembly began on Tuesday, January 10, with a full array of issues on tap for 2012. Tennessee’s budget and job creation, however, will be the predominant drivers for legislative action. more…

January 6, 2012

Ready For a New Year…

As we turn the calendar to a new year, we are looking forward to the beginning of the legislative session. The second half of the 107th General Assembly convenes Tuesday, January 10th at noon. more…

 

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