Three West Tennessee workforce development collaboratives receive major LEAP grants
December 12, 2014 “Employers demand candidates with the skills needed in today’s technologically-advanced workplace,” Norris added. “These grants help fill the skills gaps in the local workforce pool, while increasing the number of Tennesseans with post-secondary degrees.” more…

Senate Majority Caucus elects Leadership for 109th General Assembly
December 10, 2014 “I appreciate the confidence of my colleagues — veterans as well as newcomers,” said Leader Norris. “I look forward to continue working together to strengthen our workforce and schools while providing safer communities for all citizens during the 109th General Assembly.” more…

Shelby County receives awards to honor excellence in school counseling
December 4, 2014 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) received the group’s “Legislator of the Year Award,” while three of his constituents, Skip Ruzicka, Kim Jessee and Lauren Baker took top honors for their work as school counselors. more…

Mark Norris Receives “Champion of Commerce” Award from Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Greater Memphis Chamber
November 20, 2014 The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Greater Memphis Chamber have awarded the “Champion of Commerce” award to Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville). more...

Norris News from Nashville – November 10, 2014
November 10, 2014 Please join me today in personally thanking those who have served our respective states and country and honoring our veterans by ensuring that they too have a pathway to prosperity. more…

Senators Crowe and Norris Drafting Legislation to Enact Amendment 4
November 6, 2014 “We are very pleased this amendment received such high approval among voters,” said Senator Norris. more…

Norris Recognized by U.S. Department of Defense
November 4, 2014 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense for his “leadership on public policy changes positively impacting the quality of life of Service members and their families.” more…

Senator Norris receives coveted Champion of Life Science Award from Life Science Tennessee
October 22, 2014 “I am very honored to receive this award from this distinguished group,” said Senator Norris. “The Life Sciences are vital to economic development, entrepreneurship and well being in Tennessee. I’m proud to be a part of it.” more…

Senator Norris to perform with nation’s most elite high school musicians
October 17, 2014 “It is a tremendous honor to perform with these incredibly talented students,” said Senator Norris. “These students represent ‘the best of the best’ musicians in the United States and I am very honored to have a role in this concert.” more…

Senator Norris to speak to multi-city Sexual Assault Kit Summit
October 16, 2014 “DNA evidence is not only helpful in identifying perpetrators in unsolved cases, but also prevents future assaults by prosecuting rapists early in their criminal careers,” Norris added. “It is a very effective tool in getting these criminals off the streets.” more…

Senator Norris Urges Local Collaboratives to Apply for LEAP Grants as Oct. 15 Intent Deadline Approaches
October 9, 2014 “This is a tremendous opportunity for communities to provide workers with the skills they need to get a job and advance in the workplace,” said Leader Norris. more…

Leader Norris calls for States to Support Freedom from Federal Regulation without Representation
October 1, 2014 “Empowering Congress to act is a valuable strategy in limiting government abuse,” said Sen. Norris. “I believe it is the responsibility of the states to provide the inducement to act. Regulation Freedom should be on the tip of every tongue every time we talk to a Congressman.” more…

Reauthorization of the Debbie Smith Act critical to processing backlog of untested rape kits in Tennessee
September 19, 2014 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) said today congressional reauthorization of the Debbie Smith Act will be of tremendous help to accurately assess and reduce the backlog of untested DNA evidence from open rape cases in Tennessee. more…

September marks Hunger Action Month / Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris urges citizens to wear orange in recognition of Hunger Action Day tomorrow
September 3, 2014 “I encourage everyone to wear orange on Thursday, September 4,” said Norris, who serves as Chairman of the national Council of State Governments which has launched a nationwide focus on hunger as part of his State Pathways to Prosperity initiative. more…

Norris Announces Tennessee One of Only 5 States Selected to Help Improve Outcomes for Youth in Juvenile Justice System
July 28, 2014 “Like many other states, Tennessee recognizes there is room to improve our understanding of how youth respond to their interaction with the juvenile justice system,” said Norris. more…

Norris News from Nashville
July 3, 2014 This Fourth of July, I am encouraged by what’s happening in Tennessee. As we begin celebrating the 238th Anniversary of our Nation’s birth, let’s all celebrate the re-birth of American Manufacturing and its role in securing the individual independence which flows from economic freedom. more…

Norris Hails Tennessee’s Role in the New American Workforce
July 1, 2014 Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) rallied economic development officials during a morning address in Johnson City, Tennessee today. more…

Sen. Mark Norris, Chairman of Council of State Governments, Calls on States to Convene Conversation About Jobs and People with Criminal Records
June 30, 2014 Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, chairman of the Council of State Governments (CSG), called on all states to convene their respective business leaders to discuss ways in which government can help—and hinder—efforts to improve employment outcomes for people with criminal records. more…

Leader Norris Kicks Off Independence Day Workforce Development And Education Tour
June 26, 2014 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) began a pre-Fourth of July, week-long workforce development and education tour across Tennessee in Nashville today with remarks during the Pathways Tennessee State Summit at Vanderbilt University. more…

Sen. Norris Advances Tennessee Emergency Preparedness and Communications
June 3, 2014 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) praised Governor Bill Haslam for signing his “Next Generation 911” Act into law today. The landmark legislation establishes a stable, reliable, future-proof funding source for maintaining and improving the state’s emergency communications network services. more…

Governor Haslam Signs Landmark Local Government Pension Reform Bill into Law
May 28, 2014 This groundbreaking legislation, the first of its kind in the nation, was sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) and Representative Steve McManus (R-Memphis) and written by state Treasurer David Lillard, Jr. Nationally recognized experts have commented on the favorable effect of the legislation on government financial stability. more…

Senator Norris named PTA Legislator of the Year
May 20, 2014 NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 20, 2014 – Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) has been named “Legislator of the Year” by the Tennessee Parent Teacher Association (PTA). more…

Norris News from Nashville – April 21, 2014
“These are last dollar scholarships,” said Leader Norris. “But they are the first opportunity most of these Tennesseans will ever have to receive a higher education, a stronger likelihood of a better job, and a brighter future.” more…

Norris News from Nashville – April 11, 2014
Senate Bill 2596, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), improves funding for education, including an additional $47 million to fully fund the Basic Education Program to address inflationary growth. more…

Norris News from Nashville – April 4, 2014
“Unlike the federal government, the Tennessee Constitution requires state government to balance its budget every year,” said Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville). more…

Norris News from Nashville – March 28, 2014
Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), on Ag Day on the Hill this week, and other legislators launched the Tennessee Nutrition Caucus. more…

Norris News from Nashville – March 22, 2014
“Tennessee is an outlier in its enabling of municipalities to annex by ordinance,” said Leader Norris. “It is a thing of the past and we need to embrace that fact and uphold the citizen’s right to vote. more…

Norris News from Nashville – March 17, 2014
“Lab seizures and meth use have affected many aspects of Tennesseans’ lives,” said Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, who is sponsoring legislation proposed by Governor Haslam to attack Tennessee’s meth problem. more…

Norris News from Nashville – March 1, 2014
“This bill will help us meet that goal,” said Leader Norris. “The VETS Act ensures that veterans have a clear, easy pathway to attend college in Tennessee. As a state, we want to recognize and assist those soldiers who are coming home and exploring their education options.” more…

Norris News from Nashville – February 15, 2014
“The VETS Act ensures that veterans have a clear, easy pathway to attend college in Tennessee,” Norris said. “As a state, we want to recognize and assist those soldiers who are coming home and exploring their education options.” more…

 

 

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