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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…

Despite dramatic vote, Memphis government’s financial troubles far from over
June 18, 2014 “It appears to me that they’re making real progress toward addressing our concerns on the pension side,” said state Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville. more…

Norris sets ‘Pathways to Prosperity’ agenda for Council of State Governments
June 15, 2014 Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, the 2014 CSG chairman, and West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, the 2014 CSG president, lead the national initiative focused on strengthening states’ abilities to fill the demand for skilled workers, which is fueling economic recovery. more…

Report: Schools Should Reduce Use of ‘Zero Tolerance’ Discipline Policies
June 3, 2014 Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, a Republican who also serves as chairman of the Council of State Governments, said in a statement that it’s important to note that the report does not serve as a “top-down, one-size-fits-all approach” to school discipline. more…

States urged to embrace alternatives to school discipline criminalizing kids
June 3, 2014 In a conference call with reporters Tuesday, a Republican Tennessee state Senate leader — Sen. Mark Norris — spoke out in favor of the report’s recommendations in his role as the elected chairman of the council. 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…

Taking Aim at School Suspensions
June 3, 2014 Strict discipline policies have led to the suspensions of millions of students yearly in the U.S., mostly for minor infractions—a practice that makes them more likely to fall behind, drop out and end up in the juvenile justice system, according to a report being released Tuesday. more…

State Senate leader reacts to Center report, urging counsel for truants
June 2, 2014 Norris said the findings in the Center’s Juvenile Injustice report “need to be aired,” and if need be, he would consider supporting a legislative solution. 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…

 

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