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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…

Southern Legislative Conference/Mark Norris Campaign Against Hunger
August 6, 2014 Video

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…

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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