News for the year 2009:

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City receives grant to update welcome signs
December 30, 2009 State Reps. Craig Fitzhugh and Judy Barker and State Sen. Mark Norris were also instrumental in securing the grant for the city of Dyersburg.  more…

AT&T makes Greenways grant
December 16, 2009 The financial support of AT&T is very much appreciated,” noted Senate Majority Leader, Mark Norris. more…

First Time-Door is Open for Family Discussion of Bipolar Disorder
November 25, 2009 The day before, the National Bipolar Foundation received by express delivery a proclamation co-signed by the Speaker of the Senate, Ron Ramsey, and Senator Mark Norris of the Tennessee State Senate. more…

Bredesen’s budget boo-boo
November 23, 2009 Norris is Senate majority leader, which puts him in position to challenge any legislation brought forth by the opposite party. more…

Tennessee’s First Proclamation Supporting Mental Health Initiative
November 18, 2009 On November 9, 2009, Honorable Speaker of the Senate Ron Ramsey, and Honorable Senator Mark Norris issued the first proclamation in support of a Mental Health initiative in the state of Tennessee. more…

News on state budget grim
November 15, 2009 Senate Republican leader Mark Norris, for example, recently declared Bredesen should have made deeper cuts in the current budget in accord with a GOP proposal that the Democratic governor branded “stupid” during the legislative session. more…

Local ULI Leads Green Charge
November 14, 2009 State Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, who serves as the senate’s majority leader, will deliver the keynote address. more…

Guest editorial: State must face the financial truth
November 13, 2009 Earlier this year, Senate Republicans tried to proceed with budget cuts in a responsible way based upon the forecast decline in revenue. We called it the Truth or Consequences budget. We thought it best to face the truth — that Tennessee was enduring the worst economic downturn in modern history — and brace against the consequences of continuing to borrow and spend. more…

Reagan Day Dinner brings out candidates
November 7, 2009 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris spoke briefly, saying for the first time in the history of Tennessee there were three constitutional officers that are Republicans. more..

State Sen. Norris paints bleak picture of Tennessee reductions
October 22, 2009 Addressing a standing-room-only gathering of the Memphis Area Action Council — the local arm of the National Federation of Independent Business — Norris offered a blunt assessment of what’s in store for Tennesseans. more…

Great River Road gets Byways boost
October 20, 2009 “This puts us on the map in more ways than one,” said state Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, whose district includes four of the five counties. more…

Norris says Great River Road Brings Economic Boost
October 15, 2009 “This puts us on the map in more ways than one,” says Norris who is focusing his efforts on economic development and environmental restoration of the Lower Mississippi River Basin. more…

Dyersburg officials receive check for Phase II of Downtown Revitalization Grant
October 14, 2009 “Two years ago, we sat down for the first time in the conference room right behind us,” said Norris, pointing to the door leading to the Chamber offices. more…

Busy Week of Shelby County Speaking Engagements Ahead for Senator Norris
October 13, 2009 Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) will cover several topics and much territory in Shelby County during a three-day stretch of speaking engagements in the area. more…

“Big Muddy” and the Majority Leader
September 24, 2009 Norris is Chair-elect of the 16-state Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) and has been working with other Mississippi River states to improve the quality of life along the nation’s largest river. more…

Inside the Newsroom: Memphis-China trip right on time
September 20, 2009 ”It’s all about economic development for the Southern states,” he said. ”I want to see how we can build our business relationships with China and help companies in West Tennessee who already are doing business there.” more…

Norris Leads Sino-Southern Summit
September 18, 2009 Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) will chair a trade delegation to China at the end of September. more…

Tennessee solar farm project awaits federal approval
September 8, 2009 “I’m concerned, for the sake of economic development and jobs in West Tennessee, that this project is being mishandled,” said Norris, who represents the Memphis suburb of Collierville. more…

Law School for Journalists Scheduled for Next Week
September 1, 2009 Brooke Gladstone, co-host of NPR’s “On the Media,” will moderate a discussion about The Commercial Appeal’s Web publication of the public records database of the identities of concealed-weapon carry permit holders with editor Chris Peck and state Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville. more…

City Council to Take Up Consolidation Today
September 1, 2009 “The voters outside the city are never going to seriously consider any metro form of government if the Shelby County schools are included,” said state Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville. more…

Southern lawmakers to meet in Memphis in 2011
August 21, 2009 “It’s great exposure for the city and West Tennessee,” Norris, now chairman-elect, said Thursday. “…The last time was in 1949.” more…

Norris Elevated to Chair Elect of the Southern Legislative Conference
August 19, 2009 Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) was chosen to serve as Chair Elect of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC), the Southern Office of the Council of State Governments (CSG), at the organization’s 63rd Annual Meeting this week. more…

Citizens voice concerns at Legislative Coffee meeting
August 11, 2009 “If the economy turned around today, we’ve been told by our economists, it would take three to four years to get back to the point before it tanked,” said Norris. more…

Editorial: Sen. Stanley’s precipitous fall
July 29, 2009 Norris, the Senate majority leader, said he had been “working to resolve this situation all week without resorting to press releases and press conferences.” more…

Efforts To Toughen Tennessee’s Repeat Offender Laws
July 21, 2009 Norris says taxpayers must be ready to pay the price for reform. Norris said, “It’s easy to say lock them up and throw away the key, but they’re not enough taxpayer dollars in Tennessee or anywhere else to achieve that.” more…

Norris Law Attacks Repeat Offenders
July 20, 2009 “I am pleased that in a very tough financial year, we were able to pass an initiative to address violent crime in Tennessee,” said Norris, who is also a member of the Finance Committee which hears all legislation impacting the state’s budget.  more…

Norris Says States Face Possible Reduced Reimbursement In Federal Highways Funds
July 20, 2009 Senator Norris said, “I’m glad the Tennessee General Assembly didn’t authorize all the transportation bonds the governor asked for in his budget due to the uncertainty of this Fund right now. more…

States face reduced reimbursement in federal highways funds unless Congress acts soon says Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris
July 20, 2009 “Without action, states will again have to face the prospect of massive cutbacks in federal highway aid money going into the next fiscal year,” said Leader Norris. more…

State Sales Tax Holiday will stimulate sales, while providing consumers
some much needed tax relief, says Senate Majority Leader Norris

July 15, 2009 “This sales tax holiday is especially needed this year due to the downturn in the economy and increase in unemployment,” said Leader Norris. more…

Humphrey: Capitol keeping mum; displays do the talking
July 12, 2009 “Today, these weapons serve as a beautiful reminder of the importance of our right to keep and bear arms,” says an accompanying note from the legislator who chose the pistols for exhibition, Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris. more…

Editorial: Firearms issue goes local
July 8, 2009 Shelby County suburban legislators were reliable votes for the gun lobby. In fact among the legislature’s most ardent gun advocates during the legislative debate were Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and Rep. Curry Todd of Collierville and Germantown’s Rep. Brian Kelsey. more…

Norris Announces Local Arts Grant
June 26, 2009 Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) has released the list of grant award recipients from the Tennessee Arts Commission for Fiscal Year 2010 (July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010) in the 32nd Senatorial District. more…

Norris Addresses Transportation Funding Issues in D.C.
June 25, 2009 “Gas tax revenues have plummeted,” says Norris. “We’re advised the federal fund needs in excess of $5 billion more just to get us to the end of the fiscal year.” more…

Rep. John Tanner touts FAIR Act for nonpartisan redistricting
June 24, 2009 State Senate Majority Leader Mark S. Norris, R-Collierville, who would have a major say in redistricting decisions if the system remains unchanged, said he’d like to review Tanner’s plan. more…

General Assembly Passes Legislation Strengthening Crooks with Guns Law
June 23, 2009 The bill, sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) and Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville), adds attempted first degree murder to the Crooks with Guns Law. more…

News analysis: ‘Year of the Gun’ ends with a bang
June 21, 2009 Those bills were sponsored by Rep. John DeBerry, D-Memphis, and Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, and had been left for dead for most of the session until money was set aside for the longer prison terms. more…

Norris Enhances Protections for Volunteer Healthcare Providers
June 19, 2009 “By supporting doctors who often fear spending more time in the courtroom than the examination room, we can significantly reform access to proper healthcare,” Norris said. more…

Norris Strengthens “Crooks with Guns” Law
June 18, 2009 “Both of these bills aim to provide safety to our citizens by keeping violent repeat offenders locked up,” Norris added. “We must make public safety a priority of state government so our citizens feel secure in their own communities.” more…

Measure to close handgun records fails in Senate
June 17, 2009 The proposal sponsored by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville was defeated 14-13 in the Senate Wednesday night when it failed to get a majority vote. more…

Tennessee Senate fails to approve bill to close handgun-carry records
June 17, 2009 “It’s possible, but I am bothered by the fact that there are apparently political campaigns and candidates that want to use the database for their purposes. I find that as offensive as data mining for gun control purposes,” Norris said after the vote. more…

Gun Permit Secrecy on Hold
June 16, 2009 Norris said he is undecided on how to proceed with the bill, including possible amendments. more…

House, Senate budget battle near
June 15, 2009 But Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris of Collierville says the governor’s plan is still based on overly optimistic projections of revenue while the GOP plan is “reality-based.” more…

Budget not only issue left for Tenn. lawmakers
June 15, 2009 But the measure sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, has yet to receive a vote in the upper chamber. more…

Analysis: Revolt within the state legislature
June 14, 2009 Norris fired back: “You don’t have the votes to do all the lofty things you’d like to do. It’s well and good to play to the audience, but it doesn’t work here. more…

Bill to allow guns in parks signed
June 13, 2009 The final Senate vote had been postponed by Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris, who had pushed for passage this year of a bill seeking a constitutional convention on judicial selection. more…

Bredesen Spending Plan Advances To Senate
June 12, 2009 “It’s very painful, it’s very difficult,” Norris said. “But we cut over a billion dollars and I’m afraid there’s probably more to be cut. more…

Bredesen Spending Plan Advances To Senate
June 12, 2009 “We have looked at the cuts that the Governor has proposed, and what we are saying when you proposed those, you thought we had several hundred million dollars more, than apparently we do today, what are we to do with that? He chose these items and we are choosing to move ahead with the cuts if the money is not there,” said Sen. Mark Norris. more…

Tenn. governor’s spending plan advances to Senate
June 12, 2009 “It’s very painful, it’s very difficult,” Norris said. “But we cut over a billion dollars and I’m afraid there’s probably more to be cut.” more…

Bredesen rips GOP on budget
June 12, 2009 Given the unexpected level of the criticism by the governor and Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, said lawmakers will likely restore the “megasite” and solar farm. more…

Part of state judge selection process will be restructured
June 12, 2009 The legislature will next year consider an effort by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, to call a state constitutional convention that would consider r ewriting the judicial selection article of the state constitution. more…

GOP tweaks state budget
June 11, 2009 The Republican plan, Norris said, eliminates spending on “bricks and mortar” while “avoiding several tax increases we deem harmful to business in this tough economic time.” more…

Kyle, Norris Holding Bills Hostage in Judicial Selection Fight
June 10, 2009 “I feel that Sen. Kyle is holding things up,” said Norris. “I will not concur in the House amendment (to SB1573) as long as Sen. Kyle is stands in the way of people’s right to vote on this (holding a constitutional convention).” more…

2 New GOP Commissioners Join State Election Panel
June 10, 2009 “I am pleased that we have taken the appropriate action to put these new Republican members on the board in accordance with the spirit and the letter of our state law,” said Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), who sponsored legislation that allowed the members to be seated. more…

Crime bill falls victim to cost
June 10, 2009 One measure which could be passed soon is the crooks-with-guns bill, sponsored by Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, and Rep. John DeBerry, D-Memphis. more…

Attorneys: Judges, politics don’t mix
June 10, 2009 On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, postponed until Thursday compromise legislation that would replace the current judicial selection process with a new, 17-member Judicial Nominating Commission. more…

Senate passes legislation to clarify Medical Malpractice Reform law
June 4, 2009 “This is the most significant reform to the Tennessee Medical Malpractice Act in more than a generation,” said Senator Norris. more…

Lawmakers reject popular elections of justices
May 29, 2009 Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville accused sponsors of the elections amendments of “playing to the people at home” and called their efforts “disingenuous.” more…

State Election Commission dispute appears resolved
May 28, 2009 In response, Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris declared that the GOP-controlled Senate would let the commission die unless the Democrats backed down and allowed passage of the bill giving Republicans a majority. more…

Tennessee Senate passes temporary judge-selection restructuring
May 28, 2009 Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris of Collierville, who presented the new plan, described it as a bridge to hold a state constitutional referendum later to draft a new judicial selection amendment to the state constitution. more…

House approves bill to give Republicans majority on State Election Commission
May 28, 2009 “The Democrat majority put the state law into place and had no problem abiding by it until Republicans took control,” said Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), who is the sponsor of the legislation. more…

Senate passes judicial selection overhaul
May 28, 2009 Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris portrayed SB1573 as a temporary compromise to a controversy that has gone on for years, more intensely in the past year. more..

Tracking the recession: Car dealer closings will add to state budget woes
May 26, 2009 “As these local dealerships close, the impact will be more profound than people realize,” said Sen. Mark Norris, the Republican Senate majority leader in Tennessee. more…

Contentious issues remain in last weeks; budget biggest concern
May 25, 2009 Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris has now raised the possibility of letting the commission die unless House Democrats retreat and allow passage of the GOP-majority bill. more…

Effort to drop campaign contribution limits in Tenn. raises concerns
May 21, 2009 But Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, said McCormick’s proposal likely goes too far. more…

Effort to drop contribution limits raises concerns
May 21, 2009 But Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris says he’s not comfortable with removing the caps entirely. more…

Judicial selection compromise advances
May 14, 2009 “At the risk of confusing the issue, I decided I would simply speak to it and say that I believe this is the proper way to give citizens the opportunity to address this in the constitution,” Norris said of the convention. more…

New plan for selecting top judges advances
May 14, 2009 Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris won committee approval Wednesday of a plan for selecting top state judges and also proposed that a constitutional convention be held to resolve the matter. more…

Key Senate committee passes Ramsey judicial plan
May 13, 2009 State Sen. Mark Norris (R-Collierville) sponsored the legislation that is now making its way to the Senate Government Operations Committee. more…

Partisan standoff threatens Tenn. elections panel
May 13, 2009 Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville said Wednesday that the commission will be allowed to expire in June if the House doesn’t agree to add two Republican members to the panel. more…

Norris plan latest in judicial selection issue
May 12, 2009 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville on Tuesday unveiled the GOP’s latest plan for restructuring the selection of judges on the Tennessee Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and Court of Criminal Appeals. more…

Senate drops plan to elect Supreme Court justices
May 12, 2009 Under the bill sponsored by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville, a judicial nominating commission would continue to present panels of three finalists for the governor to choose from. more…

Stimulus could fund local roads
May 7, 2009 The Memphis-area lawmaker believes he’s found a way to sock away millions of those dollars, while also helping local governments in Tennessee pay for needed roads, bridges and transit projects. more…

Bill making handgun-carry permit information secret clears House
May 5, 2009 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, the Senate sponsor of the measure shutting down public access to permit holders’ records, said he may bring the bill to the Senate floor next week. more…

Tennessee House votes to close gun permit records
May 4, 2009 The bill by Norris and Rep. Eddie Bass, D-Pulaski, originally contained a provision to fine any news outlet or other entity $2,500 for publishing information from permit records. more…

Statement on Reported Swine Flu in Shelby County
April 30, 2009 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. more…

TN justices could be face electoral challenges
April 29, 2009 The proposal sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, a Collierville Republican, would give the governor the power to independently fill all vacancies on the high court, and justices could face challengers at the end of their terms. more…

Bill advances to make handgun-carry permits secret
April 28, 2009 The Senate version, sponsored by Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, is in the Senate Calendar Committee awaiting the House vote. more…

Election commission with new members sworn in
April 23, 2009 Sen. Mark Norris appointed Jackson and Maupin to the Dyer County Election Commission, along with Enoch who was reappointed. more…

Norris to Address Partnership Lakeland
April 21, 2009 Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) will be the special guest speaker at the annual meeting of Partnership Lakeland on Thursday, April 23. more…

Tennessee: Senate delays Bredesen transportation request
April 16, 2009 Sen. Norris also questioned why the administration was pressing for authority to spend the federal transportation money through the fast-moving expansion request process instead of a supplemental budget that allows for more scrutiny by lawmakers. more…

Norris Welcomes The New Ballet School of Memphis for Arts Advocacy Day on the Hill Festival
April 15, 2009 “It was a great honor to be asked to present the New Ballet School to my colleagues and the Capitol community,” said Norris, a member of the General Assembly Arts Caucus. more…

Norris to Address Other Mississippi River Policy-Makers
April 14, 2009 Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) will address a gathering of the Mississippi River Parkway Commission at a luncheon on Saturday during their two-day semi-annual conference in Memphis. more…

Bill to require photo ID to vote passes Tennessee Senate
April 14, 2009 The Senate deferred action on a measure sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, a Collierville Republican, that would require people seeking to register to vote to document their citizenship with driver’s licenses, passports or birth certificates. more…

Shelby County commissioners battle Tennessee legislators
April 13, 2009 “Constituents in (commission) District 4 are concerned about their representation,” Norris said. “They elected a Republican and they’ve been handed a Democrat. more…

Proposals before Senate that would implement stricter voting requirements
April 13, 2009 One measure sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, a Collierville Republican, would require people seeking to register to vote to document their citizenship with driver’s licenses, passports or birth certificates. more…

Tennessee budget expected to be a sticking point
April 12, 2009 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris said there are still questions about how the stimulus money is being spent, and that lawmakers are “trying to put all the pieces together to look at the cumulative debt that the governor wants us to take on.” more…

Bill Would Require Proof of Citizenship to Vote
April 9, 2009 The measure sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, a Collierville Republican, was unanimously approved Wednesday in the Senate State and Local Government Committee and will now be scheduled for the Senate floor. more…

Johnson sponsors bill to help soldiers’ children
April 8, 2009 Sen. Mark Norris of Collierville is sponsoring the Senate version of the legislation. more…

Tennessee: Bill sealing handgun permit data advances
April 2, 2009 “I think really we’re trying to preserve as much dignity for gun permit applications as we have for drivers’ license applications,” argued Sen. Norris, noting that driver information is off limits. more…

Norris bills cracking down on violent criminals advance in Senate Judiciary Committee
April 2, 2009 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Senate Judiciary Committee approved two bills sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) to crack down on violent crime in Tennessee this week. One bill, SB 672, adds attempted first degree murder to the “Crooks with Guns” law. more…

Tenn. Senate to vote on closing handgun database
April 1, 2009 The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday advanced the measure sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, a Collierville Republican, a 6-2 vote. more…

Chilly reception
March 31, 2009 “There’s no organized boycott,” Norris told The Memphis News in an interview for the weekly’s “Off Year Election Guide” that hits newsstands today. more…

State legislators still have contentious issues to decide
March 30, 2009 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) understands Bredesen’s plan and says he will listen intently, but is concerned. He told The City Paper, “If cash is king, then debt is the devil.” more…

Norris to Discuss State of the Economy at Vanderbilt
March 26, 2009 Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) will address the state of Tennessee’s economy on Saturday, March 28, at Vanderbilt’s Averbach Auditorium. more…

Officials sail away
March 26, 2009 The Corps’ flagship, Motor Vessel Mississippi, departed Memphis on Wednesday afternoon with about 20 guests, including state Sen. Mark Norris of Collierville, Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner, Millington Mayor Richard Hodges and Germantown City Administrator Patrick Lawton. more…

Bringing the economic crisis home
March 26, 2009 Several Vanderbilt professors and financial experts from the Nashville community will be speaking in addition to Mark Norris, Tennessee State Senate Majority Leader and Richard McCarty, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. more…

Lawmakers pressed to preserve Bredesen’s pre-K budget
March 25, 2009 Volunteers are meeting with legislators from across the state including Rep. Beth Harwell (R-Nashville), Reps. Mark Norris (R-Memphis) and Paul Stanley (R-Memphis) and Rep. Kent Coleman (D-Murfreesboro). more…

Bredesen denies political maneuver on tax break
March 25, 2009 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, a Collierville Republican and an advocate for increased public safety funding, wasn’t so sure. more…

Voter registration could require citizenship proof
March 24, 2009 ‘‘It’s a balancing act,’’ Norris told the committee. ‘‘We’re not trying to have a chilling effect on registration, but we also don’t want to do anything to encourage fraudulent registration or registration by those who are not U.S. citizens.’’ more…

Bredesen: State agencies face 12 percent cutbacks
March 24, 2009 Norris, of Collierville, said he has concerns about increased debt obligations that would be incurred from the governor’s plan to sell more bonds for bridge and capital projects. more…

Norris Reminds Seniors to Take Advantage of Tax Freeze
March 24, 2009 Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) joined AARP leaders today in reminding Tennesseans that the application deadlines are fast approaching for many of the counties and cities participating in the senior citizens property tax freeze program. more…

Senate panel delays proposal to require proof of citizenship to register to vote in Tenn.
March 24, 2009 Norris, a Collierville Republican, is sponsoring a measure to require people seeking to register to vote to prove their citizenship with documents like driver’s licenses, passports or birth certificates. more…

Bredesen speech doesn’t mention proposal to close FONCE loopholes, raise HMO taxes
March 23, 2009 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) seemed pleased with Bredesen’s speech but said that he and his colleagues would be pulling out their pencils and double-checking the numbers. more…

Legislation to end access to handgun permits advances in Tenn. House, Senate
March 18, 2009 A Senate Judiciary subcommittee appointed to review gun bills recommended approval of the Senate version of the confidentiality bill sponsored by Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville. It now goes to the full Senate committee. more…

Grocery store wine sales law seems unlikely
March 15, 2009 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris said he has nothing against wine being sold in supermarkets. But the Collierville Republican said he’s too busy grappling with the state’s budget shortfall to spend enough time on an overhaul of state liquor laws. more…

Survey: Most Tenn. legislators undecided on wine sales
March 15, 2009 “It’s really an issue primarily of timing right now,” Norris said. “I don’t want to go in and piecemeal this thing when we’re distracted with other bigger fish to fry.” more…

Bowman chosen for Knox Election Commission
March 13, 2009 The bill by Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris was approved 24-7 and now goes to the House.
more…

Legislative breakfast draws large crowd
March 4, 2009 “We are proud to represent you folks,” said State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, the first to speak at the breakfast. “You are a cut above the rest. This is a most unusual time in our state. The deficit at the state level, coupled with the Federal Stimulus Package – nothing like that has ever happened before.” more…

Bill would temporarily add members to Tenn. panel
March 3, 2009 The measure sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, a Collierville Republican, unanimously passed the Senate State and Local Government Committee on Tuesday. The companion bill has been assigned to a House subcommittee. more…

News Alert
March 2, 2009 State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris will be appearing on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” this evening at 6:00 p.m. CST on CNN. more…

Spirited debate over state wine laws
March 2, 2009 “From a free market economy and consumer rights point of view, wine should be available in grocery stores,” Republican Tennessee state Sen. Mark Norris said, but such a sweeping change to Tennessee’s decades-old regulatory structure “could put a lot of people out of work. more…

Rochester-area liquor stores, supermarkets fight over right to sell wine
March 1, 2009 “From a free-market economy and consumer rights point of view, wine should be available in grocery stores,” said another Tennessee senator, Mark Norris. more…

Gun Guys Win In House Sub
February 25, 2009 Handgun carry permit holders could pack their pistols in more places while their names would be kept quiet legislation approved Wednesday by a House subcommittee that has blocked similar bills in the past. more…

Tennessee: Some lawmakers pushing handgun legislation hold permits
February 25, 2009 The three lawmakers are sponsoring one or more of four previously blocked bills coming today before the House Judiciary Criminal Practice Subcommittee. more… 

Too Much Information? Critics Decry Sites That Mine Public Data
February 20, 2009 The potential for harm has led State Sen. Mark Norris to introduce a bill that would make it illegal to disclose the names of people who have permits to carry concealed weapons. more…

Is Following the State Constitution a Bad Policy?
February 19, 2009 Sen. Mark Norris (R-Collierville), himself a lawyer, got it right when he said recently, Who are we to say that what we now have is ‘merit selection’ or ‘merit-based? The ultimate arbiters of the merit of anyone to administer justice in Tennessee are the people of Tennessee; not those appointed to commissions; not those elected to preside over the commissions others appoint. more…

Governor’s office still working through federal stimulus specs
February 18, 2009 Sen. Mark Norris said, “What we’re trying to do is to make sure we don’t panic the way Congress did and by that I mean, let’s look very carefully at what money is available and what strings are attached.” more…

Tennessee bills focus on gun owners
February 13, 2009 Norris said the newspaper’s publication of the database “has added to the concern by a number of people who fear for their safety — either those who have permits and may be identified as having weapons in their homes, and those who by exclusion are not identified and now feel susceptible to those who may look to see who are not permitted.” more…

Lawmakers consider supermarket wine sales
February 11, 2009 “It’s a difficult time,” the Collierville Republican said. “Most people are worried about how they are going to put food on the table, let alone wine.” more…

Senate panel: quick start uncorking wine proposal
February 11, 2009 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, a committee member who said he is undecided on the issue, said the wine proposal may be of lesser significance in tough economic conditions. more…

Senate Panel Hears Wine Proposal
February 10, 2009 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris said he hasn’t made up his mind on the proposal to relax the law on wine sales. more…

Bredesen issues State of the State minus a budget
February 9, 2009 Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris said that he felt that the speech was “appropriately short” but wished that Bredesen had focused some of address on public safety and crime. more…

Norris Elected Chair of TACIR
January 28, 2009 Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) was elected yesterday to serve as Chairman of the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR). more…

Norris Continues to Promote “Green Travel”
January 27, 2009 “The HOV lanes are under-utilized,” says Norris. “This reduces congestion without the expense of building new lanes, and it encourages the use of more fuel-efficient hybrids.” more…

Legislature will have to tackle issue of judge selection
January 27, 2009 Norris added that until then, the General Assembly must agree upon the means by “which we shall transition from the plan we have to the plan we must have” to assure that the administration of justice is done properly. more…

Reforms of Tennessee’s capital punishment process face tough trials
January 25, 2009 Despite an increase in the concern about crime, Norris said, “I don’t know anyone who would use that to leverage someone’s life. Everyone is concerned to make sure that justice is done and done appropriately. No one wants to see anyone executed who shouldn’t be.” more…

Business Group Recognizes State Sen. Norris
January 24, 2009 The National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee’s leading small-business association, has recognized state Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, with a Guardian of Small Business award. more…

Tim McGraw for Governor? That’s the Word from Nashville
January 19, 2009 In any case, Jackson had some news for Norris, who had just been good-naturedly evading a reporter’s point-blank questions about Norris’ possible plans to run for governor in 2010. more…

Democrats’ scheme hits GOP in House
January 18, 2009 The only GOP vote for Rep. Kent Williams — a restaurant owner from Elizabethton in only his second term, and so little known that Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris of Collierville first met him on Wednesday — was Williams’ vote for himself. more…

Tenn. House cast into uncertainty by speaker vote
January 15, 2009 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, said he doesn’t know what to make of Williams so far. more…

State Treasurer candidate spurs rift among GOP lawmakers
January 9, 2009 Sen. Mark Norris, the architect of the recommendation process, which was supposed to promote a new level of transparency in nominating state constitutional officers, disagreed with the characterization that it has gotten bogged down. more…

No Frist in Governor’s Race? Then Gibbons, Maybe Norris
January 3, 2009 Besides Gibbons, the others are state senator Mark Norris, also of Shelby County; Blackburn; 3rd District representative Zach Wamp of Chattanooga; former state representative and ex-state GOP chair Beth Harwell of Nashville; Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey of Blountville; and Knoxville mayor Bill Haslam. more…

 

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