News for the year 2010:

 

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Will Peace Prevail in School Merger?
August 25, 2011 That maybe true, yet maybe all of us should hearken back to the words from State Senator Mark Norris that have grown even sager with each successful step of the consolidation process.

“Unification without unity defeats its purpose. Unity is preferred.” more…

Editorial: Who’s talking about the students?
December 15, 2010 State Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, the Senate majority leader, has said he would block efforts to allow special districts, so long as MCS agrees to back away from charter surrender and engage in substantive discussions. more…

MCS Charter Surrender Vote Still On, So Is Search For Compromise
December 14, 2010 Luttrell said State Senate Republican leader Mark Norris of Collierville has also suggested that the state comptroller’s office study the financial implications of a charter surrender and special school district status and report as part of the study committee that would include local leaders as well as state officials. more…

Republicans Envision Succinct Budget Debate
December 11, 2010 The later lawmakers wait on the board’s projections, the more accurate those estimates will likely be, Norris said. more..

Collierville’s Mark Norris to stay Tennessee legislature Republican majority leader
December 9, 2010 State Sen. Mark Norris of Collierville remains Republican majority leader for the next two-year term of the state legislature, after his re-election by the Senate Republican Caucus today. more…

Editorial: Time to talk school funding
December 2, 2010 Norris suggests that there is “creative tension” in the air that could lead to a solution. A finger on the button that says “Consolidation” can do that. more…

Memphis, Shelby County schools offered time to negotiate
December 1, 2010 “Everybody ought to just stand down and let things run their course,” Norris said. more…

School Liaison Talks MCS Charter
December 1, 2010 State Senator Mark Norris of Collierville and Representative Ron Lollar of Bartlett say they will not introduce the bill in January if Memphis City and Shelby County school board members agree to talk. more…

The Politics of Shelby County School Districts
November 22, 2010 But, even with a Republican dominated General Assembly and the expressed vocal support of legislators such as Mark Norris, the potential stumbling block for passage remains the same: another property tax burden added to the mix of an already heavily taxed city and county. more…

Norris, Sanderson address issues at Newbern Rotary Club
November 19, 2010 The Newbern Rotary Club hosted one of their largest crowds in recent memory as Majority Leader of the Tennessee Senate Mark Norris and newly elected Tennessee State Rep. Bill Sanderson were their guest speakers on Tuesday. more…

Statement from Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris on the Passing of Representative Ulysses Jones, Jr.
November 9, 2010 We are shocked and saddened at the news of the untimely death of Rep. Ulysses Jones. Words cannot adequately convey our sorrow at this loss. more…

Tennessee lawmaker who went to Elvis’s aid dies in Memphis
November 9, 2010 “We often disagreed on issues of public policy – particularly in education – but we never disagreed that we were unified in working to do what we thought was best for the people of Tennessee,” Norris said. more…

Power will be elusive for Tennessee Democrats in legislature
November 8, 2010 Senate GOP Leader Mark Norris of Collierville said he wants to see “less game-playing, less partisanship and I hope more open government. more…

Election’s new reality: Memphis blue, region red after GOP takeover
November 7, 2010 “Whatever they wrought is what we’ve got,” Norris said. “Comparing that to what the future may hold after Tuesday’s election, it can only get better.” more…

Republican wins are good for state
November 4, 2010 Republicans take to heart the considerable task that Tennesseans have placed in their hands. We are ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work as we chart a new course for the future of this state. more…

Tennessee Republicans revel in red-letter day; conservative agendas gain momentum
November 4, 2010 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, said the GOP’s increased power means “less game playing, less partisanship and I hope more open government and less foot-dragging and delay…” more…

Opinion says annexation reserves would disappear if consolidation approved
October 29, 2010 Opponents had their doubts, and state Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, sought Cooper’s opinion. more…

Norris, Conference Enhance IFTI Mission
October 27, 2010 “The conference is an opportunity to showcase the features of this area, but also provides a forum for folks in this field to pull their resources and exchange information, and that’s always a profitable endeavor,” Norris said. more…

College Republicans host Mark Norris
October 15, 2010 DeWitt said Norris, the ninth political speaker the organization has brought to campus this semester, will also encourage students to become more involved in politics. more…

Stokes Creek plans move ahead
October 14, 2010 Sen. Mark Norris brought up the Stokes Creek issue twice during the basin authority’s quarterly board meeting Wednesday in Humboldt. He inquired not only about the status of the project but also about funding it. more…

State Sen. Mark Norris Joins Board of U of M’s Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute
October 6, 2010 Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris has joined the executive board of the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute (IFTI) at the University of Memphis. more…

AT&T supports Project Learn
September 28, 2010 “It is encouraging to see ongoing partnerships between corporations and nonprofit organizations like this, as they are a great benefit to our community,” said State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris. more…

State needs $37.3 billion to upgrade foundation
September 23, 2010 State Sen. Mark Norris, TACIR’s chairman, said knowing what specific infrastructure needs are make it easier to respond quickly for ARRA funding. more…

AT&T contributes to Boys & Girls Clubs
September 22, 2010 “It is encouraging to see ongoing partnerships between corporations and nonprofit organizations like this, as they are a great benefit to our community,” said state Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris. more…

Funds to state jeopardized
September 20, 2010 State Sen. Mark Norris said his own sense was that errors were still being made with Edison, noting that the state had overdrawn its group health insurance fund as a result of incomplete financial statements. more…

Financial report delays put TN funds at risk
September 19, 2010 “The administration has been flying blind,” Norris said. “I hope that this will be cured, and if not, that will be their legacy. … It’ll be something the next administration will have to deal with.” more…

Tennessee’s public infrastructure needs improving, report says
September 16, 2010 Tennessee needs at least $37.3 billion worth of public infrastructure improvements to be in some stage of development by 2013, according to an annual survey of state and local officials. more…

Editorial: Infant deaths in decline
September 15, 2010 Talking to a reporter later, however, state Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, made it clear that GOP efforts to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the program will continue. more…

TN Conservation Voters grades lawmakers
September 13, 2010 Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, for his bi-partisan commitment to restore Real Estate Transfer Funds and his strong support for the Forever Green Tennessee campaign. more…

Conservation group lauds 19 Tennessee lawmakers for environmental efforts
September 13, 2010 In addition, Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, was given one of four “Good Green Deeds” awards for his “leadership and bipartisan commitment” to restore the state’s real estate transfer tax funds to a dedicated fund for land conservation and acquisition and for supporting a “Forever Green Tennessee” campaign. more…

Luttrell taps Norris for transition team; ‘Sense of optimism … good things to come’
September 2, 2010 Tennessee’s Senate Majority Leader and Collierville resident Mark Norris is embracing his role as a member of new Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s transition team. more…

APL Logistics, AT&T fill pantries at ‘The House That Love Built’
September 2, 2010 Norris said AT&T and APL showed that “a little healthy competition, and an interest in giving back to the community can help many.” more…

State Takes 14 Months to Close 2008-09 Budget Books
August 27, 2010 Not only do late audits send red flags to Washington administrators keeping an eye on the state’s federal spending, but they also force the Legislature to make decisions based on what could be inaccurate financial reports, said Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris. more…

APL Logistics and AT&T Join Forces to Fill
August 27, 2010 “I am pleased to see that good corporate citizens like AT&T and APL Logistics have been able to provide food and supplies to so many families in need here in the Memphis area,” said Majority Leader Norris. more…

Fighting Crime in the Bluff City; Operation Safe Community Needs Nashville’s Help
August 26, 2010 “We have probably accomplished 70 to 75-percent of the criminal sentencing reforms we sought on what we call “Crooks with Guns,” Sen. Norris said. more…

State budget cuts of $1.5B are looming, Norris warns
August 20, 2010 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, said the budget is headed for a cliff in a Thursday speech to the Mid-South Medical Group Management Association. more…

Lawmaker, Attorney Norris Adds Chairman to List of Titles
August 19, 2010 Since he was first elected to the Shelby County Commission in 1994, Mark Norris has been picking up speed as a legislator. more…

Medical Education & Research Institute (MERI) Named a Simulation Center of Excellence
August 17, 2010 Governor Phil Bredesen signed resolution #794 designating MERI as a Simulation Center of Excellence in the State of Tennessee. The resolution was introduced by Senator Mark Norris and signed on April 30, 2010. more…

Shelby County mayor-elect Luttrell announces transition team
August 9, 2010 County Mayor-Elect Mark Luttrell’s 14-member transition team features a diverse list of names that cross partisan and racial lines and represent leaders in the public and private sector. more…

Sen. Norris Chosen Chair of SLC
August 3, 2010 Delegates to the 64th Annual Meeting of The Council of State Governments’ Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) today elected Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, chair of the Conference. more…

Editorial: Curtain rising on river show
July 28, 2010 Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle of Memphis and Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville don’t always see eye-to-eye, but in this case they persuaded colleagues to dedicate funds to land acquisition instead of sending the money elsewhere this time. more…

Good looks: Conservation efforts making a scene of Mississippi’s bluff-top vistas
July 25, 2010 But with strong backing from two Memphis-area state senators — Democrat Jim Kyle and Republican Mark Norris — some $16.5 million was included in the current year’s budget. more…

Guest Column: ‘Closed-door’ legislature is a fabrication
July 16, 2010 The minority leader doesn’t write about reality. Perhaps he is simply frustrated that, relegated to minority status, it is increasingly difficult to get others to “take the bait” he so frequently throws. more…

Tax Holiday set for August 6 – 8
July 14, 2010 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) today encouraged consumers to take advantage of the August sales tax holiday set to begin August 6 in Tennessee. more…

Sex Offenders: Where Are They?
July 8, 2010 Sen. Norris says based on the information uncovered by the WREG On Your Side Investigators, the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry needs to be tweaked. more…

Tennessee: Mining bill flounders
June 9, 2010 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, also said the bill wasn’t moving in the House and the Senate’s practice is not to take those types of measures up. more…

Tennessee lawmakers extend jail time for armed robbery
June 6, 2010 “The safety of our citizens should be a priority of state government,” Norris said. more…

Tennessee: Senate passes budget, House tackles it today
June 4, 2010 “We’re proud of the job Tennessee has done in weathering the Great Recession and the economic downturn,” Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, told colleagues prior to the vote, later adding that “over the past three years, if memory serves, we have aided in reducing the state budget by over $1.5 billion.” more…

House today joins Senate in passing $29B state budget
June 4, 2010 Both Senate Democratic Leader Jim Kyle and Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris made speeches in support of the overall budget bill, which covers the fiscal year beginning July 1. more…

State Senators Pass Budget; Waiting on House
June 4, 2010 Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris touted the budget as an optimistic, but realistic, response to the challenges the state has faced. more…

Senate passes legislation sponsored by Norris to crack down on armed robbers
June 3, 2010 “This bill continues our ‘Crooks with Guns’ legislative efforts to crack down on violent crime,” said Leader Norris. “The bill focuses our resources on keeping violent criminals behind bars longer to protect the public.” more…

State budget battle comes down to fish hatchery
May 27, 2010 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, said, “apparently the fish hatchery is the new pork.” more…

EPB cable growth plan cut from bill
May 27, 2010 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, said there was a good reason why the plan was abandoned. more…

Lawmakers pore over multiple budget plans
May 25, 2010 “This is done without the tax increases the governor has proposed, and that’s a very important distinction that has to be made,” Norris said. more…

Lawmakers Work To Reach Budget Consensus
May 24, 2010 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris said the GOP just wants “a reality-based budget.” more…

Memphis in crossfire of budget fight
May 20, 2010 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, in New York for a Council of State Governments meeting, said critics “are probably the ones trying to derail some very productive ongoing negotiations with the House.” more…

Don’t get cold feet on cutting budget
May 18, 2010 Is this really the time to raise taxes? To tax Tennesseans at their television sets? To give bonuses to state employees? What kind of family budgets like that? more…

$120M budget hole left to fill
May 16, 2010 There was lengthy and sometimes testy debate, however, on the tax break provisions — especially over Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris’ ultimately successful efforts — to require that the state comptroller or other officials chosen by the Legislature give approval to granting of specific breaks to companies. more…

Parks Cut Suggested To Avoid Tax Raise
May 13, 2010 “We’d like to see those funds restored to their original purpose as quickly as possible, and that is certainly in discussion,” said Norris. more…

Senate Takes Five (Days)
May 13, 2010 Senate Republican leader Mark Norris says one committee will discuss the budget early next week, but otherwise senators will sit back and see what the House wants to do. more…

Tennessee Debates Bill To Require Proof Of Citizenship To Vote
May 12, 2010 The Senate version did the same before it was amended by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris to require proof of citizenship, which the Collierville Republican said satisfies election officials who want to see more evidence. more…

Republicans Present Alternative Budget; Bredesen Proposes Revisions, Too
May 11, 2010 “We held our nose and went with the governor’s plan,” Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, recalled Tuesday in suggesting that may have been a mistake and that Bredesen is now “straying from” his own long-range plans more…

Proof of citizenship
May 11, 2010 “What you have right now is, in a phrase, don’t ask, don’t tell,” said Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, contending that election officials are “afraid to ask” and the “applicant doesn’t tell.” more…

Tennessee Senate OKs requiring proof of citizenship for voter registration
May 10, 2010 “I don’t think the members feel there is a profiling concern here at all,” said Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville. more…

Senate Eyes Proof Of Citizenship To Vote
May 10, 2010 Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris wants local election clerks to be able to require suspicious applicants to actually provide more proof than just their word. more…

Tennessee’s budget battle
May 9, 2010 Senate Republicans, led by Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville and Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville, are working on an alternative budget plan with more cuts than Bredesen is proposing. more…

Norris Encouraging West Tennesseans to Consider All Available Disaster Assistance
May 6, 2010 “Words cannot describe the devastation and loss that so many Tennesseans have suffered. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.” Norris said. more…

Letters: Teamwork speeds flood response
May 4, 2010 For a week before the rain started, state Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris was in Washington, but aware, as others were, that a major event might begin Friday, which it did. more…

Millington Naval Base Remains Closed from Flood Damage
May 4, 2010 The clean up across the state continues, and Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris said federal aid is coming to west Tennessee to help in the process. more…

The MED: One Step Away From Financial Security
April 29, 2010 “None of the fees will go to the General Fund,” says Senator Mark Norris (R Collierville). “It will only be used internally and not passed on to any patients and other users in the health care delivery system.” more…

Budget Still In Standoff Mode
April 27, 2010 Republican leader Mark Norris says he’ll be having dinner with the governor and will ask for the budget to be fast-tracked to the legislature. more…

Politics snarl battle over TN budget
April 25, 2010 “It’s just a question of which direction folks want to go,” Norris said. “We still don’t have the complete picture.” more…

Shelby County special school district advances in legislature
April 14, 2010 A bill that would open the door for Shelby County Schools to become a special school district is further along in the Tennessee legislature than it has ever been. more…

Norris Reappointed to West Tennessee River Basin Authority
April 7, 2010 State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) has been reappointed by Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey to serve on the West Tennessee River Basin Authority. more…

State Lawmakers Eyeing Costs of Federal Health Care Bill
March 22, 2010 Mark Norris is the Republican leader in the state Senate. Within hours after the U.S. House passed a new national health care plan Sunday he was calculating the affect on the upcoming state budget. more…

Republican leaders say they’re open to hospital ‘fee’ but not a ‘tax’
March 11, 2010 Senate Republican Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville said Wednesday that despite the Greater Memphis Chamber’s endorsement, it’s too early to say whether the hospital fee will win approval. more…

St. George’s to Host Education Symposium
March 22, 2010 Speakers and panelists include Rhodes president William Troutt, FedEx executive Tom Schmitt, state Senate Republican leader Mark Norris and best-selling author Hampton Sides. more…

Two area legislators vote against bill to increase debtor exemptions
March 19, 2010 Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, abstained after expressing concern with the bill’s failure to clarify whether the higher exemptions apply only to credit issued after it goes into effect or to credit previously extended. more…

Push to Restore Conservation Fund Attracts Bipartisan Support
March 9, 2010 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris says he and most Republicans would like the money returned to its intended use. more…

RNC chairman to give keynote for gala at UM
March 3, 2010 The fundraiser actions will include items like a day at State Senate Leader Mark Norris’ Greenlevel Farm, a hat signed by all the members of the first Republican house majority and a day on Capitol Hill in Nashville. more…

GOP explores funding sources
March 1, 2010 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris said a number of options are being tossed about, but he said one involves possibly reducing some of the debt the state authorized for capital projects. more…

Tennessee Republican lawmakers look for other places to make cuts
February 28, 2010 “I’ve continued to work … to see how much debt has been authorized but never issued,” Norris said. “By canceling some of that old debt, we can free up some of the reserves by law we’ve been required to set aside, and thereby free up cash.” more…

Republican lawmakers find other ways to fund higher education, state employees’ jobs
February 28, 2010 Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville said a number of options are being tossed about, but he said one involves possibly reducing some of the debt the state authorized for capital projects, which could free up “several tens of millions” of dollars. more…

Shelby stimulus job growth low
February 26, 2010 Shelby County is on track to get 8% of the dollars and 6% of the jobs compared to the state totals, numbers that have Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, a member of the state Legislature’s Ways and Means Committee, frustrated but not surprised. more…

Tennessee Senate Approves Health Freedom Act
February 17, 2010 The Tennessee Senate approved legislation on Wednesday by a vote of 26-1-5 “to protect the freedom of Tennessee patients to make their own health care choices, regardless of any future federal action.” more…

County Commission fills seat vacated by Walker; state senator attends meeting
February 17, 2010 Norris told commissioners he is trying to make sure the county’s grant is not lost. more…

Senator Ophelia Ford in Hospital Again
February 5, 2010 Senator Norris says, “So, it’s up to each individual member to make that determination, if they don’t, the voters will do to for them.” more…

Tenn. Republicans oppose governor’s cable tax
February 4, 2010 “The weakened economy means lawmakers must be vigilant to make sure that taxpayer dollars are spent in the most efficient and effective manner,” he said. more…

Republican leaders balk at tax increases to save employee jobs
February 3, 2010 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, said there is some concern about increasing fees or taxes on Tennesseans. more…

State Senator Wants Another Option If TennCare Cuts Not Approved
February 2, 2010 Memphis Senator Mark Norris, the Republican leader in the upper house, wants the governor to come up with a contingency plan if CMS doesn’t approve the changes. more…

Lawmakers concerned about Tenn. gov’s revenue plan
February 2, 2010 However, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville questioned whether the hike is necessary, and said Republicans make look for other places to cut in the governor’s budget. more…

Bredesen tax, fee increases get chilly reception from GOP
“There is some concern in the ranks about increasing fees or taxes on Tennesseans right now,” Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, said. “We need to understand their (Bredesen officials’) thinking.” more…

Lawmaker’s bill would make I-69 work a crime
January 27, 2010 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville — whose district encompasses most of I-69’s proposed route through West Tennessee — said the interstate “is very important to the nation’s transportation infrastructure, international concerns aside.” more…

Tenn. lawmakers: Tough budget to dominate session
January 25, 2010 It will have its detractors, but it will get full airing,” said the Collierville Republican. more…

Governor’s Higher Education Plan Passed By Senate, Awaiting House Approval
January 21, 2010 “This is a major step forward. It incorporates a number of reforms that a lot of us have been advocating for a number of years, and the timing was just right.” more…

Memphis Research Consortium proposal presented to Gov. Phil Bredesen
January 19, 2010 Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle, D-Memphis, and Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, on Tuesday joined Reps. Jim Coley, R-Bartlett, Lois DeBerry, D-Memphis, and Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley, in presenting to Bredesen the consortium idea as an amendment to the higher education reform bill. more…

 Watson says lawmakers are receptive
January 13, 2010 “The community college emphasis, the technical schools, we’ve been needing to do that for many, many years. I’m worried about the federal hook, about federal overreaching and encroachment. But he acknowledged that tonight, and I think he’s willing to work with us to avoid those entanglements.” more…

Editorial: ‘Crooks with guns’ law will have impact
January 12, 2010 The 2007 legislation made it an additional offense to be armed with a gun when committing felonies: aggravated and especially aggravated kidnapping, burglary, carjacking, voluntary manslaughter and certain crimes involving drugs. more…

Medical Malpractice Suits Drop with New Requirements
January 4, 2010 State Sen. Mark Norris of Collierville defends doctors and hospitals as an attorney. He sponsored the legislation and says its effectiveness proves how many “frivolous suits” – in his words – were being filed. more…

 

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