News for the year 2012:

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More spotlight, please
December 28, 2012 A tweak in incentives sparks an increase in Tennessee filming more…

Tennessee Department of Education – Saftey Procedures and Resources
December 20, 2012 Following the unthinkable tragedy that recently took place in Newtown, Connecticut, the Tennessee Department of Education is joining with districts across the state to examine and strengthen the current safety protocols in Tennessee schools. more…

Leader Norris re-elected by Senate Republicans to a fourth term as Majority Leader
December 12, 2012 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) has been re-elected to a fourth term as Senate Majority Leader by his colleagues in the Senate Republican Caucus. more…

Senator Mark Norris is Chair-Elect of the Council of State Governments
December 6, 2012 Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, will chair the national Council of State Governments (CSG) beginning in 2014 following his unanimous election in Austin, Texas this week. more…

Tennessee lawmakers, municipal school advocates weigh options in wake of court ruling
November 28, 2012 “Something will have to happen to address the court’s concern. What it is, I don’t know. What the General Assembly may be willing to do, I don’t know,” Norris said Wednesday. more…

Mid-South Food Bank hosts open house for elected officials
November 11, 2012 State Sens. Mark Norris and Jim Kyle recently hosted an open house for local and regional elected officials at Mid-South Food Bank. more…

Freight conference scheduled for Tuesday at FedEx Institute of Technology
October 29, 2012 The University of Memphis’ Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute is hosting its 6th annual freight conference tomorrow, bringing in experts from across the industry. more…

Tennessee lawmakers see no major reforms for ‘Greenbelt Law’
October 28, 2012 The public is well acquainted with Mark Norris the lawyer and powerhouse state senator, but there’s another, lesser known, side of the 57-year-old Republican: He’s also a farmer. more…

Haslam visits Dyer County
October 17, 2012 State and national leaders who aided in securing the funding for the Newbern grant include Norris (R-Collierville), Sanderson (R-Kenton), Dennison, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) more…

‘Memphis’ the musical makes its way to the silver screen
October 17, 2012 “Try to get everything we got for Walk the Line and more,” said Sitler. “We have a very powerful person in our corner, the second most powerful person in Nashville, Senator Mark Norris. And he is very pro movie.” more…

Leader Norris announces local park and recreation fund grants for Tipton County
October 4, 2012 “Our parks are a very important part of our communities,” added Norris. “They not only serve as wonderful outdoor space for our citizens, but have a beneficial financial impact by inviting visitors to our communities. I am pleased these grants have been awarded.” more…

TN senator speaks up about school merger
September 28, 2012 State Senator Mark Norris is speaking about the ongoing merger of the Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools. more…

Testimony Over In Municipal Schools Trial
September 20, 2012 Now that the courtroom phase of the trial is over, it will be up to Mays to decide whether or not the suburbs outside of Memphis can open their own municipal school districts. If he decides that they can, then it will also up to him to decide when. more…

Norris says suburban schools should be given opportunity to work
State Sen. Mark Norris’ speech to the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday dealt with the economy, his role as Senate majority leader and state funds directed to Shelby County projects. He even touched on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. more…

Senate Majority Norris announces 2012- 2013 State Appropriations for Shelby County
September 10, 2012 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) announced today that during the fiscal year 2012-2013 Shelby County will receive approximately $1.92 billion in state appropriations. more…

Senate Majority Norris announces 2012- 2013 State Appropriations for Tipton County
September 10, 2012 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) announced today that during the fiscal year 2012-2013 Tipton County will receive approximately $112.37 million in state appropriations. more…

Norris, Kyle Talk Changing Legislature
August 20, 2012 “This a typical trajectory, if you will,” Norris said. “The larger your majority grows, the more likely you are to have different opinions. … Chemistry is just very important these days.” more…

Tennessee legislative primaries a mixed bag for GOP
August 5, 2012 Numerically, Republicans are assured of holding the Senate this fall because 11 Republican incumbents are not up for election and six who are, including Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville, have no opposition in November, assuring the GOP of 17 of the 33 Senate seats. They currently hold 20. more…

Congestion Woes
August 3, 2012 “People in Memphis were sweating blood when the new administration took office in January of 2011,” he said. “Typically under previous administrations … issues like this would take an entire administration – eight years – before you would see any reaction from the administration.” more…

Municipalities Await Schools Hearing after Victory at Polls
August 3, 2012 “Everyone won from the get go by going to the polls,” said State Senator Mark Norris (R-Collierville), who is considered the architect of the municipal schools plan. more…

Republicans Norris, Lollar, McManus easily defeat GOP challengers in Shelby County
August 2, 2012 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, 57, won easily over small airport owner Woody Degan, 48, in Senate District 32, which includes much of East Shelby County and all of Tipton County. Norris, a Memphis attorney, is the second-ranking officer in the Senate, where he has served since 2000. more…

Shelby County’s Early Voting Tops 62K
July 31, 2012 State Senate Republican leader Mark Norris of Collierville had a more informal way of gauging turnout last week at a rally in Arlington for the municipal school district cause. He did a straw poll of the 400 people who gathered near the Arlington town square and donated to a political action committee on the issue in the process. By his count, half of the 400 had already voted early. more…

Haslam announces funds for Greenway, Blues Trail and U of M-area improvements
July 27, 2012 Gov. Bill Haslam, state Sen. Mark Norris and University of Memphis president Shirley Raines, along with others, announce grant checks, totaling nearly $1.5 million, for the Wolf River Greenway, the Highway 61 Blues Trail and the Walker Avenue Streetscape projects. more…

Norris, Forrester Call For Election Review
July 27, 2012 State Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris of Collierville and Tennessee Democratic Party chairman Chip Forrester of Nashville have called separately for a state review of election results in Shelby County. more…

Humane Tennessee PAC
July 26, 2012 Senator Mark Norris (R – District 32 – Collierville, Memphis) sponsored a “felons and dangerous dogs” bill and has always shown support for pro-animal legislation. He has been particularly focused on efforts to stop dog fighting. more…

Family Action Council of Tennessee
July 26, 2012 Norris was one of only two State Senators receiving a 100 percent voting record on conservative and pro-family issues. more…

State Sales Tax Holiday needed says Majority Leader Mark Norris
July 25, 2012 “We are finally seeing progress in providing some tax relief to our citizens,” said Leader Norris. “We will continue these efforts in the next General Assembly.” more…

Tennessee Conservation Voters Endorse Mark Norris
July 25, 2012 Our PAC board has met and decided to endorse several General Assembly candidates this year. more…

Lights, Camera, Action
July 16, 2012 “When producers would look at Tennessee, they saw a $10 million fund that had been drawn down,” Norris said. “Investors want to know this money is a recurring prospect. This is something I’ve always been passionate about. The film industry is a wealth of economic opportunity for Tennessee, and (this incentive) is as important as any that we provide.” more…

Tennessee Right to Life Endorses Mark Norris for State Senate
July 11, 2012 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) has been endorsed in his bid for re-election by Tennessee Right to Life. more…

Judge to hear whether municipal schools in Shelby County are suburban right or illegal privilege
July 9, 2012 As U.S. Dist. Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays begins hearing arguments over the validity of laws allowing referendums for new municipal school districts in Shelby County’s suburbs, it’s instructive to go back to the first day of the 2011-12 school year. more…

Small business endorses Mark Norris in Senate District 32 
July 9, 2012 The National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee’s leading small business association, has endorsed incumbent Mark Norris in the 32nd Senate District. more…

Ruling may spare state from mandated spending on TennCare
June 28, 2012 “The court’s remarkably expansive read on the federal government’s authority to tax is alarming. But the Court also recognized states’ rights to resist a further reach into our pockets,” said Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville. ” Perhaps next year our efforts to enact the Health Care Compact will finally succeed.” more…

Statement from Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris regarding the U.S. Supreme Court Decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
June 27, 2012 This is one of the most important decisions by the Supreme Court in our lifetime,” said Leader Norris.

“State’s rights, individual liberties and our ability to defend against governmental infringement of those rights have all been impacted in various ways.” more…

Proponents Of Municipal Schools Say Lawsuit Is About Power And Money
June 27, 2012 Senator Norris disagrees, “The feasibility studies, the statistics all show very clearly that these communities have greater diversity. The schools that are being put to a vote would be more diverse than Memphis City Schools.” more…

Memphis suburban commissioners lodge objections to secrecy of meeting
June 27, 2012 “Candidly, I think it’s the lowest form of demagoguery there is. For them to assert that this effort to educate is motivated by race is reprehensible,” said Norris, R-Collierville. “That’s the old race card. It’s tired and it’s tawdry and it’s typical of this particular generation of public officials.” more…

Civics Officials to hear From Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris on his Model Legislation approved by the General Assembly during 2012 Session
June 26, 2012 “I am honored to speak about the legislation approved by our General Assembly this year and look forward to hearing an exchange of ideas about how we can further improve civics education,” said Leader Norris. “We cannot long survive as a viable republic if our students do not know how to be active and informed participants in our democracy. This is a very important initiative.” more…

Memphis, suburbs vie for $3.5M in federal grants for roads, streets
June 21, 2012 State Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, wrote a letter of support to Gov. Bill Haslam for the Collierville application. more…

Memphis suburbs’ municipal schools on Aug. 2 ballot
June 14, 2012 U.S. Dist. Court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays ruled last August that the 2011 law, known as Public Chapter 1 or Norris-Todd, was valid and would guide the process of merging Memphis schools with those that had been under control of an all-suburban Shelby County Schools board. more…

Haslam Signs Public Safety Legislation In Shelby County
June 6, 2012 The felons with guns bill, HB 2388/SB 2250, increases sentencing for certain convicted felons in possession of firearms. Senate Majority Leader Norris, House Majority Leader McCormick and Rep. Barrett Rich (R-Somerville) sponsored the bill. more…

Tea party influence in TN may be limited
June 6, 2012 Tea party groups have also discussed trying to defeat Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville. But even tea party activists see limits to their chances. more…

Haslam Signs Food Tax Reduction Bill
June 5, 2012 The bill, SB 3763, HB 3761, was introduced by the governor and was one of three tax cuts passed by the legislature and signed by Haslam this year as the state continues its work toward providing the best customer service at the lowest possible cost to taxpayers. more…

Haslam Signs Food Tax Reduction Bill At Marion County Grocery
June 4, 2012 The governor was joined for the event by bill sponsor House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga), Rep. David Alexander (R-Winchester) and Marion County Mayor John Graham. Sen. Mark Norris (R-Collierville) sponsored the bill in the Senate. more…

Tom Humphrey: Administration bats .500 on business tax changes
June 4, 2012 Norris said the department made an “innocent commission” in handling the business tax bill – he didn’t want to use the word “mistake” – but such things are to be expected. more…

Norris Legislation to Curb Violent Crime Signed by Governor
June 6, 2012 Three bills which aim to reduce violent crime in Tennessee were signed by Governor Bill Haslam today at the Bartlett Criminal Justice Center. The ceremony marked the July 1 enactment of the new laws sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville). more…

Statewide tour kicks off raising awareness for people with disabilities
May 30, 2012 “We talk about finding the good and praising it and that’s what these folks are doing so we want to brag on those Tennesseans who are doing so much for so many and encourage them to encourage others to do likewise,” adds Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris. more…

As Memorial Day Holiday Approaches, New Law Sponsored by Norris Recognizes Importance of Civics Instruction
May 23, 2012 “I share Justice O’Connor’s deep concern regarding the need for a strong foundation in civics education so students will be fully engaged both as citizens and future leaders,” said Leader Norris. “The Memorial Day holiday is a stark reminder of those who fought and died for our freedom and right to self-govern. It is important that students know the underpinnings of our U.S. and Tennessee Constitutions and our democratic framework. It is even more important that they understand how they work together to make life better for those who live under the flag of freedom in this great nation.” more…

Tennessee bill would help one-time offenders clear records
May 18, 2012 “This seemed too broad,” Norris said. “And I felt it too risky for us to substitute our judgment for the judgment of law enforcement as to which crimes merit enforcement versus absolution.” more…

Law to clear some convicts’ records in Tennessee
May 18, 2012 Norris said he worked to amend the bill in committee but it was still “too subjective” as to which crimes qualified to be expunged. more…

Tennessee governor signs second bill on municipal school districts
May 15, 2012 Norris told the Senate last month when the bill passed that SB 2908 “doesn’t change any deadlines or accelerate anything,” but rather cross-references and clarifies the lifting of the ban in a separate section of Tennessee Code overlooked last year. more…

Knoxville 24 Hour Film Festival, incentives excite filmmakers
May 13, 2012 Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, sponsored legislation that repeal the refundable tax credit filmmakers used to apply for under state law to receive money. more…

Landscape architecture month beautifying bridges
may 10, 2012 The Tennessee General Assembly passed a joint resolution, brought forth by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Shelby County, declaring April 2012 to be Landscape Architecture Month for the state of Tennessee. more…

Bringing Hollywood to the Volunteer State
May 10, 2012 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris said this new program simplifies and strengthens Tennessee’s commitment to the film industry. more…

Film business gets Carnival Memphis salute and scores some taxpayer swag
May 10, 2012 “Not only has the film industry created a wellspring in our state, but it is a significant economic engine,” Norris said. “This legislation should make Tennessee more attractive to filmmakers and position us in the top tier of states that embrace independent productions.” more…

Tennessee Film Incentives Get Funding Boost
May 9, 2012 Norris said the move makes TFEMC the “one-stop shop” for film incentives in the state and ends a complex system of incentivizing productions through both TFEMC grants and refundable tax credits issued by the Department of Revenue. more…

Tennessee Film Incentives Get Funding Boost
May 09, 2012 Norris said the move makes TFEMC the “one-stop shop” for film incentives in the state and ends a complex system of incentivizing productions through both TFEMC grants and refundable tax credits issued by the Department of Revenue. more…

Sen. Mark Norris Talks Schools and Film
May 9, 2012 Bill Haslam is the Governor of Tennessee. But, as the Senate majority whip of the recently concluded General Assembly session, Collierville Republican Mark Norris proved again he is straw “that stirs the drink” as its unmatched legislative powerbroker. more…

Tennessee hopes to lure more movie productions with incentive changes
May 9, 2012 “We recognize the importance of the film industry not only to the economy of the state but to the welfare of countless Tennesseans whose livelihoods depend on it,” Norris said. more…

Sen. Mark Norris Talks Schools and Film
9 May, 2012 But, as the Senate majority whip of the recently concluded General Assembly session, Collierville Republican Mark Norris proved again he is straw “that stirs the drink” as its unmatched legislative powerbroker. more…

Tennessee film incentives get boost
May 9, 2012 Sen. Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) said the move makes TFEMC the “one-stop shop” for film incentives in the state and ends a complex system of providing incentives through TFEMC grants and refundable tax credits, according to a news release. more…

Board Representation at Stake in Bill
May 8, 2012 “He said he didn’t want any legislation to interfere with the transition process,” said Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris of Collierville in an interview for the WKNO television program “Behind the Headlines.” more…

Behind the Headlines: Senator Mark Norris
May 7, 2012 Senator Mark Norris talks with Eric Barnes and Jackson Baker about municipal schools, plus some on the Memphis City Council are calling for de-annexation as a way of balancing the city budget. more…

Sides disagree over Shelby County municipal school districts
May 6, 2012 But state Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville and the author of the law, said last week he’s confident the entire bill, the b-3 municipal clause included, has survived any relevant challenges. more…

Sen. Mark Norris on Merger Drama in Nashville
May, 3 2012 At the center of the merger battle in Nashville is the Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris. He joined Fox 13’s Mearl Purvis to discuss what’s going on Capitol Hill. more…

Muni School District Bill Awaits Decision
May 1, 2012 “We seek a smooth transition,” Norris added. “We seek the opportunity for the transition planning commission … to think outside the box and to do something better for the children in the schools in Shelby County than what has been done heretofore, to embrace the concept of a unified system, not just a merged system.” more…

Municipal schools referendum bill approved by Senate, headed to Tennessee governor
April 30, 2012 Norris said the suburban cities “have stepped forward and offered to be a part of that process and to put to a vote to the citizens of their towns the question of whether their citizens are willing to raise their own taxes beyond what they pay countywide, not just to form their own school systems but to be part of the unified system by helping shoulder the responsibility and the financial burden of educating all the children in the county. I’m sorry that it’s been misconstrued despite all our best efforts.” more…

Municipalities Can Start To Form Districts
April 30, 2012 The recently passed bill, authored by state senator Mark Norris of Collierville, allows Shelby County municipalities to begin to form districts now. more…

Tenn. Senate Approves Muni Schools Referendums
April 30, 2012 “We seek a smooth transition,” Norris added. “We seek the opportunity for the transition planning commission … the opportunity to think outside the box and to do something better for the children in the schools in Shelby County than what has been done heretofore, to embrace the concept of a unified system, not just a merged system.” more…

Fold by Memphis Democrats Opened Door to 2012 Suburban Vote on Schools
April 30, 2012 In steering legislation through the General Assembly, at what was literally the eleventh hour, that enabled Memphis suburban municipalities to vote this year on creating their own school districts, Norris has probably advanced the schedule for creating such districts by a full year, and that is crucial. more…

Republicans Reach Budget Compromise in Conference Committee
April 28, 2012 “It’s not worth bringing state government to a halt,” Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris said of the earlier impasse. After the conference committee, the Collierville Republican criticized the House for being “just cold” and practicing “a little hypocrisy” for deleting a handful of local projects GOP senators wanted funded this year. more…

TN lawmakers back down from Radnor, Meharry cuts
April 28, 2012 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, referred to the cuts as a “greeting card” meant to grab the attention of House lawmakers. The conference committee quickly agreed to forgo the cuts without a fight. more…

Inheritance, sales tax on food cuts go to Gov. Bill Haslam
April 27, 2012 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, referred to the inheritance measure as the “Family Farm Preservation Act,” saying it would help farmers hold on to their property and encourage wealthy Tennesseans to remain or relocate to the state. more…

Legislative notebook: prescription drug bill, tax cuts go to governor
April 27, 2012 Herron’s amendment was tabled, on motion of Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, in a 20-11 vote. All 11 no votes came from Democrats. more…

Norris’ School Bills Finally Get Through
April 27, 2012 Just before 5 o’clock on Friday, the House easily approved a conference committee report on HB1105/SB1923, the education bill on which Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) had grafted an enabling amendment for the suburbs to hold referenda on municipal districts this year. more…

Tennessee House passes municipal school referendum bill
April 27, 2012 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, said that bill only lifts the ban on new municipal districts at the same time as last year’s Public Chapter 1 — in August 2013 — but it does so in a separate section of the law. more…

Senate Votes 32-1 to Pass $31B Spending Plan
April 27, 2012 The chamber voted 32-1 Friday to pass the bill that was sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville. The House passed its version 66-30 Thursday. more…

House OKs Haslam budget, minus projects
April 27, 2012 “If they don’t get comfortable that those are significantly important projects, then we’ll go to a conference committee,” said Norris, R-Collierville. “It’s no big deal. Just takes more time.” more…

Legislative notebook: Campfield alleges ‘crony capitalism’ in grants bill
April 27, 2012 Norris’ reply included the observation that Knoxville “has probably received as much or more” in “state largesse.” more…

Tennessee House approves procedural bill on municipal school districts
April 26, 2012 Despite the rhetoric, Senate Bill 2908 as approved Thursday night appears to be a backstop for last year’s Norris-Todd law lifting the state’s ban on new municipal school districts in August 2013 — the same time specified in Norris-Todd. more…

Haslam cash grants plan passes Senate 29-1
April 26, 2012 The measure carried by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville was approved 29-1 on Thursday. The companion bill passed the House 96-0 last month. more…

Portion of Tennessee 385 will be named for Governor Winfield Dunn
April 26, 2012 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, and Rep. Barrett Rich, R-Somerville, sponsored the bill for the Dunn naming. more…

Tennessee legislative briefs: Penalties stiffened for domestic violence
April 26, 2012 Its co-sponsor, Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, said 52 percent of violent crimes reported in Tennessee involve domestic violence. more…

Domestic violence bill en route to governor
April 25, 2012 The state Senate gave final legislative approval today to a bill enhancing penalties for repeat domestic violence offenders. more…

Senators named to municipal school panel
April 25, 2012 Ramsey appointed Sens. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville, and Reginald Tate, D-Memphis. more…

GOP rejects Tennessee budget proposal
April 25, 2012 Sen. Jim Kyle, D-Memphis, and Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, are looking for a way to at least fix the error going forward, but the Haslam administration wants to delay it until next year while its budget officials research whether there is an error. more…

Governor Haslam Signs TEAM Act Into Law
April 24, 2012 Sponsors of the TEAM Act include Senators Mark Norris (R-Collierville) and Jack Johnson (R-Franklin), and Reps. Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga) and Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville). more…

Tenn. lawmakers hope to adjourn session this week
April 22, 2012 The measure sponsored by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville passed the Senate last week and would provide constitutional cover for three methods of determining the makeup of the state’s highest court: Contested elections, a federal-style plan, or a plan similar to the current one. more…

Tennessee Legislature Could Decide Muni Districts
April 23, 2012 Norris has specifically said the amendment would clarify what the planning commission’s job is and would make it easier for the planning commission by giving it “clarity” on how many students to form a school system for. He has also said the planning commission has asked for the clarification. more…

Shelby County lawmakers air differences over school issues
April 18, 2012 Norris said that ultimately his goal was to give the Transition Planning Commission the option of considering municipal school districts as “autonomous” parts of a broader unified school district, much like the autonomous states’ relationship to the federal government. more…

Judicial vote advances
April 17, 2012 “This gives us options,” said Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, the measure’s sponsor. “This is the last window of opportunity that Tennesseans have to get this matter on the ballot in 2014.” more…

Senate Approves Judge Appointment Proposal Much Like Governor’s Preference
April 16, 2012 Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris says his resolution would give lawmakers leeway to set up a system much like today’s method – the governor appoints judges, they later stand for retention in an unopposed, yes-no vote by citizens. more…

Legislative notebook: Stalemate on judge selection, argument over commissioner’s power
April 14, 2012 Legislators have reached what Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris calls “the stalemate place” on how Tennessee’s top judges should be selected and are now racing to delay a decision until next year. more…

Senate Holds Test Vote on Method of Picking Judges
April 13, 2012 Suddenly it was possible to get a test vote – and, as Norris told colleagues – send the House a message.

“And rather than simply exercising my will, and telling them that as they think our dog won’t hunt, I think their dog won’t hunt, I leave it to you, ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, to vote your conscience as to which version you think has sufficient legs to finish the race.” more…

Governor’s Budget Amendment Prompts Bonanza of Spending Requests
April 11, 2012 Lawmakers have a wish list up to $500 million in projects and programs long — a pipe dream they’ll have to whittle down to about $5 million, says Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris. more…

Bartlett mayor tells state panel Memphis will control merged school district
April 10, 2012 “The bottom line is nobody is trying to accelerate the creation of new municipal districts,” Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, told The Commercial Appeal when asked about the House amendment later. more…

Tennessee Senate approves bill authorizing suburbs to vote on school districts
April 9, 2012 “The ban … is still there. But this gives them a roadmap of procedures they can follow before the ban is lifted,” Norris said. more…

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris to seek re-election
April 5, 2012 “Although much has been accomplished, there’s still more still to do,” added Norris. “I will continue to work to make our streets safer, stop wasteful government spending, make our schools better and create more opportunities for our citizens over the next four years.” more…

Municipal School District Bill Delayed a Week
April 3, 2012 The Senate sponsor, Republican leader Mark Norris of Collierville, has said the lifting of the statewide ban on the districts is intended to block any attempts to challenge in court the creation of municipal school districts specifically in Shelby County. more…

New City School Systems Could Be Born under Proposed State Law
April 2, 2012 “What this does really has less to do with Shelby County, and more with the rest of the state in sort of eradicating that vestige of a time past, when these impediments were in place.” more…

Municipal school district bills pass in House, Senate
April 2, 2012 A separate bill that Sen. Mark Norris wants to amend to allow suburban referendums this year on new municipal school districts won House approval — but without a referendum amendment. more…

Shelby county schools, suburbs race for calendar
April 2, 2012 Norris told The Commercial Appeal that it is important for the suburbs to hold referendums this year so that the Transition Planning Commission — created under state law to plan for the merger of Memphis and Shelby County schools — will know what size of a unified school system will exist. more…

Wendi C. Thomas: Patience of Job needed for job
April 1, 2012 Wanted: A superintendent for what could be one of the country’s largest school districts. more…

Honor ride
April 1, 2012 Also on hand to greet the riders were Munford Mayor Dwayne Cole and state Sen. Mark Norris, who introduced a bill making Saturday Lance Cpl. Christian Brown Day in Tennessee. more…

Municipal Schools Bill Amendment Surfaces
March 30, 2012 State Senate Republican leader Mark Norris of Collierville added the amendment that allows for referendums to form municipal school districts this year. more…

New municipal school legislation would allow suburban referendums this year
March 29, 2012 Norris said the amendment will allow the suburban cities to proceed with referendums this year, and the election of school board members if voters approve the new districts, so they can be ready when the ban on new municipal districts is repealed by existing law next year. more…

Lawmakers pledge not to interfere with disposal of suburban school buildings
March 29, 2012 In a letter to the Shelby County school board Thursday, six local legislators, including Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, say they will not introduce bills or forward others this year that would interfere with how the unified school board decides to dispose of school buildings. more…

Municipal School District Bill Moves In Nashville
March 29, 2012 State Senate Republican leader Mark Norris of Collierville, who was the sponsor of the 2011 law and is sponsor of the new bill, has said the bill is a way of stopping a legal challenge to the 2011 law by having it applied statewide. more…

Municipal schools to get key Tennessee House panel vote
March 28, 2012 Norris’ Senate version is ready for a Senate floor vote. That hasn’t been scheduled, but Norris said Tuesday he is ready to proceed. more…

Tennessee House approves pair of anti-crime bills
March 26, 2012 Rep. Barrett Rich, R-Somerville, and Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, sponsored the bills, which passed both chambers without any negative votes. The Senate had passed the bills March 19. more…

Benefit motorcycle ride to start in Collierville
March 24, 2012 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) will be among participants in the Honor Benefit Ride to raise funds for wounded United States Marine Corp Corporal Christian Brown of Munford. more…

Collierville: Motorcycle ride set to aid serviceman
March 23, 2012 “I hope all area citizens will come out with a great show of their support for Corporal Brown,” said Norris, the Senate majority leader. more…

Muni School District Votes on Hold
March 23, 2012 Norris said lifting the statewide moratorium on municipal school districts is to remove “any lingering doubts … about future litigation about whether you can have municipal school districts in Tennessee.” more…

The Shelby County School Muddle for Dummies: an Update
March 23, 2012 Norris said further that such an arrangement would circumvent the currently ticklish problem of how — and at what cost, if any —new suburban school districts could acquire existing school properties. more…

School planning commission won’t let buildings go for free
March 23, 2012 As a result, Tennessee state Sen. Mark Norris, of Collierville, has a new proposal that would move up the date to form city school districts before the merger. more…

TPS under gun to have plan by August
March 22, 2012 “I thought more time was warranted when I introduced the bill which became law, but both school superintendents supported this time frame, and many criticized me for suggesting otherwise,” Sen. Mark Norris (R-Collierville) said. more…

AG’s Opinion Familiar Front In Schools Discussion
March 22, 2012 In the committee session, Norris said the legislation “removes any lingering doubt, if there is any in the minds of some people who talk about future litigation, about whether you can have municipal school districts in Tennessee.” more…

GOP Leadership Bill Would Shortcut School Wait for Suburbs
March 20,2012 The Norris-McCormick legislation, which could be heard by the Senate Finance,Ways & Means Committee as early as this week, would allow for new districts — and thus concrete steps toward formalizing them — even before the scheduled city-county merger date, which itself could be sped up by additional legislation. more…

Two anti-crime bills win approval by Tenn. legislative committees
March 14, 2012 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, is sponsoring both bills in the Senate, and state Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons — the former Shelby County district attorney who has worked for both bills for years — testified in favor of them. more…

Home Alone
March 3, 2012 A bill by state Sen. Mark Norris and Rep. Gerald McCormick is currently moving through the General Assembly to restore close to 2 percent of the January cuts to TennCare home health reimbursement. more…

Ownership Information Still Sticking Point in ECD Transparency Bill
February 27, 2012 The bill is sponsored by the GOP’s majority leaders in both chambers — Collierville Sen. Mark Norris and Chattanooga Rep. Gerald McCormick. more…

Film Industry Being Shut Out of Tennessee?
February 22, 2012 Joined by other film industry workers, the Falks’ hope a new bill on film incentives sponsored by Collierville Republican State Senator, Mark Norris, will at least be a step in the right direction. more…

Civil Service Rewrite Deferred as Governor, Employees Talk Behind Scenes
February 21, 2012 “There’s very productive dialogue between the governor and the state employees, I mean, that was the case last week, and I think we have reached agreement on two or three amendments.” more…

Bill to Freeze Tenn. Lawmaker Expenses Delayed
February 21, 2012 Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville noted that freezing the federal mileage reimbursements would leave lawmakers on the hook for making up the difference amid rapidly escalating gas prices. more…

Filmmakers Protest To Get More Incentives From State
February 21, 2012 State Senator Mark Norris of West Tennessee introduced a bill last session that would have boosted those incentives to a high of $35 million. It did not make it through the legislature. more…

States push to shake up personnel practices
February 16, 2012 “There is more agreement than disagreement on many of the provisions,” says Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, who is sponsoring Tennessee’s legislation. more…

Tenn. Lawmakers Join Opposition to Obama Health Care Bill
February 14, 2012 Norris said that opponents of the law believe state’s rights, individual liberties and “our ability to keep the federal government from infringing those rights” are at stake. more…

Grays Creek Annexation on Hold – Bridgewater Dropped
February 14, 2012 The council took the action the day after State Senate Republican leader Mark Norris of Collierville formally withdrew two bills that would have taken the Grays Creek area from the city of Memphis annexation reserve and required a referendum of residents to be annexed before any annexation could become final. more…

Memphis Backs Off Annexation Move
February 14, 2012 The move comes after State Senator Mark Norris dropped his legislation that interfered with the city’s annexation agreement. more…

Tn. Senators Challenge Constitutionality Of Mandate In Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act
February 13, 2012 A long list of state senators in Tennessee, including Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville), Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro), Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Bo Watson (R-Hixson) and Senate Judiciary Chairman Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) are among 77 Tennessee lawmakers, the State of Florida, 25 other states, and the National Federation of Independent Business in filing as amicus parties (friends of the court) challenging the constitutionality of the individual mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. more…

Ownership Secrecy Clause Forces Delay in Senate Passing ECD Confidentiality Bill
February 13, 2012 The two sides skirmished through the evening until the governor’s floor leader, Mark Norris, called a truce and put the bill off until Thursday. more…

Haslam bills concerning sell, manufacture of drugs unanimously approved in Senate
February 13, 2012 Both bills are part of the Republican governor’s crime package and are carried by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville. They were unanimously approved by the Senate Monday evening. more…

Norris To Withdraw Annexation Bills
February 10, 2012 “Citizens in these communities want their voices to be heard which was the impetus for filing the legislation,” Norris said in a written statement. “Although we felt this would likely be the outcome, it was important enough to our constituents to file the bills and get the Attorney General’s opinion.” more…

Norris withdraws bills restricting Memphis’ annexation
February 9, 2012 “I think there are better ways to go about this,” Norris said in a written statement. “Several Memphis City Council members seem interested in opening a dialogue about future annexations. Mayors Wharton and Luttrell are willing to do so, and the Tennessee code provides other alternatives, too — so perhaps something good will come out of this.” more…

State Annexation Bill Won’t Move Forward
February 9, 2012 Memphis, Tn – Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris pulled two annexation bills on Thursday afternoon because of a legal opinion from the state’s Attorney General. more…

In brief: Norris says bill on annexation remains alive
February 9, 2012 State Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris of Collierville said Wednesday that nothing has changed on the status of his legislation to remove the Fisherville area from Memphis’ annexation reserve zone, despite remarks by a Fisherville leader that he would ask that the state bill be pulled. more…

Council Passes Grays Creek Annexation on 1st Reading
February 9, 2012 The legislation to undo that is on hold and is sponsored by state Senate Republican leader Mark Norris of Collierville and state Rep. Curry Todd of Collierville. more…

Grays Creek Annexation on City’s Agenda
February 7, 2012 State Senate Republican leader Mark Norris, who sponsored the bill in the Senate, is awaiting a legal opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General’s office on the constitutionality of the proposal. more…

Bill to change name of Mental Health Dept.
February 6, 2012 The measure sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville was approved 31-0 on Monday evening. more…

Secretary of State Hargett presents $100,000 check to library building campaign
February 4, 2012 “The sense of community that emanates from this library is palpable,” said Norris. “It is a great day and (this project) will continue to bring great things to this community.” more…

McIver’s Grant Library check presentation
February 3, 2012 Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett presented library officials with a big check in the lobby of the present library, with State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, Minority Leader State Representative Craig Fitzhugh, State Representative Bill Sanderson and State Senator Lowe Finney also on hand for the celebration. more…

Gov. Haslam Weighs in on Annexation Battle
February 3, 2012 Senator Mark Norris is putting the brakes on a bill that would take the Gray’s Creek area of Shelby County away from Memphis’s annex reserve. more…

Pickler ready to push school dialogue, urge transition team not to ignore ‘alternative’
February 2, 2012 Because Norris was also the primary author of Norris-Todd bill that enabled the TPC and its work, Pickler says it is important to honor Norris’ intent. more…

Editorial: Bills are feeble fixes for defective voter ID law
February 2, 2012 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, and House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, are sponsors of bills that would authorize county commissions to issue free photo ID cards. more…

Fisherville fuels anti-annexation move; petitioners prefer to incorporate
February 2, 2012 Meanwhile, Norris told Memphis officials he hoped they would hold off on action as he sought the attorney general’s opinion on whether the bills he proposed were legal. more…

Sides Firm on Annexation but Stand Down
February 2, 2012 Council member Harold Collins and state Sen. Mark Norris of Collierville struck up an email conversation Tuesday into Wednesday, in which Norris said he signed on a Senate sponsor to the two annexation bills in question despite some continuing doubts about whether they are constitutional. more…

The bittersweet business of redistricting
February 1, 2012 For the first time in Tennessee, the Democratic Party was not in charge of drawing the maps. Put another way, Republicans “held the pen.” more…

Tenn. Democrats call for good government reforms, Republicans decry election-year games
January 31, 2012 Norris was dismissive of the Democratic proposals, and laughed off suggestions that they may be designed to embarrass Republicans. more…

Council Considers Quick Annex Of Grays Creek
January 30, 2012 The bill, first filed Thursday by Collierville Republicans Curry Todd and Mark Norris – of the house and senate, respectively, is the latest legislative proposal that would have a dramatic impact on the move by leaders of the suburban towns and cities to form their own school districts. more…

State Reps Propose Annexation Bill
January 30, 2012 Last year, Senator Mark Norris and Representative Curry Todd introduced and help usher the passing of a bill to guide the consolidation of Memphis and Shelby county schools. more…

Property Value Among School Bills Board is Examining
January 30, 2012 Republican state Sen. Mark Norris of Collierville called for the delay, saying he wants the schools consolidation planning commission and school board to make a decision on the issue soon – before the end of the current legislative session. more…

Bills seek changes to Tennessee’s voter ID law
January 30, 2012 One bill filed Thursday by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Colliverville, and House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, would authorize county election commissions to issue a free photo ID. more…

Haslam to give second State of the State address
January 29, 2012 “We’ve got holes to fill,” said Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville. “We want to make sure that certain essential services are attended to … and not think that necessarily happy days are here again and we can go on a spending spree.” more…

One city could miss out on own schools
January 27, 2012 “It is a question,” State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) said in confirmation of how the law could affect municipalities’ hopes for entering the education business. more…

Deadline given on school buildings
January 27, 2012 “Everybody needs to proceed in good faith. I don’t want to prejudge what they may come up with, but we are running out of time,” Norris said. more…

School Building BIll Dead in Nashville
January 26, 2012 Norris told Fox 13 he wants to let the local efforts on consolidation have more time and he says representative Curry Todd does not plan to push the bill that was filed Tuesday. more…

Suburbs, unified schools differ on interests
January 26, 2012 “At the same time, if there’s any legislation that’s needed to further the process or the intent of the law as it was written, you’ve got to keep that open as a possibility,” Norris said. “… I’m still intrigued whether the municipal concept can be incorporated in the transition plan.” more…

Tennessee lawmakers push for lower grocery tax
January 25, 2012 “Revenues are moving slightly better than I think folks thought they would be even two months ago, so we’re moving in the right direction,” said Norris. more…

Chandler, superintendents against bills, Haslam proposal for larger classrooms
January 25, 2012 Bills sponsored by Mark Norris, R-Collierville, in the state Senate, and Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, in the state House, would do just that. more…

Local Pensions at Forefront for State Leaders
January 24, 2012 “There will probably be some bills filed this year, everybody sort of getting on that bandwagon, like, ‘Oh, hey, we just discovered, you know there’s a pension issue,’” said Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville. more…

Editorial: Let the merger process play out
January 22, 2012 Norris, the Senate majority leader, is the author and Senate sponsor of the Norris-Todd bill that set up the process for the districts to merge in the 2013-2014 school year. more…

Congressman Cut Off From Own Synagogue
January 15, 2012 “I know some things have been said about religion and some things have been said about race that I think later some folks may regret,” Tennessee State Senate Leader Mark Norris told the city’s Daily News. more…

State redistricting plans pass
January 15, 2012 Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, who wrote the Senate redistricting bill, said in response to Kyle that senators and the public were invited in September by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey to participate and submit plans. But, in November, only one plan was submitted. more…

State Redistricting Wrinkles Save Kyle’s Seat But Continue Debate
January 14, 2012 Norris defended the plan by the Republican majority, saying that specifically in Shelby County, it remedies the splitting of the six suburban municipalities. more…

Tenn. public school teachers balk at bigger classes
January 14, 2012 The bills are sponsored by Mark Norris, R-Collierville, in the Senate, and Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, in the House. more…

New TN congressional districts approved
January 14, 2012 Republicans rejected the Democratic plan. Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, argued it could actually decrease minority representation by spreading their votes too thinly. more…

Tenn. lawmakers approve GOP redistricting plans
January 13, 2012 “It’s not perfect by any means, and there’s something about this plan that just about everyone can dislike a little bit, and some dislike a lot,” Norris said. “I’m glad this doesn’t come up any more often than every 10 years.” more…

Tennessee Senate Approves New Congressional Maps
January 13, 2012 Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville said that the new district lines are less divisive, because Shelby County will now only be represented by two congressmen, instead of three. more…

Haslam: Memphis-Shelby County schools merger on track
January 13, 2012 Under Senate Bill 2210 filed by Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, school boards could pay teachers more than the state schedule permits if they agree to teach in hard-to-staff subjects or schools. more…

Democrats: Senate redistricting plan dilutes Knoxville influence
January 12, 2012 Norris said the plan is “balancing the interests of the state and federal requirements” for redistricting while, overall, uniting “communities of interest” around the state. more…

GOP Leaders Eating Their Words? Now Say They’ll Support Food-Tax Cut
January 12, 2012 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, Ramsey’s right-hand man in the upper chamber, says he, too, is content with the governor’s proposed plan to cut the food tax. more…

New Voter Districts Fly through Legislature
January 10, 2012 “It’s resistance to change. And I respect and appreciate that. In fact I wish I could give members an additional week, if it were up to me. But…the clock is ticking.” more…

New Year Brings Tougher Penalties in Drive-By Shootings
January 9, 2012 The state legislation was sponsored by Senator Mark Norris, a Republican from the suburbs of Memphis, which has suffered a rash of drive-bys, including one Christmas morning. more…

Transition Planning Commission seeks public input on Memphis-Shelby County schools merger
January 8, 2012 “I’ve never seen a more talented group of people,” Norris said of the commission. But he added: “They need to start communicating to the community they are onto something and they may have a better idea than just a breakaway plan for municipal districts.” more…

Democrats Take Their Lumps in New Redistricting Plans
January 6, 2012 District 32, currently held by Republican Majority Leader Mark Norris, would now stretch from the eastern and northeastern parts of Shelby County upward to include all of Tipton County. more…

Legislature reconvenes Tuesday
January 4, 2012 “Really job one is the budget and the economy,” said Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville). “And, approving new district lines will also be one of the first orders of business.” more…

Memphis Democrats Squeezed in State Redistricting Plan
January 4, 2012 District 32, represented by Senate Republican leader Mark Norris of Collierville, would lose its Dyer and Lauderdale County territory to one of three newly created rural West Tennessee districts. more…

Ferrell Haile on the new lines
January 4, 2012 It is a complicated system, full of difficult decisions, when redrawing our district maps. I would like to thank Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Majority Leader Mark Norris, Speaker Pro Temp Bo Watson, and Caucus Chair Bill Ketron for their service in shaping the district lines across the state. more…

Ramsey: State Senate Redistricting Map ‘Fair and Legal’
January 4, 2012 In addition to Lt. Governor Ramsey the Senate Working Group on redistricting included three regional coordinators: Majority Leader Mark Norris, Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron and Speaker Pro Tempore Bo Watson. more…

Effort would give smaller cities around Memphis surplus Shelby schools
January, 4, 2012 “To say ‘yes’ it will happen might give it too much weight. To say ‘no’ would be disingenuous,” Norris said. more…

Tom Humphrey: Haslam wants chance to study workers’ comp
January 2, 2012 During the 2011 legislative session, the lead workers’ comp tinkering legislation, pushed by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, basically enacted a deal struck by interested parties including lobbyists for business, labor and trial lawyers. more…

Future library, resource center takes root
January 1, 2012 The project is a special collaboration between Tipton County government and DSCC. By sharing library and learning resource center facilities, the college and the community will underscore the importance of lifelong learning. more…

 

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