News for the year 2014:

$850,000 grant to benefit area school manufacturing training programs
December 19, 2014 A regional workforce collaborative was chosen to receive $850,000 in grant funds under the state’s new Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) funded by a $10 million appropriation in the 2014-15 state budget through legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville). more…

Mark Norris Receives “Champion of Commerce” Award from Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Greater Memphis Chamber
November 20, 2014 The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Greater Memphis Chamber have awarded the “Champion of Commerce” award to Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville). more...

GOP leaders want to lower Tennessee sales tax rate
November 7, 2014 “It’s time to have a serious discussion about state revenue,” Norris said Friday afternoon. “Putting the sales tax on the table helps us frame the issue, I think. It will be more helpful in framing the issue, and having a healthy discussion.” more…

Senators Crowe and Norris Drafting Legislation to Enact Amendment 4
November 6, 2014 “We are very pleased this amendment received such high approval among voters,” said Senator Norris. more…

Capitol Ideas: Why did you choose State Pathways to Prosperity as your initiative?
November 5, 2014 “We all want to see improvement in the quality of life in our states…Workforce development and relevant education present, at once, the greatest challenges, as well as opportunities, of our time.” more…

Norris Recognized by U.S. Department of Defense
November 4, 2014 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense for his “leadership on public policy changes positively impacting the quality of life of Service members and their families.” more…

Senator Norris receives coveted Champion of Life Science Award from Life Science Tennessee
October 22, 2014 “I am very honored to receive this award from this distinguished group,” said Senator Norris. “The Life Sciences are vital to economic development, entrepreneurship and well being in Tennessee. I’m proud to be a part of it.” more…

Senator Norris to perform with nation’s most elite high school musicians
October 17, 2014 “It is a tremendous honor to perform with these incredibly talented students,” said Senator Norris. “These students represent ‘the best of the best’ musicians in the United States and I am very honored to have a role in this concert.” more…

Senator Norris to speak to multi-city Sexual Assault Kit Summit
October 16, 2014 “DNA evidence is not only helpful in identifying perpetrators in unsolved cases, but also prevents future assaults by prosecuting rapists early in their criminal careers,” Norris added. “It is a very effective tool in getting these criminals off the streets.” more…

Senator Norris Urges Local Collaboratives to Apply for LEAP Grants as Oct. 15 Intent Deadline Approaches
October 9, 2014 “This is a tremendous opportunity for communities to provide workers with the skills they need to get a job and advance in the workplace,” said Leader Norris. more…

Leader Norris calls for States to Support Freedom from Federal Regulation without Representation
October 1, 2014 “Empowering Congress to act is a valuable strategy in limiting government abuse,” said Sen. Norris. “I believe it is the responsibility of the states to provide the inducement to act. Regulation Freedom should be on the tip of every tongue every time we talk to a Congressman.” more…

Reauthorization of the Debbie Smith Act critical to processing backlog of untested rape kits in Tennessee
September 19, 2014 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) said today congressional reauthorization of the Debbie Smith Act will be of tremendous help to accurately assess and reduce the backlog of untested DNA evidence from open rape cases in Tennessee. more…

September marks Hunger Action Month / Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris urges citizens to wear orange in recognition of Hunger Action Day tomorrow
September 3, 2014 “I encourage everyone to wear orange on Thursday, September 4,” said Norris, who serves as Chairman of the national Council of State Governments which has launched a nationwide focus on hunger as part of his State Pathways to Prosperity initiative. more…

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

Norris Announces Tennessee One of Only 5 States Selected to Help Improve Outcomes for Youth in Juvenile Justice System
July 28, 2014 “Like many other states, Tennessee recognizes there is room to improve our understanding of how youth respond to their interaction with the juvenile justice system,” said Norris. more…

Norris News from Nashville
July 3, 2014 This Fourth of July, I am encouraged by what’s happening in Tennessee. As we begin celebrating the 238th Anniversary of our Nation’s birth, let’s all celebrate the re-birth of American Manufacturing and its role in securing the individual independence which flows from economic freedom. more…

Norris Hails Tennessee’s Role in the New American Workforce
July 1, 2014 Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) rallied economic development officials during a morning address in Johnson City, Tennessee today. more…

Sen. Mark Norris, Chairman of Council of State Governments, Calls on States to Convene Conversation About Jobs and People with Criminal Records
June 30, 2014 Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, chairman of the Council of State Governments (CSG), called on all states to convene their respective business leaders to discuss ways in which government can help—and hinder—efforts to improve employment outcomes for people with criminal records. more…

Leader Norris Kicks Off Independence Day Workforce Development And Education Tour
June 26, 2014 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) began a pre-Fourth of July, week-long workforce development and education tour across Tennessee in Nashville today with remarks during the Pathways Tennessee State Summit at Vanderbilt University. more…

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

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

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

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

Sen. Norris Advances Tennessee Emergency Preparedness and Communications
June 3, 2014 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) praised Governor Bill Haslam for signing his “Next Generation 911” Act into law today. The landmark legislation establishes a stable, reliable, future-proof funding source for maintaining and improving the state’s emergency communications network services. more…

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

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

Governor Haslam Signs Landmark Local Government Pension Reform Bill into Law
May 28, 2014 This groundbreaking legislation, the first of its kind in the nation, was sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) and Representative Steve McManus (R-Memphis) and written by state Treasurer David Lillard, Jr. Nationally recognized experts have commented on the favorable effect of the legislation on government financial stability. more…

Entrepreneurial Eagles
May 19, 2014 It was a gathering of eagles. You know, the people who like to soar, and, more importantly, they like to push eaglets out of the nest so that they can also learn to soar. more…

Entrepreneur Day Spotlights Power of Innovation
May 7, 2014 Bridges’ is the kind of story Norris said the conference wants to highlight and hold up as an example of the transformative potential of entrepreneurship. more…

Norris News from Nashville – April 21, 2014
“These are last dollar scholarships,” said Leader Norris. “But they are the first opportunity most of these Tennesseans will ever have to receive a higher education, a stronger likelihood of a better job, and a brighter future.” more…

Norris News from Nashville – April 21, 2014
“These are last dollar scholarships,” said Leader Norris. “But they are the first opportunity most of these Tennesseans will ever have to receive a higher education, a stronger likelihood of a better job, and a brighter future.” more…

Common Core facing delay in Tennessee
April 13, 2014 “I think we all agree that there should be more opportunity to consider alternatives to PARCC, or at least to put PARCC out for bid,” said Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville. more…

Norris News from Nashville – April 11, 2014
Senate Bill 2596, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), improves funding for education, including an additional $47 million to fully fund the Basic Education Program to address inflationary growth. more…

Senate panel OKs Haslam’s school voucher bill
April 8, 2014 “But there also has to be a point of beginning,” Norris said, adding that children who could be positively impacted are “aging out and moving on” the more time legislators spend in launching a program. more…

School voucher bill en route to Tennessee Senate floor
April 8, 2014 The finance committee voted 8-2 to recommend the measure, drafted by Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration and sponsored by Senate Republican Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville. more…

Haslam Free Tuition Plan Garners Praise, Concern
April 7, 2014 Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, didn’t specify what changes would be made to the legislation, but he did say lawmakers want to make sure there’s adequate funding for it. more…

Norris News from Nashville – April 4, 2014
“Unlike the federal government, the Tennessee Constitution requires state government to balance its budget every year,” said Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville). more…

Norris News from Nashville – March 22, 2014
“Tennessee is an outlier in its enabling of municipalities to annex by ordinance,” said Leader Norris. “It is a thing of the past and we need to embrace that fact and uphold the citizen’s right to vote. more…

Norris News from Nashville – March 17, 2014
“Lab seizures and meth use have affected many aspects of Tennesseans’ lives,” said Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, who is sponsoring legislation proposed by Governor Haslam to attack Tennessee’s meth problem. more…

Workforce Development
March 15, 2014 When policymakers think about economic development, it usually involves things like tax exemptions, matching funds or infrastructure development. What happens in classrooms, however, rarely enters into the equation. more…

Norris Finds Legislative Leadership Has its Price
March 5, 2014 “I like serving people as well as finding solutions to problems, so that led me to the legal profession,” said Norris, who currently serves as state Senate majority leader, and represents District 32 in West Tennessee. more…

Norris News from Nashville
March 1, 2014 “This bill will help us meet that goal,” said Leader Norris. “The VETS Act ensures that veterans have a clear, easy pathway to attend college in Tennessee. As a state, we want to recognize and assist those soldiers who are coming home and exploring their education options.” more..

Norris to chair Council of State Governments
February 28, 2014 Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris is among two southerners leading the Council of State Governments this year. more…

Bill allows veterans to attend Tennessee schools at in-state tuition rates
February 25, 2014 The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, said that under current law, unless the veterans are Tennessee residents, they must be in the state for at least a year to establish residency for in-state tuition. more…

Bill that would affect Memphis pension funding goes before committees
February 24, 2014 The bill’s sponsor, Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, made an amendment that would give cities more chances to come into compliance, a concession to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s administration, which asked for greater flexibility. more…

Thousands of rape kits remain untested across the country
February 23, 2014 “We’ve got to quantify the magnitude of this problem,” Norris said. “We know that Memphis has somewhere in excess of 12,000 untested forensic evidence kits, but we need to know how many other local law enforcement authorities may have similar backlogs.” more…

The Prince of Nashville
January 16, 2014 The one thing to remember about Mark Norris, the state Senate’s majority leader and a pivotal figure in the firmament of Tennessee’s ruling Republican Party, is that he always knows what he wants and is ultimately unyielding in his efforts to get it. more…

Norris News from Nashville
February 15, 2014 “The VETS Act ensures that veterans have a clear, easy pathway to attend college in Tennessee,” Norris said. “As a state, we want to recognize and assist those soldiers who are coming home and exploring their education options.” more…

Proposed Tennessee law would mandate full funding of city pension plans
February 3, 2014 Norris said he would ask a joint House and Senate group called the Council on Pensions and Insurance to make a recommendation on his proposed bill on Feb. 10. After that, the measure goes to House and Senate committees for review. more…

 

 

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