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Working for You: January 2022

January 30, 2022

I sincerely appreciate everyone who supported our fundraiser on January 10th. Thanks to all of you, as well as Brandi Bruns and the folks at Craft Brewed, it was our most successful event since 2014. Thank you! BRIDGESTONE-FIRESTONE CENTENNIAL WILDERNESS WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREALet’s start with some good news this week about the Bridgestone-Firestone Centennial Wilderness Wildlife Management…

Working for You: November 2021

November 8, 2021

It was a busy couple of weeks in our State Capitol as far as Octobers go. Hopefully, we are finally done with special sessions for the year. Though, to quote Michael Corleone, “just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” I have been appointed by the Speaker to serve on an ad…

Working for You: October 2021

October 24, 2021

Thank goodness for Fall Break. It was nice to be able to spend some extra time with our boys just before I returned to the legislature for the first of two extraordinary sessions this month. Given all the recent and upcoming legislative activity – some good, some bad – I wanted to provide you with…

Tennessee mask mandate opt-out order may violate federal law, US Sec. of Education writes

August 19, 2021

Aug. 19, 2021 – WKRN by: Gerald Harris – The Biden administration is taking aim at states that are blocking mask mandates for school districts. The United States Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona, wrote a letter to Governor Bill Lee and Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn regarding Tennessee’s decision to allow parents to opt their children out of mask mandates. Secretary…

Tennessee Democrats warn that Republican efforts to undermine mask mandates in schools may trigger lawsuits

August 18, 2021

August 18, 2021 – Chattanooga Times-Free Press by: Andy Sher – Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee’s new executive order seeking to allow parents with students in Metro Nashville and Shelby County schools to opt their children out of local COVID-19 mask-wearing mandates is falling flat so far with leaders in the two counties. It comes…

After a tourist’s fall from a Nashville party bus, push for industry regulation intensifies

August 17, 2021

Aug. 17, 2021 – The Tennessean by: Cassandra Stephenson – A 22-year-old Michigan man tumbled from the rail of a roofless party bus on Lower Broadway in July, landing face-first on the road below. The bus drove on, its rear tires running over the man’s legs. For some city leaders, the incident seemed inevitable. Just two weeks…

GOV. LEE’S HYPOCRISY RISKS OUR CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND EDUCATION: Executive Order 84 Poses a Direct Threat to Public Health, Classroom-Based Learning and Local Economies

August 16, 2021

Aug. 16, 2021 – PRESS RELEASE – Today, state Representative John Ray Clemmons (District 55–Nashville) responded to Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order No. 84 that allows any parent or guardian to opt their child out of any facial covering requirement in our schools.  Lee issued his Executive Order only hours after Dr. Lisa Piercey, Commissioner of the Tennessee…

School officials, lawmakers react to Lee order on masks in schools

August 16, 2021

Aug. 16, 2021 – Tennessee Lookout by: Sam Stockard – Shortly after Gov. Bill Lee concluded a Monday press conference at which he announced parents across the state will have the option to decide if their children wear masks in school or not, responses began to pour in from elected officials and school districts.  Lee issued an…

Governor silent on Tennessee healthcare workers facing threats after school board meeting on mask mandates

August 13, 2021

Aug. 13, 2021 – WKRN by: Gerald Harris – The controversy over mask mandates in schools in Tennessee is making national headlines. Healthcare workers advocating for safety measures to combat COVID-19 in schools faced threatening crowds after the Williamson County School Board voted to require masks for elementary-aged students Tuesday. Governor Bill Lee refused to address…

Gov. Lee undecided on special session over school mask mandates, ‘nothing’s off the table’

August 9, 2021

August 9, 2021 – WKRN by: Gerald Harris – Governor Bill Lee is stopping short of supporting a special session to ban mask mandates in schools which House Speaker Cameron Sexton is calling for. But Lee is not yet ruling out changing state law. As more Tennessee kids are becoming infected with COVID-19, Governor Lee is not…

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