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Tennessee Democrats announce legislation restoring access to reproductive health care

July 12, 2022

July 12, 2022, NewsChannel5 by: Kelly Broderick NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee Democrats have announced legislation to restore access to reproductive health care across the state. A federal court allowed Tennessee to ban abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy in late June following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. In mid-August, a trigger ban is…

State Rep. Clemmons’ Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Opinion Eliminating Women’s Constitutional Right to Abortion

June 24, 2022

June 24, 2022 Nashville, TN – Today, the Supreme Court of the United States published its opinion in the landmark Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case. In response to the opinion, State Representative John Ray Clemmons (D-Nashville) released the following statement: Today, the Supreme Court of the United States failed Tennessee families by overruling fifty years of judicial precedent.…

Representative seeks renewed gun laws, governor requests prayer in wake of Texas school massacre

May 26, 2022

May 26, 2022, Tennessee Lookout by: Sam Stockard While Gov. Bill Lee and other Republican leaders called for prayer for the victims of the Texas elementary school shooting, state Rep. John Ray Clemmons urged the governor to take several steps, including executive action to repeal Tennessee’s permit-less carry law. Clemmons was emotional in a Wednesday…

‘Let’s take legislative action now.’ Rep. Clemmons asks Gov. Lee for special session to address gun violence

May 25, 2022

May 25, 2022, NewsChannel5 by: Caroline Sutton NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — In the aftermath of a mass shooting at an elementary school in Texas, Rep. John Ray Clemmons, D-Nashville, is calling on state leaders to do more to address gun violence. On Tuesday, 19 children and two adults were killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, a city about…

New Education Funding Formula Passes House, Senate

April 27, 2022

April 27, 2022, Nashville Scene by: Kelsey Beyeler The newly proposed education funding formula passed the House and Senate floors Wednesday, just one day after passing each chamber’s finance committee. The details of the Tennessee Investment in Student Achievement Act — a funding formula set to replace the 30-year-old Basic Education Program — were introduced in late February. Ever…

Views differ radically on local impact of new school funding formula

April 21, 2022

April 21, 2022, The Daily Memphian by: David Waters The proposed new funding formula for public schools will lead to a “fiscal cliff” looming on the horizon for local schools. Or it won’t. Or maybe it’s all just a mirage. “Counties are going to be stuck with a higher bill after four years,” said state…

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…

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