Immigration measures see passage
Legislation has been supported by members for several years, dating back to the “Tennessee Trust” initiative House lawmakers proposed in 2006 as a “contract” with voters. As a candidate then, I remember standing with House members during that press conference on the Hill back in 2006. Now as the Representative of the 40th district, illegal immigration remains a high priority with me and the people of whom I work for in Macon, DeKalb and Smith Counties.
English in the Workplace, House Bill 480, was overwhelmingly approved this week by the Employee Affairs Subcommittee. The bill closely mirrors legislation brought to the U.S. Senate in 2008 by Senator Lamar Alexander, who said that the legislation was necessary to prevent frivolous lawsuits targeting businesses that felt English should be spoken on the job due to safety concerns. “Protecting English in the Workplace” now faces the House Consumer and Employee Affairs Committee.
Sanctuary Cities, House Bill 1354, cleared the Criminal Practice and Procedure Subcommittee and will now face the full House Judiciary Committee. A “sanctuary city” is a term given to a city in the United States that follows certain practices to protect illegal aliens. This bill would cut off economic and community grant money to any Tennessee city that might declare itself a “sanctuary city” for illegal aliens.
Though House Bill 841, which I presented last week in subcommittee, was placed off notice, by no means does that mean my bill is mute. It will come back to subcommittee in 2010 where I intend to prove the fiscal note wrong. A bill that is already law and could save the state of Tennessee millions must be enforced. I am honored to stand in the ranks of others in the General Assembly who are working towards this same goal, deal with the drain on local revenues due to illegal immigration.
House passes legislation to honor fallen Tennessee National Guardsmen
House Bill 1346 passed on the House floor Thursday, with an overwhelming number of House members applauding the measure, and signing onto the legislation as co-sponsors. The bill requires the Adjutant General to notify the Governor in the event of the death of any Tennessee National Guard member that is called into active military service and who is stationed outside the United States. In any month in which one or more notifications of death are given to the Governor, the Governor will be required to proclaim a day of mourning and order the state flag to be flown at half mast to honor the deceased National Guard member or members.
Common-sense legislation dies in Elections Subcommittee
House Bill 639 presented in the Elections Subcommittee that would require photo ID to vote did not pass in subcommittee. This bill is needed to combat voter fraud and ensure that every vote counts. This bill is the third common sense voter legislation to protect the integrity of elections. As a member who supports this legislation many of us have vowed to revive it in another form.
All in a weeks work…
House Bill 107 that would prohibit sending or reading text messages while driving cleared subcommittee and will now move to the house floor. In my opinion, texting falls under the “distraction driving” statue. So my question is how will anyone determine if one is answering or texting on the phone? Common sense says DO not Text!!! Ummmm… what do you think?
House Bill 431 was passed by the K-12 Education Subcommittee this week, and seeks to expand the recognition of homeschoolers’ diplomas. The bill requires that diplomas issued by home schools be recognized by all state and local governmental entities as having the same rights and privileges of diplomas issued by public school systems.
This past week I presented House Bill 842 that would allow homeschoolers to participate in after school academic activities such as band, theatre, and the arts. Another fellow Representative is carrying the athletic side of the bill. Working on setting up a pilot program to showcase a win win scenario for public schools and the homeschooler, let it be known I support wholeheartedly the teachers and the schools in my district. Myself a teacher who taught my son from third to twelve grade as a homeschool mom, I take very seriously the education process of our children. With that said serving on education Committee and K-12 subcommittee is an honor indeed!
"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”Mark Twain