MURFREESBORO, Tenn., January 24, 2016– Check out the video update from the week of Jan. 18-22. Please SHARE to help me keep our community updated!
With MLK Day on Monday and bill filing deadline on Thursday, it was a short, but busy week. Although not mentioned in the video update, two of my committees met with presentations about workman’s comp and opioid abuse in Tennessee. I have filed a bill to assist pharmacists in helping with potential opioid overdoses.
No major bills made it to the House chamber this week. The bill that was discussed the most this week was the Natural Marriage Defense Act. It had an 8.5 billion dollar fiscal note and failed in the House Civil Justice Committee. On a related, but completely opposite approach on the marriage issue was a lawsuit filed by David Fowler of the Family Action Council of Tennessee. Whereas the NMDA was an attempt to nullify the Supreme Court ruling from Obergfell, the lawsuit contends that if the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Tennessee’s marriage laws is in fact valid and the SCOTUS does not have the power to make new state laws, then Tennessee is currently without any valid marriage laws.
As noted in the video, I filed a caption bill to work on the landfill issue for the Walter Hill area. Senators Bill Ketron and Jim Tracy, as well as Representatives Mike Sparks, Rick Womick and Dawn White are co-sponsoring the bill and are supportive of the effort.
Special thanks to Senators Briggs, Beavers, Overby, Ketron, Tracy, Hensley, Dickerson, and Massey for sponsoring my bills in the Senate. As you may not know, every bill must have a Senate and House sponsor.