Murfreesboro, Tenn., Rep. Bryan Terry (R-Murfreesboro) provides updates from the Capitol.
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.
Murfreesboro, Tenn., January 19, 2016– Check out the video update from the week of Jan. 11-15. It’s rather short and sweet, as I had to shoot it between meetings. We kicked off session last Tuesday. I have had several meetings this week discussing possible legislation based on some concerns from constituents and the county, as well as other legislation that was brought to me.
One note I wanted to pass on that is not in the video (one meeting occurred after the video was set) includes my work on the landfill issues. I met with TDEC, as well as a representative from Republic on different occasions. I am working to improve access for inspections of the site. After speaking with Republic, they appeared to be open to working with me for the community. TDEC, has been open, as well. Senators Tracy and Ketron have been supportive as I am pressing forward. I will keep you appraised as I make progress!
Check out the video update from the week of Jan. 11-15. It’s rather short and sweet, as I had to shoot it between meetings. We kicked off session last Tuesday. I have had several meetings this week discussing possible legislation based on some concerns from constituents and the county, as well as other legislation that was brought to me.One note I wanted to pass on that is not in the video (one meeting occurred after the video was set) includes my work on the landfill issues. I met with TDEC, as well as a representative from Republic on different occasions. I am working to improve access for inspections of the site. After speaking with Republic, they appeared to be open to working with me for the community. TDEC, has been open, as well. Senators Tracy and Ketron have been supportive as I am pressing forward. I will keep you appraised as I make progress!
Posted by Dr. Bryan Terry on Tuesday, January 19, 2016
MURFREESBORO, Tenn., November 20, 2015– This week, Governor Haslam informed the General Assembly of the results of his administration’s research into Planned Parenthood (PP) and plans for legislation for the upcoming session. PP continues to be an issue placed among the forefront of concerns for our community since videos surfaced showing Planned Parenthood’s profiteering of aborted baby parts. Since the PP controversy, I have been in contact with other legislators and the Governor’s office on this matter on a frequent basis. I’d like to provide a brief update on what has occurred over the Summer and so far this Fall.
Over this last legislative Session, I inquired about the public funding for PP while their representatives provided testimony . At the time, PP stated that they didn’t receive public funding. During the discovery of national PP centers selling unborn baby parts, the public funding issue was revisited. As it turns out, while corroborating with Rep. Andy Holt and his staff over the summer, we were able to uncover state taxpayer dollars going to PP through TennCare, though apparently not technically for abortions. During their testimony, PP did admit to receiving federal taxpayer dollars during the committee hearing, but they were unable to confirm the amount.
Through corroboration with House Health Committee Chairman Rep. Cameron Sexton, we sent a formal letter of inquiry to PP. They did confirm that they received taxpayer dollars through TennCare, but denied the selling of any aborted tissue. Through Title 19, the Medicaid program, TennCare receives federal funding. Tennessee provides matching funds for TennCare at a ratio of one state dollar for every nine federal dollars. TennCare recipients can receive care from any provider that accepts TennCare. Because PP accepts TennCare, when Tennesseans on TennCare choose PP for services other than for abortion, Planned Parenthood receives payment from TennCare with a mixture of state and federal dollars.
It is my understanding that the state looked in to halting any TennCare dollars going to PP in the past, but were unable to do so without risking the loss of federal matching dollars for TennCare. Please note, it is, also, my understanding that TennCare dollars do not go to Planned Parenthood directly for abortion. That being said, any TennCare payments sent to PP still impacts their bottom line. Although, technically, PP receives Tennessee taxpayer dollars for services other than abortions, due to budgetary cost-shifting, any profit from TennCare payments could be construed as supporting abortion.
Over the Summer, the Government Operations Committee conducted a hearing to garner information from the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) about the regulatory environment surrounding abortions and how it relates to fetal tissue. I had been in contact with leadership and other legislators prior to the hearing. Following the hearing, I met with a representative from the Governor’s staff to discuss my concerns, the concerns of many in the district, as well as, options that we may consider. The meeting went well, and I have been in frequent contact with the Governor’s staff as he and his staff continue to look for solutions.
In addition to this meeting, I met with legal services to discuss some of my concerns surrounding the potential for selling aborted baby parts. Again, the Planned Parenthood facilities in Tennessee have denied doing this practice; however, I did discover an opportunity to improve upon accountability for patient care. I had a bill drafted and have been patiently waiting for Governor Haslam’s report. I am yet to present my bill to other legislators, but believe it may be a companion piece of legislation for Governor Haslam’s proposal.
In another instance, I worked with the Governor’s staff on addressing an issue with the Department of Health’s website as it relates to PP. Concerns arose from some constituents in that it was their belief that the website could be seen as Tennessee advertising for PP’s services. While county health care services are available online, I have worked to have the health care services presented in a neutral fashion. It should be noted that the TDH and the Governor’s staff responded to my request within a few hours.
On Wednesday, Governor Haslam released his report to the General Assembly. In it, the TDH has made filing a complaint against an abortion surgery center more accessible and transparent. The TDH has strengthened the record keeping requirements as it relates to the disposition of aborted remains. The requirement will provide a tracking mechanism to help ensure a proper and appropriate manner of disposition occurs.
Additionally, the TDH conducted unannounced inspections of four clinics. The report did not specify any specific violations nor issues with any compliance. I have asked for the results of the inspections. As of this moment, I have not had the opportunity to review the report.
Finally, Governor Haslam plans to propose legislation to improve the accountability and transparency for surgery centers performing abortions. Some measures include enhanced inspections, improved record keeping requirements, and prohibition of reimbursement of any costs associated with any transportation of aborted fetuses. As earlier stated, I have a bill that improves accountability for patient care. I will be working with our health committee and the Governor’s office on the legislation.
While finding solutions and addressing the issues presented by PP has provided various challenges, constituents should know that I will continue to work for the unborn in various ways, and that the Governor and his staff know where I stand on the issue.
In Rutherford County there is an organization in our community called Portico. Portico was formerly known as the “crisis pregnancy center”. You can read more about them HERE. Portico just received a mobile ultrasound unit in October to provide free ultrasounds for women in need. On October 6, I invited Governor Haslam and his staff to visit Murfreesboro in order to tour Portico’s facilities and see the new mobile ultrasound unit. During the luncheon, I reiterated that the many on the left often put forth the false narrative that there isn’t an alternative to abortion or PP. We have a facility in our own community that promotes women’s health, as well as, provides an alternative to abortion. If you are pro-life, please, check out Portico and help them out. Their mobile ultrasound will provide an invaluable service to women and the unborn, but since their services are free of charge, they need your financial help.
I believe I openness and transparency, and it is my hope that my updates help provide that service to District 48. As always, I am humbled an honored to be your state representative.
MURFREESBORO— November 16-22 is Governor Haslam’s “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week”, and Rep. Bryan Terry, MD (R-Murfreesboro), a physician in the Tennessee General Assembly, kicked off the awareness week by teaching students about antibiotic resistance at Central Magnet School.
The week long initiative, promoted by the Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, looks to bring awareness to the public about overuse of antibiotics and the effect on society. Central Magnet School offers a Biomedical Sciences class, taught by Pamela Stewart, that Dr. Terry addressed concerning antibiotic use awareness.
“Our class had been discussing antibiotic resistance and legislation,” said Stewart. “We knew Dr. Terry had worked with Central students on legislation before. He jumped at the opportunity to talk to our students and we were excited to hear him in our classroom.”
This past session, Rep. Terry worked with Allen Nichols and the Central Magnet School’s Contemporary Issues class to co-sponsor the Right to Try bill which passed unanimously in the House and has been signed into law by Governor Haslam. Right to Try would allow terminally ill patients the right to try medications that have passed Phase 1 of FDA trials and potentially give terminally ill patients life saving treatments in a timely manner. The Central Magnet students were the only high school students in the state to work with a legislator and have a bill co-sponsored on their behalf.
“Our children, grand children, and the next generation are why I am in office. Everything we do as legislators impacts their lives. They should be engaged in the political process and I am honored to help work with students,” stated Rep. Terry
Rep. Terry spoke to the students about overuse and misuse of antibiotics. Citing the Tennessee Department of Health, Dr. Terry noted that Tennessee’s antibiotic prescription rate is the third highest in the nation. Also, because of widespread misuse of antibiotics, the CDC lists antibiotic resistance among its top public health concerns.
“It isn’t just public policy, educational, or economic issues that impact the futures of these students, but health issues, as well. Overuse and misuse of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance and the development of superbugs that can cause serious and life threatening infections. Parents, students, and even doctors must understand that misusing antibiotics today can impact the health of society in the future,” said Rep. Terry.
One can learn more about Get Smart About Antibiotics Week at the Tennessee Department of Health website.
Nissan will be investing $160 million in order to build a new supplier park.
“Nissan and Tennessee have enjoyed a long and successful partnership, and today’s announcement is another significant milestone in our history together,” Haslam said in a release. “The success of Tennessee’s automotive industry brings with it growth in supplier networks, and we want to thank Nissan for this new investment in Smyrna and our state.”
A 1.5 million square foot logistics center is to be constructed at the Smyrna campus. The projects should be completed by 2017 and are expected to bring more than 1,000 new jobs to Rutherford County.
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