Legislation that would allow police to use surveillance cameras on Tennessee interstate highways was sent to the House Judiciary Committee after lawmakers raised privacy concerns during Thursday’s House session.
House Bill 2110 would end the prohibition on most cameras on interstate highways. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mark White, R-Memphis, would let the police use the camera for only surveillance purposes, and not for enforcing speed limits or other traffic laws. Read More
State Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) has introduced a bill intended to address, among other things, events like the Drag Queen Story Hours at the state’s public libraries.
Holt’s bill, the Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act, would create a parental library review board for any library that takes state or federal money. This law would pertain to public libraries that provide access to age-inappropriate sexual material, including “nudity, sexuality, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sadomasochistic abuse.” Read More
State Rep. Rick Tillis (R-Lewisburg) has agreed to step down from his majority whip position, according to an email Majority Caucus Chairman and State Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) sent to his fellow legislators last week. That’s all top officials at the state capitol seem to say publicly. But there… Read More
LEWISBURG — State Rep. Rick Tillis, R-Lewisburg, denies he posted anonymous and derogatory tweets disparaging Tennessee state house members and their staff under the name @CHBmole. But Tillis’ colleague, State Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden, said Tillis indeed took up that persona earlier this year and said Tillis already confessed… Read More
On Tuesday Tennessee State Rep. Gloria Johnson (D-Knoxville) held a press conference to rail against school vouchers and Education Savings Accounts, but one of the women who flanked her seemed to steal Johnson’s spotlight. Going by a picture of the press conference on Twitter, an unidentified woman standing to Johnson’… Read More
Wednesday afternoon, members of a Tennessee House Education Committee may revive a bill designed to rein in the Tennessee School Boards Association and its alleged financial abuses, according to a source. More than 90 percent of the TSBA’s $2.2 million revenue in 2016 came from Tennessee taxpayers through dues and… Read More
A bill in this year’s Tennessee General Assembly would, if enacted into law, require people register with a political party before they vote in any Tennessee primaries. State Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden, sponsors the bill. According to TNJ: On the Hill, Holt’s bill advanced on a voice vote in the… Read More
One legislator is campaigning against efforts by local governments to collect traffic citations he says they have no right to obtain. State Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) championed a 2016 law that said vendors’ contracts for speeding and traffic light cameras could not renew once their terms expired. That law… Read More
With the new Tennessee Star polling data revealing significant vulnerabilities for Senator Bob Corker among likely Republican Primary voters, the speculation about potential opponents who may seek to exploit those vulnerabilities has increased dramatically. (Regardless of how many think about it, if more than one conservative challenger actually gets… Read More
Gov. Bill Haslam has a history of supporting tax increases. His current proposal to increase the gas tax by 7 cents per gallon and diesel fuel by 12 cents per gallon in 2017 is no aberration, it is part of a consistent pattern. In 2004, newly elected Knoxville Mayor Bill… Read More