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 By Sen. Joey Hensley    News    May 25, 2023

2023 Session of the 113th General Assembly

The 113th General Assembly has adjourned for 2023, and it was a very successful year. We have taken measures for Tennessee to be a better place to live, work and to raise a family. I will go over...

 
 By Sen. Joey Hensley    News    May 11, 2023

Senator Joey Hensley, MD

2023 Session of the 113th General Assembly The 113th General Assembly has adjourned for 2023, and it was a very successful year. We have taken measures for Tennessee to be a better place to live,...

 

Representative David Byrd

Expanding financial assistance to disadvantaged students / Public Chapter 1018 — A new law will expand the Ben Atchley Grant, which was established in the 1990s to provide financial assistance to di...

 
 By David Byrd    News    September 22, 2022

District 71 Capitol Hill Update with Representative David Byrd

Education is a top priority each year. The 2022-23 fiscal year budget includes the largest increase in K-12 education funding in Tennessee’s history. With an additional $1 billion in K-12 funding, Tennessee is investing a total of $6.5 billion in...

 

District 71 Capitol Hill Update with Representative David Byrd

COVID-19 liability protection / Public Chapter 1117 — Extends for one year the Tennessee Recovery and Safe Harbor Act of 2020 – which provides COVID-19 liability protection to businesses, schools, churches and other entities – Effective June...

 

District 71 Capitol Hill Update with Representative David Byrd

COVID-19 liability protection / Public Chapter 1117 — Extends for one year the Tennessee Recovery and Safe Harbor Act of 2020 – which provides COVID-19 liability protection to businesses, schools, churches and other entities – to July 1, 2023....

 

District 71 Capitol Hill Update with Representative David Byrd

Removing roadblocks to obtain a Commercial Driver License / Public Chapter 992 - To help alleviate the shortage of truck drivers in Tennessee, this law expands eligibility for Commercial Drivers Licenses (CDLs) and creates a program within the...

 

District 71 Capitol Hill Update with Representative David Byrd

Cracking down on drive-by shootings / Public Chapter 1136 — To impose stricter penalties on criminals who engage in drive-by shootings, a new law requires that a person convicted of aggravated assault that involved the use or display of a deadly...

 

District 71 Capitol Hill Update with Representative David Byrd

Increasing penalties for boating under the influence / Public chapter 910 - To help keep Tennessee waterways safe, a new law increases penalties for boating under the influence. Called “Nicholas’s Law,” it makes a boating under the influence...

 

District 71 Capitol Hill Update with Representative David Byrd

Restitution for children of victims of DUI / Public Chapter 1056 — In the event a parent of a minor child is killed by an intoxicated driver, requires the convicted offender to pay restitution in th...

 

District 71 Capitol Hill Update with Representative David Byrd

Truth in Sentencing / Public Chapter 988 – To protect victims of crime and provide true accountability for those who commit crimes, a new law requires a person convicted of certain offenses to serve 100% of the sentence imposed before becoming...

 

District 71 Capitol Hill Update with Representative David Byrd

Human trafficking: Public Chapter 1089 - To crack down on criminals who traffic children, a new law will expand the criteria for what qualifies as Class A felony offense of trafficking for a commercial sex act. Under the new law, a trafficker will be...

 

Representative David Byrd; District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Human Trafficking Prevention Training: Public Chapter 842 – Under a new law, the Department of Correction, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and the Department of Human Services must work with a nonprofit charitable organiza...

 

District 71 Capitol Hill Update with Representative David Byrd

Enhancing support for foster youth Public Chapter 785 — The state will reimburse eligible relatives of foster youth to support the cost of raising the child. It also expands eligibility to ages 18-21 for foster youth transitioning from state...

 

District 71 Capitol Hill Update with Representative David Byrd

Protecting law enforcement service animals - Republican legislation that strengthens the penalty for those who harm a law enforcement or service animal in Tennessee was approved by the House chamber. Public Chapter 1106, also known as Joker’s Law,...

 

Representative David Byrd; District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Second Amendment rights: The Tennessee House of Representatives approved Republican legislation that removes short-barrel rifles and shotguns from the list of prohibited weapons in the state. Current state law prohibits Tennesseans from possessing, m...

 

Representative David Byrd; District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Sales tax holiday for gun safes extended for additional year - Republican legislation that extends a tax cut making it less expensive for gun owners to safely store their firearms was approved by the Tennessee House of Representatives. House Bill...

 

Representative David Byrd; District 71 Capitol Hill Update

House approves bill protecting critical energy infrastructure - The House chamber passed legislation to protect critical energy infrastructure statewide. Sponsored by State Rep. Kevin Vaughan, R-Collierville, House Bill 2246 prevents local...

 

Representative David Byrd; District 71 Capitol Hill Update

General Assembly passes PBM reform to support independent pharmacies - The General Assembly has passed a solution that will save Tennessee’s independent pharmacies, increasing competition and lowering the overall costs of prescription drugs and...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    May 26, 2022

Representative David Byrd; District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Republican supermajority delivers tax relief for every Tennessean - The 112th General Assembly’s $52.8 billion, zero-debt budget addresses the needs of all Tennesseans while advancing...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    May 12, 2022

Representative David Byrd; District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Republicans pass Truth in Sentencing for 28 violent crimes - The House passed legislation that provides the accountability and truth in sentencing for victims of violent crimes. House Bill 2656,...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    May 5, 2022

Representative David Byrd; District 71 Capitol Hill Update

The 112th General Assembly concluded on April 29, 2022. Below is highlights from this year’s session in funding from the $52 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Infrastructure and economic...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    April 14, 2022

Representative David Byrd; District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Republicans increase transparency, oversight of refugee and unaccompanied minor resettlements in Tennessee - The House chamber advanced and approved a series of bills this week that will bring more...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    March 31, 2022

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Ag Day on the Hill celebrates Tennessee’s No. 1 industry - Tennessee Ag Day on the Hill was celebrated March 22 on the Beth Harwell Plaza and highlighted the importance of the state’s agriculture...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    March 24, 2022

Representative David Byrd; District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Transparency in Sentencing for Victims Act passes House chamber - The House of Representatives on Thursday unanimously passed the Transparency in Sentencing for Victims Act. House Bill 2657 is designe...

 

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