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 By Rep. David Byrd    News    July 22, 2021 

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Session Highlights from 112th General Assembly Jim Coley Protection for Rape Survivors Act - Public Chapter 362 provides more transparency regarding the rape kit backlog process. It makes sure the...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    July 15, 2021

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Safe Home for Trafficked Children – Public Chapter 246 requires law enforcement officers to alert the Department of Children’s Services when they take a minor into custody on charges of...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    July 1, 2021

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Session Highlights from 112th General Assembly Confucius Institutes / Foreign Influence on Higher Education – Public Chapter 344 prohibits the establishment of Confucius Institutes which have ties t...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    June 24, 2021

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Tennessee Accommodations for All Children Act – Public Chapter 452 requires a public school to provide a reasonable accommodation to a person who has conveyed through a written request that they...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    June 17, 2021

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Expanding School Choice within a School District – Public Chapter 479 expands public school choice to additional districts that do not already have open enrollment policies.  It allows students...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    June 10, 2021

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Session Highlights Teacher Shortages - Public Chapter 125 simplifies the process for teachers who are moving to Tennessee to receive an appropriate teaching license, helping qualified teachers get int...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    June 3, 2021

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Session Highlights Special Session / Tennessee Literacy Success Act – Public Chapter 3 targets literacy skills to get students on track in the early grades, so they can become proficient readers by...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    May 27, 2021

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Session Highlights BUDGET Appropriations Bill – Public Chapter 454 provides appropriations for the no-debt, structurally-balanced $42.6 billion budget, which will fund state government for the...

 

District 71 Capitol Hill Update: The 112th General Assembly has adjourned

General Assembly ensures Covid-19 vaccines remain voluntary Legislation aiming to ensure Covid-19 vaccines remain voluntary passed the House and heads to Gov. Bill Lee’s desk for his signature. House Bill 575 will ensure that medical information...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    May 13, 2021

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House Republicans pass historic criminal justice reform The Tennessee House of Representatives approved two major criminal justice reform bills this past week in Nashville. Both are proposals from...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    May 6, 2021

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The General Assembly approves $42.6 billion budget The House and Senate of the 112th General Assembly on Thursday successfully approved a no-debt $42.6 billion budget that provides strategic...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    April 29, 2021

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House Republicans make Covid relief tax deductible for business Tennessee businesses will be eligible to receive more pandemic assistance through a bill that will exempt relief funds from state...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    April 15, 2021

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House Republicans make Covid relief tax deductible for business Tennessee businesses will be eligible to receive more pandemic assistance through a bill that will exempt relief funds from state...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    March 25, 2021

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House Republicans propose to protect consumer privacy Republican leaders this week announced a proposal that protects Tennesseans’ right to privacy and returns control of personal information back t...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Republican leaders this week advanced legislation aimed at further protecting first responders through the Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday. House Bill 511 was amended to add new language under the current definition of terrorism that creates...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    March 11, 2021

Truth in sentencing reform advances

In house committees this past week, the Truth and sentencing reform advances. House Bill 1047 requires any person convicted of violent or sexual offenses that historically target women and children...

 

Gov. Bill Lee's State of the Union

Gov. Bill Lee delivered his third State of the State address this week in a joint convention of the House and Senate at War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. The governor’s speech focused on recent...

 

Rep. David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

As you all know, the business of state government will once again start January 12, 2021 with session of the 112th General Assembly. Rep. Byrd’s office would like to take this opportunity to say we will continue to bring daily updates from this...

 

Representative David Byrd District 71 Capitol Hill Update

New laws strengthen penalties against child sex offenders – Public Chapter 588 was passed this year strengthening Tennessee’s statutes against the “worst of the worst” child sex offenders. Previously, sex offenders could be charged with...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

FAST Act simplifies and modernizes financial aid programs, while maximizing stewardship of grants benefitting students - Cost-saving legislation, simplifying and modernizing the HOPE Lottery Scholarship’s financial aid program, was approved in...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

111th General Assembly passes major pro-life legislation banning abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected -- Major pro-life legislation, which includes a prohibition on abortions where a fetal...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

New law gives more flexibility to directors of schools regarding student discipline – The General Assembly passed a bill this year giving directors of schools in Tennessee more flexibility...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Legislation encourages school districts to provide students with a wide variety of career-based experiences - State lawmakers approved a new law this year encouraging Tennessee school districts to...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Legislation to extend CoverKids Program passes General Assembly - An extension of CoverKids (Public Chapter 582), Tennessee’s children’s health insurance program (CHIP) was approved this year,...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Legislation expands access to dental care – A bill to help nonprofit dental clinics provide free care to more Tennesseans in need passed during the 2020 legislative session. Public Chapter 724...

 

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