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 By Rep. David Byrd    News    April 15, 2021 

District 71 Capitol Hill Update

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

District 71 Capitol Hill Update

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... Full story

 
 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...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

New law encourages alternative pain treatments to opioids – Legislation encouraging the use of more alternative pain treatments rather than opioids was approved during the 2020 session. Public...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Legislation encourages lower health care costs through Association Health Plans – Legislation which aims to lower premiums and overall health care costs for small businesses through Association...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

HEALTH Budget – The 2020-2021 budget increased funding for health care, with highlights including: • An additional $9.2 million in non-recurring funds for the adult health care safety net and $3...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    July 30, 2020

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Tennessee General Assembly passes legislation to mitigate effects of COVID-19 in one of the toughest budget years in state history The second session of the 111th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    July 16, 2020

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

“Separation of Church and State” The phrase “Separation of Church and State” is a popular phrase that is often quoted when discussing religion and government or debating whether to allow...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    June 25, 2020

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Tennessee General Assembly Passes $39.45 Billion Budget This week in Nashville, both the House and Senate approved a $39.45 billion budget that addresses the unexpected revenue shortfalls caused by...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    June 11, 2020

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Tennessee Business Relief Program Members of the Stimulus Accountability Group joined with Gov. Lee at Arnold’s Country Kitchen in Nashville on Tuesday to announce a program designed to support all...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    June 4, 2020

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

House Resumes Committee Meetings under Tennessee Pledge Lawmakers were back in Nashville this week to resume their committee meetings and complete calendars for the year with members of the public...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    May 28, 2020

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Memorial Day Speech – 2020 It is always an honor to stand before my constituents and address them about important matters, but even more an honor on a special day as this. For you see, Memorial Day...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    May 21, 2020

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Memorial Day History Memorial Day, originally called DecorationDay, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actuarial beginnings, wi...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

This is an email that I received, and I thought it would be great for our 2020 graduates! It is written by Jon Gordon. Dear Graduate, This virus may have stolen your senior year and graduation, but it cannot and will not steal your future. While you...

 
 By David Byrd    News    May 7, 2020

Representative David Byrd: District 71

Safer at Home Executive Order Expires, Economic Reboot Officially Begins Gov. Bill Lee’s Safer at Home Executive Order expired this past week as Tennessee’s phased economic reboot officially began. Plans to safely and swiftly reopen sectors of...

 

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