White County’s state elected officials busy with legislature

By | February 8, 2018 7:07 am

The 110th Tennessee General Assembly is in full swing, and with that, both of White County’s elected state officials are busy sponsoring and legislating numerous bills.

White County, which is part of the 15th State Senatorial District, is represented by State Senator Paul Bailey, who has held that seat since 2014. Bailey serves as a member of the Senate State and Local Government Committee and is the chair of the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee.

Bailey has been working on sponsoring and legislating several bills. As of Feb. 1, Bailey is the sponsor of 90 bills, co-sponsor of 36 bills, sponsor of 39 resolutions, and co-sponsor of 31 resolutions.

The following are some of the most recent bills being considered by the Senate that are sponsored by Bailey.

  • Pensions and Retirement Benefits – Authorizes Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS) who deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, or Operation Iraqi Freedom to receive military service credit in TCRS for each day of deployment. This bill passed on first consideration, on Feb. 2, 2018.
  • Religion and Religious Organizations – Prohibits a state or local government entity, except for courts, from compelling to testify regarding a sermon. This bill passed on first consideration, on Feb. 2, 2018.
  • Energy – Urges the department of environment and conservation to study wind energy facility regulations adopted in local governments of this state. Requires the department to submit a written summary of local regulations within 60 days from the conclusion of the study to the members of the agriculture and natural resources committees in the house and senate. Passed on second consideration, on Jan. 25, 2018.
  • Home Schools – Allows home school students to participate in extracurricular activities at the public school in which the students are zoned to attend. This bill passed on first consideration, on Feb. 2, 2018.

State Representative Paul Sherrell represents the 43rd State District, which includes White County, and was elected to office in 2016. Sherrell is a member of the House Criminal Justice Committee, House Health Committee, and the House Health Sub-Committee.

Sherrell is the sponsor of five bills, co-sponsor of 46 bills, not   sponsoring any resolutions, and co-sponsor of 74 resolutions. The following bills are sponsored and co-sponsored by Sherrell.

  • Controlled Substances – Creates Class B felony of selling, possessing, or manufacturing 15 grams or more of any substance containing fentanyl and Class A felony if the substance contains 150 grams or more of fentanyl. This bill is sponsored by Sherrell and was assigned to Criminal Justice Subcommittee, on Jan. 24, 2018.
  • Professions and Occupations – Requires a person who holds a valid certificate of registration as a locksmith apprentice for four or more years to apply for licensure as a locksmith; reduces continuing education requirements for locksmiths. Sherrell is a co-sponsor for this bill and it is currently assigned to the Business and Utilities Subcommittee.

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