Legislature gearing up
By Pat Marsh, State Representative
Things are gearing up in Nashville for the start of the 108th Session of Tennessee’s General Assembly. Session starts each year on the second Tuesday in January, so we will meet for the first time in 2013, on January 8th. Session will usually last until around the end of May or the first of June.
For those of you that do not already know, redistricting happened last year across the state and our district 62, has changed a little. The main difference is that I no longer represent any of Rutherford County. My district has all of Bedford County and the majority of Lincoln County. Billy Spivey, the newly elected representative of the 92nd district, shares part of Lincoln County with our district. I look forward to working with him, as well as all of Tennessee’s current and newly elected representatives.
After session was over this year, I was able to spend a lot more time visiting different businesses and constituents across Bedford and Lincoln counties. We have many positive things going on in the district – new roads, proposed industrial expansion, new sewer lines for industrial growth, airport improvements and new schools. We certainly live in one of the best areas of the state and have some of the greatest people here working to make it even better. I have really enjoyed working with our city and county elected officials, and I am impressed with their pride in what they do to help our counties become even better.
Since I serve on the Conservation and Environment committee, I was given the opportunity to visit a coalmine in upper east Tennessee. Each year we generally have some kind of proposed legislation to try to limit coal mining in Tennessee, and I wanted to see first hand what the companies are doing to our land when they are mining. I was really impressed with what I saw and how they are working to keep our mountains and forests in great shape for future generations. This visit will help me be more informed when legislations comes back up.
Over the past few months, we have begun working on new legislation for next session. It is my hope that we can have an even more productive session than we did last year. Tennessee is a great state but we will continue to work toward making it even better by lowering taxes, limiting regulations and streamlining our government in hopes of bringing many new jobs to our state. Also, we will be working on improving our schools and trying to figure out what to do about health care in the state.
At a caucus meeting last week, I was elected to serve on the fiscal review committee. This committee is a Legislative committee in charge of studying contracts and proposals to make sure that everything is legal and to make sure that the state’s departments are spending our taxpayer’s money wisely. I look forward to serving on this committee for the next two years.
My assistant, Brita Foti, is always in the Nashville office if you ever need help with anything at all. Once session starts in January, we will be back to writing weekly newsletters as we have done in the past in order to keep you informed about all of the important legislation that will affect you as a Tennessean.
I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year! Please feel free to stop by my office or give me a call if you have any questions or concerns. You can reach me at (615) 741-6824 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am honored to represent the people of the 62nd district.