Tag Archive | Representative Art Swann

State prison inmate cost is $76 a day while TN pays counties $37 a day

According to the Tennessee Department of Corrections, the average daily cost to house an inmate in state prison is $76 a day.  That is more than twice what the state pays counties to house state felons.  The state currently pays counties a daily per diem of $37.  It’s no wonder that the state is content with letting their felons be housed in local jails.  It makes their costs lower, their books look better and it frees up more money to spend elsewhere.

But don’t worry the state is here to help local governments out by increasing the daily per diem rate for housing state felons in local jails to $39 a day.  That’s a whopping $2 daily increase.  Never mind that, at $39 a day, the state still averages saving $37 a day.*  State lawmakers and officials need to be able brag about being good stewards of taxpayer money by keeping the state budget lower and having a $2 billion surplus of your money.

Some good news: statewide recidivism was down in 2016.

Source: http://tn.gov/correction/news/49926

*The cost savings to the state may be less in counties with a contract for state sentenced felons.

Rep. Art Swann received $1,000 donation from James Haslam & voted for gas tax increase

Republican state Representative Art Swann, one of two reps. from Blount County, received a $1,000 donation from James Haslam of Pilot Oil during the 2016 election, even though Swann had no opponent.  Rep. Art Swann voted to raise the gas tax and increase vehicle registration fees.

James Haslam is a relative of oil baron, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Read more on state lawmakers regarding their votes on the gas tax & registration fee increases and donations from the Haslam family and JOBS4TN PAC, which is mostly funded by Bill Haslam, here: http://tennesseestar.com/2017/05/04/follow-the-money-campaign-receipts-may-shed-light-on-why-some-republicans-voted-for-the-gas-tax/

HASLAM II , JAMES
P.O. BOX 10146
KNOXVILLE , TN 37939
PETROLEUM DISTRIBUTION
PILOT OIL
Primary 08/03/2016 $1,000.00 $1,000.00

Reps. Bob Ramsey, Art Swann & Senator Doug Overbey vote to raise gas tax

Blount County’s state legislators aren’t exactly know for fiscal conservatism or advocating liberty.  They’re supporters of big government.  It’s not surprising to see Tennessee Representative Bob Ramsey, Representative Art Swann and Senator Doug Overbey vote to raise the gas tax and tag renewal fees.

The increase on a tag renewal for non-commercial vehicles is $5.  The sales tax on food will reduce by 1%.  That means that a two car family will have to spend $1,000 on groceries to break even on the new legislation.  A three car family will have to spend more than $1,500 to see any savings and that doesn’t include the gas tax increase.  The state tax on gasoline will increase 6 cents per gallon over 3 years and diesel will increase 10 cents over three years.

Pay close attention to your local officials.  All three of these men were Blount County Commissioners prior to being elected to state office.

Senator Doug Overbey and Representative Art Swann are nonresponsive

Some years back, prior to be elected to serve as a county commissioner, I (Tona Monroe) asked Senator Doug Overbey to obtain an opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General.  He declined saying that that he felt that AG’s opinions should be used to answer questions that local government officials have.  His response told me that he doesn’t give a flip what the people he is elected to serve want but I had hoped that after my election to local government that Overbey would be responsive to my requests for information and ideas for reform.  He isn’t.

I can’t recall him responding to anything that I have sent him since taking office in September 2014.  He did find the time to send me a letter during his campaign for reelection saying he hoped that he had earned my support.

Overbey spends his time catering to his wealthy donors and attending social events.  He represents the elite.  He is a career politician floating in the swamp of Nashville.

The people of Tennessee failed to drain the swap in Nashville during the primary elections in August.  Voter turnout was very low.  The election was lost in the drama and media coverage of federal politics.  I encourage everyone to pay more attention to state and local politics.

Representative Art Swann doesn’t respond either.  Rep. Bob Ramsey does respond to some things but never offers to work toward any reform that will improve local government.

Senator Doug Overbey: sen.doug.overbey@capitol.tn.gov  850-9411
Representative Bob Ramsey: rep.bob.ramsey@capitol.tn.gov  984-8124
Representative Art Swann: rep.art.swann@capitol.tn.gov  982-6811

Doug Overbey’s jobs claims haven’t materialized into better pay for his district

By now, those of you who vote have received your latest glossy mailer of the week from State Senator Doug Overbey entitled “Doug Overbey Focuses on Jobs.”  This looks like a brag sheet produced by the Blount Partnership with the name Doug Overbey inserted in its place.

Overbey is taking credit for crony deals using your money.  The IDB gave the farm away, literally, to get AMI here.  Some of these jobs are expansions from companies that are already heavily invested in the community.  While the Blount Partnership, Governor Bill Haslam and Doug Overbey are taking credit for Cirrus Aircraft moving in, they aren’t telling you about the better paying jobs that have and will likely continuing leaving the airport.

What about all the small business that create jobs but don’t get any special tax incentives like these crony deals given to bigger companies?  Overbey, like most Republicans, would probably claim to support economic liberty.  A free market wouldn’t favor specials interests and provide corporate welfare.  A free market would provide a level playing field for all to compete on.

A better measure of a politician’s success would be jobs created without special deals.  A strong economy wouldn’t require special tax breaks for a few connected companies, so that politicians like Overbey can brag about giving the farm away, using your money, to attract jobs.

If Overbey has done such a great job of “creating an environment that’s bringing thousands [of] quality jobs to the people of Blount and Sevier Counties”, during his time as state senator, then pay should be increasing at or above the rate of inflation.  It is not.

According to the East Tennessee Index, Blount County was the only county in the region where pay was below the rate of inflation in 2013.  In 2014, Sevier County joined Blount County as the only other county in the region where pay isn’t keeping up with the rate of inflation.  These two counties are Overbey’s district.

The next time you hear Overbey and the Blount Partnership tout jobs, take it with a grain of salt.  Neither are worth their salt.

Vote for Scott Williams for State Senator in the Republican Primary on August 4th.

It’s a ‘fine’ day and night in Blount County and throughout Tennessee

Well the Tennessee General Assembly just voted to raise the seatbelt fine from $10 to $25.  This is a great way for Republicans to enrich public treasuries without ‘raising taxes’.  It’s no surprise that Blount County’s 3 nanny $tati$t $upported the tax… err fine.  Good Ole’ Big Government Bob Ramsey, Art Swann and Doug Overbey.

Here in Blount County the Commi$$ion just took an unconstitutional grant for nighttime $eatbelt demo.  Buckle up, or you will find out what a ‘fine’ place Blount County is to live, especially since the federal government and the Tenne$$ee General A$$embly made $ure that you’ll be adding more to the public trea$ury if you don’t.

State mandated pay raises for local elected officals

The State of Tennessee is mandating that General Sessions judges be given pay raises.  General Sessions judges are already the highest paid officals in Blount County government at $158,795.75.  They are the last people in government who need pay raises.  Other elected officals are not receiving mandated pay raises thankfully.

If you want to stop the state mandated pay raises, for the wealthiest in Blount County government, contact state elected officials.
Rep. Bob Ramsey: rep.bob.ramsey@capitol.tn.gov  (615) 741-3560
Rep. Art Swann: rep.art.swann@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-5481
Senator Doug Overbey: sen.doug.overbey@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-0981

State Legislative Truth Update March 29, 2013

The Tennessee House Business and Utilities Subcommittee chaired by Blount County Representative Art Swann amended the Smart Meter bill stripping it of its opt-out provision, and then killed it.  City of Alcoa Assistant Manager Bill Hammond spoke favorably about Smart Meters, calling them dumb meters while no one was given the opportunity to speak for the bill.  Hammond said an analog meter cost $30 to $40 while the smart meters Alcoa purchase cost $110.  Representative Powell voted against the bill and told Blount County Public Record that he didn’t support an opt-out provision because Utility companies own the meters.  When this reported told him the customers pay for everything, Representative Powell said he was new and didn’t want further questions.

The fluoride bills which included Representative Susan Lynn’s bill regulating legislatively identified disease and health conditions and Representative John DeBerry’s referendum bill were sent to summer study committee, after Speaker Beth  Harwell said she wants the issue of fluoridation to be studied.

Representative Courtney Rogers bill to prohibit State and local government officials from assisting the military in enforcing the indefinite detention section 1021 in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, failed in the State Government Committee.

A bill granting an owner of property taken by eminent domain a right of first refusal and regulates counter offers and arbitration failed in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee.

The Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act, which places limitations on the use of drones, passed the House Civil Justice Subcommittee and will be heard by the full Committee on April 3.  The bill is set to be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 2.  The policing for profit bill which stops civil assets forfeiture without due process passed the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee and is set to be heard by the full Committee on April 3 and is on the Senate Judiciary April 2nd calendar.

Governor Bill Haslam announced that Tennessee will not expand Medicare at this time, but left the door open to future expansion, saying “This isn’t the end of the story.”

Tennessee is ranked the 3rd freest State in the nation, according to Freedom in the 50 States, a report issued by the Mercatus Center, of George Mason University.  Tennessee received high marks for low taxes and right to work while receiving low marks for occupational licensure, alcohol regulations, and several personal freedoms.  Only North and South Dakota ranked higher than Tennessee.  Download the report at www.freedominthe50states.com.

This is Tona Monroe with Blount County Public Record.  I am delighted to bring you these weekly State legislative updates and thank Truth Radio for the opportunity.  For more information on these bills, visit www.bcpublicrecord.com.

Listen to the audio here.

State Gov’t Legislative Update March 15, 2013

3 Minute Truth Update March 8, 2013
Listen to the update here:

On Wednesday, Tennessee House Bill 42 dealing with federal intrusion on gun ownership was defeated by the State House Civil Justice Subcommittee.  This is the second defeat at attempts to reign in federal government regulations on guns after Senator Mae Beavers bill 250 died in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The House Civil Justice Subcommittee is set to hear HB10 another gun bill, which prohibits state and local funds from being expended to implement federal gun laws but allows state and local government officials to assist the federal government in federal gun regulations, if the federal government pays for the regulations.

Senator Beavers has placed her Senate Bill 227 in the general sub of the Judiciary.  General sub is where bills are placed when Senators aren’t going to proceed with their bills. This bill put a limit on the length of the service of the Grand Jury Foreperson.  Beaver’s office said she didn’t have the votes to pass the bill this year.  Blount County Senator Doug Overbey the Vice Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee told this reporter that after talking with those whose opinions he values, he believes the system is working well as it is and that the Grand Jury doesn’t need to be reformed.  Senator Overbey’s number is (615) 741-0981.  Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey stripped Beavers of her Chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee and made attorney Brian Kelsey the Chairman and attorney Doug Overbey Vice Chairman earlier this year.

Utility Bill HB1186 allowing for a referendum on fluoridation of water and HB373 allowing customers to opt-out of smart meters are scheduled to be heard on Tuesday by the Business and Utilities Subcommittee in the House.  The fluoridation bill HB1186 has been flagged by the Governor, which means he is philosophically opposed to it.  Blount County Representative Art Swann chairs the Business and Utilities Subcommittee.  His number is (615) 741-5481.

HB1078 which stops civil asset forfeiture without a warrant prior to seizure is scheduled to be heard by the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Tuesday the 19th.  This bill is in response to policing for profit, where police seize assets they claim are being used in the commission of a crime, leaving it up to the property owner to prove otherwise.  The current law and practice allows police to seize your property without due process.  HB1078 currently has 10 cosponsors.

This is Tona Monroe with Blount County Public Record.  I am delighted to bring you these weekly State legislative updates and thank Truth Radio for the opportunity.  For more information on these bills visit www.bcpublicrecord.com.

Letter to Business and Utilities Chairman Art Swann on Fluoridation Referendum Bill HB1186

Dear Chairman Swann,
As a Blount Countian, I feel as though I have little to no representation in Nashville.  I have thought that you were better than Bob Ramsey and Doug Overbey who are dyed in the wool career politicians and because you are a small business owner and understand that red tape kills small businesses.

Doug Overbey use to respond to my emails when he was a Representative but as soon as he because a Senator his head became to big to respond other than once in a blue moon.  Big Government Bob Ramsey is pathetic.  He rarely responds and when he does, a elementary school kid could write a better response.  3 Representatives have joked or said very sharp things about Ramsey when I’ve had conversations with them about how he is so wishy washy and doesn’t take a stand on anything useful.  Harwell loves him, but those with principles don’t.  She’s a hypocrite, going around talking about how bad fluoride is, then donating the maximum allowable limit by law to ensure that the dentist is strongly for forcing us to have fluoridation is reelected.  Even the former Chairman and the Vice Chairman of the Blount County Republican Party in separate conversations told me that Bob is lazy.  The people of Blount County can’t depend on Bob or Doug to assist them on anything.

I did believe that you were different, but I am not so sure anymore.  Your failure to cosponsor HB1186 when a constituent of yours asked you to, when the bill doesn’t require you to take a position on fluoride is absurd.  You know that utilities deserve stricter scrutiny than regular businesses because they are given government granted monopolies.  All HB1186 does is let the people have a voice where they have none with unelected boards that are so closed looped that they get to choose the nominees for the mayor to make his appointment from.

This isn’t even a difficult bill.  It just says the people can decide if they wish to continue being poisoned.  It’s a sad day for Blount County and Tennesseans when their legislators resist them against simple bills like this.  It doesn’t commit the State to spend anything and it doesn’t commit you to having to take a stand.  It passes the buck to the people, where it rightfully belongs.

Stand for freedom.  Don’t be Bob or Doug.  Blount County deserves at least one elected official who stands for something beyond the status quo in Nashville.

Vote for HB1186 and encourage your Committee members to support it as well.

Also, vote for HB373.  So as not to write a treatise, I’ll give you one good reason to vote for it.  I want you to.  I have the right to determine what is on my house and what isn’t and I don’t want a smart meter.  You were elected by the people, not the utility companies.  Support the smart meter bill because the people deserve to choose whether they want one of these contraptions or not.  I don’t and that’s all this bill does is says I don’t have to have one.

Both of these bills are necessary because of unaccountable utilities created by governments who set them up with very little accountability.  It’s time to demand some accountability to the customers.

Let freedom ring!

Bills this week

From Karen Bracken:

THIS IS IT FOLKS.  WE ARE DOWN TO THE FINAL DAY.

On Monday….We need to bombard their email and make one final push for phone calls.  If these bills die in subcommittee they are done and will never go to the House for a vote to passage.  I have made sending an email as easy as possible.  I suggest you send two emails to the subcommittee.  1 to address the 2 Fluoride bill/resolution (HB1186/HJR0130).  1 to address the Smart Meter Choice bill (HB373).   HOPE TO SEE YOU ON TUESDAY IN NASHVILLE.

The same subcommittee members will be hearing all 3 of these bills (HB1186 – Rep. DeBerry – Fluoride Referendum) (HJR0130 – Rep. Lynn – Resolution to request further study of fluoridating our water supply) and (HB373 – Rep. Womick – Smart Meter Choice)

I have attached information on Fluoride and Smart Meter for you to attach to your email.  Be sure to send your email using the BCC option.

I have also included a sample letter you can use to address the Fluoride issue.  You will be sending two separate emails to the same group list.

The Smart Meter bill does not ban Smart Meters it allows choice and choice without penalty.

Rep. Art Swann – Chairman R 615-741-5481
Rep. Kent Calfee  R 615-741-7658
Rep. Charles Curtiss  D  615-741-1963
Rep. Barry Doss  R 615-741-7476
Rep. Pat Marsh  R 615-741-6824
Rep. Jason Powell  D  615-741-6861
Rep. Curry Todd  R 615-741-1866
Rep. Tim Wirgau  R 615-741-6804

COPY-PASTE for ease of sending 1 email to all….BE SURE TO SEND BCC.

rep.art.swann@capitol.tn.gov,
rep.kent.calfee@capitol.tn.gov,
rep.charles.curtiss@capitol.tn.gov,
rep.barry.doss@capitol.tn.gov,
rep.pat.marsh@capitol.tn.gov,
rep.jason.powell@capitol.tn.gov,
rep.curry.todd@capitol.tn.gov,
rep.tim.wirgau@capitol.tn.gov

10 Facts about Fluoride     Just Say No Thirty Talking Points _1_

This video of testimony to the Texas state legislature is excellent.  It is 54 minutes long but the education you will get is well worth it.  I sent this to Rep. Womick and Sen. Ketron.  I also sent it to all the members of the subcommittee that will hear this bill on Tuesday.

http://texansagainstsmartmeters.com/?p=498

From Citizens Groups in Blount County:

FLUORIDATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION
3311 Laws Chapel Rd.
Maryville, TN  37803
Dear  Representatives,

                                 HB 1186 by DeBerry       SB 1211 by Campfield

We are asking for your support on the subject bill currently in our Tennessee House and Senate committees.

The citizens of Blount County feel that they should have a choice when it comes to ingesting chemicals.  Hydro-fluosilicic acid, not natural fluoride, is being added to our water supply by local utility districts.  Fluoridation without Representation actually filed a court case in 2008 to request information regarding the elements that are present in this product, knowing that it contains mercury, arsenic, lead, etc.  Our lawsuit was dismissed on the basis that the utility company was not required to answer our Discovery questions.  Therefore, not only are the utility board members not elected, they have no accountability to their customers.

Customers of the utility districts are being drugged, without their permission, with a toxic waste chemical that has never been approved by the FDA.  Even a medical doctor’s creed states:  “Do no harm”.  Fluoridation has been proven to have harmful health affects for people, such kidney disease, thyroid problems, arthritis, cancers, IQ deficiencies, as well as fluorosis of the teeth.  The National Kidney foundation has pulled their support of fluoridation and the ADA has announced that baby formulas should not be mixed with fluoridated tap water.  Citizens who want fluoride added to their diet have fluoride tablets and toothpastes available; while people who do not want to ingest this poison, are forced to purchase expensive filtration systems for their homes, if they can even afford to do so.

The subject bill does not stop fluoridation.  It gives the citizens of Tennessee who live in fluoridated areas the opportunity to have a referendum of choice.  We believe that people deserve the right to determine whether or not fluoridation will cease or continue.

I would be more than happy to provide information or meet with you personally to discuss this fluoridation referendum bill.  Thank you for your consideration.

                                                                        Sincerely,

                                                                        Linda King
Fluoridation without Representation
“Citizens for Blount County’s Future”
Supporting            Blount County Public Record
Grassroots groups:  Blount County Tax Revolt
Smoky Mountain Tea Party
WBCR 1470-AM Radio

Info forwarded to me by a friend who received this from someone in Europe.

Great – we are all going to benefit from the roll out of Smart Meters in the UK and Ireland…….
Just like Flouride (in the water and toothpaste and other products) the amount of medical data that proves these are incredibly harmful is being completely ignored – please do your own research , see some links below. You are advised to immediately write to your utility suppliers stating that you do NOT want any Smart Meter installed (SEE SAMPLE LETTERS BELOW) and that you do not want the negative effects from units installed into homes next to yours:
Please copy and paste this mail and send it out from your own email address, we can only change this madness if we get the facts and ACT.
What British Gas say in their customer charter:

http://www.britishgas.co.uk/content/dam/british-gas/documents/customer-charter.pdf

Smart Meter Ireland:

Small sample of Evidence for the harm smart meters are causing:
Dr Dietrich Klinghart MD, Phd –  Smart Meters and EMR:Health Crisis of our time:
Emf Smart Meter radiation levels outside of our home
Harvard Public Health Physician warns of Smart Meter Dangers
The Smart Grid – Global spy network of each citizen- evidence and Legal Notice Documents:
Bay Area Father has Smart Meter removed to Protect Family
Austrian Medical AssociationCalls for Smart Meter Halt
The real story behind SMART Meters
Agenda 21 – Global Smart Grid – Deborah Tavares Interview:
In the PRESS:
Namaste Magazine:
Nexus Magazine:
National Geographic Magazine:
CTV News
WHICH Magazine:
INFORMATION WEB SITES
 
SAMPLE LETTER TO SEND TO YOUR COUNTY COUNCIL,TD,MP,ELECTRIC COMPANY …
Propaganda video to convince customers that smart meters are safe:
Look at the information above and then work out how many consumers without access to truthful information will see this propaganda and go ahead with installation. How many times have we heard it before:
 
BSE – beef burgers and beef products are COMPLELY SAFE – mad cow disease then spreads to population
FLORIDE in Water is COMPLTELY SAFE – 100 + studies saying it is not , ONLY 2-5% of Europe has fluoride in water – HOLLAND has ‘banned fluoride’ in its constitution.
YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS ARE SAFE WITH US .. oh and theres a green pig flying past my window:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_UK_government_data_losses
 
GMO LABELLING will inform you if you are eating GM food … No it won’t as the law allows a GM content in the EU of less than 1% with NO labelling!! This is like saying it OK to have up to 1% arsenic in your cornflakes!
IRAQ HAS WMD – Weapons of Mass Destruction – based on this lie 300,000+ people have died
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT OF THE BANKSTERS with your money – you and your children’s children will pay for their greed.
 
… and the LIST goes on
Email by Dr. Ken Monar:
Sirs, Madams, Friends:
These are some matters to consider on the “Smart Meters” technology being deployed in your communities as energy usage meters on the sides or within buildings. I’ve included several attachments (pdf) and the content of a previous email on the matter (RTF).
My personal belief is that this technology should be banned. Opt out will not necessarily help the situation as regarding details on how it is being implemented (see discussions below).
In the end, it will cost consumers more by operational reporting costs and long term in upgrades necessary to avoid rate hikes. It is UNTESTED and does not conform to engineering best practices.
My personal belief is that the requisite “mechanisms” of harm will lie in “susceptibilities” within macromolecular condensed states of DNA (and perhaps other plant and insect macromolecules or cellular and mitochondrial macromolecular aggregates directly or indirectly by effects on same and reaction rates). Modes of interactions might involve combinations of: electronic excitations, Polarization, dielectric relaxations, heat, and Dielectrophoresis. Pulses must not occur in the VLF region of the human brain operations such as diurnal rhythm.
Enclosed you’ll find a copy of a summary work of Robert O. Becker, M.D. This individual, who for all his pioneering work in elucidating the mechanisms of the piezoelectric effect in bones and in enhancement of limb regeneration should have been a candidate for the Nobel Prize, was instead ousted from his career at it’s peak. Gone are the heyday of unpoliticized research where researchers could pursue ends to the logical conclusion. His questions began with the origin of “non-union” fractures in a Veterans hospital. His accounts were also summarized in 2 books: The Body Electric and Cross Currents: the promise of Electromedicine and the perils of Electropollution. We ignore this at our peril.
You are faced with endorsing technologies whose operations and future scope you cannot yet imagine. Conservative voices are needed. In such cases, slower and more incremental progress should be the guidance.
Please share with friends.
Kenneth Monar M.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Maryville, TN

The Body Electric. Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life (with Gary Selden). Morrow, New York 1985, ISBN 0-688-06971-1

Cross Currents. The Promise of Electromedicine, the Perils of Electropollution. Torcher, Los Angeles 1990, ISBN 0-87477-536-1

http://www.earthpulse.net/Becker.htm

 

Just past Monday, the following interview appeared on Nationally Syndicated Radio show regarding topic:

http://Archives2013.gcnlive.com/Archives2013/mar13/RadioLiberty/0304131.mp3

Which serves to illustrate my earlier point that THIS UNSTUDIED TECHNOLOGY makes even an “opt out program” a dangerous precedent.


NASA powerpoint presentation discussing the use of EMR (electromagnetic radiation) against populations

http://www.stopthecrime.net/nasa.html

*examine the powerpoint document “The Future of War” at this location


2 part radio interview from the Eagle Forum (Phyllis Schafly)

Weekly Radio Updates on State Government: 4 Important Bills

Starting today, Blount County (BC) Public Record will begin a series of weekly State government updates while the  Tennessee General Assembly is in session.  These updates will air on WBCR Truth Radio AM 1470.

You can listen to the audio recording here.

Yesterday, author Tona Monroe’s first Examiner article was published on HB1186, scheduled to be heard next Tuesday the 12 by the Business and Utilities Subcommittee.  Additionally she will continue writing articles for News with Views.

Articles on Blount County Public Record have been sparse lately, but the frequency of articles will be increasing soon.  Occasionally life requires priorities to be directed elsewhere, but BC Public Record will be providing more State government news in the upcoming months.

The text of the audio is provided here for your reading convenience, with duplication of words necessary for radio removed.

3 Minute Truth Update March 8, 2013

The Tennessee General Assembly has 4 important bills scheduled for hearings on Tuesday the 12th.  Two of these bills address concerns that people are expressing about public utility companies which have monopolies over the services they provide.  Utility companies deserve stricter legislative scrutiny than do regular businesses because they are given government granted monopolies.

Local citizens have tried for several years to get the fluoride removed from the water provided by South Blount Co. Utility District.  After years of watching good people exhaust every peaceful option, this reporter wrote a bill that offers the public an opportunity to vote on whether they want fluoridation in their community to continue.  The result is HB1186.

Some water boards stop adding fluoride to their water after legislator Joey Hensley, a Medical Doctor, wrote a letter to the Boards in Tennessee informing them of some of the dangers of water fluoridation.  Others have been unresponsive, and lack accountability because they aren’t elected by voters.

Representative Susan Lynn has a nonbinding resolution stating that the State of Tennessee neither supports nor opposes fluoridation.  The Chairman of the Business and Utilities Subcommittee that will hear the fluoride bill, Blount County Representative Art Swann, is supporting Rep. Lynn’s non-committal resolution but has not fully given his position on the HB1186.  Rep. Swann’s number is (615) 741-5481.

The same subcommittee in the House is scheduled to hear smart meter bill HB373.  Opponents of smarts meters raise health and privacy concerns.  This bill allows customer to have smart meters removed from their homes, returning to analog meters.

In the Senate, the Senate Judiciary Committee has Senator Mae Beavers SB227 limiting the service of the Grand Jury foreperson scheduled to be heard on the 12th.  The Grand Jury was intended to function as an independent 4th branch of government, but the judicial branch has been given control over the Grand Jury in Tennessee, with the local Criminal Circuit Court Judge appointing its foreperson and being allowed to reappoint the same person for decades.  While not enough to fully return the Grand Jury to its full independence, Beavers bill is a step in the right direction.

The Senate Finance Ways and Means Committee with hear Senator Frank Niceleys bill SB469 that removes the State sales tax on gold and silver coins used as a medium of exchange.  This bill would allow you to buy, sale and trade in real money without being taxed by State government.

Blount County Public Record is delighted to bring you weekly updates on your State government and thanks Truth Radio for the opportunity.  For more information on these bills and for legislative contact information, visit www.bcpublicrecord.com.

Correction: Susan Lynn has both a non-binding resolution and a water bill requiring chemical companies to the safety of their products.  It is the bill that Rep. Art Swann has co-sponsored.