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Legislature Meets To Consider Covid 19 Matters

This information is from 28th District State Sen. Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald, whose district includes Giles and five other counties.

State lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill for the Third Extraordinary Session of the 112th General Assembly to consider legislation regarding vaccines, mask mandates and other matters relative to COVID-19.

As you may remember, the First Extraordinary Session in January addressed COVID-19 learning losses by focusing on intensive education interventions which will boost student achievement and improve reading skills.

The second, which concluded Oct. 20, was to cement the major jobs investment by Ford Motor Company at the Megasite in Tennessee.

The Third Extraordinary Session of 2021 was almost unique among 64 extraordinary sessions called since we became a state. This is only the third time in Tennessee history that the legislature, rather than the Governor, has called itself into an extraordinary session.

The General Assembly worked to ensure no stone was left unturned to protect the rights of Tennesseans against President Joseph Biden’s unconstitutional vaccines mandates.

Negative effects of the mandates have been seen nationwide. For example, law enforcement officers and emergency personnel who have served faithfully throughout the pandemic are losing their jobs in some localities if they do not comply with this mandate.

No consideration is provided to workers who have immunities after contracting the virus, with some infected on the job.

We should not stand for it in Tennessee and must explore every avenue in the legislature and through the courts, to fight against this excessive federal overreach.

In other news, the state’s latest revenue report indicates Tennessee is in the best financial condition in recent history.

Revenues in September, which is the second month of the current 2021-2022 fiscal year, exceeded budgeted estimates by $610 million. Tennessee has approximately $1.2 billion in excess revenues from the previous fiscal year.

So, when the legislature returns in January for our 2022 session, we will be looking at options to invest these dollars in a way that will benefit many Tennesseans.

I hope to see some of these monies returned to taxpayers in the form of tax relief.

We must, however, continue to be very thoughtful and prudent in the way we spend taxpayer dollars.

Tennessee is among the best managed states in the nation due to the fiscally conservative practices observed by our legislature over the past few decades. As we face unprecedented inflation due to the reckless actions at the federal level, we must plan carefully for a possible downturn in the economy.

The Tennessee Department of Labor reports that our unemployment rate has decreased from 4.6 percent in August 2021 to 4.4 percent in September 2021.

We will continue to seek ways to bring new and better paying job opportunities to the people of Tennessee as we work to keep our state’s economy growing.

Finally, as we move into November, let’s remember our veterans as we approach Veteran’s Day. The very freedoms we are working to protect in this Extraordinary Session come from the sacrifices of those who have served this nation in our armed forces. May God bless them and their families.

Hensley may be contacted at 425 Rep. John Lewis Way N., Suite 742, Nashville, Tenn., N 37243, by calling 615-741-3100, calling toll free 1-800-449-8366 ext. 13100 or by faxing 615-253-0231.

His district address is 855 Summertown Highway, Hohenwald Tenn, 38462; his telephone number is 931-796-2018, his cell phone is 931-212-8823, and his e-mail is sen.joey.hensley@capitol.tn.gov

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