SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE APPROVES LEGISLATION GIVING SCHOOL BOARDS MORE INDEPENDENCE IN HEALTH-RELATED SCHOOL CLOSURES

The Senate Education Committee approved legislation today giving school boards more independence regarding whether their schools should be open or closed during a public emergency.  SB103, sponsored by Senate Education Committee Chairman Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown), grants a local board of education or governing body of a public charter school the sole authority to open or close a school unless the governor issues an executive order with statewide applicability requiring in-person learning and instruction. Continue reading

Right to Work Constitutional Amendment Passes Senate Judiciary Committee

Today, a resolution to add Tennessee’s Right to Work law to the state constitution passed its first hurdle of the 112th General Assembly and was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee with a positive recommendation to the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee. Senate Joint Resolution 2, sponsored by State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown), aims to fulfill the second required passage of this measure by the legislature before it is sent to voters on the ballot for the final step of the constitutional amendment process. Continue reading

Education special session addressed pandemic-related student learning losses

The General Assembly passed major legislation this week to address unprecedented student learning losses as a result of COVID-19 related school closures and time spent away from the classroom. This week’s action also included passage of legislation focusing on foundational reading skills; a bill ensuring students, teachers, schools, and districts are held harmless from any negative consequences associated with 2020-2021 student assessments; and a measure providing funds to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to increase teacher pay.  Continue reading

Senator Kelsey appointed to lead Senate Education Committee

State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) has been appointed Chairman of the Senate Education Committee for the 112th General Assembly.  The announcement was made by Lt. Governor Randy McNally as the legislature met in an organizational session on Wednesday. Continue reading

Sen. Kelsey and Rep. Vaughan file legislation to give school boards more independence in public emergency-related school closures

State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) and Representative Kevin Vaughan (R-Collierville) today filed legislation giving school boards more independence regarding whether their schools should be open or closed during a public emergency. Senate Bill SB103, which would take effect upon being signed into law, also applies to public charter schools in Tennessee. Continue reading

Legislators file bill to allow first responders to live where they chose

State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) today filed SB0029 which would allow first responders to live where they choose. The bill would ban residency requirements statewide for police officers and firefighters. Kelsey says the bill is a matter of public safety and will allow police and fire departments to recruit top tier first responder candidates, regardless of where they live. The lawmaker says, in particular, it will help Tennessee address a deficit of police officers occurring throughout the country. Continue reading

COUNCILMAN CANALE JOINS SENATOR KELSEY AND REPRESENTATIVE GILLESPIE IN EFFORTS TO DETER DRAG RACING

Councilman Ford Canale is pleased to announce his collaborative efforts with Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) and Representative John Gillespie (R-Memphis) to discourage drag racing. Today, Senator Kelsey filed Senate Bill 14 for consideration by the State General Assembly to classify drag racing as a Class A misdemeanor. Continue reading

Right to Work: One Step Closer to the Finish Line

The start of the 112th Tennessee General Assembly is quickly approaching, and I am excited to continue working to add Tennessee’s Right to Work law to the state constitution. This month, I filed Senate Joint Resolution 2 for consideration by the 112th General Assembly for its second required passage. If passed by a two-thirds majority, it can be sent to voters on the ballot in November 2022. Continue reading

Sen. Kelsey to file Right to Work Constitutional Amendment for its second required passage by General Assembly

The start of the 112th Tennessee General Assembly is quickly approaching, and State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) is getting a head start on following through with his work in the 111th General Assembly to add Tennessee’s Right to Work law to the state constitution. Today, Kelsey will file a Senate Joint Resolution for consideration by the 112th General Assembly to add the Right to Work law to the constitution for its second required passage by the legislature before it can be sent to voters on the ballot. Continue reading

2020 Legislative Review

My 16th year in the Legislature may have been the most difficult one yet. Far too many Tennesseans are struggling with unemployment, caring for themselves or a loved one with COVID-19, or simply experiencing the loneliness that comes from lack of community. Amid this global pandemic, however, I think you can be proud of the work being done by our state. Continue reading