Tennessee’s Republican leaders presided “over another successful legislative session that made state better, stronger”
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The final gavel has come down in the Tennessee Legislature, signaling a close to the 108th General Assembly.
“Remarkably talented hands are guiding our state,” said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney. “From Day One, Governor Haslam has laid out a vision of opportunity for Tennessee and our legislative leaders have worked tirelessly to make it come to fruition. I commend the Lt. Governor and Speaker for their leadership and for presiding over a another successful legislative session that has made our state better and stronger.”
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell both adjourned their respective chambers “sine die” meaning the work of the General Assembly has come to an end. The 108th General Assembly was an efficient legislative body, as it finished up work in 69 legislative work days. Among the accomplishments:
- Governor Bill Haslam’s signature legislative proposal known as the “Tennessee Promise” passed both chambers this week. The bill allows graduating high school seniors to have free tuition at Tennessee’s two-year colleges or trade schools.
- The Legislature crafted a balanced budget that is 2% smaller than the last fiscal year budget yet still increases spending for education by $47 million.
- A number of education reform measures passed the Legislature that will ensure Tennessee continues on its path as the most improved state in education in the country.
- By maintaining Tennessee’s status as a low-tax, pro-growth state, a number of businesses have relocated to or expanded in Tennessee in the past few months, allowing for stronger career creation throughout the state.
“Governor Haslam, Lieutenant Governor Ramsey, and Speaker Harwell all deserve a lot of credit for keeping the Legislature focused on both crafting a balanced budget that meets the needs of our citizens and responding to the priorities of all Tennesseans,” concluded Devaney.