(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) – State Senator Jim Summerville (R-Dickson) today offered a preview of the legislation he will be carrying when the General Assembly reconvenes on January 14.
“My priorities include taking more unnecessary regulations off business,” said Summerville. “Many of them serve no purpose, some are downright silly, and others are job killers.”
The senator, a former teacher, plans to continue supporting K-12 reforms, including enabling parents to choose school options for their children. He named vouchers, charter schools, homeschooling, and faith-based academies as some of these options. “And, of course, public schools with an excellent teacher in every classroom will always remain a choice too,” he added.
“We’ve asked public school teachers to help Tennessee make a lot of improvements.” Declaring that he’d like now to return the favor, the senator will propose a “Teachers’ Paperwork Reduction Act.”
“Recently I spent some time with the faculty of Greenbrier Elementary School in Robertson County. Teachers told me that they often have to come back at night or on weekends just to fill out all the required government forms.”
Senator Summerville announced in September that he will call for a tuition freeze at public colleges and universities. He recently added, “It’s a moral wrong to force our college students to pile up loans that they may spend a lifetime repaying.”
Other matters of interest to Senator Summerville include:
- Abolishing the Hall income tax on certain investments next year, rather than gradually;
- Requiring certain periodicals be wrapped and sealed in plain jackets and sales restricted to persons 18 and over; and
- Amending the State Constitution to forbid discrimination against, or grant preferential treatment to any individual or group based on race, sex, color or national origin.