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Recently, the Governor announced the formation of a new Criminal Justice Investment Task Force as part of a comprehensive plan to implement meaningful reform within our criminal justice system. This task force will develop legislative and budgetary recommendations over the next two legislati…

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Last week, I wrote about legislation I introduced that will lower the cost of health care for Tennesseans. And this week, that legislation was approved by a vote of 20-3 by the Senate health committee I chair.

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“Many Tennesseans assume their home and business insurance automatically covers damage from earthquakes.  They are wrong.” ~ Jim Hawkins

When the risk is “super-obvious,” a consumer warning is unnecessary. That’s why steak knives don’t have warning labels, for example.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a mental health condition generally triggered by experiencing or seeing a terrifying event, is frequently associated with military service, although it's a condition that can be realize by anyone, and any age to include school children.

Removing the former judicial robe he wore for nearly a decade, retired Sumner County General Sessions Judge Johnny Jones smiled as a portrait of himself that will hang in his former Gallatin courtroom was unveiled last week.

We’ve all been there. Maybe we’re signing up for a cable package, or renting a car or opening a bank account. We sign a contract with a service provider — usually a large company — without really reading, or fully processing, its fine print.

“WARNING: Hands-free devices do not eliminate cognitive distraction.” — “Understanding the Distracted Brain: Why Driving While Using Hands-Free Cell Phones is Risky Behavior,” National Safety Council White Paper

During the 2019 legislative session, my colleagues and I focused on improving safety for our citizens, while also supporting our law enforcement officials and victims of crime. Together, we strengthened laws related to child and elderly abuse, domestic violence, human trafficking, and danger…

The Felony Lane Gang (FLG) is a national organization whose purpose is to steal your personal information then use it to their advantage.  Whereas most worry about losing their personal financial information online these days, the FLG gets it the old fashioned way, they steal it from your car.

Ending the practice of hospitals and providers sending surprise medical bills to patients is a perfect example of how Congress and President Trump can work together to reduce out of pocket health care costs for Americans.

“Does your dog bite?” asks Inspector Clouseau of the hotel clerk, upon seeing a dog at the clerk’s feet. “No,” the clerk responds. Clouseau bends over to pet the dog, which quickly barks and bites Clouseau in the hand. “I thought you said your dog doesn't bite!” he remarks angrily. Replies t…

The month of May since 1949 has been recognized annually as Mental Health Awareness Month in an effort to help make the public better aware of the many issues associated with mental illness.

Throughout the 2019 legislative session, there was strong debate between Republicans and Democrats over several key items up for discussion on the House floor.  

Earlier this year, the League of Women Voters formed a fact-finding committee to look at the proposed hiring of a city administrator for Hendersonville.  The committee studied the city charter, reviewed the report of the Ad Hoc Committee, interviewed the mayor, met both formally and informal…

This series of columns covers some of the dog laws in Tennessee. Since most dogs don’t read well, these columns are for dog owners – and their neigh­bors.

Parents often struggle with understanding why their teens appear angry.  Anger is defined as a strong sense of displeasure. We experience anger when things do not go the way we want or when something feels unfair. You may ask, “What does my teen have to be displeased about?”