Terri Lynn Weaver TN State Rep.

Greetings Folks of the Fortieth!

Do you ever use your phone as a replay of your week gone by? Those pictures are truly priceless in order to recap the week for my Legislative Loop and to remember all that took place.

You know by now two full committees, Transportation and Education, and their sub-committees, Safety and Funding, to which I chair, and the K-12 subcommittee, are keeping this representative of yours moving in high gear.

We began the week on Monday by visiting TDOT’s Traffic Management Center. This center measures traffic volume, giving us those helpful reports on the radio during our commute to Nashville. If you ever have a vehicle breakdown, and all of the sudden this yellow tank with flashing lights pulls up behind you without you even making a call, that would be The Highway Incident Response Unit:  the rescue “A” team for anyone whose vehicle all the sudden becomes “kaput” on the interstate. They truly live up to their name. Remember the “pull over” rule when you see HELP on the highways and any of our emergency or law enforcement folks on the side of the road.

House Bill 163 passed in the Safety and Funding Subcommittee, which expands the current violation of driving in a school zone with a handheld device to any road, highway, or street. Texting while driving has become the new DUI with Tennessee leading the nation for deaths related to handheld devices while driving. My vehicle is an older model without the newfangled technologies like Bluetooth. But I must admit, my phone time while driving has decreased considerably. This legislation exempts anyone witnessing emergencies that may need to phone emergency services while driving. Many states, such as Georgia, have already made holding a device while driving illegal, and Tennessee could very well be next to join the ranks.

House Bill 268 permits local education agencies to install cameras on school buses to record vehicles that unlawfully pass a stopped school bus. It allows evidence to be reviewed by law enforcement officers only after evidence is submitted to an LEA by the bus driver. We watched horrific video footage of children being struck down by vehicles passing a school bus while stopped. Pay attention, slow down, stay off your phone, and stop when school bus lights are flashing and the stop sign arm is on the side of the school bus.
Passed out of my committee and on to Full Transportation is House Bill 839, which prevents the suspension of a driver’s license for failure to pay fines or costs imposed for a driving offense. A temporary driver’s license is issued until the total fines can be paid via a payment plan for those who can’t pay the fees right away.  Choices have consequences; therefore, all must be responsible to pay those fines. We do not, however, want to prevent one from going to work in order to pay the cost of the violation. This legislation will enable you to work and still be responsible to pay the costs of traffic violations.

House Bill 1016 is a bill I am introducing that requires students to PASS a civics test in order to receive a diploma upon graduation from High School. It will consist of all 100 questions from the United States civics test, and each student must answer 70 to 75 percent of the questions correctly. We currently have civics exams, but they are not required to PASS THOSE TESTS! Fewer and fewer individuals are obtaining basic institutional knowledge of how to be a citizen and to appreciate our founding principles. According to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, a majority of Americans would fail a test based on questions included in the U.S. citizenship test. WE must do better!

House Bill 947, which passed out of Education Full Committee, is proposing $40M for school safety grants to help secure school resource officers and additional safety measures. This legislation provides the structure needed to bring overall success and overall safety in our state.

House Bill 658, legislation that balances the interests of our citizens to voice their opinion while protecting the fundamental rights of police officers and their families from malicious or politically focused persecution, was passed Thursday on the House Floor. Community Oversight Boards have been around since the 1950s, but currently there are no guidelines in Tennessee on who can serve on them and what their specific function is.

A big shout out to Commissioner Bright and the TDOT Gang who joined me at one of my Coffee Conversations last Friday!!! Thank you to all the local officials who attended as we discussed plans going forward for Exit 258 in Smith County.

UPDATE: During our 2016 legislative session, I sponsored a resolution to sue the federal government over refugee resettlement. Although legal matters can move very slowly, I am happy to announce that our case is scheduled this week in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Please follow the links below for more information.



Well, as I previously mentioned, last week whirled by, and I am sure this week will as well. My week ahead will be documented again for next week’s, “Loop.”

Terri Lynn


Greetings Fabulous Fortieth District

The organizational preliminaries kicking off the 111th General Assembly are behind us. We the people of Tennessee elected our 50th Governor of Tennessee, Bill Lee, who has just completed his first full week at the helm and in a few days the first month of 2019 will be in the rearview mirror! Time is ticking away. Today on this frosty chilly day, I write to you, the first edition for this new year before Mike and I head out the door for worship service.

The House and Senate Chambers are in full gear. We are now at the beginning of what I believe will be great days ahead for our beloved State. New administrations bring fresh starts and the new Speaker of the House, Glenn Casada, is also looking forward to a very productive session as well. The new committee assignments of all 99 members, plus the committee schedules are complete. Please use the friendly website www.legislature.state.tn.us for all sorts of information where you will find Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s committees locations and time.

New sub committees have been added to help facilitate and articulate various issues and give members of these committees a more precise look at each piece of legislation and the ability to distinguish “the wheat from the tares.” I requested to remain chair of the Transportation Subcommittee, now called Safety & Funding. Representative Sam Whitson, District 65, will chair the other Sub Committee (Infrastructure) and Representative Dan Howell, will be our new Chairman of Full Transportation. I am thrilled Weaver, Whitson, and Howell’s offices are right next to each other on the North Wing of the Fifth Floor, in the Cordell Hull Building.

I also requested to remain on Full K-12 Education Committee, which Representative Mark White, District 83, is the new Chairman of the House Education Committee. Serving on Education and Transportation while representing the fabulous folks of District Forty, truly is most humbling. Thank you for allowing me to be your voice and represent you!

House Chamber Sessions convene every Monday at 4 p.m. and Thursday at 9 a.m. Please contact my office, 615-741-2192 and speak with Grace, my assistant, to schedule any capitol visits. I have hopes you will visit and take advantage of the wonderful opportunity to watch the three separate branches of government at work by joining me for a day on the Hill, Nashville that is.

“Government is not the answer to our greatest challenges. Governments role is to protect our rights, and our liberty, and our freedom. I believe in a limited government that provides unlimited opportunity for we the people to address the greatest challenges of our day.”
Governor Bill Lee Inauguration Speech Jan 19th, 2019

One of my passions for students in our classrooms who do not necessarily want four years of post education direction, is Vocational Tech School.  Students can learn a trade in High School and are skilled and ready for a good paying job as soon as their diplomas are issued. School Administrator Clint Satterfield invited Senator Haile and I to visit Trousdale County where they have a great vocational template already in gear.

The Senator and I, who both serve on the main education committee, had the opportunity to listen and interact with students, principals, and teachers. It was wonderful see vocational education in action from the classes offered to Junior and Seniors taking duel enrollment with pathways to Hartsville Technical College (TCAT).

We concluded our visit with Mae Perry, Director of the Hartsville TCAT. Hats off to the visionaries in Trousdale who have made this such a successful way forward towards graduation and employment through courses such as Industrial Maintenance, Certified Nursing, Robotics, and Business Administration. How cool is that to graduate high school and have a certified license with a good paying job, in rural Tennessee! That most definitely is a win for all!.

I am excited to work with our new Governor to ensure our high schools have the resources needed to duplicate the Trousdale Template throughout our great state. Not all counties have the added blessing of a TCAT close by like Trousdale County, but with local businesses encouraged to invest in our students, it can only be a plus for them for future employees trained to their liking. Indeed, we are going from good to great! Believe in Tennessee! 

Currently I am working on my legislative package and have until the middle of next month to complete it and have those bills filed. Thank you for this amazing privilege you afford me, to work hard for you, with work worth doing!.

Terri Lynn Weaver

Greetings and Grace to you.

I am truly humbled and I am greatly thankful for your overwhelming confidence to continue representing you in Nashville. Working hard for you is work worth doing and again I thank you for the honor to serve you.

Since you elected me in 2008, serving House District 40 is one I take very seriously. Indeed these are the times that “try men souls” so it is vital you have a voice that reflects your concerns and solutions to the issues we face in our great state of Tennessee. You have a representative that mirrors your principles, values and beliefs. I listen to you and see you where you live, work, play and raise your family. Whether being available to you through my Friday Coffee Conversations, community events, at church or at the grocery store I know the district heartbeat of those whom I represent. 

Pressing forward while remaining faithful to our values, such as limited government, living within the means of state budget, protecting our Constitution, State Sovereignty, and traditional family values is paramount to me and keeps me fired up in this call to work for you. Sponsoring legislation that continues to make Tennessee a shining light for other states to see has been and will remain my mission statement to you.

Soon the gavel will drop and the 110th General Assembly will be in session. But prior to that  second Tuesday in January, now is a time much thought and prayer is poured over the key issues your State Representative will herald as a prime sponsor. With the many relevant concerns of Federal overreach in Healthcare, immigration, education, EPA regulations, and the much needed reform of entitlements, it is the states that can resist unconstitutional acts and protect liberty. It is the states that will make the difference and get this great nation back on track.

In closing I leave you with the words of President James Madison at his Inaugural Address on March 4, 1809:

“ We have all been encouraged to feel in the guardianship and guidance of that Almighty Being, whose power regulates the destiny of nations.”

Terri Lynn

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State Representative
Terri Lynn Weaver
Terri Lynn Weaver

State Representative
40th District