Greetings Fortieth District!
As many of you are aware, the second half of the 110th General Assembly is now in session. January 9th at noon, we began with a prayer asking for wisdom from God Almighty to instruct and to guide us concerning the “People’s Business” over these next four months. Some might say when the legislature is in session they are either doing something for you, or doing something to you. Hopefully, you can agree that my mission is to do what’s best for you, our community, and for the great state of Tennessee.
When representing you in Nashville, I am focused on what’s important towards keeping Tennessee on the right path; Conservative Common-Sense principles such as: Maintaining Tennessee’s proud tradition of low taxes, improving education, and protecting you from government overreach.
I am pleased to say that so far, we have accomplished some great things. A few that I am most proud of are: eliminating the Inheritance Tax, standing strong for legal citizenship, and being a voice against illegal immigration that costs the taxpayers millions of dollars in subsidies. A piece of legislation that I carried concerning our 10th Amendment on Refugee Resettlement is even moving forward in higher courts. According to the Constitution, to which I swore to protect, Tennessee is a sovereign state and we are exercising our right by challenging the Federal Government on refugees being placed in our state without our consent all the while making us pay for it. Tennessee is paving the way on this 10th amendment quest and states across the nation are watching.
Every two years since elected, I make it my mission to tour all schools in the district. That is vital step to be taken in order to be a voice for principals, teachers, and students. Carrying legislation to repeal Common Core, decrease ridiculous amounts of testing, and be a supporter of our teachers has been and will continue to be my stance. “The proof is in the puddin’” and there are 8 legislative sessions of my vote to prove I support our public schools! To be honest, the fun of learning has been sucked out of education and our teachers are stressed, under paid, and retiring early. The schools in District 40 know, on my watch, I will continue to listen and work for them.
Protecting Life is another issue that I am proud to be a voice for; especially the life of the unborn who have no voice. Just last week recent Federal Appeals Court upheld the 2014 vote in favor of Amendment 1! We have been in limbo for 3 years and have not been able to enforce stricter abortion laws, for example the 48-hour waiting period for those seeking abortion. The court decided with the will of the people. Our Constitution was amended, and that issue was finally put to rest! “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects the right to abortion.” Persistence and an unwavering focus to protect life was accomplished.
Statistics show that over 24% of voters know someone who is struggling with opioid addiction. Our youngest victims are born craving drugs rather than milk. Drug abuse in our state is overwhelming the child welfare system at unprecedented rates. It is my opinion prescribers, manufactures, and the mothers who ingest these drugs, should be held accountable. Two years ago, I carried legislation that brought accountability to mothers doing illegal drugs while pregnant with a caveat for incentive to get treatment. Unfortunately, the numbers across our state still continue to increase! According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, there has been a 200% increase with more than 33,000 people dying of opioid overdoses and is destroying families nationwide. Providing help to our children while in the womb is a passionate issue of mine and I will continue to fight for the drug addicted child who faces extreme challenges. Someone must be held accountable!
In closing, when asked what accomplishment are you most proud of while serving the state of Tennessee? There isn’t “ONE” thing I am most proud of; however, I am grateful and proud to be a small part of a larger scheme on the issues that matter most to Tennesseans. I thank you for giving me this honor to serve. I ask you to continue to stand with me as I seek to represent you this year in the August Primary of 2018.
Your state office has a new address, 554 Cordell Hull Building, Nashville Tennessee, 37243.
I am always open to hear your voice, do not hesitate to contact your office 615-741-2192.
Terri Lynn Weaver
Coffee Conversations resume in February as follows:
First Friday @ 8 am - Smithville, TN, Dekalb County, Angi’s Diner
Second Friday @ 8 am - Hartsville, TN, Trousdale County, Early Bird Cafe
Third Friday @ 8 am - Carthage, TN, Smith County, Smith County Chamber Building
Fourth Friday @ 7:30 am - Gallatin, TN, Sumner County, Sumner Regional Hospital
Greetings Fortieth District!
I am proud to say that on our annual school tour, we were able to hand out nearly 1,000 pocket constitutions to our students. Students were so eager to receive them and to be able to read for themselves the rights given to them according to Amendments I – XVII.
I made sure to emphasize that we are not a democracy but a Constitutional Republic, “if you can keep it.” I explained how fortunate we are to live in this country while telling my story of visiting my Aunt and Uncle in Eastern Germany before the Berlin Wall was torn down in 1989. Experiencing Communism and Socialism first-hand made a lasting impression on me during my Summer stay; an experience I hope we never have to suffer through in the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” Former President Reagan’s words still remain true and timeless to this day, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
The time I spent in the classrooms across our district was well worth it. Not only does it allow our students to learn more about our Legislative Branch representing the 40th district, but it also encourages them to engage with their elected officials. Teachers and students were very appreciative, but I truly am the one who is humbled to be able to visit the schools and interact with them every year.
A great resource for ordering pocket constitutions can be found by visiting 917society.com. Join me and together we can revive our beloved Constitution.
I would like to share some statistics that I found completely shocking.
26% of TN kids ages 12-17 use devices 4+ hours a day excluding time spent using electronics for homework.
1 in 3 TN kids watch 3+ hours of TV daily.
67% of teens in the US have their own smartphone.
7+ hours is spent in front of screens every day for kids 8-18.
By 18-months 20% of babies have daily average handheld device use of 28 mins.
Screen time can disrupt sleep patterns, increase inactivity, and decrease concentration in kids and young adults.
Because 82% of TN households, it is a wise move to set time limits for screen use. Not only should we encourage more physical activity, more quality time with the family, or taking time to enjoy a great book.
During an educational committee meeting last month, it was revealed that 57% of third graders cannot read and comprehend proficiently. Parents must play a pivotal role in preparing children for their future. Let’s get them to turn off those screens and read!
My office, along with the other members, no longer resides in the Legislative Plaza. Our new location is in the Cordell Hull Building. State House District 40 will occupy office #554 on the Fifth Floor.
Next week, I plan to get to work on the new office and making it a welcome place to those I am so honored to serve.
God uses the most surprising events to accomplish His plans. I am currently reading “The American Miracle”, by Michael Medved. In this book, it tells how destiny has played an unmistakable role in lifting our nation to greatness. There is no doubt that a distinctive destiny has been in place since that very first Thanksgiving many years ago.
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln officially designated the third Thursday in November as a day of Thanks. All across our nation, families and friends will unite around the table and to be reminded of what a blessed nation we are.
In truth, every day is a day to give thanks.
For a grateful heart is a compassionate and caring heart. A heart of thanksgiving will bend the ear of The Giver of all things good and perfect. (James 1:17)
If I were to make a list of all the things that I am thankful for, pen and paper could not contain them.
So, let us enter His gates with Thanksgiving in our heart and enter His courts with praise! Psalm 100
May you and your loved ones have a safe and precious time with family and friends this Thanksgiving holiday.
Terri Lynn Weaver
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