Yager asks for input in upcoming session (VIDEO)

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Senator Yager asks for constituent input in upcoming legislative session

(NASHVILLE) — The 2016 session of the 109th General Assembly opened on Tuesday, January 12 with a host of issue on tap for legislators.  Among the top priorities for legislators this year is continuing the state’s forward momentum on job development and education attainment to further improve the state’s economy, while managing state government as efficiently and effectively as possible.  Some of the other key issues expected to be on the 2016 legislative agenda are criminal justice reform, truth in sentencing, healthcare, transportation, prescription drug abuse and taxes.

State spending will be the predominant driver for legislative action in 2016.   Revenues in Tennessee have shown a healthy trend over the last several months.  The State Funding Board met in November and projected next year’s growth will range from $376 to $525 million.  Although the legislature will continue a conservative fiscal approach to spending taxpayer dollars, the healthy revenue growth is very good news as the General Assembly looks ahead at the 2016-17 budget year.  Governor Bill Haslam will deliver his recommendations for Tennessee’s budget on February 1.

I will continue the practice of sending out Senate reports during the 2016 legislative year and appreciate the local papers who publish them.  We now send video updates to our papers and audio statements to radio stations during the legislative session which I hope you will access.

You can also keep up with what’s going on in Nashville by going to the General Assembly’s award winning website at www.capitol.tn.gov.  I urge you to take a look at the redesigned website which offers Tennesseans with live video streaming of our meetings and a tremendous amount of information regarding our legislature and the issues before us.  For example, you can easily track every bill I file through this website.  In addition, many of your local access and PBS stations re-broadcast the meetings.  These technological advancements make this General Assembly the most transparent in our state’s history.

Please write, tweet, email or call me with your comments or questions.  My address is G-19 War Memorial Building, Nashville, TN 37243, my phone number is (615) 741-1449 (toll free 1-800 449-TENN ext. 11449), my email address is sen.ken.yager@capitol.tn.gov, and my Twitter account is at @Yagertweet.  We try to answer every call and I can assure you if you send me a letter or email, I will read it myself.  And don’t forget you can contact me, too, at my personal website, kenyager.com

Finally, sometime after the legislative session begins I will distribute my constituent questionnaire which will ask your opinions of issues we may face in the legislature.  Please invest some time to complete the questionnaire and return it.  Volunteers will compile the statistics and I personally read every written comment.  Go to my website at www.kenyager.com to look at the results from the 2013 survey.

I am privileged to represent the best district in the state (no bias at all)!  The twelfth district is composed of seven of the finest counties in East Tennessee and the Upper Cumberland.   It’s important that I hear from you.  Thank you for letting me serve.

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