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By Pat Marsh, State Representative
“The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.” ~ Richard M. DeVos
I passed my first bill of the session, HB 0500, which is a life insurance related bill that helps keep Tennessee domiciled life insurance companies competitive with those domiciled in other states. It is pretty complicated and really does not change much in the law, but helps these companies with their investments with large banks.
At the Monday night session, I introduced Kay Dennis and Charlotte Chrestman of Shelbyville on the House Floor. Kay sat on the floor with me, and Charlotte watched from the gallery with my wife, Mary. I want to thank Charlotte and Kay for coming up to Nashville and visiting with me and watching our state government at work.
This 107th session began Jan. 9 and will probably end around May 1, if not sooner due to it being the 2nd year of session and an election year. This gives extra time for the Legislators to campaign in the new areas they will be representing. Also, by getting done earlier, we save the state a lot of money.
The legislative work week begins Mondays at 4 p.m. and ends on Thursdays around noon. I use the off time on Fridays and the weekends to attend special events, banquets, do some work in Shelbyville and spend time with my family and friends.
I have an apartment near the Capitol which makes it easier for me to get to work and to attend banquets and events that are quite frequent. I would rather walk to work instead of driving to get some much needed exercise and to get away from the terrible traffic that always seems to be in Nashville.
My intern this session is Kenneth Williams. He is from Shelbyville, and after his internship with me, will be graduating from MTSU with a degree in Political Science. He is doing a great job and learning a lot about our state government.
My assistant, for those of you who have not met or correspond with her, is Brita Foti. She started working for me about a year ago after graduating from MTSU. She helps me with all areas from constituent correspondence to filing and running bills during session. Please do not hesitate to call my office and speak with her if you ever need help with anything.
After attending the 4-H awards banquet hosted by First Baptist Church and food sponsored by The First National Bank in Lincoln County last Friday night, I learned that out of a population of 33,000 people in Lincoln County, 2,152 of them are members of 4-H. To me, that is incredible, and I want to thank Dan Owen and Darrell Hale for their leadership in making it such a successful program. I also want to congratulate all the fine young men and women on their awards.
I appreciated Benita Caldwell and Denise Hobbs coming by my office last week and letting me know about all they do at The Center for Family Development. They may be having some funding problems with the state, and I am working to get this ironed out.
I enjoyed my visit at Shelbyville council member Joann Holland’s Super Bowl Party. I got to see a lot of folks I haven’t seen in a long time and enjoyed Joann’s fine hospitality.
Also, I want to express my thanks to Jimmy Bills, Al Horsman, Stan Golden, Billy Joe Evans and Wayne Damron of Lincoln County for having Senator Jim Tracey and me down for the Great Superbowl Breakfast last Saturday. They had over a 100 men at “Tha Holler” restaurant in Kelso, Tennessee, and served a large breakfast to a wild crowd.
We had some nice receptions this week, including one hosted by The Insurors of Tennessee, where I got to visit with Battle Bagley of Fayetteville. Another huge reception was put on by the Tennessee Bankers Association, and I got to visit with Donna Stone, Scott Cocanougher and Keith Canter of First Community Bank of Shelbyville. It sure is fun to get to see friendly back-home folks while I am here in Nashville.
Please feel free to stop by my office or give me a call if you have any questions or concerns. You can reach me at (615) 741-6824 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am honored to represent the people of the 62nd district.