Rep. Hakeem: General Assembly Legislative Update

Friday, January 24, 2020

Remembering the Powerful Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

On Monday, we honored and celebrated the incredible legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While this week would mark 52 years since his passing, his message of unity rings just as bright as when he first stood up to the societal injustices against African Americans.

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was more than a civil rights activist; he was a man who stood for people of all walks of life. Rev. King legacy is that courage, integrity, and fighting for what's right. Rev. King's words not only sparked a revolution but also transcended his time, giving future generations a road map of how to improve society for everyone. His "I have a dream speech" is one of the greatest speeches given and shows who he truly was. I hope everybody enjoyed the day off from work. 

Update on Senate Bill 1304
In last week's legislative update, I wrote about Senate Bill 1304, as it passed through the Tennessee State Senate, and this week the Governor has indicated that he plans on signing it into law. Last year, the House Companion Bill was voted on and passed through the House with 67 Ayes, 22 Noes, and 3 Present and not Voting.

That day I joined my follow Democratic colleagues in voting against HB 0836. While my traditional religious background gave me pause before reaching my ultimate decision to vote against the bill, the red flags are unmistakable. The law would discriminate against same-sex couples, who are four times more likely to adopt, at the cost of the children, and will be subject to countless legal battles. What should determine adoption is the ability to provide a quality life full of unconditional love and support for a child.

Community Spotlight
I want to congratulate two of Chattanooga's rising stars, Chelsea Owten and Makayla Martin, for being selected to represent MTSU as legislative interns. 

I also want to congratulate the Chattanooga Unity Group and the impeccable leadership of Sherman Mathews and Eric Atkins for their role in putting together the 50th anniversary of the Dr. MLK Jr. celebration in Chattanooga. The event brought together people from all walks of life and is an indicator of the success of their program. We can move forward as a people and as a nation if we continue to follow God.


Historical Facts And Context Matter When Discussing Teacher Pay - And Response

Roy Exum: The Runner-Up Room

Dr. Johnson Should Meets Goals Before Getting A Raise


For nearly a year, there has been significant attention given to teachers’ pay in Hamilton County. The Hamilton County School Board increased the teacher pay across the board by 2.5 percent that ... (click for more)

It wasn’t until nightfall yesterday that I was able to rationalize that maybe it was good I couldn’t be in the crowd for Saturday’s ribbon-cutting of our National Medal of Honor Heritage Center. ... (click for more)

I have a granddaughter who attends a Hamilton County school. She attends Westview Elementary and I must say that it is an excellent school. I just do not understand why Dr. Johnson should get ... (click for more)




Opinion

Historical Facts And Context Matter When Discussing Teacher Pay - And Response

For nearly a year, there has been significant attention given to teachers’ pay in Hamilton County. The Hamilton County School Board increased the teacher pay across the board by 2.5 percent that followed a failed and misguided push last summer for a $34 million tax increase, advertised for that purpose. No one wants teachers to be underpaid and setting the proper level is always ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Runner-Up Room

It wasn’t until nightfall yesterday that I was able to rationalize that maybe it was good I couldn’t be in the crowd for Saturday’s ribbon-cutting of our National Medal of Honor Heritage Center. Who wants to see some guy in a wheelchair, blubbering with emotion and sloppy in my repose, over the presence of 13 Medal of Honor recipients in the greatest display of patriotism our city ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Billy Hawk, Who Once Faced Life In Prison After Cold Case Murder Conviction, Walks Free

Billy Hawk’s nearly 40-year-long saga came to an end after Hawk pled nolo contendere to a lesser plea of voluntary manslaughter in Hamilton County Criminal Court on Monday morning. This plea will set Hawk free, as he has already served the five-year prison sentence required. Under terms of the plea, Hawk will be forbidden from speaking to the victim’s family. District Attorney ... (click for more)

Report Says Former Soddy Daisy Police Chief Gann Met At Hotel With Wife Of Officer Who Had Suffered A Stroke

An internal affairs report says former Soddy Daisy Police Chief Jeff Gann met at a hotel in Dayton with the wife of a Soddy Daisy officer who had recently suffered a stroke. The investigation was carried out by the Sheriff's Office at the request of Soddy Daisy City Manager Janice Cagle. Ms. Cagle said she was told on Feb. 3 that Gann had been seen at mid-day on Jan. 30 at ... (click for more)

Sports

Lady Vols Hold Off Vanderbilt, 67-63

Tennessee held off in-state rival Vanderbilt on Sunday afternoon, winning in Thompson-Boling Arena, 67-63. Junior forward Rennia Davis led Tennessee (18-9, 8-6 SEC), posting a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Jordan Horston was close behind with 16 points, while sophomore forward Rae Burrell finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. Chelsie ... (click for more)

The Science Of Trae Young

In c ontradiction to common belief, NBA players are not extraterrestrial super humans. But Trae Young is dangerously close to it. As the fifth 2018 NBA draft pick, and currently the second place holder for assists and points per game in the entire NBA, Trae’s career with the Atlanta Hawks has been anything but predictable. Whether it’s been his height or summer league ... (click for more)