Rep. Hakeem: General Assembly Legislative Update

Friday, February 14, 2020 - by Rep. Yusuf Hakeem

Legislation to Watch 
I am incredibly excited to announce that I have been added as a Co-Prime Sponsor to HB2529 by Representative Ron Travis (R). When I first heard that a Republican had filed a bill to expand Medicaid in Tennessee, I couldn't believe it! This is a wonderful example of bipartisanship and putting the needs of Tennesseans before politics that I addressed in last week's newsletter. Tennessee needs a bolder vision, and this is it. Currently, by not expanding Medicaid, the State is leaving $1.4 billion federal dollars on the table that the State could use to help ensure more than 300,000 Tennesseans.

A Week Full of Meetings
Wow! What a hectic week! This week marked a significant departure from the first month of Session. Now that bill filing is over I can now turn my full attention to meeting with various interest groups on different community and health related issues, and passing bills. 

One such issue, is that of Alzheimer's Awareness. On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of setting down with a few representatives from the Alzheimer's Association and talk about ways to help those afflicted with Alzheimer's.

I was also able to speak to the President of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, during their day on the hill, on a number of election related bills. One bill we spoke about and that I am sponsoring is HB2094. HB2094 would imposes a public notice and public input requirements on a redistricting committee and upon consideration of a final redistricting plan. The propose of this bill is to create a more fair and transparent redistricting process.

Community Spotlight 
This week we had some fantastic guests come to the hill to visit. I was pleased to see that the Chattanooga Mayor's Youth Council participated in Student Storm the Hill. I am grateful to represent such an amazing and bright group of students. On Tuesday, I met with Dr. Kelly Arnold, who was featured as the Tennessee Medical Association's Doctor of the Day. I am grateful for her many contributions to the Chattanooga community as well as abroad. She is also the inspiration behind Clinica Medicos. Finally, I had Chancellor Steve Engels, of the University Of Tennessee Chattanooga visit me at the hill. Chancellor Engels has done a fantastic job, and continue to be a leader for our great university. I believe that he will continue to better UTC so that many of our excellent students can carry the great legacy of this city.


Elect Tom Decosimo

Mask Protesters Are Omitting A Critical Fact

Marie Mott Has Shown She Should Not Be Elected To The City Council


As early voting in Hamilton County is about to begin, we should take careful note of the positions held by all those running for school board, regardless of district. Views held by those elected ... (click for more)

Many of you protest the mandate to wear masks based on the fact that you were not born with a mask, and thus God does not want you to wear a mask. You may not remember, but when you were born, ... (click for more)

Marie Mott should not be elected to District 8 City Council. She has been unwilling to negotiate or be respectful of other perspectives or the rule of law. She has slandered several ... (click for more)



Opinion

Elect Tom Decosimo

As early voting in Hamilton County is about to begin, we should take careful note of the positions held by all those running for school board, regardless of district. Views held by those elected to office affect all residents of Hamilton County not just your district alone. That is why I support the election of Tom Decosimo for the District 2 seat on the Hamilton County School Board. ... (click for more)

Mask Protesters Are Omitting A Critical Fact

Many of you protest the mandate to wear masks based on the fact that you were not born with a mask, and thus God does not want you to wear a mask. You may not remember, but when you were born, everyone else in the delivery room was wearing a mask! All of those caring people generously wore a mask in order to protect your newborn health and welfare. The first thing you saw ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Protest Leaders Mott, Williams Face 2 Set Of Charges On Sunday, Including Stealing Flag And Burning It

The two leaders of the ongoing nightly protests in Chattanooga were arrested on two different sets of charges on Sunday. Marie Mott and Cameron Williams were charged by Chattanooga Police with obstructing an intersection and blocking an emergency vehicle. Later in the day, they were charged by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office in connection with taking the Sheriff's ... (click for more)

Hammond Says Several Suspects Under Investigation In Incident In Which Flag At Jail Was Taken, Burned

Sheriff Jim Hammond said "several suspects" are under investigation in an incident in which a Sheriff's flag was taken down at the County Jail on Walnut Street and later burned at Miller Park. He said, "The incident started at the jail and continued on to Miller Park. Rather than involve two agencies, the Sheriff's Office will take the lead on it." The sheriff said city police ... (click for more)

Sports

Sports Are Back: CFC Wins First Professional Sporting Event In Tennessee Since March

As the tallest player on the pitch, the Chattanooga Football Club’s towering and burly Ian McGrath rumbled down the pitch with aplomb, an inviting target for a pass five minutes into CFC’s 3-1 win over the Georgia Revolution. He graciously welcomed a sterling diagonal pass from fullback Richard Dixon, who was a good 20 to 30 yards away from McGrath when he let the pass go. ... (click for more)

Tee Times Announced For 2020 CWGA City Women's Amateur Golf Championship

The 2020 City Women's Amateur Golf Championship will be held on Tuesday at Black Creek Country Club. Listed below are the first round tee times. Hole 1 Name H.I. C.H. TEE 8:00 AM Ryon, Carlene 7.4 6 White-CWGA ... (click for more)