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Congressman John Rose announces local office hours

Cookeville, Tenn. –The staff of Congressman John Rose (TN-6) will be in Smith County on Friday, September 13th to meet with local citizens who need assistance with federal services. 

“I am thrilled to have a talented district staff serving the good folks of Tennessee’s Sixth District. We are focused on providing top-notch constituent services for all 19 counties,” said Rose. “Knowing that at times it may be difficult to travel to one of our two district offices, I have directed my district staff to periodically set up office hours in other locations throughout our 19 county-district. This will allow everyone in the Sixth District to have face-to-face access to my district staff and the services we provide.” 

“The next opportunity for constituents to take advantage of these remote office hours will be in Smith County,” Rose announced. “My staff will be meeting with constituents at the Smith County Administration Building on Friday, September 13 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Central Time. Constituents who do not need a face-to-face meeting may call the Cookeville office to discuss any questions at 931-854-9430.” 

Congressman John Rose represents Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District and resides in Cookeville with his wife, Chelsea, and their son, Guy. The Sixth District includes Cannon, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, White, and Wilson counties as well as portions of Cheatham and Van Buren counties. 

To view a complete schedule of Representative John Rose’s local office hours, click here.

August 2019 Meeting of the Smith County Commission

The Smith County Commission met on the evening of Monday, August 12, 2019.

You can watch the full meeting below.

Thanks to Powell & Meadows Insurance Agency for sponsoring Smith County Insider’s live broadcast of this meeting.

The Smith County Commission meets on the 2nd Monday of every month except December. 

The next meeting of the Smith County Commission will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 9, 2019, inside the General Sessions Courtroom of the Smith County Jail and Courts Facility. All meetings of the Smith County Commission are streamed live at https://www.facebook.com/smithcountyinsider/.

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Senator Mark Pody invites community to meet TN Commissioners of Agriculture and Tourism on July 25

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–State Senator Mark Pody (R-Lebanon) invites the citizens of Smith County to attend a community gathering on Thursday, July 25, 2019, where they can meet the TN Department of Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher and the TN Department of Tourism Commissioner Mark Ezell. 

Local leaders and engaged citizens are invited to participate and learn about opportunities and programs for their county administered by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Tourism. Also in attendance will be Representative Teri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster).

“The Department of Agriculture is the number one revenue generator out of all state agencies, and the Department of Tourism is number two,” said Senator Pody. “I think it is very important for rural counties to build relationships with these two departments, so I invited the commissioners to Smith County to initiate those relationships and ensure the county is taking advantage of all the state has to offer from the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Tourism.”

Both Commissioner Hatcher and Commissioner Ezell are newly appointed to their positions by Governor Bill Lee.  

The event will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Smith County Ag Center (159 Ag Center Lane; Carthage, TN). 

“This will be a great opportunity for Smith County residents to get to know these commissioners as well as interact with local leaders and elected officials,” added Pody.

July 2019 Meeting of the Carthage City Council

The Carthage City Council met on the evening of Thursday, July 11, 2019.

You can watch the full video of the meeting below.

The Carthage City Council meets on the first Thursday of every month. The next meeting of the council will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at Carthage City Hall, located at 314 Spring Street in Carthage. 

All meetings of the Carthage City Council are streamed live at https://www.facebook.com/smithcountyinsider/.

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Commissioners pass 59 cent property tax increase

In a five-hour meeting on the night of Monday, July 8, 2019, the Smith County Commission voted for a 59 cent property tax increase, which sets the tax levy in Smith County at $2.73.

Commissioners voted on this same issue during a meeting on Monday, June 24, 2019. During that meeting, the proposed 59 cent increase failed by a vote of 11-12.

During the last meeting, commissioners appointed Dustin Dillehay to fill a vacant seat in District 8, meaning that all 24 seats on the commission are now filled.

On Monday night, the increase passed by a vote of 15-9. 

A motion to set the tax levy at $2.73 was made by Terry Givens and seconded by Ron Shumake.

Commissioners voted on setting the tax levy at $2.73 as follows:

District 1 – Pleasant Shade/Defeated/Difficult

  • Shannon Greene – No
  • Terry Givens – Yes
  • Glenn Reece – Yes

District 2 – Dixon Springs/Monoville/Tanglewood/Turkey Creek

  • Billy Bass – No
  • Greta Kirby – Yes
  • Jason Stewart – No

District 3 – New Middleton/Brush Creek/Hickman

  • James K. Winfree – Yes
  • Dalton Paschal – Yes
  • Daniel D. Cripps – No

District 4 – Rock City/Rome

  • Erika Ebel – No
  • Ron Shumake – Yes
  • Shannon Minchey – Yes

District 5 – Gordonsville/Lancaster/Hickman

  • Ronald G. Cowan – No
  • Linda Nixon – Yes
  • Colby McKinney – Yes

District 6 – Carthage 

  • Barbara Kannapel – Yes
  • Charles Kent – Yes
  • Bill Reece – No

District 7 – South Carthage

  • Tommy Bane – Yes
  • Joseph E. Nixon – Yes
  • Dennis Hackett – Yes

District 8 – Chestnut Mound/Elmwood

  • David W. Gross – No
  • Frank Woodard – No
  • Dustin Dillehay – Yes

Prior to the vote for the 59 cent increase, Erika Ebel made a motion to set the tax levy at $2.14, meaning it would remain the same and there would be no property tax increase. This motion was seconded by David Gross.

This motion failed by a vote of 2-22. Ebel and Gross voted in favor of the motion, and the other commissioners voted against it. 

Then, a motion was made by Jason Stewart and seconded by Billy Bass to amend the 59 cent amount to 43 cents, which would set the tax levy at $2.57. 

At that time, the motion made by Terry Givens to set the tax levy at $2.73 was already on the table, so commissioners voted on whether or not to amend the original motion.

The motion to amend the tax levy from $2.73 to $2.57 failed by a vote of 11-13.

Commissioners Ron Cowan, Shannon Minchey, Billy Bass, Glenn Reece, Terry Givens, Jason Stewart, Dennis Hackett, David Gross, Dustin Dillehey, Erika Ebel, and Daniel Cripps voted in favor of the amendment.

Commissioners Frank Woodard, Joseph Nixon, Bill Reece, Dalton Paschall, James Winfrey, Ron Shumake, Colby McKinney, Barbara Kannapel, Tommy Bane, Charles Kent, Linda Nixon, Gretta Kirby, Shannon Greene voted “no” on the amendment.

Prior to discussions about setting the tax levy, the full commission reviewed the budget proposal made by the Budget and Finance Committee by going through each budget individually.

During individual discussions, the commission voted to cut an additional $25,000 beyond what was included in the Budget and Finance Committee’s original proposal.

Some additions were also made, such as the increase in the County Commission budget to account for extra meetings that will be conducted. Moving forward, the commission plans to meet for workshops with the budget and finance committee during the months the commission does not meet in regular session.

Also during Monday night’s meeting, Joey Nixon brought forward a proposal for county attorney Branden Bellar to draw up two resolutions for the commission to vote on at the next meeting in September. These resolutions will concern adding referendums for a 3/4 cent sales tax and a $50 wheel tax, which, if approved by the commission, could appear on the ballot of the March 2020 primary election. 

Several commissioners as well as the mayor expressed the hope that, if these taxes are passed by the people, then the property tax rate could be set lower in the future, as the property tax levy must be set by the commission every year.

The meeting was adjourned just after midnight.

You can watch the full video of the meeting below:

Check back to Smith County Insider for continued coverage. All meetings of the Smith County Commission are streamed live at https://www.facebook.com/smithcountyinsider/.

Commissioners vote down proposed property tax increase

During a meeting on the night of Monday, June 24, 2019, the Smith County Commission voted down the 59 cent property tax increase that was included in the county’s proposed 2019-2020 budget.

The 59 cent tax levy was unanimously recommended to the full commission by the Budget and Finance Committee. One commissioner from each district sits on this committee.

A motion to pass the 59 cent property tax increase was made by Charles Kent and seconded by Barbara Kannapel.

11 commissioners voted “Yes” and 12 commissioners voted “No” to the proposed property tax increase; therefore, the motion failed.

After the vote, Mayor Mason immediately entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting.

At the conclusion of the meeting, many citizens in attendance erupted into applause. 

The county now has until August 31, 2019, to pass a budget. 

Moving forward, the Budget and Finance Committee is expected to reconvene and attempt to recommend a new budget that will be passed by the commission. 

The Smith County Commission will meet again on Monday, July 8, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the General Sessions Courtroom of the Smith County Jail and Courts Facility. 

The meeting is open to the public and will be streamed live at facebook.com/smithcountyinsider. 

You can watch the full June 2019 Meeting of the Smith County Commission below:

 

County Commissioners voted on the proposed property tax increase as follows: 

District 1 – Pleasant Shade/Defeated/Difficult

  • Shannon Greene – No
  • Terry Givens – Yes
  • Glenn Reece – No

District 2 – Dixon Springs/Monoville/Tanglewood/Turkey Creek

  • Billy Bass – No
  • Greta Kirby – Yes
  • Jason Stewart – No

District 3 – New Middleton/Brush Creek/Hickman

  • James K. Winfree – Yes
  • Dalton Paschal – Yes
  • Daniel D. Cripps – No

District 4 – Rock City/Rome

  • Erika Ebel – No
  • Ron Shumake – Yes
  • Shannon Minchey – No

District 5 – Gordonsville/Lancaster/Hickman

  • Ronald G. Cowan – No
  • Linda Nixon – Yes
  • Colby McKinney – Yes

District 6 – Carthage 

  • Barbara Kannapel – Yes
  • Charles Kent – Yes
  • Bill Reece – No

District 7 – South Carthage

  • Tommy Bane – Yes
  • Joseph E. Nixon – Yes
  • Dennis Hackett – No

District 8 – Chestnut Mound/Elmwood

  • David W. Gross – No
  • Frank Woodard – No

District 4 holds Town Hall Meeting concerning proposed county budget

Last Thursday, the County Commissioners of District 4 (Rome/Rock City) organized a town hall meeting concerning the proposed 2019-2020 budget for Smith County, which includes a 59 cent property tax increase.

During the Town Hall Meeting, Smith County Mayor Jeff Mason, Smith County Trustee Lee Ann Williams, and District 4 Commissioners Erika Ebel, Ron Shumake, and Shannon Minchey took comments and fielded questions from a crowd of concerned county citizens.

Five Commissioners from other districts and other county officials were present at the meeting, as well.

Watch the full replay of Thursday night’s District 4 Town Hall Meeting by clicking the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUWn4_tCGH4

You can find contact information for all Smith County Commissioners by visiting http://www.smithcotn.com/government/county-commissioners/. 

A Public Hearing about the county’s proposed budget is scheduled for Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at the Smith County Jail and Courts Facility. 

The Smith County Commission will vote on the proposed 2019-2020 budget, which includes a 59 cent property tax increase, on Monday, June 24, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at the Smith County Jail and Courts Facility. 

Both the Public Hearing and the June 24 County Commission Meeting will be streamed live at https://www.facebook.com/smithcountyinsider/.

June 2019 Meeting of the Carthage City Council

The Carthage City Council held its June meeting on the evening of Thursday, June 6, 2019.

You can watch the full meeting below.

The Carthage City Council meets at 6:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. The council’s next meeting will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2019, due to the Independence Day holiday.

Additionally, the council will hold a two public hearings and a special-called meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.  The two public hearings concern the city’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year and the city’s proposed local option sales tax ordinance. 

During the special-called meeting, the council will vote on the 2nd Reading of Budget Ordinance B-20190606, the 2nd Reading of Local Option Sales Tax Ordinance T-20180606-1, and the 1st Reading of Carthage Budget Amendment Ordinance BA-20190618-0. 

All meetings of the Carthage City Council are streamed live at https://www.facebook.com/smithcountyinsider/.

Smith County Budget and Finance Committee to recommend a 59 cent property tax increase

During a meeting on the night of Thursday, May 30, 2019, the Smith County Budget and Finance Committee unanimously voted to recommend a 59 cent property tax increase. 

This decision follows weeks of meetings in which the committee deliberated the best option needed to pass a county budget for the upcoming fiscal year.  

The proposed property tax increase will go before the full Smith County Commission for approval during the next meeting on Monday, June 24.

A simple majority vote is needed in order for the recommendation of the Budget and Finance Committee to pass. Twenty-three commissioners are currently seated, meaning that the proposal would pass with 12 affirmative votes. 

A Public Hearing will be held prior to the Commission’s vote in order for the voice of the people to be heard concerning this issue. This hearing will take place on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at the Smith County Jail and Courts Facility.

During Thursday’s meeting, the Budget and Finance Committee also reviewed a resolution that would provide a 1% or 2% tax break for property owners who choose to pay their taxes several months before the late-February deadline. 

The committee voted to also present a form of this resolution for approval by the County Commission during the June meeting. 

The proposed property tax increase will mean that no large cuts are made to county department budgets.

Several department heads expressed that a 25% budget cut would be detrimental to their daily operations; officials reported that these cuts would likely mean laying off many employees, closing the county Fitness Center and Senior Center, shutting the doors of one of the county’s three ambulance stations, and even closing the county jail. 

Ultimately, the Budget and Finance Committee views the proposed property tax increase as a short-term solution. 

According to the committee’s projections, the property tax increase should allow the county to build a $2 million fund balance within the next two years. 

In order to reach this number, the committee has also trimmed approximately $1 million from the existing budget. 

Members of the Budget and Finance Committee also discussed long-term solutions, such as assessing a wheel tax and/or a sales tax, which could allow the property tax rate to drop in the future. 

The possibility of an occupancy tax for hotels, motels, and campgrounds was also discussed. 

At the end of the meeting, county leaders expressed a commitment to transparency and a desire to pursue a solution that will fix the county’s financial problems.

You can read Smith County Insider’s previous coverage of the county’s budget meetings here. 

So… What would this 59 cent proposed tax rate increase actually cost citizens? 

The formula for calculating property tax is as follows:

Assessed Property Value x .25 x Tax Rate

For example, if a person in Smith County owns property at an assessed value of $150,000, with the current property tax rate at 2.14, that person would pay $802.50 in property tax. 

[150,000 x .25 x .0214 = $802.50]

The proposed increase would raise the property tax rate to 2.73. To put this in context, the person who owns $150,000 of property would now pay $1023.75, which amounts to an additional $221.25. 

[150,000 x .25 x .0273 = $1023.75 = an additional $221.25]

Smith County Budget and Finance Committee holds work session to discuss county budget 

The Budget and Finance Committee conducted a work session on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce. 

All Smith County Commissioners and all county department heads were invited and encouraged to attend. 

The purpose of the work session was to discuss options that would allow the committee to pass a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The county’s financial strain was recently brought to light when county officials realized that projected budget numbers were not matching up with the county’s actual fund balance. 

The Budget and Finance Committee revealed that the county could be nearly $900,000 in the red by the end of the next budget year if no action was taken.

As it turns out, this deficit was a few years in the making. 

Ben Rogers, a representative from the statewide County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS), was invited to the budget work session to address the County Commission and field questions about the county’s situation. 

Rogers reviewed audit numbers from the past two budget years, 2017 and 2018, in order to explain how the county landed in this position. 

Complete numbers from previous Smith County audits can be found on the state Comptroller’s website. You can view them by clicking here

The numbers show that the county has been over-budgeting revenue and under-budgeting expenses for several years, leading to a deficit in funds. 

For example, in 2018 a budget was passed estimating that the county would bring in $1,514,025 in patient charges related to ambulance calls in the county. In reality, the county collected $1,056,408 in ambulance service revenues, amounting to an over-estimation of more than $450,000. 

Similarly, in 2018 the county set the budget based on a predicted $1,097,450 to be collected from state prisoner boarding. In reality, the county collected $1,062,761 in revenue, amounting to a difference in just under $35,000. 

This difference is much smaller than the $450,000 deficit, but several such differences throughout the budget add up. 

Additionally, these revenue numbers remained over-estimated when the county set the 2018-2019 fiscal year budget, leading to additional deficits that accumulated this past budget year. 

Therefore, if nothing changes, the county will begin the new budget year with approximately $20,000 in the county’s general fund.

To address this cash flow problem, the options, as Rogers put simply, are for the county to cut expenditures and/or raise revenue.

The Budget and Finance Committee has made approximately $1 million worth of cuts in the existing budget, but some source of raised revenue is necessary to adequately address the problem the county is facing. 

Some options to raise revenue are through property, sales, and wheel taxes. 

The $50 wheel tax and 3/4 cent sales tax in Smith County were recently removed, but those taxes were being used to fund the county’s Education Debt service for the expansive school remodeling project started in the early 2000s. That debt will be paid as of June 30. 

Since both taxes were passed by referendum, the County Commission does not have the authority to redirect those funds to use the money for anything other than what was specified at the time of voting.

Therefore, by law, the County Commission by itself only has control of the property tax rate. 

The addition of a wheel tax or a sales tax must be passed through referendum (i.e. public vote). This process takes time, and the county would be unable to pass a new wheel tax or a sales tax before the budget for the upcoming year must be balanced. This deadline is at the end of August. 

In short, the county needs an immediate solution. The Budget and Finance Committee views the wheel tax and sales tax as long-term options to possibly be pursued in the future. 

During Tuesday night’s work session, Budget and Finance Chairman Joey Nixon presented three options as potential, immediate solutions to the county’s financial problems. Nixon described these as “two bad options and a horrible option.”

  • Option A: a large property tax increase
  • Option B: 25% cuts across the board for county departments
  • Option C: do nothing and let the state take over the operation of Smith County government

Concerning Option A, the Budget and Finance Committee feels that it would take no less than a 59 cent property tax increase in order to generate the necessary revenue.

At the work session, the committee opened the floor to various county department heads to speak about how a potential 25% cut would affect their day-to-day operations.

These department heads painted a bleak picture; the proposed cuts would likely mean laying off many employees, closing the county Fitness Center and Senior Center, shutting the doors of one of the county’s three ambulance stations, and even closing the county jail.

If the County Commission cannot make a decision and balance the county’s budget, the Commission will risk the state forcing Option C. In that case, the state Comptroller’s office would control all decisions about budget cuts, as well as set the property tax rate in the county.

Commissioners viewed the third option as the worst-case scenario. Ben Rogers told the Commission that, in his opinion, to do nothing was to divert their responsibility as elected officials.

You can watch the full Budget and Finance work session below. 

Rose Reaffirms the President’s Authority to Build the Wall

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Rose voted again today to support President Trump’s efforts to build a wall. Rose’s support of the President’s authority came as he voted against House Democrats’ efforts to override the President’s veto of a bill intended to block the President’s emergency declaration to secure the border.

“In order to protect the funding for the border wall that President Trump secured by declaring a national emergency at our southern border, I voted against Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s latest attempt to terminate President Trump’s ability to declare such an emergency. I support the President’s authority to declare a national emergency to resolve the crisis at our nation’s border.  This emergency declaration is fully within the President’s lawful powers, and I stand with the people of Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District in our shared desire to fully secure our border.”

The President, following recommendations by national security officials, requested $5.7 billion to secure our southern border. Democrats refused to meet the President’s funding requests, allocating only $1.3 billion. Following this, the President declared a national emergency on February 15 invoking powers granted to the President under federal statute.

The House Democratic Majority responded by bringing legislation to the House Floor on February 26 to terminate the President’s emergency declaration, which Congressman Rose voted against. The bill passed the House over Congressman Rose’s opposition and then passed the Senate, but was vetoed by President Trump on March 15.

Today, Congressman Rose’s vote against Speaker Pelosi’s failed attempt to override the President’s veto (requiring a two-thirds majority vote) reaffirmed his support for President Trump and the emergency funding for a wall to secure our southern border.

Congressman John Rose represents Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District and resides in Cookeville with his wife, Chelsea, and their son, Guy. The Sixth District includes Cannon, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, White, and Wilson counties as well as portions of Cheatham and Van Buren counties.

Carthage City Council appoints new city attorney during special-called meeting

The Carthage City Council appointed Todd Moore, an attorney from Brentwood, Tennessee, to replace outgoing city attorney David Bass.

The Carthage City Council selected a new city attorney during a special-called meeting on the evening of Thursday, March 21, 2019.

The need to appoint a new city attorney arose after current city attorney David Bass announced his resignation during the March meeting of the council. Bass has served as the Carthage City Attorney for over 20 years.

Bass will continue acting as city attorney until April 1, 2019.

During the special-called meeting, three candidates—all from outside of Smith County—interviewed for the city attorney position.

Mr. Jim Judkins, Mr. Todd Moore, and Mr. Tom Walsh all addressed the council and then fielded questions from council members and the mayor. 

After the interviews were conducted, the council voted 4:1 to appoint Todd Moore as the new city attorney.

Todd Moore has spent over 25 years counseling individuals, businesses and local governments and trying cases involving land use, zoning, eminent domain, corporate formation and dissolution, contracts, risk management, asset protection, wills, trusts, and estate planning matters.

Todd has several clients that he has advised for many years including the municipalities of Thompson’s Station, Chapel Hill, and Brentwood, Tennessee, each of which he has represented for over a decade. Todd has also worked with dozens of local businesses and hundreds of individuals and families since founding his private practice in Williamson County in 2000.

Todd grew up in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, and is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis (B.A. History, 1989), and the University of Tennessee College of Law (J.D., 1992). He lives in Brentwood with his wife Christie and their two children, Jim and Mollie.

Mr. Moore requested that Mr. Bass stay on until the end of the month so that the two attorneys could work together to help Mr. Moore familiarize himself with the working of the city and the issues it is dealing with.

Mr. Moore will take over for Mr. Bass on April 1, 2019. 

During the meeting, the council also voted 4:1 to allow Mr. Les Fisher to purchase a new utility truck for the city Public Works department.

The council also voted to opt-in to Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) for retired employees after determining that no liability or cost would fall to the city and the council could opt-out at a later date if they so desired.

You can watch the full special-called meeting of the Carthage City Council below.

Smith County Democratic Party to hold Biennial Reorganization Convention to elect leaders on April 6, 2019

The Smith County Democratic Party will hold a Biennial Reorganization Convention to elect leaders on Saturday, April 6, 2019. 

Doors open for registration at 1:00 p.m. Convention start time is 2:00 p.m. at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce, located at 939 Upper Ferry Road in Carthage, Tennessee.

Local Democrats will elect a Chairperson, Vice Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer, and the Executive Committee for a two-year term. 

All Democratic residents eligible to vote in Smith County are urged to attend to discuss the party’s agenda and events for 2019-20. 

Attendees will evaluate the effectiveness of the county party bylaws and leadership, determining our needs, electing leaders and enacting reforms to build a stronger grassroots organization.

The convention is open to all Smith County Democrats. Attendees should arrive early to complete credentialing forms and be admitted to the convention prior to 2 p.m. when the meeting will begin. Please bring voter registration card.

For more information, please email SmithCountyDemocrats@gmail.com or Tweet @DemsSmith.

Ad paid for by Smith County Democratic Party.

Rose Supports the Rights of States and Right to Life

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Rose (TN-06) released the following statement after joining Americans United for Life’s amicus brief in support of the State of Texas:

“Today, I joined my pro-life colleagues on an amicus brief in support of one of the Sixth District‘s most treasured Tennessee values: the right to life,” said Rose. “I will not succumb to the liberals’ lie that this is a complicated issue. States have the right to determine the qualifications of Medicaid providers within their borders. If a state deems Planned Parenthood unqualified, its decision must be honored.”

Following the discovery of baby body part sales by Planned Parenthood, the State of Texas investigated and deemed Planned Parenthood incapable of responsibly providing medical services. Consequently, Texas disqualified Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid provider. The amicus brief was filed by Americans United for Life and supports the right of the State of Texas to determine eligibility of the state’s Medicaid providers. An amicus brief is a document filed with the court by an interested third party to an appellate case to provide the court with additional information. Congressman Rose signed-on with 63 other pro-life Members of Congress.

“Planned Parenthood continues to demand that their interests supersede the rights of states,” said Rose. “Their unconstitutional fight to require government-funded abortions through Medicaid nationwide must be stopped. I proudly join my colleagues in recognizing not only the rights of states, but the right to life.”

 

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