Family and Personal:
Rep. Zachary is married with one child and is an Executive Vice President of Americomm. He is also a member of First Baptist Concord church.
Councils and Boards:
He is vice Chair of the House Insurance and Banking Committee. He is also on the Board of Directors of International Sports Consulting and partner of the Center for Christian Statesmanship on Capitol Hill.
Rep. Jason Zachary: (R) Chair, Calendar and Rules Committee, Member: Finance, Ways, and Means Appropriations Subcommittee, Business and Utilities Subcommittee, Commerce Committee, Finance, Ways, and Means Committee, and Joint Fiscal Review Committee. Chairman Zachary is one of our champions, supporting most of the TLRC positions on chosen bills with only two dissents, earning him a 95% vote score. He co-sponsored eleven of our favored bills, enhancing his leadership grade:
SR0023 – Rudd – Resolution creating a bi-cameral panel to research the recall of Judge Ellen Hobbs Lyle (failed in House Civil Justice subcommittee).
SB0187/HB0013 – Bowling/Hulsey – Prohibits forced vaccines within state and local government entities. It does not prohibit private business from requiring vaccines for employment (passed with weakening amendments).
SB0228/HB0003 – Hensley/Cepicky – Protects female athletes by prohibiting biological males from participating in women’s sports (passed).
SB0451/HB0881 – Bell/Terry – Increases penalties for rioters from out of state (“aggravated” rioter) (passed).
SB0474/HB0855 – Powers/Powers – All businesses are essential in emergencies, no discrimination allowed (passed).
SB0623/HB0580 – Bell/Ragan – The teaching of Critical Race Theory is prohibited in TN public schools (passed).
SB0769/HB0782 – Johnson/Lamberth – Common Core material is prohibited in public school curriculum (passed).
SB0828/HB1181 – – Rudd / Bowling – Fetal remains must be disposed of by burial or cremation, making it prohibitive to harvest or sell fetal body parts (passed).
SB0843/HB0513 – Rose/Gant – Increased penalties for various lawless activities when protesting/rioting.
SB0858/HB0575 – Ragan/Bowling – Limits county health officer’s quarantine powers/prohibits government requiring COVID vaccines (passed).
SB1267/HB1233 – Bell/Zachary – Authorizes a third restroom facility for the gender-conflicted (passed).
SJR2 – Kelsey – Puts Right-to-Work into our Tennessee constitution, making it much more difficult to rescind (passed).
Chairman Zachary earned a commendable nine out of ten on constitutional fidelity. He earned extra points by opposing HR110 – Hardaway – Resolution to honor Pastor William J. Barber II (sent to Summer Study). Barber is a black theologist CRT advocate whose rhetoric is anti-American in the tradition of Jeremiah Wright.
That opposition tended to moderate the ill-advised sponsorship of SB0783/HB1204 – Massey/Zachary – Authorizes a special sales and use tax allocation to finance Randy Boyd’s Baseball stadium in Knoxville at the expense of Tennessee taxpayers—Boyd is a mega-millionaire (passed).
Media stories on the subject:
Boyd Sports to Profit from Events Held at Taxpayer-Funded Stadium – Tennessee Star
His only other errant vote was supporting the following bill which TLRC opposed:
SB0736/HB0141 – Johnson/Lamberth (a Governor’s bill with which we take issue) – Special tax exemption for the film and video industry which was supported by a large majority of the General Assembly (passed). TLRC does not support special carve-outs for cherry-picked industries. The government should not be picking winners and losers.
Chairman Zachary sponsored twenty-two bills, five of which passed into law:
HB0150 broadens offense of property owner allowing an “underage adult” to consume alcohol to apply to all minors; sets a mandatory fine for convictions offenses related to providing alcohol to minors.
HB0197 authorizes, from April 28, 2021, to July 1, 2025, a records custodian to petition a court to enjoin a person who makes a request to view or copy a public record with the intent to disrupt government operations from making records requests.
HB1046 clarifies that the fiscal review committee must be allowed to review noncompetitive procurement agreements; requires the chief procurement officer to report procurement contracts monthly to the fiscal review committee; revises provisions governing public employees accepting employment with respondent to a solicitation or contractor in certain situations; revises other provisions related to state contracts.
HB1204 revises provisions governing special sales and use tax allocation in regard to minor league baseball stadium.
HB1233 enacts the “Tennessee Accommodations for All Children Act.” making a reasonable accommodation for those uncomfortable with either men’s or women’s multi-stall restrooms.
We do not need more laws; we need better laws, and enforcement of the laws already on the books. The grassroots are looking for courage in our legislators: courage to stand up for constitutional principles over pressure from leadership and paid lobbyists. Zachary could be that kind of warrior. He needs to be his own man and remember his constitutional principles. We are at a crisis point and now is the time to stand for the people instead of special interests, the wealthy, and well-connected, and against those who assume power through corruption and coercion. If we do not, we could very well lose our republic and our liberties.