Family and Personal:
Rep. Ramsey is married with two children and is a dentist.
He is a member of the Blount County Senior Action Council, Regional Solid Waste Authority, Agricultural Extension Committee, Community Action Agency, Regional Planning Commission, and Kiwanis Club of Maryville.
Councils and Boards:
He is chair of the House State Government Committee.
Rep. Bob Ramsey: (R) Chair, Health Subcommittee, Member, Civil Justice Committee, Civil Justice Subcommittee, and Health Committee. Chairman Ramsey supported twenty-one of the TLRC positions on chosen bills with five dissents, earning him a 93% vote score. He co-sponsored none of our favored bills but did co-sponsor one that we scored in opposition.
Chairman Ramsey received a five out of ten on constitutional fidelity. His five errant votes were for not supporting personal freedom on anti-vaccine bills and for supporting the following bills/resolutions which TLRC opposed:
HJR0010 – Parkinson – A Resolution to declare racism as a public health issue (sent to Summer Study). The passing of this resolution would have labeled Tennessee as a self-identified systemically racist state; we are not! “Systemic racism” has been conscripted and construed into a bludgeon to divide Americans. We must resist the comfortable path of acceptance, which implies assent.
SB0425/HB1379 – Kumar/Massey – Would require insurers to cover infertility treatments which would result in higher premiums for all. Dictating to private business is antithetical to the U.S. and Tennessee constitutions but some of our legislators only remember that when it serves them (sent to Summer Study).
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.
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
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.
Chairman Ramsey sponsored twenty-one bills, six of which passed into law:
HB0183 creates the professional art therapist advisory committee of the board of examiners in psychology to regulate the practice of art therapy.
HB0241 authorizes, for a period of two years, certain establishments authorized to sell alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption to also offer drive-through, pickup, and carryout orders; revises other related provisions.
HB0240 Jails, Local Lock-ups – As enacted, authorizes counties to develop and operate transition centers pursuant to interlocal agreements; authorizes a transition center to partner with a nonprofit organization that provides programming designed to reduce recidivism.
HB0920 adds cerumen management by a person who has completed a cerumen management course approved by the International Hearing Society within the definition of the practice of dispensing and fitting hearing instruments.
HB1284 revises present law provisions regarding the examination to become licensed as a dentist.
HB1620 makes various changes to the charter of the City of Alcoa.
We do not need more laws; we need better laws, and enforcement of the better laws that we have. The grassroots are looking for courage in our legislators: courage to stand up for constitutional principles over pressure from leadership and paid lobbyists. 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.