Family and Personal:
Rep. Howell is married with three children and is a retired news anchor. He has received a national award for Religious News Writing for Television News.
He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Colonel Benjamin Cleveland Chapter and the Westside Ruritan Club of Bradley County.
Councils and Boards:
He serves as vice chair for the House Local Government Committee and chair of the House Joint Government Operations Judiciary and Government Subcommittee.
Rep. Dan Howell: (R) Chair, Transportation Committee, Member, Calendar and Rules Committee, Criminal Justice Committee, Criminal Justice Subcommittee, and the Transportation Subcommittee. He officiates efficiently and courteously.
Chairman Howell is one of our champions, supporting twenty-five of the TLRC positions on chosen bill with only two dissentions, earning him a 96% vote score.
He showed courage by co-sponsoring ten of our favored bills.
Here are some of the more controversial:
SR0023 – Rudd – Resolution creating a bi-cameral panel to research the recall of Judge Ellen Hobbs Lyle (failed in House Civil Justice subcommittee).
SB0228/HB0003 – Hensley/Cepicky – Protects female athletes by prohibiting biological males from participating in women’s sports (passed).
SB0623/HB0580 – Bell/Ragan – The teaching of Critical Race Theory is prohibited in TN public schools (passed).
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).
SB1593/HB1120 – Hall/Bailey – Requires review of Presidential Executive orders. If found unconstitutional, Tennessee declares exemption on that basis (passed in the house and never taken up in the senate).
Howell earned a commendable 9.5 out of 10 on constitutional fidelity.
His errant votes were supporting the following bills which TLRC opposed:
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.
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.
We are extremely proud of him for not supporting this bill:
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).
Chairman Howell sponsored twelve bills, six of which passed into law:
HB0123 authorizes various new special license plates and grants additional time for certain plates to meet the minimum order requirement; revises other special license plate provisions.
HB0124 provides for the naming of certain roads and bridges in honor of certain persons.
HB0128 prohibits a homeowners’ association from prohibiting the use of a sign posted to warn the public of health, safety, or dangerous natural conditions associated with water on the property in certain circumstances; clarifies date of application of prohibition on HOA prohibiting property owners from displaying flags.
HB0534 creates the Class A misdemeanor of communicating a threat to commit an act of mass violence on school property or at a school-related activity; creates the Class B misdemeanor of knowing failure to report a threat of mass violence on school property or at a school-related activity.
HB0795 authorizes LEAs to purchase technology using state school funds for textbooks and instructional materials in a school year immediately following a textbook adoption cycle in which the state textbook and instructional materials quality commission did not list or recommend career and technical education textbooks or instructional materials; authorizes LEAs to use any remainder of such funds after the purchase of career and technical education textbooks or instructional materials to purchase technology.
HB0796 authorizes an incentive program established by the board of claims to include policies and procedures for the effective and efficient administration of claims; authorizes those policies and procedures to establish the timeframe and content for the agency response relative to claims and the imposition of fines and penalties for noncompliance.
We do not need more laws; we need better laws, and enforcement of the better laws. The grassroots are looking for courage in our legislators: courage to stand up for constitutional principles over pressure from leadership and paid lobbyists. We see that in Dan Howell. 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.