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House District 26

2021
26-Robin-Smith
Republican

Robin Smith

Family and Personal:
Rep. Smith is married with two children and is both a project manager and consultant.

Memberships:
She is a member of Abba’s House of Hixson, Hamilton County Republican Party, University of Tennessee Alumni Association, Hixson High Alumni Association, Turning Point USA, Concerned Women for America, The Heritage Foundation, NRA, and Tennessee Republican Party.

615.741.2548

rep.robin.smith@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Robin Smith (R) came in 2019. She is a Member: Civil Justice Committee, Health Committee, Health Subcommittee, Insurance Committee, and Insurance Subcommittee. She is an impressive member, supporting twenty-seven of the TLRC positions on chosen bills with three dissents, earning her a 93% vote score. Three or four errant votes cost her a better ranking.

She co-sponsored a massive twenty of our favored bills:

SR0023 – Rudd – Resolution creating a bi-cameral panel to research the recall of Judge Ellen Hobbs Lyle (failed in House Civil Justice subcommittee).

A media story on the subject

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).

SB0230/HB0016 – Hensley/Cepicky – Teacher’s discipline freedom, creating a path for the removal of unruly student (passed).

SB0228/HB0003 – Hensley/Cepicky – Protects female athletes by prohibiting biological males from participating in women’s sports (passed).

SB318/HB18 – Hensley/Griffey – Real Constitutional Carry. This bill would be totally compliant with the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution (placed behind the budget in the house and deferred in the senate).

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).

SB0630/HB0755 – Lundberg/White – Rules and authority authorizations on textbooks, etc. (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 (deferred to Summer Study).

SB0858/HB0575 – Ragan/Bowling – Limits county health officer’s quarantine powers/prohibits government requiring COVID vaccines (passed).

SB1034/HB1513 – Cochran/Bell – Creates a database for approved supplemental material for teachers. This makes clear the distinction between acceptable instructional material and that which is prohibited, making it easier for teachers to comply with the new laws prohibiting certain material (passed).

SB1267/HB1233 – Bell/Zachary – Authorizes a third restroom facility for the gender-conflicted (passed).

SB1335/HB0928 – Hensley/S. Campbell – 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Act: voids for Tennessee any Federal laws or policies that violate the 2nd Amendment (passed with amendment that weakens).

SB1534/HB0966 – Carringer /Roberts – Elections: prohibits private or corporate funding for state and local elections, eliminating the possible influencing of the process in favor of one candidate or party over the others (passed).

SB1573/HB37 – Bailey/Ogles – State or local government prohibited from designating essential or non-essential businesses (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).

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. Smith voted against this bill!

Chairman Smith earned a commendable nine out of ten on constitutional fidelity. Chairman Smith’s only errant votes were supporting the following bills that 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.

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

Member of Senate Committee Considering Legislation for Randy Boyd’s Taxpayer-Funded Baseball Stadium is Employee of Law Firm That Could Benefit From Bill’s Passage – Tennessee Star

Five Sponsors of Bill Enabling Randy Boyd’s Taxpayer-Funded Baseball Stadium Received More Than $90,000 in Campaign Funds from Individuals with Ties to the Project – Tennessee Star

Chairman Smith at first voted aye but, to her credit, changed to a nay on a second opportunity for this unconstitutional bill:

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).

Representative Smith sponsored sixteen bills, six of which passed into law:

HB0146 requires the department to report quarterly to certain persons at the general assembly regarding the availability and use of federal funds for programs administered by the department for adult and family services, child support, and rehabilitation services.

HB0486 requires department of transportation to report, on or before November 1, 2021, and on or before November 1 of each year between 2022 – 2026, to the transportation committee of the house and the transportation and safety committee of the senate on the data collected on the following website, or any successor website, established by the federal railroad administration (FRA) for the public and law enforcement agencies to report blocked highway-rail grade crossings: www.fra.dot.gov/blockedcrossings.

HB0487 extends, beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, the counties within which each LEA must implement a program of family life education from counties with a pregnancy rate of 19.5 pregnancies for every 1,000 females ages 15 to 17 to all counties; requires a curriculum on sex education or human sexuality that is implemented by an LEA as a part of a human growth and development program be in conformance with the curriculum guidelines established for family life programs.

HB0733 revises offense of aggravated cruelty to animals.

HB0734 requires the board for licensing health care facilities to promulgate emergency rules no later than July 1, 2021, to permit persons who qualified as temporary nurse aides on or after the beginning date of the national public health emergency declared January 31, 2020, to become certified as nursing assistants in this state and be placed on the nurse aide registry.

HB0947 authorizes the sale or purchase of previously titled antique or unique motor vehicles without a motor vehicle dealer license through auction formats that meet certain criteria.

We do not need more laws; we need better laws, and enforcement of good laws when we have them. The grassroots are looking for courage in our legislators: courage to stand up for constitutional principles over pressure from leadership and paid lobbyists. We believe Robin Smith has that courage. 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.

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