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House District 27

2021
Hazlewood-Patsy
Republican

Patsy Hazlewood

Family and Personal:
Rep. Hazlewood has one child and is retired from AT&T, TN ECD, and as Director of CapitalMark Bank and Trust. She is also an Elder and Trustee at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church.

Memberships:
She is a member of Chattanooga Rotary Club. Bible in the Schools Board, Friends of the Festival Board, and Stadium Corporation Board.

Councils and Boards:
She is on the Bible in the Schools Board, Friends of the Festival Board, and Stadium Corporation Board.

615.741.2746

rep.patsy.hazlewood@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Patsy Hazlewood: (R) Chair, Finance, Ways, and Means Committee, Member, Finance, Ways, and Means Appropriations Subcommittee, Business and Utilities Subcommittee, Calendar and Rules Committee, Commerce Committee, Finance, Ways, and Means Subcommittee, Select Committee on Rules, Joint Pensions and Insurance, and the Joint Fiscal Review Committee. Chairman Hazlewood supported all of the TLRC pro-freedom bills with only two exceptions, earning her a 93% vote score. She co-sponsored four of our favored bills:

SB0115/HB0116 – Garrett/Haile – Human/sex traffickers often transport groups of victims in trucks. Under this law commercial driver’s license (CDL) will be denied for life for those convicted of human/sex trafficking (passed).

SB1115/HB1302 – White/Bricken – Removes the Statute of Limitations for those convicted of sex trafficking children (passed).

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).

SJR2 – Kelsey – Puts Right-to-Work into our Tennessee constitution, making it much more difficult to rescind (passed).

Hazlewood earned a commendable 9.5 out of 10 on constitutional fidelity, supporting the TLRC position on thirty-five of our thirty-seven bills.

She earned credit for 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.

Her errant votes were on the following bills:
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 Hazlewood is one of the good members of the Tennessee General Assembly, but she could up her game by sponsoring and co-sponsoring more courageous and constitutional legislation. 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 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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