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House District 31

2021
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Republican

Ron Travis

Family and Personal:
Rep. Travis is married with two children and three grandchildren and is an insurance agent.

Memberships:
He is a member of the Downtown Dayton Association, Pikeville, Dayton, Dunlap, and Roane County Chambers of Commerce, Civitan, and the Emmaus Community.

Councils and Boards:
He is Chair of the House Insurance and Banking Committee. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Southeast Tennessee Rural Planning Organization and board of directors of the National Association of Christian Athletes.

615.741.1450

rep.ron.travis@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Travis: (R) Member: Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, and Naming and Designating Committee. Rep. Travis is a very pleasant fellow and has supported TLRC by co-sponsoring four of our thirty-eight chosen positions. He had only one dissenting vote on a bill that was not vote-scored, earning him a 100% vote score, but with an asterisk; he missed nine important votes for which we have no explanation.

Here are the four bills he co-sponsored:

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:
House Subcommittee’s Orchestrated Actions ‘Emboldened and Protected’ an Activist Judiciary That Changed Absentee Voting Law – Tennessee Star

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).

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).

Travis earned a commendable 9.5 out of 10 on constitutional fidelity, but the missing votes on controversial bills leaves some doubt. His only errant vote was in favor 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

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

Travis sponsored only five bills, none of which passed into law. We do not need more laws; we need better laws, and enforcement of the laws that exist. The grassroots are looking for courage in our legislators: courage to stand up for constitutional principles over pressure from leadership and paid lobbyists. Can Ron Travis fit that role? We need some evidence and that seems to be in short supply. 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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Related Bills

Pre-K - 2: Revises Teacher evaluation, eliminates the portfolio growth model for pre-K and K

Vote Result: Committee Only

Gives LEAs the option of administering TCAP assessments on paper.

Vote Result: Failed

Sports participation to be determined by biological sex/gender.

Vote Result: Pass House Only

Creates new banks of items (questions) for assessments in order to allow current tests items to be revealed after administration.

Vote Result: Passed

Dealing with foreign influence in higher education

Vote Result: Pass House Only

Allows direct agreements between patients and healthcare providers

Vote Result: Passed

Military experience qualifies to obtain occupation license and adds appeal process.

Vote Result: Pass House Only

Strengthens law concerning the promulgating of new rules by government agencies.

Vote Result: Pass House Only

Audit results permitted to be released pre-conclusion.

Vote Result: Pass House Only

Discipline help for teachers.

Vote Result: Pass House Only

Limits authority of wildlife resource officers to search/seize on private property, land, buildings, or vehicles.

Vote Result: Passed