Family and Personal:
Grills is married with two children.
He is a member of Farm Bureau and the Dyer County Republican Party.
Councils and Boards:
He is vice Cahir of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, along with serving on the House Naming and Designating and Transportation Committees. He also serves on the House Transportation Subcommittee.
Vice Chairman Rusty Grills, (R), Vice-Chairman of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. Vice Chairman Grills voted with TLRC on all but one bill, earning a commendable 96% vote score. He sponsored one and co-sponsored fourteen of our stated positions on bills:
SB1313/HB1421 – Hensley/Grills – Would have prohibited schools from requiring students be vaccinated for COVID 19 (Taken off-notice. Party-line votes).
SR0023 – Rudd – Resolution creating a bi-cameral panel to research the recall of Judge Ellen Hobbs Lyle (failed in House Civil Justice subcommittee).
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).
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).
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).
SB0623/HB0580 – Bell/Ragan – The teaching of Critical Race Theory is prohibited in TN public schools (passed)
SB0657/HB0578 – Bowling/Ragan ¬- No sex change allowed for prepubescent minors (deferred to 2022 in House Health committee).
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).
SB843/HB513- Rose/Gant – Increased penalties for various lawless activities when protesting/rioting (deferred to Summer Study). Passed in house. Rose sent to Summer Study.
SB1267/HB1233 – Bell/Zachary – Authorizes a third restroom facility for the gender-conflicted (passed).
SB1313/HB1421 – Hensley/Grills – Would have prohibited schools from requiring students be vaccinated for COVID 19. (Taken off-notice. Party-line votes)
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).
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).
SJR2 – Kelsey – Puts Right-to-Work into our Tennessee constitution, making it much more difficult to rescind (passed).
Grills only mistake, in the estimation of TLRC, was voting once for SB0736/HB0141 – Johnson/Lamberth, a Governor’s bill giving a special tax exemption for the film and video industry (passed). TLRC opposes special treatment for certain industries, picking winners and losers with tax-payer money.
This was the one and only flaw in an otherwise perfect record for Representative Grills. In addition to the accomplishments list above, much to his credit, he also refrained from supporting SB0783/HB1204, which 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). He voted against 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.
Media stories on the Boyd Baseball Stadium subject:
Boyd Sports to Profit from Events Held at Taxpayer-Funded Stadium – Tennessee Star
Vice Chairman Grills sponsored seventeen bills, five of which passed into law. We are very grateful to have Grills representing District 77 in Northwest Tennessee and all Tennesseans that must live under the laws passed in the General Assembly. Rusty Grills is one of the true champions of liberty!