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House District 08

2021
Moon-Jerome
Republican

Jerome Moon

Family and Personal:
Rep. Moon is married with two children and four grandchildren and is a retired newspaper publisher.

Memberships:
He is a member of National Association of Parliamentarians, VFW Post 10855 Life member Veterans of Foreign War, Vietnam Veterans of America, Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma, Chilhowee View Community Center, and Isaac Anderson Society Maryville College.

Councils and Boards:
He serves as All State Commander for Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Tennessee. He is also on the Executive Committee of the Blount County Republican Party.

615.741.5481

rep.jerome.moon@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Jerome Moon (R):Chair, Cities and Counties Subcommittee, Member, Commerce Committee, Corrections Subcommittee, Local Government Committee, and State Government Committee. Chairman Moon did quite well, co-sponsoring nine of the TLRC freedom-friendly bills, earning a vote score of 96%.

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

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).

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).

SB0623/HB0580 – Bell/Ragan – The teaching of Critical Race Theory is prohibited in TN public schools (passed).

SB0769/HB0782 – Johnson/Lamberth – Common Core material is prohibited in public school curriculum (passed).

SB0843/HB0513 – Rose/Gant – Increased penalties for various lawless activities when protesting/rioting (deferred to Summer Study).

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

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

Chairman Moon earned a commendable nine out of ten on constitutional fidelity. He lost points by voting for the following bills opposed by TLRC:

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.

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 Moon sponsored nine bills, four of which passed into law:

HB0188 allows members of the United States armed forces and honorably discharged veterans who receive certified occupational training as a member of the United States armed forces to receive equivalent credit toward certain occupational licenses relating to the training received.

HB0505 revises on a temporary basis, from May 11, 2021, to January 1, 2023, provisions governing collateral for public deposits so that a qualified public depository that accepts any public deposit between May 1, 2021, and December 31, 2022, that would increase its collateral by 25 percent will have 10 calendar days from the date of the deposit to deposit additional collateral to secure such increase.

HB0656 reduces from 24 hours to 16 hours the required amount of continuing professional education for certified municipal finance officers (CMFO); authorizes a municipality to contract with a certified public accountant to act as a CMFO; removes outdated compliance timelines.

HB1578 provides 36 hours of yearly leave for a state employee who is a veteran with a service-connected disability of 30 percent or more to be used to attend appointments related to the service-connected disability.

As a chairman, Moon is often quick to dismiss sponsors and their bills by not accommodating for opposing arguments from the sponsors when motions are made to defer or amend their bills. He should give sponsors the courtesy of a rebuttal.

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