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Senate District 15

2021
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Republican

Paul Bailey

Family and Personal:
Sen. Bailey is married with three children and is a farmer and trucker.

Memberships:
He is a member of the Tennessee Farm Bureau, Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, FACCT, TN Quarter Horse Association, National Reined Cow Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association, National Rifle Association, TSEA, Member of Bledsoe, Cumberland, Overton, Putnam and White County Chambers of Commerce, NFIB, Tennessee Firearms Association, and White County Commission.

Councils and Boards:
He is chair of the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee.

615.741.3978

sen.paul.bailey@capitol.tn.gov

Senator Paul Bailey (R): District 15, Chairman of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee. Senator Bailey, although considering a huge number of bills, has only endorsed four TLRC chosen bills with his co-sponsorship:

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

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

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

TLRC chose to sponsor one of Bailey’s bills:

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). Was Bailey remiss?

Senator Bailey lost leadership points because of two bills he supported 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
TLRC opposed those bills on fairness, constitutional, and fiscal-responsibility principles.

Senator Bailey sponsored sixty-eight bills, twenty-four of which passed into law, one of which TLRC scored. To access, go here.

We do not need more laws; we need better laws, and enforcement of the laws already on the books. The grassroots are looking for courage in our legislators: courage to stand up for constitutional principles over pressure from leadership and paid lobbyists. Paul Bailey could be that warrior. He represents a very conservative district and should reflect their values.

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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