Family and Personal:
Sen. Swann is married and a businessman.
He is a member of the Blount County Chamber of Commerce.
Councils and Boards:
Sen. Swann serves as the 1st vice-chair of the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee and also sits on both the Board of Directors of the Blount County Community Action Agency and the Blount County Republican Party Executive Committee.
Senator Art Swann (R): District 2, first Vice-Chairman of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee. Senator Swann, although considering a huge number of bills, has only endorsed one TLRC chosen bill with his co-sponsorship:
SJR2 – Kelsey – Puts Right-to-Work into our Tennessee constitution, making it much more difficult to rescind (passed).
Senator Swann lost leadership points because of two bills he supported that TLRC opposed:
SB0425/HB1379 – Massey/Kumar – Would require insurers to cover infertility treatments which would result in higher premiums for all (sent to Summer Study). Dictating to private business is antithetical to the U.S. and Tennessee constitutions but some of our legislators only remember that when it serves them.
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.
And one he opposed that TLRC likes very much:
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).
We do not know the reason he did not vote at all on SB0783 but, unlike most of his fellow senators, he did not lose points on that one.
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
TLRC opposed those bills on fairness, constitutional, and fiscal-responsibility principles. Senator Swann sponsored seventeen bills, six of which passed into law, none 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. Senator Swann needs to show more courage and more fidelity to our US and TN constitutions.
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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