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Senate District 22

2021
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Republican

Bill Powers

Family and Personal:
Sen. Powers is married with three children and is a Managing Partner at Wyatt-Johnson Automotive Group.

Councils and Boards:
He is the 1st Vice Chair of the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee, and well as a committee member on the Senate Education and State and Local Government committees. He is also a member of the Economic Development Council in Clarksville.

615.741.2374

sen.bill.powers@capitol.tn.gov

Senator Bill Powers (R): District 22, Clarksville, first Vice-Chairman of the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee. Senator Powers, although considering a huge number of bills, has only endorsed one of TLRC chosen bills with his co-sponsorship:

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

TLRC chose to endorse one of Senator Powers’ bills:

SB0474/HB0855 – Powers/Powers – All businesses are essential in emergencies; no discrimination allowed (passed).

Senator Powers lost 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. Powers lost additional points by opposing a bill we endorsed:

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

Senator Powers sponsored thirty-three bills, eighteen 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. Senator Powers 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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