Family and Personal:
Sen. Stevens is married with two children and works as an attorney. He is also an Upward Basketball Coach and Sunday school Teacher at 1st Baptist Church of Huntingdon.
He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Carroll County Bar Association, and United Way of West Tennessee.
Councils and Boards:
He is 1st vice-chair of the Senate Finance, Ways, and Means Committee and Senate Rules Committee.
Senator John Stevens–(R) District 24, first Vice- Chairman of the Senate Finance, Ways, & Means Committee. Senator Stevens has commendably endorsed eight TLRC chosen bills with his co-sponsorship:
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).
SB0451/HB0881 – Bell/Terry – Increases penalties for rioters from out of state (“Aggravated” rioter) (passed).
SB0474/HB0855 – Powers/Powers – All businesses are essential in emergencies; no discrimination allowed (passed).
SB1034/HB1513 – Bell/Cochran – Creates a database for approved supplemental material for teachers. This makes clear the distinction between acceptable instructional material and that which is prohibited, making it easier for teachers to comply with the new laws prohibiting certain material (passed).
SB1088/HB0567 – Roberts/Ragan – The District Attorney must disapprove any emergency rule that doesn’t meet statutory requirements (passed).
SB1534/HB0966 – Carringer /Roberts – Elections: prohibits private or corporate funding for state and local elections, eliminating the possible influencing of the process in favor of one candidate or party over the others (passed).
SJR2 – Kelsey – Puts Right-to-Work into our Tennessee constitution, making it much more difficult to rescind (passed).
Senator Stevens 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
TLRC opposed those bills on fairness, constitutional, and fiscal-responsibility principles.
Senator Stevens sponsored fifty-three bills, twenty-two 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 Stevens could show a little more courage and fidelity to our US and TN constitutions. 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.
Limits county health officer's quarantine powers. Prohibits government requiring COVID inoculation.