Family and Personal:
Sen. Crowe is married with two children and is a US Army veteran. He is also an inventor and workin in Personnel Services at ETSU.
He is a member of the American Legion Post 24, Lions Club of Johnson City, and 1st Tennessee Human Development Agency.
Councils and Boards:
He is chair of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.
Senator Rusty Crowe (R): District 3, Johnson City, Chairman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. Senator Crowe, although considering a huge number of bills, only co-sponsored two of the TLRC bills chosen for scoring:
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).
SJR2 – Kelsey – Puts Right-to-Work into our Tennessee constitution, making it much more difficult to rescind (passed).
Senator Crowe 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
TLRC opposed those bills on fairness, fiscal-responsibility, and constitutional principles.
Senator Crowe sponsored thirty-three bills, twelve 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. Rusty Crowe could do well to take on that role. He represents a conservative district and should reflect their values. He needs to step up and do what is necessary to take back our God-given and constitutionally protected liberties.
Our constitution has been dishonored and ignored. 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.
Transparency bill: comptroller audits of entities not open to public scrutiny
Increased penalties for rioters from out of state ("Aggravated" rioter)
Rules and authorizations of textbooks and instructional materials, disallowing Common Core aligned material.
Tax exemptions for the film, video industry
Common Core material prohibited in our public schools
Prohibits interference with Textbook & Instructional Materials Quality Commission, or their decisions.
Tennessee's District Attorney must disapprove emergency rule(s) that don't meet statutory requirements .