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Senate District 06

2021
Becky Duncan Massey
Republican

Becky Duncan Massey

Family and Personal:
Sen. Massey is married with two children and one grandchild and is the Executive Director of the Sertoma Center.

Memberships:
She is a member of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, Downtown Sertoma Club, Leadership Knoxville-Class of 2005, Alpha Omicron Pi Alumnae, Charity Auction Volunteers, and the Akima Club.

Councils and Boards:
She is president of Tennessee Community Organizations.

615.741.1648

sen.becky.massey@capitol.tn.gov

Senator Becky Massey (R): District 6, Chairman of the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee. Senator Massey endorsed three TLRC chosen bills with co-sponsorship:

SB0115/HB0116 – Garrett/Haile – Human/sex traffickers often transport groups of victims in trucks. Under this law commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) will be denied for life for those convicted of human/sex trafficking (passed).

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

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

TLRC chose to oppose one of Senator Massey’s bills:

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.

Senator Massey lost leadership points because of two bills she 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 

https://www.thecentersquare.com/tennessee/smokies-stadium-price-tag-in-knoxville-increases/article_1ad61af4-01e8-11ec-a3bf-07cfd32fd8de.html

TLRC opposed those bills on fairness, constitutional, and fiscal-responsibility principles.

Senator Massey sponsored fifty bills, twenty-one of which passed into law, one of which TLRC scored. To access, go here.

We do not need more laws; we need better, bolder, stronger 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 Massey is not that warrior. She is too sweet and open-hearted. It takes tough love to do what is necessary; we do not see Senator Massey in that role.

We are at a crisis point and now is the time to stand for the people instead of special interests, the wealthy, the well-connected, and the perceived “victims,” 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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