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Senate District 07

2021
Richard_Briggs
Republican

Richard Briggs

Family and Personal:
Sen. Briggs is married and is a surgeon both in Knoxville and for the US Military, where he has served for over thirty years and has earned the rank of Colonel.

Councils and Boards:
He is chair of the Senate Ethics Committee and 1st vice chair of the Senate State and Local Government Committee. He also serves on the board of trustees for the Tennessee Medical Association.

615.741.1766

sen.richard.briggs@capitol.tn.gov

Senator Richard Briggs (R): District 7, Chairman of the Senate State & Local Committee. Senator Bailey, although considering a great number of bills, has only endorsed three of TLRC chosen bills with his co-sponsorship:

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).

SB1573/HB37 – Bailey/Ogles – State or local government prohibited from designating essential or non-essential businesses (passed).

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

None of Brigg’s sixty-eight bills were selected by TLRC to score, of which twenty-one passed.

Senator Briggs lost points on both his vote score and his leadership grade because of a Republican record of three bills he supported that TLRC opposed and three bills that TLRC supported that Briggs opposed:

Senator Briggs supported these objectionable bills:

SB0425/HB1379 – Kumar/Massey – 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.

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.

Senator Briggs opposed these worthy bills:

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).

SB0858/HB0575 – Ragan/Bowling – Limits county health officer’s quarantine powers/prohibits government requiring COVID vaccines (passed).

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

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 Briggs could do better.

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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