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Senate District 08

2021
108th General Assembly - Freshman Class - Senate
Republican

Frank S. Niceley

Family and Personal:
Sen. Niceley is married with four children and works as a farmer.

Memberships:
He is a member of the Farm Bureau and Tennessee Hunter Alliance.

Councils and Boards:
He serves as 1st vice-chair of the Senate Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and 2nd vice-chair of the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee.

615.741.2061

sen.frank.niceley@capitol.tn.gov

Senator Frank Niceley (R): District 8, first Vice-Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is a good, independent conservative who does not seem to go-along-to-get-along. We like that!

Senator Niceley endorsed only two of the TLRC chosen bills with his co-sponsorship:

SB0228/HB0003 – Hensley/Cepicky – Protects female athletes by prohibiting biological males from participating in women’s sports (passed).

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).

TLRC chose one of Niceley’s bills to score:

SB1216/HB0800 – Niceley/Griffey – This bill would have prohibited material that promotes or normalizes LGBTQ lifestyles (House Education Instruction Committee recommended for passing; referred to Finance, Ways, and Means Committee but not acted upon further. No action in Senate).

Senator Niceley 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

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 Niceley sponsored fifty-six bills, six 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 Niceley could be that warrior. He represents a very conservative district and seems to have the necessary courage.

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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Related Bills

No CDL for life for those convicted of human/sex trafficking

Vote Result: Passed

Protects female athletes by disallowing biological males, irrespective of gender identification, from competing in girls and women's sports.

Vote Result: Passed

Teacher's discipline freedom; removal of unruly student(s)

Vote Result: Passed

Transparency bill: comptroller audits of entities not open to public scrutiny

Vote Result: Passed

Increased penalties for rioters from out of state ("Aggravated" rioter)

Vote Result: Passed

All businesses essential in emergencies, no discrimination.

Vote Result: Passed

Anti-Critical Race Theory

Vote Result: Passed

Rules and authorizations of textbooks and instructional materials, disallowing Common Core aligned material.

Vote Result: Passed

Tax exemptions for the film, video industry

Vote Result: Passed

Common Core material prohibited in our public schools

Vote Result: Passed

Creates database for approved supplimental material for teachers.

Vote Result: Passed

Would require Ed. debts and institutions to comply with state and federal laws and constitutions. (GA oversight)

Vote Result: Failed