Frank S. Niceley
Family and Personal:
Sen. Niceley is married with four children and works as a farmer.
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.
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
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.
Protects female athletes by disallowing biological males, irrespective of gender identification, from competing in girls and women's sports.
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