February has been a busy month with many constituent greetings, site visits and committee meetings.
I have thoroughly enjoyed serving you in the Tennessee General Assembly, and I am pleased with the legislation I am sponsoring because it will help improve the lives of all Tennesseans.
Regarding some of my legislation, I am honored that Gov. Lee and House leadership have asked me to carry House Bill 932, which improves government efficiency and addresses disbursement of child support funding.
As your state representative, I am focused on maximizing efficiency and accountability, and I look forward to continuing to focus on this issue throughout the 111th General Assembly.
Additionally, our governor joined with Republican leaders to announce a $40 million investment to secure our Tennessee schools last week. Through school safety grant funding, we will take a major step in providing school resource officers and additional security measures at academic institutions across our state.
According to reports, approximately 500 Tennessee schools do not currently have SROs, and changes to the law will enable them to fill these positions. The proposal also accommodates underserved counties working to secure schools and fill SRO positions by adjusting limited match requirements.
We also recently announced the Future Workforce Initiative earlier this month. This initiative will increase science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) training.
These are rapidly growing fields, and with this additional training, Tennessee will lead the nation once again. We will continue to focus on reforming our education system because our students are the leaders of tomorrow; they deserve a safe environment and a well-rounded education to better prepare them for their futures.
Finally, my colleagues and I announced a patient-centered, free market approach to transform healthcare in Tennessee by unveiling the CARE plan.
This legislative package includes eleven different initiatives that will all reshape healthcare in Tennessee through Consumerism, increasing Access, improving Rural health systems, and Empowering patients to ensure individuals and families to make all medical decisions, instead of insurance companies or the government.
The CARE plan is centered on wide-reaching accessibility to quality healthcare, while ensuring a streamlined process. Providing the best healthcare possible to all Tennesseans is crucial, and this initiative takes a patient-focused approach that minimizes government and insurance interference.
In the months ahead, I will continue to update you all on this important initiative as pieces of the CARE plan move through the legislative process and as we continue to have discussions on how we can continue to create healthcare solutions for all.
My colleagues and I are working hard on Capitol Hill to achieve a prosperous future for our state, and I have enjoyed being a part of this process. I am humbled by the opportunity to serve, and I look forward to hearing from you!
Iris Rudder is a former Franklin County commissioner who opted to run for the District 39 House seat and was elected to the position on Nov. 6, 2018.