Memphis-Area Lawmakers Highlight Recent Successes, NFIB’s Role

Date: April 23, 2014

Flanked by Sen. Reginald Tate, left, and Rep. Mark White, right, NFIB member Rochelle Stevens was one of 35 NFIB members to hear a state legislative update at NFIB’s Memphis Area Action Council.

At the April 23 Memphis Area Action Council, NFIB members heard a glowing recap of the recent legislative session from area lawmakers, who praised the NFIB team for their role for key successes. The event, sponsored by law firm Jackson Lewis, was held at Regions Bank in East Memphis.

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (Collierville), Sen. Reginald Tate (Memphis), and Reps. Steve McManus (Cordova) and Mark White (Germantown) highlighted key legislation they either passed or supported, much of which will be helpful to small business.

Norris noted his sponsorship of Senate Bill 1635, which improves taxpayer rights for state business owners. NFIB worked with Norris, the Department of Revenue and interested parties to pass the reform bill.  

McManus said Tennessee’s passage of a balanced budget amendment resolution, an NFIB priority, contrasts sharply with what’s happening in Washington, where the issue has fallen on deaf ears for many years. He shared an illuminating example of how woeful recent federal budget “cuts” truly are.

Rep. Mark White, also an NFIB member and chairman of the House Education Subcommittee, discussed the important of key education reforms, including the Tennessee Promise program that will help more Tennesseans enter higher education. 

Tennessee State Director Jim Brown recognized NFIB member Mark van Stolk with Calaveras Business Coaching for his grassroots activism. Before the legislative session ended, van Stolk energized his coaching network to help amend a bill that would have effectively put thousands of executive and life coaches out of business.

For more details about upcoming Memphis-area meetings, please contact Sarah Waters at or 615-872-5331.

PHOTO: Leonard23/Wikimedia Commons

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris catches up with fellow NFIB member Jim Baker with Owen Brennan’s Restaurant in East Memphis.

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