Bill Haslam on Government Reform
We reduced wait times for licenses from 38 minutes to 18
Two years ago, I stood up here and said that we would be working hard to speed up the process to receive a license, and we're making progress.
At the Fayette County center, wait times went from an average of 38 minutes in 2011, to 30 minutes in 2012, and only 18 minutes in the month of December. Thanks to [that] team for giving our customers -- Tennessee's taxpayers--great service.
In Tennessee, we are different. We have a lot to brag about, but this isn't the time to coast along or to be satisfied.
This is a time to take advantage of our strengths and face our challenges head on, and I look forward to the executive and legislative branches working together on the issues that matter to Tennesseans.
Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Tennessee legislature
, Jan 28, 2013
Increase campaign contribution limits but disallow lobbyists
Excerpts from SB 1915 legislative records:
- Contribution limits shall be adjusted to reflect the percentage of change in the average consumer price index.
- Each such adjustment shall be rounded to the nearest multiple of $100.
- Every 2 years thereafter, contribution limits shall be further adjusted
- Candidates shall be permitted to conduct fundraising events and only under the following conditions: fundraising events shall not be held on state property
- No contributions nor in-kind contributions from lobbyists, lobbying companies, or political campaign committees controlled by lobbyists.
Status:Bill passed Senate, 19-11-1; passed House 65-20-0; signed by Governor, June 1, 2011.
Source: Tennessee legislature voting records: SB 1915
, Jun 1, 2011
Require photo ID in order to vote
Excerpts from SB 16 legislative records:
- The voter shall present to the precinct registrar one form of identification that bears the name and photograph of the voter
Valid forms of ID: Tennessee driver's license; US passport; state or federal ID with photograph; valid military ID card.
If a voter is unable to present evidence of identification, the voter shall be entitled to vote a provisional ballot.
- People who religiously object to photo ID may vote after signing an affidavit.
Status:Bill passed Senate, 21-11-0; passed House 57-35-2; signed by Governor, May 30, 2011.
Source: Tennessee legislature voting records: SB 16
, May 30, 2011
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