FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: DARLENE SCHLICHER 615- 741-6336
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 17, 2020) – State Senator Kerry Roberts (R-Springfield) has been named a Taxpayer Hero by an independent legislative watchdog group that advocates for economic freedom and other issues of importance to Tennesseans. Roberts led the Tennessee Senate in the Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee (AFP-TN) scorecard, which evaluates some of the most impactful bills from the 2019-20 legislative sessions.
The scorecard covers issues such as taxes, health care, education, government transparency, and criminal justice reform.
“Sen. Roberts is a true Taxpayer Hero,” said Tori Venable, State Director for AFP-TN. “Beyond receiving the highest score in the Americans for Prosperity legislative scorecard, Sen. Roberts has continued to advocate for regulatory reforms, cutting red tape, and making Tennessee the best place to start or grow a business.”
Roberts sponsored several bills on the AFP’s list of priority legislation in the 111th General Assembly. This includes a new law that increases access to health care services for Tennesseans by allowing all licensed health care providers to enter into contracts with patients. The act stipulates that health care providers offering a month-to-month payment for services would not be considered insurers. This action removes regulations and red tape that previously hampered greater access to health care services and dentistry services at lower costs, including care for the uninsured.
He also sponsored the Fair, Accountable, and Clarity in Tax Subsidies (FACTS) Act, which calls for transparency and accountability in spending taxpayer dollars for economic development by the Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD). The new law requires at least 80% of the jobs promised in such transactions to be delivered for the full credit.
In addition, Sen. Roberts led the charge in the General Assembly for regulatory freedom and criminal justice reform measures that allow prisoners who have served their sentences to receive licensure in certain professions to reduce recidivism.
The scorecard link can be found here<https://mk0xituxemauaaa56cm7.kinstacdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/AFP_TN_2020ScoreCard.pdf>