House Majority Leader Glen Casada (R–Thompson’s Station) announced last week that State Representative Paul Sherrell (R–Sparta) has been chosen to shepherd House Bill 321 through the legislative process on behalf of Republican leadership.
House Bill 321 is part of Governor Haslam’s legislative package for the year, which is traditionally handled by the House Majority Leader. Because of Representative Sherrell’s leadership abilities, however, he was handpicked to lead the charge in getting the legislation passed and will handle all details relating to the bill.
“In his short time here in Nashville, Representative Sherrell has already proven himself as an extremely intelligent and capable member of the General Assembly,” said Majority Leader Casada. “I have full confidence in Paul’s ability to shepherd this important bill through the legislative process, and I look forward to working with him even more in the coming weeks.”
House Bill 321 is a pro-law enforcement bill that is needed to provide state facilities outside of Davidson County the opportunity to enhance security services. With recent threats and active shooter events like that in Chattanooga, the request for armed security in state office buildings has increased. With the passage of House Bill 321, the Department of Safety & Homeland Security will be able to expand protection services outside of Davidson County to ensure these facilities are safe and secure for Tennesseans across the state.
“This legislation demonstrates our commitment to improving the safety and security of the men and women who serve our great state,” said Representative Sherrell. “I am honored that both Governor Haslam and Majority Leader Casada have trusted me with this important initiative.”
The full text of House Bill 321 can be accessed by visiting the Tennessee General Assembly website at: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/110/Bill/HB0321.pdf.