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Press release from Tennessee State Rep. Sherry Jones, D-Nashville; August 28, 2012:   NASHVILLE (August 28, 2012) – House Minority Whip Rep. Sherry Jones (D-Nashville) issued the following statement in response to the offensive and sexist remarks made by Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas): Rep. Joe Carr has shown today what many of the women in […]


State Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lascassas, says he will review the law that allowed the state Department of Revenue to go after $500 in sales and use taxes on a homemade boat.


Press Release from the National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee Chapter; July 6, 2012:  NFIB Endorses Candidates in 5 Senate, 20 House Primaries NASHVILLE, July 6, 2012 – The National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee’s leading small business association, today said it has endorsed candidates in 25 state legislative primary races. The endorsements were made […]


Haslam says he and his administration are “comfortable” with the immigrations laws it has OK’d in the last two years, but he doesn’t see going along with an Arizona-style bill.

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a key part of Arizona’s controversial immigration law is essentially a green light to Tennessee lawmakers to enact something similar here, state Rep. Joe Carr said Monday. The Lascassas Republican says he’ll likely use the ruling to refuel his drive toward making Tennessee an inhospitable place to foreigners who […]


Press release from the Tennessee House Republican Caucus; May 25, 2012: NASHVILLE, Tenn.—A measure to crack down on illegal immigrants seeking to claim public benefits in Tennessee was signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam earlier this week. House Bill 1379, sponsored by Representative Joe Carr (R—Lascassas), requires each Tennessee department and State agency to […]

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More debate and heated disagreement likely ahead between immigrant-rights advocates and proponents of stiffening laws aimed at shutting down illegal immigration.


Speaking at a town hall meeting in Murfreesboro, Ketron defended the new ‘cyber-bullying’ law and said he was not attempting to take away free speech with the bill. Rep. Joe Carr said Republicans had seized the day this session and been more efficient than the Democrats.


Press Release from the House Republican Caucus, June 8, 2011: Representative Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) today released the following statement regarding the signing of the E-Verify legislation: “I am pleased that the Governor has signed this important legislation into law. Our citizens demanded reform on this issue, and this legislation is a huge step in the […]


Press Release from the House Republican Caucus, May 26, 2011: Representative Joe Carr Releases Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s E-Verify Decision (May 26, 2011, NASHVILLE) – On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Arizona’s use of the federal E-Verify program is constitutional. The State created the law back in 2007. It allows Arizona to suspend […]

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Rep. Joe Carr, who’s pushing bills to deter illegal immigration, says illegal immigrants cost the state $500 million a year or more. But some researchers question his figure because it’s hard to know how many people are in the state without permission and how many of them are being educated in Tennessee schools.

Republicans say they prefer to address the issues raised individually rather than in a comprehensive bill. Among the changes to law proposed Wednesday are requirements that businesses check workers through E-Verify, implementation of an Arizona-style law and prohibitions against illegal immigrants receiving state aid or services.