How has District 98 Changed?
Redistricting takes place every ten years after the cencus is taken. Based on the population shift (and depending on which party is in control of the state house, redistricting can affect you positively or negatively.
District 98 has changed although not significantly. Fortunately for the constituents of District 98, we were able to maintain our district (for the most part), our distict I.D. (98) and our Representative Antonio Parkinson.
However, there are some modifications. Most of the Frayser area that was included in the district have been re-drawn into other districts. In addition, areas like New Chicago and most of the Springdale community were drawn into other districts.
Some of the additions include most of the Raleigh community including areas East of Covington Pike off of Craigmont as well as the Raleigh LaGrange corridor to Sycamore View including Bartlett Park and the Kingsbury area to Macon.
Violent Rapist – Time off for good behavior? Really?
By State Representative Antonio Parkinson
To be delivered to:
- The Tennessee State House
- The Tennessee State Senate
- Governor Bill Haslam
Please support House Bill 2311/Senate Bill 2349 that will make individuals convicted of violent and aggravated rape serve 100% of their time with no early release for good behavior. Let the legislators know that this legislation is important to us and that WE WILL BE WATCHING.
Below is a link to a story of Kimberlee Morton who survived a brutal attack from a violent rapist that was released early from his sentence.
Please click on or copy the link below and paste in into your url to view her story:
This is not only “an insult” but a “horriffic offense” to the mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters, aunts and other women in our communities.
This legislation is motivated by Kimberlee Morton’s story. Please click on or copy the link below and paste in into your url to view her story:
Currently in the State of Tennessee VIOLENT RAPISTS or those convicted of aggravated rape can and are being released “early” for good behavior. This can reduce the violent felon’s sentence by years thus returning them to society.
Now, the question becomes; if they can display good behavior inside of the penal system, why wasn’t that same behavior displayed while they were in society prior to their convictions?
Here’s what we’re up against:
There is a possibility that this legislation will carry a fiscal note (need money to finance). Some legislators will try to move this bill behind the budget, thus making it harder to get passed. However, can we really put a cost on the safety and well being of the women and children in our lives.
Let’s create momentum for legislation that will make criminals think twice about their actions. We can do this by putting pressure on the Tennessee House, Senate and Governor’s office to protect our women and children by passing this bill!
HB 2198 – Tattooing Minors
This bill is about protecting our children. There are illegal tattoo houses in our communities. Without effective legislation these underground entities can cause the spread of disease and continue to serve as havens for derelict children.
From a workforce development standpoint; In the majority of cases underage children do not consider the consequences of permanent body art placement in regards to employment.
If passed, this law will have an effect on gang recruitment as should minors be found with gang tattoos it is a good possibility that the perpetrators will be found.
The key to this legislation is that it mirrors child abuse laws in that if tattoos are found on minors by teachers, medical personnel and others, they must report them to law and health officials.
HB 2203 – Crushing Vehicles
This bill is about protecting our citizens. There are tow truck and scrap yard companies in our communities that are taking advantage of people that may have fallen on hard times by towing their stalled or broken vehicles, selling and crushing them for scrap metal, before the owner of the vehicle realizes that the vehicle has been taken from where it stalled.
House Bill 2203 requires demolishers to contact the police upon reciept of a vehicle that does not present with a certificate of title, auction sales reciept or certificate of authority to demolish. It further requires that the demolisher hold the vehicle for three days and contact the police again to see if there is a claim to the vehicle before demolishing.