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Lawmakers honored for Anti-terrorism legislation

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Marshall County Republican Party has named two men as "Legislators of the Year," according to an announcement from county GOP Chairman Billy Spivey and Vice-Chair Janet Heckle.

Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and Rep. Judd Matheny (R-Tullahoma) "are grounded in the conservative principles that made our nation the greatest nation on earth - limited government, free enterprise, individual freedoms and traditional values," Spivey said. "They have a tremendous list of accomplishments in the General Assembly.

"We particularly wanted to recognize them, however, for their work on the anti-terrorism law passed this year which spells out their sacrifices in standing up for the safety of Tennesseans."

The "Material Support to Designated Entities Act of 2011" now makes it a Class A felony to provide "material support" to certain groups defined by the law, and it helps close the "prevention gap" left by a post 9-11 anti-terrorism statute passed in 2002, the local party said.

The bill supports work of a Joint Terrorism Task Force to continue collaboration between federal and state law enforcement authorities.

Ketron is chairman of the state Senate Republican Caucus and Matheny is Speaker Pro Tempore of Tennessee's House of Representatives, placing both lawmakers in top leadership posts in the General Assembly. Both lawmakers were first elected in 2002.