LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — David Alexander (R-Winchester) will be in Moore County on Monday, May 9 to discuss the recently completed state legislative session and entertain questions. Alexander will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the County Building for a town hall-type discussion.
According to <www.capitol.tn.gov>, Alexander, who has represented Dist. 39 since 2011, is Vice-Chair of the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee; a member of the House Transportation Committee; a member of the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee; and a member of the Joint Pensions and Insurance Committee.
Alexander has been in the news lately as an outspoken opponent to the recently passed state legislation that will now allow online giants DraftKings and FanDuel and approximately 1 million Tennessee players who are already participating on the fantasy sports websites to do so legally. The new legislation will create an exemption from state anti-gambling provisions. Lawmakers passed the bill in mid-April.
The bill that passed in the final days of the legislative session would both exempt the online games from gambling laws and place a tax on the revenue they generate.
Alexander suggested a state trooper should come and arrest the lobbyists hired by DraftKings and FanDuel — the two largest daily fantasy sports sites.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Friday that during sometimes heated mid-April debates in the House Finance Subcommittee, Alexander, suggested the chairman of the panel get a law enforcement official to arrest “various people for breaking law and promoting gambling.”
Reportedly, Alexander said bill supporters and the squad of lobbyists pressing the legislation might even be subject to arrest.
According to the Times Free Press report, the bill passed without much fanfare. It passed the panel and the full Finance Committee and ultimately the House floor on a 67-17 vote with three abstentions. Senators earlier passed the bill on a 29-1 vote and later approved it again after the House amended the measure.
Along with being a member of the Winchester Lions Club, Alexander is a member of the National Rifle Association, the Winchester Downtown Program Corporation and the American Rental Association.