Happenings Around the Hill – January

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Members of the legislature convened in Nashville on January 11th to begin the 2nd legislative session of the 112th General Assembly. As the legislature kicked off, discussions about the newly drawn electoral maps dominated many conversations around Capitol Hill and beyond. As Republicans in Washington seek to regain a majority in the House, Tennessee’s 5th […]

A Summary of the 2022 State of the State Address

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Last night, members of the 112th General Assembly filed into the House chamber to hear Governor Lee deliver his fourth and final State of the State address of his first term. The Governor revealed his legislative priorities for this session and his proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which could be the largest budget […]

New Laws Taking Effect January 1, 2022

2021 was a busy year for members of the Tennessee General Assembly, as members convened for 3 special sessions, in addition to their regularly scheduled annual legislative session, resulting in a host of new laws that took effect on January 1st, 2022. Here is a list of each of them with a brief summary:   […]

Recent Headlines November 2021

The Daily Memphian: State doesn’t pay enough to compete for workers, department leaders say A mental health care worker’s colleagues kept quitting, and patients were becoming disillusioned. More people need mental health care, as the pandemic has increased rates of anxiety and depression. But some simply can’t access it from state-funded providers because of a […]

Data Privacy Review

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The United States enacted one of the first modern data privacy laws in the world with the enactment the Privacy Act of 1974. The proliferation of personal computers in the ensuing decades has propelled data privacy to dominate policy conversations around the world, at all levels of government. Today, data privacy has risen to one […]

Happenings on the Hill – November 2021

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The Tennessee General Assembly members faced a busy October, and November proved to be no different. November began with budget presentations from the leadership of each department and agency to Governor Bill Lee, Chief Operating Officer Brandon Gibson, Finance and Administration Commissioner Butch Eley, and Division of Budget Director David Thurman. Tennessee continues to shatter […]

Recent Headlines – October 2021

The Tennessean: Lee administration unveils proposal to spend $3.9B in federal stimulus funds Following months of budget hearings and funding pitches from departments and organizations, Gov. Bill Lee’s administration unveiled a series of recommendations Wednesday to spend $3.9 billion in federal stimulus funds. A draft of the Tennessee Resiliency Plan, released during a Financial Stimulus […]

Tennessee Economic Investments

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For months, Governor Lee and the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group (FSAG) have heard from various state departments and agencies on how they could utilize federal funds produced by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). In early October, the “Tennessee Resiliency Plan (TRP)” was published by the FSAG outlining their proposal for expending Tennessee’s […]

Happenings Around The Hill – October 2021

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October proved to be a busy month for the Tennessee General Assembly. The legislature convened for a special session on October 18th to address funding, buildout, and oversight of the Memphis Regional Megasite after Ford Motor Company and SK Innovation jointly committed to investing $5.6 billion at the site. During the special session, legislators approved […]