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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a bill to allow PACs to give state Senate candidates $25,400 over a four-year election period. Senate Bill 1120 requires the PAC limits for Senate candidates to reset every two years in the same manner […]

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has announced special election dates to fill the vacancy left by the late Rep. Mike Carter who died of pancreatic cancer last month. The special general election will be held on September 14 after the special […]

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May 19, 2021  •  

Tennessee Lawmaker Dies from Cancer

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Tennessee State Rep. Mike Carter died from pancreatic cancer on May 15. Carter first won election to the 29th District on November 6, 2012. He was subsequently re-elected four times, most recently in 2020. Gov. Bill Lee is expected to […]

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May 6, 2021  •  

Tennessee Legislature Adjourns

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The Tennessee Legislature adjourned sine die on May 5. The Legislature succeeded in approving a $42.6 billion spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year and criminal justice reform measures aimed at improving outcomes for formerly incarcerated individuals. However, the session […]

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The Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance (BECF) published revised contribution limits for 2021 and 2022. The individual and corporate contribution limit to local and legislative state candidates remains unchanged at $1,600 per election. The limit for statewide candidates […]

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The Nashville Office of Metropolitan Clerk’s new online reporting portal will not be launched prior to the 2021 reporting due date. The clerk’s office has indicated those lobbying activity reports should instead be emailed to the clerk’s office on or […]

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has announced the Legislature will convene for a special session on January 19, 2021 to address education challenges due to COVID-19. Lee has asked lawmakers to focus on key issues including learning loss, funding, accountability, literacy, […]

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December 3, 2020  •  

Lobbying Ordinance Voted Down in Memphis

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Memphis City Council voted against adopting an ordinance requiring those lobbying the council to register with the city and name their clients. The ordinance would have required lobbyists to register annually and pay a registration fee of $50. The ordinance […]

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November 30, 2020  •  

New Registration Form and Process

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The Nashville Metro Board of Ethical Conduct has adopted a new lobbyist registration form. The form, which is now available online, must be filed along with the written client authorization via email to the Metro Clerk’s Office until the new […]

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has called for the General Assembly to return on August 10 for a special session. The special session will address COVID-related liability protection for persons and entities, electronic delivery of health services, and peaceful demonstration legislation […]

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The 111th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned sine die just after 3 am on June 19 after hours of overnight negotiations. The negotiations culminated in passing a $39.5 billion budget, cutting $1 billion from the budget passed in March due to […]

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The General Assembly recessed Thursday, March 19 after meeting for over 14 hours. This marathon session included the approval of the state’s $39 billion budget bill. Though scheduled to reconvene on June 1, the General Assembly will continue to monitor […]

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On December 12, an appeals court found Tennessee laws barring nonpartisan PACs from donating to candidates within 10 days of an election violate the state constitution and cannot stand. The ruling from the Tennessee Court of Appeals reinforces an earlier […]

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A special election will take place on December 19 to fill a vacancy in House District 77. Former Rep. Bill Sanderson cited family and business demands in his resignation. The Obion County Commission appointed Casey Hood to serve as an […]

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