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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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The Tennessee Legislature held a single-day special session to formally elect c as speaker of the House. Sexton, a Crossville Republican, had already been informally chosen for the role after a series of votes in a July caucus meeting. Sexton […]

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Kelsey Ketron, daughter of Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron, resigned from the Tennessee Republican Party’s Executive Committee. Ketron, who faces a criminal investigation related to insurance fraud, released a statement that it had been an honor to serve District 12 […]

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Gov. Bill Lee announced that the General Assembly will convene for a special session on August 23. Lee released a statement on June 27 announcing that the primary purpose of the special session is to select a new Speaker of […]

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The 111th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned May 2 after a nearly four-month session. During the session, Senate Bill 234 passed requiring any multicandidate political campaign committee registering a new committee to pay the appropriate registration fee. The fee is due […]

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A bill requiring Tennessee voters to declare their party affiliation in order to vote in a primary election made its way through its first committee on Wednesday. In order to cast a primary ballot, House Bill 1273 and Senate Bill […]

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed three executive orders, changing former Gov. Bill Haslam’s policies on gifts to state employees, ethics disclosures for interactions with the General Assembly, and government hiring, among others. Lee added to Haslam’s policy on gifts by […]

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