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The Tallahassee Commission on Ethics introduced an ordinance to change lobbying rules including a repeal of quarterly compensation reporting and a requirement for lobbyists to begin registering individually rather than by firm. The commission also adopted a 10-year ban on […]

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a bill requiring certain non-profits to report expenditures of more than $5,000 on communications with the image or name of candidates within 60 days before an election. Senate Bill 1005 provides exceptions such as communications […]

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The Tennessee Legislature passed Senate Bill 884 and delivered it to Gov. Bill Lee this past week on May 18. Present law imposes an annual privilege tax of $400 on registered lobbyists with the state. As introduced, the bill eliminated […]

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Last week Tennessee lawmakers overwhelmingly passed House Bill 1201, which requires 501(c)4 organizations to disclose any expenses over $5,000 in the 60 days leading up to an election when using candidate names and images. The bill seeks to create more […]

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Tennessee Rep. Robin Smith has resigned effective immediately after being charged with federal wire fraud for allegedly taking kickbacks from a campaign vendor. Smith was elected to the House District 26 seat in 2018.

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The Tennessee Ethics Committee has voted to move Sen. Katrina Robinson’s case in front of the full Senate after a 4-1 vote to remove Robinson from her seat. Robinson has been convicted of four counts of wire fraud and is […]

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November 3, 2021  •  

Special Session Adjourns

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The Tennessee General Assembly adjourned the third special session on October 30. Lawmakers passed several bills limiting COVID-19 restrictions and mandates. In addition to these measures, lawmakers also introduced and passed Senate Bill 9009 making school board elections partisan elections. […]

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October 22, 2021  •  

Special Session Adjourns

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The Tennessee General Assembly adjourned its special session on October 20. During the three-day session, lawmakers approved bills regarding development and other preparations of the Ford Memphis Regional Megasite project, including the allocation of $884 million from the state’s fiscal […]

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Senate Speaker Randy McNally and House Speaker Cameron Sexton announced the Tennessee Legislature will convene a special session on October 27. The special session will focus solely on COVID-19 issues including mask and vaccine mandates. This will be the third […]

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October 1, 2021  •  

Special Session Announced

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Gov. Bill Lee called for a special session of the Tennessee General Assembly to convene on October 18 to address funding, buildout, and oversight of Ford’s historic $5.6 billion investment at the Memphis Regional Megasite, located in Fayette and Haywood […]

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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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