Private Professional Organizations Ethics Codes (SB 449 / HB 566)

BILL SUMMARY

Requires all boards and commissions that currently implement an ethics code developed by a private professional or business association to submit any changes to those codes by those private associations for approval by the House and Senate Committee on Government Operations.

BILL ANALYSIS

This bill addresses a loophole in Tennessee law. Ethics codes and regulations on a profession can have the effect of law if they are violated. Right now, some state-created governing boards permanently adopt, in toto, ethics codes developed by private organizations, meaning that if the private organization changes its code, then state law automatically changes in Tennessee law even though the change in law was never voted on or approved by Tennessee voters or their elected representatives.

This bill restores the democratic principle that the power to create state law cannot be delegated to or exercised by outside, private organizations unaccountable to the people or their elected representatives.

BILL SPONSORS

Bell in the Senate, Howell in the House

TRACK THIS BILL

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

BILL STATUS

Signed into law as Public Chapter 215.

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