Entries by Will Burns

First Week of Legislative Session: New Elections and Committee Assignments

The 111th Tennessee General Assembly began this week and the first order of business was the election of Rep. Glen Casada (R-Franklin) as the new Speaker of the House. We congratulate Speaker Casada and look forward to working with him. As expected, Sen. Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) was reelected Speaker of the Senate, which also […]

First Week of Legislative Session

The 111th Tennessee General Assembly began this week and the first order of business was the election of Rep. Glen Casada (R-Franklin) as the new Speaker of the House. We congratulate Speaker Casada and look forward to working with him. As expected, Sen. Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) was reelected Speaker of the Senate, which also […]

Enhances Privacy Protections for Student Data (SB 2029 / HB 2690)

As introduced, this bill creates additional privacy protections for students’ education and health records; prohibits the release of student records in certain circumstances without parents’ informed written consent. Bill Analysis The bill as drafted would require the prior informed written consent of a parent before a student participates in a personal analysis, survey, or evaluation that […]

Method of Selecting the Attorney General (Senate Joint Resolution 88)

This resolution seeks to amend Article VI, Section 5 of the Tennessee Constitution to provide for appointment of the state attorney general by joint vote of the General Assembly. The Tennessee Supreme Court currently selects the attorney general. Resolution Analysis The purpose of the resolution is to restore a greater balance between the powers of […]