Senate Joint Resolution 1, a proposed amendment to Tennessee’s Constitution regarding the state’s attorney general, has received little public attention, probably because so few Tennesseans realize how influential that office is. For example, state judges give his legal arguments great weight, legislators use his opinions to kill proposed legislation, and defense of our state’s sovereignty against the federal government often depends on him.
But that lack of realization exists for a reason. Under Tennessee’s Constitution, the unelected justices on Tennessee’s Supreme Court appoint the attorney general. And their votes are even cast in private.
Under the proposed amendment, justices would only nominate the attorney general, and they would have to vote publicly. Then, a majority of the legislature would have to confirm the nomination.
You can learn more about the resolution on our website’s bill tracking page.
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