Photo: Tennessee Capitol in Nashville at night (right) flanked by the Tennessee House of Representatives (lower left circle) and the Tennessee Senate (upper left circle).

Find out what’s going on at the Tennessee General Assembly during the legislative session by following this new blog from FACT Director of Public Policy Will Burns.

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And the ‘Beat’ Goes On

The House Public Health Subcommittee recommended passage of the “Heartbeat Bill,” House Bill 77, by Representative Micah Van Huss (R-Johnson City). It will prohibit most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. The bill will be heard in the full House Health Committee on Tuesday. The subcommittee was also expected to hear House Bill 1029 […]

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Three Key Bills and Their Sponsors

By the end of the week, as the policy director for Family Action of Tennessee, FACT’s legislative arm, I had met with all but two of the 31 new members of the General Assembly and the key leadership in both the House and Senate. Many of the new members I had not met during the […]

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Watching Key Bills From the Thousands Filed

The deadline to file bills in both the House and Senate has now passed. Some 1,499 bills were filed in the House and 1,508 were filed in the Senate. We intend to have each of those bills reviewed by the end of the day to identify those that we will track. As in past years, […]

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Reviewing Some Bills Before Next Week’s Filing Deadline

The General Assembly is slowly gaining steam; the deadline for filing proposed legislation is next week. Most of the House and Senate committees met this week, although only a few bills have been heard. Next week’s action will be much of the same, but in the next week or so we expect legislators to start […]

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Beginning to Secure Sponsors for Critical Legislation

Although the House convened in regular session both Wednesday and Thursday, most of its activities related to passage of congratulatory and memorializing resolutions. Next week both House and Senate committees are scheduled to meet, and while a few are scheduled to take up bills, most will meet for organizational purposes or hear presentations from certain […]

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Legislators Draft Bills, Prep for the Governor’s Inauguration

The state Senate and House will convene this afternoon to continue organizational activity. During this organizational period, offices for new legislators are being set up, offices of former members who have now moved into leadership positions are, in some cases, being moved to larger office quarters, and legislators continue to work on drafting bills. This […]

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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 […]

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