Requires School Board Elections to Be Partisan (SB 582 / HB 1039)

Requires school board elections to be partisan races.

Bill Analysis

Important bill for transparency and voter education. Since Tennessee is mostly Republican, many Democrats have focused on non-partisan elections (school board, municipal office) to assert influence on the local level. They are able to be elected because it is difficult to ascertain the full extent of their beliefs through campaign mailers, etc. This bill will require school board candidates to run as partisan, party candidate.

Bill Sponsors

Gresham in the Senate
Smith in the House

Bill Status

No action taken in the House or the Senate.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill