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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 placing their bills “on notice,” the term used to described the process by which a legislator tells a committee chair to put his or her bill on a committee calendar so that it can be debated.

In reviewing the bills filed to this point, we have found a few of interest, including the Fetal Heartbeat Bill. We will have more details on bills of interest on our website once the filing deadline passes and we have reviewed each bill. The most important of these bills will be highlighted and explained at our State Legislative Issues Briefing on March 7th.

Next week, we will begin visiting with legislative leadership to make them aware of the bills we will be working on and seek their support. We will also visit with legislators who have filed bills that would appear to negatively affect marriage and the family, life, or religious liberty. The purpose is to make sure we understand the bill sponsor’s intent correctly and if so, to begin a dialogue that will hopefully result in satisfactory revisions.


Will Burns is FACT’s Public Policy Director.

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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 state departments.

FACT’s legislative arm, Family Action of Tennessee, continued to utilize the time to meet with new House members to work on securing sponsors for legislation it would like considered this session.

Currently, there have been less than 150 bills filed. This number is expected to increase at least tenfold over the next three weeks.

Under both House and Senate rules, bills can be filed through the tenth (10) day the respective chamber is in session. If past practice is an indicator, the House filing deadline will be February 11, while the Senate deadline will be February 14, the difference being the result of the House being in session twice this week.

We, of course, will keep you apprised of bills that may be of interest to you.


Will Burns is FACT’s Public Policy Director.

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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 week we were asked for our input on three different bills being prepared by one of the House members, and Family Action of Tennessee continued to work with legislators it has asked to consider sponsoring legislation of interest to its constituency.

The House and Senate will convene in joint convention on Saturday morning to call for the inauguration of Bill Lee as governor. Speaking of the governor, Family Action of Tennessee also provided a briefing to Lee’s Deputy and Chief Legal Counsel this week on various issues.


Will Burns is FACT’s Public Policy Director.

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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 means he serves as our state’s Lt. Governor.

This week’s activity was filled mostly with organizational activity. The General Assembly will continue in organizational session next week in preparation for Governor-elect Bill Lee’s inauguration next Saturday, and likely the following week as well.

We took advantage of the week to meet some of the new members as well as confirm sponsors for the legislation we intend to pursue this year.

One matter of particular interest to most legislative observers occurred Thursday when the speakers of both the House and Senate released committee appointments. The makeup and leadership of the committees and subcommittees are critical to the passage of legislation. We have experienced firsthand how three members of a five-member subcommittee can derail legislation.

We will be providing more information on those bills in the coming weeks and will keep you apprised as these and other bills of interest progress through the process.


Will Burns is FACT’s Public Policy Director.

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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 means he serves as our state’s Lt. Governor.

This week’s activity was filled mostly with organizational activity. The General Assembly will continue in organizational session next week in preparation for Governor-elect Bill Lee’s inauguration next Saturday, and likely the following week as well.

We took advantage of the week to meet some of the new members as well as confirm sponsors for the legislation we intend to pursue this year.

One matter of particular interest to most legislative observers occurred Thursday when the speakers of both the House and Senate released committee appointments. The makeup and leadership of the committees and subcommittees are critical to the passage of legislation. We have experienced firsthand how three members of a five-member subcommittee can derail legislation.

We will be providing more information on those bills in the coming weeks and will keep you apprised as these and other bills of interest progress through the process.

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