Tennessee Capitol Building

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.

Tennessee Capitol Building

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.