Governmental Affairs Committee

The TBA Governmental Affairs Committee is involved in one of the core missions of the association – advocacy for the profession and for our system of justice.

Immediate Past Chair
Smith Harris Carr
511 Union St Ste 710
Nashville, TN 37219

Memphis Councilman Calls for Special Legislative Session On Confederate Monuments

Memphis City Councilman Bill Morrison is urging officials to call for a special legislative session to repeal the Tennessee Heritage Protection Act of 2016, which protects Confederate statues and monuments. Humphrey on the Hill reports that Sen. Sara Kyle, D-Memphis, has also introduced a bill that would exempt Shelby County from the law, but it would not be considered until the next legislative cycle in January unless a special session is called. Morrison said that the law is “wrong and must be repealed. It doesn’t protect our heritage. It only serves to protect memories of white supremacy and shrines for modern-day followers.”
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Former Trump Delegate to Run for 2nd District Congressional Seat

A fourth Republican has thrown his hat into the ring to run for the 2nd district U.S. Congressional seat, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Ken Gross, a former delegate for President Donald Trump, will seek the GOP nomination in a crowded field that includes Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, State Rep. Jimmy Matlock and Knoxville businessman Brad Fullington, as well as Joshua Williams, who is running for the Democratic nomination. Gross said that if elected, he will “Make Congress Great Again.” The 2nd Congressional District seat is currently filled by U.S. Rep. Jimmy Duncan, who will not seek reelection.
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