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.

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Nashville, TN 37201

Hooker Questions How Votes are Counted

John Jay Hooker is raising concerns that the method for counting votes does not pass constitutional muster, the Tennessean reports. The longstanding interpretation of the state constitution has been that to be ratified, proposed amendments must receive a majority of the number of votes cast in the governor’s race. Hooker, who is one of the leading opponents of efforts to write the state’s plan for merit selection of appeals judges into the Tennessee Constitution, argued in a letter to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday that only voters who both cast actual ballots in the governor’s race and vote on the amendment should have their votes counted on the amendments.

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3rd District Candidates Go Head to Head

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and Democratic challenger Mary Headrick met for a one-on-one debate just a week before the Nov. 4 election. The two are battling for the 3rd Congressional District seat, which Fleischmann has held for the last two terms. The candidates tackled issues ranging from sending U.S. troops to fight ISIS, health care reform, abortion law and veterans’ affairs. The Chattanooga Times Free Press has more.

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