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.

Chair
Smith Harris Carr
511 Union St Ste 710
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)255-2643
Immediate Past Chair
Gullett Sanford Robinson &...
150 Third Ave So., Ste 1700
Nashville, TN 37201
(615)244-4994

Opinion: With No Real Rival, State GOP Attack Their Own

Republicans may control state government, but that does not mean they are on the same page, writes Sam Stockard in the Memphis Daily News. Whether it is disagreements over making the Bible the state book, Common Core education standards or Insure Tennessee, GOP lawmakers found themselves fighting against each other during the past legislative session. Now, one Republican lawmaker has called for Gov. Bill Haslam’s impeachment for following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage. In this column, Stockard provides his view of what the future looks like for the majority party.

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Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program on Chopping Block?

Based on reports out of Washington, discussions on the future direction of federal student loans include a possible plan to end the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. The TBA has begun discussions with representatives of a broad range of groups representing organizations that have members receiving student loan debt relief under the program. Also participating in the discussions are non-profit and public agencies, that are able to employ talented graduates because the program allows them to work for lower public sector salaries. The TBA has set up a TBA IMPACT contact page for members to register their interest and to contact members of Congress, particularly Sen. Lamar Alexander, chair of the Senate HELP Committee that oversees the program.

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