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

GOP Leaders Start Process for Special Durham Session

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell, Majority Leader Gerald McCormick and Republican Caucus Chair Glen Casada began circulating a formal petition today that would authorize the House to convene a special session and consider a resolution to expel Rep. Jeremy Durham, R-Franklin, from his seat. Harwell announced yesterday that while she originally opposed a special session, she had changed her mind. Democratic leaders had called for a special session after a report from the Attorney General was released. The Tennessean reports that the session may also consider the removal of Rep. Joe Armstrong, D-Knoxville, who was indicted last year on federal felony fraud and tax evasion charges.

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Democrats Call for Blocking Durham Pension

Tennessee House Democrats, who have been calling for a special session to expel Rep. Jeremy Durham, R-Franklin, over allegations that he sexually harassed at least 22 women, are now trying to block him from receiving a lifetime pension. Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Stewart said today that Durham will automatically qualify for a pension starting at $300 per month in November, even if he loses his primary next month, unless the legislature acts. Humphrey on the Hill has more.

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