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.

Smith Harris Carr
511 Union St Ste 710
Nashville, TN 37219
Immediate Past Chair
Gullett Sanford Robinson &...
150 Third Ave So., Ste 1700
Nashville, TN 37201

All 3 Constitutional Officers Seeking New Terms

The state’s three constitutional officers – Comptroller Justin Wilson, Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Treasurer David Lillard – are all planning to seek new terms in office when the Tennessee General Assembly votes to fill the positions in January, Knoxnews reports. All three were elected to office in 2009 when Republicans first gained a majority of seats in the state legislature and are unlikely to face opposition according to the paper. Under the state constitution, the comptroller and treasurer serve two-year terms while the secretary of state serves a four-year term.

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Groups Seek Change in Voter Purging Practices

Citing a recent ruling from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Tennessee League of Women Voters and the Demos Law Firm are calling on Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett to change the way the state purges inactive voters from registration lists. The federal appeals court ruled last month that the state of Ohio violated the National Voter Registration Act when it cancelled registrations of citizens who had not voted since 2008 and did not respond to a letter requesting confirmation of their addresses. The groups tell the Times Free Press they have not yet received a response from Hargett.

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