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

Haslam Shuts Down Ramsey's 'Guns on the Plaza' Plan

The Nashville Scene reports Gov. Bill Haslam told Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey that it is not Ramsey's domain to decide to allow guns into the Legislative Plaza. “We believe the Department of General Services has statutory authority on this issue,” said Jennifer Donnals, Haslam’s press secretary. According to the Times Free Press, Democrats also have objected to plans by Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, to let state handgun-carry permit holders carry loaded weapons in the Plaza. Ramsey has argued that it is the speakers of the Senate and House who control Legislative Plaza.

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Corker's 'Electrify Africa Act' Signed into Law

President Barack Obama signed Sen. Bob Corker’s Electrify Africa Act of 2015 (S.2152) into law earlier this week, Nooga reports. The bill will promote access to power services for 50 million people in sub-Saharan by 2020. “With limited foreign assistance dollars, we need to focus on projects like energy that can be a catalyst for long-term growth throughout the region and reduce poverty,” Corker, R-Tenn., said.

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