TBA Legislative Agenda – YLD CATALYST Legislation

Sen. Raumesh Akbari, D-Memphis, and Rep. Bill Beck, D-Nashville, this week introduced SB836/HB1002, which requires every person applying for a driver license or photo identification card to be automatically registered to vote upon the applicant's 18th birthday. This legislation is a result of the TBA Young Lawyers Division's Civic Achievement Through Activism in the Legislature by Young Students in Tennessee (CATALYST) program. The CATALYST program was created and implemented by the YLD and teaches high school students about their government by providing curriculum to the students, which in turn helped them draft legislation directly addressing issues in their communities. The YLD leadership selected legislation submitted by students from Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences and worked with sponsors, Akbari and Beck, to have it introduced. The students will meet with the sponsors of the bill and follow its progress as it moves through the General Assembly committee process.
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