TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Oct 16, 2014

Strategists in both state political parties say Republicans are likely to retain their two-thirds supermajorities in the Tennessee legislature in the Nov. 4 general election, the Commercial Appeal reports. Republicans currently hold a 26-7 majority over Democrats in the Senate and 70-28 advantage in the House. (The one House independent, Rep. Kent Williams of Elizabethton, isn’t seeking re-election.) With such big numbers, the GOP could lose up to four seats in both chambers and still have the two-thirds votes in each to change legislative rules and propose state constitutional amendments — not to mention pass new laws, which require only simple majorities.