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Posted by: Brenda Gadd on Jan 13, 2016

Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that will give the State of the State address to the joint body of the House and Senate on Feb. 1. Haslam is expected to highlight his priorities for the legislature and funding initiatives in this speech.

New Senate Schedule and Proposed Adjournment Dates

The Senate has announced a new schedule and plans to adjourn Sine Die the week of April 11, but acknowledged it may adjourn week of April 18. Starting the week of Jan. 25, the Senate will go into session at 1 p.m. followed by Senate Energy Committeee and Senate Transportation. Tuesday will continue to be all-day committee meetings and the week will wrap up on with Wednesday, with a session at 9 a.m. followed by Government Operations, Health & General Welfare and Education Committees.

According to the Senate Clerk's office, the new schedule will give the Senate 3.5 hours more committee time. Any changes to the Senate's schedule that causes more than three consecutive days of the body not meeting in session will require the approval by the House (required by the state constitution). 

With this new senate calendar, Senate committee closings were announced: 

  • March 14 - Senate Transportation Committee; Senate Energy, Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee; Senate Health & Welfare Committee
  • March 21 - Senate Commerce & Labor Committee; Senate Education Committee
  • March 28 - Senate Government Operations Committee; Senate State & Local Government Committe
  • April 4 - Senate Judiciary Committee; Senate Finance, Ways & Means Committee

The House announced that it will likely keep its same schedule from last year. The House has not released information on when it may conclude its business and adjourn Sine Die.

Next Steps on Implementation of 2014 Consitutitional Amendment 2: Judicial Selection

After the 2014 Constitutional Amendment known as the Judicial Selection Amendment passed, the legislature began working on creating statutory provisions for implementation and upon disagreement between the House and Senate both bodies adjourned last year without passing legislation on how selection process would work.

The Senate on Tuesday named a new conference committee membership: Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, Sen. John Stevens, R-Huntingdon, and Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville. Today, the House named its new conference committee membership: Rep. Jon Lundberg, R-Bristol, Rep. William Lamberth, R-Cottontown, Rep. Bill Dunn, R-Knoxville, Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley, and Rep. Bill Beck, D-Nashville.

The committee report to be presented for adoption in the Senate and House is expected to be adopted early in the session.

Here's a refresher on Amendment 2.