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
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
901 R.S. Gass Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37216
(615)626-9292
Public Policy Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421

Governor Calls On Rep. Byrd to Address Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Gov. Bill Lee says Rep. David Byrd, the Waynesboro Republican accused by three women of sexually assaulting them, now needs to answer to the allegations made against him more than a year ago, the Tennessean reports. Lee for months avoided taking a position on whether action should be taken against Byrd, although he met with one of his accusers in March. After two high-ranking House Republicans weighed in this week saying they believed the women's allegations, Lee followed suit Thursday afternoon. “I met with Christi Rice and found her to be credible," Lee said in a statement. "While the House must determine if Rep. Byrd should continue service, I believe it is past time for him to address these allegations publicly.”
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2 Candidates Seeking House Speakership, Dunn to Serve as Temporary Replacement

State Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, became the first lawmaker to publicly signal interest in running to succeed House Speaker Glen Casada, who announced on Tuesday he planned to step back from the leadership role, the Nashville Post reports. Joining in the competition today is Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, who has sent a letter to Republican colleagues declaring his bid for the speakership, TNJ on the Hill reports. Carter pledges not to change any committee chairmanships, though he calls for an overhaul of the chamber’s rules to promote integrity. Speaker Pro Tem Bill Dunn, R-Knoxville, will take over on an interim basis upon Casada’s resignation, which is expected after he returns from a vacation on June  3.
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