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

State House Narrowly Approves Lee's School Voucher Plan

The Tennessee House passed Gov. Bill Lee’s signature school voucher legislation today in dramatic fashion, with a Knoxville lawmaker switching his vote to break a tie, the Tennessean reports. The bill, which would create education savings accounts for parents and requires verification of the recipient’s legal status, was deadlocked in a 49-49 tie this morning. Republican Rep. Jason Zachary cast the tie-breaking vote. 
read more »

Senate Version of School Vouchers Bill Could Apply to Only Shelby, Davidson Counties

Gov. Bill Lee's signature education savings account proposal could be pared back to just Davidson and Shelby counties when it goes back before the Senate this week, The Tennessean reports. Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, said that the controversial measure — which would provide money for parents to take their children out of public schools and allow them to spend the funds on private school or other education-related expenses — could be headed to a conference committee. Lawmakers use conference committees to settle disagreements between the House and Senate. The same version of each bill must be approved by both chambers before a measure can head to Lee's desk. 
read more »