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

Church Sues State Over New Law Barring Online Marriage Officiants

The Universal Life Church Monastery is suing Tennessee and four county clerks in an effort to block a new state law that, beginning on July 1, bars any minister who receives an online ordination from solemnizing marriage ceremonies, the Times Free Press reports. The suit asserts that certain provisions of the new law are in direct violation of the First and Fourteenth amendments to the U.S. Constitution in addition to Article 1, Section 3 of the Tennessee Constitution. The lawsuit names Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery and four county clerks whose offices issue marriage licenses, in their official capacities.
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Lt. Gov. to TVA: Keep Bull Run Open, Move Coal Ash

In a letter to the Tennessee Valley Authority, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally urged the electricity provider to reverse its decision to shut down the Bull Run coal-fired power plant in Anderson County, Knoxnews reports. TVA announced earlier this year it was closing the plant — located on the Clinch River in the heart of the Claxton community. TVA cited a drop in demand for electricity produced by burning coal and said it would close the plant by 2023. McNally also said he thinks TVA should dig up the coal ash in its unlined pits and either sell the ash or store it in lined landfills away from the Clinch River and other water sources.
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