Legislative Updates

Late last night, the second half of the 111th Tennessee General Assembly recessed until at least June 1st, 2020 (if not later). To say that the proceedings around passing the budget were anything but business as usual would be an understatement. Governor Bill Lee's proposed budget was made public, put before lawmakers, discussed, and passed all within less than 24 hours.
First of all, we'd like to apologize for the brief lapse in our weekly updates during one of the busiest times of the legislative session. Between the devastating and destructive tornadoes that hit Middle Tennessee last week and killed over two dozen people, to the cancellations of countless meetings, conferences, sporting events, concerts, etc. in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it goes without saying that life is anything but normal right now. These are scary and uncertain times for all of us, but we will navigate a path towards the future together.
Our journey to defeat SJR 648 (aka The "Kelsey Amendment") continues this week as the legislation heads to the full House Consumer & Human Resources Committee. While the resolution passed out of the House Employee Affairs subcommittee this past Tuesday on a 4-2 vote (Representative Bob Freeman and Representative Harold Love voted against it), we cannot thank all of our brothers and sisters throughout the state enough for your efforts.
This upcoming week proves to be a very critical one for the labor movement in Tennessee. As you have probably seen on social media and in e-mail updates from both our office and your respective CLCs, SJR 648 (aka The "Kelsey Amendment") will be heard in the House Employee Affairs Subcommittee this upcoming Tuesday (February 25th) at 4:30 p.m.
Welcome to the second half of the 111th Tennessee General Assembly! This year is already off to a busy start, and we're grateful to stand in solidarity with all of you as we fight to ensure that the priorities of working families are heard loud and clear at the legislature.
Just over seven months ago, legislators adjourned for the first half of the 111th General Assembly and are scheduled to reconvene in roughly 30 days.
Despite all of the post-session news surrounding House Speaker Glen Casada that has dominated headlines for the past couple of weeks, the legislature has wrapped up its business for the year. As usual, we were expecting to be the target of various attacks but seemed to come out relatively unscathed. However, we saw our fair share of bad legislation that was targeted at working families throughout the state.
Despite the efforts of thousands of Tennesseans who contacted their legislators about several bad bills that made it to the floors of both chambers, this has been one of the most disappointing and disheartening weeks at the Capitol in quite a long time. On Tuesday morning, the House barely passed its version of Governor Lee's school voucher legislation.