Legislative Updates

Just over a week ago, the 112th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned sine die. In the span of roughly four months, the Republican supermajority once again proved that it is strongly anti-worker and used multiple pieces of legislation to do this. From attempts to manage matters that should be left up to private businesses and their employees, to repeated attacks on the productive, longstanding relationship between Ford and the UAW, legislators were not afraid to go after working families at what felt like every opportunity.
Even though we indicated in our most recent recap that there likely wouldn't be an update sent out due to the holiday weekend, we decided that there was too much important information to share to go a full two weeks without a summary of where things stand at the legislature.

The biggest issue that we'll be watching this week is the official start of the discussion on the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. As a reminder, if nothing else, this is the one task that lawmakers are constitutionally obligated to complete every year.
It's rare that we get to discuss such positive news in a legislative update, so we won't miss an opportunity to do so. This past week and with bipartisan sponsors and support, the Tennessee AFL-CIO successfully passed a piece of legislation.
Even though an Easter adjournment is looking less likely at this point, legislators are still moving fairly quickly through some of their final committee meetings.

One of the biggest hurdles continues to be Governor Bill Lee's proposed K-12 funding formula that is still traveling through both the House and Senate.
With several more committees closing this past week, the 112th Tennessee General Assembly is officially preparing to enter the home stretch.

Starting on Monday, lawmakers will begin hearing appropriations amendments. This is typically one of the first steps in the process of passing a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
This past week, working families scored two major victories at the Capitol as HB 1856/SB 1796 and 
Due to VERY lengthy committee agendas, House Bill 1856/Senate Bill 1796 and House Bill 2111/SB 2142 were not heard this past week.

However, you could easily look at this upcoming week's calendar and think that it was simply a "copy and paste" of what was scheduled for these past few days.