Right to Work Constitutional Amendment Passes Senate Commerce Committee

Today, a resolution to add Tennessee’s Right to Work law to the state constitution was given approval from the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee. The measure will advance to the full Senate for final approval. Continue reading

Bill to allow first responders to live where they choose passes first hurdle in Tennessee Senate

Today, members of the Senate State and Local Government Committee voted to advance Senate Bill 29 which would allow first responders to live where they choose. Continue reading

Senate approves legislation giving Tennessee’s governor the authority to require all schools to offer in-person learning

The full Senate approved legislation today giving Tennessee’s governor the authority to issue an Executive Order requiring all schools to offer in-person learning. Continue reading

Statement from Senate Education Committee Chairman Brian Kelsey regarding SCS plans to return to the classroom

Senate Education Committee Chairman Brian Kelsey made the following statement regarding the announcement by Shelby County Schools (SCS) to return to in-person learning and instruction: Continue reading

SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE APPROVES LEGISLATION GIVING SCHOOL BOARDS MORE INDEPENDENCE IN HEALTH-RELATED SCHOOL CLOSURES

The Senate Education Committee approved legislation today giving school boards more independence regarding whether their schools should be open or closed during a public emergency.  SB103, sponsored by Senate Education Committee Chairman Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown), grants a local board of education or governing body of a public charter school the sole authority to open or close a school unless the governor issues an executive order with statewide applicability requiring in-person learning and instruction. Continue reading

Right to Work Constitutional Amendment Passes Senate Judiciary Committee

Today, a resolution to add Tennessee’s Right to Work law to the state constitution passed its first hurdle of the 112th General Assembly and was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee with a positive recommendation to the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee. Senate Joint Resolution 2, sponsored by State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown), aims to fulfill the second required passage of this measure by the legislature before it is sent to voters on the ballot for the final step of the constitutional amendment process. Continue reading

Education special session addressed pandemic-related student learning losses

The General Assembly passed major legislation this week to address unprecedented student learning losses as a result of COVID-19 related school closures and time spent away from the classroom. This week’s action also included passage of legislation focusing on foundational reading skills; a bill ensuring students, teachers, schools, and districts are held harmless from any negative consequences associated with 2020-2021 student assessments; and a measure providing funds to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to increase teacher pay.  Continue reading

Senator Kelsey appointed to lead Senate Education Committee

State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) has been appointed Chairman of the Senate Education Committee for the 112th General Assembly.  The announcement was made by Lt. Governor Randy McNally as the legislature met in an organizational session on Wednesday. Continue reading

Sen. Kelsey and Rep. Vaughan file legislation to give school boards more independence in public emergency-related school closures

State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) and Representative Kevin Vaughan (R-Collierville) today filed legislation giving school boards more independence regarding whether their schools should be open or closed during a public emergency. Senate Bill SB103, which would take effect upon being signed into law, also applies to public charter schools in Tennessee. Continue reading

Legislators file bill to allow first responders to live where they chose

State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) today filed SB0029 which would allow first responders to live where they choose. The bill would ban residency requirements statewide for police officers and firefighters. Kelsey says the bill is a matter of public safety and will allow police and fire departments to recruit top tier first responder candidates, regardless of where they live. The lawmaker says, in particular, it will help Tennessee address a deficit of police officers occurring throughout the country. Continue reading