Right to Work: One Step Closer to the Finish Line

The start of the 112th Tennessee General Assembly is quickly approaching, and I am excited to continue working to add Tennessee’s Right to Work law to the state constitution. This month, I filed Senate Joint Resolution 2 for consideration by the 112th General Assembly for its second required passage. If passed by a two-thirds majority, it can be sent to voters on the ballot in November 2022. Continue reading

Sen. Kelsey to file Right to Work Constitutional Amendment for its second required passage by General Assembly

The start of the 112th Tennessee General Assembly is quickly approaching, and State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) is getting a head start on following through with his work in the 111th General Assembly to add Tennessee’s Right to Work law to the state constitution. Today, Kelsey will file a Senate Joint Resolution for consideration by the 112th General Assembly to add the Right to Work law to the constitution for its second required passage by the legislature before it can be sent to voters on the ballot. Continue reading

2020 Legislative Review

My 16th year in the Legislature may have been the most difficult one yet. Far too many Tennesseans are struggling with unemployment, caring for themselves or a loved one with COVID-19, or simply experiencing the loneliness that comes from lack of community. Amid this global pandemic, however, I think you can be proud of the work being done by our state. Continue reading

Right to Work Constitutional Amendment Passes Tennessee House & Senate

A resolution to add Tennessee’s Right to Work law to the state constitution passed its final hurdle for the year. On Wednesday night, the Tennessee House of Representatives approved the measure by a vote of 68 ayes to 22 nays. Senate Joint Resolution 648 is sponsored by Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) and Representative Robin Smith (R-Hixon). Continue reading

Attorney General opinion on Memphis City Council mask mandate

Today I requested an opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General on an ordinance adopted by the Memphis City Council requiring face masks to be worn in certain public places and businesses. Continue reading

Reopening Tennessee

Tennessee is beginning a phased reopening. As we prepare to resume life in this new normal, maintaining social distancing practices will remain essential. Let’s all work together to keep everyone safe as we go back out into the world. Continue reading

Money for Businesses

If you own a small business (fewer than 500 employees), starting TODAY you can apply for a 100% forgivable loan to keep everyone on the payroll.   Continue reading

Protecting Worker's Rights

I am happy to share that my proposal to add Tennessee's Right to Work law to our state constitution, guaranteeing future generations of Tennessee workers their right to work regardless of whether they choose to join a union, passed the Senate by a vote of 24-5. Continue reading

Right to Work Constitutional Amendment Passes Tennessee Senate

Today, a resolution to add Tennessee’s Right to Work law to the state constitution passed the Tennessee Senate with over a two thirds supermajority vote.   Continue reading

2020 Legislative Preview

Next week, the Tennessee legislature will meet back in Nashville to begin the 2020 legislative session. I wanted to take a moment to share with you one of my legislative priorities for this year.  Continue reading