General Assembly sends Right to Work constitutional amendment to the ballot for final approval

Tennessee’s Right to Work law is one step closer to being added to the state constitution. This morning, the House of Representatives gave final approval to a resolution to add the law protecting Tennessee workers to the Tennessee Constitution. Continue reading

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

Legislation giving Tennessee’s governor the authority to issue an Executive Order requiring all schools to offer in-person learning will be headed to the Governor’s desk soon.  Continue reading

Resolution to add Right to Work law to state constitution receives final approval from Senate

A resolution to add Tennessee’s Right to Work law to the state constitution was given final approval from the Tennessee Senate on Monday night. After three readings on the floor of the Senate, the measure received over the two thirds supermajority vote required to pass. Continue reading

Bill to allow first responders to live where they choose is passed by Tennessee Senate

Today, the Tennessee State Senate voted to approve Senate Bill 29 which would allow first responders to live where they choose. Continue reading

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