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Bill Advances to Give Legislature Control Over State Textbook Commission

The Senate Government Operations Committee on February 12 approved Senate Bill 1602 / House Bill 2249, which would give controlling appointment authority for the State Textbook Commission to the General Assembly and would make significant changes in the review and approval process for public school…

Bill Filed to Change Name and Composition of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission

Senate Bill 2054, introduced by Senator Bell, would change the name of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission to the "Tennessee Affirmative Action Commission."  Currently, the Human Rights Commission is composed of 15 members appointed by the Governor.  Under this bill, the new Affirmative Action Commission would still consist of 15 members, but five would be appointed by the Speaker of the Senate,…

Tennessee's Commission to Fill Judicial Vacancies Will Cease to Exist on July 1

In Tennessee, the Judicial Nominating Commission fills vacancies on the state's trial and appellate courts.  Legislation authorizing the Commission must be renewed periodically.  Its current statutory authorization ends on June 30, 2013.  In the legislative session just ended,…

First Session of 108th General Assembly Expected to End Today

The first regular session of the 108th General Assembly is expected to end today.  The House and Senate will have used 33 of their constitutionally-alloted "legislative days" during this session.  The Tennessee Constitution limits legislators to 90 "legislative days" over a two-year period.  A "legislative day" is a day in which the full House or Senate is in session.  It does not include days on which…