Special Session - Day 3 Quick Takes

Well, yesterday was another interesting, challenging day. The first thing was that I wore the wrong color.  Anyone that knows me knows that I like and wear bright colors, red being one of my two favorite (purple being the other). I am sure that a lot of folks there assumed that I was one of the people there to demonstrate.  I even got teased about it by some of the staff.  Oh well! 


Some protestors had to be escorted out of the committee room.

BTW:  a judge agreed Wednesday to temporarily block the rule advanced by state House Republicans about holding up signs in committee after they start.

The House Education Administration Committee was in total chaos yesterday.


Senate Schedules and Calendars

Monday, August 21, 2023 - Sunday, August 27, 2023


House Schedules and Calendars

Monday, August 21, 2023 - Sunday, August 27, 2023




Senate passes four bills during Wednesday’s session:


Department of Safety to give out free gun locks 

SB 7085 by *Johnson - presented by Sen.Adam Lowe
HB 7012 by *Lamberth - presented by Rep. Mark White

Firearms and Ammunition - As introduced, directs the department of safety to provide free firearm locks to Tennessee residents upon request; requires department-approved handgun safety courses to contain instruction on the safe storage of firearms; exempts the retail sale of firearm safes and firearm safety devices from sales and use taxes beginning November 1, 2023.
As amended, PASSED THE SENATE 28-1 - in House Finance today.


how soon a court clerk must notify TBI 

SB 7086 by *Johnson
HB 7013 by *Lamberth
Clerks, Court - As introduced, changes from 30 days to 72 hours the time frame within which a clerk of the circuit or general sessions court must notify the TBI of the final disposition of criminal proceedings against a person after final disposition of such proceedings; requires the clerk to notify the TBI of the final disposition of such proceedings by electronic submission; requires the clerk of the municipal court, when exercising concurrent general sessions court jurisdiction, to notify the TBI by electronic submission of the final disposition of such proceedings against a person no later than 72 hours after final disposition of such proceedings.
As amended, PASSED THE SENATE 28-0 - in Calendar and Rules in the House.


human trafficking

SB 7088 by *Johnson
HB 7041 by *Lamberth

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation - As introduced, requires the bureau to submit a report on child and human trafficking crimes and trends in this state, based upon data available to the bureau, as well as current programs and activities of the bureau's human trafficking unit, to the governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the speaker of the senate by December 1, 2023, and by each December 1 thereafter
PASSED THE SENATE 26-5-0 -   in House Calendar and Rules today.


more school resource officers and mental health services.

SB 7089 by *Johnson
HB 7070 by *Lamberth

Appropriations - As introduced, makes appropriations sufficient for the payment of any lawful expenses, including, but not limited to, staffing, per diem, travel, and other expenses, of the first extraordinary session of the 113th General Assembly; makes other appropriations related to such extraordinary session.

AS AMENDED, PASSED THE SENATE 26-04 - is in House Finance today.


Tennessee House Committees Decide Fate of Bills to Arm Teachers, Allow Armed Law Enforcement Officers Inside Schools .

NOTE:  According to the legislative website, HB7086 was ultimately taken off notice.






There is only one bill on the Senate Floor Calender today:

*SJR7086 by Johnson.

General Assembly, Adjournment - Adjourns sine die First Extraordinary Session of 113th General Assembly on August 24, 2023.
The Abstract summarizes SJR7086 as introduced.



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