2015 Legislative Session Wrap-Up
First of all, we'd like to thank everyone who took the time to contact their legislators or join us at the Capitol during these past four months. There were quite a few instances where we needed the solidarity of our Labor family, and we are proud to say that it was instrumental in stopping several detrimental pieces of legislation. Just as a reminder, most (if not all) of these bad bills will rear their ugly heads next year. We'll be ready to tackle them once again and will be in touch with you later this year on how that will happen.
We would be remiss if we did not give a very special thanks to our two lobbyists: Secretary-Treasurer A.J. Starling and Jerry Winters. These two gentlemen represent Labor with the utmost class and integrity at the Capitol, and we're lucky to have them looking out for working families.
To give you an idea of how we operated this year, our office monitored approximately 130 out of a total of 1,632 bills that were filed during session. We narrowed that list down even more to 29 "target" bills that would have the biggest impact on Labor and our affiliates. Similar to last year, we've listed the top "good" and "bad" bills from the 2015 legislative session, as well as a handful of honorable (or dishonorable) mentions. If you click on the bill number (House or Senate), you'll be taken to a page where you can see who voted for or against a piece of legislation, read a summary of the bill, see amendments, watch related video, and much more. Please contact A.J. or Jerry if you have questions about any of this legislation.
Once again, thanks to all of you for your hard work and support this session. You can keep with our current agenda by "liking" us on Facebook and following us on Twitter. We'll see you on the Hill in 2016!
-The Staff of the Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council