What's Ahead For 2019?
With another election behind us, our focus now turns to the upcoming legislative session. Once again, we expect to have our work cut out for us as legislators return to Nashville. As has been the case for the past several years, Republicans continue to have extreme dominance in both chambers, so we're preparing for more uphill battles.
Given what we'll likely be facing at both the federal and state levels, it's crucial that we don't let these difficulties dampen our strength and dedication to fighting for working families. To help ensure that all of our members are informed and educated about all legislation that we'll be watching, please let us know if you have any questions about bills that are on our radar.
As a reminder, the legislature will reconvene on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019. Our weekly legislative updates will likely start in early February. Because 2018 was an election year, the legislature will go into recess for a short time after the opening week of session for reorganization. The first official "legislative day" will be Saturday, January 19th following the inauguration of Governor-elect Bill Lee. We will provide additional details about the opening weeks of session once we know more. During reorganization,
we'll be reading through any and all filed bills. Because of the current makeup of the General Assembly, we know that we'll be playing a considerable amount of defense and do not plan on filing any legislation of our own this year. However, we will do our part to lobby for any bills that benefit working families in Tennessee.
We've listed the leadership changes that have occurred in the General Assembly, as well as what bills or issues we expect to see again. Remember, this is not a final or definite list, just a summary of things that we expect to see. If you have questions about any of the items listed below, please don't hesitate to contact our office and speak with a member of our legislative team.