Wednesday, February 17th
Senate Floor Session, 9 a.m.
SJR 88: This resolution asks the federal government to allow the state to "opt out" of TennCare and enact a "catastrophic benefits health insurance program."
Senate Bill 1621 (HB 1674): An attack on Amendment 3, which was approved by Nashville voters in August, this bill "prohibits the state or any local government from requiring a company bidding on a state or local construction project to employ individuals who reside within the jurisdiction of the state or local government."
House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee, 12 p.m., LP 30
HJR 521: This resolution urges Governor Haslam to take whatever steps are necessary to enact Insure Tennessee.
House State Government Subcommittee, 12 p.m., LP 29
House Bill 2062 (SB 2064): This bill requires that all local EMA personnel be considered first responders, including all of the rights, benefits, privileges, and protections that are currently available.
House Bill 1494 (SB 1656): Under this piece of legislation, any teacher who is a part of the TCRS program must forfeit his or her retirement benefits i
f convicted of any misdemeanor sexual offense related to employment.
Note: This bill has already passed in the Senate.
House Bill 1969 (SB 2267):
Similar to the "Tennessee Workers P
rotection Act," this bill would enact the "Protect Tennessee Citizens and Workers Act."
House Transportation Subcommittee, 12 p.m., LP 16
House Bill 2022 (SB 1953):
This bill authorizes the Department of Transportation to build and run a mass transit system on the side of a state interstate or highway.
Note: This bill will also be heard in the Senate Transportation & Safety Committee at 1 p.m. in LP 12
House Local Government Subcommittee, 1:30 p.m., LP 30
House Bill 985 (SB 466):
This piece of legislation says that county government employees can't serve as a member of the county legislative body.
House Consumer & Human Resources Subcommittee, 3 p.m., LP 29
House Bill 1869 (SB 1706): This bill changes the instances in which "a court of workers' compensation may award attorneys' fees and requires a refund to employers or their insurers if benefits were paid and subsequently a court finds that the employee was not entitled to the benefits."
House Bill 2334 (SB 2037): Another good bill, this piece of legislation encourages the study and development of a program that provides financial incentives to businesses who hire and employ people who have been convicted of a felony.