Throughout the legislative session, TSBA’s legislative staff monitors legislative activity that affects education and maintains direct communication with legislators, state agencies and state departments in the education arena. Meetings are held each week with the Chairpersons of the House and Senate Education Committees to discuss the week’s calendars and to provide insight on issues important to school boards. The legislative staff carefully analyzes education legislation and works to ensure that legislation supporting public education becomes law and harmful legislation is amended or defeated. In addition to meeting with legislators, this process includes testifying at committee meetings, providing position statements to members, and drafting amendments to proposed bills.
TSBA also provides an Advocacy Mobile Application: TSBA On the Hill. Whether you want access to instant updates, need to find and contact your representative/senator, track a specific bill or view daily General Assembly schedules, TSBA’s On the Hill application has you covered. Download the application by searching for “TSBA Events” on the Apple or Android store.
Get access to immediate updates and alerts through Twitter by following @TSBA_OnTheHill. These posts can be tracked through Twitter.com. School board members can become a follower and receive these updates almost instantly. If a major education bill is about to be discussed or if an item from our legislative agenda is acted upon, those members will be the first to know.
Tennessee General Assembly
Under the Tennessee Constitution, legislative authority of the State is vested in the General Assembly, which consists of a Senate and a House of Representatives, both dependent on the people (that is, popularly elected). The name of the legislative authority may vary from state to state, but usually it is called the Legislature or the General Assembly. The official title in our state is the “General Assembly of the State of Tennessee,” but may also be properly referred to as the Legislature.
The Tennessee General Assembly meets in Nashville each year beginning at noon on the second Tuesday of January. Each General Assembly meets 90 session days over a two-year period. Generally, legislative sessions last from mid-January through late April or May of each year. The General Assembly has 33 Senators and 99 Representatives. The 111th General Assembly Senate is composed of 28 Republicans, and 5 Democrats, elected to four-year terms. The 111th General Assembly House of Representatives is composed of 73 Republicans and 26 Democrats elected in even-numbered years to two-year terms.