February 15, 2019

The bill filing deadlines have passed in both the House and Senate and resulted in approximately 1500 different legislative proposals being drafted and filed. In general, there is a sentiment that many of these bills are "caption bills" - which are bills that may do something innocuous like extending a reporting deadline, but open large portions of the code that could be amended by the bill with an amendment to be proposed at a later date. 


In response to this, Speaker Casada instituted rules to say that bills that appear to be caption bills will be held on the House Clerk's desk until one of two things happen. 1) The member files an affidavit that it is the intent of the sponsor to actually do what the original bill says or 2) the sponsor must file an amendment that will create the substance of the bill.


Attached you will find a report of bills related to emergency management and emergency services in Tennessee. While not all of these bills directly relate to emergency management, we think they will be of interest to you. There were only two bills filed that actually open Title 58, Chapter 2 - the statutes on emergency management.  


EMAT Day on the Hill is scheduled for March 5. We will be meeting at 9:00 a.m. at Cordell Hull in room 5A on the 8th floor. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Ava Korby. You can reply to this email or call (615) 532-3767.


Click here for a bill report for 2/15/2019.