Capitol Update: February 2, 2024
It’s been a whirlwind week. The House stuck with the January 31st bill filing deadline, and the Senate kept its deadline of February 1st, despite legislators and staff losing a week of January due to the winter storm. There is always a rush of legislation filed just before the deadline, but this year’s process was especially compressed. When the dust settled, the House introduced 1369 new bills and the Senate 1365 (a bill must be filed, heard, and passed in both chambers to become a law).
Your associations are already working through the process of analyzing these new proposals. The TCSA Education Committee met via Zoom yesterday and reviewed 60 bills impacting K-12 education. The TCCA Governmental Affairs Committee is meeting in person today in Wilson County to review all legislation that could potentially impact county governments. These decisions and discussions, together with the association’s legislative platform, set the priorities and positions of the organization.
Committee calendars remain a bit on the light side at the General Assembly, in part due to the fact that all this new legislation has to go through two readings on the floors of the respective chambers before the bills can be assigned to a committee...