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Capitol Update: Week of January 22 - 26

The Legislature returned to session this week after last week's weather put the entire process on pause. Many committees met this week, but for most, the calendars were still relatively sparse. There were a few bills heard in committee that would affect county government. Those are discussed below. The real focus this week was on new legislation being filed or expected to be filed. The General Assembly started the year with just under 1600 bills filed in both the House and Senate. At the time of writing this update, that number had risen to over 2200 bills in the House. There will likely be 1,000 more bills filed in each chamber between now and January 31st, when the House set its filing deadline. The Senate deadline is February 1st.  

For some time, we have heard rumblings that a significant effort was underway to limit the ability of counties and cities to levy property taxes. While we do not yet know the exact form this proposal will take, we are seeing indications that this effort is well underway. New organizations have formed, fund-raising and hiring lobbyists to push a proposal to cap property taxes...

Click Here to Read the Full Capitol Update

Updates from the Opioid Abatement Council

Members,
 
Join TCSA + the Tennessee Opioid Abatement Council for updates on opioid funding, county filing requirements and opportunities, and more. This online webinar will include updates from the Opioid Abatement Council Director Mary Shelton and some Council abatement members. 

When & Where:
February 8, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CST
Click Here to Register for the Webinar on TCSA's Website

County Government Day Reminder

Members,
 
This is another important reminder to register for the County Government Day event. Please register as soon as possible to ensure we have an accurate count for meals and seating. The event is in a few weeks, and we will share the agenda soon.

The event is an opportunity to learn about county issues, connect with county officials, and discuss vital issues with your state legislators that are affecting county government. We hope you will attend.

If you need a hotel room, please contact TCSA at [email protected] or (615) 532-3767 to be added to the waitlist. 

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Click Here to Register for County Government Day

CTAS: New Virtual Budget Series Coming in 2024

This new four-part series will help you prepare your upcoming budgets. Instructed live online via Zoom by CTAS expert consultants, each class tackles a different topic related to developing and managing your budget. 

You do not need to take every class in this series OR take them in order. This series is designed to provide guidance and information as you prepare your 2025 budget.

Class Schedule:
All classes are via Zoom from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm CTEach class's registration page is linked below

Walmart Business

The Walmart You Love, Now for Your Organization

Whether using the app or ordering online, Walmart Business is dedicated to helping OMNIA Partners participating agencies save time, money and hassle so they can focus on their missions.

Find everyday essentials for less, including fresh groceries, budgeting tools, and fast and easy fulfillment options to keep every organization running smoothly.

Click Here to Learn More

Governor Lee to Deliver the State of the State Address

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced he will deliver his sixth State of the State address to the General Assembly and fellow Tennesseans on Monday, February 5 at 6 p.m. CST. The joint session will take place in the House Chamber of the Tennessee State Capitol.

“Tennessee is continuing to lead the nation as a beacon of opportunity, security and freedom,” said Gov. Lee. “Every Tennessean has an important role to play as we strengthen and secure our state’s future, and in the coming year, I look forward to working with the General Assembly to accomplish our legislative priorities and make life better for all.”

Click Here to watch the State of the State Address

December 2023 Revenue Report  

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration Commissioner Jim Bryson announced today that revenues for December were lower than expected and were less than the monthly revenues from the previous year. State revenues for December were $1.9 billion or $82.5 million less than the budgeted estimate declining 1.60 percent.

“Total revenues in December were lower than expected,” Bryson said. “Nevertheless, sales tax receipts, reflecting November consumer activity, rebounded nicely following the state’s three-month food sales tax holiday and suggests that consumer behavior remains resilient. Most of the revenue shortfall for the month can be attributed to reduced franchise and excise tax receipts and diminished revenues from real estate transaction fees, reported within the privilege tax. All other taxes combined revealed modest growth.

Click Here to Read the Full Report

Free Cable Gun Locks Through TN Dept. of Safety

Through its new Safe Store Tennessee program, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, TDOSHS, is offering free cable gun locks to any Tennessean available on request at Driver Services Centers and Tennessee Highway Patrol district headquarters.

“Safe firearm storage saves lives, and as a gun owner, the safe storage of your firearm is your responsibility,” said Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long.

Click Here to Learn More About the Program

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