Legislative Update, January 15, 2022
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FOR YOUR PRAYER LIST: First of all, VERY important decisions will be made in the next four months or so, and laws passed impacting our entire state for many years. Our lawmakers NEED our prayers as well as our attention. Please pray for courage, wisdom, clarity, etc., as the issues are discussed and voted on. Rep. Eddie Mannis lost his father this week. You will want to remember that family.
Well, yes they are and this is a very important session as it gets to do something that is only done every ten years - redistrict for the State Senate, State House, and for the US Congress.
It reminds me how long I have been there (35 years), when this is the THIRD TIME I have been through this redistricting process.
And speaking of 35 years, would you help us get financially ready for this important session as well as celebrate our 35 years by clicking on the graphic to the right and donating to Tennessee Eagle Forum?
Four bills have been introduced that will receive all the attention early on:
HOUSE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS :
SB 0781 by *Johnson - HB 1034 by *Marsh
Redistricting, Congressional - As introduced, updates references to 2020 TIGER system and geography. - Amends TCA Section 2-16-103.
STATE HOUSE DISTRICTS:
SB 0779 by *Johnson - HB 1035 by *Marsh
Redistricting, Legislative - As introduced, updates references to 2020 redistricting law. - Amends TCA Section 3-1-103
SENATE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS:
SB 0782 by *Johnson - HB 1036 by *Johnson C
Redistricting, Legislative - As introduced, updates references to 2020 TIGER system and geography. - Amends TCA Title 2, Chapter 16, Part 1 and Title 3, Chapter 1, Part 1.
The Democratic Caucuses have also introduced a number of bills dealing with redistricting that are scheduled on the respective Committee Calendars.
The Ad Hoc committees have done their work and the legislative committees will now debate these bills.
THE PLACES TO BE ON TUESDAY ARE:
The Senate Judiciary Committee, 8:30am, Senate Hearing Room I
The House State Government Committee, 1:30pm, House Hearing Room I
I have spent hours trying to run these down. As I understand it, this is the Senate Congressional proposal. The House proposal is similar.
Proposed State Senate Districts
Proposed State House Districts
SCHOOL FUNDING is the other initial 'hot topic':
Key House leaders have desire to push ahead this year on Tennessee school funding revamp
Meghan Mangrum Nashville Tennessean January 13, 2022
Key lawmakers have questions after the Tennessee Department of Education released a draft of a new school funding formula this week but also the appetite to push school funding reform this legislative session.
Nine lawmakers, who make up House and Senate leadership, form the steering committee leading the funding review process launched by Gov. Bill Lee and Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn in October.
The steering committee met for the first time since the draft was released Thursday.
Questions remain over how much money local communities will have to contribute to school spending, what student achievement outcomes could be used as part of the potential new formula and how much additional funding schools should receive to educate students living in poverty or those with disabilities.
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