TCSA Capitol Updates 2024

Capitol Update | April 26, 2024

Posted on 4/26/2024

Capitol Update | April 19, 2024

Posted on 4/19/2024

Capitol Update | April 12, 2024

Posted on 4/12/2024

Capitol Update | April 5, 2024

Posted on 4/5/2024


Capitol Update: April 12, 2024

Vouchers and F&E Taxes Still In Limbo

Time is running out, but the leadership of the House and Senate say talks are still ongoing about the dramatically different versions of private school voucher legislation moving in each chamber. The bills have progressed to the Finance Committee in the Senate and the Finance Subcommittee in the House, but have been deferred yet again. Neither chamber has taken a vote on the proposal since it came out of the Senate Education Committee on March 6th and it was recommended by the House Government Operations Committee on March 18th. The chambers both intend to take up the state budget at some point next week. Obviously this item will need to be resolved in order for them to do so. Another major sticking point between the chambers is the legislation to revise the state’s franchise and excise tax. The bill has passed both chambers but in a different form. The Senate on Thursday refused to...

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Legislative Conference Draft Agenda Now Available


The draft agenda for TCSA's Legislative Conference is now available. TCSA is still working on the final agenda with full details, but in the meantime, you can view the draft agenda here.

There is still time to register for the conference. We look forward to seeing you all May 21-23, 2024 in Sevier County (Gatlinburg). If you still need to book a room for the conference, you can do so at our current overflow hotel, Old Creek Lodge. The room rate is $129/ night. Please call their guest services at (865) - 430 - 7200 to reserve your room. 
View the Draft Agenda Here

TCSA Third Thursday Webinar Announcement: 2024 Legislative Updates from TCSA

Join TCSA to review legislative bills that have passed and/or are being considered by the Tennessee General Assembly in this year’s session. TCSA Director David Connor will cover various bills, but most importantly, bills concerning education, infrastructure, taxation, and local powers will be heavily focused on during this session.

If you are curious about what bills have been considered and/or passed in the Legislature this year and cannot attend TCSA’s Legislative Conference in Gatlinburg next month, we encourage you to join us for this webinar on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. CT to review significant legislation from the 2024 General Assembly session.

NOTE: This webinar may be rescheduled due to the House's busy schedule next week, but at this time, TCSA is still planning to host the online event. Please check your emails next week (including spam folders!) for updates and reminders about the webinar. We look forward to seeing you Thursday, April 18th! 

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Counties Directly Eligible for $2.4 billion Through USDOT Rail Safety Improvement Program 

On March 29, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced $2.4 billion in funding for the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) program. This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) combines funding from fiscal years 2023 and 2024 appropriations and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL)

CRISI grants are a valuable resource for counties as rail safety remains a critical issue, especially at dangerous at-grade crossings – nearly all of which are located within county boundaries. NACo will continue to advocate for full funding of CRISI and other discretionary grant programs authorized in the BIL in future surface transportation legislation. Learn more about the CRISI program through the button below.

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Tennessee's Digital Opportunity Plan Accepted by NTIA

Nashville, Tenn. - The Digital Opportunity Plan prepared by the Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) was approved by the federal government, granting access to $15.8 million to help close the digital divide in Tennessee.

TNECD intends to use these additional funds to continue supporting programs that provide Tennesseans access to digital skills training and workforce development opportunities.

To learn more about Tennessee’s broadband initiatives and review the state’s Digital Opportunity Plan, please visit

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