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 5, 2024

This week at the General Assembly, there weren’t a lot of major developments related to legislation. There were, however, significant political developments. A few more committees closed, but there was no public progress toward resolving issues between the House and Senate on school vouchers or on competing proposals to change the state’s Franchise and Excise tax.

Talks are supposedly happening between the leadership of the two chambers. If any compromises have been reached, they have yet to be announced. As lawmakers wrapped up their business for the week and headed home Thursday, many of them were watching to see if they drew an opponent. The qualifying deadline for candidates wanting to run for the House and Senate was Noon that day. That looming deadline was possibly the reason some controversial issues didn’t come up for a vote this week.

Some legislators might not feel any more comfortable next week, as more than usual face opposition. In the Senate, it appears every incumbent Senator up for election this fall will face at least one opponent, with some facing both primary and general election challengers. About fifteen House members are unopposed. That count may grow as several outstanding qualifying petitions were still pending. Quite a few current and former county officials have thrown their hat into the ring this cycle - some for open seats, while others are challenging incumbent legislators...
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Jefferson County Recognized for Opioid Settlement Planning Process

DANDRIDGE, TN [APRIL 4, 2024] - Jefferson County proudly announces it is receiving of one of the inaugural awards for Excellence in the Application of the Opioid Litigation Principles. The Opioid Litigation Principles were developed by a coalition of organizations from across the spectrum of the substance use field and by faculty and staff from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

They are a set of evidence-based strategies and serve as a guide to state and local policymakers on how to utilize the national settlement funds. Jefferson County received this award for demonstrating how its decision-making process reflects the following

1. Spend the Money to Save Lives

2. Use Evidence to Guide Spending

3. Invest in Youth Prevention

4. Focus on Racial Equity

5. Develop a Fair and Transparent Process for Deciding Where to Spend the Funding

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SWTDD: Senior Expo on May 23

SWTDD’s Senior Expo is back for the first time since COVID caused the biennial event to be canceled in May 2020! This fun event, open to all senior adults in the region, will be an out-of-this-galaxy celebration at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson, 400 South Highland Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m CT. on Thursday, May 23.

This fun-filled, space-themed celebration, entitled “Powered by Connection” is in observance of “Older Americans Month”. The Southwest Tennessee Development District’s Area Agency on Aging & Disability hosts the Senior Expo every other year.

Attendees can expect food, fun, games, vendors, screenings, entertainment, and lunch. The 2024 Senior Expo is open to all senior citizens in the region -- Chester, Decatur, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Madison and McNairy.

Admission of $15 per person covers munchies, games, lunch and entertainment, screenings and information regarding health-related issues, sessions on Medicare, and other senior-related topics. Pre-registration is requested for proper lunch planning. Exhibit space is $125 per vendor.

For more information about the SWTDD Senior Expo, contact the Southwest AAAD at 731.668.6967. To register to attend, contact Summer Howell at 731.668.6419 or [email protected].

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NACo Shares Resources to Celebrate 2024 National County Government Month 

National County Government Month (NCGM), held each April, is an annual celebration of county government. Since 1991, the National Association of Counties (NACo) has encouraged counties to actively promote county roles and responsibilities in serving residents.

Counties can schedule activities any time during the month. NCGM is an excellent opportunity for your county to highlight effective or innovative county programs and raise public awareness of services provided to the community. 

This year's National County Government Month theme is consistent with NACo President Mary Jo McGuire’s focus for the year, ForwardTogether. 

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