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...

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Update on County Government Day

TCSA's 2024 County Government Day is just a few weeks away! With the conference approaching, we'd like to share a draft agenda for county officials planning to attend the event and meet with their legislators at the Capitol. 

Please click here to view the draft agenda, and click below to register for the conference. This year, TCSA would like to stress to our members the importance of meeting with your state legislator to discuss the issues affecting your county and the bills filed in the state legislature that would affect your county.
Several ideas and pieces of legislation are being considered in the legislature in the 2024 session that are potentially harmful to the essential function of county government. With these ideas being proposed and discussed at the state level, it is imperative that county officials attend and voice their concerns to legislators. TCSA's County Government Day is the perfect opportunity for county officials to meet with their legislators and network with other Tennessee county officials.

If you haven't yet,
 please register now for the conference in Nashville and plan to attend and meet with your legislators for dinner on Monday individually or as a cohesive group.
Click Here to View the Draft Agenda
Click Here to Register for County Government Day

TCSA + TN Opioid Abatement Council to Hold Meeting Next Thursday

Join TCSA and the Opioid Abatement Council next Thursday, February 8, at 1:00 pm CST! Register on the TCSA website. Zoom links will be provided to registrants on Wednesday, February 7th.

When & Where:
February 8, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CST
Click Here to Register for the Webinar on TCSA's Website
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Reminder for CTAS County HR Issues in February & March
CTAS County Government Consultants Heather Duncan and Melisa Kelton and CTAS Legal Consultant Laylah Smith will outline the rules and regulations governing the conduct and responsibilities of county officials, department heads, and employees, and will provide real examples that counties can learn from.

The course will cover personnel policies, FMLA, and workplace harassment

Course Schedule:
- Feb 13: Nashville IPS Traning Facility @ Polk Ave.
- March 6: Jackson @ Jackson Energy Authority
- March 27: Knoxville @ UT Conference Center

All courses are In-Person and begin at 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. local time
Click Here to Register

December Unemployment Rates are Down  

NASHVILLE – Nearly every county in Tennessee ended 2023 with lower unemployment, according to new data from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). Ninety-two of the state’s 95 counties posted rates in December that came in lower than their November statistics.

Wayne County’s rate was unchanged between November and December at 3.5%. Unemployment did increase in two counties during the month. Hardeman County saw its rate grow from 4.3% to 4.6%, while unemployment in Fayette County increased from 3.6% to 3.8%.

Every county in the state recorded unemployment rates below 5% in December.

Click Here to Read the Full Report

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