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TACIR acts on Internet sales tax, recommends mandatory collections

In January, the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) met and discussed several items of interest to local governments. In particular, TACIR released its interim report on local revenue sources which includes four recommendations for the Tennessee General Assembly to adopt.
The issue of how to collect and distribute sales tax revenue, whether from internet sales or otherwise, came before the House Finance, Ways, and Means Committee in April 2018.

111th Tennessee General Assembly ushers in new leadership, 32 freshmen legislators

The first session of the 111th General Assembly got underway on Jan. 8, swearing in one of the largest freshmen class of legislators in more than two decades and electing a new Speaker of the House.  The first session of the 111th General Assembly got underway on Jan. 8, swearing in one of the largest freshmen class of legislators in more than two decades and electing a new Speaker of the House.  

Lee names key cabinet, staff positions

Gov.-Elect Bill Lee has named several more members of his staff ahead of his Jan. 19 inaguration.


Williamson County Sheriff Jeff Long will replace David Purkey as the commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security in Lee’s administration. Purkey has served in the role since 2016.

Feb. 28 last date for water plan feedback

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is now seeking feedback from the public on the plan that assesses current water resources and makes recommendations for steps that can be taken to ensure Tennessee has abundant water resources to support future population and economic growth through 2040.

TN Senate, House nominate candidates for leadership roles

Both new and familiar faces will be taking on leadership roles in Tennessee’s upcoming 111th General Assembly when it convenes on Jan. 8, 2019.


Sen. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, was nominated by his party to serve as the lieutenant governor and speaker of the Senate. McNally has served in the role since 2017 and represents State Senate District 5.


Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin, won the Republican nomination for House speaker, receiving 47 votes from the 73-member Republican caucus.

State Museum tells Tennessee stories new and old

BY KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

Tennessee’s history has a new home at the recently opened Tennessee State Museum at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville.


One of the oldest and largest state museum collections in the nation, the museum was previously located in the lower levels of the James K. Polk State Office Building for 35 years. The new 137,000-square-foot facility was financed through $120 million in state funding and $30 million in private contributions and is expected to host some 220,000 visitors annually.

Lee announces ten cabinet roles

Gov.-elect Bill Lee has announced several members of his new cabinet, including a new chief of staff, policy director, finance chairman, and agriculture commissioner.
Stuart McWhorter was selected as finance chairman for Lee’s administration.


In addition to chairing Lee’s inauguration planning and serving as the campaign’s finance chairman, McWhorter is chairman and president of healthcare and technology investment management firm Clayton Associates.

111th Tennessee General Assembly will usher in 32 freshmen legislators

BY CAROLE GRAVES
TML Communications Director

At least one fourth of the Tennessee General Assembly’s members will either be new to the legislature or will be seated in a different chamber. That’s because of an unusually high number of legislative departures, due mostly to retirements or the pursuit of other government offices.

In the state House of Representatives, 29 freshmen legislators were will be sworn into office during the opening day of the 111th Tennessee General Assembly on Jan. 8, 2019.

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