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Commissioner Gonzales Announces 2021 Bank Holiday Schedule

Commissioner Gonzales Announces 2021 Bank Holiday Schedule

Bank Holiday Schedule In response to anticipated questions, this will serve as confirmation that Tennessee state-chartered banks may be closed on the following dates, in addition to federally designated holidays, provided that adequate notice is given to customers prior to the closing: ·       Friday, November 26, 2021 (in addition to Thursday, November 25, 2021) ·       Friday, December […]

AG Slatery Sues Biden Administration to Stop Enforcement of Guidance that Threatens Women’s Sports and Student and Employee Privacy

AG Slatery Sues Biden Administration to Stop Enforcement of Guidance that Threatens Women’s Sports and Student and Employee Privacy

Nashville- Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, leading a 20-state coalition, filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Tennessee today. The complaint seeks to stop the Biden Administration from enforcing new, expansive, and unlawful interpretations of federal antidiscrimination laws. In the complaint, the multi-state coalition challenges federal guidance issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity […]

New Dashboard Will Assist Counties with Redistricting

New Dashboard Will Assist Counties with Redistricting

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has produced a new online dashboard that gives county government officials and citizens a better understanding of how county commission districts must change in response to the 2020 U.S. Census. The dashboard uses GIS technology to display population information for each of the state’s 849 county commission districts. The dashboard includes […]

Tennessee Secretary of State Celebrates National Voter Registration Month

Tennessee Secretary of State Celebrates National Voter Registration Month

In celebration of National Voter Registration Month in September, the Secretary of State’s office is leading voter registration efforts in Tennessee with college voter registration tailgates, the launch of the Ann Dallas Dudley Award for high schools and by working with businesses and organizations across the state. “More Tennesseans are registered to vote now than […]

VITAL POLICY – Tennesseans Will Vote on State Constitutional Amendment in November 2022

VITAL POLICY – Tennesseans Will Vote on State Constitutional Amendment in November 2022

Tennessee is one of the most financially responsible states in the nation, has a fully funded retirement system for teachers and other civil service employees, no income tax, low unemployment, very low debt, and a healthy economy that has weathered many financial storms. Tennessee ended its 2020-2021 fiscal year with a budget surplus of over […]

AG Slatery Co-Leads Bipartisan Coalition Calling on FDA to Regulate E-Cigarettes and Oral Nicotine Products

AG Slatery Co-Leads Bipartisan Coalition Calling on FDA to Regulate E-Cigarettes and Oral Nicotine Products

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III is co-leading a group of thirty-one states, U.S. territories, and jurisdictions urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to halt the surge of youth nicotine addiction. Specifically, the bipartisan coalition is calling on the FDA to use its regulatory power to eliminate youth-appealing flavors, limit nicotine levels […]

State Landmarks Lit Green for Child Support Awareness Month

State Landmarks Lit Green for Child Support Awareness Month

The State Capitol Cupola and other well-known landmarks across Tennessee will be lit green tonight in recognition of Child Support Awareness Month. Each August the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) works to light up recognizable locations in green as a shining reminder of the important role its Child Support Program plays in the health […]

AG Slatery Responds to Sixth Circuit Decision Upholding 48 Hour Waiting Period for Abortions

AG Slatery Responds to Sixth Circuit Decision Upholding 48 Hour Waiting Period for Abortions

The full Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that Tennessee’s 48-hour waiting period for abortions is constitutional. The Court’s ruling reverses the district court’s decision in Bristol Regional Women’s Center v. Slatery. In its opinion, the Court recognized that, “before making life’s big decisions, it is often wise to take time to reflect. The people […]

Tennessee Department of Health Offering Third Dose of mRNA Vaccine

Tennessee Department of Health Offering Third Dose of mRNA Vaccine

The Tennessee Department of Health is acting upon recent guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding an additional dose of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for moderately and severely immunocompromised individuals. On August 13, the CDC accepted ACIP recommendations for an additional dose of the […]

Gov. Lee Signs Executive Order Giving Parents Ability to Opt Out of School Mask Mandates

Gov. Lee Signs Executive Order Giving Parents Ability to Opt Out of School Mask Mandates

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order 84 to give parents the ability to opt their child out of a local mask mandate enacted by a school or health board. Gov. Lee’s remarks as prepared for delivery are below: Thanks for joining today. Before we cover an important COVID-19 announcement, I want to express a heavy heart […]

Comptroller’s Office Examines the Cost of Online College Courses

Comptroller’s Office Examines the Cost of Online College Courses

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has released a new report examining the cost of online courses in Tennessee’s public colleges and universities. Tennessee’s public higher education institutions have offered online courses for more than two decades, and the prevalence of online courses has increased during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The report found that more than half […]

Vital Policy – Tennessee Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in School Voucher (ESA) Case

Vital Policy – Tennessee Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in School Voucher (ESA) Case

When the Tennessee legislature enacted a school voucher pilot program in 2019, a lawsuit was immediately filed by Shelby County, the Nashville Metropolitan Government of Davidson County, and Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education asking the Chancery Court of Davidson County to declare ESAs unconstitutional, essentially an effort to stop the voucher program. The trial […]

Comptroller Encourages Counties to Be Prepared for 2021 Redistricting

Comptroller Encourages Counties to Be Prepared for 2021 Redistricting

Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Jason E. Mumpower is making sure Tennessee’s 95 counties are ready to take action on the required 2021 redistricting and reapportionment process. Every ten years, following the U.S. Census, Tennessee counties must redistrict and reapportion their legislative bodies to ensure they are meeting the one person, one vote principle of […]

State to Intervene in Federal Lawsuit Challenging TennCare Block Grant

State to Intervene in Federal Lawsuit Challenging TennCare Block Grant

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III has filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit designed to challenge Tennessee’s Medicaid Block Grant waiver amendment. The Block Grant is the result of more than a year of discussions and negotiations with the federal government, input experts, providers, and stakeholders, and extensive planning by TennCare Officials. TennCare […]

April Unemployment Rate Highlights State’s Economic Recovery

April Unemployment Rate Highlights State’s Economic Recovery

Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate for April 2021 decreased by double digits when compared to data from the previous year. In April 2020, the state’s jobless rate reached a record high during the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tennessee’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted rate for April is 5%, according to data released from the Department […]

Gov. Lee Pushes Return to Work, Economic Recovery – Ends All Federal Pandemic Unemployment Funding

Gov. Lee Pushes Return to Work, Economic Recovery – Ends All Federal Pandemic Unemployment Funding

Tuesday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced the end of all federally funded pandemic unemployment compensation programs in Tennessee, effective July 3. “We will no longer participate in federal pandemic unemployment programs because Tennesseans have access to more than 250,000 jobs in our state,” said Gov. Lee. “Families, businesses and our economy thrive when we focus […]

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