Beginning of the end? Senate sets Feb. 11 bill-filing deadline

House members attend a floor session in Nashville on Jan. 12, 2021. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The deadline to file bills in the Senate will be on Feb. 11, three days after Gov. Bill Lee delivers his third State of the State address. The House cutoff follows at close of business on Feb. 17.

While the deadline should theoretically set the parameters for the proposals lawmakers will take up this session, the proliferation of “caption bills” — legislation that opens broad sections of the code while leaving specific policy proposals to be made at a later date — means it’s never quite certain what will be debated until lawmakers adjourn for the year.

The bill filing cutoff is nevertheless a major milestone for each session, as it signals that lawmakers (who officially gaveled into the 112th General Assembly on Jan. 12) are finally preparing to go about their business.

19 Responses to Beginning of the end? Senate sets Feb. 11 bill-filing deadline

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    James White says:

    Where is the bill to take the Unconstitutional executive authority to Make Laws like the Tyrannical Governor and Mayors and Health Departments authority to close businesses and issue stay at home orders and wear a mask?
    Legislative makes laws, not executive.

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      Not that Stuart guy says:

      True, the legislatures make laws, but the laws they’ve already made and the TN Constitution permit those executive actions and health dept actions to be taken. If you are mad at that, you should argue for changing existing law, not complain about people using existing law in a lawful and constitutional way. The law gives the Gov and health officials broad emergency powers to act in the public interest in health emergencies. Covid has killed thousands in TN, surely that counts as a public health emergency. Wearing a mask is a patriotic duty and shows you care about the health of your fellow Tennesseans. I will never understand how this simple act of public health got morphed into some sort of tyrannical government trying to crush our rights. Your right to not wear a mask ENDS when it interferes with my right to try to attain “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Don’t drape your selfishness in the false flag of freedom.

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        James White says:

        The TN constitution does not allow the Governor to make laws and strictly forbids one branch from doing what the other does: Section 2. No person or persons belonging to one of these departments shall
        exercise any of the powers properly belonging to either of the others, except in
        the cases herein directed or permitted.

        The legislature did pass laws (not amendments) to let the governor have this power, but that too is unconstitutional.
        I ask, where are the bills to repeal this law?

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          Perry Aubric says:

          James, your conception of the Constitution is routinely flawed and, to be more specific, pulled out of your ass. Stuff you don’t like is not necessarily unconstitutional; it’s just stuff you and your fellow conspiracy theorists don’t like.

          Fortunately, we have actual Constitutional experts and courts to make real judgments about the law, and your ideas about it are pretty much irrelevant.

          If you are really worried about tyranny, try not to to equate wearing a mask for the sake of public safety to, say, trying to overthrow an election through violence at the U.S. Capitol, or suppressing the votes of black Americans, or putting the government in charge of a woman’s health choices. There’s some real tyranny for you.

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        James White says:

        And Our Rights are not negated by a virus or ‘pandemic’.

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        steve cates says:

        Wow!! You have stated this perfectly!!! Thanks!!

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      James, while you are looking for that bill James try to find the one the will protect Tennesseans from losing their jobs because of lawful activity that the employee engages in of the premises of the employer during nonbusiness hours. Or to put it another way, where is the bill that the allegedly conservative Republican super majority should pass to protect their constituents from losing their job at the behest of the totalitarian left?

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        Republicans hold power in government today which is significantly disproportionate to their actual popularity in the USA. When the laws are corrected, they will be out of power forever because they have nothing to add to this country. Don’t need it, don’t want it.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          So now Taxpayer you think we are going to “correct” the laws to do what. . .abolish the United States Senate? Then again, two years ago the Republicans had more seats in the House than the Democrats and now they have I believe 10 fewer seats, and the House is elected based on population. Is that the “significant” disproportion you were referring to Taxpayer?

          As I said on another thread, what it takes to be a liberal/leftist is lack of reading comprehension and a hyperactive imagination. Of course, I forgot to add that having an authoritarian personality so it’s ok if employees lose their jobs because they harbor non-liberal/leftist opinions and a touch of ignorance about what they used to call civics or social studies certainly doesn’t hurt either.

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            Taxpayer #314 says:

            It is not the number of seats that is in question Stuart- it is the number of “ill gotten” seats that the conservatives obtain by unethical and illegal methods – with voter suppression only one method. I didn’t mention anything about abolishing the senate? You love to throw out diversions when you are making some roundabout argument that makes no sense.

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        James White says:

        Stuart, I almost like that idea, but I think that you can quit your job for any or no reason, and you could be ‘let go’ for any or no reason. As it stands today in the Federal law, as long as that reason doesn’t discriminate because of race, sex….
        Tennessee should Really be a Right To Work, Right To Fire state.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          The libertarian in me says “AMEN” James but the way it was and should be ain’t the way it is and there is no indication whatsoever that there is any apatite in this country to put it back the way it was. In modern America it has long been decided by all levels of government to forbid discrimination based on race (other than Caucasians), sex, religion, ethnicity, age, disability, et al.

          Considering that’s the way it is and it appears will be for the indefinite future I certainly would add “political beliefs” to that list. The totalitarian left has made it so that people are afraid to engage in political discourse if they are right of center for fear of losing their job. I find the firing of individuals based on their politics expressed outside of the workplace as even more of a threat to our democracy than firings because of the other reasons forbidden by the government so I am ready to add “political beliefs” as well.

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            Taxpayer #314 says:

            The republicans and conservatives have introduced many voter rights bills in every state where the Trump team of lawyers could not prove in courts of law that he won the election fair and square. They just moved on to other methods to achieve the results they desired with Voter Suppression the first to be tried. Finding any and all means to exclude registered voters is what they are working on for the next two years. The conservatives find it easier to control the vote that way rather than having to actually work to convince the voting population of the tried and failed conservative mantra. We don’t need any more tax-cuts for the super-rich.

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      Eddie White says:

      Way to go James. Whining about the conservative Republican Governor while the liberals in the White House run amuck with far left executive orders and legislation. You can’t see the forest for the trees.

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        James White says:

        Eddie, I agree, I do complain about the Libs in the Federal government, but most of the Hill Blog here is about the state.

        They don’t post much stuff like, in 2020, Congress passed five coronavirus spending bills totaling nearly $4 trillion, on top of existing federal spending.
        Or, The federal government spent a record $6.6 trillion in Fiscal Year 2020, and the deficit continued exploding in FY 2021.
        Or, Biden’s plan also proposes raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $15, something completely unrelated to the coronavirus and that would damage the economy. In addition to providing $350 billion to bail out blue states and local governments, it would extend a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures through the end of September 2021, and it would provide 14 weeks of federal government-reimbursed paid leave for public and private employees.

        #LeeTheTyrant is not a conservative.

        And I objected to Biden’s and Trump’s and all President’s Executive orders that ‘make’ law.

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    David Collins says:

    Wasn’t Will Rogers that said, “No man’s life, liberty or property is safe will the legislature’s in session?” Or was it Mark Twain? Regardless, truer words were never spoken!

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      steve cates says:

      It has never been more true than in recent years with the TN General Assembly. The sooner they get out of town the better for all of us in TN!!

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        MARLE says:

        You realize, Steve, that the Not That Stuart is in FAVOR of mandatory mask wearing . And YOU congratulated him then said that we are safer when the legislators are not in session. WHAT exactly is your point???

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