In November, Governor Bill Lee (R-Franklin) kicked off public budget hearings for the various agencies and departments of state government. The hearings offered a glance into the Governor’s spending priorities for next year, with the topics of rural development and criminal justice reform still garnering attention by the administration. In an unusual move, the House Finance Committee held its own budget hearings in mid-November, which are traditionally conducted after the Governor’s annual State of the State Address held at the beginning of the legislative session towards the beginning of the calendar year. The Senate will stick to conducting its budget hearings in this normal timeframe, but the move from the House signals that the “people’s chamber” will play a more active role in the budget process under the leadership of Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville).
This month, we also coordinated a productive meeting with the Tennessee Department of Safety, the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Chairman Becky Massey (R-Knoxville) regarding a state law pertaining to the drop deck length distance from king pin to rear of trailers. All in all, it appears that the legislature will look into this issue this upcoming session to potentially update state law with respect to federal regulations/standards in the industry on this topic. As always, it is a pleasure to represent you at the Tennessee General Assembly and if you have any questions, please let us know. Wishing you all a Happy New Year!