21′ SB0350/HB0506 – Williams/Bailey

Bill Description

Creates the Office of Solicitor General (SG) within the legislative branch. Requires the SG to be elected by a majority vote of both houses of the General Assembly, beginning at the start of the 112th General Assembly. Requires the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Speaker of the Senate set the monthly income of the SG.. Authorizes all employees under the Office of SG to be reimbursed for travel expenses. Establishes duties of such Office and relieves the Attorney General and Reporter’s (AG) responsibilities where such duties overlap. Requires the legislation to be effective upon becoming law for making the necessary arrangements for the transfer of duties and effective January 4, 2022 for all other purposes.

TLRC Position

TLRC supports this concept of a SG for the specific purpose of defending Tennessee's constitutionally protected sovereignty so frequently infringed by federal programs, and questionable laws, executive orders, and judicial decisions.

TLRC Observed Process

The bill passed through committees in both chambers on a partisan basis, with the exception of Senator Gardenhire (R, Chattanooga) who voted no with the Democrats.

The bill was deferred to 2022 in Senate Judiciary. It had no fiscal note.

TLRC supports the return of this bill next year.

Vote Result: Committee Only

Score: +5

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