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In an effort to provide resources needed to effectively advocate on the issues that are important to them, our advocacy webpage features weekly legislation updates from the Tennessee General Assembly, local news, and more.

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Legislative Developments

General Assembly Passes Major PBM Reform Legislation

Friday, May 7, 2021

A bill tightening regulations on companies that manage prescription drug benefits, known as Pharmacy Benefit Managers, or “PBMs,” passed the House and Senate on Tuesday.

SB1617/HB1398 carried by Sen. Shane Reeves, R-Murfreesboro, and Rep. Esther Helton, R-East Ridge, seeks to increase patient choice, access, and transparency in obtaining prescription drugs and address problematic practices employed by PBMs.


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Budget Amendment for FY22

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

On Tuesday, April 13, Gov. Bill Lee's budget amendment for FY22 was presented to the Finance Committee. 

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Friday, April 2, 2021

On Monday, Gov. Bill Lee reintroduced his Mental Health Trust Fund proposal in order to assist K-12 students struggling with mental health issues. A similar initiative was introduced last year during Lee’s State of the State address but was ultimately abandoned due to the pandemic.

The governor’s renewed push would allocate $250 million in available funds to help provide direct clinical services in schools such as increased counseling; violence and bullying prevention; suicide prevention and postvention strategies; and other trauma-informed, evidence-based programs.

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Friday, March 19, 2021

The Lee Administration and a duo of legislators have reached an agreement on a single piece of legislation that outlines how the state will spend down the massive $700 million Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) reserve. The federal TANF program is intended to assist low-income families by helping adults find work, advance their education, and build technical skills to combat poverty.

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Friday, March 12, 2021

In an apparent response to a disagreement in Knox County, a bill limiting the authority of local county health boards passed the House floor on Monday with a vote of 67-26.

SB15/HB7 by Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, and Rep. Jason Zachary, R-Knoxville, seeks to move county health boards to an advisory role during state of emergencies rather than allowing them the power to make their own policies. Under current law, only the state's six largest counties—Knox, Davidson, Hamilton, Madison, Shelby, and Sullivan—have this authority.

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Legislation Tracker

4/5/21: Calendar Report

4/5/21: Bill Report

3/22/21: Calendar Report

3/19/21: Bill Report

3/15/21: Calendar Report

3/12/21: Bill Report


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