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Tennessee General Assembly Addresses Procedures and Bills Deemed Necessary to Pass a Budget for Fiscal Year 2021, Including Two That Raise Taxes

The Tennessee General Assembly adjusted schedules at the start of the week for Tuesday to address only those procedures and bills deemed necessary to fulfill the constitutional requirement of passing a balanced budget for fiscal year 2021, which runs July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021.

As such, the House cancelled all committee meetings and held only a brief floor session of about 15 minutes, in keeping with recommendations to keep time in close proximity limited.

State House Majority Leader William Lamberth (R-Portland) advised of a “somewhat unprecedented procedure” to add items to committee calendars for Wednesday, and then listed in rapid-fire fashion the bills that are to be heard and the designated committee.

Lamberth also reviewed the specific rules that would be suspended in order to facilitate the “flow motion” of bills, without the usual advance notice and wait periods or limits on the number of bills to be heard on the House floor. The flow motion rule suspension is temporary and very limited, being in effect only until specific bills get to the House floor and will not affect bills when the session continues at some later date.

Fifteen House committees will meet on Wednesday, and all other committees are canceled for the week.

The House stands in recess until Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Meanwhile, the state Senate had several committee meetings, beginning with Finance, Ways & Means having 10 items on the calendar, two of which increase taxes on Tennesseans.

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