The Tennessee Business Roundtable (TBR) has identified four major issues of policy that are important to the business community and will be focused on in the next legislative session.
By proactively developing positions on these key issues, TBR can ensure members are knowledgeable and that the business community is united to speak with one voice to keep Tennessee as a business friendly state. Each taskforce is chaired by a senior level business leader with expertise in the field. Currently, the four taskforces are:
- Judicial selection, chaired by Zan Blue of Constangy, Brooks, & Smith LLC. TBR is opposed to the popular election of judges. The business community believes in a fair and impartial court and that statewide elections will cost businesses in Tennessee million of dollars.
- Workers compensation, chaired by Danny Simmerman, Brown & Brown Insurance. TBR is working to develop a comprehensive workers compensation policy that adequately meets the needs of employers.
- Education reform, chaired by Hans-Herbert Jagla, Volkswagen Group of North America. TBR maintains staying the course on the current education reform track to ensure a ready and prepared workforce.
- Guns in parking lots, chair TBD. TBR is opposed to this issue as it violates the private property rights of employers
If any member would like to be involved in any of these task forces, please contact Cassie Lynn at 615.255.5877 or email@example.com.
TASKFORCE UPDATES: (Watch for detailed task force information to follow later this week)
Judicial Selection: Judicial Selection task force leader, Zan Blue, filed and drafted an amicus curiae brief with the Tennessee Court of Appeals regarding the case of John Jay Hooker vs. Gov. Bill Haslam. The Court upheld the Trial Court’s decision that the statutes (Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 17-4-1010 et seq.) are constitutional, but “reversed the Trial Court’s holding that intermediate appellate judges are subject to retention [elections] only by the qualified voters of the grand division in which the judge resides.” This decision is in line with the brief that was filed and TBR’s position.
Education Reform: TBR conducted the first meeting of the Education Taskforce on July 26 in Chattanooga, TN at Volkswagen Group of North America hosted by task force chairman, Hans-Herbert Jagla.
Workers Compensation: Please be on the lookout for a survey to all TBR members on elements of potential workers compensation reform in TN. Please take a moment to respond to this important survey so that we may develop a strong position on this issue.
We greatly appreciate the input of members on any additional issues on which TBR should be involved. If you have any suggestions or questions, please contact Policy Director, Cassie Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615.255.5877.
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