2020 Legislation

TSEA’s 2020 Legislative Agenda bills

(This list includes legislation initiated and/or supported by TSEA)

SB621/HB644

Proceedings against state employees

Sponsors: Sen. Hensley, Joey; Rep. Hill, Timothy

Cosponsors:  Rep. Dunn, Bill; Rep. Griffey, Bruce; Rep. Hawk, David; Rep. Ogles, Brandon; Sen. Yager, Ken.

Summary: Requires a state agency in any proceeding to suspend, terminate, or discipline an employee in state service to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the employee violated state law or a rule or policy of the agency prior to taking such action.

Senate Status: 03/12/20 – Set for Senate State & Local Government Committee 03/17/20.

House Status: 02/20/20 – Held on House clerk’s desk.


SB689/HB900

Longevity pay for employees of the executive branch

Sponsors: Sen. Jackson, Ed; Rep. Sparks, Mike

Cosponsors: Sen. Bailey, Paul; Rep. Byrd, David; Rep. Calfee, Kent; Rep. Dixie, Vincent; Rep. Hawk, David; Sen. Hensley, Joey; Rep. Hill, Matthew; Rep. Hill, Timothy; Rep. Holt, Andy; Rep. Howell, Dan; Rep. Johnson, Gloria; Rep. Keisling, Kelly; Rep. Leatherwood, Tom; Sen. Massey, Becky; Rep. Moody, Debra; Rep. Moon, Jerome; Sen. Niceley, Frank; Rep. Russell, Lowell; Sen. Southerland, Steve; Rep. Staples, Rick; Sen. Swann, Art; Rep. VanHuss, James

Summary: Restores longevity pay for employees of the executive branch in the service of the state hired after June
30, 2015.

Senate Status:  03/12/20 – Set for Senate State & Local Government Committee 03/17/20.

House Status: 03/11/20 – House Finance Subcommittee placed behind the budget.


SB741/HB1207

Provision of childcare for state employees

Sponsors: Sen. Kyle, Sara; Rep. Mitchell, Bo

Summary: Authorizes state agencies to provide childcare services for state employees, with the department of human
services tasked to approve, administer, and coordinate such services. Requires
cost of childcare services be offset by fees, requires providers be selected by
competitive contract.

Senate Status: 03/12/20 – Set for Senate State & Local Government Committee 03/17/20.

House Status: 03/12/20 – Set for House Public Service & Employee Subcommittee 03/18/20.


SB1578/HB1615

Funeral expenses for correctional employees

Sponsors: Sen. Dickerson, Steven , Rep.
Hulsey, Bud 

Cosponsors: Sen.
Crowe, Rusty; Rep. Griffey, Bruce; Rep. Hurt, Chris; Sen. Jackson, Ed; Sen.
Massey, Becky; Sen. Robinson, Katrina; Sen. Rose, Paul; Sen. White, Dawn; Sen.
Yager, Ken; Sen. Yarbro, Jeff.

Summary: Authorizes
the department of correction to contribute state funds toward the funeral
expenses of any correctional employee killed in the line of duty. 

Senate Status: 03/09/20 – Senate passed with amendment 3 (015060).

House Status: 03/04/20 – House Finance Subcommittee placed behind the budget.


SB1723/HB1821

Increases retirement benefits for state employees

Sponsors: Sen. Kyle, Sara; Rep. Hodges, Jason

Cosponsors: Sen. Robinson, Katrina

Summary: Equally increases retirement benefits for currently retired state employees when current state employees receive compensation increases. Broadly captioned

Senate Status: 01/23/20 – Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee.

House Status: 01/27/20 – Referred to House Public Service & Employee Subcommittee.


SB1773/HB2045

Increases maximum matching retirement amount required by the state

Sponsors: Sen. Briggs, Richard; Rep. Hicks,
Gary

Cosponsors: Rep. Lamberth, William

Summary: Increases the maximum amount of money per month the state is required to match for employees’ optional
retirement plans from $40 to $75. Broadly captioned.

Senate Status:  03/13/20 – Set for Senate Floor 03/16/20.

House Status: 03/12/20 – Set for House State Committee 03/17/20.


SB2544/HB2882

Pension transfer bill

Sponsors: Sen. Roberts, Kerry; Rep. Weaver, Terri

Summary: Authorizes any member of the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS) to obtain creditable service for previous participation in a local government’s retirement system. Requires the local government to transfer all employee and employer contributions made on behalf of the member, together with regular interest thereon.

Senate Status:  03/12/20 – Set for Senate State & Local Government Committee 03/17/20.

House Status: 03/12/20 – Set for House Public Service & Employee Subcommittee 03/18/20.


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