2021 Legislation

TSEA’s 2021 Legislative Agenda bills

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

SB0361 | HB0954  

Burden of Proof

Sponsors: Sen. Hensley, Sen. Yager

Cosponsors: Rep. Eldridge, Rep. Littleton

Summary: Requires a state agency in a 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: 2/10/2021 – Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate State and Local Government Committee

House Status: 2/22/2021 – Passed on Second Consideration, refer to State Government Committee; Assigned to subcommittee, Public Service Subcommittee


SB0516 | HB1016  

Match on 401(k)

Sponsor: Sen. Briggs

Cosponsor: Rep. Hicks 

Summary: Increases from $40 to $50 the minimum amount that the state will match to an employee’s optional retirement plan. 

Senate Status: 2/11/2021 – Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate State and Local Government Committee

House Status: 2/22/2021 – Passed on Second Consideration, refer to State Government Committee; Assigned to subcommittee, Public Service Subcommittee


SB0022 | HB1114

Child care authorization

Sponsor: Sen. Kyle

Cosponsor: Rep. Leatherwood

Summary: Requires the Department of Human Services to approve, administer, and coordinate child care services for the children of state officers and employees.

Senate Status: 2/23/2021 – Placed on Senate State and Local Government Committee calendar for 3/2/2021

House Status: 2/22/2021 – Passed on Second Consideration, refer to State Government Committee – Government Operations for Review; Assigned to subcommittee, Public Service Subcommittee


SB1520 | HB1540

Pension Transfer

Sponsor: Sen. Roberts

Cosponsor: Rep. Weaver

Summary: Allows any member of the Tennessee consolidated retirement system to obtain creditable service for prior service while a participating member of a city, metropolitan government, or county retirement system.

Senate Status: 2-22-2021 – Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate State and Local Government Committee

House Status: 2-25-2021 – Passed on First Consideration


SB0402 | HB0414

Restore Longevity for all

Sponsor: Sen. Jackson 

Cosponsor: Rep. Sparks

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

Senate Status: 2-10-2021 – Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate State and Local Government Committee

House Status: 2-10-2021 – Passed on Second Consideration, refer to State Government Committee; Assigned to subcommittee Public Service Subcommittee