Beacon Impact

2023 - 2024 ENDORSEMENTS

EXPANDING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

SB12 / HB433 - PASSED

Expands eligibility criteria for education savings accounts to include students zoned within local education agencies with at least five schools that are identified as priority schools in the 2015, 2018, and 2021 cycles, and among the bottom 10% of schools identified in 2017.

SB638 / HB559 - PASSED

Expands student eligibility for an education savings account (ESA) to include students who were not enrolled, and who did not attend, a Tennessee public school for the one full school year immediately preceding the school year for which the student receives an ESA, but who were enrolled in, and who attended, a Tennessee public school in the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, or 2021-2022 school year, and to include students who are not eligible, for the first time, to enroll in a Tennessee school, but who were eligible, for the first time, to enroll in a Tennessee school in the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, or 2021-2022 school year.

SB971 / HB782 - PASSED

Requires at least one grade level in each public elementary and middle school to schedule five days during each school year to highlight age-appropriate financial literacy concepts, either inside or outside of the classroom. Specifies that the financial literacy concepts must include, at a minimum, earning income, spending, saving, managing credit, and investing. Requires the department of education, in consultation with the Tennessee financial literacy commission, to develop guidance to assist public elementary and middle schools in implementing this requirement.

SB973 / HB959

Requires LEAs to allow nonresident students to enroll in a school in which spaces are available.

MAKING GOVERNMENT WORK BETTER

SB87 / HB48 - PASSED

Caps the number of members that may be elected to the governing body of a metropolitan or municipal government to 20 members.

SB281 / HB329 - PASSED

Prohibits an LEA from deducting dues from the wages of the LEA’s employees for a professional employees’ organization, like the Tennessee Education Association.

SB650 / HB1342 - PASSED

Prohibits an employer who receives $25 million dollars or more in state incentive funds from using card check as the sole method as unionizing.

SB727 / HB296 - PASSED

Allows a local government to accept electrical inspections from engineers whether residential or commercial, issued by registered engineers who have a concentration in electrical trades or are certified by the International Code Council in the appropriate field.

SB907 / HB814 - PASSED

Requires the state fire marshal to create a state fire permit that mobile food units may obtain annually to demonstrate fire safety and electrical code compliance to local governments. Requires a local government to recognize the state fire permit in its jurisdiction. Prohibits the local government from requiring a local fire permit if the mobile food unit holds a state fire permit.

SB1105 / HB592

Repeals the Soil Scientist Licensure Act of 2009.

SB1106 / HB591

Deletes the Alarm Contractors Licensing Act of 1991. Allows a county or municipality to provide monitoring or response services, or both, for alarm systems when deemed in the public interest by the legislative body of the county or municipality if no charge is made by the county or municipality for the service unless the county or municipality was charging for the service on or before July 1, 1991, if the use of local governmental services is not mandatory, and if response by local law enforcement, firefighters, or other emergency personnel is not conditional upon use of the services.

SB1983 / HB2119

Specifies that a condemner bears the burden of proving by a preponderance of evidence certain facts regarding the condemnation. Creates a right for property owners whose property is being condemned to have a court determine whether the taking is necessary to accomplish the public use.

SB1984 / HB2120

Excludes recreational facilities, recreational purposes, and parks from the definition of “public use” as it applies to eminent domain.

SB2584 / HB2235

This bill makes reforms to the land surveyors license requirements to make the pathway to the professional license more accessible for individuals without a four year college degree. 

TRANSPORTATION

SB105 / HB88 - PASSED

Requires the department of safety to waive the knowledge test and accept alternative requirements for active duty and honorably discharged service members applying for temporary commercial learner’s permits. 

SB273 / HB321 - PASSED

Enacts the Transportation Modernization Act of 2023 that will promote efficient and expedited project delivery when constructing complex roadway projects. It will also allow the Department of Transportation to partner with the private sector to design, build, finance, operate and maintain new and additional lanes on existing interstates called Choice Lanes – the state would retain ownership of the roads.

HEALTHCARE

SB431 / HB469

Allows an individual licensed in another state who would qualify as a healthcare provider if licensed in this state to practice telehealth if the patient cannot otherwise receive the services that the healthcare provider will provide as long as the healthcare provider has filed a limited waiver request with the appropriate licensing authority.

SB721 / HB498 - PASSED

Exempts a person receiving an initial behavioral health assessment via telehealth from the requirement of an in-person encounter between the healthcare services provider, practice group, or healthcare system within 16 months prior.

TAX REFORM

SB275 / HB88 - PASSED

This legislation is among the largest tax cut in Tennessee history. Tennessee’s economic competitiveness can be strengthened by by transitioning to a Single Sales Factor for franchise and excise taxes and improving our treatment of capital investments through bonus depreciation. It also provides tax relief to small businesses on their franchise and excise taxes and cutting the Tennessee business tax. It supports hardworking families through a one-time grocery tax holiday and a paid family leave tax credit.

SB384 / HB804 - PASSED

This legislation makes filing personal tangible property tax returns easier on small businesses by allowing them to certify that they have under $2,000 or $10,000 in tangible personal property instead of detailing acquisition costs on the reporting schedule.

SB641 / HB585

Phases out professional privilege tax over a three-year period for tax years that begin on and after June 1, 2024. Reduces tax by $200 in the first year and by $100 in each remaining year.